David Moyes has spoken for the first time since his sacking by Manchester United.
In a statement issued by the League Managers Association on behalf of Moyes, he spoke of the ‘immense’ scale of the job he faced at Old Trafford.
Moyes thanked the fans, the club’s staff and Sir Alex Ferguson for their support during his time at United but significantly did not thank the United players.
The statement comes as stories continue to emerge of rebellion within his squad.
LMA chief executive Richard Bevan was critical of United’s handling of Moyes’s sacking, which was confirmed by the club on Tuesday, less than 10 months after he took the job.
Bevan said: ‘The LMA is very disappointed with the nature of David’s departure from Manchester United and to read extensive reports in the press, confirming David’s sacking, before David himself had been spoken to officially by the club.
‘Throughout his time at United, David, as he always does, has conducted himself with integrity and professionalism, values that he believes in and that have been strongly associated with the club and its rich tradition.
‘It is therefore sad to see the end of David’s tenure at United being handled in an unprofessional manner.’
DAVID MOYES STATEMENT:
‘To have been appointed as manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest football clubs in the world, was and remains something of which I will always be incredibly proud.
‘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.
‘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 Barclays 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, and I both understand and share their frustration.
‘In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are. I would like to thank the United staff for making me feel so welcome and part of the United family from my first day. And of course thank you to those fans who have supported me throughout the season. I wish you and the club all the best for the future.
‘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. 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.’
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