The Telegraph is reporting that time has run out for Manchester United manager David Moyes, having lost the backing of club ownership.
With yesterday’s 2-0 loss at Everton proving to be “the final straw”, the report claims that Moyes could be fired before Saturday’s match against Norwich City if “he chooses to seek assurances over his future” which executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is “unlikely to be able to offer.”
The report is predicated on two conditions. First, it requires Moyes to seek assurances, something that the 50-year-old Scot may not feel the need to do given the support the Glazer family has afforded him during his first 11 months in charge. Second, assuming Moyes does seek assurances, the article claims Woodward is merely “unlikely” to offer them, affording some wiggle room for his stay.
The report was released by the Telegraph’s Mark Ogden, who has the title of “Northern Football Correspondent” meaning he is the top man for covering news out of places like Old Trafford. Through connections with the Glazer family and Sir Alex Ferguson, Ogden says the recent string of poor results combined with the apparent breakdown in relations with Ryan Giggs, Robin van Persie, Nemanja Vidic and Danny Welbeck are all contributing factors to United’s decision. The article also lists other failings brought up throughout the year, including Moyes’ discomfort with a difficult early season schedule and his disastrous decision to spend over $46 million (£27.5m) to purchase Marouane Fellaini.
Conceding that United have not been actively pursue a replacement for Moyes, Odgen claims that if Moyes is fired, Giggs will serve as an interim manager before a more established gaffer like Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp, Holland manager Louis van Gaal, Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc or Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone can be lured in this summer.
As incredible story as this report feels, all indications are that Moyes’ time as manager will come to an end in the next 24-48 hours. We’ll make sure to keep you updated throughout the entire ordeal.
Jurgen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool to sign a contract naming him the next coach of the Reds.
The celebrated manager, 48, has been on “hiatus” from football since leaving Borussia Dortmund last season.
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Reports starting emerging earlier today that an agreement was imminent, and now the BBC is among those reporting that Klopp will be rolled out Friday morning.
From the BBC:
No contract has yet been signed but that is viewed as a formality when Klopp arrives in Liverpool later on Thursday. He will be officially unveiled by Liverpool on Friday morning at 10:00 BST.
There’s not much to say besides this: Klopp’s addition to the Premier League will give more color and brilliance to the country’s footballing scene. Only a certain class of manager can be instantly expected to find a better system for an inherited group of players.
This could and should be a game changer on Merseyside.
It was a mere 48 hours ago that Lionel Messi looked close to in the clear when it came to tax evasion charges.
Now the question is whether a Spanish court will lock away the greatest active footballer, as a judge rejected the prosecutors’ (!!!) request to drop the charges.
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Messi and his father have already made a $5.5 million corrective payment, but there’s principle in play here. And the judge wants to know how Messi can claim he had no idea what was being done with his money.
From the BBC:
Lawyers acting on behalf of the tax authorities demanded 22-month jail sentences for both defendants.
“There are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties,” wrote the judge in a court filing, according to the AFP news agency.
Can you imagine one of the world’s richer men ending up in a Spanish prison? It’s very difficult to consider. In some ways it’s more plausible that he would buy his own island and start the “Messi Isle Premiership”.
Still, we won’t laugh off the idea, especially with FIFA apparently going down. Messi in prison. That’s something. Sepp in Switzerland. Lionel in Spain.