Manchester United announced today that David Moyes will be the next manager of the club, to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson after the end of this season. Moyes will officially start as the new boss on July 1 under a six-year contract.
Sir Alex Ferguson announced yesterday that he’ll retire at the end of this season after 27 years at the club, and an incredible 49 trophies in his management career.
Everton manager David Moyes has been with the Merseyside club since 2002, but his contract was up for renewal this summer, and the Scot had not signed a contract renewal. Now Moyes prepares to step into the biggest task of his career by taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, while Fergie will remain at United in a director and ambassador role.
“When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes we unanimously agreed on David Moyes,” said manager Sir Alex Ferguson. “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.”
In the club statement, here’s what Moyes 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.
“I have had a terrific job at Everton, with a tremendous chairman and Board of Directors and a great set of players. Between now and the end of the season, I will do everything in my power to make sure we finish as high as possible in the table.
“Everton’s fantastic fans have played a big part in making my years at Goodison so enjoyable and I thank them wholeheartedly for the support they have given me and the players. Everton will be close to me for the rest of my life.”
According to the club, Moyes will be introduced to the world as the Manager of Manchester United in due course.
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