It's official. David Moyes is the new Manchester United manager. The former Everton boss has signed a six-year deal at the club — signalling an intent from the board to see him at Old Trafford for the long run.
This is the first time United have appointed a new manager after 26 and a half years of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign.
In a statement on the club's website, Ferguson 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."
The website also has Moyes' statement, as follows.
“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.”
As speculation mounted on the appointment, the BBC reported that United put a message on their Facebook page which said "send your personal welcome to our new manager David Moyes".
Earlier, Everton also confirmed that Moyes would be leaving the club.
"Everton can confirm that David Moyes will leave the Club at the end of the season. The Manager met Chairman Bill Kenwright early yesterday evening (Wednesday 8th May) and confirmed his desire to join Manchester United," the club said in a statement.
Until Ferguson left, Moyes was the longest serving manager in the English Premier League after the United legend and Arsene Wenger.
Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and David Moyes were all front-runners for the job, but the media had backed Moyes since late evening yesterday.
Ferguson has always been an admirer of Moyes' qualities — especially his commitment to the cause of a single club for a decade and his ability to get the best out of a team with limited resources.
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Updated Date: May 10, 2013 11:08:25 IST