David Moyes is no longer walking on solid ground.
Manchester United’s season has gone from bad to worse, and Moyes finds himself under ever-increasing pressure. ESPN reports the Manchester United manager is losing support among the club’s board of directors, who have discussed firing him if results don’t improve immediately.
“Key Manchester United boardroom figures have now turned against David Moyes, as the prospect of the manager getting sacked has been properly raised for the first time,” the report says. “The Glazer family owners are now more open to the idea of a change of manager, although they presently remain behind Moyes, but the next week could prove decisive, sources said.
“Over that time, United must overturn a 2-0 deficit in the (UEFA) Champions League against Olympiakos before facing an awkward trip to West Ham United and then a potentially daunting second derby of the season against Manchester City.”
Manchester United is reeling after Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Liverpool at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have lost seven of 14 games in 2014 and are seventh in the Premier League.
The report adds that club sponsors have voiced their concerns about the team’s performances to the board, saying they don’t want to be associated with failure.
Moyes is believed to retain the support of influential directors Sir Bobby Charlton and (Moyes’ predecessor and patron) Sir Alex Ferguson, but Ferguson’s backing of Moyes has been less forceful in recent weeks, according to ESPN.
Fan support will be a key factor in Moyes’ future. If the unrest grows in the stands, Moyes easily could lose his last backers in both the boardroom and the dressing room.