David Moyes will be sacked by Manchester United in the coming weeks and could even go before the end of the day according to various media reports.
United pulled off a very "miserable" display at Goodison Park losing to Everton 2-0 hence regaining what has been their favourite position for the most part of the season (seventh).
The Glazers and United chief executive Ed Woodward were determined to show patience with Moyes but have recognised inescapable signs recently that performances were getting worse and that players had stopped trying for their manager.
It is understood that the plan now is to sack Moyes at the end of the season but the situation could now come to a head later on Monday or in the coming days. If the former Everton boss is sacked before the season’s end, club legend Ryan Giggs will be asked to take over team affairs.
Who will succeed Moyes
In terms of appointing a long-term successor, Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, Holland’s Louis van Gaal and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti are in the frame.
Despite the expensive signings of Marouane Fellaini last summer and Juan Mata in January, United have failed to keep pace with their rivals and mount any kind of title challenge.
Moyes, who moved from Everton last summer to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, has also overseen failure in the cup competitions.
United were eliminated by Swansea City in the third round of the FA Cup, by Sunderland in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Taking all competitions into account, United have won 27 of 51 matches during the Moyes tenure, drawing nine and losing 15.