Manchester United sack manager Moyes

Manchester United manager David Moyes

has been sacked, only 10 months after

succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson.

He was dismissed at a meeting with executive

vice-chairman Ed Woodward at the club's

Carrington training ground shortly after 0800


Moyes, 50, was chosen by Ferguson as the man

to succeed him when he retired after 26 years

in charge last summer.

Player-coach Ryan Giggs is expected to take

charge of United's next game at home against

Norwich on Saturday.

The BBC understands coaches Steve Round and

Jimmy Lumsden have also left their posts, but

goalkeeping coach Chris Woods and first team

coach Phil Neville will remain with the club for

the rest of the season.

United had refused to comment on national

newspaper reports on Monday that Moyes –

who left Everton to sign a six-year deal with

the Premier League champions – would be

dismissed before the end of the season.

But in a statement on Tuesday the club said it

"would like to place on record its thanks for

the hard work, honesty and integrity he

brought to the role".

Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal, Borussia

Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, Atletico Madrid's

manager Diego Simeone and Paris St-Germain's

Laurent Blanc have already been tipped as

possible successors to Moyes.

United, who lie seventh in the table with four

games remaining, are guaranteed to record

their lowest points tally in the Premier League

having struggled at Old Trafford in particular

this season.

Under Moyes, they have lost six league games

at home, been beaten in the FA Cup by

Swansea at Old Trafford and were unable to

prevent Sunderland knocking them out of the

Capital One Cup in the semi-finals.

In March, some supporters chartered a plane

to fly overhead during their Premier League

game against Aston Villa trailing a banner with

the words "Wrong One – Moyes Out" – a

reference to the banner at Old Trafford that

proclaimed Moyes to be the "Chosen One".

The Reds will miss out on Champions League

football for the first time since 1995 and are

in danger of missing out on European

competition altogether for the first time since


United did reach the last eight of the

Champions League before being knocked out

by Bayern Munich and Moyes argued that their

best displays had been in the competition.

But the Scot has been dogged by claims he has

fallen out with members of his squad.

When midfielder Anderson joined Fiorentina

on loan in January, he was quoted as saying

other United players "wanted out" although

he later denied it.

Rio Ferdinand and Robin van Persie also

made less than complimentary comments

about his management style, while Javier

Hernandez and Wilfried Zaha posted cryptic

quotes on Twitter.

At the weekend, Manchester-born striker

Danny Welbeck was reported to be considering

his future after becoming frustrated at

regularly being played out of his favoured


Moyes left Everton after 11 seasons saying he

could not turn down the opportunity to move

to Old Trafford and began his job on 1 July.

However, United endured a difficult summer

transfer window and failed in reported bids for

Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara and Cesc


A double bid for Marouane Fellaini and

Leighton Baines was dismissed as "derisory

and insulting" by Moyes's old club Everton,

although Fellaini finally joined on transfer

deadline day for £27.5m.

Moyes was unhappy United were given a

difficult start to the season, playing Chelsea,

Liverpool and Manchester City in their first

five games.

"I find it hard to believe that's the way the

balls came out of the bag, that's for sure," he


But his reign began in style with a 2-0 victory

over Wigan Athletic in the Community Shield at

Wembley, followed by a 4-1 win away at

Swansea City in the first league game of the


However, things quickly got worse with defeats

at Liverpool and Manchester City, setting the

tone for what would become United's worst

Premier League season.

With the exception of the additional 21 games

Matt Busby (manager from 1945-1969) had in

charge as emergency manager following Wilf

McGuinness's exit in 1970, and the 22 games

when Jimmy Murphy stood in for Busby after

the Munich air crash, Moyes's reign represents

the third shortest in United history.

It is also the first time since 6 November

1986 that Manchester United have sacked a


The Scot's 49 games in charge exceeds only

the 43 matches Walter Crickmer presided over

during the first of his two spells as manager,

while Lal Hilditch was in charge for the

shortest time, lasting just 33 games between

October 1926 and April 1927.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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