Football: Sunderland appoint Moyes as Allardyce's replacement

Sunderland named David Moyes (centre) as their new manager, replacing Sam Allardyce who was appointed as England manager.
Sunderland named David Moyes (centre) as their new manager, replacing Sam Allardyce who was appointed as England manager.PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Sunderland named David Moyes as their new manager on Saturday, replacing Sam Allardyce who was appointed as England manager.

The 53-year-old Moyes has signed a four-year contract at the Stadium of Light, the Premier League club said in a statement.

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome David Moyes to Sunderland, who was by far and away our first choice," Sunderland chairman Ellis Short told the club's website.

On his return to the Premier League, 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."

The Scot spent 11 years at Everton before succeeding Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager but was sacked just 10 months later. He went on to manage Real Sociedad in the Spanish Primera Liga for a year, before he was again dismissed after a poor start to the season.