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Friday, May 10, 2013

David Moyes to Depart Merseyside for Manchester Job

Your time's up Fergie

Everton manager David Moyes is the man who will succeed Sir Alex Fergusson at Manchester United after the Scot signed a six-year contract with the reigning Premier League champions.

Moyes who has held the Everton job for over a decade will take charge of the Old Trafford club at the end of the current season after getting a “unanimous” approval from the club’s board.  

His predecessor Ferguson earlier this week announced he will step down at the end of the season after 27 highly successful years at the club where he won 13 Premier League trophies, 38 in total, since he joined in 1986. Moyes on the other hand has never won a trophy during his 11-year spell at the Goodison Park club. In fact, he has only ever won one trophy in his managerial career, the 1999-2000 English Football League Second Division title with Preston North End.

Ferguson’s boots may prove even harder to fill for the 50 year old Scottish in European continental club football.  While Fergie has ensured Manchester United compete in the UEFA Champions League in a yearly basis, Moyes has no experience at the same level.

The closest he got to dining on top of Europe’s top club competition table was in the 2005-06 season when he led Everton to fourth position but they could not go past Spanish outfit Villarreal FC in the qualifying rounds.

Moyes’ stock has risen during his time at Everton which has seen him keep the club competitive with a shoestring budget. He has been in charge of the Merseyside club for 516 games, winning 217, a win percentage of just over 42%.

Everton currently lie 6th on the log, a Europa League qualification spot, and are five points above city rivals Liverpool with only two games left. Moyes’ most immediate challenge when he joins United in July would be to thrash out the future of Wayne Rooney, a player he managed till he reluctantly sold as an 18-year-old, who reportedly wants out of the club.

But while Rooney’s departure may be bad news for Manchester United fans, the possibility of Moyes raiding his former employers for Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Three Lions left-back Leighton Baines will be more than a consolation. The Liverpudlian’s departure may also free funds for United to bring in Polish goal machine Robert Lewandowski.

Meanwhile Everton are already in the search for a new manager with Wigan’s Roberto Martinez, Swansea’s Michael Laudrup and Toffees’ former defender Phil Neville all in the running to succeed Moyes.

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