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article imageMoyes takes up reigns at Manchester United

By Paddy Reid     Jul 1, 2013 in Sports
Manchester - David Moyes has officially taken up his post as manager of Manchester United following the opening of the summer transfer window at midnight last night.
Moyes, who joins the Red Devils from Everton, where he spent the last eleven years as manager, comes to the club as it struggles to hold onto star striker Wayne Rooney, who surprised fans by handing in a second transfer request earlier in the summer early in June, reports Sky Sports.
Rooney, who was sold to Manchester United by Moyes at Everton after the England international’s quick rise to prominence as a teenager, is keen to exit Old Trafford after a public falling out with ex-manager Alex Ferguson, and has made no secret of his desire to find a new home away from England.
As well as being tasked with keeping hold of Rooney, Moyes will also be expected to bring in some fresh faces, with ex-United and current Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo top of fans’ wishlists. Moyes is also thought to be keen to add strength from his old Everton guard, with highly rated defenders Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman touted to be on Moyes’ radar, and striker Marouane Fellini thought to be on his way out of the club, so says BBC Sport.
Moyes has also made additions off the pitch, taking several of the coaching staff with him to Old Trafford, according to the Guardian. Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jamie Lumsden will join the backroom team at Old Trafford, replacing assistant manager assistant first team manager Mike Phelan, goalkeeping coach Eric Steele and first team coach Rene Meulensteen respectively.
“I have worked with Steve, Chris and Jimmy for a number of years and am delighted they have decided to join me at this great club. They bring qualities in their respective fields and I know that, like me, we can build upon the success this club has enjoyed over many years," Moyes is quoted as saying by The Guardian.
Despite being hand-picked by Ferguson, who spent more than a quarter of a century holding the reigns at Old Trafford, Moyes’ appointment has not pleased everybody. Critics of Moyes’ appointment point to the 50-year-old’s lack of European football experience, with many detractors expressing their frustration that a high-profile name like Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola was not sounded out for the job earlier.
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