David Moyes set to be new Manchester United manager
Everton boss David Moyes is set to be appointed as the new manager of Manchester United, following Sir Alex Ferguson's shock retirement.
9 May 2013
Talks are ongoing between Manchester United and Everton over the release of Moyes. An announcement is expected on Thursday, although that could slip to Friday. Ferguson, 71, revealed his decision to step down on Wednesday after nearly 27 years in charge at Old Trafford. Fellow Scot Moyes, 50, in charge at Goodison Park since 2002, held talks with Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright on Wednesday evening.
Kenwright told Sky Sports News: "At the end of the day, David's contract is up in six weeks' time and he has a right to make his own decisions. He has served this club wonderfully well."
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has also been linked with the task of replacing Ferguson but Moyes looks set to get the job.
Wigan's Roberto Martinez and Swansea's Michael Laudrup are thought to top Everton's list of potential replacements should Moyes, as expected, be confirmed as United's next manager.
Kenwright added that he thought Moyes would still be in charge of the Toffees on Sunday, when they entertain West Ham for what would be the former Preston manager's final home game in charge. Everton, who reached the FA Cup quarter-finals this season, are currently sixth in the Premier League table, six points adrift of Tottenham in fifth but five above Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
A number of high-profile football names believe Moyes is the right man to replace Ferguson, who won 38 trophies during his time at the United helm.
"He's cut from the same cloth," said former United captain Steve Bruce. "It wouldn't surprise me if he got the job and I'm sure he would be very successful.
"He's not had huge finances but he has still managed to put an Everton team together that comfortably finishes in the top 10."
Former United assistant manager Steve McClaren added: "He's a winner and has a work ethic similar to Sir Alex.
"He's also built a dynasty and legacy at Everton. He's waited many years for this opportunity and I hope he gets it."
Former England and Everton striker Gary Lineker said Moyes would be a "sensible" appointment but said expectations would be enormous.
"He is hugely respected within the game and he will instantly get the respect of the players, but it's the biggest pair of shoes you can follow," said the Match of the Day presenter.
"He will always be judged against someone with phenomenal success, but he will know that anyway.
"It is going to be extraordinarily difficult for the next boss of Manchester United because, if it goes wrong, the fans will let him know they are missing Sir Alex.
"However, you can still see the allure of the job. It is one of the three biggest clubs in the world, so it will always get big names wanting it."
Former United defender Gary Neville also backed Moyes as a successor to Ferguson.
"I don't know if he's going to be appointed, but I would welcome it," Neville, who won eight league titles at United, told Sky Sports. "It makes sense."
Former Liverpool and Scotland defender Alan Hansen thinks Moyes is the right man to replace Ferguson.
"David Moyes is the perfect choice," he told BBC Sport. "He has done an incredible job at Everton.
"He speaks well and knows the game inside out. I think the Manchester United fans will take to him."
But former England striker Alan Shearer believes the appointment of Moyes is a risk given he has not
won a trophy during 11 years in charge at Everton.
"Anyone who has worked with David Moyes says great things about his man-management and his coaching," Shearer told BBC Sport.
"The only thing you would say is that he has not won a trophy at Everton.
"But I suppose anyone who goes into Manchester United is a big gamble because it is going to be one heck of a big pair of shoes to fill."
Former United manager Tommy Docherty said he would "feel sorry" for Moyes should he be appointed.
"If it is David Moyes, then I congratulate him and feel sorry for him," said Docherty. "How can you follow the impossible?"
So what I think. I like this guy and he going to be another legend at Old Trafford. Previous entry about him here