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Premier League managers back Moyes appointment

A number of Premier League managers have backed David Moyes’ appointment as Manchester United manager.

The Scot will take over at United next season after Alex Ferguson announced he is to retire at the end of the current campaign.

Moyes has big shoes to fill, with Ferguson having been in charge at Old Trafford for almost 27 years, but a number of his Premier League counterparts have backed him to be a success with the champions.

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Andres Villas-Boas, said: “Obviously they’ve appointed a great manager, and a person full of charisma and passion for the game like David Moyes. So I think the appointment is excellent.

“For what he has done at Everton, and gaining the conditions that he has now, and the massive support base United have, you would probably expect him to win some titles.”

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew added: “David Moyes hasn’t won a trophy. But he has been absolutely superb in the job he has done. I think it’s six top-six finish finishes in his 11 years, that’s remarkable.

“I’m absolutely delighted for him. We more or less started our careers at the same time as managers. So I’ve watched David, admired his work and I really wish him all the best. It’s a tough job, but there is a tough character going in there to do it.”

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he felt there would be a smooth transition between Moyes and Ferguson, one which would benefit the club.

“I think what’s even more important is the message of the two managers, one that’s coming out and the one that’s coming in, is what stability it will bring a club,” he said.

“David’s obviously going to benefit from an incredible infrastructure that’s been built over a long time there. And a model that’s readily in place to continue the success so I’m pleased for him, he obviously wanted to go there but he’ll look to finish well in his final couple of games.”

And while Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini had more than a few mind games with Ferguson during his time at the Etihad Stadium, the Italian paid a glowing tribute to the work his counterpart has done across the city.

“It was a great honour to beat him at Old Trafford and I wish good luck for his future,” he said.

“One man that stays for 27 years in the same club and won every trophy for 27 years, I think that is an incredible situation. I don’t think that there will be another manager like him. I think that in Europe there are big managers, it’s difficult to say Sir Alex is the best.

“But now that he has left you can say he is the best, he’s the best manager in the last 27 years.”
Fri 10 May, 2013
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