Current Everton manager David Moyes has been named the next Manchester United manager following the announced retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this week. Everton confirmed on Thursday that he would be leaving Goodison Park at the end of the season.
According to United's official site, Moyes will begin a six-year deal on July 1.
On this development, Ferguson stated:
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 Everton manager was rumored to be the new United manager after Ferguson's announcement, so that it's now official comes as no surprise. He will, however, have a very tough time replacing the iconic status of Ferguson.
Ferguson has always spoken well of Moyes, telling The Telegraph last season that, given the resources available to him, "Moyes has been unbelievable...what he's done at Everton has been quite miraculous."
However, it may take some time for the Red Devils faithful to come around on Moyes, with the biggest doubts being those of his experience and lack of high-level success.
A former footballer himself, Moyes finished his playing career in 1999 at Preston. At one point, he played alongside David Beckham, who would go on to become a Manchester United and world football legend.
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Moyes' first managerial stint came with that same club, and after guiding them to success in the Division One playoff final, he started at Everton in 2002.
Moyes has spent over a decade at the Merseyside club and has a strong Premier League record to his name. It may not be as strong as that of his United predecessor, but it is still more than acceptable and will no doubt hold him in great stead throughout his time at Old Trafford.
Moyes has won the League Managers' Award in three seasons in his time at Goodison Park—the same amount as Ferguson. He also finished second in the 2009 FA Cup, but has never won a trophy in his 11 years at Merseyside.
United fans will be hoping that quickly changes next season.