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David Moyes leaves Manchester United
DAVID Moyes has left Manchester United after 10 months in charge.
The move was confirmed on the club's official Twitter account this morning.
The first tweet read: "Manchester United announces that David Moyes has left the club."
It was followed shortly by: "The club would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role."
The club has struggled this season - the first since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson - and currently sits in seventh position in the Barclays Premier League, 23 points behind leaders Liverpool.
Moyes' 10-month reign saw them exit the FA Cup in the third round, losing to Swansea, and the Champions League in the quarter finals after defeat to Bayern Munich.
A struggling Moyes was not helped by the performances of players bought during his first forays into the transfer market.
Marouane Fellaini costs the club £27.5m but has been anonymous, and although Juan Mata has shown glimpses of quality since his move from Chelsea, it has not been enough for Moyes.
The Scot was picked as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor by the man himself but despite a solid start - a 2-0 win in the Community Shield and a 4-1 win against Swansea in the Premier League - he has failed to show any signs of improvement.
So where next for Manchester United?
Dutchman Louis Van Gaal is currently the bookies' favourite, followed by Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp.
Ryan Giggs is also in the mix, while Sir Alex himself sits at 14/1 to be the next manager. Would he take over until the end of the season? An interesting thought.
Here is a rundown of the likely candidates:
Klopp has certainly caught the eye on the European stage in recent years, guiding his dynamic Borussia Dortmund side to the Champions League final in 2012/13 off the back of the Bundesliga titles they won under him in each of the previous two seasons. The German is a charismatic, young coach and would surely prove a popular choice among United fans.
LOUIS VAN GAAL
The Holland coach has a vast amount of top-level experience and success on his CV, having previously been in charge of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Ajax, and has been heavily linked with both United and Tottenham of late.
Another youthful coach who has rapidly risen to prominence over the past few seasons, former Argentina international Simeone led Atletico Madrid to the Europa League title in 2012 and has overseen their run to the Champions League semi-finals this campaign, while they are also currently leading the Primera Division ahead of Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Blanc won the Ligue 1 title as Bordeaux coach and looks set to secure it again this term with Paris St Germain, having had a stint in charge of the France national team in between. The fact that he spent time at Manchester United at the end of his playing career would likely count in his favour in terms of how he would be perceived by the club's supporters.
There are few players as revered among the Old Trafford faithful as the 40-year-old Welsh midfielder, who is already part of the current United coaching staff on top of being a squad member. There would be considerable goodwill towards him from fans if he were to land the top job, but he lacks management experience. He looks a likely candidate to take the job on an interim basis, if not permanently.
SIR ALEX FERGUSON
The 72-year-old Scot, who has stayed on at the club as a director since finishing as manager, returning to the hot seat so soon after selecting Moyes to be his successor would certainly be interesting. Whether Ferguson would even entertain the idea is very much up for debate, as is the issue of what his comeback would mean for United in the long-term, given the age-old question of 'how do you replace Fergie?' would be straight back on the agenda. Red Devils fans would take considerable comfort from the sight of their most successful boss in the dugout again, though.
What do you think about the decision to get rid of David Moyes? Was it the right thing to do? Or is it going against the principles of a club which hasn't sacked a manager for more than two decades?
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