David Moyes has insisted he is ‘incredibly proud’ to have managed Manchester United, in his first statement following the club’s decision to put an end to the Scot’s turbulent ten-month reign.
Moyes claimed he was proud to have represented United as manager and thanked his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson for recommending him for the job.
The Scot was forced to endure more than 24 hours of uncertainty before learning his fate on Monday morning, after a leak from inside the club sent the media into a frenzy on Sunday afternoon.
The League Managers Association have criticised the Red Devils handling of the affair.
LMA chief executive, Richard Bevan: “The LMA is very disappointed with the nature of David’s departure.
“It is sad to see the end of David’s tenure at United being handled in an unprofessional manner.”
Moyes admitted that results have not been up-to-scratch during his time at the helm – and the lack of victories was eventually his un-doing.
In an LMA statement, Moyes said: “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.
“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.”
Moyes time at Old Trafford was inevitably cut short after a string of embarrassing defeats to rivals Manchester City and Liverpool as well as minnows including West Bromwich.
Throughout his short tenure Moyes claimed he was fully focused and committed to rebuilding United’s ageing squad, but the process proved difficult and results were hard to come by.
He said: “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 thanked his fellow compatriot, Sir Alex Ferguson, who hand-picked Moyes as his successor.
“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,” Moyes said.
Moyes also applauded the support he received from the clubs staff and especially its loyal supporters.
“In my short time at the club I have learnt what special places Old Trafford and Carrington are,” he said.
“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.”
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