Sunderland, July 23: English Premier side Sunderland have officially appointed David Moyes as their new manager for the upcoming season.
The former Everton and Manchester United manager will take charge of the Sunderland side replacing Sam Allardyce who was appointed as the England football team manager yesterday (July 22).
The club confirmed the news on twitter as well as on their official website.
The tweet read:
Sunderland also released an official statement that read: "Sunderland AFC confirms the appointment of David Moyes as its new manager.
"Moyes, 53, has signed a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light."
Speaking about the appointment of the Scottish manager, club 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.
"The fact that David has committed to a four-year deal is a clear demonstration of his belief in what he can achieve here. It is our aim to become a better, stronger and more stable football club and with a manager of David's calibre and experience at the helm, we have a fantastic opportunity to begin looking upwards, rather than downwards every season."
David Moyes too spoke to the official website and 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".
David Moyes was in charge of Premier League side Everton from 2002 to 2013 before moving to Manchester United. His stint at Old Trafford did not end on positive note as he was sacked before the season ended.
He moved to La Liga side Real Sociedad in November 2014. One of his most memorable win in Spain was Sociedad's 1-0 win over FC Barcelona.