04/21 17:25 CDT Reports: Moyes' term nearing end at Man United
Reports: Moyes' term nearing end at Man United
AP Sports Writer
MANCHESTER, England (AP) --- David Moyes' troubled tenure as Manchester United
manager could be coming to an end after less than a year .
According to widespread reports Monday on the websites of numerous British
newspapers, Moyes is set to be fired by United and could be forced out before
the end of the season on May 11.
The club hadn't made an official comment on the speculation by late Monday, but
leading British bookmakers all slashed their odds on Moyes' removal.
"They're going to have to clarify this position quickly," said former United
defender Gary Neville, who described the club's handling of the situation as
"The average manager gets sacked every 12 months, and I've always felt
Manchester United should be different, hold themselves up as a club that
basically stands against what's happening in the game."
Defending champion United is seventh in the English Premier League at 17-11-6,
and Sunday's 2-0 loss at Everton ensuring the club will miss out on a top-four
finish and fail to qualify for Champions League for the first time in 19 years.
United is 23 points behind league-leading Liverpool (25-5-5) and on course for
its poorest league finish since 1990.
Moyes was selected by Alex Ferguson, who ended his 27-year reign as manager at
the end of last season, and given a six-year deal last May.
British newspapers reported 40-year-old midfielder Ryan Giggs, who has been a
player-coach this season, could be Moyes' temporary replacement. Dutch coach
Louis van Gaal and Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp have been mentioned as
possible replacements for next season.
"We are rebuilding," Moyes said Sunday. "We have got things we want to do. The
supporters have been incredibly behind the team and supported the team
throughout. They realize it has been a difficult season ... They understand it
has not been good, I recognize it has not been good, it needs to be better."