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Manchester United Confirm David Moyes Will Take Over From Sir Alex Ferguson In 6 Year Deal

david moyes1 Manchester United Confirm David Moyes Will Take Over From Sir Alex Ferguson In 6 Year Deal

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.


What are your opinions about David Moyes being appointed United manager? Do you think Moyes can achieve anywhere near the level of success that Ferguson achieved? And who do you think should replace Moyes at Everton? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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21 Responses to Manchester United Confirm David Moyes Will Take Over From Sir Alex Ferguson In 6 Year Deal

  1. Smokey Bacon says:

    Moyes has earned the opportunity so good luck to him. Likewise, Martinez deserves a shot at the Everton job.

  2. Bruce Gottesman says:

    Looks like Sir Alex has timed this to sync up with Moyes’ contract expiration. Moyes should do well.

  3. StellaWasAlwaysDown says:

    It’ll be interesting to see how Moyes handles the pressure of spending all of that money! I wish him well though as he’s done great things with the Toffees.

  4. Frill Artist says:

    Well come aboard, Moyes. Good luck.

  5. Marc L says:

    Gollum is actually a very good manager. Good man management, noted for extensive and specific preparation for each opponent, etc. The Blue Dippers always showed extremely well against top sides, and that speaks to Gollum’s intrinsic value.

    Kind of a different gig running an Evil Empire than “scrappy upper/mid-table club punching above its weight,” but I expect he will do fine.

    People who say this is a bad thing for the rags and that they should have hired some Uber-name foreign hotshot may end up being proven quite wrong.

    • jtm371 says:

      Marc L
      i am reading your mail we are on the same page about Moyes.Like i said before he knows the League he knows England.Any update on the demise of the Euro? Hope when it goes down your on the right side.

  6. Dave says:

    The 6-year deal shows intent on the part of United that this is not an experiment but that they feel they have the right man to lead them now and the future.

  7. Huw Roma says:

    Maybe Moyes will prove me wrong, but Man Utd are about to experience what Liverpool did with Souness and beyond. I hope so anyway.

    • Taylor says:

      Souness was a total disaster. I don’t think Moyes will do the same things as Souness did: running the senior players out of the club, signing low quality players, etc. The midfield needs to be improved definitely, but it’ll be foolish for him to do a massive overhaul.

  8. CTBlues says:

    I wonder if the FA will ever institue a rule similar to the Rooney Rule in the NFL.

  9. Dean Stell says:

    Congrats to Moyes. I maybe would have liked to have kicked the tires on Jurgen Klopp, but Moyes has clearly earned a shot. It’s true that nobody knows how he’ll perform with more money and with the squad rotation necessitated by European competition, but there’s no reason to think he’ll stink at it.

  10. IanCransonsKnees says:

    Intersting background to the Moyes/Ferguson axis.

    Ferguson was coached by David Moyes father and they both worked for the same ship building company in Govan.


    • IanCransonsKnees says:

      There’s obviously a connection between the two outside football.

      • kyle says:

        Yes,this connection between the two Scots is very important in understanding why Ferguson chose Moyes. It wasn’t just for his managing ability but also about the man himself.

  11. jtm371 says:

    Wonder if he will be able to talk Baines in to coming with him.

    • MNUfan1991 says:

      And Fellaini please. On a good day that dude is unplayable.
      We should ship them a few quality players as well to make the deal fair. Everton deserve our respect.

      • jtm371 says:

        Fellani reminds me of Ade takes time off during matches very loose elbows i think United could do better than Fellani.

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