Manchester United left David Moyes twisting in the wind earlier in the week, as rumours of the manager's demise at the club began swirling and festering before he was ultimately sacked. And since, the club haven't exactly pulled the plug on any negative spin in regard to Moyes' tenure on the job.
So you couldn't blame Moyes if he was a bit miffed with United. But at least the two sides were able to come to terms on a contract settlement after he was fired.
The League Managers Association and Manchester United are pleased to confirm that terms of settlement have been agreed between the Club and David Moyes in respect of the termination of his employment.
A settlement agreement is in the process of being finalised. No further comment will be made in relation to this issue.
Few people are going to argue that Moyes' first season with Manchester United wasn't a failure. Disaster might be the word, really. The club failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 19 years, will finish with its lowest point tally in Premier League history, practically leaked points at Old Trafford and never established an identity or a style of play conducive to the talent on the pitch.
Moyes' club was a passive one, as illustrated by the following WhoScored infographic (shared via ESPN FC on Twitter):
Ryan Giggs has been appointed the interim manager while United seek a permanent replacement for Moyes, and on Friday at his first press conference he was sure to thank the outgoing boss. From Sky Sports News:
Giggs: I’d like to go on record to thank David Moyes for giving me my first role in coaching #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 25, 2014
Other managers around the country came to Moyes' defence. There was Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers, via Squawka Football:
Brendan Rodgers on Moyes sacking: "Saddened that an outstanding manager has lost his job, and the circumstances too." pic.twitter.com/7ay4WIWj75— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 25, 2014
Chelsea's Jose Mourinho made sure to reach out to Moyes, via Miguel Delaney of ESPN:
Mournho on Moyes: "I spoke with David privately. I don't want to share."— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) April 25, 2014
And Arsenal's Arsene Wenger thought he was given the axe too soon, via Sky Sports Football:
Moyes will certainly land on his feet. He probably isn't going to be managing a club the size of Manchester United anytime soon after this past season, but his tenure at Everton is proof that he's a better manager than he showed at Old Trafford. He'll get plenty of phone calls.
As for United, the managerial search will go on in earnest. The rumour du jour is that Dutch national coach Louis van Gaal will take over the position, but for now the club will continue searching all of Europe for the man who can replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
As Moyes can attest to, it's no easy job.