Manchester United have today confirmed the sacking of manager David Moyes, just 10 months after he succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
The club had previously refused to comment on national newspaper reports on Monday that Moyes would be dismissed before the end of the season.
Moyes, 50, was chosen by Ferguson as the man to succeed him when he retired after 26 years in charge last summer.
Moyes left Everton to sign a six-year deal with the Premier League champions.
In a statement the club said they "would like to place on record its thanks for the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role."
Former Ajax boss Louis Van Gaal is the early frontrunner to replace Moyes amid reports of a meeting with United representatives.
Borussia Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp and Frank De Boer of Ajax will also have their backers, as will Real Madrid's Carlo Ancelotti.
Talk of luring either Pep Guardiola or Jose Mourinho from Bayern Munich or Chelsea looks fanciful, while United legend Ryan Giggs surely lacks the experience to take on the job long-term.