Manchester United have confirmed that David Moyes will become their new manager when Sir Alex Ferguson steps down after 27 years in charge at Old Trafford. Moyes, who agreed a six-year deal at Old Trafford but will remain at Everton until the end of the season, said: ‘It’s a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United. ‘I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done and for the football club. ‘I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn’t something that comes around very often and I’m really looking forward to taking up the post next season.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who is a great admirer of his countryman, admitted that he approached Moyes as far back as 1998 to see whether he would take an assistant role at the club. Announcing his successor, the 71-year-old said: ‘When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes we unanimously agreed on David Moyes.
David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. ‘I’ve admired his work for a long time and approached him as far back as 1998 to discuss the position of assistant manager here. ‘He was a young man then at the start of his career and has since gone on to do a magnificent job at Everton. There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club.’
United legend Sir Bobby Charlton, who had a hand in the selection process, expressed his delight that Moyes will take up the mantle at the beginning of next season. He added: ‘I have always said that we wanted the next manager to be a genuine Manchester United man. In David Moyes, we have someone who understands the things that make this such a special club. ‘We have secured a man who is committed to the long-term and will build teams for the future as well as now. Stability breeds success. ‘David has tremendous strength of character and recognises the importance of bringing young players through and developing them alongside world class talent. At United, I think David will be able to express himself.’
Moyes leaves Everton after 11 years and will be at the helm when United begin the defence of the Barclays Premier League crown they won under Ferguson this year. Everton announced that he was leaving the club on their website on Thursday afternoon and effectively said he was the new United manager. His arrival at Old Trafford was confirmed later. United chief executive David Gill said: ‘I’m delighted that David has agreed to join Manchester United. He has done a terrific job at Everton and has all the qualities that we are looking for in a manager to succeed Alex.’
Moyes’s move across the North West will see the dawning of a new era at the 20-time champions of England.
Sir Alex Ferguson called time on his illustrious career on the touchline yesterday when he announced he was stepping down as manager of Manchester United. After 27 years at the helm of one of the biggest clubs in the world, the Scot is preparing to hand over to his successor, David Moyes.
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