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Gordon McQueen backs the appointment of David Moyes at Manchester United

Kenwright accepts Moyes departure

McQueen feels Moyes is the right man for United

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Former Manchester United star Gordon McQueen approves of the decision to pick David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor.

Moyes, 50, will take the reins at Old Trafford on a six-year contract following Ferguson's decision to call time on a 26-year spell in charge that yielded a colossal 38 trophies.

The announcement was met with enthusiasm by McQueen, who spent seven successful years with the Red Devils between 1978 and 1985 - leaving the club just a year before Ferguson joined from Aberdeen.

McQueen told Sky Sports: "I'm absolutely delighted it's David Moyes who's going to take over at Manchester United. I think it's great news for the club and the fans.

"I've been asked several times in the last couple of years, that if Sir Alex Ferguson was ever to quit, who would you fancy to take over and I've always said David Moyes. It's come to fruition a lot earlier than United fans expected."

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"Remember, Moyes nearly joined United four or five years ago as assistant to Sir Alex, so in my mind there's no doubt that it was Sir Alex's choice."

Gordon McQueen

Everton announced the departure of Moyes in a statement, which confirmed that the search for a replacement manager would begin "immediately".

McQueen reflected: "I feel desperately sorry for Everton chairman Bill Kenwright, who Moyes has obviously had a fantastic working relationship with, as well as the supporters at Goodison Park. Their loss is United's gain and there's no doubt about that.

"The two names in the frame in the last couple of days were Moyes and Jose Mourinho. We all know Mourinho is a fantastic manager and he's had success at Champions League level which Moyes hasn't but he's had a habit of walking away from clubs.

"Moyes is obviously very loyal - he's been at Everton for 10 or 11 years, so therefore it's no surprise as they see Moyes as the choice to take Manchester United over the long haul and not in the short term, and hence the six-year contract.

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With Ferguson continuing to work at Old Trafford as a director, McQueen feels the 71-year-old can offer Moyes valuable advice as the club sets sail into a new era.

McQueen added: "I would say they'd work very closely indeed. It's great Sir Alex has stayed on. Moyes is still a young manager and he'd be mad to knock take any advice he can get from someone like Sir Alex, who has been at Manchester United for 26 years. He can just nip up the stairs and speak to Sir Alex.

"It's something I don't think Mourinho would have done. I don't think he'd have sat there and listened to Sir Alex too often.

"I think Sir Alex's recommendation of Moyes was key to the whole thing. People like Sir Bobby Charlton and David Gill know how good Sir Alex's decision making has been over the years and he's played a huge part in making Moyes manager.

"Remember, Moyes nearly joined United four or five years ago as assistant to Sir Alex, so in my mind there's no doubt that it was Sir Alex's choice."