English Premier League side Sunderland have confirmed that David Moyes has replaced Sam Allardyce as manager of the Black Cats.
The former Everton boss has signed a four-year-deal at the Stadium of Light and club chairman Ellis Short made no secret of delight of finally securing the 53-year-old.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome David Moyes to Sunderland, who was by far and away our first choice,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
“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.
“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.”
Moyes feels the opportunity to join a club the size of Sunderland and returning to the Premier league, following his stint with Real Sociedad in La Liga – was something he could not turn down.
“I am delighted to have joined Sunderland. I am relishing the challenge and excited by the opportunity,” Moyes said.
“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.”