Before he can replace a legend, David Moyes still has to clean out his old desk.
Moyes finished the on-pitch commitments of an 11-year reign as manager of Everton on Sunday with a 2-1 loss at Chelsea. On Monday, he began the tricky business of succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United—even while finishing his duties with Everton.
According to several media outlets, Moyes began meeting Monday with staff and players at United ahead of his official July 1 appointment. BBC Sport reports:
Moyes was given permission by Everton to visit Manchester United's training ground on Monday.
The 50-year-old Scot is under contract to the Toffees until the end of June but is only likely to be at the club's Finch Farm training headquarters this week before leaving to go on a holiday.
So, while Moyes is now working for Manchester United, he also remains an Everton employee. No man can serve two masters, as the old saying goes, but then again, Sir Alex Ferguson usually gets what he wants.
"I'll probably be doing two jobs for the next week or so," Moyes said (via Daily Mirror).
He added: "I'll go into Finch Farm (Everton's training ground) some of the days next week and make sure everything's in place for whoever the incoming manager is. Most of it is anyway, but I'll just make sure that everything's as ready as I can leave it."
Moyes, 50, managed more than 500 games for Everton, whom he joined in 2002. Ferguson, 71, oversaw his final match Sunday, a wild 5-5 draw at West Brom. Ferguson spent more than 26 years with United, managing exactly 1,500 matches and winning 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League crowns.
Before he left, Ferguson reportedly hand-picked Moyes as his successor (via Reuters). It's an added bit of pressure for Moyes, who nonetheless said he's looking forward to the challenge.
"I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever," said Moyes, "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."
The most difficult job in football has already begun.