Thursday, 9 May 2013

David Moyes to Become Manchester United Manager

David Moyes was handed a six-year contract to become manager of Manchester United on Thursday, showing the deep belief the club has in naming the Scot as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor. Moyes, who accepted replacing British football's most successful manager presents a sizeable challenge, was preferred over José Mourinho due to the longevity of his 11-year tenure at Everton during which he rebuilt the club.

Moyes was the favoured candidate of Ferguson, with his recommendation being "unanimously" approved by the United board, an indication of how the outgoing manager will continue to be a strong influence on the direction of the club.

Ferguson said: "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. 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. He was a young man then at the start of his career and has since gone on to do a magnificent job at Everton. There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club."

Moyes currently earns £80,000 a week – £4m a year – at Everton, which makes him better paid than any of the first-team squad and he will receive a hefty increase in these terms. The 50-year-old, who starts his tenure on 1 July, is free to bring in his own backroom staff at United which puts the futures of Mike Phelan, the assistant manager, and first-team coach René Meulensteen in doubt. While the Scot has yet to make any decisions in this area, Moyes is an admirer of Steve Round, his assistant at Everton, who he views as an innovative coach. Moyes had also wanted to add Phil Neville, his captain at Everton, to his support team at the Merseyside club. Although the 36-year-old declined due to his wish to play on, Neville has since registered an interest in replacing Moyes as Everton manager, so the potential offer of a position at United, his former club, would be attractive.

Moyes also has to address quickly the issue of Wayne Rooney who a fortnight ago asked Ferguson if he could leave in the summer due to his disgruntlement at being played out of position and being dropped for the Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid at Old Trafford in February. While United are adamant that Rooney, who has two years left on his contract, is not for sale, according to a highly placed source at the club the striker is valued in the £40m region so if a serious offer is lodged it would be considered.

Moyes was Rooney's first manager when the Liverpudlian broke into Everton's first team in 2002. After the Scot sued Rooney for allegations in a biography the pair reconciled but whether Moyes would want him to stay at United is not clear.

Paris Saint-Germain retain a desire to sign Rooney, while Bayern Munich may also wish to take him to Germany. Rooney has interested Chelsea in the past but there is an acceptance at Stamford Bridge that as a No10 he would not fit easily into the current side. However, whoever takes over from Rafael Benítez as manager could still push for a move for Rooney, with José Mourinho, who is likely to take over from the Spaniard, an admirer of the 27-year-old.

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