LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes David Moyes should be sacked if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League the next season.
Manchester United have been struggling under the guidance of Moyes, who took over from Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of a winning season last term and there are many who thinks the former Everton boss has bitten off more than he can handle.
Following another embarrassing performance last week which the English Premier League side suffered a 2-0 last-16 Champions League first leg defeat to Olympiakos, Calderon, who was Real Madrid’s president from 2006 to 2009, says he would automatically have axed Moyes if he failed to qualify for the Europe’s top club competition.
Calderon said in the Sunday Star: “I’d change the manager if Real Madrid finished sixth and failed to reach the Champions League the next season. Of course I would.
“It’s a real disaster in every sense not to be in Europe. Not only in terms of the money you get from playing in the competition but from all your club sponsors.
“Sponsorship deals are linked to the Champions League because of the exposure it has on TV. All deals are affected by being in or out of it of Europe. No question.
“I’m sure there’s no difference in the contracts of Real Madrid and Manchester United.
“They will have to deal with losing as much as £100million – both in lost television rights and the reductions in sponsorship money.”