David Moyes On Verge Of Man Utd Job
Manchester United chief executive David Gill has labelled the chance to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford as ``the dream job''.
It is widely expected United will confirm David Moyes as their next manager, possibly as early as today, although Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said last night he had no knowledge of a deal being done.
Some have viewed the task as impossible given Ferguson's staggering collection of trophies.
But Gill does not agree.
``It is a dream job,'' he told MUTV.
``We knew this day would come. We have been preparing for it.
``The new manager will inherit a great squad and infrastructure off the pitch, with a great staff.
``He will be walking into a difficult situation in terms of the number of trophies, but the positive of also having the support of the Manchester United family.''
Moyes was at Stamford Bridge last night to watch Everton's final opponents of the season, Chelsea.
He also spoke to Kenwright and, it is thought, informed him of his desire to join United in the summer when his contract expires.
Kenwright told Sky Sports News afterwards: ``I don't know about a deal being done. David had a meeting scheduled with me and we've just had a good meeting.
``At the end of the day David's contract is up in six weeks' time and he has a right to make his own decisions. He's served this club wonderfully well and he has a right to make his own decisions.''
Gill said Ferguson's successor would be expected to take an interest in the club from top to bottom.
``The qualities we are looking for are the ones that have been inherent at Manchester United for many years,'' said Gill.
``Our two most successful eras were with managers who got involved with all aspects of the club, from the youth team to the first team, and had that degree of loyalty and understanding of the football club.
``Clearly he has to have the requisite football experience, both in terms of domestic and European experience. It is a small pool but we will move forward.''
The major drawback for Moyes is that his European experience is limited to just 26 games, fewer than United have managed in the last three seasons alone.
However, Moyes' name is openly being discussed in the United dressing room and it now would be a sensational development if the 50-year-old were not installed, even though Ferguson is not standing down until after his final game at West Brom on May 19.
Ferguson has never made any secret of his admiration for a fellow Glaswegian, stating as recently as February that a failure to secure a top-four berth was not a slight on Moyes.
``He's had 10 years at Everton - you don't survive 10 years in this game without making progress, that's obvious,'' said Ferguson.
``I don't think whether he gets in the top four changes mine, or anyone else's opinion of him.''
Moyes will get his first taste of the difference between managing Everton and the job he is now set to undertake in July when he flies to Thailand for the start of United's pre-season tour.
It is not uncommon in the Far East for United staff to find fans waiting outside rooms, whilst it is almost obligatory for scores to camp outside hotels throughout any Red Devils stay.
Moyes' first official game in charge will be the Community Shield against either Manchester City or Wigan at Wembley on August 11, which could have become Ferguson's 50th trophy.