Manchester United confirm appointment of David Moyes on a six-year contract

Composite of David Moyes at Old Trafford.
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Manchester United have confirmed the appointment of David Moyes as their new manager on a six-year contract.

Served wonderfully well

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright paid tribute to Moyes earlier on Thursday after it emerged that he would be leaving Goodison Park after 11 years at the helm. He said: "I think, 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's served this club wonderfully well." Moyes quickly emerged as the favourite to become United's boss after Sir Alex Ferguson announced he would be retiring, and received widespread support. Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen revealed he would choose the Everton boss, saying: "What an act to follow. I guess only Mourinho would have the confidence to strut through the door. If it were me, I'd go for Moyes." Former United keeper Peter Schmeichel also gave his backing to Moyes, saying: "When we talk about Moyes, he has been a decade at Everton and done a fantastic job on limited funds. "Is he cut from the same cloth? I don't know. Don't forget there will be major changes with David Gill stepping down - the club is really changing in the summer, the more stability they can add the better. "David Moyes, he sounds like a good solution."
Opportunities
United chief executive David Gill had previously outlined the qualities needed to succeed Ferguson as manager, saying: "The qualities are the ones that have been inherent at Manchester United for many years. "Our two most successful eras were with managers who got involved with all aspects of the club, from the youth team to the first team, to get that degree of loyalty and understanding of the football club. "Clearly he has to have the requisite football experience, both in terms of domestic and European experience. It is a small pool." Everton, meanwhile, must start their search for a successor to Moyes, and Mark Hughes has refused to rule himself out of the running for the job. "I think when one manager leaves there are opportunities for other managers who are currently out of work, which includes myself," Hughes told Sky Sports News. "It's a great club; it's a club that I had the fortune to play for and really enjoyed my time there."

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