It’s Officials: David Moyes Has Been Fired As Manchester United Manager
By Daily Mail
David Moyes has been sacked by Manchester United with immediate effect.
Chief executive Ed Woodward arrived at Carrington at 8am on Tuesday morning to inform the Scot face-to-face of the news.
Moyes had already been informed of his fate and thanked club staff at the training complex in anticipation of his departure. The players were not present at the time.
A tweet on the club’s official Twitter account read: ‘BREAKING: Manchester United announces that David Moyes has left the club. The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.’
It emerged on Monday that United’s owners, the Glazer family, had lost patience with Moyes after a dismal season that has seen the reigning Barclays Premier League champions slump to seventh in the table.
The final straw was Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Everton, their 11th in the Barclays Premier League this season, and a result that left the title holders 13 points off the Champions League places.
United are confident of landing Holland coach Louis van Gaal as his replacement once they have tied up details of the manager’s severance package.
The Barclays Premier League champions have already made contact with the Dutchman and he wants to join United after the World Cup.
Moyes has been sacked having not even completed one year of a six-year contract and will receive a hefty compensation package.
The Scot, on a day off on Monday, is understood to have been hurt and angry after learning of his fate on newspaper websites.
Ryan Giggs will take temporary charge for Saturday’s home match with Norwich City.
Despite the expensive signings of Marouane Fellaini last summer and Juan Mata in January, United have failed to keep pace with their rivals and mount any kind of title challenge.
Moyes, who moved from Everton last summer to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, has also overseen failure in the cup competitions.
United were eliminated by Swansea City in the third round of the FA Cup, by Sunderland in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Taking all competitions into account, United have won 27 of 51 matches during the Moyes tenure, drawing nine and losing 15.
Moyes’s verdict raised eyebrows in the Sky Sports studio.
‘That’s the worst I’ve seen from them over 90 minutes,’ said pundit and Sportsmail columnist Jamie Carragher.
‘Nobody seems to know what’s going on, on the pitch or in the dugout. You can’t see what the plan is. When I played it was total dominance from Manchester United. I’m looking at this team and wondering why they didn’t play like that when I was playing.’
Moyes was even criticised on the club’s in-house TV channel when pundit David May said he was ‘out of his depth’ before being hushed up by the presenter.
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