Moyes to be sacked as Manch­ester United man­ager

Daily Trust - - SPORT - Fer­nando Tor­res David Moyes

David Moyes is set to be sacked as man­ager of Manch­ester United Scot just 11 months af­ter he was ap­pointed Sir Alex Fer­gu­son’s suc­ces­sor.

United spokesper­son has de­nied that Moyes has al­ready been sacked but Goal said that his de­par­ture is “im­mi­nent”. He is not ex­pected to be in the dugout when United play Nor­wich City at Old Traf­ford on Satur­day.

Player-coach Ryan Giggs is ex­pected to be placed in charge of the team un­til the end of the sea­son, with the other mem­bers of the back­room team that Moyes brought with him from Ever­ton - Steve Round, Phil Neville and Jimmy Lums­den - also set to leave the club. A per­ma­nent man­ager will then be ap­pointed at the end of the sea­son.

The Glaz­ers, the Amer­i­cans who own the club, re­garded Sun­day’s 2-0 de­feat at Ever­ton, United’s 11th loss in all com­pe­ti­tions since the turn of the year, as the fi­nal straw in what has been a cat­a­strophic sea­son.

Moyes, who signed a six-year con­tract last May in the wake of Sir Alex’s re­tire­ment, is likely to be told the news of his dis­missal by ex­ec­u­tive vice-chair­man Ed Wood­ward.

It can hardly be a co­in­ci­dence that the Glaz­ers de­cided to pull the plug im­me­di­ately af­ter con­fir­ma­tion that United can­not math­e­mat­i­cally fin­ish in the top four this sea­son.

The Amer­ica-based own­ers have learned from the se­nior ex­ec­u­tives based in the UK of the wide­spread dis­af­fec­tion of se­nior play­ers and the United hi­er­ar­chy be­lieve dress­ing room un­rest, cou­pled with a sea­son of dis­as­trous re­sults, has made Moyes’ po­si­tion un­ten­able.

United are set to be­come the equal worst de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons in Pre­mier League his­tory, match­ing the sev­enth place fin­ish of Ray Har­ford’s Black­burn Rovers in 1996. They are also likely to fail to qual­ify for the Europa League next sea­son.

The United board have stood by Moyes fol­low­ing sev­eral dis­as­trous re­sults, most no­tably the home de­feats last month to ri­vals Liver­pool and Manch­ester City.

But the score­lines have been matched by equally de­flat­ing per­for­mances and the pres­sure on Moyes has grown due to per­sis­tent ru­mours of dis­con­tent in the dress­ing room.

Robin van Per­sie, Ne­manja Vidic, Rio Fer­di­nand, Danny Wel­beck, Javier Her­nan­dez and Giggs, who has been marginalised de­spite his ap­par­ently se­nior role, are all be­lieved to be un­happy with Moyes and the back­room team he brought with him from Ever­ton.

The United match­day fans have re­mained broadly sup­port­ive of Moyes but anger has grown at what they per­ceive to be a neg­a­tive style of play and the man­ager’s con­tin­ual fail­ure to ar­rest the slump, par­tic­u­larly against high­qual­ity op­po­si­tion.

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