The Dutchman has since been appointed and sacked by Anzhi and is now back in England.
"I felt very strongly that the picture painted to us [by the club] was not the one that came out in meetings with David Moyes,'' reflected Meulensteen to the Telegraph. "I said to him: 'David, with all due respect, you've done a fantastic job in the Premier League with Everton but do you realise you're going from a yacht to a cruise ship?' Ferguson, the captain, had a good crew with coaches like me.
"I felt David wanted familiar faces which he is entitled to but it would have been absolutely no problem if he said: 'I definitely need Jimmy Lumsden as a sounding board but, hold on a minute, this cruise ship has been sailing successfully with this crew for the last five years so I might as well sail along with them for a season and see how it goes.'"
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