Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed he will take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United at the end of the season.
Following the announcement of the 71-year-old's retirement, United players had been told at the club's Carrington training ground in the wake of the Scot's decision that the Toffees boss had been identified as his successor.
A statement on the club's official website read: "Everton can confirm that David Moyes will leave the club at the end of the season.
"The manager met chairman Bill Kenwright early yesterday evening [May 8] and confirmed his desire to join Manchester United.
"The chairman, on behalf of the club, would like to place on record his thanks to David for the massive contribution he has made to Everton since his arrival in March 2002. He has been an outstanding manager.
"During his tenure at Goodison Park, David has taken charge of the team on over 500 occasions including four European campaigns.
"His final two games as Everton manager will be the remaining Premier League matches against West Ham United and Chelsea.
"Everton officials will start the search for a replacement manager immediately."
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