Report: Manchester United considering firing manager David Moyes
Manchester United has struggled under David Moyes in his first season with the club, as the Red Devils are seventh in the league with 48 points — 18 points out of first place and 12 behind Manchester City for the final Champions League spot — after a 3-0 loss to Liverpool on Sunday.
Team "boardroom figures" have now turned against Moyes and the possibility of him being fired has been raised, club sources told ESPN.
The Glazer family, which owns the team, is open to a change, but reportedly remains behind Moyes. The next week could be the determining factor, as United plays the second leg of the Champions League against Olympiakos already down 2-0, plus a trip to West Ham and a derby against Manchester City.
Writes Miguel Delaney of ESPN: "Despite the poverty of recent performances, sources state that one of the most influential factors now has been financial concerns. A number of recently signed-up sponsors and commercial partners have reportedly let it be known to the club that they are less than enthused with now being linked to failure, especially since they specifically came on board because of the reputation for extreme success."
Dutch national team manager Louis van Gaal is reportedly interested in the position, according to ESPN sources.
However, Moyes downplayed the rumors on Tuesday, saying his job status is secure.
''My future has not changed one bit,'' Moyes said Tuesday. ''I have got a great job, know exactly the direction I want to go in.SI WIRE: Report: Former FIFA vice president paid millions by Qatari company
''The biggest assurance is that [the board] let me get on with the job ... we talk about the future, we make big plans going forward. That is why they gave me a six-year contract. This is not a club that works on a short-term vision, it is a long-term one.''