Manchester United owners the Glazers are flying in for a summit meeting tomorrow to sort out the crisis at the club.
Co-chairman Joel and Avram Glazer, along with director brother Bryan, will meet with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to take a hands-on approach to recruiting a successor to David Moyes.
McDonnell also suggests the Glazers know they are heading into a "war of words" over how Moyes was sacked after League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan labelled the club "unprofessional" for failing to notify the fallen manager before leaks spread across the internet.
Moyes remains dignified—despite allegedly feeling "furious and disgusted" with the situation, per Alan Nixon of the Mirror—and released a statement on Wednesday thanking the club's backroom staff, Sir Alex Ferguson and the supporters.
BBC 606 posted his words in full:
Curiously, Moyes opted not to acknowledge the players when saying his public thanks. The sacked Scotsman is believed to have endured a rocky relationship with many of those pulling on the shirt, as reported by Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail and tweeted by Bleacher Report UK:
The Glazers arrive "in the hope of creating a plan for the club to go forward and find a new manager," per McDonnell's report. Dutch boss Louis van Gaal is the current favourite to take up the post after the World Cup, although Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti and Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc are also thought to be in the running, reported by Ian Herbert of the Independent.
United's next manager will inherit an underperforming squad that is crammed with deadwood. Players such as Chris Smalling, Nani and Tom Cleverley will need to up their game considerably if an Old Trafford future is to ensue, while Marouane Fellaini is destined to remain the £27 million spectre of the previous reign.
Whoever's hired will be tasked with returning United to the attack-minded, clinical style that has made the Red Devils famous over many years. Moyes' battling, "play not to lose" style failed to fit in with a group of players who are used to going on the offensive, no matter their opposition.
The Glazers, so often berated by fans for inflicting huge debt onto the club, saw United shares rocket by seven percent after the sacking of Moyes, reported by Sky News. Supporters will be hoping significant funds are made available during the summer as the club looks to regain Champions League football next season.
Right now, things remain up in the air at the Theatre of Dreams. Moyes' tenure was a failed experiment that needed to be cut short before it heavily impacted the long-term future of the club, ensuring the Glazers can't afford to get the next appointment wrong.
United's era of transition may have taken a backwards step, but after less than middling performances on the pitch, Moyes' sacking became essential to the future success of the club.