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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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Moyes 'to be sacked': Probably not a case of 'if' but 'when'

File photo dated 23/10/2013 of Manchester United's manager David Moyes. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

We know now that it is probably not a case of if David Moyes will lose his job, but when.

We spoke to the club this afternoon and their exact words "he has not been sacked" - when they were asked about his long term future they wouldn't say anything further. This seems very telling, as there has been rumours about Moyes before and the club has been quick to close them down.

The reason for all of this [speculation] is because of Manchester United's defeat to Everton in the Premier League that meant they cannot qualify for the Champions League next season - the first time in 18 seasons that this has happened.

It seems that this is too much for a club of this stature to deal with.

You may ask: "Why hasn't there been an announcement already?"

The reason for this is business orientated: part of Manchester United is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the NYSE has been open today.

It closes around 9pm British Summer Time tonight and reopens tomorrow at 2.30pm. I expect an announcement between these hours about Moyes' future.

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