Reports: Man U to Fire Coach
Manchester, England — David Moyes’ troubled tenure as Manchester United manager could be coming to an end after less than a year.
According to widespread reports Monday on the websites of numerous British newspapers, Moyes is set to be fired by United and could be forced out before the end of the season on May 11.
The club hadn’t made an official comment on the speculation by late Monday, but leading British bookmakers all slashed their odds on Moyes’ removal.
“They’re going to have to clarify this position quickly,” said former United defender Gary Neville, who described the club’s handling of the situation as “repulsive.”
Defending champion United is seventh in the English Premier League at 17-11-6, and Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Everton ensured the club will miss out on a top-four finish and fail to qualify for Champions League for the first time in 19 years. United is 23 points behind league-leading Liverpool (25-5-5) and on course for its poorest league finish since 1990.
Moyes was selected by Alex Ferguson, who ended his 27-year reign as manager at the end of last season, and was given a six-year deal last May.
NYCFC Details Stadium Plans
New York — New York City FC will play home games at Yankee Stadium during its first season in 2015.
Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said at a news conference Monday he anticipated the upper deck would be closed off, leaving capacity at 33,444, down from the ballpark’s baseball capacity of 49,642.
Trost said it will take three days to convert the field from baseball to soccer.
Orlando Move Delayed
Orlando, Fla. — Orlando City Soccer Club says it will play its first Major League Soccer season in 2015 at the renovated Florida Citrus Bowl because of delays in the city’s acquisition of land required for its downtown, soccer-specific stadium.
The team made the announcement on Monday after previously planning to play at least half of its first MLS season in the new stadium.
The Citrus Bowl has been Orlando City’s home for three seasons as members of the third-tier USL Pro League. It is undergoing a $200 million renovation.
Late last year, city officials voted on a $20 million funding plan to help the team build a new $84 million, 18,000-seat stadium.
Beginning in 2016, the new downtown stadium will become the permanent home of Orlando City.