LONDON (Sporting Alert) — David Moyes will become the new manager of Manchester United, with Everton confirming that the Scot expressed desires to replace the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson next season.
Moyes had a meeting with Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright on Wednesday night and told them that he would love to take the opportunity and join champions Manchester United and the club, though sad to see him leave, wish him the very best.
“Everton can confirm that David Moyes will leave the Club at the end of the season,” a statement on the Everton FC website said.
“The Manager met Chairman Bill Kenwright early yesterday evening (Wednesday 8th May) and confirmed his desire to join Manchester United.
“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.
“During his tenure at Goodison Park, David has taken charge of the team on over 500 occasions including four European campaigns.
“His final two games as Everton Manager will be the remaining Premier League matches against West Ham United and Chelsea.
“Everton officials will start the search for a replacement manager immediately.”
Manchester United confirmed Moyes’ appointment and the out of contract Everton boss is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“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,” said Moyes.
“I am really looking forward to taking up the post next season.”
He added: “It is a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United.
“I am delighted Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job.
“I have great respect for everything he has done.”