There are a forest of stories regarding Man United today with it being widely reported that the anointer himself, Alex Ferguson, backed the decision to sack David Moyes, while the Irish Examiner have dropped a Roy Keane shaped bombshell regarding Moyes' successor.
The former manager gave in that his choice of successor wasn't up to task, with Fergie, former chief executive David Gill and Bobby Charlton among the group directors who approved his dismissal. While Ferguson has yet to comment on Moyes' sacking his 19-year-old grandson tweeted yesterday that Moyes was a 'nice guy, just out of his depth.'
The Times report that 'Moyes, who had always spoken regularly to Ferguson on the phone, is thought to have noticed that his support had begun to dissipate in the past couple of months.'
Meanwhile, The Telegraph also state that Moyes had warned some staff a month ago that his time may be coming to an end, reassuring them that their jobs would be safe should he get the shop.
Last night it was reported that Ferguson will have a key role in appointing a successor, with Van Gaal obviously among the leading candidates.
With regard to the possible appointment of the Dutchman, the Irish Examiner are saying that he wants Roy Keane to be his assistant at Old Trafford. They would have to pay the FAI around €1m in compensation and the Examiner say:
The 62-year-old veteran will only accept the chance of fulfilling his ambition to manage in England if he’s got a sidekick to work alongside that is familiar with the terrain.
While Ryan Giggs, installed as manager yesterday in place of the sacked David Moyes on a temporary basis, would appear to meet the criteria, Van Gaal is understood to favour a fresh voice and someone with at least some level of managerial experience behind him.
I'm not entirely sure how such a move would go down with Mr Ferguson but I'd love to be a fly on the wall for the first squad meeting with Keane and Van Gaal – given that Roy said last night that some of the players 'should be ashamed of themselves.'
hat-tips: Telegraph and the Daily Mail