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  • 22 April 2014, 2:10

David Moyes 'Could Be Sacked Within Hours'

Manchester United manager David Moyes could be sacked within hours, according to Sky sources.

The club are refusing to comment.

Sky's Sports Correspondent Paul Kelso said it is clear work is going on behind the scenes which will lead to Moyes' removal.

"He's had virtually a whole season, two transfer windows in which to augment a squad that was good enough to be champions last year and results simply haven't been good enough," he said.

While some in the game would like to see managers given time in a "short-term business", he added: "It's quite hard to make the case for a club like Manchester United to continue with a manager who has come up as far short this season as Moyes has."

The Scot, who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson last May, has endured a miserable time in the Old Trafford hot seat.

The reigning Premier League champions are currently seventh in the table and will miss out on Champions League football for the first time in almost 20 years next season.

United will end the season with their lowest points total in Premier League history.

Supporters' Trust spokesman Sean Bones said: "Supporters have been fantastic to David Moyes and David Moyes has acknowledged it, I think though that it's a results based industry and so far the results have been very very poor."

But former Manchester United defender Gary Neville said Moyes should have been given more time, and called on the club to clarify his situation.

While he acknowledged some of the team's performances this season have been "shocking", Neville told Sky Sports: "I genuinely believe when you give a man a six-year contract that he deserves the opportunity and time and professionally the respect."

The club's share price on the New York Stock Exchange fluctuated all day amid the rumours.

At 9pm UK time (4pm local time) when the NASDAQ closed, the price stood at $17.77, having started the day at $17.47.

Manchester United have been owned by the American Glazer family since 2005.

Louis van Gaal, the manager of the Dutch national team, is the early favourite to take the job.

Moyes was given a six-year contract after being handpicked by Sir Alex as his successor when he retired after 26 years in the job.

When Moyes' appointment was announced, Sir Alex said the club "unanimously agreed" he was the right man.

"There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club," Sir Alex said.

Sir Alex's time at Manchester United established them as the dominant force in English football, with a string of league titles and cup successes for fans to celebrate.

Moyes described the opportunity to follow in Sir Alex's footsteps as a "great honour".

"I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever, but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn't something that comes around very often and I'm really looking forward to taking up the post next season," he said at the time.

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