David Moyes' future at Manchester United was sealed after a number of senior players turned to Sir Alex Ferguson to demand change, reports the Daily Mail.
The former Everton boss was relieved of his job on Tuesday morning following a dismal 11 months in charge at Old Trafford.
He had been given a six-year contract by Manchester United following Ferguson's recommendation, but officials took the decision to sack him following United's 11th league defeat of the season on Sunday.
By the time Moyes was sacked, almost every significant figure at Manchester United was fed up with him including senior players, directors and major shareholders.
Apparently players were so disgruntled by Moyes' regime that some senior figures turned up at the doorstep of Ferguson' Carrington home to demand change.
They told Ferguson that they no longer stood by Moyes and that he must sack his chosen successor or risk seeing the empire he built over 27 years crumble.
Manchester United had been keen to stick by Moyes, understanding he had inherited a poor squad and to also show faith to Ferguson, who had hand-picked him ahead of a number of world-class alternatives.
Ferguson himself understood time would be needed to inject new life into the squad, but was left with no choice after senior players begged him to reconsider his chosen successor.
Most notably, Ryan Giggs was a particularly despondent figure under Moyes and, although invited to the coaching staff, was believed to have been largely ignored by the new manager.
Nemanja Vidic protested by leaving to join Inter Milan while Danny Welbeck and Robin van Persie were also set to demand moves in the summer.
Ferguson was made clear of the unrest by the players turning up on his doorstep. It was unclear if he played an active role in his departure but, although Ferguson still holds Moyes in high regards, couldn't risk seeing his legacy destroyed further.