David Moyes named new Sunderland manager

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David Moyes
David Moyes. Photo: Jason Gulledge (used under the Creative Commons licence)

Former Preston North End, Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad manager David Moyes has been named as Sam Allardyce’s replacement as Sunderland manager.

The 53-year-old former defender replaces new England manager Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light on a four-year deal.

“I have taken over a big British club, with a great support and I’m looking forward to working in the Premier League again.” – David Moyes

Moyes made over 540 league appearances as a centre-half in a playing career that began with Celtic, where he won a championship medal.

He then went on to play for Cambridge United, Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town and Dunfermline Athletic before ending his playing career with Preston North End.

At Deepdale, he became a coach while working his way up to assistant manager before eventually taking over from Gary Peters for his first managerial position in 1998.

Moyes led Preston to the Division Two title in 1999-2000 and the Division One play-off final the following season before leaving to become Everton manager in March 2002.

Under him the club qualified for the third qualifying round for the UEFA Champions League in 2005 and reached the 2009 FA Cup Final.

Upon reaching his 10th anniversary at the club Moyes received praise from many fellow managers including Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsène Wenger and Kenny Dalglish for his achievements at Everton.

He succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United, but was sacked after 10 months, and subsequently spent 364 days at Real Sociedad in La Liga until he was sacked.

Moyes was the League Managers Association Manager of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2009 and is also on the committee for the League Managers Association in an executive capacity.