Kevin Kilbane says former manager David Moyes is the best man to replace the outgoing Sir Alex Ferguson and become a success at Manchester United. Follow GOAL.COM on Twitter
Kilbane began his own career at Preston, playing alongside Moyes, and was later signed by the Scot for Everton in 2003 and feels his former boss has all the requisite skills to continue Ferguson's legacy.
"I am delighted, thoroughly delighted. I have played under him and played alongside him at Preston as well," Kilbane told reporters. "He is a former teammate and manager, and I've got to say I am absolutely delighted. I think he is a top manager.
"I've thought about it a lot and I don't think there is any manager that would be more fitting to go in there and work with the club, having Sir Alex Ferguson above him.
"I am sure he will seek his advice along the way and there are not too many managers that will be too forthcoming in going and knocking on Sir Alex Ferguson's door. David Moyes would do that.
"He is a strong character in his own right and what he has done at Everton has been a huge achievement. He would work with Sir Alex Ferguson as well and I think it is a perfect fit for the club."
Skeptics point to Moyes' lack of silverware during his 10 years at Goodison Park, along with minimal experience in European competition, as reason to be doubtful, but Kilbane says his continual overachievements on a small budget is reason to back the Scot.
"What he has done at Everton has been truly magnificent," Kilbane continued. "He has been there over 10 years now, he has built a club that has been consistently challenging for European places, certainly over the last four or five years.
"He has produced a top side time and time again on a limited budget. I think everybody recognises that the job he has done is fantastic.
"He will be working with a different calibre of players, different stature of club, but he has progressed in his career certainly from starting out at Preston and onto Everton. This is a huge step for him but I am sure he is going to relish it."
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