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David Moyes Finally Chopped

Manchester United manager sacked after ten months. So who’s next?

Written by . Published on April 22nd 2014.

David Moyes Finally Chopped

IN THE least surprising news you’ll hear this week, Manchester United manager David Moyes, 50, has finally been given the chop.

The club has packed off Moyes after securing Manchester United’s lowest ever points in a Premier League season and failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in two decades.

There have been (wishful) whispers on the terraces in recent months that Ryan Giggs may take the helm on a more permanent basis, calling in former United team mates Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt to whip the club back into shape.

A statement on the club website reads: "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."

After months of uncertainty, United’s limp defeat at the hands of Moyes’ former club, Everton, and the slide to seventh place in the league was the end of the road for Moyes. It's clear the man has lost the confidence of the Board. He has looked out of his depth at Old Trafford since succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson in July 2013.

United have beaten only one of the top six clubs in twelve games this season, beating Arsenal at home 1-0. Most notably the club lost 3-0 at Old Trafford to both Liverpool and Manchester City, their fiercest rivals, and suffered losses of 3-1 at Chelsea and 4-1 at Manchester City.

United were also knocked out of the FA Cup by Swansea at Old Trafford and by Sunderland in the semi-finals of the Capital One cup.

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Moyes was handpicked by Ferguson to succeed him and awarded a six-year contract by the club. To sweeten the pill at least he’ll receive a very handsome pay-off by the club (rumoured to be in the region of £5m). Naught pays as well in football as failure.

It is expected that Ryan Giggs, long tipped to be next in line for the Wales job, will take charge of the team for the remainder of the season.

Permanent replacements for Moyes have been stacking up for weeks.

Current favourite for the job is Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp, who has inspired Dortmund to two league titles in Germany from 2010 to 2012 and a Champions League final spot against rivals Bayern Munich last season. However, with the German recently signing a contract extension until 2018 with Dortmund, it is unlikely that he’ll turn his back on the club.

Other rumoured replacements are Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simone, Dutch national coach Louis van Gaal, former United player and current Paris St-Germain coach Lauren Blanc and Real Madrid and former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti.

There have been (wishful) whispers on the terraces in recent months that Ryan Giggs may take the helm on a more permanent basis, calling in former United team mates Gary Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt to whip the club back into shape.

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Neville and Giggs in Confidential (January 2014)Neville and Giggs with a surprisingly lovely looking Nicky Butt at an event attended by Confidential in January this year

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AnonymousApril 22nd 2014.

Is it true that £60+million is funnelled out of this Manchester club each year, across the Atlantic to New York banks, just so that a family in Florida (who themselves take out £10million in annual dividends) can own it? And the club's "Labour party supporting" former manager (a socialist knight no less) approved of all that did he?

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ShybaldbuddhistApril 22nd 2014.

It is true.

Poster BoyApril 22nd 2014.

Let's not let the facts get in the way of a good story, but David Moyes has not been given the opportunity to 'fail', and why shouldn't he have his legally binding employment contract paid up? Winning is not a given. Take out two successful managers, and this football club has only ever won two titles, about the same as Burnley and fewer than Blackburn...

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ShybaldbuddhistApril 22nd 2014.

Where to start? He's not had the opportunity to fail? Look at all the unwanted records he's broke despite breaking the clubs transfer record. He's failed like a big fail thing in Failsville! And played boring football whilst doing it. Take away 2 managers and they have only won 2 titles?! Those 2 managers were in charge for a total of 51 years! If i remove 51 years of Madrid, Bayern and Liverpool's history they'd have won next to nothing. If you removed about 8 years of City's history they'd have won nothing! He never was and never will be good enough for United. Just like big Sam isn't good enough for Barca or Tony Pulis isn't good enough for Madrid.

AnonymousApril 22nd 2014.

What, kinda, just like wipe away 50 years of history for, err, your sort of convenience then Poster Boy? Oh that's very handy, that is, isn't it like. Yes, verily.

crisbyApril 23rd 2014.

Let's not forget that Fergie was appointed because the club couldn't do better than 3rd or 4th. In his first 4 seasons they finished 11th 2nd 11th 13th. But he wasn't sacked, and look what happened next ... MUFC has changed, football has changed, and not entirely for the better.

AnonymousApril 23rd 2014.

You're harking back to football's dark ages there Crispy - the 1980s. An era when the football industry was on its knees, crowds were dwindling and the true giants of club football were all dormant. If football hasn't changed entirely for the better Crispy, it sure as hell mostly has.

Poster BoyApril 22nd 2014.

The failures at Manchester United are; -the impotent owners who can’t see further than the debt covenants of their own making and Financial Fair Play. -the cowardly former manager who has not been prepared to back up his choice and words at the end of last season with public support for his appointment. -prima donnas like Van Persie and Ferdinand, who with their disruptive ‘loyalty’ to the former manager and ‘performances’ have been stealing a living from supporters this season. The unpalatable truth is that United’s time has been and gone. The owners are not ‘rich enough’ and under FFP the club now has no hope of a benefactor converting the debt required to compete at the highest level, into equity. Moyes may not ultimately, have been successful, but he has not been given the opportunity to prove it by building his own team. By sacking him, the club are repeating the history after the Busby era, which lead to 27 years before they found another successful manager. They may have to do the same again. And the point is not about wiping 50+ years of history. The point, is that the success of a football club depends on one man, the manager, and United have been fortunate to have had two successful appointments, who were each given time to build their own teams. But only two.

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ShybaldbuddhistApril 22nd 2014.

There's debt, a lot of it, but there's huge amounts of revenue pouring in. Rumours of a world record shirt sponsorship deal worth £600m are due to be confirmed soon. United are a money machine, and have just broke the clubs transfer record for Mata. Money is there to be spent, maybe not like Real and PSG throw it about but players will be signed. The problem is, if a legend, a successful figurehead leaves and the group of winners he leaves behind have to then work with a guy who's done next to nothing and won nothing, then it goes wrong. Busby, O'Farrell, McGuinness proved it. There was talk of learning from what had gone on before, yet they have done exactly the same again. A big successful manager who's been there and done was needed after Fergie not his mate who hasn't achieved anything in club football. It was so obvious I said it the day he got the job. He won't be there for 1 year let alone 6. Wish I'd put a few quid on it now!

AnonymousApril 23rd 2014.

What about Roberto Mancini?

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