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"Moyes made it clear that he is under no illusions about the size of the task he faces in replacing Sir Alex. However, he is imbued with confidence by the fact that his predecessor personally handed over the reins."

07/06/2013 09:00, Report by Adam Marshall
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Blog: Moyes' right noises

It must have been some week for David Moyes as he comes to terms with taking charge of the most famous football club in the world.

After officially starting his new job on Monday, he has brought in a new-look backroom team and addressed the Manchester United staff on Thursday at the Aon Training Complex.

As a warm-up for the press conference at Old Trafford, it was pretty impressive as he displayed presence and authority while retaining his honesty in relation the magnitude of the task he faces in stepping into Sir Alex Ferguson's shoes.

Similar qualities were evident in front of the media glare that will accompany the new manager along every step of the way. Travelling to Bangkok, Sydney, Yokohama, Osaka, Hong Kong and Stockholm in the coming weeks will only emphasise the global appeal of the Reds and the size of the club.

After queuing to get into the press conference, something pretty unheard of, the manager arrived promptly -with director of communications Phil Townsend's introduction actually taking place moments ahead of the scheduled 4pm start.

Moyes made it clear that he is under no illusions about the size of the task he faces in replacing Sir Alex. However, he is imbued with confidence by the fact that his predecessor personally handed over the reins. Mindful of the need to respect the United's best traditions, and yet stamp his own influence on the club, it is a job that will surely take time.

The fact that he has been handed a six-year contract, as was rightly brought up by the press, gives him the confidence that Manchester United are not the sort of club to make rash judgments or snap decisions. Planning for the short term and long term was always going to be the name of the game and inheriting a squad of champions gives the Scot the perfect platform to achieve further success.

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