Moyes backed for the axe

  • Last Updated: April 21 2014, 15:34 BST

Betting on David Moyes being sacked by Manchester United this season has been suspended amid reports he is about to go.

David Moyes: Reports suggest he will be sacked
David Moyes: Reports suggest he will be sacked

Several national newspapers had stories on their websites on Monday afternoon that Moyes was to be axed in the wake of Sunday's listless 2-0 defeat at his former club, Everton.

Betting markets suggested the stories had some truth to them with Sky Bet going into 1/4 (from 9/4) that Moyes leaves the club before the end of May following a surge in support. The market was finally pulled shortly before 1500 BST.

Moyes, appointed on a six-year contract only last summer, took over a team crowned champions last summer.

However, a miesrable campaign has seen them fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in almost 20 years and the Red Devils currently sit seventh in the Premier League table.

Moyes, who spent 11 years at Everton before moved to Old Trafford, always knew he had a tough act to follow with his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson regarded as the most successful British manager of all time.

But few could have predicted the season would go as badly as it has with United having lost 11 of their 34 league games so far. The run means are are struggling to even qualify for the Europa League.

Moyes has spent more than £60million on recruiting Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini in the last two transfer windows and there have been suggestions that the club is prepared to throw another £200million at improving the squad this summer.

It now appears unlikely that Moyes will be the man spending the cash.

Dutchman Louis van Gaal is currently Sky Bet's favourite to become the next permanent United manager, although Ryan Giggs was quickly well supported with some reports suggesting he will be asked to take the reins from Moyes, at least in a temporary basis.