Theright man? David Moyes, left
Sunderland chairman Ellis Short has told the club's official website that he believes David Moyes' appointment will see Sunderland begin to look upwards rather than downwards, after the Scottish manager agreed a four year deal at the club.
Black Cats fans will be relieved that Sam Allardyce's departure has not destabilised the club too much with the swift appointment of Moyes.
Allardyce was only confirmed as England manager yesterday, and Sunderland have moved very quickly to bring in David Moyes as his successor.
Sam Allardyce is the new England manager
Moyes, 53, is a highly experienced Premier League manager having coached successfully Everton for 11 years, before enduring a more difficult time at Manchester United, where he failed to last a season, and then in Spain with Real Sociedad, where he again was sacked after a year.
But Sunderland chairman Ellis Short, who revealed he has long been after David Moyes, believes the Glasgow born gaffer is the right man to take the club forward.
Sunderland owner Ellis Short (L) and Kevin Ball
"We are absolutely delighted to welcome David Moyes to Sunderland, who was by far and away our first choice." He said.
“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.
"To be able to finally welcome him as our manager is fantastic news for the club.
“The fact that David has committed to a four-year deal is a clear demonstration of his belief in what he can achieve here. It is our aim to become a better, stronger and more stable football club and with a manager of David’s calibre and experience at the helm, we have a fantastic opportunity to begin looking upwards, rather than downwards every season."
Moyes is back in the Premier League
The new manager will have something of a baptism of fire in the North East, with his first game coming away to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City on August 13th.
Before that, he will oversee his new side take on Rotherham today in a pre-season friendly.