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Sunderland hires David Moyes to replace Sam Allardyce as manager

31-10-2015 San Sebastian Real Sociedad vs Celta de Vigo Fotos: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce,SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - OCTOBER 31: Head coach David Moyes of Real Sociedad reacts during the La Liga match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and Celta de Vigo de Futbol at Estadio Anoeta on October 31, 2015 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

31-10-2015 San Sebastian Real Sociedad vs Celta de Vigo Fotos: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce,SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - OCTOBER 31: Head coach David Moyes of Real Sociedad reacts during the La Liga match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and Celta de Vigo de Futbol at Estadio Anoeta on October 31, 2015 in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

SUNDERLAND, England -- Sunderland says it has hired former Manchester United coach David Moyes as manager, a day after Sam Allardyce left the Premier League club to take charge of England's national team.

Sunderland said in a statement Saturday that 53-year-old Moyes signed a four-year contract with the club, which just avoided relegation last season.

Moyes' relative success at Everton from 2002-13 earned him the job at United after Alex Ferguson's retirement, but he lasted less than a season following a series of disappointing results.

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He took over at Real Sociedad in Spain, but was sacked last November after a poor start to the season.

Sunderland chairman Ellis Short says Moyes "was by far and away our first choice ... we have a fantastic opportunity to begin looking upwards, rather than downwards every season."