David Moyes thanks Man United fans after his ‘unfortunate’ sacking

David Moyes thanks Manchester United fans after his sacking as manager back in April

David Moyes
Manchester United manager David Moyes Photo: Chevrolet

David Moyes has claimed that the days of long-term planning at Manchester United are over as he broke his silence following his sacking by the club in April.

The 51-year-old Scot was dismissed by the Red Devils just 10 months into his Old Trafford reign after his appointment as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor last summer.

And Moyes, who has since been replaced by Louis van Gaal, thanked United’s fans and Ferguson for their support during his spell in charge of the club.

It was unfortunate I wasn’t given more time to succeed

David Moyes

“I never had the chance to thank the Manchester United supporters for the backing they gave me during my time as manager,” Moyes wrote in the Sunday Times. “I wish them every success in the future.

“They now appreciate, I am sure, that things are changing at their club and it could well be that gone are the days of long-term planning.

“They were fully aware of the task I had. It was unfortunate I wasn’t given more time to succeed.

“I have spoken to Sir Alex Ferguson on several occasions and we met recently at a dinner in London. I believe I had nothing but support from him.

“He advised me of some changes that had to be made. I took his advice and started to implement the necessary changes. I became aware of other changes that had to be made and put plans in place.”

Moyes also insisted that he has “moved on” from his dismissal and has had a number of job offers from other clubs.

“Since leaving, I have received some very good offers and am tempted by one or two of them,” he added.

“I have not closed the door on anything and am open-minded about my next step in management, and whether it will be in the UK or abroad.

“Another possibility is that I may choose to have a break and enjoy watching and observing football throughout the world. What I do know for sure is that I have moved on.”

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