A day after having been sacked unceremoniously by Manchester United, David Moyes believes that the club behaved ‘unprofessionally’ in the manner in which he was let go from the club.
Having initially signed a 6 year contract with Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘Chosen One’ was shown the door at Old Trafford following a 2-0 defeat at the hands of his former club, Everton. However reports now suggest that David Moyes is disappointed with the club’s conduct during and after his sacking, claiming that the club handled the matter ‘unprofessionally’.
The biggest issue raised by the former manager was that the club leaked the news of his dismissal to the Press before informing him first about his departure. The day before David Moyes was to be sacked by Manchester United, almost every media house was aware of the development and had already reported it to the world. The League Manager’s Association (LMA), who issued David Moyes’ statement following his sacking, also criticised the club, calling the manner in which the manager was let go extremely unprofessional.
“The LMA is very disappointed with the nature of David’s departure from Manchester United, and to read extensive reports in the press confirming David’s sacking before David himself had been spoken to officially by the club.”
“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.”
“It is therefore sad to see the end of David’s tenure at United being handled in an unprofessional manner.”
However club officials have defended such allegations with reports emerging that a United spokesperson has categorically denied that the club treated David Moyes ‘unprofessionally’.
“We do not accept that it was handled in an unprofessional manner.” (Club Spokesperson)
Sources have allegedly explained that a decision regarding David Moyes’ sacking was not taken until late in Monday night and hence the Manager could not have been informed of the final decision till next morning. The sources also revealed that club executive Ed Woodward had informed the manager that the two needed to meet urgently, but could not convey the official decision till the matter was discussed extensively with the Glazers.
Following his dismissal at Old Trafford, David Moyes issued a statement through the LMA, thanking the fans and Sir Alex Ferguson but failed to mention the players sparking suggestions that the players were responsible for Moyes’ departure.
“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.”
“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.”
The Daily Mail has revealed that the players were increasingly frustrated with the new manager and made their feeling known to him on more than one occasion. The report spoke about players leaking team news to the media, misbehaving on the grounds and having no regard whatsoever for the manager during his tenure at Manchester United. It particularly revealed the manager’s complete lack of control over the dressing room, something which Sir Alex Ferguson believed to be the founding stone of every good manager.
But with David Moyes now out of Old Trafford and Ryan Giggs in charge of things, will the players turn around and show that the worst is past Manchester United? Or was the sacking just the beginning of a turbulent era at Manchester United that is yet to be scripted. Only time will tell.