David Moyes was named manager of Manchester United on Thursday, earning one of the most coveted jobs in soccer.
Moyes will leave Everton to guide the 20-time English champions after Alex Ferguson announced his retirement Wednesday after nearly 27 years.
Moyes, 50, received a six-year deal and assume control July 1.
"It's a great honor to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United," Moyes said in a statement. "I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done and for the football club.
"I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever, but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn't something that comes around very often and I'm really looking forward to taking up the post next season."
Ferguson, 71, is the most successful manager in British soccer history, winning 13 of the club's 20 English titles. He will remain at United as a director.
"When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes we unanimously agreed on David Moyes," Ferguson said. "David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. I've admired his work for a long time and approached him as far back as 1998 to discuss the position of assistant manager here."