David Moyes has been sacked as manager of Manchester United after just 10 months in charge.
The 50-year-old Scot had signed a six-year contract to manage the English Premier League champions after being hand-picked by his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.
But after a poor domestic league campaign United will miss out on the Champions League for the first time since 1995 and look set to miss out on Europa league football also as they are currently seventh in the table.
Their disastrous season also includes elimination from the FA Cup third round, the semi-finals of the League Cup and quarter finals of the Champions League.
The final straw for the board appears to be United’s defeat to Moyes’ former club Everton at the weekend prompting the club and especially owners, the Glazer family, to cut their loses.
From the 34 games played so far this term United have won 17, drawn six and lost 11 meaning they are guaranteed to record their lowest points tally in the Premier League.
It is also the first time in Premier League history United have failed to fail to take a single point against their regional rivals of Liverpool, Everton and their noisy neighbours Manchester City.
Off to a poor start
Moyes started his reign at Old Trafford on the back foot when he and newly appointed chief executive Ed Woodward endured a disappointing transfer window.
After missing out on his wish list of players including Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas, Moyes only managed to sign Marouane Fellaini from his former club.
But along with his new United teammates the lanky Belgian international has failed to fire this season causing mixed emotions from the United faithful.
A winter transfer signing of Spain international Juan Mata appeared to calm the choppy waters – but Moyes came under more criticism for not appearing to have a clear idea how to use the player in the best possible way.
Further worries arose for the United board when it was reported Moyes had lost the confidence of his players, notably the injury-troubled Robin van Persie.
But for many it was the style of play United adopted under the Glaswegian that caused concern.
Instead of the fast flowing attacking style of play under Ferguson; Moyes provided a flat, conservative, even cautious style of play that often drew criticism during his 11 years at Everton.
A style of play that has cost United Champions League football next term, a top five league finish and ultimately Moyes his job.
Club hero Ryan Giggs will take over for the remaining four games of the season while Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal is the bookmakers’ favourite as Moyes’ permanent successor.
Giggs’ first match as interim boss will be the home game against Norwich on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, Atletico Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone and Paris St-Germain’s Laurent Blanc have also been mentioned as possible replacements although Klopp recently ruled himself out of contention.
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