Ellis Short has revealed he has finally got his man in David Moyes - at the SIXTH time of asking.
Sunderland owner Short revealed he had targeted Moyes for the Sunderland manager's job for the last five years.
The Texan claimed he wanted Moyes ever since Steve Bruce departed in 2011, but instead had to settle for Martin O'Neill, Paolo Di Canio, Gus Poyet, Dick Advocaat and Sam Allardyce as the Scot was unavailable due to his contracts at other clubs.
And he says he is delighted to have finally landed Moyes as Allardyce's successor on a four-year contract.
Short said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome David Moyes to Sunderland, who was by far and away our first choice.
“He is a man whose football pedigree speaks for itself and is someone I have long admired. I have spoken with him on many occasions and I have always been hugely impressed.
"He was my number one managerial target for the last five appointments, but his desire to honour existing contracts meant we were not able to bring him to Sunderland previously.
"To be able to finally welcome him as our manager is fantastic news for the club.
“The fact that David has committed to a four-year deal is a clear demonstration of his belief in what he can achieve here.
"It is our aim to become a better, stronger and more stable football club and with a manager of David’s calibre and experience at the helm, we have a fantastic opportunity to begin looking upwards, rather than downwards every season”.