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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
The Scot oversaw the club's worst
campaign in the Premier League era
and missed out on Champions League
qualification, and leaves Old Trafford
just a season into his six-year deal
Manchester United have sacked manager David
Moyes with immediate effect after owners the
Glazer family finally lost patience with the Scot.
The 50-year-old, who created a host of unwanted
records during his brief stint at Old Trafford,
becomes the first United manager to be
dismissed since Ron Atkinson in 1986.
Announcing Moyes' departure on their official
Twitter account, United added: "The club would
like to place on record its thanks for the hard
work, honesty and integrity he brought to the
Moyes had endured a torrid campaign in charge
of the reigning Premier League champions, with
Sunday's abject 2-0 loss to former club Everton
guaranteeing that the Red Devils will miss out on
a place in the Champions League next season.
Defeat at Goodison Park was their 11th of the
season - just one fewer than relegation battling
West Brom - and left the club languishing in
seventh place in the table.
Sunday's result marked the first time both the
Toffees and Liverpool have completed a league
double over United, while local rivals Manchester
City managed that feat for the first time since the
Premier League's inception.
Moyes had been handpicked by Sir Alex Ferguson
to take over upon his retirement, urging those in
attendance of his final match at Old Trafford to
"stand by our new manager".
But with United having struggled so much under
Moyes, the club's hierarchy were increasingly
worried that he was no longer the right man to
entrust this summer's £200 million warchest to.