David Moyes appointed as Sunderland's new manager
Former Scottish footballer David Moyes has been named as the manager of Sunderland on a four-year deal. The former Manchester United manager will replace Sam Allardyce, who has vacated the place to take charge of the England national team. David Moyes will return to English Premier League after 2 years since he was sacked by Manchester United in 2014.
David Moyes had been the manager of Everton for 11 years from 2002 to 2013 and in May 2013, Manchester United announced that Moyes would take over the club following Alex Ferguson's retirement as manager. But after a series of poor performances, Moyes was sacked and Ryan Giggs was appointed as the interim manager. Manchester United finished 7th that season.
On 10 November 2014, the Scot was appointed as the new manager of Spanish club Real Sociedad when the team was lying low in 15th place in La Liga. Sociedad ended the season 12th position but Moyes was sacked the following season after a poor start in the La Liga.
As per the official website of Sunderland AFC their chairman Ellis Short was pleased with the signing of the former Everton manager, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome David Moyes to Sunderland, who was by far and away our first choice.
“He is a man whose football pedigree speaks for itself and is someone I have long admired. I have spoken with him on many occasions and I have always been hugely impressed.”
"He was my number one managerial target for the last five appointments, but his desire to honour existing contracts meant we were not able to bring him to Sunderland previously. To be able to finally welcome him as our manager is fantastic news for the club”, the Chairman added.
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David Moyes was pretty happy with the prospect of working with Sunderland. The 53-year old Scot said, “I am delighted to have joined Sunderland. I am relishing the challenge and excited by the opportunity. I have taken over a big British club with a great support and I’m looking forward to working in the Premier League again. I look forward to continuing the good work done by Sam”.
Sam Allardyce was highly praised by many after he successfully helped Sunderland stay in top-flight English football and it is going to be a challenging job for Moyes to fill his shoes in the upcoming season.