'Gone are the days of long-term planning at Manchester United,' says Moyes

David Moyes Interview - 23/02/2014

David Moyes believes he could have turned things around at Old Trafford, if only he had been afforded more time.

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has broken his silence on his sacking by the Red Devils to slam for the club for abandoning their "long-term" approach.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Moyes has claimed that he would have turned things around at Old Trafford, had he been given more time.

“I never had the chance to thank the Manchester United supporters for the backing they gave me during my time as manager," he said. "I wish them every success in the future.

“They now appreciate, I am sure, that things are changing at their club and it could well be that gone are the days of long-term planning. They were fully aware of the task I had. It was unfortunate I wasn’t given more time to succeed.”

He endured a calamitous period during his brief spell with the Red Devils. He received his marching orders just 10 months after replacing the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, following his failure to defend the club’s league title.

Moyes also failed to prevent the club from defeat in the FA Cup to Swansea City and appeared helpless to prevent Sunderland overcoming his side in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

The Red Devils ended the season in seventh, condemning them to their record-lowest Premier League points tally. They proved exceptionally poor at home throughout the campaign, losing a total six league games at Old Trafford.

The Scot continued by suggesting that he has been approached regarding several vacancies at other clubs, but remains unsure whether he wishes to make an immediate return to management.

“Since leaving, I have received some very good offers and am tempted by one or two of them,” he added. “I have not closed the door on anything and am open-minded about my next step in management, and whether it will be in the UK or abroad.

“Another possibility is that I may choose to have a break and enjoy watching and observing football throughout the world. What I do know for sure is that I have moved on.”

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