Manchester United appoints Moyes as new manager

Updated: May 9, 2013


Manchester United wasted little time
filling the void left by Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement as the club appointed
David Moyes as its new manager on Thursday.

Ferguson announced his retirement from football management on Wednesday, but
the newly-crowned English champions learned the identity of their new boss
just one day later as the Manchester United Board unanimously approved the
appointment of Moyes.

Moyes, who was Ferguson’s recommendation to take the post, has been the
Everton manager since 2002 after a successful spell at the helm of Preston
North End.

“When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes we
unanimously agreed on David Moyes,” Ferguson said in a statement. “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, 50, has committed his future to United with a six-year deal, taking
effect on July 1.

“It’s a great honor to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United,”
Moyes said. “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.”