Sacked Moyes thanks Ferguson for Man Utd opportunity

Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:24am EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes thanked his predecessor Alex Ferguson on Wednesday for having given him the opportunity to lead the Premier League club.

In a statement issued through the League Manager's Association (LMA), the Scot spoke of his pride at being chosen last July and acknowledged fans had a right to feel frustrated by results since then.

He spoke warmly of the United staff but, perhaps pointedly, not the players.

"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," he said.

Ferguson stepped down last year, when United won the title, after 26 years in charge.

Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after only 10 months with United currently seventh in the league and out of the running for a Champions League slot next season.

Newspapers reported on Wednesday that Ferguson, who last year urged fans to get behind the new man, had supported the decision to sack Moyes and would play a role in the appointment of the next manager.

Moyes said he was and would always be "incredibly proud" to have been appointed manager of 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," he said.   Continued...

 
Then Manchester United's manager David Moyes listens to a question during a news conference at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England in this March 18, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files