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The Busby Babe 2 hours ago
Manchester United reportedly to beat Chelsea to Southampton wonderkid

Manchester United reportedly to beat Chelsea to Southampton wonderkid

Manchester United are set to beat Chelsea to Southampton wonderkid Luke Shaw, according to the Guardian. We'd almost forgotten about the messy business of transfer rumours amid all the managerial intrigue, but it's high time to pick up the long-running saga over the potential arrival of Southampton wonderkid Luke Shaw. Fortunately -- or not, depending on whether it actually ever happens -- it seems to be good news. According to Jamie Jackson in the Guardian, Manchester United are set to beat Chelsea to the young left-back and boyhood Blue, with the reported £100,000 five-year contract...
The Busby Babe 4 hours ago
Tales of player discontent emerge

Tales of player discontent emerge

Numerous stories are emerging of general unhappiness at Manchester United, with players reportedly disenchanted by all aspects of life under David Moyes. After day, night. After dark, light. After a managerial sacking, newspapers stories of his players being unhappy with this, that and the other. Here is a round-up, then, of the various indignities that Manchester United's squad are reported to have inflicted upon/suffered at the hands of David Moyes over the course of his short, disastrous tenure. A couple of papers are reporting that Moyes, on the plane back to Manchester from Olympiacos,...
The Busby Babe 6 hours ago
Will Ferguson pick the next man as well?

Will Ferguson pick the next man as well?

According to reports, the failure of his chosen successor will not lead to Alex Ferguson being excluded from the process of finding David Moyes's replacement. Shock! Horror! Alex Ferguson's going to get another shot at picking Manchester United's new manager! Pitchforks! Torches! As the Mirror put it: "Man United to give Alex Ferguson a say in picking Moyes' successor": Old Trafford legend who bungled the choice of his own replacement a year ago will be consulted as Louis van Gaal talks continue. ... Despite the sacking of David Moyes - his hand-picked successor last summer - after a...

Moyes "disgusted" over sacking, wasn't told until after reports emerged

David Moyes is reportedly "furious and disgusted" over his sacking from Manchester United, where he was not told before a leak had already emerged, according to the Daily Mirror. If you were on The Busby Babe, or indeed the internet, yesterday afternoon, then congratulations. You are officially more in-the-know about what is going on at Manchester United than David Moyes. The Daily Mirror report that Moyes wasn't told about his impending doom, and spent the day working on four prospective signings before realising he'd been canned. That, understandably, has left the Scot not 'angry and...
The Busby Babe 21 hours ago

Reports disagree on Giggs' future

According to one set of sources, Ryan Giggs is not being considered for the manager's job beyond the end of this season. According to another, he just might be. The BBC has learned. They don't say how they've learned it, or who from. They don't even bother to claim to have any sources close to the players, or the board, or the dressing room. No, they have simply learned it it isolation. This is what they have learned. They have learned that Ryan Giggs, Manchester United's interim player-manager, is not under consideration for the job on a permanent basis. The job of manager, that is. A...
The Busby Babe 23 hours ago
Share prices rise in the wake of Moyes' dismissal

Share prices rise in the wake of Moyes' dismissal

The markets have reacted positively to the news that David Moyes has been dismissed, with MANU shares trading at their highest price of the season. It is a time for respectful sadness and consideration. David Moyes has failed to become the manager he was trying to become, and while the decision to dismiss him from his position was probably correct, the appropriate response is one of empathy and sympathy. He gave it his best. It didn't work out. There's no need to make this any more awkward than it already is. Unless, that is, you're the MANU share price. In which case, it's a time to leap...
The Busby Babe Apr 22, 2014
Van Gaal rejects Tottenham as he becomes favourite to be the next Manchester United manager

Van Gaal rejects Tottenham as he becomes favourite to be the next Manchester United manager

Dutch national coach Louis van Gaal has reportedly rejected an offer from Tottenham, clearing the way for him to replace David Moyes at United. It's looking more and more likely that Louis van Gaal will be the man to replace David Moyes at Old Trafford. The Mirror have reported that the incumbent Dutch national coach has rejected an approach from Tottenham Hotspur in wake of the Manchester United job becoming available, paving the way for him to take up the post after the World Cup in the summer. The 62-year-old hasn't been in charge of a domestic team since leaving Bayern Munich in 2011,...
Bayern press officer: Manchester United have

Bayern press officer: Manchester United have "no chance" of getting Guardiola

The Bayern Munich press officer was asked about the possibility that Pep Guardiola could take over at Manchester United, and reacted in a fairly brusque fashion. Pep Guardiola could be the next manager of Manchester United, or at least the club are going to sound him out and it is a slight possibility, according to rumblings in the UK press this morning. Specifically, the usually-respectable and seldom miles-off Daily Telegraph, about which you can read in the aforementioned link. So it made sense for the Bayern Munich press conference ahead of their Champions League clash to be the first...

An empire-building, exhibitionist tyrant The case for Louis van Gaal as Manchester United's next manager

Louis van Gaal is a tyrant who will get his genitals out to prove a point and can build a solid foundation for Manchester United. There's a case to say he's the perfect appointment. Perhaps the ultimate metaphor for the sort of tragicomic failure that typified the David Moyes era is the old classic from Waiting for Godot, where the hero removes his belt to hang himself and his trousers fall down, a man literally and figuratively at the end of his tether, reduced to becoming an unwilling punchline. Louis van Gaal's trousers did not fall down by accident, however, when he told his Bayern...
The Busby Babe Apr 22, 2014

David Moyes: The wrong man, the wrong job

As David Moyes departs Manchester United, it seems clear that while not all the blame is his, he still fell well short of the demands of the job. That, then, is that. David Moyes becomes the twentieth ex-manager of Manchester United. Any manager taking the job does so in the hope of earning a place in history alongside Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson, two of the finest managers that the club and sport have ever seen. Instead, sadly, he takes his place alongside Frank O'Farrell and Wilf McGuinness, in the ranks of those of those defeated by the job, capable and decent men that wilted in the...
Giggs suggests what his Manchester United side would look like

Giggs suggests what his Manchester United side would look like

With Ryan Giggs taking over as Manchester United manager until a permanent boss is appointed, some old quotes about what his side might look like have surfaced. With David Moyes binned, Ryan Giggs will be taking over until a permanent manager is appointed, which almost certainly means the last few games of the season. Perhaps fortunately, if you're on the "please let's not appoint someone almost unsackable who isn't a real manager" bandwagon, that's not much of a time to audition and the wording suggests that he's not really being considered for the full-time gig (although it does mean...
The Busby Babe Apr 22, 2014

Players knew Moyes was doomed

According to reports, some of United's players knew that Moyes's dismissal was imminent. Developments, developments. According to the Mirror, a number of United's players were aware that David Moyes was on his way out before the Everton game on Sunday. Mirror Sport can reveal United players were telling friends they were adamant that their manager would be ‘sacked within days' on the eve of the 2-0 loss, having heard of significant developments within the Old Trafford hierarchy. If true, then it certain lends credence to the widely-reported story that Moyes's fate was determined well...
The Busby Babe Apr 22, 2014
Manchester United to sound out Pep Guardiola over vacant position

Manchester United to sound out Pep Guardiola over vacant position

According to a Telegraph exclusive, United are prepared to sound out Pep Guardiola over the vacant managerial position at Old Trafford. According to the Telegraph's Matt Law this morning, Manchester United are prepared to sound out Pep Guardiola over the newly-vacant managerial position at Old Trafford. Law writes: Before making a firm approach to Van Gaal, Simeone or another candidate, United are set to make discreet moves to find out whether or not Guardiola could be tempted away from Bayern Munich. In the same article, Law suggests that Simone's lack of English is considered a "major...
The Busby Babe Apr 22, 2014

United considering audacious swoop for Chelsea boss

According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, United are considering a move for Chelsea boss José Mourinho. The Special One should've almost certainly been the Chosen One when Sir Alex Ferguson retired last season, and according to a report from Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Manchester United are looking to rectify their error by trying to hire José Mourinho a year too late. In a post on his website which announces that Ryan Giggs will take charge of the team to the end of the season, Di Marzio reveals that two names that have been barely been uttered in connection with the...
The Busby Babe Apr 22, 2014
United will not pursue Klopp, according to reports

United will not pursue Klopp, according to reports

Borussia Dortmund have stated that their manager will honour his contract, and it is being reported that United have accepted that any approach would fail. As the search for the new Manchester United manager begins, Borussia Dortmund have dismissed rumours that their manager Jurgen Klopp will be making the move to Old Trafford. Speaking to ESPN FC, BVB director of communication reiterated that Klopp will stay "until 2018 -- no ifs or buts". Klopp already dismissed rumours linking him to Barcelona on our official homepage on Saturday. We've already had this last year, but that's final,...
The Busby Babe Apr 22, 2014
Assistants follow Moyes out the door

Assistants follow Moyes out the door

Moyes's support staff have paid the price for their part in the manager's failed season. Following the announcement that David Moyes has been relieved of his duties as Manchester United manager, the club have confirmed that his assistants, Jimmy Lumsden and Steve Round, have also been dismissed. Rumours have been circulating for a while that some of United's players were extremely dissatisfied with the methods of at least one of Moyes's coaches, who had acquired the nickname "F*ck Off [NAME]". True or not, their dismissals were inevitable; they arrived as Moyes's trusted lieutenants and so...
The Busby Babe Apr 22, 2014

Moyes pays the price for dreadful season

After nine months and 51 games in charge, David Moyes has been fired as manager of Manchester United. Manchester United have dismissed David Moyes from his position as manager, according to the Daily Mail and the BBC. It appears that Ryan Giggs will take control of the team for the remaining four games of the season. The club have yet to issue a statement, but according to reports, Moyes was summoned to Old Trafford early this morning and informed that he was being relieved of his duties. He had already said his goodbyes to United's staff. His dismissal comes after a day of fevered...
Klopp

Klopp "more than keen to come" but United prepare to meet Van Gaal

Jurgen Klopp is "more than prepared to meet Manchester United", but the club will first talk to Louis van Gaal, according to the Daily MIrror. Jurgen Klopp is willing to become the next Manchester United manager, but the club will meet with Louis van Gaal first, according to the Daily Mirror. Klopp is eagerly waiting in the wings, according to the paper, but Van Gaal has also held off on the Spurs job to see if United come calling. And it appears they will, a view shared by the Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman. The Mirror had also reported that United had made preliminary contact with United before...
The Busby Babe Apr 21, 2014
David Moyes' payoff revealed

David Moyes' payoff revealed

United need only give David Moyes a one-year payoff, according to the Independent. David Moyes' failure to qualify for the Champions League this season means that Manchester United only need give the Scot a one-year payoff if he is sacked, according to Ian Herbert in the Independent. He writes: The mathematical impossibility of United finishing in the top four this season, following their 11th Premier League defeat of the season at Goodison Park on Sunday, means that United need only give Moyes a one-year pay-off under the terms of his five-year deal, rather than honour the full four years...
The Busby Babe Apr 21, 2014
United make approach for Klopp: First reports emerge

United make approach for Klopp: First reports emerge

United have reportedly already made an approach for Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp. Manchester United have already made an approach for Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp, according to The Independent tonight. In an interesting article which reveals that the Red Devils may have been sounding out managers to replace David Moyes for the last four weeks, Ian Herbert writes: Klopp is instinctively reluctant to break his contract at Dortmund but United are understood to have approached him, with the Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal also high on the list of possible...

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