LONDON: English football will witness the end of an era on Sunday (today) when Alex Ferguson takes charge of Manchester United for the 1,500th and fin
LONDON: Manchester United confirmed that David Moyes will succeed Alex Ferguson as manager of the club.
Moyes’s departure from Everton was announced earlier in the day and United subsequently revealed that he has been awarded a six-year contract at Old Trafford.
“When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes, we unanimously agreed on David Moyes,” said Ferguson in a statement, the day after he announced his decision to retire after 26 years in charge.
“David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. I’ve admired his work for a long time and approached him as far back as 1998 to discuss the position of assistant manager here.
“He was a young man then at the start of his career and has since gone on to do a magnificent job at Everton. There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club.”
Moyes, 50, has been at Everton since 2002 and will take over from Ferguson on July 1.
“It’s a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United,” he said in a statement released by his new employers.
“I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done for the football club. I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager, but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn’t something that comes around very often and I’m really looking forward to taking up the post next season.”
Ferguson set for emotional sendoff
Meanwhile, emotions will be running high at Old Trafford on Sunday for Alex Ferguson’s last home game as Manchester United manager with his retirement overshadowing the presentation of the Premier League trophy to the champions.
Ferguson will take his seat in the dugout for the final time with Swansea City the visitors for his home farewell.
Fans unable to get a ticket will be able to line the streets and toast the Scot on Monday evening when United embark on an open-top bus parade through the city.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2013.
MANCHESTER: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists his team will use today’s derby to show they are still Manchester United’s equals even though the Premier League title is destined for Old Trafford.
With United 15 points clear of second-placed City, Mancini has been forced to concede his side’s reign as champions is all but over. Yet there is still plenty to play for at Old Trafford, with United looking to move closer to confirming their title triumph and City desperate to inflict a bloody nose on their bitter rivals.
City supporters will never let United fans forget their 6-1 win at Old Trafford last season and another victory on enemy territory would at least partially ease the pain of surrendering the title and prove they can hold their own against the champions-elect.
“To win 6-1 is impossible,” said Mancini. “This can happen every 100 years. But we don’t deserve to stay 15 points behind United. They play well, they win a lot of games, so they deserve to stay on the top.
“But it is not a true table. Now we have eight games left. If we play well, we win a lot of these games, maybe we can reduce this gap. This should be our target.
“I don’t know at this moment what my approach will be. To play there is difficult but there is not a big difference between us and them.”
Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2013.