Manchester: Manchester United sacked manager David Moyes on Tuesday, just 10 months after he succeeded Alex Ferguson at the helm of one of the world’s most famous clubs.
After a day of speculation in the British media, the Premier League giants confirmed the Scot’s departure in a brief statement on their Twitter account.
“Manchester United announces that David Moyes has left the club,” United said. “The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role.”
Rumours of Moyes’s imminent departure began to swirl on Monday, with the club refusing to comment when asked if he was facing the sack.
British newspaper reports on Tuesday said that Moyes had been informed of his fate during an early-morning meeting with chief executive Ed Woodward at the club’s Carrington training ground.
Current player-coach Ryan Giggs is reportedly set to be announced as interim manager later on Tuesday.
United host Norwich City on Saturday in the first of their four remaining league games this season.
Louis van Gaal, the current Netherlands coach, has been installed as the favourite to succeed Moyes on a permanent basis by British bookmakers, with Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund another rumoured contender.
Ferguson, British football’s most successful manager, personally hand-picked Moyes to succeed him after announcing his retirement last May following 26 and a half trophy-studded years at Old Trafford.
Moyes inherited a team that had romped to the Premier League title — United’s 20th English league crown — by 11 points, but he endured a torrid debut campaign.
Moyes’s last game in charge was a 2-0 loss at his former club Everton, which confirmed that United will not compete in the Champions League next season for the first time since 1995.