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Man United sack David Moyes

22 April 2014, 09:26

London - London - Manager David Moyes has been sacked by Manchester United, the club announced on their Twitter account on Tuesday.

"Manchester United announces that David Moyes has left the club," United said.

"The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role."

News of Moyes's exit comes a day after widespread reports in the British media that he was facing the sack, just 10 months after succeeding Alex Ferguson as manager of the world-famous club.

The 50-year-old Scot endured a torrid debut campaign at Old Trafford, with United falling to seventh place in the Premier League and being eliminated from both domestic cup competitions and the Champions League.

Moyes's last game in charge was a 2-0 loss at his former club Everton, which confirmed that United would not compete in the Champions League next season for the first time since 1995.

The defeat, United's 11th of the league campaign, left the defending champions 13 points below the Champions League places and 23 points behind leaders Liverpool.

British newspaper reports on Tuesday said that Moyes had been informed of his fate during an early-morning meeting with chief executive Ed Woodward at the club's Carrington training ground.

Current player-coach Ryan Giggs and his former United team-mate Nicky Butt are reportedly set to be placed in caretaker charge for Saturday's home game with Norwich City.

Louis van Gaal, the current Netherlands coach, has been installed as the favourite to succeed Moyes on a permanent basis by British bookmakers, with Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund another rumoured contender.

Highlights in the career of David Moyes, who was fired as manager of Manchester United on Tuesday:

1963 — Born April 25 in Glasgow, Scotland.

1980 — Signs as a professional with Celtic.

1983 — Moves to England and joins Cambridge United.

1993 — After spells at Bristol City and Shrewsbury, joins Preston.

1996 — Appointed assistant to manager Gary Peters at Preston.

1998 — Takes over as Preston manager, winning third-tier league title in second season.

2002 — Becomes Everton manager as replacement for Walter Smith and escapes relegation in first season.

2003 — Named League Managers' Association manager of the year.

2004 — After avoiding relegation, sells striker Wayne Rooney to Manchester United in a deal worth up to 27 million pounds (now $35 million).

2005 — Breaks the big four in the Premier League by guiding Everton to fourth place — above city rival Liverpool — and a place in the Champions League, earning him LMA manager of the year award for the second time. Everton loses to Villarreal in final qualifying round, Moyes' first taste of Champions League action.

2007 — Guides Everton into the UEFA Cup with a sixth-place finish in the Premier League, but team is knocked out in last 16.

2008 — Signs new 5-year contract at Everton.

2009 — Loses FA Cup final against Chelsea after beating Manchester United in semifinals.

2013 — Signs 6-year deal to take over as manager of Manchester United after being hand-picked by Alex Ferguson. Wins Community Shield for first trophy at new club.

2014 — Fired by United after 10 months in charge, with team seventh in the league in defense of title.

- Sport24


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