Manchester United have confirmed that they have parted company with manager David Moyes after a disappointing first season in charge, BBC
The news comes just a day after intense speculation that the Scot was about to lose his job, with the club now unable to claim a Champions League qualification place for next season. That was mathematically ensured due to a defeat at Moyes’ former club Everton last time out.
The loss at Goodison Park is one of 11 that the defending champions have suffered this season, six of which have come at home, and the club are already certain to finish with their lowest points tally of the Premier League era.
Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of the club for 26 and-a-half years prior to his retirement at the end of last season, chose Moyes as his successor, but a series of setbacks in the 50-year-old’s first season which has resulted in the club lying seventh in the Premier League and out of each major cup competition has eventually cost him his position, despite being handed a six-year contract upon arrival.
During the home game against Aston Villa on March 29, a plane that was paid for by a section on Man Utd supporters flew over Old Trafford with the words ‘Wrong One – Moyes out’, referring to a banner naming Moyes as ‘The Chosen One’ which has been on display at the stadium.
Rumours which have been rife throughout the season have claimed that there has been unrest among the players concerning Moyes’ coaching methods, with Robin van Persie and Rio Ferdinand among those to publically vent their frustrations.
Last summer, Moyes struggled to recruit big-name players, only managing to recruit Marouane Fellaini, who he worked with for five years at Everton. Juan Mata joined the Red Devils for a club record £37.1m in January, but has been unable to improve form significantly.
Club legend Ryan Giggs, now a player-coach at the club, is expected to take charge of the next game, which at home to Norwich City on Saturday, but Moyes’ reign as successor to Ferguson – seen by many as a thankless task – is now over.
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