Sir Alex Ferguson gave David Moyes no choice in being Man United boss

‘No interview, no telling me’: David Moyes claims Sir Alex Ferguson gave him NO CHOICE in replacing him as Man United manager, despite interest from ‘two or three really, really big clubs’ before his Old Trafford failings

  • The current West Ham manager explained he was in talks with other top clubs 
  • But Sir Alex Ferguson was insistent he would be the next United manager 
  • Moyes took the job without having an interview as Sir Alex handpicked the Scot 
  • He took charge at Carrington in July 2013 and was sacked after 10 months 

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson gave him no choice but to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson – despite other clubs being interested in him becoming their new boss.

Moyes took the reigns at United following his compatriot’s retirement at the behest of the managerial legend in July 2013. 

It ended acrimoniously for the now-West Ham manager but he claimed other clubs were in talks with him prior to Ferguson telling him he was the next United boss.

David Moyes endured a miserable spell at Manchester United after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson

‘I drove out to Sir Alex’s house…and he said “I’m retiring and you’re the next manager of Manchester United,”‘ Moyes told The Diary of a CEO Podcast. 

‘No interview, no telling me. Not saying “would you like to be?”‘

‘I nearly slipped down because nobody knew that Sir Alex was retiring. Nobody knew. Nobody even suggested or thought about it. 

‘I just sort of went “yeah, okay”, I wasn’t going to turn round – I didn’t think I would ever say no, I didn’t even know I was in a position to say no. And that was as simple as that.’

‘At that time, I had two or three really, really big clubs who were talking about me and speaking to me. But when Sir Alex came and made me the offer, it was very hard to say no.’

Moyes signed a six-year deal with the Red Devils but was sacked after just 10 months in the job during a dire period for both him and the club. 

Moyes took charge of the Carrington club in July 2013, only to be sacked just 10 months later

In hindsight, Moyes admits he may have considered saying no to an adamant Ferguson. 

‘When I look back now, when I get that offer from probably, arguably the greatest manager maybe there ever was, was a great compliment,’ the West Ham boss said.

‘But maybe if I’d look into it in more detail and depth [I’d have reconsidered]. I was desperate to be successful as a manager.’

Moyes revealed he was in talks with other ‘big clubs’ prior to Ferguson’s infamous intervention

‘I actually felt when Sir Alex offered me the job, and Manchester United were giving me the job, I felt they thought I must’ve been the best choice for the job at that time. 

‘I trusted Manchester United, I really did. I trusted them because what they stood for as a football club.’ 

Moyes’ struggles at Old Trafford left a lasting impact beyond his sacking in April 2014.

Currently, the West Ham manager faces a tall order to arrest his team’s worrying form slump 

‘The toll for me at the time personally felt big. It really did. It probably took me a wee bit to get back on the road a little bit,’ Moyes added.

‘You’re a little bit ashamed because you’ve not done well, you’ve not done well for your family. I think, personally, I felt like I’d let them all down.’

Moyes faces another daunting challenge with West Ham as the east London club ain are in the drop zone ahead of a crucial clash his former club – and relegation rivals – Everton on Saturday. 

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