His time is up: Moyes is to be sacked after a terrible first season. David Moyes will be sacked by Manchester United after a disastrous first season in charge at Old Trafford. The United board have finally lost patience with Moyes and decided to cut their losses on Sir Alex Ferguson’s beleaguered successor after less than a year in charge.
United’s abject 2-0 defeat at Everton proved the final straw, with the Old Trafford hierarchy now convinced Moyes simply does not have what it takes to lead a club of their stature and ambition.
Moyes has lost the united dressing-room and, with the champions languishing in seventh spot and out of the Champions League for the first time in 19 years, the club have decided to act by dismissing him. With up to £200million to be spent on strengthening their squad this summer, United chiefs are unwilling to trust Moyes with that money, with no guarantee of progress under him after this season’s turmoil.
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Ryan Giggs will be asked to lead United as caretaker boss for the remainder of the season if United decide to act immediately and give Moyes his marching orders before Saturday’s game at home to Norwich.
United, champions by an 11-point margin last season, are already guaranteed their lowest ever Premier League points total this term and are on course to suffer their worst finish since 1990.
They have suffered a record 11 Premier League defeats under Moyes and have recorded just one win in 12 games against the top six sides above them, a damning indictment of his reign.
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Failure in the Champions League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup, which has left United trophy-less this season, further undermined Moyes’ standing among those who hold the power at Old Trafford.
Although Moyes was handed a six-year contract when he took over from Ferguson last summer, a break clause means United will not have to pay up in full the 50-year-old’s £5m-a-year contract.
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, Holland coach Louis van Gaal and Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone are among the frontrunners to replace Moyes at United.