July 30, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; Manchester United mascot Fred The Red (right) high fives fans prior to the game against FC Barcelona at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

David Moyes Leaves Everton to Take Over For Alex Ferguson at Manchester United


It didn’t take long for Manchester United to find a replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson, after he officially announced his retirement at the end of the season on Tuesday. David Moyes has decided to step down from his job at Everton to accept a six-year deal with Man U.

He will officially begin his duties as manager on July 11 and his first game will come against Manchester City or Wigan at Wembley Stadium on 11 August.

It’s a great honor 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,” Moyes said, via The Guardian.

“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.”

If there was any question about Sir Alex Ferguson’s support of the decision, he erased that in his official statement on the hiring of Moyes.

“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.”

Moyes now has one of the best jobs in soccer and he is poised for success with Man U.

If any Manchester United fan wants to wish Moyes the best and send a personal welcome to Old Trafford, you can post a message on Twitter with the hashtag “UnitedContinued.

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