Manchester United have sacked David Moyes less than one season into his six-year contract and put Ryan Giggs in charge until a permanent replacement is appointed. United confirmed Moyes' departure on their Twitter feed at around 8:30am on Tuesday, although reports of his imminent exit had been circulating for almost 24 hours amid silence from the club. A short statement thanked Moyes for "the hard work, honesty and integrity he brought to the role" during his time in charge. Moyes was hand-picked by Sir Alex Ferguson as his long-term successor, but poor results undermined his attempts to build for a new era of success at Old Trafford. Full story >>
The cartoon by Brian Adcock from The Independent shows David Moyes returning a pair of Sir Alex Ferguson's shoes to the Manchester United megastore. He tells the shop assistant, "Can I return these please? They really are too big for me."
The cartoon is based on an idiom. If one person fills someone's shoes, it means that the first person replaces the second one and does their job satisfactorily. • Trying to fill the shoes of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United is an impossible task. Variations on the idiom involve the idea of the shoes being too big for someone to fill • Are Fergie's shoes too big to fill? Mac's cartoon in the Daily Mail uses the same metaphor/idiom. Note that Moyes is carrying a suitcase because he's leaving Old Trafford.