David Moyes has been appointed the new manager of Manchester United, beginning July 1st, on a six-year contract. The 50-year-old Glaswegian has been long admired by Sir Alex Ferguson, who originally approached Moyes back in 1998 to be his assistant manager. Moyes instead went on to manage Preston North End, which was then struggling in Division Two, guiding them to the Division Two title and promotion to Division One. After four years, he moved to Everton, where he brought stability and has achieved some success within the club’s limited budget.
Although never winning a Premier League title, Moyes has kept Everton in the top ten for most of his eleven years there. Ferguson himself played a vital role in the selection of his successor, summing up his admiration for Moyes, “When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes we unanimously agreed on David Moyes. David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. . . . There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club.”
Moyes, who was the bookies ‘favorite, will finish out the current season with Everton.