David Moyes was today sacked as manager of Manchester United
The worst kept secret in football was finally made public when the Old Trafford giants made the announcement on their twitter account.
It said that David Moyes had ‘left the club.’
Moyes has reportedly lost the support of United’s owners - the Glazer family - and his contract was terminated.
It is understood Moyes was sacked by vice-chairman Ed Woodward during a meeting at the club’s Carrington training ground this morning shortly after 8am.
The club had previously backed their manager despite a series of dreadful results, but Sunday’s defeat at Goodison Park proved one too many.
With a £150million spending spree planned for the summer the club’s owners, the Glazer family, wanted to make sure they had the right man at the helm to bring success back to Old Trafford.
A statement from the club, released at 8:30am, read: “Manchester United has announced that David Moyes has left the club.
“The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.”
In previous weeks, officials behind the scenes had knocked down similar stories, so their refusal to do so this time was telling.
There will be no shortage of takers for the position.
Jurgen Klopp, Laurent Blanc and Louis van Gaal have the credentials to succeed, but perhaps a more popular choice would be to install Ryan Giggs, who was part of Moyes’ backroom staff having started taking his coaching badges earlier this season.
There is a perception among United fans that Giggs, perhaps along with Paul Scholes or Nicky Butt, could restore some pride and passion to the United dressing room after what has been a truly woeful season under Moyes.
The list of unwanted records broken during Moyes’ time at the helm is as embarrassing as it is long.
United will end the season with their lowest points total in Premier League history, they have not qualified for the Champions League for the first time in almost two decades and their home record this season is the worst since 1978.
The Red Devils, who won the title by 11 points under Sir Alex Ferguson last year, are seventh in the Barclays Premier League with four matches left.
In the immediate aftermath of United’s 11th league defeat of the season, Moyes seemed unaware pressure on his shoulders was growing.
“We need to end the season on a high,” the 50-year-old told MUTV after the 2-0 loss at Everton. “We want to win all our games.
“We’ll do everything we possibly can to make that happen.”