David Moyes was was so unaware that he was to be sacked by Manchester United that he was even in the middle of conducting crucial transfer business when the axe fell.
According to the Daily Mirror, Moyes was so confident his job was safe that he had been trying to further negotiations in deals for Southampton starlet Luke Shaw and Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos on Monday as the story broke. It will have been a bitter blow for the former Everton man and the report claims he was furious the story was leaked before he had been told by the club that he was sacked.
Manchester United were one of a number of top clubs in pursuit of Shaw and the Mirror claim Moyes was even so far in negotiations that he had been pressing the 18-year-old's representatives for a decision for this summer. The Old Trafford club look as though they will still have to make plans for the left-back position come the end of the season as that is when veteran Patrice Evra's contract expires and he has been tipped for a move to Serie A.
Toni Kroos' future at Bayern Munich has been in question for much of this season as he and the Bundesliga champions have failed to come to an agreement over the extension of his contract. The Germany international's current deal expires in 2015 and Moyes was evidently hoping to capitalise on that uncertainty by trying to get a deal done.
The likes of Kroos and Shaw were the kinds of signings that dis not come in last summer when Moyes was appointed as successor to the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson and which Roy Keane claimed was behind the poor start to life at Old Trafford for the Scot. However, finishing outside of the top four for the first time in 19 years and losing out on the lucrative Champions League, not to mention embarrassing defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool, meant his Moyes' chances of surviving until next season were never great.
Louis van Gaal, Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone have all been linked with the vacant manager's role at Manchester United, with the Dutchman seen as the favourite.