Manchester United’s Official website has officially announced who Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor will be and it turns out it is another Scotsman who has signed a 6 year contract with the Red Devils. David Moyes has been on the lips of everyone since it was announced Sir Alex would step down at the end of the season and today made it official. The decision came with much consideration from the club and a good deal of consultation with Sir Alex directly on who he would feel to a good job of taking over. The Mirror reports that Moyes is expected to take assistant Steve Round and youth development expert Martin Waldron with him to United.
Sir Alex, through United’s website claimed that he had actually approached Moyes back in 1998 to be an assistant coach at United and obviously turned down the offer. Moyes went on to manage Preston North End until 2002 at which point he took over at Everton and has been there ever since. He has won Manager of the year three times from the League Manager’s Association in 2003, 2005, and 2009.
Though there have been talk about David Moyes’ future recently with his contract expiring this summer, this announcement was not seen coming prior to Sir Alex’s announcement. Many believed in fact that Jose Mourinho was one of the managers likely tipped to take over for Sir Alex though it is believed he was never in contention due to Chelsea’s move for their former manager.
As far as Everton goes, it will be interesting to see what players are allowed to leave in the summer and for what prices. Fellaini, and Leighton Baines are two of their largest players, with Baines already being courted by United before Moyes was even appointed. As far as who will take over for Moyes, the names being dropped in the hat include Swansea City’s Michael Laudrop, Wigan’s Roberto Martinez, and Celtic’s Neil Lennon.
With the David Moyes being the longest standing manager for one club in the Premier League behind Sir Alex Ferguson i appears that the shoes he is filling will not be the only ones that will be hard to fill. Everton have experienced a fairly steady production of quality displays despite not winning any trophies and it is certain that Toffee’s fans will miss him.