Sunderland fans have thrown their weight behind David Moyes after the former Manchester United manager was appointed as Sam Allardyce's successor.
Allardyce was confirmed as the new England manager yesterday, and the Black Cats acted swiftly to replace him.
Moyes had been strongly linked with the club for several days, and his appointment has now been confirmed on a four-year deal.
He already appears to have the support of the Sunderland fans, with 81% of more than 1,700 voters in an Echo poll earlier this week saying he was the right man for the job.
Supporters we spoke to, too, were happy with the arrival of the ex-Everton boss.
Tommy Smith, from Sunderland, said: “David Moyes is a good manager, and I think he’s a good appointment for Sunderland.
“Hopefully we’ll do what Leicester did last year, and we’ll be top of the league next season!”
Moyes lasted less than a season at Man United after being chosen as the successor to legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
He also had an unsuccessful spell in Spain with Real Sociedad, but he is a good appointment on Wearside, according to supporter Bob Laidler, from Silksworth.
He said: “There are not many good managers about who we could possibly go for.
“Moyes was available, and let’s hope he can do for us a similar job to what he did at Everton. They are similarly sized clubs.
“I think he was let down at Manchester United and their players were against him. He never had a chance there.”
Lifelong Sunderland fan Peter Warren, from Southwick, is less convinced Moyes is the right man to take the hotseat.
He said: “I’m not quite sure about David Moyes, because he has been sacked with his last two clubs.
“He did OK at Everton, but they were a steady ship.
“He’s a steady manager, but will he be able to handle the pressure at the Stadium of Light? We’ll have to wait to find out.”
Edward Jolley, 65, from Chapel Garth, said: “I think David Moyes will be good. I think we’ve got to give him a chance, and everything should be OK.”
Kenneth Young, 76, from Castletown, was of a similar thinking.
He said: “I don’t think Moyes got a chance at Man United.
“They got rid of him quickly, and he could be a good successor. Let’s hope he is.”