David Moyes Reportedly Will Be Sacked as Manager of Manchester United

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 21, 2014

Manchester United say that David Moyes has not been sacked, though reports suggest it will happen in the near future.

Stan Collymore of talkSPORT.com provides the statement from Manchester United discussing Moyes' status within the club:

BBC's Howard Nurse provided additional insight surrounding Manchester United's potential departure with Moyes:

Ian Herbert of The Independent is reporting that with United missing the Champions League next season, that the club only have to give Moyes a one-year pay off.

It was previously reported that United would dismiss manager Moyes following continued lackluster results throughout the 2013-14 season.  

Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail reported the news on Monday:

David Moyes will be sacked by Manchester United in the coming weeks and could even go before the end of the season.

United’s owners the Glazer family have finally lost patience with Moyes after a dismal season that has seen the reigning Barclays Premier League champions slump to seventh in the table.

The final straw was Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Everton, their 11th in the Barclays Premier League this season, and a result that left the title holders down 13 points off the Champions League places. ...

...It is understood that the plan now is to sack Moyes at the end of the season but the situation could now come to a head later on Monday or in the coming days. If the former Everton boss is sacked before the season’s end, club legend Ryan Giggs will be asked to take over team affairs.

ESPN FC reiterated that Moyes has not yet been sacked, but it is expected to happen:

The Sun North West confirmed that Giggs is in line to take the reins:

Henry Winter of The Telegraph provided insight into what will lead to Moyes' eventual sacking:

Meanwhile, Manchester Evening News reports that United are not denying these rumors:

The defending Premier League champions stumbled out of the gate under the leadership of the first-year manager, with three losses and a draw in their first six matches. They never fully recovered from that slow start, watching as their hopes of defending the title have slipped away.

Ladyman followed with whom he believed would be in the running to replace Moyes as United's manager, listing Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, Holland’s Louis van Gaal and Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti.

Given the Red Devils' immense struggles under Moyes, it's unlikely that the coaching change will have a severe impact on the squad, no matter who takes over. In fact, it's quite possible the decision could wake up the club and spark some inspired play.

United's offense has been sputtering since the start of the year, and the defense has been porous at times, such as when it let in four goals in the club's disappointing Manchester derby defeat in September. They would let in three more in a 3-0 loss to City at Old Trafford on March 25. 

After that loss, Moyes voiced his frustration, per The Associated Press' Steve Douglas (via The Toronto Star): "I thought it would be a tough year for us, no doubt about that, but I hoped it would be much more competitive and closer to the top of the league than we are at the present time."

United's loss to West Brom and draw with Southampton at home highlighted the club's sluggish start. The Red Devils won 16 of their 19 league matches at home in 2012-13 en route to winning the title. They won just one of four to start under Moyes.

Similar results continued to plague Moyes and company. Every time they would start moving in the right direction, there would be another setback. One of the most recent was a Champions League loss to Olympiakos in which the side played nothing like champions.

SkySports.com passed along comments from the manager after that match. He took responsibility for the defeat:

I take responsibility, it's my team and I'll always front it up. We didn't play well tonight and we have to play better. We can do. The one good thing is that there is the second game to go.

The players are hurting as well. They know how they performed. But there is a team here, that won't change, and we'll stick together.

Moyes signed a six-year deal with United last May, replacing the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, who won 13 Premier League championships and two UEFA Champions League titles over the course of 26 years at Old Trafford. Needless to say, the former Everton manager had some mighty shoes to fill if he was to be considered a success.

With fellow English powerhouses Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all playing sound football at the moment and battling atop the league table, United don't have a ton of time to dwell on the the failed Moyes experiment.

Whenever he is dismissed—whether in the next several days or at the end of the season—the Red Devils will need to quickly reorganize and play an inspired brand of football in order to restore faith in their supporters and build momentum toward next season.


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