David Moyes: Portrait of a Scapegoat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
When the news was confirmed early on Tuesday morning that Manchester United boss David Moyes had been sacked, it sadly came as no surprise as the writing had been on the wall for a while. The champions had 27 fewer points than they did after 35 games last season.
Had David Moyes showed signs of progress during his first season as Manchester United manager it is likely that the board and fans would have shown more patience.
The club were determined not to become a "sacking club" so persevered with Moyes longer than any club would. To drop six places after spending £60m is an awful return and despite Moyes' claims today that the squad needed "fundamental rebuilding", these players were good enough to win the league weeks before the end of the season last year.
The League Managers' Association (LMA) have issued a statement in which they say that United were guilty of behaving in an "unprofessional manner" in the way they handled the firing of David Moyes yesterday.
Everyone knew on Monday afternoon that Moyes was going to be sacked, but it was not until a meeting with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Tuesday morning that he was actually told he was being let go.
A grim reaper haunted David Moyes from the stands directly beside the dugout as the Scot returned to Goodison Park to watch his old side Everton host Manchester United on Sunday. A day later, a leak from Old Trafford spread across all media outlets suggesting that Moyes had lost his job. Two days later, Manchester United FC officially confirmed the news.
Following his sacking yesterday, David Moyes has given a statement which has been released by the League Managers Association, which reads: "To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.
David Moyes has spoken out for the first time since being sacked by Manchester United. In what his a very dignified response to being relieved of his duties, Moyes, who insisted United had "big plans" for the future, thanked the fans and the staff at the club but, crucially, declined to acknowledge any of the players.
David Moyes has released a statement over his sacking as manager of Manchester United. It reads:
"To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.
"Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking it on.
With David Moyes and most of his staff gone, the nightmare that has occupied our minds for the last 10 months looks to be finally give ground to some much needed optimism and excitement, as the club seeks a manager capable to bring United back into the elite of English and European football.
The rumour mill over Moyes' successor has been in full swing since he was told he was no longer required at Carrington and given every man and his dog have picked a list of candidates, we thought we'd join the fun too, given we were denied the fun 10 months ago, when Fergie dumped Moyes in our laps -Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp aren't included, given they've already ruled themselves out of the job.
Suarez fan dreams of Manchester United move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
FC Zurich's U-17 strikerDimitri OberlinMfomo recently admitted that he dreams to play for Manchester United or Juventus one day, but it is Luis Suarez who inspires him the most.The Swiss International spoke his heart out in an interview with Serie A pundit and staff journalist of Gianluca Di MarzioFabrizio Romano.
Top 5 Young Premier League Stars set to shine at the 2014 World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
This Premier League season has arguably been one of the most exciting in recent years, and we have seen a host of breakthrough stars arrive on the big stage; some of whom are very likely to further showcase their extraordinary talent in the upcoming 2014World Cup in Brazil.
Which £60m superstar could be Manchester United's marquee summer signing? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
According to the British press, Manchester United are continuing their pursuit of Uraguyan superstar Edinson Cavani, with the Star reporting just hours ago that United officials had flown to France to discuss the possibility of a transfer with PSG.
Manchester United and Arsenal set to miss out on highly rated Spanish star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal are set to be disappointed in their pursuit of highly rated Sevilla defender Federico Fazio as the Argentine claims that he is happy at the Andalusian club.
Sir Alex Ferguson will have a say in deciding which manager should replace David Moyes at Old Trafford, after the former Everton manager was specifically appointed on his advice, only to fail miserably and being sacked just 10 months into his United career.
Since Moyes was relieved of his duties yesterday,two managers have already ruled themselves out of the running, with Pep Guardiola stating that he's determined to remain at Bayern Munich for at least another two seasons, while Jurgen Klopp, who would have been the perfect choice for United, has made clear he has no intentions of leaving Dortmund.
Much has been made of the urgent need for Manchester United to bring in new recruits this summer as they look to return to the top table of European football and make a swift return to challenging for the Premier League title.
Before Moyes' sacking yesterday, he seemed likely to oversee a fairly major player exodus in an effort to free up funds and squad space for incoming players.
Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj has decided to select Belgium as the national team he would like to play for.
Januzaj was eligible to select from a number of different countries to play his national team football including England, Belgium, Kosovo, Albania, Serbia and Turkey. But the Belgium football federation have today announced that Januzaj has chosen Belgium.
Today we feature an exclusive interview with Charlie Stillitano to discuss the 2014 International Champions Cup tournament as well as some of the high-profile friendlies involving national teams that will be playing in the States this summer.
The eight teams participating in the tournament this summer across the United States are:
• Liverpool • Real Madrid • Roma • Manchester United • Manchester City • Inter Milan • AC Milan, and • Olympiacos.
Remember the disgruntled Manchester United fan who was so upset at life at Old Trafford under David Moyes that he decided togo above and beyond in his quest to get his point across by having ‘Moyes Out' forever tattooed across his backside?
Well, with his quest complete, the very same pillock has gone and had his masterpiece (m-ass-terpiece?
When the announcement was made earlier this week that David Moyes would lose his job at Manchester United, and that Ryan Giggs would potentially take charge as aplayer/manager, my mind instantly turned to an old photo of Bryan Robson. For many, this wouldn't be the automatic thought, but I've always absolutely loved staged press photos of footballers (you can see more at the marvellous http://awkwardfootballphotoshoots.