Sunderland have announced that David Moyes will be their new manager on a four-year deal in a press release on Saturday. He will be replacing Sam Allardyce, who was named as the England National Team’s new head man earlier in the week.
“(Moyes) is a man whose football pedigree speaks for itself and is someone I have long admired,” Sunderland chairman Ellis Short said. “I have spoken with him on many occasions and I have alway been hugely impressed.”
Moyes comes to Sunderland after unsuccessful spells with both Manchester United and Real Sociedad over the last three years. In each case, he was sacked after just one season on the job and leading the teams to league finishes of seventh and 12th, respectively.
Prior to that, he became well regarded as Everton’s gaffer from 2002-2013. In his time with the Blues, Moyes brought in a number of club legends, including Tim Cahill, Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines to name a few.
With Moyes in charge, Everton became a contender again. He took a side that had finished 15th in the Premier League in the 2001-02 season and got them all the way up to fourth for the 2004-05 campaign. He was named the manager of the year three times (2002-03, 2004-05, 2008-09) while with the Toffees.
The 53-year-old Scot now enters into a very different challenge. Sunderland are perennial bottom feeders in the Premier League and narrowly avoided relegation yet again last season. Getting their manager in so late, it may be tough to get in many transfer targets prior to the beginning of the season.
“I am delighted to have joined Sunderland,” Moyes said. “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”.
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