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Allardyce: Moyes ideal for United

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes David Moyes is the ideal choice to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United.

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Allardyce's Hammers visit Goodison Park on Sunday for what will be Moyes' final home game in charge of Everton after more than a decade as manager.

Moyes signed a six-year Old Trafford contract on Thursday, a day after Sir Alex Ferguson had announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season.

And the West Ham boss said: "I think David Moyes is the perfect candidate for Manchester United. He will bring the same sort of stability, and he will try and emulate what Sir Alex Ferguson has done.

"It will be the hardest job he has ever faced. It's an enormous move for him, and his career has gone to the next level. But I don't think anyone can do anything other than applaud him for what he has done for Everton over the last 11 years.''

Allardyce said he had no doubt that Moyes and his players would be able to deal with the atmosphere of his final Goodison home game, adding: "I'm sure, knowing David as I do, that he will be able to control and calm his emotions and do his very best to get the team to win.

"I don't expect any favours whatsoever, and I hope the crowd appreciate what he has done and that they show their appreciation.''

Allardyce was a member of the Preston coaching staff in 1993 at a time when Moyes, who went on to manage the Lancashire club, was on the playing staff.

He said he had known then that the Scot was likely to move into management, explaining: "He organised the lads at the back and he was very keen on talking about what the other side of the game was like.

"I don't think there was ever any doubt that David would move into the coaching and management side.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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