No More Moyes

This was the week that saw David Moyes’ time as manager of Manchester United come to end, after a tad less than one season in charge. This is the first time the club have had to dismiss a manager in almost three decades, something you’re not used to hearing these days, although Sir Alex Ferguson was a special case, and was always going to be an incredibly tough act to follow.

Fergie took over at a time when financial rewards didn’t amount to the colossal sums they do now. Cohesion was something that could be developed, success a target for the future. Now, instant results are all that matter. The fact that the club allowed Moyes the amount of time they did was, in itself, a surprise, and seen by some as little more than a show of respect to former manager Ferguson, who’s made no secret of the fact he cherry-picked Moyes to be his successor.

When the story broke last summer that Ferguson would be stepping down, it was clear all eyes would be on United’s new boss to see if he could pick up where Fergie had left off. I’ve selected a few pictures from David Moyes’ sole season in charge, showing some of the highs and lows he went through during his time in the Old Trafford hotseat…

 

David Moyes, then manager of Everton, greets Sir Alex Ferguson before a match between the two sides
David Moyes, then manager of Everton, greets Sir Alex Ferguson before a match between the two sides

 

A banner reading 'The Chosen One' hangs in the Stretford End
A banner reading ‘The Chosen One’ hangs in the Stretford End

 

David Moyes waves to the Man Utd crowd before his first home league match in charge, against Chelsea
David Moyes waves to the Man Utd crowd before his first home league match in charge, against Chelsea

 

David Moyes arrives at the home dugout
David Moyes arrives at the home dugout

 

David Moyes signs autographs for fans waiting next to the home dugout at Old Trafford
David Moyes signs autographs for fans waiting next to the home dugout at Old Trafford

 

David Moyes stands in the dugout surrounded by his staff and assistants
David Moyes stands in the dugout surrounded by his staff and assistants

 

Moyes looks dejected as he applauds the support following his side's loss to West Bromwich Albion
Moyes looks dejected as he applauds the support following his side’s loss to West Bromwich Albion

 

David Moyes scratches his head during a pre-UCL press conference
David Moyes scratches his head during a pre-UCL press conference

 

Moyes and striker Robin van Persie deep in conversation during a training session
Moyes and striker Robin van Persie deep in conversation during a training session

 

Moyes talks to Wayne Rooney on the sideline
Moyes talks to Wayne Rooney on the sideline

 

Moyes (L) shakes hands with new Everton manager Roberto Martinez as they meet for the first time since the Scot's move
Moyes (L) shakes hands with new Everton manager Roberto Martinez as they meet for the first time since the Scot’s move

 

Always the centre of attention, Moyes is surrounded by photographers before a match against Aston Villa
Always the centre of attention, Moyes is surrounded by photographers before a match against Aston Villa

 

Man Utd mascot Fred The Red puts his arm around David Moyes
Man Utd mascot Fred The Red puts his arm around David Moyes

 

David Moyes speaks to his players before extra time in their League Cup SF match against Sunderland
David Moyes speaks to his players before extra time in their League Cup SF match against Sunderland

 

David Moyes poses with new signing Juan Mata
David Moyes poses with new signing Juan Mata

 

Moyes gives his players instructions during their league match away to West Bromwich Albion
Moyes gives his players instructions during their league match away to West Bromwich Albion

 

David Moyes takes part in training with Wayne Rooney et al
David Moyes takes part in training with Wayne Rooney et al

 

Moyes shares a joke with striker Wayne Rooney during a training session
Moyes shares a joke with striker Wayne Rooney during a training session

 

In March, the Red Issue fanzine suggested Moyes had a tough month ahead of him
In March, the Red Issue fanzine suggested Moyes had a tough month ahead of him

 

Moyes applauds the support after their dramatic home comeback against Olympiakos in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16
Moyes applauds the support after their dramatic home comeback against Olympiakos in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16

 

A plane flies over the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand at Old Trafford carrying a banner reading 'Wrong One - Moyes Out'
A plane flies over the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand at Old Trafford carrying a banner reading ‘Wrong One – Moyes Out’

 

David Moyes looks dejected during their UCL QF match away to Bayern Munich
David Moyes looks dejected during their UCL QF match away to Bayern Munich

 

David Moyes looks dejected during their UCL QF match away to Bayern Munich
David Moyes looks dejected during their UCL QF match away to Bayern Munich

 

Moyes struck a concerned look on more than occasion in the final few weeks of his tenure
Moyes struck a concerned look on more than occasion in the final few weeks of his tenure

 

A Man City fan holds up a banner poking fun at David Moyes on the day it was announced he would be losing his job
A Man City fan holds up a banner poking fun at David Moyes on the day it was announced he would be losing his job
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