It has been confirmed that Everton boss David Moyes will take over at Manchester United at the end of the season.
The Scot has signed a six-year deal at Old Trafford. He will see out the remainder of the season with Everton.
The 50-year-old had been the favourite for the job, since Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that he would retire at the end of the season and he has now been officially appointed as the new United boss.
It now looks like second favourite Jose Mourinho will now be heading back to Chelsea this summer.
Moyes told the press: “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 was always going to have a big say in his replacement and the veteran United boss recommended Moyes as a good replacement. The Everton boss is not exactly an unknown quantity to anybody that has followed the Premier League in recent years though.
The Scot seems to be highly-rated by everybody in coaching circles and is regarded as one of the best managers in the top flight.
David Moyes may have had 11 years of experience at Everton, but he has yet to experience winning a piece of silverware and has very limited experience of European competition. Some may argue though that is due to lack of funds available to the former-Preston boss.
He will not have that problem at Old Trafford. Moyes will have some top class talent to work with and money to spend in the summer no doubt.
Even as an Everton fan, I admit that this is a major step-up for the Scot. At Manchester United he may need to deal with a few more big egos than at Everton. I do not think anything could prepare him for the biggest job in English football though.
It really is hard to fault the job that David Moyes done at Goodison Park, even though a minority of fans will try. He left a good legacy for the next manager at Everton and moved the club away from the basement of the top flight.
One of the minor blights on his record was the fact that under Moyes the Blues failed to win at Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. This will no doubt change at Manchester United, where there is greater resources to work with.
Sir Alex Ferguson retiring is a big issue for Manchester United and the club need somebody that would offer stability for the long-term. The new United boss seems able to offer that stability. He is fiercely ambitious and very honest, which should go down well with the United faithful.
David Moyes will be on a steep learning curve at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson has been a great admirer of Moyes for a long time and has followed his career with a close eye. Moyes has been Fergie’s heir apparent for a while. However, I think his appointment came sooner than expected.
Ferguson will be there to guide his compatriot if needed and he will gain the knowledge he needs as he goes along. The Everton boss is a very knowledgeable football man and is no rookie to the management game.
I believe that most right-minded Everton fans will be wishing their manager good luck at Old Trafford. I hope he is a success in Manchester, as he has done a lot for the Toffees and now deserves to pick up some silverware.
From the qualities he has shown at Everton I have no doubt that David Moyes has what it takes to carry on Sir Alex Ferguson’s legacy at Old Trafford. His predecessor certainly believes he is the right man for the job and that is good enough for me.
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