Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Moyes Feels Secure in His Position despite Red Devils Heat

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Moyes Feels Secure in His Position despite Red Devils Heat

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Byline: Paul Hirst

DAVID Moyes is confident that he will not be sacked despite a woeful debut season in charge of Manchester United.

The Red Devils suffered their latest disappointment in a wretched season on Sunday when they lost 3-0 to old foes Liverpool at Old Trafford.

That defeat left United seventh in the Barclays Premier League, 14 points adrift of the top four with just nine matches remaining.

It is understood the United board are not considering replacing Moyes at this moment in time, but the crucial support of the club's fans will surely disappear if results and performances do not improve.

Moyes came out fighting against suggestions he is living on borrowed time, telling a press conference ahead of tonight's Champions League last-16 second leg against Olympiacos at Old Trafford: "My future has not changed one bit. I have got a great job, I know exactly the direction I want to go in."

Moyes said he had not had any discussions with the board about his future, but he remains convinced United will stick by him. Recent conversations with his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson, and other leading members of the board have given the former Everton manager the feeling that he remains secure in his position.

"(Ferguson) has been incredibly supportive," Moyes said. "I speak with him regularly and I see him at the games.

"I always have a few minutes with him. He is very supportive. He told me before I came in it was a difficult job but he is always here to help.

"Him, (director) David Gill, (vicechairman) Ed (Woodward), all the board are very supportive.

"The biggest assurance is that they let me get on with the job, we never discuss it (Moyes' position). We talk about the future, we are making big plans for years going forward.

"That is why they gave me a six-year contract because this is not a club that works on a shortterm vision, it works on a long-term vision. …

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