The rumours surfaced last night and today it became apparent that Manchester United had sacked David Moyes after less than a season in charge. The timing is strange given that there is only a handful of games left in the Premier League season. My belief is that they wanted to make the top managers aware that the job would be available in the summer in the hope they didn't make moves elsewhere.
Of course last season Sir Alex Ferguson chose Moyes as his successor but Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho had already agreed to manage Bayern Munich and Chelsea respectively. Had they not decided their futures they would certainly have been interested in the United job.
As it is Louis Van Gaal is the favourite for the job, but where does David Moyes go from here? Despite his success at Preston North End and Everton, his spell at Old Trafford is what he will be most remembered for. Even if he goes on to manage another team and achieve great things he will always be remembered for failing in the biggest job in the world.
It is embarrassing for Moyes that he couldn't see out the season, but many will look past that. The players have underperformed for him and Ed Woodward has also underperformed. The club's summer transfer activity was a shambles with many failed transfer bids which were made public for some bizarre reason. That would never have happened with David Gill in charge.
Moyes did make many mistakes in his time in charge, far too many to name but it was never made easy for him. Manchester United are an expectant club with an expectant fan base that demand wins almost every game. Not matter what the circumstances are, a lot of the fans are never going to get used to losing and finishing outside the top-four. Moyes did manage a decent run in the Champions League but his side's displays against the top six in the Premier League were poor. Something he failed with in his tenure at Goodison Park as well.
Many club's will consider Moyes in the future though when they have a managerial vacancy. One bad year at Old Trafford doesn't completely obliterate his previous 15 years of successful management.
Tottenham Hotspur look set to part company with Tim Sherwood in the summer and Moyes has already been linked with that job. It would be a similar position to the one at Everton but with more financial backing. However Moyes struggled with the financial backing at Old Trafford and has arguably wasted a lot of money on Marouane Fellaini. Sky Bet have placed Moyes at 9/2 third favourite to be the next Spurs manager behind Louis Van Gaal and Masimilliano Allegri in the running.
Newcastle United fans aren't happy with Alan Pardew at the moment and have had a horrendous 2014. Again this could be an ideal job for Moyes to get stuck into and the quicker he finds himself a job the quicker his United record can be put behind him.
The 50-year-old Scotsman has previously expressed his desire to manage in Germany one day saying he has a great admiration for the Bundesliga. However Eurosport have said he would have no chance of managing in Germany. Germans barely knew him before his tenure at United and therefore his reputation is very low there.
Moyes will have the his failure at Old Trafford lingering over him for a while and club's will be wary of that but we must not forget he is a talented manager and deserved to be given the job at the time. Many club's would be lucky to have him.