David Moyes releases first statement post Manchester United sacking
Former Manchester United boss David Moyes has released his first statement today following his sacking yesterday morning and went on to thank Sir Alex Ferguson for giving him an opportunity to manage the club.
Moyes has also put his hands up and admitted that the results during his tenure were not what “Manchester United fans are used to or expect”.
Moyes was appointed as Manchester United manager on a six year contract following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement last summer but lasted all of 348 days in the job. There have been rumors of a fallout between Moyes and the players and Moyes noticeably doesn’t thank any of the players in his statement.
“To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud,” Moyes said.
“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 have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United’s manager. 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.”
League Managers Association chief Richard Bevan, though, has gone on to criticize Manchester United’s handling of the whole issue and called it ‘unprofessional’.
“It is sad to see the end of David’s tenure at United being handled in such an unprofessional manner,” he said.
Manchester United have appointed club legend Ryan Giggs as the interim manager with the club making no statement just yet about who will succeed Moyes.
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) April 23, 2014