Manchester United confirms David Moyes as new manager

Manchester United have confirmed that David Moyes will become their new manager when Sir Alex Ferguson steps down after 27 years in charge at Old Trafford.

Moyes, who agreed a six-year deal at Old Trafford, said: '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.'

Ferguson, who is a great admirer of his countryman, admitted that he approached Moyes as far back as 1998 to see whether he would take an assistant role at the club.