Excited for United: David Moyes did not waste a second’s thought in replacing ‘superhuman’ Sir Alex

By Chris Bailey

As soon as Manchester United came calling, David Moyes admitted there was no hesitation in taking Sir Alex Ferguson’s hotseat.

The 50-year-old Scot will assume Red Devils duties on July 1 following Ferguson’s 27-year tenure.

And Moyes revealed there was never any question of extending his Everton stay once the offer was made – despite professing his love for the Merseyside club.

“I have to be honest and say no,” said Moyes.

“I wasn’t planning to leave. My contract was running out but if you had pushed me, I would have said I would stay.

“Everything is in place for next season, pre-season has been arranged and the chairman knew what I wanted to do.

“I don’t think anybody thought the day would come when Sir Alex Ferguson retired. We all thought he was superhuman – he is an example to anyone in their 70s.”

Moyes cut his managerial teeth at Preston North End for four years until he started an 11-year stint at the Toffees.

He grew up admiring the fellow Scot before eventually doing battle with him, but in following in his footsteps the former central defender insists it is not any easier to leave Everton.

“The respect for him within the game is beyond any words I can use,” he added. “We are from different eras. I cannot say anything that would do justice to what he has done.

“I’m disappointed to be leaving such a great club. The club has been such a great part of my life.

“It has been very difficult. I have great respect for the chairman and have a great relationship with him. He is a really good guy.

“We had a difficult meeting on Wednesday but he totally understood.”

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