David Moyes

Report: David Moyes to be fired as Manchester United manager


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.


Statement from suspended UEFA president Michel Platini

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Statement from suspended UEFA President Michel Platini:

Early this afternoon, I was informed of the FIFA ethics committee’s decision to impose on me a provisional 90-day suspension with immediate effect. That decision, which I will of course contest in the appropriate manner at the appropriate time, had already been the subject of a deliberate leak, and I gave my opinion on that earlier in the day.

I reject all of the allegations that have been made against me, which are based on mere semblances and are astonishingly vague. Indeed, the wording of those allegations merely states that a breach of the FIFA Code of Ethics “seems to have been committed” and that a decision on the substance of the matter cannot be taken immediately.

Despite the farcical nature of these events, I refuse to believe that this is a political decision taken in haste in order to taint a lifelong devotee of the game or crush my candidacy for the FIFA presidency.

I want everyone to know my state of mind: more than a sense of injustice or a desire for revenge, I am driven by a profound feeling of staunch defiance. I am more determined than ever to defend myself before the relevant judicial bodies.

I want to reiterate in the strongest possible terms that I will devote myself to ensuring that my good faith prevails. I have received numerous messages of support today from UEFA’s member associations and the other confederations encouraging me to continue my work serving football’s interests. Nothing will make me give up on that commitment.

EURO 2016: Ireland shock Germany, Northern Ireland qualify

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A recap of Thursday’s action in 2016 European Championship qualifying:

Ireland 1-0 Germany

Southampton striker Shane Long scored the goal that knocked off the defending world champions and pushed Ireland one step closer to next summer’s European Championship in France. Long, who entered the game in the 65th minute, latched onto Darren Randolph‘s ball over the top in the 70th minute, took one touch to settle and fired for the far post, beating Manuel Neuer for the game’s only goal.

With one game still to play, Ireland (18 points) sit third in Group D, level on points with Sunday’s opponent Poland. While the winner of Sunday’s clash could leapfrog Germany (19), they will more likely finish second in the group and qualify automatically. A draw on Sunday could still see both sides qualify automatically through the ranking of third-place finishers (the top third-place finishers from group play earns an automatic berth at EURO 2016).

Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

Norther Ireland (20 points) topped Greece (3), 3-1 on Thursday to officially book their place at EURO 2016. Steven Davis scored twice and Josh Magennis added the third for Michael O’Neill’s side.

With one game still to play (Sunday, at Finland), Northern Ireland can finish no lower than second. A draw against Finland, or any points dropped by Romania (17) would see Northern Ireland finish top of Group F.

Portugal 1-0 Denmark

Joao Moutinho scored the only goal of the game to secure Portugal’s (18 points from just seven games) place at next summer’s tournament. The defeat sees Denmark remain second in Group I, a point ahead of third-place Albania, who lost to Serbia on Thursday. Having played all eight of their group games, Denmark can go no higher than 12 points, meaning they would fail to qualify if Albania beat Armenia on Sunday. A draw between Albania and Armenia would see Denmark qualify based on tiebreakers.

Elsewhere in EURO 2016 qualifying action

Group D

Scotland 2-2 Poland
Georgia 4-0 Gibraltar

Group F

Hungary 2-1 Faroe Islands
Romania 1-1 Finland

Group I

Albania 0-2 Serbia