By Lee Savery.
Manchester United have acted quickly to ready a new era for the club after appointing David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement.
The Scot will take over on July 1 and has signed a 6-year contract. It was a deal everybody had expected as he had been widely tipped for a number of years to replace Ferguson due to his admiration and respect for the job he has done at Everton.
Moyes joined Everton in 2002 after a successful spell at Preston North End, where he guided them to the Division Two title and Division One play-offs. Under Moyes’ guidance, Everton have been a staple in the top ten of the Premier League and have always challenged for European places despite the restraints of a limited budget.
He did guide Everton to an FA Cup final in 2009 where they lost to Chelsea. They had beaten United in the semi-final on penalties.
Moyes has managed Everton 516 times with 217 of those games ending in victory, giving him a winning percentage of 42.05%.
Many have praised his ability as a manager and have attributed traits that Ferguson share. The man management, the investment in youth. Since Ferguson shares these views, it seems Moyes is the natural successor. There will be some doubters though who feel he may not attract the big names and, to date, has yet to win any silverware which the squad he inherits will have in abundance.
When Moyes takes over, he will have to prove those doubters wrong. He will also have to deal with the emerging story that Wayne Rooney has once again asked to leave the club.
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