Manchester - David Moyes has declared on Wednesday that he was "proud" to have managed
Manchester United, but said that he understood the "frustration" that
had led to his dismissal.
Moyes, 50, was sacked by United on
Tuesday after a dismal 10-month tenure in which the reigning champions
slumped to seventh place in the Premier League, denying them a place in
next season's Champions League.
"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," Moyes said in a statement released by the League Managers'
"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 (his predecessor) for
believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester
The LMA, the trade union for managers working
professionally in England, criticised United for the "unprofessional
manner" in which Moyes was dismissed.
Chief executive Richard
Bevan said the organisation was "very disappointed" that "extensive
reports in the press" had announced Moyes's sacking before he "had been
spoken to officially by the club".
Although reports about Moyes's
departure first emerged in the British media on Monday afternoon, he did
not learn of his fate until early on Tuesday morning.
Responding to Bevan's comments, United said that they had not acted irresponsibly.
"We do not accept that it was handled in an unprofessional manner," said a spokesperson.
"The decision was not taken until late Monday night and was communicated face-to-face first thing on Tuesday morning.
"When reports started emerging on internet news sites on Monday afternoon, no decision had been taken at that time."- Ancelotti 'on United shortlist' -
added: "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."
British newspaper reports on
Wednesday claimed that Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has been
identified as a potential candidate for the United job.
papers said that Ancelotti was being considered for the vacancy, along
with Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, who emerged as the early
favourite for the post.
However, whereas Ancelotti, the former
Chelsea manager, is less than a year into a three-year contract at
Madrid, Van Gaal is scheduled to step down from his position with
Holland after this year's World Cup in Brazil.
Van Gaal, 62, is
currently on holiday in Portugal. Dutch tabloid Algemeen Dagblad
reported that he was "maintaining radio silence".
midfielder Ryan Giggs has been placed in interim charge of first-team
affairs "until a permanent appointment can be made", United said.
40-year-old Welshman, who became a member of Moyes's coaching staff at
the beginning of the season, is expected to address the media for the
first time since taking up his new role on Friday.
Giggs will be
assisted by Phil Neville and Chris Woods, both of whom kept their jobs
on United's back-room staff despite having been brought in by Moyes, as
well as youth-team coach and former team-mate Nicky Butt.
However, Steve Round and Jimmy Lumsden, who were also appointed by Moyes, have both been fired.
Another of Giggs's former team-mates, Paul Scholes, has also been drafted in to provide support.
great to see Paul Scholes here at the Aon Training Complex today,
assisting Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville," United said in a
message on the club's Twitter feed on Wednesday.
News of Moyes's
departure met with a favourable reaction on the New York Stock Exchange,
where United's shares rose six percent to their highest level since
Ferguson's retirement last May.