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Football: United boss Moyes on verge of sack, say reports

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014

LONDON - Manchester United are going to sack manager David Moyes according to the British media who set off a new torrent of speculation surrounding the beleaguered Scotsman on Tuesday.

The club had earlier said he had not been sacked, but refused to deny widespread British media reports that he would be sacked before the end of the season.

A spokesperson from United told AFP in an email: " David Moyes has definitely not been sacked!" However, when journalists asked the club if he would leave before the end of the season, they were told: "We do not comment on speculation." And later Monday the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that Moyes would be sacked on Tuesday, having lost the support of the club's US-based owners, the Glazer family.

The Telegraph added Ryan Giggs, with Nicky Butt as his assistant, would take charge until the end of the season with the stricken Premier League champions still to play Norwich, Sunderland, Hull and Southampton this term.

Giggs, the club's record appearance-holder, has served as player-coach under Moyes while Butt, himself a former United midfielder, has worked with the reserves.

Speculation about Moyes's future intensified following Sunday's 2-0 loss at Everton - the Scot's former club - which condemned United to their 11th league defeat of the season and meant they could no longer qualify for the Champions League.

Moyes was the chosen successor of former United boss Alex Ferguson - British football's most successful manager - following his retirement at the end of last season.

But Moyes has endured a torrid first season at Old Trafford, with United falling to seventh place in the Premier League and being knocked out of both domestic cup competitions.

They reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they lost to holders Bayern Munich, but will not compete in the competition next season for the first time since 1995.

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