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Friday 31 October 2014

David Moyes planning to do 'two jobs for the next week' as switch from Everton to Manchester United begins

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  David Moyes manager of Everton reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on May 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: David Moyes manager of Everton reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on May 19, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

David Moyes will today begin work as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United after bidding farewell to Everton with defeat at Chelsea.

Moyes' 518th game of his 11-year reign ended in a 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge and he will juggle his handover at Goodison Park with his new role at Old Trafford this week before going on holiday.

"I'll probably be doing two jobs for the next week or so," said former Preston boss Moyes.

"I'm sad that I'm leaving Everton. Look at the players. I brought every one of them, except Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman, who were already here.

"I hope every one of them will think it was worthwhile joining Everton.

"I hope I'm leaving the club in a better condition than when I took over and I think the group of players they've got are a top group of players."

Moyes will assist chairman Bill Kenwright if asked about his replacement, with his handover notes already prepared.

"I'll go into Finch Farm [Everton's training ground] some of the days next week and make sure everything's in place for whoever the incoming manager is," Moyes added.

"Most of it is anyway, but I'll just make sure that everything's as ready as I can leave it."

Rafael Benitez believes Chelsea can challenge Moyes' United for the Premier League title next term after succeeding in his brief as interim boss by securing a Champions League return and silverware with the Europa League title.

The victory over Everton secured third place in the top flight and ended the prospect of a play-off with Arsenal.

Benitez, who would not be drawn of his own future other than confirming he would be travelling to the United States today for the club's end-of-season tour, said: "This team will be challenging for the title next year.

"It has been a great experience. We've taken a team, a team in transition with young players, and now we have left a good team, with more experience, with good character, scoring goals, more balance.

"I think it will be good for the next manager, because he will have a very good team and also the owner will bring in more players."

Benitez decided not to bid farewell to his fiercest critics - the home supporters at Stamford Bridge, who sang Jose Mourinho's name in anticipation of the Special One's return this summer - during the traditional end-of-season lap of appreciation.

"It's for the families and the players," said Benitez, who was praised by the players following the defeat of Benfica in Amsterdam on Wednesday.

"I received hundreds of messages, more than 200 messages on the website, from Chelsea fans saying thank you very much.

"For me that is enough, and also the players telling me things privately.

"The majority of [the supporters] were very positive in the end. That is good.

"We couldn't change the opinion of some of them. We tried to do our best until the end."

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