Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes is the newly appointed Sunderland boss: the club confirmed through a statement released to the press.
The Scot takes over from Sam Allardyce who has likewise been appointed as manager, but this time for the England national team following Roy Hodgson’s resignation after a disastrous Euro 2016 campaign.
The Black Cats have been lauded for the appointment not only because of the befitting successor but also for the swiftness with which a replacement was made, as it comes only a day after Big Sam got the England job.
His last stint was with Real Sociedad, but the 53-year old was sacked 12 months into the job with the La Liga side sixteenth on the log.
Moyes- who has penned a four-year deal- oversaw Sunderland’s friendly against Rotherham on Saturday, before flying with the rest of the team to France for their pre-season preparations.
The new gaffer will have the monumental task to keeping his side in the top tier of English football as Sunderland have a reputation of being perennial season strugglers. In fact, the Black Cats have been embattled in the relegation catfight in four of their last five seasons.
As a result, Moyes will unequivocally know what is expected of him considering the club has appointed four managers in the last three seasons.
Here are three reasons why David Moyes is the best appointment for Sunderland:
Wealth of experience
While welcoming the new manager to the Stadium of Light, Owner and Chairman Ellis Short admitted that David Moyes had been his preferred choice in the last five appointments because of the plethora of experience he would inject into the team.
He first began his managerial career in 1998 with Preston North End- where he was once a player- before moving to Everton where he would spend eleven successful years, albeit without a trophy.
His CV may be tarnished by two disappointing spells at Manchester United and Sociedad, but that should by no means cloud the experience and loyalty the Scot offers.
Will assure longevity
One of the most profound reasons why Sir Alex Ferguson backed the appointment of David Moyes as his successor- apart from the Scottish connection that really didn’t bear any weight- was the surety of a long-term commitment to the club.
Prior to his Old Trafford appointment, Moyes had inspired the Toffees to a top ten finish in eight of his ten seasons at Goodison Park: this being so despite using limited resources in acquiring new players- something that greatly won over the heart of Fergie.
David Moyes could just guarantee the longevity and stability that the club so desperately yearns for.
Will get the job done
The appointment has come at a decisive moment with less than a month before the start of the season.
Given enough money to acquire reinforcements, David Moyes has right about everything to transform Sunderland from seasonal strugglers to a top ten Premier League side.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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