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Andy Murray 'honoured' to receive Freedom of Stirling

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray said he felt honoured to receive the Freedom of Stirling and an honorary degree from the university where he trained as a boy.

Murray was awarded the Freedom of Stirling - the greatest civic honour the local authority can give - during a special council meeting at his old school Dunblane High this morning.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray smiles widely as he holds the Freedom of Stirling.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray smiles widely as he holds the Freedom of Stirling. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The reigning Olympic champion said the honours were "a bit different but mean just as much".

"Every time I come back here the support has been overwhelming," he said. "It's just always nice to come back and see the support and meet friends and family in Dunblane. I miss home."

Moyes thanks Ferguson 'for chance to manage Man Utd'

David Moyes has released a statement following his sacking as manager of Manchester United, in which he thanked predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson "for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage" the club:

To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United 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 on.

The scale of the manager’s job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work and the same applies to my coaching staff.

I thank them for their dedication and loyalty throughout the last season.

We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad.

This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results in the Barclays Premier League and the Champions League.

However, during this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration.

In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are.

I would like to thank the United staff for making me feel so welcome and part of the United family from my first day.

And of course thank you to those fans who have supported me throughout the season. I wish you and the club all the best for the future.

I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter finals of this year's Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United.

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Sir Alex 'backed decision to sack Moyes'

Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson personally selected David Moyes as his successor. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Sir Alex Ferguson backed the decision to sack David Moyes and will have a key role in the choosing of his replacement, according to reports.

According to the Times, Sir Alex Ferguson supported the move to axe the former Everton boss, despite personally choosing him as his successor a year earlier.

The newspaper also reports that the club's legendary manager will again be involved in the selection of the new manager - with Real Madrid manager and former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti thought to be among the names on the top of United's wishlist.

Ryan Giggs, who now leads the side on an interim basis, will not be considered for the role full time due to a lack of management experience, it is believed.

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Roy Keane: Moyes should have been given more time

Former Manchester United player Roy Keane has said he thinks David Moyes should have been given more time.

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane. Credit: ITV Sport

Speaking to ITV Sport, he said: "He certainly had a hard start when he took the job. I think the chief executive didn't get the deals done that he wanted. There was a lot of negativity. He had a slow start and no momentum.

"I think it is a shame, I think he should have been given more time. I think some of the players at Man United should be ashamed of themselves, I think they have really let him down."

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PM: As a Villa fan I'll save advice for Moyes' successor

Asked if he had any advice for the person who takes over from David Moyes at Manchester United, David Cameron said he would save the advice as a fan of Aston Villa who had had a "ropey season".

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: Pool

The Prime Minister said: "As an Aston Villa fan, we've had a bit of a ropey season, so I think I'll save the advice on football management - a subject about which I know precious little."

Alleged 'Chosen One' flag selling for thousands on eBay

A banner that read 'The Chosen One' which hung from the Stretford End at Old Trafford has apparently gone up for sale on eBay, attracting bids worth thousands of pounds.

The apparent seller is named as shaunolar who has a 100% positive feedback rating, but it is yet to be confirmed as the genuine Moyes banner.

More: 'Chosen One' banner could go to Football Museum

The eBay page where the apparent flag is up for sale. Credit: Screengrab/eBay

After David Moyes' departure, Stretford End Flags asked fans on Twitter: "Where now for the Chosen One banner Farewell gift to Moyes? Ebay? Or donate to the @FootballMuseum".

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