Rumour has it that the Manchester United board met on Tuesday evening to discuss the fate of manager David Moyes.
It seems that the board met over the club's current position in the Premier League table. United sit in seventh place and are 11 points behind Liverpool who hold the last Champions League qualification spot.
The obvious concern would be missing-out on Champions League football next season.
Managers come and go with uneasy frequency. Often they're sacked after a string of bad results, failure to secure trophies or for differences in opinion over the direction of the club. But Moyes is a little different in this regard.
The former Everton manager was hand-picked by fellow Scot Sir Alex Ferguson to take over at Old Trafford and it seems that Sir Alex still has faith in his protégé.
The board clearly wants to keep United in the Champions League. The prestige and millions earned through the competition can justify why this is so vital for the defending Premier League champions.
However, the board know that pulling the plug on the Moyes era so soon could be the equivalent of shooting one’s self in the foot.
The gap between United and fourth isn’t insurmountable. Consistency is going to be the key should there be any chance of getting that last Champions League qualification spot.
Changing managers would toss out the window any stability Moyes has managed to build in his eight months in charge, and will force United to start over at the most inopportune time and scrapping any potential for Champions League football next season.
The board wants to give him the opportunity to succeed but will not shy away if their demand is not met. If Moyes thought they might be lenient this meeting should suggest otherwise. Failing to keep United in the prestigious competition will cost him his job at the end of the season.
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