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David Moyes Reportedly Furious at Axe, Was Planning Toni Kroos, Luke Shaw Deals

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  David Moyes manager of Manchester United gives instruction during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on April 20, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2014

David Moyes is said to be "furious and disgusted" with the way Manchester United delivered his sacking.

The Scottish manager, axed on Tuesday after an abysmal season in charge of the Red Devils, had little idea he was about to receive the chop, according to Alan Nixon of the Mirror:

Moyes was left in the dark about his imminent departure on Monday, despite the news breaking on Twitter and subsequently flooding the internet.

The Scot, who was in charge at Old Trafford for only 348 days, is angry with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and other club officials, who did not keep him informed of his fate.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 15:  Luke Shaw of Southampton clears the ball away from Johan Elmander of Norwich during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Norwich City at St Mary's Stadium on March 15, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (
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Nixon also suggests Moyes worked until the bitter end, "pressing" Luke Shaw's representatives for an answer on a £27 million switch from Southampton and targeting a deal for Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos. It is also thought he aimed to confirm the future of Wilfried Zaha and Nick Powell, both of whom are currently on loan away from Old Trafford.

Instead of continuing his rebuilding process, Moyes was forced to clean his desk.

Jonathan Prynn of the London Evening Standard suggests the fallen boss "lost out" on a £30 million payoff due to a clause in his six-year contract limiting his compensation to £5 million if United failed to make the Champions League.

Sir Alex Ferguson, the man who famously chose Moyes as his successor, will have a say in who takes the hot seat next, according to Mark Ogden of the Telegraph. This may fill a number of United fans with dread after his original selection proved to go against the club's famed playing style and philosophy.

Moyes, highlighted at Everton, excels when building competitive, dogged teams, but he needed to show more than battling spirit at Old Trafford. His lack of ambition removed United's famous cut-and-thrust attack, nullified wing play and left individuals such as Juan Mata and Robin van Persie frustratingly isolated in unfamiliar parts of the pitch.

Even so, Nixon reports the 50-year-old is "seething" with his dismissal, as Moyes even sought to call in LMA representative Richard Bevan to ensure he received the pay that was due.

Gary Neville, former United right-back and current Sky Sports pundit, suggested his old club went about sacking Moyes in the wrong way.

Rumours heavily circulated on Monday without confirmation from the United hierarchy, who waited until Tuesday morning to reveal Moyes' fate. Neville claims it "could have been dealt with a whole lot better," per Sky Sports News television channel and via Simon Rice of the Independent.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  David Moyes manager of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on April 20, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images
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Ultimately, many fans got what they wanted. Moyes' reported anger is likely to be reminiscent of what many supporters felt throughout the season. Granted, managers should be given time to insert their plans, but with two transfer windows down, all Moyes had achieved was the defacing of a Premier League-winning side.

Both United and Moyes can chalk this one up as an error of judgement and move on. A summer rebuild should see the Theatre of Dreams rocking again, while Moyes is unlikely to be out of top-level work for long.

Moyes is undoubtedly a smart manager whose talent revolves around building tenacious sides, but, like Roy Hodgson at Liverpool, United just weren't the correct fit. As Brendan Rodgers and the Reds have shown, things can change very quickly with the right man in charge.


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