GRAHAM TURNER: Sacking was done without honour or class

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I wonder how many millions of words have been written this week about the unfortunate David Moyes? I suspect he was reading about his dismissal as manager of Manchester United long before the club officially broke the news to him.

Regular readers will know that I don’t have much regard for the Premier League and how it operates, so it was difficult for it to fall any further in my estimation – but it has succeeded.

When he joined the club last summer, Moyes was given a six-year contract, which would suggest that they were going to give him a bit of time to put his stamp on the team – but no such thing, success has to be instant in the Premier League, otherwise you’re out.

I suppose you could accept that if it was done with honour and class, but the club failed miserably on that score.

Bearing in mind that we’re talking about an English football club here, what especially upset me about this affair was that the announcement was made on the New York stock exchange (by the club’s American owners). Moyes was sacrificed to satisfy the expectations of US shareholders – possibly people with no interest in football at all.

Then there was the annoyance of the story completely taking over the news media (though I suppose I’m guilty here of perpetuating that) and I was dismayed when, presumably desperate for a new line, the BBC decided to interview Manchester United fans . . . in Lagos, Nigeria!

-- Former Mayor of St Edmundsbury Margaret Charlesworth took time out from organising Bury’s Magna Carta 800 celebrations to tell me about her favourite mug after I boasted last week about my 14-year-old memento from the Millennium Dome.

Margaret well and truly put me in the shade with hers. She wrote: “About 30 years ago I bought my mother a mug with a picture on the side of Kate Greenway-type figures. My daughter, who was only about seven, realised how much I liked that mug which I’d given away and for my next birthday gave me one of my own, which was a slightly different picture. I’ve used it ever since and, now that my mother has died, I now have her mug too – and will not drink out of any other!”