Moyes would have been 'sacked three times' in Italy

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Manchester United boss David Moyes would have been sacked a long time ago if he was managing in Italy, according to ex-Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli.

Vialli has been out of football since he was sacked by Watford in 2002, and the former-Chelsea boss believes the culture in Serie A is much harsher than the Premier League.

He was speaking in regard to Moyes's struggles at Old Trafford this season. Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement has failed to impress in his first campaign in charge, with United currently languishing in sixth place in the Premier League.

And Vialli believes Moyes would have been sent packing a long time ago if he had been experiencing the same poor run of results in Italy.

"In Italy, managers are judged simply by results," Vialli told BBC Radio 4. "Italian managers don't enjoy themselves at all.

"David Moyes in Italy would have been sacked three times now."

United defeat's to Olympiakos in the Champions League mid-week means they've won just four of their last 12 matches.

In Italy, 10 managers have lost their jobs so far this season compared to eight in the Premier League.

And Vialli believes managers in his homeland are under far too much pressure to get immediate results.

"In the Premier League you get the feeling they give you a bit longer to sort out problems.

"They are more understudying and, most importantly, owners of football clubs don't think they know more than managers.

"They let managers run it for a while and don't just sack you after the first two or three defeats."

The 49-year-old Vialli managed Chelsea for two years, winning the League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

But he was sacked at Stamford Bridge after reportedly falling out with several of the first-team players at the club.

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