Former Manchester United manager David Moyes sent a text message to United We Stand fanzine editor Andy Mitten last night to pass on his thanks to the "real United fans" who backed him unequivocally during a turbulent 10 months in the Old Trafford hotseat.
Moyes was dismissed as United boss in acrimonious fashion on Tuesday morning as the Glazer family decided a disastrous campaign for the defending Premier League champions needed swift action, despite Moyes signing a six-year contract the previous summer.
United's struggles at Old Trafford were particularly disappointing, winning only seven of their 16 home games under Moyes, but despite defeats to fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City at the Theatre of Dreams home support largely remained for Moyes.
With that in mind Moyes decided to pass on a message to the fans late last night, texting Mitten: "Andy. Would you please let it be known how much I appreciated the support I got from the real United fans.
"They were incredible. I am sorry I couldn't give them the results they are all used to. Thanks. D Moyes."
Mitten passed the message on to the United We Stand forum, and on his Twitter page, in a bid to inform United fans that their support of Moyes during tough times was recognised by Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, despite a sour end to his shortlived tenure in Manchester.
United fans will be desperate to see a very difficult week end on a positive note as they arrive at Old Trafford for this evening's clash with Norwich City, with living club legend Ryan Giggs in caretaker charge and looking for an instant reaction from a beleaguered first-team squad.