Football: David Moyes to be sacked before end of EPL season?

Manchester United manager David Moyes reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England on Feb 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Manchester United manager David Moyes reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, central England on Feb 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Manchester United's Scottish manager David Moyes (right) gestures during a training session at their Carrington complex in Manchester, north west England, on Feb 24, 2014, ahead of the UEFA Champions League football match between Olympiakos and Manch
Manchester United's Scottish manager David Moyes (right) gestures during a training session at their Carrington complex in Manchester, north west England, on Feb 24, 2014, ahead of the UEFA Champions League football match between Olympiakos and Manchester United on February 25, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Manchester United's Scottish manager David Moyes reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Bayern Munich vs Manchester United in Munich, southern Germany on April 9, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Manchester United's Scottish manager David Moyes reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Bayern Munich vs Manchester United in Munich, southern Germany on April 9, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Everton manager Roberto Martínez (left) shakes hands with Manchester United manager David Moyes before their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northern England on April 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Everton manager Roberto Martínez (left) shakes hands with Manchester United manager David Moyes before their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park in Liverpool, northern England on April 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Manchester United's manager David Moyes looks on during a news conference at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England on March 31, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Manchester United's manager David Moyes looks on during a news conference at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England on March 31, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Manchester United's manager David Moyes applauds after their Champions League quarter-final second leg soccer match against Bayern Munich in Munich on April 9, 2014. British reports are saying that Manchester United manager David Moyes is facing
Manchester United's manager David Moyes applauds after their Champions League quarter-final second leg soccer match against Bayern Munich in Munich on April 9, 2014. British reports are saying that Manchester United manager David Moyes is facing the sack on Monday, April 21, 2014, as the club's owners, the Glazer family, are preparing to call time on the Scot's disastrous tenure at Old Trafford. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON - British reports are saying that Manchester United manager David Moyes is facing the sack on Monday, as the club's owners, the Glazer family, are preparing to call time on the Scot's disastrous tenure at Old Trafford.

Just 11 months after being handed a six-year contract as Alex Ferguson's hand-picked successor at United, Moyes is understood to have lost the backing of the Glazers and senior executives at the club, with Sunday's 0-2 defeat by Everton proving the final straw, reported The Telegraph.

The 50-year-old's reign could reportedly end before Saturday's encounter with Norwich City if he chooses to seek assurances over his future, which executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is unlikely to be able to offer.

The backroom staff appointed by Moyes - Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden and Phil Neville - are also likely to be moved on, having struggled to earn the backing of the players.

United have yet to actively pursue a replacement, but with Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp earning admirers after building a vibrant and successful team in Germany, the 46-year-old is expected to be favoured ahead of the likes of Louis van Gaal, Diego Simeone and Ryan Giggs.

The Red Devils, six points adrift of sixth-placed Tottenham, are facing the ignominious prospect of failing to qualify for European football for the first time since the 1981/82 season.