Manchester United manager fired, but how long before him did his predecessor know?
David Moyes was Manchester United's chosen one, specifically a manager appointed personally on the recommendation of Sir Alex Ferguson.
A miserable 12 months has followed, and David Moyes was put out of his misery yesterday by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
This morning's papers are reporting that Moyes is 'furious' with the decision to axe him, feeling he deserved more time to turn his and the club's fortunes around.
Yet how long before him did his predecessor know about the choice to remove him of his duties?
ESPN report that: "Sir Alex Ferguson is said to have played a part in the discussions which resulted in the removal of Moyes, his chosen successor, although he did not take the final decision to terminate the 50-year-old's six-year contract."
It certainly would have placed arguably the greatest manager in United's history in a strange position, having to reflect on a serious error of judgement in recommending the former Everton boss take his place.
Yet it's also worth noting Sir Alex Ferguson did not feel strongly enough to voice adamantly enough that David Moyes should be given more time to prove himself at the club.
Perhaps that's an illustration of just how bad it got for David Moyes, that Ferguson felt his season really was indefensible. Conversely it could illustrate how Ferguson's influence is not a deciding factor, had he in fact have pressed the point to give Moyes more time.
The suggestion has been put forward that Ferguson handed Moyes a poor hand in taking over from him, and it was described by many as an impossible task. Reports in The Telegraph last night claimed also that Ferguson would have a say in who replaces Moyes, but not the final decision.
After all, his recommendation to go for Moyes, showed just like some of his transfers, that he did not get it right every time. But it should also be remembered there were several times he did, and United would be remiss to ignore what he has to say.