David Moyes breaks silence after Man United sacking

David Moyes speaks of his pride at managing Manchester United despite his sacking on Tuesday

SACKED: Man United manager David Moyes Photo: Back Page Images

David Moyes has spoken of his “pride” at having managed Manchester United, despite his sacking by the club on Tuesday.

The 50-year-old Scot was relieved of his duties just 11 months after being appointed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor, with United languishing in seventh place in the Premier League.

Moyees released a statement via the League Managers Association on Wednesday, in which the former Everton boss concedes that results fell well below expectations during his tenure.

In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are

David Moyes

“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,” said Moyes.

“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 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.

The scale of the manager’s job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work

David Moyes

“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.”

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