Man Utd set to make announcement by Thursday evening (UK time)
Sir Alex will retire at the end of the season after 27 years at helm
Directors impressed by Moyes’s record of building team.
Everton manager’s £4m-a-year contract expires at the end of the season
Mourinho not in the running despite talks with Chelsea reportedly stalling.
Manchester United are set to unveil David Moyes as their new manager by Thursday evening.
Ferguson this morning announced that his 27-year tenure at Old Trafford would end with retirement after the final game of the season – at West Brom on May 19.
It was understood that the United hierarchy have their man and will officially announce the decision on who replaces Sir Alex Ferguson once personal terms have been agreed. And that man will not be Jose Mourinho, despite his talks with Chelsea reportedly stalling this week.
United’s board members – most notably Sir Bobby Charlton – are believed to have been attracted to Moyes due to his longevity at Everton and his commitment to building teams.
It is understood that Ferguson had planned to stand down for a while but was hoping to delay an announcement until the weekend.
Jose Mourinho was believed to be in the running to succeed Ferguson, who has won 38 tophies including 13 Premier League titles and two European Cups in his time at Old Trafford, but United’s directors appear to have decided against the Portuguese.
Moyes, 50, has previously said that he wanted to wait until the end of this campaign before deciding whether to extend his time at Goodison into a 12th year.
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