David Moyes has finally broken his silence on his ill-fated Manchester United reign, and says the club must accept their share of the blame.
Moyes was drafted in to take over as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor in 2013 following the Scot's decision to retire after more than 26 glorious years in charge at Old Trafford. However the former Everton boss lasted less than 10 months and after a string of poor results was let go by the club.
Now he's finally broken his silence on his time at Manchester United, and in an interview with BBC Sport says the club failed to deliver on their promise to give him time to turn things around.
"I got the job and I expected it to be a six-year plan," he said. "I signed a six-year contract... disappointed it didn't go to plan. I expected to be given an opportunity to fulfil that and it wasn't what was expected.
"It was really difficult when I lost the job initially because I didn't really see it coming, even though I had been losing games. I knew that it could be difficult but I joined a club that I felt stood behind their managers, made sure they supported them in difficult times. And, you know, Sir Alex had difficult times when he first took over.
"And I do understand that the landscape has changed a little bit in football, but I think that Manchester United always stood for the right things and I expected them to do what was right with me."
Now Moyes, who found out about being sacked through the media, is looking to get back into football after turning down offers from other clubs - and says he would be open to managing abroad in order to re-build his reputation.
"I've had several people contact me about jobs," he explained. "None of them have turned round and said 'here is a job it's yours. But people have asked me if I have had any interest in jobs. The clubs that have come calling, I just felt that they weren't right."
Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal was named as Moyes long-term successor and took over after leading Die Oranje to a third-placed finish at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
He endured a similarly tough start to life at Old Trafford, failing to win any of his first three Premier League games in charge and oversaw their exit from the Capital One Cup at the hands of MK Dons. However he looks to have turned a corner, and consecutive wins against West Ham and Everton have moved them up to fourth in the Premier League.
"Louis van Gaal has got a difficult job as well, just like I did when I took over at the job, and he needs to be given that opportunity to get his mark on the team, turn it around," Moyes continued.
"He is a very experienced manager and he should be given that chance to do so."
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