Manchester United manager David Moyes admits he has been 'lucky' to avoid working for hire and fire clubs

The Scot left Everton and Preston on his own terms

Manchester United manager David Moyes feels he is blessed to have worked for three clubs who are not part of the hiring and firing culture.

Steve Clarke and Andre Villas-Boas have both been sacked following weekend defeats and there is intense speculation over the future of Cardiff's Malky Mackay following further friction with club owner Vincent Tan.

Yet Moyes is under no internal pressure at United, despite a difficult start to his reign, with the Scot assured of the time he needs to make a success of the job, just as he had at Preston and Everton.

"It makes me realise how lucky I have been at the clubs I have been at," said Moyes.

"I worked for great people at Preston, great people at Everton and my short experience at Manchester United tells me I am working for really good people here.

"Maybe some of the other managers haven't been as fortunate as I have."

Clarke was axed just seven months after leading West Brom to their highest finish of the Premier League era, Villas-Boas has been given just over three months to prove the value of a £100million summer transfer splurge, whilst Mackay steered Cardiff into the top flight after a 50 year absence.

"I am a great advocate of managers," said Moyes.

"I want managers to be given opportunities.

"I am involved with the LMA. We are saying the best clubs have had stability.

"Look at Arsene Wenger, the stability he has given Arsenal. Sir Alex at United and even what happened to myself at Everton.

"Obviously the owners and chairman have their own reasons but the clubs who have given the managers that period of time have benefited.

"It is getting less and less to see that in football. The more we see it, it might help clubs gain a bit more control and stability.

"In turn it might mean they are not hiring and firing managers quite so often."

United visit another club whose manager has come under fire at times this season on Wednesday when they take on Stoke in the Capital One Cup.

Yet, like Moyes, Mark Hughes arrived at the Britannia Stadium after a lengthy spell from his predecessor Tony Pulis.

And, like Moyes, the Welshman is taking a bit of time to adjust.

"Like a lot of clubs there is this word transition happening and the same thing is happening there," said Moyes.

"They are changing.

"Mark Hughes is the manager. He is very experienced in Premier League terms. He will put his own mark on Stoke."

Moyes is expected to make changes from the team that won so well at Aston Villa on Sunday, although he will need to check on the fitness of a number of key men before finalising his line up.

"We have a squad of players who can all play in any game," said Moyes.

"We have a lot of games coming up and I will see who I think is ready."

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