I do not usually feel sorry for sacked football managers but the vilification poured over Mr Moyes seems excessive. While his fall may be cushioned by a reported £5 million pay-off, the damage to his reputation seems likely to be long-lasting.
And, at the end of the day (to indulge myself in a favoured football cliche), it is harsh for one man alone to carry the burden of failure, especially when that man appears to have behaved decently and responsibly, without resorting to the antics of certain of his peers.
It is easy to forget that even football managers are just people. People with families, people with lives set between humdrum tedium and quiet desperation.
Football - not such a beautiful game ...