Rene Meulensteen has hit back at claims made by David Moyes that the former Manchester United manager wanted him to stay at Old Trafford, insisting that the recently sacked Scot has deceived fans regarding the reasons behind his exit.
The Daily Mail reports how in an exclusive interview with the newspaper on Sunday the former Everton boss said he was disappointed when the Dutch coach departed having offered him the chance to remain at the club.
However, Meulensteen says that what Moyes failed to add was the fact that he was offered a much different role to the one he had previously enjoyed under the stewardship of Red Devils legend Sir Alex Ferguson.
"He says he asked me to stay but he didn't say what he then said after that," responded Meulensteen in a talkSPORT interview on Monday morning.
"He said, 'well, I would like you to stay, I know how important you have been for the club and what you have done for the club, but I am going to do it all myself'. So, it was then, 'OK, what is the reason for me to stay?'
"That has not been documented and that is why you get all these wrong, mixed messages about why I didn't stay.
"We had two massive meetings. Yes, there was an element he would like me to stay but, on the other hand, he said, 'everything you did, I am going to do myself'.
"So, after being there for five years with Alex Ferguson, being an integral part in training, planning, executing and the whole lot, suddenly you have been sidelined."
Life after Manchester United
Meulensteen spent a total of 11 years during two spells on Manchester United's coaching staff, but opted to leave Old Trafford last summer after Moyes intimated he would have a reduced role at the club moving forward.
He linked up with compatriot Martin Jol at Craven Cottage as part of Fulham's backroom team in November 2013 and less than three weeks later was promoted to first-team manager after Jol's surprise sacking following five consecutive Premier League defeats.
However, the 50-year-old's own tenure in west London lasted less than three months as the Cottagers edged closer towards relegation, prompting another swift sacking which led to the appointment of Felix Magath, who incidentally failed to prevent Fulham from the drop.
Meulensteen also enjoyed a brief stint in Russia as assistant to Guus Hiddink at Anzhi Makhachkala. However, Hiddink left after just two games in charge and the former Red Devils coach followed him out the door 16 days later.
Like Moyes, Meulensteen is currently unemployed and taking some time out away from the game, but don't be surprised to see both coaches return to England again in the future.
It's unlikely that either personality will be seen working together at another club, particularly after Moyes's latest comments which appear to have rubbed Meulensteen up the wrong way.
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