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David Moyes replaces Big Sam, Sunderland say he's been their first choice since the Martin O'Neill days

Ellis Short has finally got his man.

SUNDERLAND HAVE THIS morning confirmed the appointment of former Manchester United boss David Moyes as their new football manager.

The 53-year-old Scot comes in as the replacement for Sam Allardyce, who was appointed as England’s coach yesterday.

Moyes, who had an unsuccessful spell with Real Sociedad since leaving Old Trafford. returns to the Premier League on a four-year contract.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome David Moyes to Sunderland, who was by far and away our first choice,” said Black Cats chairman Ellis Short.

“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.

Short goes on to say that Moyes was not only their first choice for this appointment, but has been ever since the 2013 sacking of Martin O’Neill. Instead, Moyes went to Manchester United that summer and Sunderland went ahead with Paolo di Canio, Kevin Ball, Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and, of course, Allardyce.

“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.”

Moyes himself had no such cutting statements on his arrival, saying:

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.

“I look forward to continuing the good work done by Sam”.

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