David Moyes was named as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor on Thursday, and the new Manchester United manager will take control on July 1.

But will Moyes be a worthy successor at Old Trafford? If his managerial record is anything to go by I would have to say he is more than capable of continuing the success that Ferguson has brought the club

Moyes started his managerial career in 1998 at the age of 34 at Preston North End. In his first season he saved the club from relegation. He built on this success the following season reaching the play-offs, only to lose out to Gillingham.

Moyes was building quite a reputation and by the year 2000 Preston had been promoted to Division One as champions. Just 12 months later, Moyes and Preston came so close to making it to the Premier League, just losing out in the play-offs to Bolton.

The success Moyes enjoyed at Preston saw Everton come in for his services in March 2002 - and again Moyes saw off the threat of relegation.

The following year saw Moyes take the Manager of the Year award after nearly qualifying for Europe. During this time he also nurtured a young Wayne Rooney to make his Premier League debut at 16-years-old before he moved to United in 2004.

The 2004/05 season saw his most impressive achievement yet, beating Liverpool to a top-four finish. The next few years saw an up and down time for Everton until they reached the FA Cup final in 2009, only to lose out to Chelsea. He has built up his best squad to date on a very small budget this season taking the scalps of the two Manchester clubs along the way.

The critics will argue that Moyes doesn't have enough European experience to take over the reigns but it must be remembered that it took Sir Alex almost 15 years until he won Europe's top prize.

Another thing that will go against Moyes is his lack of trophies; however, it must be noted that all his managerial success has come on a very small budgets.

I find that Moyes has a very similar managerial style to Ferguson, and with money and a good youth system at his disposal, Moyes could be quite successful at United.

 

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