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Published: 10:40 | 23/7/16

Sunderland appoint Moyes as new manager

Sunderland have appointed former Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes as the club's new manager.

Moyes, who has signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light, replaces Sam Allardyce, who was named as the new England manager on Friday.

The Scot, 53, has been out of the game since November, after his sacking by La Liga side Real Sociedad following a disappointing 12 months at the Anoeta.

Moyes says he has already begun talks with Short and Sunderland’s chief executive Martin Bain over potential new signings.

"They’ve given me some guarantees and reassurances about what we can do because let’s be fair, we’ve got a big club that we need to take forward and make sure we’re not celebrating about staying up," he told the Northern Echo.

"That can’t be the goal, it’s not my goal for sure. I’m really looking forward to the challenge."

Moyes will meet his players after Saturday''s friendly against Rotherham, and will take charge of the training camp in France next week.

"I need to get to know the players as quickly as I can really," he told the Sunderland Echo.

"I'm going to go and join up with the players today at Rotherham, introduce myself and meet the staff. I will travel with them to France tomorrow.

"I'm looking forward to getting that bit done, first of all.

"I have to see what we have in the club, what we have in the academy, have a look at young players coming through."

Sunderland owner Ellis Short says Moyes, who was voted LMA Manager of the Year three times during an 11-year spell at Everton, was the Black Cats' "number one managerial target for the last five appointments".

"He is a man whose football pedigree speaks for itself and is someone I have long admired," Short said.

"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."

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