Updates from Tuesday, April 22
BREAKING: Manchester United announces that David Moyes has left the club. (part 1 of 2) #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 22, 2014
BREAKING: The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role. (part 2 of 2)— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 22, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 21
Mark Ogden of The Telegraph reports David Moyes is facing the real possibility that he will be sacked as Manchester United's manager:
Geoff Sweet of The Sun previously reported Manchester United's board is having doubts about Moyes as the club's manager:
David Moyes' future as Manchester United boss was plunged into fresh doubt last night.
Old Trafford board members are questioning if he is the right man to command the club’s £200million summer transfer budget.
Updates from Wednesday, March 19
David Moyes' Manchester United reign will end in the near future, according to the Daily Mirror's Oliver Holt.
Holt claims Moyes' job has gone beyond the point of rescue, writing:
I hope that, somehow, there can still be some dramatic turnaround and that Moyes survives, then prospers.
The evidence, though, suggests that some time between now and the start of next season, the club will fire the man they entrusted to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Glazers think they have been patient. Now patience has run out.
David Moyes' seat is getting hotter by the day.
According to sources close to ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney, the new Manchester United manager is beginning to lose support from boardroom members as the club continues to struggle through a painfully inconsistent season:
Doubt, however, has increased at virtually every level of the club. Despite the poverty of recent performances, sources state that one of the most influential factors now has been financial concerns. A number of recently signed-up sponsors and commercial partners have reportedly let it be known to the club that they are less than enthused with now being linked to failure, especially since they specifically came on board because of the reputation for extreme success.
Moreover, Manchester United chairmen Joel and Avram Glazer, although still behind Moyes, are reportedly open to the idea of finding a new manager and are "nervous" about the club's recent run of performances.
United representatives have made contact with Louis van Gaal, current manager of the Netherlands national team, according to Delaney.
The Red Devils' next three matches could prove crucial for Moyes' job security.
On Wednesday, they host Olympiakos, looking to erase a two-goal aggregate deficit in order to advance to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. A positive result at Old Trafford could very well save Moyes' job for a while.
But a failure to advance past the Greek club could immediately result in a pink slip for Moyes, as Bleacher Report's Jerrad Peters suggests:
Will Moyes be fired?
Domestically, United currently sit in seventh place in the EPL table, and after hosting Olympiakos, they return to league play with a road match against West Ham before a battle with rivals Manchester City.
While it has been a mostly dreadful season for the Red Devils, who are just one season removed from being crowned champions in England, defender Nemanja Vidic, via ESPN FC's Richard Jolly, isn't ready to blame Moyes:
It’s a year of transition. They’re surprised that it’s not going the same as last year. I knew that it was going to be difficult and that we wouldn’t be winning as many trophies. Moyes needs time to adapt to the players and the same goes for us with him, but I didn’t think things would have gone this bad.
According to Delaney's report, the polarizing manager also still has the support of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton.
Whether the season's failures should be placed on Moyes' shoulders or not, Manchester United aren't used to disappointing results like this. If they continue, it's hard to imagine the Scottish manager keeping his job much longer.