In a massive 24 hours of announcements from the Premier League, it has now been confirmed, as widely expected, that Moyes will take charge at Old Trafford next season. The Everton boss will succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager at the end of the season, following Wednesday’s announcement that Ferguson will call a day on his very successful managerial career.
Moyes who has been at the helm at Goodison Park for the last 11 years, has agreed to a 6 year contract and will officially start work on the July 23, 2013.
Talking about the decision, Ferguson, who leaves the managers role after 26 years as Manchester United coach, said:
“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.
“There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club.”
David Moyes went on to say:
“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.”
Everton issued the following statement on Thursday’s news:
“The chairman, on behalf of the club, would like to place on record his thanks to David for the massive contribution he has made to Everton since his arrival in March 2002. He has been an outstanding manager.”
Moyes had a decent playing career, starting for Celtic, Cambridge, Bristol City, Shrewsbury, Dunfermline Athletic, Hamilton Academical, and Preston North End, and it was with Preston where he started his managerial career in 1998 after starting his coaching qualifications whilst still playing from 22 years of age. In 2002 he took over from fellow Scotsman Walter Smith at Everton.
Rumors had linked Moyes as successor for many years, most notably after he was approached by Ferguson to become his new assistant manager in 1998, which Moyes of course turned down. But so many people have been linked with the role for the day it became vacant, such as Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Carlos Queiroz, and former players from Mark Hughes, Steve Bruce, David Beckham and Paul Ince. Ryan Giggs was also linked to the role when Ferguson retired, but despite years of speculation, it took less than 24 hours for the successor to be announced.
Moyes comes with a good reputation, and may not be the most exiting name to go into the role, but there is no doubt of the fantastic job he has done at Everton on a small budget and small squads. Despite his lack of a trophy in his time at Goodison, Everton have had the most consistent of finishes outside of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in his time there.
A chance of Champions League football was cut short in 2005 after they were knocked out in the qualification stages against Villarreal with a 4-2 aggregate defeat, and the closest he came to a trophy at Everton was a FA cup final defeat to Chelsea, losing 2-1 despite Louis Saha opening the scoring for Everton in a record breaking 25 seconds.
The Most Moyes spent on a player was in 2008, when Everton paid £15 Million for Marouane Fellaini from standard Liege, after the previous transfer record for an incoming player which was £8.6 Million for Crystal Palace’s Andrew Johnson.
Some people have asked whether Moyes can bring through good, young English talent the way Manchester United have done over the years, and there have even been suggestions he has failed to do that in his reign at Everton. I would suggest Wayne Rooney, who Moyes gave his debut too at 16 years of age before his Move to Manchester, John Ruddy, now of Norwich, Leon Osman, a trusty performer, as well as Tony Hibbert and the promising Ross Barkley, have all done well and progressed under the leadership of the Scotsman .
The task ahead for David Moyes is a challenging one, and the pressure will be immense with every ones eye from the football world on him however he inherits a Premiership winning team full of vast talent and experience. The new dawn at Old Trafford will be one that shall be of everyone’s interest come the first competitive match Moyes will take charge of in next August’s Community Shield verses either Wigan or local rivals ivals Manchester City
Written by @ChalkOnYaBoots