Sunderland have confirmed the appointment of David Moyes as their new manager.
The former Manchester United and Everton manager has signed a four-year deal that sees him takeover from Sam Allardyce who has left the club having been announced as the new England manager.Moyes has not been in management since he was sacked by Real Sociedad in November and revealed he was delighted to be back in the Premier League.
The Scotsman led the Toffees to eight top-half Premier League finishes in 10 full seasons as boss before taking over as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Old Trafford in 2013.
“I am delighted to have joined Sunderland. I am relishing the challenge and excited by the opportunity,” Moyes told the club’s official website. 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.”
With the departure of former manager Allardyce, Sunderland have moved quickly to fill the void with the new season less than a month away. Chairman Ellis Short welcomed Moyes to the club and said the 53-year-old was the Black Cats’ top target.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome David Moyes to Sunderland, who was by far and away our first choice,” said Ellis. “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 fact that David has committed to a four-year deal is a clear demonstration of his belief in what he can achieve here.”