Moyes Leaves Everton
Manchester United have confirmed that David Moyes will replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
Moyes was always the favourite to replace Fergie when he eventually left but many fans are still in shock after the retirement of the great manager.
Moyes met the press earlier today to give his first press conference and he revealed how Sir Alex Ferguson “told him”
he would succeed him as Manchester United manager.
says Fergie rang him the week before he announced his retirement, asking him round to his house before delivering his bombshell.
Former Everton boss Moyes insists he had no inkling of the possibility prior to Ferguson’s call and said: “It was a really strange situation for me".
“I had no idea whatsoever. I knew nothing at all until Sir Alex gave me a call and asked me to come to his house".
“I was expecting him to say ‘I’m going to take one of your players’ or something else".
“I went in and the first thing he said to me was ‘I’m retiring".
“I said ‘When?’, because he was never retiring and he said ‘next week’. “And his next words were ‘you’re the next Manchester United manager".
“So I didn’t get the chance to say yes or no. I was told that I was the next Manchester United manager and that was enough".
“As you can imagine, the blood drained from my face. I was really shocked. More shocked that Sir Alex had chosen to retire".
“But inside I was incredibly thrilled that I was going to be given the chance to manage Manchester United.”
Moyes, dressed in a smart suit was surprisingly relaxed as he was introduced to the massed ranks of the world’s media as United’s first new manager in 26 years.
In the Europa Suite at Old Trafford, the 50-year-old dismissed talk of being intimidated by the huge shadow Ferguson’s continued presence at the champions will cast over him and his team.
He sees that as a help rather than a hindrance and revealed he has already sought the advice of his fellow Glaswegian.
“I hope he is sitting in the directors’ box at games, because he has been so good,”
said the former Everton boss.
“I’ve already called him two or three times for some advice. He’s not there to pressure me.
He said to me, ‘You were the name that I’ve told the board should be the next Manchester United manager".
Many Manchester United fans are split on whether the new boss will do a good job but it is well known that it will be a very tough job for him.