Red card for Moyes despite his fixed-term contract

By Karen Fletcher

On 22 April, Manchester United announced that David Moyes had been sacked as manager after just 51 matches. Moyes had been appointed under a six-year fixed-term agreement; this article explores the implications of ending a contract early.

In 2013, Moyes took over one of the biggest gigs in football when he was announced as Alex Ferguson’s replacement. Although many fans criticised his appointment, he was championed for the role by Ferguson himself and given a six-year fixed-term contract. However, in the 10 months that followed his appointment Manchester United recorded their worst season in decades and failed to qualify for Champions League football for the first time since 1995. The board decided that enough was enough despite the six-year term.

A fixed-term contract is one that ends either: after a set amount of time; on the occurrence of a particular event; or on the non-occurrence of a particular event…

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