Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moyes to Replace Fergie as United Enter New Era

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Moyes to Replace Fergie as United Enter New Era

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent

DAVID MOYES is poised to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United.

On a day of dramatic developments, Ferguson announced at 9.15am that he would be stepping down after the club's final match of the season against West Brom on May 19. By lunchtime, it emerged that Moyes is set to take over from his fellow Scot with an appointment expected by the end of the week.

Crucially, Moyes is out of contract at Everton this summer, meaning his move should be straightforward.

Although the 50-year-old has not won a trophy during his 11 seasons at Goodison Park, Ferguson is a huge admirer of his work with Everton, who have punched above their weight on a limited budget.

Ferguson has been consulted on his replacement and said last year: "David is a first-class manager."

Then at the start of this year, when asked about a worthy successor Ferguson replied: "Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, David Moyes ... there's a lot of successful managers out there."

Mourinho is expected to leave Real Madrid this summer but is in line to return to Chelsea while Guardiola will manage Bayern Munich next term. Rumours circulated last night that Ferguson was considering his future and this morning the Scot revealed he would join the board as a director and take up a club ambassador role.

Ferguson said: "The decision to retire is one I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken Continued on page 59

Continued from Back Page lightly. It is the right time. It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so.

"The quality of this League-winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure the long-term future of the club remains bright.

"Our training facilities are among the finest in global sport and Old Trafford is rightfully regarded as one of the leading venues in the world. …

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