Thursday 09 May 2013
Manchester United have confirmed that Everton's David Moyes will replace Sir Alex Ferguson as manager this summer.
Moyes, who is the third longest-serving manager in the Barclays Premier League, has agreed a six-year deal to join the title-winners after his contract expires at the end of June.
The news was announced by Ferguson, who will become a club director after he steps down, and who has long been an admirer of his fellow Glaswegian.
"We unanimously agreed on David Moyes - he is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic"
Sir Alex Ferguson
"When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes we unanimously agreed on David Moyes," said Ferguson. "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 has been in charge of Everton since March 2002 and over the course of his 11-year tenure turned the Merseyside club from perennial relegation strugglers into consistent top-six challengers.
The 50-year-old, who won the first of three League Managers Association Manager of the Year awards in his first season at the club, guided the Toffees to their highest position in the Barclays Premier League in the 2004/05 season, when they finished in the top four and qualified for the UEFA Champions League play-offs.
Since 2006 Everton have not finished outside the top eight, have qualified for Europe three times and reached the FA Cup final in 2009. This season they are again in the running for a European place and well-placed to finish above local rivals Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League for a second successive season.
"It is a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United," said Moyes, who will take charge at Old Trafford on 1 July. "I am delighted Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job.
"I am really looking forward to taking up the post next season"
"I have great respect for everything he has done.
"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. I am really looking forward to taking up the post next season."
Moyes' final home match in charge of Everton will be on Sunday against West Ham United before he signs off with the trip to Chelsea on 19 May.
Everton are currently in sixth place in the League table and Moyes says he is determined to see the club produce a strong finish to the campaign.
"I had a terrific job at Everton, with a tremendous chairman and board of directors and a great set of players," added Moyes. "Everton's fantastic fans have played a big part in making my years at Goodison so enjoyable.
"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 and 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."