Manchester United sack Phil Neville - senior figures left fuming

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Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told coaches Phil Neville and Chris Woods their contracts will be terminated imminently as the Red Devils gear up for a summer of mass upheaval.

Neville and goalkeeping coach Chris Woods were both brought to Old Trafford last summer as part of David Moyes' backroom staff, but stayed on when the Scot was sacked after 10 torrid months in charge of the former Premier League champions.

With a disastrous campaign dead and buried last Sunday Woodward has wasted no time in telling the pair they do not figure in a new coaching setup at the Theatre of Dreams, with the Daily Mail reporting that both men will be out of a job when the next permanent United manager is named.

The treatment of Neville, a man with well over a decade's service to United as a player and coach, has sparked genuine anger among senior United squad members, who have been left dismayed by the treatment of a loyal servant to the club.

Neville went against the grain to stay on after Moyes was sacked last month and help interim boss and former team-mate Ryan Giggs take charge on a temporary basis, but that gesture has counted for little in a shake-up spearheaded by Woodward.

United expect to appoint Louis van Gaal as their new coach shortly and Neville and Woods do not figure in his plans, but there will be room for Giggs if he wishes to continue his development as a coach at Carrington next season.

Former United coach Rene Meulensteen could also be offered a return to Old Trafford to help his countrymen make a success of his United tenure, with the pressure on to succeed quickly and get the Red Devils back in the Champions League at the first time of asking.

Red Devils fans are likely to have more shocks in store in terms of recruitment and outgoings over the next few weeks, with Rio Ferdinand the latest veteran to reveal he will move on this summer after he was not offered a new contract by United chiefs at the close of the campaign.

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