David Moyes did not sack Rene Meulensteen but rather the Dutch coach rejected the new Manchester United manager. It is claimed that Meulensteen was offered the chance to become the Manchester United No.2 under Moyes, only for him to decline.

Moyes has been the subject of increasing criticism of late given the decline of the Premier League champions, with some taking issue with the way he death with the backroom staff he inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson.

Upon taking the Manchester United job in the summer, Moyes replaced each prominent member of Ferguson's trusted team with people of his own. But Meulensteen had been afforded the chance to continue his stay at Old Trafford.

According to the Daily Mail, Moyes held lengthy talks with Meulensteen and wanted to appoint him as assistant manager, replacing Mike Phelan. It would have been a promotion from the position of first-team coach, but Meulensteen rejected the offer in order to further his ambitions as a manager.

Steve Round, who was deputy to Moyes at Everton, eventually took the position while Phil Neville and Jimmy Lumsden also followed him to Manchester United.

Meulensteen returned to the game with a brief stint as first-team coach at Fulham before, somewhat predictably, he replaced Martin Jol as the club's manager.

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