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Manchester United fire David Moyes as manager

Apr 22, 2014, 5:15 AM EDT

The worst kept secret in soccer is out: David Moyes has been fired as manager of Manchester United.

On Tuesday, United released an extremely short statement on their website as Moyes was dismissed after less than a season in charge at Old Trafford.

Moyes was reportedly told his fate at an early morning meeting, as club legend Ryan Giggs will now take charge of first team matters for the final four games of the current campaign.

The 50-year-old Scotsman spent just nine months and 22 days in charge at United, and here is all the club had to say on his dismissal.

“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.”

Moyes won 27 of his 51 games in charge of United, losing 15 and drawing nine with a win percentage of just 52.9 percent. The Red Devils will finish outside of the top four for the first time ever in the Premier League era, as their title defense has gone horribly wrong. Moyes simply wasn’t up to the job, as the most successful team in English soccer has been reduced to mediocre, at best, for most of the season.

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With rumors rife throughout the start of this week that United’s owners, the Glazer family, had lost faith in Moyes and were ready to give him the boot, the announcement came as no surprise. Following United’s 2-0 defeat to Moyes’ old club Everton on Sunday, Moyes tried to remain positive despite the totally abject and lackluster display which highlighted all that’s gone wrong during his ill-fated time in charge of the club.

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Moyes was handed a six-year deal at the start of the 2013-14 campaign as his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson handpicked him to lead United after Fergie called time on his 26 years in charge at Old Trafford. Yet nobody expected what was to come, as United spiraled out of control under Moyes and currently sit in seventh spot after damaging defeats throughout the 2013-14 season. Many have suggested Moyes has ‘lost the locker room’ as players lost faith in his managerial abilities, and from the way they’ve been playing it is hard to argue with that. Also, having Ferguson’s shadow looming large over Moyes every single day has made his job even more difficult. Plus the arrival of new Chief Executive Ed Woodward at the same time as Moyes meant that he couldn’t benefit from the decades of experience David Gill had in running the club successfully behind the scenes.

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The reigning Premier League champions will finish outside the top four for the first time in PL history, they have lost a record 11 games in a single season so far this campaign and are set for their lowest ever points total which means no Champions League soccer next season. Financially the Glazer’s didn’t seem willing to hand Moyes a war-chest of over $200 million to bring in new players this summer, as the defeat to Everton meant that dreams of UCL soccer were officially ended, which in turn cost the club an estimated $75 million in lost revenue. That seemed to be the final straw.

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With four games to go in the season, Moyes’ assistant coach and still a player at United, Ryan Giggs, will take over on a interim basis as the board weigh up without to promote from within or go out and get one of many managers being linked with the job. Jurgen Klopp, Diego Simeone and Louis van Gaal are the favorites to replace Moyes but many would like to see Giggs given the chance alongside his former teammate Nicky Butt.

This is what the club had to say on Giggs appointment as caretaker boss.

“Following the departure of David Moyes as manager, Manchester United has announced that Ryan Giggs, the club’s most decorated player, will assume responsibility for the first team until a permanent appointment can be made. The club will make no further comment on this process until it is concluded.”

The last time United fired a boss was Ron Atkinson back in 1986, as instability now rules the Red Devils as fans don’t know what to expect.

Moyes’ nightmare at United is finally over, as the Old Trafford try to move on and rebuild ahead of next season where they must return to the top four after their worst season in the PL era has cost Moyes his job after just nine months in charge.

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  1. sportfan2 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    This is headline news?

  2. Mark Whelan Writes - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    An unfair fate for Moyes

  3. Nick - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Great season? Absolutely not. Was he given enough time to overhaul the roster? Again, no. What a pity. United need to stop acting like they are “just another club”, stand by there choice and give him the proper tools (players) to fit his style.

    • drewvt6 - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:23 PM

      Yeah, let’s give him more time to overspend on his former subpar players from Everton! Fantastic idea.

      • churdus - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        To be fair, Everton’s had a much better season! But you’re right…

  4. lunasceiling - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Many are culled; few are chosen.

    That obligatory attempt to be clever aside, I have mixed feelings about this. In Moyes’ defense, this ManU lineup has some glaring gaps. And taking over from one of the very greatest managers of all time was always going to see a decline in performance. the summer transfer window effort was a botch, and that can’t be laid all on Moyes.

    But should they have been this bad? Fighting for a spot in the Europa League as the one consolation from a dismal season? Moreover, are the rumors of his inability to connect with the players legit? If so, then if some of those players his style of management just doesn’t work for are players that aren’t going anywhere, that’s an untenable situation that’s only going to end in showing the manager the door.

  5. teemubergkamp - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    United overachieved last season. They have underachieved this season. Moyes deserves some of the blame. But I don’t think he has been disastrous as it seems at first glance.

    Last year United could have easily been 3rd or 4th. This year United could easily be mixing things up with Arsenal and Everton. If those things had been the case, this season would be viewed as a disappointment but more people would have been willing to give Moyes time.

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