Moyes is new Sunderland boss

David Moyes and Sam Allardyce meet ahead of the 2001 play-off final between PNE and Bolton. Photo: Ian Robinson
David Moyes and Sam Allardyce meet ahead of the 2001 play-off final between PNE and Bolton. Photo: Ian Robinson
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Former Preston North End David Moyes has been appointed as Sunderland manager, succeeding Sam Allardyce who was named England boss on Friday.

Moyes managed PNE between January 1998 and March 2002, with him charge at Deepdale for 234 games.

David Moyes in his time as Manchester United boss

David Moyes in his time as Manchester United boss

It was his first job in management and he guided North End to the Second Division title in 2000, then to within 90 minutes of the Premier League the following year.

As a player, Moyes made 182 appearances for Preston and was part of the side which won the Third Division title in 1996.

Moyes left PNE to manage Everton, with him in charge at Goodison Park for 11 years.

He was Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United but lasted only seven months at Old Trafford.

The Scotsman’s most recent job in management was at Spanish club Real Sociedad.

Sunderland confirmed his appointed on Saturday morning.

Moyes, who lives in Preston, said: “I am delighted to have joined Sunderland. I am relishing the challenge and excited by the opportunity.

“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”.

Black Cats chairman Ellis Short said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome David Moyes to Sunderland, who was by far and away our first choice.

“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.”

Allardyce, the man who Moyes replaces, himself had Preston connections.

Big Sam had three seasons as a player with PNE and later returned to coach the youth team – also having a two-month spell as North End’s caretaker manager in the autium of 1992.