David Moyes has been sacked by Manchester United, who finally ran out of patience with him and did not believe he could be trusted with the £150m overhaul the club intends to carry out this summer.
It has been a season of painful lows for the beleaguered manager, but United greats, from Ferguson to Keane, have been overwhelmingly positive about him throughout the season.
Sir Alex Ferguson, October 2013
"I'm not interested in managing again or getting myself worked up about Manchester United's results. United are in good hands with David Moyes. He will be fine. He's a good manager."
David Beckham, February 2014
"I think that David Moyes is a great manager, but it takes time. You know he’s joined a club like Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and there’s a transitional period."
Eric Cantona, March 2014
"I think Moyes signed because he has a long-term project. I think he is strong enough to handle the pressure."
Roy Keane, March 2014
"I think United will be all right and David Moyes will get plenty of time. The man deserves it. He’s got vast experience, but his staff and a couple of senior players, they have to step up to the plate."
Paul Scholes, March 2014
"He's nine months into the job and you have to stand by him. He's made a couple of signings that haven't worked out yet as he would have liked. In the summer he's going to need backing, there's no doubt about that."