Man Utd deny Moyes' sacking handled unprofessionally

Manchester United have denied the departure of David Moyes was handled in an unprofessional manner. Richard Bevan of the League Managers Association said it was wrong for newspapers to have reported the news before it was officially announced.

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United 'could not afford' to give Moyes more time

Manchester United's debt pile and wage bill meant they "could not afford" to give David Moyes more time to succeed Alex Ferguson as manager, analyst Louise Cooper has said.

Cooper stated that under Moyes, all the main revenue streams had been put under pressure by the failure of the team to make an impact on the pitch.

"Clearly Nike and other sponsors are paying for one of the best and most recognised football brands in the world - not one that cannot even make the Champions League," she said.

Manchester United's debt pile couldn't be solved with David Moyes at the helm says analyst. Credit: Eamonn and James Clarke/EMPICS

With United labouring under the weight of vast debts, which were reported as £389.2 million in June 2013, failure to qualify for the Champions League will cost an estimated £25 million extra.

"The debt levels are so large, the Glazers cannot afford to let him stay. And the staff costs are also so large and predominantly fixed that he had to go," she said.

'Chosen One' banner could go to Football Museum

A banner that read 'The Chosen One' which has hung from the Stretford End at Old Trafford since August is set to be taken down following the sacking of David Moyes as Manchester United manager, a flag fan group said.

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

They have also asked fans to help them decide what will replace it next season.

Manchester United fans hold a banner in support of manager David Moyes Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

A National Football Museum spokesman told BBC Sport: ""We are offered objects on a regular basis and, while we are always grateful for these offers, we often have to decline for reasons of space and because it doesn't fit within our guidelines."


Twitter user @moyesy inundated after Moyes sacking

A woman who has been mistakenly identified as ex-Manchester United boss David Moyes on Twitter has been inundated with tweets in the run up to his sacking.

Sarah Moyes, a publicist from Scotland, has made light of some of the messages she received - even playing along with the suggestion that David Moyes is in fact her father:

Interim manager Ryan Giggs arrives at Carrington

Ryan Giggs has arrived at the club's Carrington training ground to begin his role as interim manager of Manchester United, following the sacking of David Moyes.

Ryan Giggs is to take the managerial reins at Old Trafford until a successor is found. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

United will try to move quickly to install a permanent replacement for Moyes.

It is understood that Holland boss Louis van Gaal is the favourite to take over, but another potential candidate in Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp looks to be out of the picture.

Manchester United confirm Giggs as interim manager

Manchester United have confirmed that Ryan Giggs will act as interim manager until a permanent manager is appointed.

The club's official website also said that they will make "no further comment on this process until it is concluded".


Coach Phil Neville to 'stay for remainder of season'

Goalkeeping coach Chris Woods and first-team coach Phil Neville will remain at Manchester United for the rest of the season, reports BBC Sport.

Manchester United player-coach Ryan Giggs (left) with coach Phil Neville. Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Manchester United assistant Steve Round and first-team coach Jimmy Lumsden have also left the club after David Moyes was sacked as manager.

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