'I think writing was on the wall from before the season started'
MANCHESTER United fans here have reacted with surprise to the news that their manager of just 11 months could be gone by the end of the week.
Chairman of the Manchester United Supporters' Club Ireland branch, Gerry Quinn, said he had "mixed emotions" at the prospect of David Moyes departing, but conceded the appointment had been a gamble in the first place.
"I think the guy is a nice guy but whether the job is just too big for him is a different thing. I think there are some managers who are suited to certain types of football," he said.
"I definitely think it was a bit of a gamble, particularly when you consider there were other candidates out there like (Jose) Mourinho who would have taken the job no problem."
Mr Quinn, from Artane, questioned whether Moyes had the full backing of the playing staff.
"David Moyes is maybe a mid-table manager, with no top-level experience and no Champions League experience. The players were probably looking at him thinking, 'what have you ever done in the game?'."
Similar sentiments were expressed by Eddie Gibbons, secretary of the Kevin Moran branch of the supporters' club, who said he thought the former Everton boss should be given more time.
"I personally don't believe he should be sacked, I think they should give him another season. But I think the writing was on the wall from before the season started when he brought in a whole new backroom staff who had never won anything as coaches."
He added United's season had been severely hampered by injuries to key personnel and said things could have been very different if not for such "bad luck".
"He keeps changing the team. He didn't know his best team and I suppose it hasn't been helped by (Robin) Van Persie being out injured.
"If he had been able to get a settled team out it might have been different but it's all ifs and buts now," he said.