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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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.