David Moyes’ tumultuous reign as Manchester United’s manager looks set to come to an end after numerous British tabloids revealed the club’s owners will sack the Scot in the imminent future.
This speculation has only been exacerbated by the fact that Manchester United have declined to comment on the matter instead of showing him the much needed support that Moyes indubitably craves.
It looks as though the Red Devils’ hierarchy reached their decision after yet another abject performance from the incumbent Premier League champions against Everton on Sunday. United succumbed to a 2-0 defeat, and showed no improvement after their embarrassing losses to Liverpool and Manchester City last month. Everton’s victory also means that United are now unable to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 19 years.
Speculation surrounding Moyes’ future began to circulate late on Sunday evening and early Monday morning, As recent results have been so poor for his side, this hardly came as surprise. They soon began to become more and more fierce though and the English press have now unanimously reported that his sacking is a near certainty.
It’s not known if Moyes will oversee Manchester United’s final four games of the 2013/2014 season. Some outlets have suggested that the Glazer family, who own the club, will actually fire the former Everton manager in the next few hours and replace him with current coach Ryan Giggs, who also happens to be Manchester United’s most decorated ever player. Bookmakers have already stopped taking bets on Moyes’ sacking, as they now believe that it is merely a formality.
Moyes was hand-picked by Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United’s highly successful manager, after he announced his retirement last summer. But ever since taking over the Old Trafford hot-seat, he has experienced a wave of disappointment.
United were effectively out of the title race by January, while in the same month they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Swansea in the third round and the League Cup semi-finals by lowly Sunderland. Bayern Munich then defeated them in the Champions League last sixteen in March, and their inability to finish in the top four means that they won’t be competing against the European elite for at least another 16 months.
Currently, Borussia Dortmund’s German manager, Jurgen Klopp, is the favorite to succeed Moyes, while Netherlands’ Louis Van Gaal, and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone have each been linked to the role, too.
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