Sportsday - Thursday 9 May as it happened

Reaction on Manchester United's appointment of David Moyes as manager, plus the latest breaking sports news.

9 May 2013 Last updated at 20:02

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    SPORTSDAY

    That is it for another day of Sportsday. Thank you once again for all your contributions following David Moyes's appointment as Manchester United manager. You can follow live text of the Championship play-off 1st leg match between Leicester and Watford on our football page and you can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live. Join us again on Friday at 0800 BST as we build up to a huge weekend of sport.

  2. 1955:  
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard on BBC Radio 5 Live on a possible Jose Mourinho return to Stamford Bridge: "I think it would be a great thing for the club. It's hard to comment with the season ongoing and it's easy to speculate as I've done that before and someone totally different has walked through the door. But he's certainly one of the greatest, if not the greatest manager in world football."

    On Sir Alex Ferguson: "When I look at Sir Alex Ferguson I love his ways, and the way he run Manchester United is a phenomenal achievement. He's a God of football."

  3. 1949: 
    FOOTBALL

    Swansea defender Daniel Alfei has signed a two-year contract extension to remain at the Liberty Stadium until 2016.

    The 21-year-old had over a year left to run on his existing deal but the club were keen to tie him to a longer-term agreement.

  4. 1943: 
    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction

    Former Everton midfielder Andy Hinchcliffe on Sky Sports: "I'm not surprised at all [with David Moyes appointment]. In terms of the lengths of his contract it dispels the myth that he will be there short term. I think any manager joining United will find it difficult, but I think he does needs guidance.

    "He's done a fantastic job at Everton. I like his work ethic and the fact Sir Alex Ferguson likes him has helped too. Maybe Jose Mourinho looked at the situation and thought: 'Do I really want to follow Sir Alex Ferguson?'

  5. 1938:  
    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction

    Reading striker Jason Roberts on BBC Radio 5 Live: "The relationship between the two men [Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes] means they will bounce off each other. I'm sure Sir Alex will have looked at how they can work together to push the club forward."

  6. 1930: 
    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on Sky Sports: "He's good manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] as it's something unbelievable he's done for Manchester United and I hope he stays in football."

    Vincent Kompany: "I wouldn't expect a weakend opposition because a new manager has come in, certainly not at Manchester United. All the praise is due for him [Sir Alex Ferguson], he's a great manager."

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    Yasin: "The signings David Moyes makes this summer will define his strength and future at Manchester United. Nothing more, nothing less."

    Richard Barrett: "Good appointment for United, but crucial for Everton that they get this one right to continue where Moyes left off."

    Tahir Mohammed: "I think its the right choice in picking Moyes, had it been Mourinho he wouldn't be at the club long term in my opinion."

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    You can follow all the action from this evening's Championship play-off 1st leg match between Leicester and Watford at 1945 BST and all the reaction from David Moyes's appointment as Manchester United manager via the BBC Sport live text.

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    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction

    Former Manchester United forward Dwight Yorke on Sky Sports: "He's [David Moyes] done a great job at Everton and he seems to have got the best out of his players and now he has the opportunity to go to a big club. But clearly Moyes seems to fit and clearly the longevity of it is key too. It's not a quick fix. It's a great opportunity for him."

    Former Manchester United forward Andrew Cole: "He's cut from the same cloth as Sir Alex he's obviously going to give the kids an opportunity, you can see that. If he can keep things well-oiled they'll always win trophies."

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    COMING UP

    Eleanor Oldroyd presents a full round up of the day's sports news on BBC Radio 5 Live, including David Moyes's appointment as Manchester United manager and Roger Federer's exit from the Madrid Open from 1900 BST. Including build up and team news ahead of the evening's Championship play-off 1st leg match between Leicester and Watford at 1945 BST.

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    FOOTBALL- BBC Sport's David Ornstein at Goodison Park

    "The staff and fans here at Goodison Park are starting to filter home at the end of a day that will live long in the memory. There is an unmistakable sense of disappointment from those I have spoken to that manager David Moyes is leaving.

    "But above all else, there is a feeling of concern: 'What happens next? Where do we go from here?' Plenty of names are being bandied about as potential successors, but the people of Everton want David Moyes."

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    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction

    Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway on Sky Sports: "I feel sad really, it's an end of an era obviously. I'm disappointed for Wilf [Wilfried Zaha] too, it would have been good for him to have one or two years with Sir Alex. I'm sure the main man will have dictated what's happening though and I'm sure it'll go from strength to strength."

    Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio: "I was looking forward to going head-to-head with him next season. He's a fantastic manager and now that won't happen."

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    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction
    Rio Ferdinand and Sir Alex Ferguson

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on MUTV: "We are all delighted [about the appointment of David Moyes]. I think it was important that the club made a decision quickly and it all got sorted out. I think the club have acted impeccably in that sense. The manager, I'm sure, thought long and hard about his own decision, he made it and then the club acted swiftly and it's great to see the new manager coming in."

    "Another reason I think it's a good appointment is that David Moyes will be very, very open and sympathetic to the traditions of the club and he'll try to continue that and not come in and make changes in terms of the whole characteristics of the club."

  14. 1825: 
    COMING UP

    Sportsday rounds up the big sporting stories of the day including all the reaction from David Moyes appointment as Manchester United manager, Roger Federer's exit from the Madrid Open, plus more on the BBC News channel and BBC Sport website. at 1835 BST.

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    Jonny Williams: "I think either Slaven Bilic or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be perfect for Everton. Both would get the best out of Jelavic."

    James ward-gwilliam: "If Wigan go down this season I can definitely see Martinez at Goodison next season. Good luck to Moyes though."

    EL-boy: "Moyes is a new start, with a new passion to win which could put united in good stead for many more years to come."

    Get involved via the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  16. 1813:  
    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction

    Former Preston North End chairman Derek Shaw on BBC Radio 5 Live: "I'm extremely pleased for David [Moyes]. It's come from several years hard work at Preston and Everton. He gets on with his work and he works extremely hard too. I think he'll be magnificent for Manchester United."

  17. 1808: 
    TENNIS

    Japan's world number 14 Kei Nishikori has dumped defending champion Roger Federer out of the Madrid Masters at the third round stage, beating the 17-time Grand Slam champion 6-4 1-6 6-3.

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    New Zealand opener Hamish Rutherford hit an unbeaten 116 on day one of the four-day tour match against England Lions at Leicestershire's Grace Road.

    Rutherford, who made a century in his first Test innings against England two months ago, steered his side to 184-3 at the close of a rain-hit day.

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    GET INVOLVED - F1

    Former F1 driver Allan McNish, who drove for the Toyota team in 2002 and spent the following season as Renault test driver, will make his debut in the 5 live Formula 1 commentary box for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.

    To warm him up, he will be answering your questions for the next hour on Twitter. To ask the Scot a question, simply tweet @BBC5LiveF1 using the hashtag #askallan

    Don't forget coverage of the Spanish Grand Prix is live across the BBC this weekend on TV, radio and online. See the Formula 1 pages for full coverage.

  20. 1758: 
    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez on Sky Sports: "It was always going to be a surprise Sir Alex is a football icon, when someone is inactive you don't realise what an incredible figure they are. I don't think anyone will match what he has done in the modern era."

    Brighton boss Gus Poyet: "It's incredible, if you ask me twenty years ago I didn't think it was possible for a manager to stay in a job so long whilst winning trophies. But he has done it."

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    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction
    David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson

    BBC Sports news reporter Richard Conway: "It's been two days of comings and goings at Carrington, Manchester United's training ground. Just after 1530 BST today, a blue Audi left carrying Sir Alex Ferguson as a passenger in the backseat.

    "Shortly afterwards, the club officially announced that David Moyes would be the new man in charge. The changing of the guard at the Premier League champions is under way."

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    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction

    A career spanning Celtic, Cambridge United, Bristol City, Shrewsbury, Dunfermline, Hamilton, Preston and Everton, David Moyes's apprenticeship has spanned much of the lower and upper echelons of the footballing pyramid.

    Check out the new Manchester United manager's career in pictures via the BBC Sport website.

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    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction

    Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick on MUTV: "I think he [Moyes] has obviously done a terrific job at Everton. He's been there for a long time now with great success for the resources that he's had and he's well respected with everyone I spoke to.

    "All the players who have played for him all enjoy playing with him and say good things about him, obviously enough for him to get the chance to be the manager of this great club. It is an opportunity for him and an opportunity for everyone else to maybe do things slightly differently but keep the success rolling on."

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    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction

    Everton defender Phil Jagielka insists the club will build on the foundations laid by his departing manager.

    He told the club's official website: "Like the rest of the squad I have nothing but the highest regard for David Moyes."

    "He is a first-class operator on and off the training ground and on behalf of the players I would like to place on record my thanks for the work he has done improving the team.

    "It [his departure] was as much of a shock to the dressing room as I'm sure it was to Everton and our fans."

  25. 1729:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction

    Former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe on BBC Radio 5 Live: "You're losing a manager that has been at a club for 10 years. He's not brought a trophy into Everton, instead he's brought a foundation and has put us on the map.

    "I just hope Everton have been aware of the situation and have been working on bringing in a new manager."

    [When asked what Moyes needs to do win over United supporters]: "The sooner he wins something the better."

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    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction

    Former Manchester United defender Dennis Irwin speaking on MUTV: "I think David Moyes will be very similar to Sir Alex, a tough old Scot from the same mould. This has come from Sir Alex and Bobby Charlton's recommendation, this is going to bring stability which is important to the club.

    "Wisely the club have listened to the manager and the heirachy and now we've got David Moyes, I'm sure he'll do a fantastic job.

    "I think the club are looking for David Moyes to continue what Sir Alex has done. We have a fantastic first-team squad that just needs a little bit of tinkering. He's done a fantastic job at Everton but I'm sure the five years he had at Preston will have stood him in good stead."

  27. 1714: 
    CRICKET

    Bad weather has ruined today's County Championship programme, with all five matches rained off.

  28. 1712: 
    FOOTBALL- Manchester United reaction

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert tells Sky Sports: "I think if anyone can do it and enjoy it and keep the continuity there I think David Moyes can do it. He's been sensational at Everton and I think he'll handle it no problem."

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    Mike Cowan: "If Martin O'Neill got the Everton job it would be a travesty. Very overrated manager. Poor tactically & terrible with transfers."

    Cam Chapman: "Fantastic appointment for United and Moyes - he deserves it. May take time, but can only work well with SAF as director."

    sbds18: "Laudrup would be great at Everton. I'd like him to stay at Swansea and continue to improve them. Martinez my Everton choice."

    Get involved via the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  30. 1702: 
    FOOTBALL- BBC Sport reporter Richard Conway

    David Moyes' first game in charge of Manchester United will be v Singha All Star XI in Bangkok this summer. Very different to Ferguson's v Oxford United."

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    Who would you like to see as the new Everton manager? Let us know who you think should replace David Moyes on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    Liverpool striker Robbie FowlerFOOTBALL

    "Everton fans: now you know why the contract was run down... Has been a work in progress for a long time."

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    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at Goodison Park:FOOTBALL

    "Here at Goodison Park, a security guard tells me: 'I can't believe David's gone, I'm gutted. It's the end of an era.'

    "In nearby cafes and shops, fans are chewing over the highs and lows of his reign, speculating about which players and staff the Scot might take with him to Old Trafford. Talk is also swiftly turning to the identity of the next manager.

    "One fan described the prospect of Wigan boss Roberto Martinez coming in as 'a disgrace'. You sense it will take some time for the locals to overcome the exit of such a popular figure."

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    Match of the Day presenter and former Everton striker Gary LinekerFOOTBALL

    "If I were in charge of Everton I'd go for Martin O'Neill. But I'm not."

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    Everton chairman Bill Kenwright promises to consider the views of the club's supporters when it comes to appointing the successor to David Moyes.

    "I will be looking to the fans to get that guidance," he tells Sky Sports News. "I can't individually poll each one of them but it is important that they get their right manager.

    "They know the adventure they have had for 11 years. A very important part of my life is to see they are not let down because I don't want Evertonians let down."

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    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez backs David Moyes to lift silverware as Manchester United manager.

    He says: "He is a good manger with a good team, he will compete at the top and win trophies with a big club.

    "It is not easy to find someone like [Sir Alex] Ferguson but he has experience in the Premier League, he knows the players, he knows the club and what it means in the Premier League, time will tell.''

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    Joe: "If David Moyes is good enough for Sir Alex Ferguson, then he's definitely good enough for me."

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    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United's incoming chief executive Ed Woodward believes David Moyes will build on Sir Alex Ferguson's work.

    "In David Moyes, we have secured the services of an outstanding manager who has all the skills to build on the phenomenal legacy in place today," he says. "I have no doubt that he will bring an energy and commitment to deliver winning football that is part of the fabric of this club.

    "In this respect, he is cut from the same cloth as the Old Trafford greats who go before him.

    "I have been very impressed by David's personal and managerial traits, which reflect the Manchester United values. I have no doubt that he will embrace, and soon become an integral part of, United's unique culture and heritage."

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    Everton chairman Bill Kenwright tells BBC Sport: "We've had a really good 11-year adventure with David. It's my job - and the club's job - to get a worthy successor. It's been an extraordinary 24 hours."

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    Match of the Day presenter and former Everton striker Gary LinekerFOOTBALL

    "I think [David] Moyes is a very sound choice and probably the least disruptive. A huge challenge though, and a very different job."

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    FOOTBALL

    Joint chairman of the Manchester United board Avie Glazer underlines the influential role Sir Alex Ferguson had in finding his successor.

    "The search for a new manager has been very short," he says. "Alex was very clear with his recommendation and we are delighted that David has agreed to accept the job.

    "He comes to us with excellent credentials and a strong track record. I know he is keen to get started and [incoming chief executive] Ed [Woodward] will be sitting down with him as soon as the season is over to discuss plans for the summer and beyond."

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    Jaiyejeje Midastouch: "An extremely happy red here, David Moyes deserves and will get our total support. I sense more decades of dominance."

    Andrew Priestley: "Manchester United fans the world over must unite in their support behind David Moyes. Any division will undermine the club."

    Rashid Jamil: "Congratulations to David Moyes as the new manager, but I highly doubt that he will last his full managerial term."

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    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United's all-time top scorer and current member of the board of directors Sir Bobby Charlton praises the character of incoming manager David Moyes.

    He says: "I have always said that we wanted the next manager to be a genuine Manchester United man. In David Moyes, we have someone who understands the things that make this such a special club.

    "We have secured a man who is committed to the long-term and will build teams for the future as well as now. Stability breeds success.

    "David has tremendous strength of character and recognises the importance of bringing young players through and developing them alongside world class talent.

    "At United, I think David will be able to express himself. I'm delighted he has accepted and I'm looking forward to working with him."

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    FOOTBALL

    David Moyes promises to do "everything in my power" to end the season strongly with Everton before joining Manchester United.

    "I have had a terrific job at Everton, with a tremendous chairman and board of directors and a great set of players," the Scot says. "Between now and the end of the season, I will do everything in my power to make sure we finish as high as possible in the table.

    "Everton's fantastic fans have played a big part in making my years at Goodison so enjoyable and I thank them wholeheartedly for the support they have given me and the players. Everton will be close to me for the rest of my life."

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    FOOTBALL

    Speaking about his appointment as Manchester United manager, David Moyes says: "I am delighted that Sir Alex [Ferguson] 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."

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    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United reveal that the club's board unanimously approved the recommendation of Sir Alex Ferguson to appoint David Moyes as manager.

    "When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes we unanimously agreed on David Moyes," Ferguson says. "David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic.

    "He was a young man then at the start of his career and has since gone on to do a magnificent job at Everton. There is no question he has all the qualities we expect of a manager at this club."

  47. 1603: 
    FOOTBALL

    David Moyes signs a six year deal and will join Manchester United on 1 July.

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    BREAKING NEWS

    Manchester United confirm appointment of David Moyes as their new manager.

  49. 1555: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hartlepool announce they have sacked management duo John Hughes and Micky Barron. The club were relegated from League One this season.

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    FOOTBALL

    Kevin Kilbane, who played with David Moyes at Preston and then under him at Everton, tells BBC Radio 5 live: "His connection with Sir Alex Ferguson is the key to the appointment.

    "He will fit in to the structure of Manchester United and their long term plan and he will be willing to seek advice and assurances from Sir Alex.

    "He is a wonderful man and a good manager and coach. It's a worthy appointment."

  51. 1543:  
    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNultyFOOTBALL

    "As it's more than 26 years since Manchester United have appointed a new manager, do you think they've forgotten how it's actually done?"

  52. 1537:  
    BBC chief sports correspondent Dan Roan on BBC NewsFOOTBAL

    "I have spoken to someone on the inside at Old Trafford who says an announcement should be coming soon."

  53. 1532:  
    Match of the Day presenter and former Everton striker Gary LinekerFOOTBALL

    "Everton have confirmed David Moyes will leave at the end of the season. He did a wonderful job and he too will be a tough act to follow."

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    FOOTBALL
    Facebook

    Manchester United post, and then delete, another Facebook message welcoming David Moyes to the club.

    There is still no official confirmation from the Premier League champions about the Scot's appointment.

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    Paul Stamper: "As a Liverpool fan, this is the best news ever... Manchester United will crumble with David Moyes out of his depth, and Everton will drop away too!"

    Miles MH: "If you offered me David Moyes + Leighton Baines & Marouane Fellaini, or Jose Mourinho + Cristiano Ronaldo, I'd take Mourinho any day. And I hate him."

    Alex Rhodes: "People forget United need someone who will work well with Sir Alex Ferguson as director, which is why Moyes is perfect."

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    BBC Sport's David Ornstein at Goodison ParkFOOTBALL

    "It is unseasonably cold, wet and gloomy here at Goodison Park - weather conditions which aptly reflect the atmosphere swirling around the club as it comes to terms with the seemingly imminent departure of manager David Moyes to Manchester United.

    Goodison Park

    "Staff you speak to at the stadium sound resigned to the departure of a man who has made such a profound impact on their team since his arrival in 2002. From magazine covers and framed photos to posters and bill boards, his face is everywhere you look.

    "Each name being printed on the back of jerseys in the megastore this afternoon is a Moyes signing. It feels like Moyes is Everton and Everton is Moyes.

    "Step into The Cafe on Goodison Road and conversation flits between Moyes post-mortems and the search for a new manager."

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    AEssof: "David Moyes at Old Trafford, I'm fully behind the man. He has earned the support of the Manchester United fans for what he has done at Everton."

    Planet Zanussi: " I think Moyes leaving is the worst thing to happen to Everton and the worst thing to happen to Manchester United."

    Luke Harkins: "The more I read about David Moyes, the more I warm to the decision. Would hope Leighton Baines follows."

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    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNultyFOOTBALL

    For Manchester United fans wanting to know more about David Moyes, read BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty's feature on the Scot.

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    Everton midfielder Marouane FellainiFOOTBALL

    "Many thanks coach..."

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    Darragh Harbinson: "I dislike the lack of Euro experience but David Moyes will fully apply himself and learn fast. Fergie still in the background for advice."

  61. 1458: 
    Everton defender Sylvain DistinFOOTBALL

    "Wait, he [David Moyes] might change his mind... Amazing challenge for him but I would have preferred to keep him with us."

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    Former Everton striker James VaughanFOOTBALL

    "So David Moyes to United! Be a massive loss to Everton but wish him all the best at United!"

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    Paul Gorley: "I'm actually going to cry if David Moyes has been appointed at Manchester United, most depressing news I've ever heard in my life."

    Miles: "Moyes' lack of European experience is worrying, but changing manager doesn't take away from the quality of the players!"

  64. 1444: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Everton chairman Bill Kenwright thanks David Moyes for his "massive contribution" to the club. The statement says the Toffees will "start the search for a replacement manager immediately".

  65. 1441: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    A message on the Everton website says David Moyes has a "desire" to join Manchester United.

  66. 1438: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Everton confirm that David Moyes will leave the club at the end of the season.

  67. 1432: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United appear to signal that David Moyes' appointment as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor is imminent.

    The Old Trafford club put a entry on their Facebook page that says "Send your personal welcome to our new manager David Moyes".

    Facebook message
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    Pete Amour: "Let Wayne Rooney go. He is clearly not committed to the club. If there is life after Ferguson, there is life after Rooney."

    Peter Blanco: "Fact is Rooney doesn't try hard enough. Used to be world class, then got comfortable and became too famous for his own good."

    Conor McKee: "I have lost all respect for Rooney, wants to leave again! He doesn't like it that he's not the main man any more!"

  69. 1409: 
    CRICKET- Gloucestershire v Hampshire

    The loss of Will Gidman for the remainder of this match is another blow to Gloucestershire as they still can't finish off the Hampshire lower order. In the morning their bowlers lacked penetration in admittedly terrible conditions

  70.  
    QUESTION OF SPORT

    In today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official we asked which countries have two male tennis players in the ATP singles top ten.

    And the answer is: France, Serbia and Spain.

  71. 1401: 
    FOOTBALL

    Gary Cahill has joined in the tributes to Aston Villa's Stiliyan Petrov, who announced his retirement today.

    Chelsea and England centre-back played alongside the Bulgarian at Villa and said: "He was fantastic. He captained me a few times when I was there.

    "He was not just a quality footballer but as a guy, a family man, he was top drawer. He has got a lot of friends in the game so it is sad to see that, but I wish him all the best. He was a really nice guy."

  72. 1347: 
    FOOTBALL

    Relegated Wolves are to follow the example of Premier League neighbours West Bromwich Albion by appointing a head coach, in the wake of the sacking of manager Dean Saunders.

    "The Board has decided it wishes to appoint a head coach as opposed to a traditional first-team manager," Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey told the club website.

  73. 1341: 
    FOOTBALL

    Frank Lampard has more to say on Jose Mourinho.

    The Chelsea midfielder reckons Mourinho is the better manager but says Sir Alex Ferguson is "a god of football".

    "I say Jose Mourinho is the greatest. I think him and Fergie for longevity [are the best managers]. What he has done for so many years, I love him. Man United are a competitive club against us but when I look at Alex Ferguson as an individual and what he has done he's an absolute god of football."

  74. 1335: 
    CRICKET

    New Zealand's Hamish Rutherford hit an unbeaten 66 to keep England Lions at bay at Grace Road.

    Joe Root, leading the Lions for the first time, chose to bowl and Rutherford responded with 11 fours in his 55-ball 50 as the tourists reached lunch on day one of four on 102 for two.

  75.  
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    Matthew Royce: Rooney/Hernandez out. Ronaldo, Baines and Felliani in. Even with lost players that makes united formidable!

    Lewis Cameron: Hope Rooney stays, to be fair to him, the squad in 2010 was weak. but now we can build around Wazza in midfield and RVP up top.

    James King: If Rooney wants to play In the games that matter then he should be performing better... basic football maths really.

    Have your say on the Wayne Rooney debate at #bbcsportsday

  76. 1320: 
    FOOTBALL

    Greenock businessmen Sandy and James Easdale are aiming to increase their shareholding in Rangers and hope to earn a place on the board as a result.

    The brothers, who run McGill's Bus company, are in line to buy the former Rangers chief executive Charles Green's shares , giving them about 14% at Ibrox.

  77. 1318: 
    FOOTBALL

    Frank Lampard has described Jose Mourinho as "one of, if not the, greatest manager in world football" and that it would be a "great thing for the club" if he was appointed Chelsea manager.

    Real Madrid boss Mourinho is the favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge from interim manager Rafael Benitez at the end of the season.

  78. 1314: 
    MAN UTD LATEST

    Former Manchester United defender Henning Berg would not be surprised if David Moyes brings one or two Everton players to Old Trafford with him.

    England left-back Leighton Baines has been strongly linked with the Red Devils and Marouane Fellaini is known to covet a move to a title-chasing side.

    Berg said: "David Moyes is a very good choice. He's very similar to Ferguson as a manager. He's shown at Everton what he can do with limited resources and he will look to lead the club in the same way.

    "Of course he might want to bring one or two (Everton) players with him but I don't think there will be too many changes."

  79. 1307: 
    SIR ALEX FERGUSON LATEST

    Was Sir Alex Ferguson pushed into retirement by the club's owners, the Glazer family?

    That's the question being posed by the Daily Mail this lunchtime after comments on talkSPORT made by veteran Manchester United reporter David Meek - the man who has ghost written Ferguson's programme notes during his 26 years at Old Trafford.

    "That's the next chapter to the story. Did he go or was he pushed?" the paper quotes Meek as saying.

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    Ijaz: Rooney should join Real Madrid, and if he does Madrid have a better chance of winning the Champions League even if Mourinho leaves.

    Charlie West: Rooney's all talk, he won't leave he's just trying to get a pay rise.

    Ashley Smith: MUFC fans will never forgive Rooney for 2010 - held the club over a barrel and questioned their ambition. Now he's not needed.

    Should Wayne Rooney stay or should he go?

    Have your say at #bbcsportsday

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    Chief executive David Gill believes the Manchester United job represents the opportunity of a lifetime.

    "It is a dream job," he told MUTV. "We knew this day would come. We have been preparing for it.

    "The new manager will inherit a great squad and infrastructure off the pitch, with a great staff.

    "He will be walking into a difficult situation in terms of the number of trophies, but the positive of also having the support of the Manchester United family."

  82. 1242: 
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    It was business as usual for Sir Alex Ferguson this morning as he was back out on the training field ahead of Manchester United's clash with Swansea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    Crowds of television crews and photographers were waiting but Ferguson took a different route to work.

  83. 1234: 
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    David Moyes's first job when he takes over at Manchester United will be to try to retain the services of Wayne Rooney, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    Talks are taking place between United and Everton over the release of Moyes, but once the deal is done his first job will be to ensure Rooney has a future at Old Trafford. United have already stated that Rooney is not for sale.

  84. 1223: 
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    Talks are still going on this afternoon between Manchester United and Everton over the release of Toffees boss David Moyes. An announcement is still expected today regarding the appointment of Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's replacement but that could slip to Friday.

  85. 1221: 
    WAYNE ROONEY

    Andy Gray says Wayne Rooney's desire to quit Manchester United is because of his frustration at being forced to play second fiddle to Robin van Persie.

    The former Aston Villa and Scotland striker, now a commentator on TalkSPORT says: "He is 27, he has riches beyond his wildest dreams but Wayne Rooney wants to do one thing - play football. Not only that but, because of what he has achieved and what he has accomplished as a footballer, he wants to play in the games that matter."

  86.  
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    Alan EFC Holland: Wayne Rooney to go to Everton to sweeten the deal of taking Manchester United taking David Moyes. You heard it here first.

    Jack Anderson: Let him go, he hasn't made any sort of valuable contribution all season, have him as part of a deal to get Ronaldo back.

    Harry J Boyd: He is still world class. Just lost a bit of drive and determination. His skill set is still one of the worlds best.

    RRM: Rooney's not been at his best for 2 years. A waste considering his wages. Easily replaceable with someone who's still hungry.

    Should Wayne Rooney stay or should he go? There's a mixture of opinions but the majority seem to think it's the latter.

    Have your say at #bbcsportsday

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    DAVID MOYES

    Kevin Kilbane, who played with and under David Moyes, reckons the Scot is the right man for Manchester United.

    He told the Irish Examiner that Moyes "is a strong character in his own right and what he has done at Everton has been a huge achievement".

  88. 1155: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Mike Tindall signs a new contract to continue as player-coach at Gloucester next season.

    The England World Cup winner was released as a player last summer and seemed bound for France until he accepted the dual role under new director of rugby Nigel Davies.

  89.  
    A QUESTION OF SPORT

    Here is today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official - Which three countries have two male tennis players in the top 10 of the ATP singles rankings?

    Get your replies in and we will let you know the answer around 1400 BST.

  90. 1147: 
    ROONEY - GET INVOLVED

    Will he stay or will he go? If he does go will he be missed?

    Has the England striker lost his cutting edge or is he still the bee's knees?

    What's your view on Manchester United's Wayne Rooney?

    Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  91. 1139: 
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    Wayne Rooney may or may not be on his way out of Old Trafford but his brother John has been released by Barnsley. John, 21, joined the Tykes last autumn after his contract with US side Orlando City came to an end.

  92. 1137: 
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    England captain Alastair Cook is dismissed for 60 on the third morning of Essex's Championship Division Two game against Lancashire at Emirates Old Trafford. He was caught behind off seam bowler Kyle Hogg to leave Essex on 132-3, but with a lead of 181.

  93.  
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    Who do you think is the best man for the Everton job? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

    Stu Hughes: I'd like to see Steve Round given the opportunity. Knows the club and players and has 5 years under Moyes.

    Christopher Deane: Why is no one linking Bilić for Everton? He is an Everton old boy so understands our club and did well as Croatia manager

    Andrew Watts: I don't want Hughes, Martinez, Lennon or O'Neil. Laudrup, Periera or even Solskjaer would be good. Prefer Laudrup.

  94. 1123: 
    DAVID MOYES

    David Moyes had the chance to join Manchester United 15 year ago, according to the Shropshire Star.

    Moyes, who played 100 games for Shrewsbury Town, could have become Sir Alex Ferguson's number two but instead went into management at Preston North End before joining Everton.

  95. 1118: 
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    Nick Compton's hopes of a big score ahead of the first Test against New Zealand are ended by England team-mate Tim Bresnan on the third morning of Somerset's Championship game against Yorkshire at Headingley. Compton was lbw offering no shot to Bresnan's second ball of the day, without adding to his overnight 33.

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    Pav Dhande: Petrov is the third highest trend on Twitter, ahead of David Moyes. Testament to a fantastic player and character.

    Ash Holcroft: Sad to hear Stiliyan Petrov has retired! Hope he gets back to 100% health and has a good life ahead of him!

    Jakey B: So sad that Petrov has retired, good luck in your fight against Leukaemia and stay strong

  97. 1110: 
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    Aston Villa announce that Stiliyan Petrov, who has retired following his battle against acute leukaemia, will lead out the team's traditional lap of appreciation after their final home game of the season against Chelsea on Saturday.

  98. 1100: 
    FOOTBALL

    The formula for winning the Championship play-offs is apparently well known. Sneak in with a late surge before going on to shock the sides that finished above you in the table. Form is everything, final league position means nothing.

    But is this true? We have looked back at the last 20 seasons of the Championship play-offs to analyse these theories. Is there method to them, or are they a myth? Read our analysis on the BBC Sport website.

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    Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney could still be persuaded to stay at Manchester United despite telling the club he wants to leave, BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports.

    The England international met with Sir Alex Ferguson a fortnight ago and told him that the time was right to move on. United insist Rooney, 27, will not be sold and the imminent appointment of Everton manager David Moyes could alter things.

    Should the striker receive assurances that he is central to Moyes' plans, he could yet extend his nine-year stay.

  100. 1052: 
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    Manchester United could secure the signing of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, if they include Mexican striker Javier Hernandez in the deal, reports the Daily Express.

  101. 1046: 
    FOOTBALL

    Geoff Thomas, a former England footballer and blood cancer survivor, hopes Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has a "job for life" at Aston Villa after he retired from football to continue his fight against leukaemia.

    "I have been privileged to meet Stan from day one. I was there to support him and I see him as a mate now. When you are diagnosed with something like this it is all about survival. Football becomes irrelevant it is about being with your family," Thomas tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "I hope he has a job at Villa for life. He is such a popular figure at the club it would be a waste not to use that. I wish him all the best and hope he gets a full recovery as soon as possible."

  102. 1040: 
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    Warwickshire v Middlesex

    Warwickshire coach Dougie Brown will be looking for an improvement from the county champions' bowlers on day two of their clash with Middlesex at Edgbaston.

    Brown described their display as "indifferent" after the visitors reached 280-3, Sam Robson hitting an unbeaten 136, before rain forced an early close.

    Rain also affected the two Division Two games which started on Wednesday. Hampshire were grateful for an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 68 between Jimmy Adams (74no) and Danny Briggs (25no) as they closed on 165-8, while Worcestershire ended the day on 198-3 against Leicestershire in their first game of the season at New Road."

  103.  
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    Crippy Cooke: "All the best 'Stan' Petrov. Thank you for a wonderful seven years service for the club. A coaching role awaits when you recover."

    Nic the Great: "My thoughts are with Stiliyan Petrov today. Sad to hear he's retiring but wish him all the best for the future."

    Stevie Boy: "Sad to hear that Petrov has had to retire. All the best for the future."

  104. 1027: 
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    Everton boss David Moyes

    The front of page of Thursday's Liverpool Echo leads with David Moyes set to leave Everton for Manchester United.

  105.  
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    Cormac: "Moyes may be the same mould as Fergie in terms of man management/background but Fergie had the experience of winning trophies."

    Ben Lloyd: "Moyes leaving is a huge blow but the exodus of players I fear more. New manager has to inspire them to stay, so Martinez in my opinion."

    Simon Malpas: "Why is no one putting Steve Kean's name forward for one of the many free jobs at the moment?"

    What are your thoughts on the news that David Moyes could be set to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, and what will the managerial changes mean for the rest of the Premier League? Send us your views to #bbcsportsday

  106. 1015: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany: "I wish Stiliyan Petrov all the best for this new chapter in his life. It's sad to see a great captain and a great man retiring in his prime."

  107. 1013: 
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    Manchester United's Javier Hernandez

    Striker Javier Hernandez is enormously proud to have worked under outgoing Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

    "When I retire it will be satisfying to say that I was one of Sir Alex Ferguson's boys," he says. "But it's more than an anecdote for me. I see it as an achievement and a blessing. It's a source of pride to say I was with one of the best coaches in history.

    "Something that impresses me is that he never lost his competitiveness. In spite of everything he won he continues to be hungry. He's a winner."

  108. 1009: 
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    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez says he is focused only on Saturday's FA Cup final with Manchester City, and not speculation linking him with Everton.

    "At this moment in time it would be a waste of time," he says. "The most important thing is to be as ready as we can on Saturday and then the two other finals we have in the league after that.

    "It is the peak time for us. We want our fans to be proud of us and that is what we are fighting for. What goes around on the outside doesn't affect us, we won't lose any focus."

  109. 1004: 
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    Mark Lawrenson believes David Moyes is the right choice to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

    Moyes is expected to be named the new manager of United imminently, and Lawrenson writes in his Liverpool Daily Post column: "I think Ferguson sees a quite a bit of himself in Moyes. He sees the same drive, the same characteristics, and the same steely determination. Neither are men to be trifled with.

    "United want as little aggravation as possible, and you can see Moyes slipping out of Everton and into the hotseat at Old Trafford with the minimum of fuss."

  110. 0955: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aston Villa club captain Stiliyan Petrov retires from football.

    Petrov was diagnosed with leukaemia in March 2012 but is now in remission after finishing his first year of treatment.

    For the life I've lived in football, I will always be incredibly grateful," he says. "For the opportunity this crazy thing that happened in my life has given me, I also feel grateful in a strange kind of way. This crazy thing, somehow, has touched people and I want to try to channel this in a positive way. This will be the greatest challenge of my life."

  111. 0952: 
    EVERTON LATEST

    Everton will face a tough task in replacing David Moyes - but supporters should not criticise him for joining Manchester United, former Toffees manager Howard Kendall says in the Liverpool Echo.

    "The fans would maybe have been upset if he'd gone to a similar sized club in Germany like Schalke or elsewhere in Europe, but this is Manchester United," Kendall says. "I don't think they will question him or turn on him at all. They will say a reluctant farewell certainly because he's been such an inspirational manager, but they'll thank him and wish him well."

    The Liverpool Echo have put together a photo gallery of Moyes' time at Everton, which you can view on their website.

  112. 0946: 
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    Within hours of Sir Alex Ferguson's resignation being announced, Blackley and Broughton MP Graham Stringer had put down a motion in parliament demanding the Manchester United manager be appointed to the House of Lords as soon as possible, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    Mr Stringer says: "If you are anywhere in the world and you mention you are from Manchester, people immediately respond by saying 'Manchester United'. Sir Alex created for Manchester a brand that is recognised from Stretford to Sydney, via Ulan Bator."

    Meanwhile, Tickets to watch Sir Alex Ferguson's last home game in charge at Old Trafford on Sunday are going for up to £1,000.

  113.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Richard Reading: "I would appoint Lee Clark as the new Everton manager, he's the same sort of character as Moyes."

    Steve Gibbon: "Moyes to Man U. Benitez to Everton (he lives in Liverpool already) and the Special One to Chelsea."

    Graham McKenzie: "This is the best news for Chelsea fans, surely it means Mourinho will be returning to the Bridge!!"

  114. 0934: 
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    David Meek, retired Manchester Evening News journalist, who now writes Sir Alex Ferguson's programme notes, speaks to Radio 4's Today programme about the difficulty he is having putting together the outgoing United manager's final piece for this Sunday:

    "There is so much to say. It is hard to put it all into a 1,000-word piece in the programme," Meek says. "He is always very business-like when I chat to him. He is always at his best when there is a problem and there is no doubt it is a problem getting through all this.

    "I was struck with one of things he said. 'It is not a personal fiefdom. I have had to take a lot into consideration, always keeping at the forefront of mind that it is United's own interests that are key to any decision regarding the future of this great club.' I thought that was typical Sir Alex Ferguson."

  115. 0924: 
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    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington, who is at Wigan's pre-FA Cup final news conference, reports: "Roberto Martinez is refusing to be drawn on his future, says no contact from Everton and the focus is on the Cup and last two games."

  116.  
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    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand: "Do not mention the word retirement on my timeline please people.....that word is not welcome here!"

  117. 0914: 
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    Wilfried Zaha was Sir Alex Ferguson's final signing for Manchester United, and Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway believes that is a great honour for the forward.

    "Ferguson is the best manager of my life time and as a manager he is a great person to deal with on a matchday or through the working week," says Holloway.

    "I am disappointed for Wilf because it would have been great for the lad to have worked with him, but a great final signing for Sir Alex."

  118. 0909: 
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    Manchester United

    The Manchester Evening News unsurprisingly has plenty on Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to retire, producing a 32-page tribute pull-out in recognition of the Scot.

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    Former Manchester United managing director of merchandising Edward Freedman believes investors will give David Moyes time to settle in at the club, if he replaces Sir Alex Ferguson.

    "He seems a sensible and reasonable appointment," says Freedman. "I think (investors) will give Moyes time to bed down. They did for Sir Alex Ferguson and (former United chairman) Martin Edwards was under enormous pressure early in Ferguson's career, with various people asking for him to get rid of Ferguson."

  120. 0857: 
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    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup says he is proud of the prospect of taking on Sir Alex Ferguson in what will be his last home game as Manchester United manager.

    Swansea go to Old Trafford on Sunday and Laudrup tells the South Wales Evening Post: "Unfortunately legend is a word that is used far too often in the media today, but here we are really talking about a legend of football and I am proud to be Ferguson's opponent in his last home game as manager at Old Trafford."

  121.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Ralph Brooker: "Pressure may mount at Manchester City. Moyes will not be expected to win the title in his first year. I think he'll get a three year honeymoon."

    William Terry: "New era for Premier League next season if Wenger and Pulis go! A Portuguese era maybe of Andre Villas-Boas vs the Special One! A Portuguese revolution!"

    Siddharth Verma: "Jose Mourinho for three-five years, David Moyes to Schalke for European experience. Then Moyes to Man Utd. Simple, no?"

    What are your thoughts on the news that David Moyes could be set to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, and what will the managerial changes mean for the rest of the Premier League? Send us your views to #bbcsportsday

  122. 0845: 
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    News of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement caused an initial dip in Manchester United's share price on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, but by the close of trading it had recovered.

    From an opening price of £12.08, the shares fell by as much as 4.5 per cent and then revived significantly.

    The value of a share at the close of trading was £11.87, 33 cents down - a 1.76 per cent drop - and still higher than the share price on Friday last week.

  123. 0838: 
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    Manchester United's Sir Alex Ferguson

    Here is the Daily Telegraph Sport's front page, where David Moyes is described as the man chosen by Sir Alex Ferguson to succeed him at Manchester United.

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    Archie Knox, who was Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Aberdeen in the 1980s, praises his former colleague's "winning mentality" and gives his backing to David Moyes, if the Everton boss becomes the new Manchester United manager.

    "Sir Alex was a winner from the start, as a player and then as a manager," Knox tells BBC Radio 5 live. "He demanded total commitment from those who surrounded him. Staff and players all had to have a winning mentality.

    "Why not David Moyes? He is in the same mould as Sir Alex Ferguson. He has a great character and attention to detail and did a fantastic job at Preston and now Everton. He has been very wise in the transfer market and is a top-class manager. I am sure he can go on and do a great job."

  125.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Douglas Jefferson: "Moyes to Man U, in one fell swoop that will remove two of the three longest serving managers in the football league."

    Andrew Neil: "Moyes should settle Rooney down, get Baines in to replace Evra and 'finally' sort out the central midfield. Exciting times.."

    What are your thoughts on the news that David Moyes could be set to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, and what will the managerial changes mean for the rest of the Premier League? Send us your views to #bbcsportsday

  126. 0815: 
    MAN UTD LATEST
    Former Manchester United boss Wilf McGuiness

    Former Manchester United manager Wilf McGuiness is confident David Moyes will be able to successfully continue the work done by Sir Alex Ferguson, if the Everton boss is named manager of United.

    McGuiness famously replaced Sir Matt Busby in 1969 but was sacked a little over a year after taking charge, but does not expect something similar to happen to Moyes.

    He tells BBC Radio 5 Live: "Following great people is a bit difficult and I was very inexperience and it didn't work, although we did reach three cup semi-finals. There is no reason why it shouldn't work this time and if it is David Moyes I'll be well pleased. He has the experience and he is a Scot, who seem to do well at Manchester United."

  127. 0805: 
    MAN UTD LATEST

    Sir Alex Ferguson retiring from Manchester United is the "footballing equivalent of the fall of the Berlin Wall", says BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce. Read more on the BBC Sport website.

  128.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Eddie Kent: "Gutted David Moyes is leaving, but Evertonians knew this day was coming. Martinez would be a smart choice as would Laudrup or Periera."

    Mike Knowland: "Absolutely gutted Moyes is leaving. Done so much for Everton....won't be forgotten. Would like Solskjaer in to replace Moyes."

    Aditya Balaraman: "The managerial changes is great news for Mr. Mancini and his lot. A little less pressure in their pursuit to win back the title. Actually, a lot less."

    What are your thoughts on the news that David Moyes could be set to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, and what will the managerial changes mean for the rest of the Premier League? Send us your views to #bbcsportsday

  129. 0759: 
    MAN UTD LATEST
    Manchester United

    Front and back pages of Thursday's newspapers are dominated by Sir Alex Ferguson's resignation. The Sun has opted to lead with a picture that is a play on Ferguson's famous reputation for delivering angry dressing room tirades.

  130. 0754: 
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    Darren Fletcher says career mentor Sir Alex Ferguson has been "more than a manager" for the midfielder.

    Fletcher, 29, has been guided by Ferguson at Manchester United since he first trained with United as a 12-year-old.

    "Through illness and injury Sir Alex has been more than just a manager to me," Fletcher tells the Scottish Express. "The human side of his character in the last couple of years has really been appreciated by myself and my family. Of course he's driven by football, but he's always been there for me when I needed guidance and advice."

  131.  
    GET INVOLVED

    David Moyes looks set to be named as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United. Is he the right choice to continue the work done by Ferguson? If not, who should take over at Old Trafford? Everton fans, how much of a blow will the departure of Moyes be and who do you want to replace him at Goodison Park?

    We are not just looking for the views of Everton and United fans. How will these managerial changes impact the rest of the Premier League? Good or bad news for those with Premier League title aspirations?

    Let us know your thoughts via #bbcsportsday

  132. 0734: 
    MAN UTD LATEST

    Former Manchester United youth player Ben Thornley, who was in the same youth team as the likes of Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, pays tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson, who convinced him to leave the Manchester City academy and join United.

    "He turned up at my house when I was 14 with Brian Kidd and persuaded me to sign for them. It was a dream," Thornley tells BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "He was a very charming man and very persuasive. When I met him and Brian I was convinced I wanted to go to United. He knew how to get the best out of players, he knew which players needed a rocket or ones that needed an arm round them. That is what makes an extremely good manager."

  133. 0727: 
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    BBC Sport's Richard Conway: "There is a heavy media presence here at Carrington this morning. We do expect David Moyes could be named United manager today. That first task, if he is installed, could well be to deal with Wayne Rooney. We understand he requested a transfer two weeks ago and that was denied by Sir Alex Ferguson. A job certainly for Moyes if he does come in as manager and it will be interesting to see if Rooney is a player he keeps for next season."

  134. 0722: 
    EVERTON LATEST
    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is resigned to losing manager Roberto Martinez sooner or later - but believes he could do better than Everton.

    Whelan tells BBC Radio 5 Live: "It's a battle that I will lose and Wigan will lose at some point, I've no question on that. It's a case of would Roberto choose to go to Everton or would he wait for one of the really big clubs?"

  135. 0715: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Newspaper pages are unsurprisingly dominated by Manchester United and Everton related stories. Here are the top three snippets from our gossip column.

    David Moyes will be named Manchester United manager after being handpicked by Sir Alex Ferguson himself. The Everton boss has been given a five-year contract to succeed Sir Alex and will include former United player Phil Neville on his staff. (Daily Mirror)

    An astonishing day at United took an incredible twist late as it emerged Wayne Rooney has asked to leave Old Trafford at a time when the club are close to securing the return of Cristiano Ronaldo. (Daily Mail)

    Roberto Martinez, Mark Hughes and Martin O'Neill are in the frame to replace David Moyes at Everton. (the Independent)

  136. 0711: 
    MAN UTD LATEST

    David Beckham pays tribute to "father figure" Sir Alex Ferguson after the Manchester United manager announced he was retiring at the end of the season.

    Beckham, 38, made almost 400 appearances under Ferguson after breaking through from the youth team.

    "I am truly honoured to have been guided by the greatest manager in football and to have had the career that I had under him," says Beckham.

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    Manchester United insist Wayne Rooney is not for sale after it emerged the striker asked to leave Old Trafford for the second time in three years.

    The 27-year-old ex-Everton forward told United boss Sir Alex Ferguson two weeks ago he felt the time was right to move after nine years at the club.

    A spokesman for United would only say: "Wayne Rooney is not for sale."

  138. 0704: 
    EVERTON LATEST

    Everton boss David Moyes is set to be appointed as the new manager of Manchester United, following Sir Alex Ferguson's shock retirement.

    Ferguson, 71, revealed his decision to step down on Wednesday after nearly 27 years in charge at Old Trafford.

    Fellow Scot Moyes, in charge at Goodison Park since 2002, held talks with Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright on Wednesday evening.

  139. 0700: 
    SPORTSDAY LIVE

    Good morning and welcome to a special edition of Sportsday Live, coming from the BBC Sport centre in Salford Quays. Potentially another busy day ahead with all the latest news from Manchester United, where Everton boss David Moyes is expected to be named Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, while striker Wayne Rooney has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford. We will bring you the breaking news as it happens, but to start things off, the top stories on the BBC Sport website.

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