The former Everton boss lasted just nine months at Manchester United, after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson last summer. Many outside Old Trafford, however, were surprised that the club wasn't quicker to pull the trigger.
Manchester United were bitterly disappointing under Moyes' stewardship, and their poor form in the Premier League means that the club will start next season without European football for the first time in more than 20 years.
One of the key areas where Moyes is generally regarded to have got it wrong was the tactical shape of his side, and the strike partnership of Wayne Rooney and Van Persie. The Scot struggled to get the two to link-up, and Van Persie’s frustrations were apparent when he reportedly questioned Moyes’ training methods and preparation on match days.
Despite the alleged strains in the relationship between the two men, however, Van Persie has praised Moyes’ hunger to make things work, and admitted to feeling sorry for him about how things have worked out.
'He’s a good man. He really tried his best. He did everything in his power to make it work, and so from that point of view, I do feel sorry for him', Van Persie said on the Clare Balding show on BT Sport.
He added: 'When someone really tries and gives his heart for the cause, and in the end it doesn’t really work out the way everyone wants it to, it is sad. It’s a pity it went like that, but that is football'.
30-year-old Van Persie has spent the last two months in his native Holland recovering from injury. During his stay, he has been spotted on a number of occasions in the company of Louis Van Gaal, the Dutch national team manager, and the man strongly tipped to become the next Manchester United boss.