Giggs to take over?
REPORTING FROM THE UK
On Sunday, David Moyes sent his Manchester United team out against Everton in the knowledge that a Champions League place was still possible.
One defeat and 24 hours later, it was widely reported that his time at Old Trafford was up.
As The New Paper went to press, United were refusing to deny reports that they had sacked their manager, but sources close to the club claimed that the Scotsman is finished, that an official announcement is imminent this week and that Ryan Giggs will take over for the remainder of the season.
So much for supporting the new manager, as Sir Alex Ferguson implored last May. Moyes' reign lasted less than a year.
It is believed that Moyes will now seek assurances over his future, assurances that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will be unable to supply.
A departure by "mutual consent" will then follow.
Moyes will exit the club amid a stream of stories that he had lost both the confidence of the players and of the board.
With United's abject defeat to Everton confirming that there would be no Champions League football next season, the Glazer family felt unable to trust Ferguson's successor with a transfer war chest thought to be in the region of £200m ($421m).
The United directors are said to be horrified by the way the season has unfolded.
It is not simply the lack of silverware, but the lack of fight, particularly in key games, that has caused the damage.
Behind the scenes, the players are said to have lost faith in Moyes some time ago.
One source revealed that MUTV, the in-house television station, was forced to spike an interview with a key player because its contents were so damaging to the manager.
There have also been claims that Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Shinji Kagawa, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Luis Nani, Danny Welbeck and, most damningly, Giggs himself had all turned on Moyes.
If Moyes is to go, he can have few complaints. There was no sustained campaign by the supporters to remove him.
Even when a splinter group of United fans hired a plane to trail a banner of no confidence around Old Trafford on March 29, it was roundly jeered by the majority of supporters. He could not have asked for more generous backing.
Unfortunately, he could not repay their support with anything tangible, or even intangible.
The results are dreadful, the performances are poor and the football is predictable and one dimensional.
There may not have been an official announcement yet, but there seems little doubt now that Moyes' United career is over.