By Harry Sykes
David Moyes has dropped out of the running for the Aston Villa manager’s job – and supporters took to Twitter to vent their frustration.
Moyes was included on a three-man shortlist to replace Remi Garde and was tipped to be the new manager after being interviewed last week.
It is said representatives of new owner Tony Xia held lengthy face-to-face talks with Moyes at the former Manchester United and Everton manager’s home on Thursday night.
However, the BBC reported on Monday afternoon that the Scotsman has now ruled himself out after considering the job over the weekend.
The ex-Manchester United and Everton manager has been without a club since being sacked by Real Sociedad in 2015.
Supporters reacted with frustration, scepticism and humour on Twitter to Moyes’ decision.
Grabs the popcorn ready for the meltdown over Moyes #avfc
— Justify (@Justifydubstep) May 23, 2016
Actually delighted Moyes has said no to us! I don’t think he’s the man for the task at hand #avfc
— Cory Styche (@Stychey11) May 23, 2016
Optimism is slowly turning into fear of what is ahead at #avfc. Strange for Moyes to have given his plans for rebuild then to decline….
— Stephen McConnell (@SMcConnell6) May 23, 2016
Why would Moyes outline his plans for promotion to Xia’s reps on Thursday if he had no intention of managing in the Championship? #AVFC
— The Holte (@TheHolteTweets) May 23, 2016
Thanks Moyes. It could have been good, very good. I hope you live to regret not coming to Villa. #AVFC
— Kevin Hughes (@kevinhughes348) May 23, 2016
Shame Moyes didn’t fancy the challenge at #avfc as he was always my 1st choice – can’t see a Prem job out there for him
— Gareth Edwards (@garethedwards74) May 23, 2016
Crisis club Villa will now turn their attention to finding an alternative in what is proving a difficult managerial search.
Nigel Pearson was the preferred candidate selected by outgoing chairman Steve Hollis, while Roberto Di Matteo also impressed Xia’s advisors but he is said to be in talks with Lazio.
In other Aston Villa news, former defender Shaun Teale has offered to teach one of the club’s underperformers how to play football.