Oh yes, it's Moyes: Manchester United pick Fergie's successor

DDavid Moyes. Reuters

David Moyes will take over from Alex Ferguson at Manchester United — after being recommended for the job by his predecessor.

United on Thursday gave Moyes one of the most coveted and toughest jobs in world football—succeeding Britain's most successful manager at Old Trafford. And like with everything else at United over the last quarter century, Ferguson played a key role in the decision.

"It's a great honor to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United,'" Moyes, the current Everton manager, said in a statement. "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."

Ferguson announced on Wednesday that he is retiring after nearly 27 years at Old Trafford. United said the 50-year-old Moyes was given a six-year deal and will take charge of the newly crowned Premier League champions from July 1.

"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."

Moyes will try to fill the biggest shoes in football, with Ferguson having produced nearly 50 trophies — including 13 of United's 20 English league titles — during a reign of unprecedented longevity and success.

While Moyes has never won a major trophy, his arrival should help ensure a smooth transition between Glaswegian managers as the 71-year-old Ferguson remains at United as a director.

"When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes we unanimously agreed on David Moyes," Ferguson said. "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."

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