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It is a ritual now as predictable as the rising of the sun.

A manager is sacked, and in marches the League Managers’ Association to say that the sacked party was aggrieved, was owed better by all involved, was misled etc. etc. Following news yesterday Moyes was officially dumped, today the LMA weighed in:

“Throughout his time at United, David, as he always does, has conducted himself with integrity and professionalism, values that he believes in and that have been strongly associated with the club and its rich tradition.

“It is therefore sad to see the end of David’s tenure at United being handled in an unprofessional manner.”

At least one reputable journalist has noted a strain of hypocrisy in the LMA’s stance, particularly over their silence in the way David Moyes’ hiring was initially handled in the first place:

If the LMA is earnestly seeking longer managerial tenures, they won’t succeed by simply hauling out the tiny violin whenever one of their number is fired. The entire culture of English club football is stacked against them. The only way to remedy the situation would be to take some power out of the manager’s hands, say, in player recruitment and development, and leave the manager to focus on first team coaching and team selection. But of course they would never advocate for that. So as it stands, managers will continued to be sacked over and over and over again, and the LMA’s inability to stop it will only become more apparent.