Fired Moyes Says He Shares Manchester Utd. Fans’ FrustrationChristopher Elser
Former Manchester United coach David Moyes said he understands why he was replaced at the English Premier League soccer club and shares the fans’ frustration at the team’s poor performances.
Moyes, a 50-year-old picked by fellow Scot Alex Ferguson as his successor, was dismissed yesterday, four games before the end of United’s worst Premier League season. The team has lost 11 of its 34 league games under Moyes and is in seventh place, a year after winning a record 20th English title.
“We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad,” Moyes said in a statement released by the League Managers Association. “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.”
The former Everton manager failed to complete a full season at United. U.K. newspapers were reporting his departure before the club informed him, said Richard Bevan, the chief executive officer of the LMA, which represents soccer managers in England.
“Throughout his time at United, David, as he always does, has conducted himself with integrity and professionalism, values that he believes in and that have been strongly associated with the club and its rich tradition,” Bevan said in the statement. “It is therefore sad to see the end of David’s tenure at United being handled in an unprofessional manner.”
Ryan Giggs, who has played 962 times for United, is taking over from Moyes on an interim basis until a permanent appointment is made, United said yesterday. Paul Scholes, who played alongside Giggs in the team’s midfield, has returned from retirement to help with coaching, the team said.