Celebrity fans divided on man to replace Moyes
Published 23/04/2014 | 02:30
Former Taoiseach and life-long Manchester United fan Bertie Ahern feels sorry for David Moyes – but has backed Dutch coach Louis van Gaal to replace him.
"I feel sorry for him I thought he would have got longer; okay there was a sort of inevitability over recent weeks," said Mr Ahern.
"He came in on a long-term contract – clearly the United board knew at the time it was going to take time to turn around an ageing team into a new team," Mr Ahern went on.
He said Moyes had been a "great manager with Everton" where "with very small resources he turned it into a great club".
Mr Ahern, who has regularly travelled to Old Trafford for matches, said that United should look outside the Premiership for Moyes' replacement.
Former United skipper Roy Keane, below, slammed the players over their failure to support Moyes, claiming they had "let him down".
"You still need people around you to help and support you in every way they can and I don't think Moyes had that support, particularly from the players. He deserved more time, definitely," said the former Manchester United captain and Republic of Ireland assistant manager.
Pundit Eamon Dunphy has claimed that former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson should take the blame for the appointment of Moyes.
Dunphy said Ferguson's recommendation that the former Everton manager become his successor was "a very poor decision" and also claimed he failed to prepare for the team's future.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Dunphy said: "I think Ferguson left the club weakened by leaving ageing players on the team. He never prepared for the future."
Dunphy said that he would like to see 43-year-old Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone as Moyes' replacement. "He is an outstanding player and leader. He stands out a mile to me. He's young enough as well. I think he would be a great choice," he said.