MANCHESTER UNITED confirmed this morning that manager David Moyes has been sacked less than ten months into a six-year contract.
He was given the news in person at an early morning meeting with chief executive Ed Woodward at the club’s Carrington training complex and leaves with immediate effect.
United announced the news, which Moyes was already expecting, on their Twitter account. “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 read.
United’s owners, the Glazers, appear to have lost patience with Moyes despite handing him a lengthy deal last summer to replace Sir Alex Ferguson. The club are seventh in the English Premier League table and exited the Champions League at the quarter-final stage against Bayern Munich earlier this month. Jurgen Klopp, Laurent Blanc and Louis van Gaal have all been linked with the job. Ryan Giggs could be installed as interim manager as he is already part of the backroom team at Old Trafford.
The list of unwanted records broken during Moyes’ time at the helm is as embarrassing as it is long. United will end the season with their lowest points total in Premier League history, they have not qualified for the Champions League for the first time in almost two decades and their home record this season is the worst since 1978.
The club’s former defender Gary Neville had urged the United board not to follow the trend of other clubs who hire and fire every season.
Speaking before confirmation of Moyes’ departure, Neville said: “I genuinely believe when you give a man a six-year contract that he deserves the opportunity and time. Football is a world of madness.
“The average manager gets sacked every 12 months and I’ve always felt Manchester United should be different, hold themselves up as a club that basically stands against what’s happening in the game.
“We used to laugh at Italy 20 years ago and say it’s ridiculous what’s happening there. Now we’ve almost become accustomed to it.”