Everton chairman Bill Kenwright cut a resigned figure after meeting manager David Moyes late on Wednesday (May 9), admitting he could do little to prevent the Scot from making the seemingly inevitable move to Manchester United.
Moyes was quickly installed as the bookmakers' favourite to replace Alex Ferguson, British football's most successful manager, who announced he was quitting the Old Trafford hot-seat on Wednesday after more than 26 trophy-laden years in charge.
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho had briefly shared favourite status with Moyes but the odds on the Portuguese drifted out to 10-1 by the end of the day.
Kenwright said Moyes would definitely be in charge for Everton's next game at home to West Ham United on Saturday. Everton close out their campaign away to Chelsea on May 19 as Ferguson oversees his 1,500th game when United visit West Bromwich Albion.
Ferguson will stay on at Old Trafford as an ambassador and director at the 20-times English champions and United may also require the 71-year-old to act as a mediator should Moyes replace him.
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