LONDON (AFP) – David Moyes on Monday officially started his job as manager of Manchester United, taking over from Alex Ferguson, who resigned in May after 26 years in the post.
The 50-year-old former Everton boss drove into the United’s Carrington training ground in a sponsored Chevrolet at just after 8:00 am (0700GMT) , stopping briefly to wait for security barriers to be raised before heading into work.
Club officials confirmed Monday the appointments of Steve Round as assistant manager, Chris Woods as goalkeeping coach and Jimmy Lumsden as coach.
“I have worked with Steve, Chris and Jimmy for a number of years and I am delighted they have decided to join me at this great club,” said Moyes.
“They bring great qualities in their respective fields and I know that, like me, they feel that this is a challenge to relish.
“I have great faith that together, we can build upon the success this club has enjoyed over many years.”
As well as having a new manager and coaching staff, United’s boardroom has also undergone a shake-up, following long-serving chief executive David Gill’s decision to stand down at the end of last season.
Richard Arnold has taken over as group managing director, with London-based executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward assuming many of Gill’s football-related duties.
“I believe with David and his new team in place, along with our current backroom staff, we can now start preparing for the new season ahead,” Woodward said.
“This is an exciting and challenging time for the club and I have great belief that David and his team will have all the energy and attributes needed to help this club continue in its long-standing traditions.”
In a sign of the changes underway at Old Trafford, within minutes of Moyes’ arrival the club confirmed another regional partnership – with leading Thai telecommunications company True Corporation Plc.
True will be an associate match sponsor for United’s opening tour match against Singha All Stars in Bangkok on July 13 — Moyes’s first in charge of the English champions.
Meanwhile Carrington is now officially known as the AON Training Complex as a result of a sponsorship deal announced in April worth some £150 million ($228 million) with the financial group.