With the Philadelphia Union continuing their long-running search for a new head coach, the presence of David Moyes around the MLS club over the past week unsurprisingly sent the rumour mill swirling.
The former Manchester United and Everton manager was spotted at the club’s US Open Cup final defeat to the Seattle Sounders in midweek, as well as their league draw with the New York Red Bulls last weekend, but Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz has since offered a statement which served to defuse gossip.
‘David Moyes is a friend and colleague of a number of us within our club and he was visiting our youth academy and club setup on his way to another location in the US,’ he told MLSsoccer.com.
‘We played Everton FC in 2011 at PPL Park and since then we’ve had a friendship with David. He is an outstanding individual and we are honoured to know him and have an ongoing relationship.’
With some spare time on his hands at present, following his dismal 10-month spell in charge at Old Trafford, Moyes has been taking several coaching sessions at the Union’s academy school, but he’ll no doubt be setting his sights somewhat higher when it comes to his next managerial role.
Meanwhile, there could still be a United-related appointment in Philadelphia, with former assistant Rene Meulensteen one of the names linked to the vacant head coaching position.