Man Utd search for Moyes’ replacement

Published Tuesday, 22 April 2014
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The search is on for a new Manchester United manager after the club confirmed David Moyes was sacked just 10 months into his six-year contract.

Man Utd search for Moyes’ replacement
Moyes was hand-picked by Sir Alex Ferguson to take charge of the club. (© Getty)


Who should replace David Moyes permanently at Man United?
Who should replace David Moyes permanently at Man United?

Speculation had been mounting since Monday that the former Everton boss would be shown the door at Old Trafford following a dismal first season in charge of the current English champions.

Sunday's defeat against Everton confirmed the club would be without Champions League football for the first time in almost 20 years.

United currently languish in seventh in the league and 23 points off leaders Liverpool.

On Tuesday morning, in a short statement the club confirmed he had left the club.

The statement said: "Manchester United has announced 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."

Long-serving midfielder Ryan Giggs has been announced as interim manager.

There will be no shortage of takers when it comes to seeking a full-time successor for Moyes.

Louis van Gaal is among the front runners. The former Barcelona manager has an impressive CV and will be available this summer when he leaves his post as Holland coach.

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is among the fans' favourites to take over, but the club are understood to favour other candidates.

Diego Simeone is a highly regarded figure in European football after taking Atletico Madrid to the top of the Spanish league and into the semi-finals of the Champions League.

However, many fans would like to see Giggs take the post on a long-term basis, despite his lack of managerial experience.

Moyes slipped into United's training base in Carrington un-noticed on Tuesday morning.

It's thought he was informed of the club's decision during a short meeting with chief executive Ed Woodward just after 8am.

Moyes was hand-picked for the job by Sir Alex Ferguson, who won 13 league titles during his time at the club.

It was expected to be a difficult first season for the Scot, but few would have expected this season to have gone so badly.

The list of unwanted records broken by Moyes is as embarrassing as it is long.

United are guaranteed to end the season with their worst points total in Premier League history, while Moyes' home record is the worst of any United boss since 1978 when Dave Sexton was in charge.

Coupled with home and away defeats to Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton, the sacking has been welcomed by many fans.

At Moyes' final game in charge at Goodison, home of his former club Everton, a fan dressed as the grim reaper and repeatedly taunted the beleaguered boss as he took to the touchline.

That appears to be all the more far-sighted given Moyes, who turns 51 on Friday, has joined the ever-increasing list of managerial casualties.

Speaking on UTV's coverage of the Champions League on Tuesday evening, former Man Utd captain Roy Keane said he believes Moyes should have been given more time.

He explained: "I think it's a shame, he should have been given more time. Some of the players should be ashamed of themselves, they really let him down.

"For David Moyes seventh in the league is disappointing but you need people around you, the support, and I don't think he's had that, certainly from the players."

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Comments Comments
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (283 days ago):
I have to laugh at all you so called reds fans slating fergie , he didnt soley employ moyes get a grip , it was the board as a whole , ohhh what short memorys you all have ! The board employed him and the board sacked him simples and as for all the anti glazer men they bought the club and deserve to do as they please with the club fergie never had a bad word to say about them as owners and still dosent so thats enough for me ! Lets rem fergie won the league last season with this squad , by elleven points ! Yes the same squad ! From a true united fan ! Home and away supporter in europe ! And domestically ! So get off your armchairs boys and support the reds properly !
even the fans cant understand it in old trafford wrote (283 days ago):
this must be the worst man utd team ever? and fergie helped cause it and now they want him to help select a new manager, did he not get moyes the job?
Franco in Belfast wrote (284 days ago):
If you think back when Brian Clough took over Leeds United after Don Revie, and the players wouldn't play for him and he got the sack, same thing with Moyes, players didn't like him and wanted him out, but remember this united fans, Clough went on to win the league a few times and the European cup eith Notts Forest, hope history repears itself
Elaine in Belfast wrote (284 days ago):
Absolutely disgusted at his sacking!!! The guy was not given a chance, Fergie got out when he did because he knew the state of the team, It should not be Moyes to go it should be half the MUFC team, they are a disgrace, completely overpaid and should be ashamed to wear such a top. Personally, I think they should deduct their wages and start getting rid of players. Im a MUFC supporter and you would think Rooney thought he was playing for Everton again with some of those passes the made.
face the truth in belfast wrote (284 days ago):
emma in omagh, did fergie not leave utd in a mess with the squad moyes took over?now gigs is in charge, what a joke.
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