Sunderland have wasted no time in appointing Sam Allardyce’s successor as David Moyes has signed a four-year contract.
The 53-year-old was always top of chairman Ellis Short’s wishlist and was reportedly one of the club’s preferred candidates when they appointed Allardyce as Dick Advocaat’s replacement last October.
The Scot has been without a job since leaving Spanish side Real Sociedad in November, and was keen to get back into management as soon as possible.
Speaking about the appointment, chairman Short told the club’s website: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome David Moyes to Sunderland, who was by far and away our first choice.
“He is a man whose football pedigree speaks for itself and is someone I have long admired. I have spoken with him on many occasions and I have always been hugely impressed. He was my number one managerial target for the last five appointments, but his desire to honour existing contracts meant we were not able to bring him to Sunderland previously. To be able to finally welcome him as our manager is fantastic news for the club.
“The fact that David has committed to a four-year deal is a clear demonstration of his belief in what he can achieve here. It is our aim to become a better, stronger and more stable football club and with a manager of David’s calibre and experience at the helm, we have a fantastic opportunity to begin looking upwards, rather than downwards every season”.
Moyes said: “I am delighted to have joined Sunderland. 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. “