Former Real Madrid president - "I'd sack Moyes now!"

Ex-Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says that if he were in charge at Manchester United, he would sack David Moyes.

Moyes is under increasing pressure at Old Trafford after a disappointing season, but particularly after his United side were beaten 2-0 by Olympiacos in the Champions League, leaving the Red Devils with a mountain to climb ahead of the second leg back in Manchester.

But whilst it seems the Glazers, owners of United, are prepared to back Moyes for the long haul - something that former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon wouldn't do, as the man who ran Los Blancos between 2006 and 2009 says he would sack Moyes for his poor results.

“I’d change the manager if Real Madrid finished sixth and failed to reach the Champions League the next season. Of course I would. It’s a real disaster in every sense not to be in Europe. Not only in terms of the money you get from playing in the competition but from all your club sponsors," said Calderon.

“Sponsorship deals are linked to the Champions League because of the exposure it has on TV. All deals are affected by being in or out of it of Europe. No question. I’m sure there’s no difference in the contracts of Real Madrid and Manchester United.

“They will have to deal with losing as much as £100million - both in lost television rights and the reductions in sponsorship money," he added.

During Calderon's time in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, Fabio Capello, Bernd Schuster and Juande Ramos were all hired and fired, which suggests that he is somewhat more trigger-happy than the Glazers. The United owners had just one manager in Sir Alex Ferguson, so their approach with Moyes and his future should be interesting, particularly with the aforementioned loss of revenue from missing out on the Champions League.

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