Wednesday, 23rd April, 2014

David Moyes has spoken of his pride at his ten-month spell as Manchester United manager and insisted he has taken "invaluable experience" from his time in charge at Old Trafford.

Moyes, who was appointed successor to Sir Alex Ferguson last summer, was sacked from his job yesterday morning, paying the price for a poor season which ensures the Red Devils will not be in the Champions League next term.

Stories had broken on Monday suggesting he would be axed, but Moyes was only informed of the news at 07:40 yesterday, the club having offered no comment beforehand.

And the former Everton manager has wasted no time in offering his thanks for the opportunity to take charge of the English champions.


"I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United's manager", he was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter finals of this year's Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United.

"Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking on.

"The scale of the manager's job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work and the same applies to my coaching staff. I thank them for their dedication and loyalty throughout the last season."

Moyes also claims he was under no illusions about the scale of the rebuilding job needed at Old Trafford and fully intended to put the wheels into motion in the summer.

"We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad.

"This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results in the Premier League and the Champions League. However, during this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect."

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