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Hodgson: Moyes can benefit from Fergie

Published 09/05/2013 | 16:27

David Moyes, left, will replace Sir Alex Ferguson, right, as Manchester United manager
David Moyes, left, will replace Sir Alex Ferguson, right, as Manchester United manager

England boss Roy Hodgson claims it will be "a Godsend" for David Moyes to be able to call on Sir Alex Ferguson for advice after he was confirmed as the new Manchester United manager.

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Moyes, 50, has been given a six-year contract at Old Trafford while Ferguson will remain at the club as a director and ambassador.

Hodgson believes that will prove a help rather than a hindrance to Moyes, telling talkSPORT: "I'm sure that being available for the new man he will be a Godsend in that respect because there is nothing he doesn't know about football and Manchester United."

He added: "The amount of time he has given to younger managers in terms of advice and support, and the support he has given to the LMA (League Managers' Association) to protect those managers, you don't expect that from someone at the very top of his profession."

Hodgson also paid tribute to Ferguson and insisted that too much has been made of his qualities as a strict disciplinarian.

He said: "For me it's also his human qualities and I think those two are linked together, you don't become that successful and have such great relationships and build such good teams if you are just a so-called disciplinarian and hard worker. You also have to have a lot of human qualities so that people can relate to you and warm to you and I think Alex has that quality in abundance.

"I think that his enthusiasm and his energy are as great as ever and I am certain that won't diminish. His footballing qualities and everything he has achieved are never going to be equalled. The epithet 'the greatest' is very well deserved."

Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez was a Merseyside rival of Moyes during his time as Liverpool manager and has also had a tempestuous relationship with Ferguson over the years. He sees a good fit between Moyes and his new club but, perhaps unsurprisingly, stopped short of offering a gushing endorsement.

"He's a good manager," said the Spaniard. "I think that he will have a very good team, so I'm sure he will compete at the top and he can win trophies with a big club. It's not easy to find someone like Ferguson, but he's a manager with experience in the Premier League. He knows the players, he knows the club and the Premier League. It could be a good appointment, but it takes time to say."

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