Manchester United and manager David Moyes have parted company, the club announced this morning. The Scot was informed by United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that his six-year deal was to be terminated after just 10 months in the role.
United’s owners, the Glazer family, finally ran out of patience. It is also a huge disappointment for the American owners, who borrowed a lot of money to finance the acquisition of the club. Now the biggest name in world soccer are looking to hire their second manager in a year, having just had Sir Alex Ferguson in charge for 26 years.
In a statement released on the club’s website and via social media platform Twitter this morning, United said: “The Club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.” Moyes joined United after managing Everton from 2002-2013, where he got the Merseysiders into the Champions League. However, that was the highlight. He failed to win any major trophies and his away record against the Premier League elite left a lot to be desired.
During his short tenure at United, Moyes presided over a number of unwanted records, where a list of clubs lower down the table were almost queuing up to beat United at home. The final nail in the coffin came last weekend when United lost to Moyes’ old club Everton, which ended any hope of United finishing in the top four.
Moyes was also heavily-criticized for his failure in two transfer windows. Having overspent on Marouane Fellaini – £27.5 million from Everton – in the summer, the Belgian has failed to flourish at Old Trafford. Moyes then purchased Juan Mata from Chelsea for a record £37.1 million in January. Although the Spaniard has provided flashes of brilliance, the players around him have not made his arrival as spectacular as it could have been. As a result Moyes has left United and will leave Manchester with his tail between his legs.
United are understood to have put veteran player Ryan Giggs in charge temporarily while they look for a successor. Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal is linked with the role and he has gone public about his interest in the post. Furthermore, United are also said to have spoken to him already. Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is another name associated with the post, as is Atlético Madrid’s Diego Simeone – they are Chelsea’s opponents in the Champions League tonight.
The Manchester giants may find it hard to attract big name players due to their absence from next season’s Champions League. As a result, they are targeting big name managers to pull the players in. So while Moyes leaves his United career behind, a new dawn is starting at the outgoing Premier League champions. Whether it is van Gaal, Klopp, Simeone or someone else, the man coming in will be tasked with rebuilding an aging squad and players who became so disillusioned with Moyes’ modus operandi, they started to look for other clubs. “The Chosen One” has left, now United must hire a winner.
By Robert Shepherd