• Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden join staff
• Wayne Rooney future to be first item in inbox
David Moyes's first official day as Manchester United manager following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement ushered in a new era at the club with three new members of key backroom staff appointed while Ed Woodward, the new executive vice-chairman, took over from David Gill, the outgoing chief
There were also other changes in the hierarchy and with the futures of
Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic, and Patrice Evra in doubt, plus the club's
Carrington base being rebranded as the Aon Training Complex, the sense was of a fresh chapter in United's life following Ferguson's 26 years in charge.
After Moyes began his day by arriving at Carrington around 8am, two hours later came confirmation that Steve Round, as assistant manager, Jimmy Lumsden coach, and Chris Woods, goalkeeping coach, had been appointed to follow him from Everton as replacements for Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele.
"I have worked with Steve, Chris and Jimmy for a number of years and I am delighted they have decided to join me at this great club," said Moyes.
"They bring great qualities in their respective fields and I know that,
like me, they feel that this is a challenge to relish. I have great faith
that together, we can build upon the success this club has enjoyed over
Woodward said: "This is an exciting and challenging time for the club and I have great belief that David and his team will have all the energy and
attributes needed to help this club continue in its long-standing
In a statement United outlined the other amendments to their structure: "A
number of changes behind the scenes also take effect today. Executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, takes on the duties previously undertaken by David Gill, while Richard Arnold begins his tenure as group managing director. Chief operating officer Michael Bolingbroke has been appointed to the main board and takes on further responsibilities, including chairman of MU Foundation."
In a first taste of the heightened interest in United, Moyes was followed
by a crew from the club's in-house station, MUTV, as he arrived at
reception, bumped into one of his new players, Ashley Young, and was filmed taking a seat in his office for the first time.
Then, Moyes turned his thoughts to a number of pressing issues he will be keen to resolve as soon as possible. The first of these is deciding
Rooney's future, with the striker unsettled after an uneven season last
year under Ferguson. While both men are minded for Rooney to have a fresh start, the Scot should return to Everton with a new bid for Leighton Baines following an initial offer of around £12m being turned down.
This move suggests Evra's status as United's first-choice left-back is
threatened, and Vidic's future is also to be clarified. No fresh contract
has yet been forthcoming for the Serb, who is 32 in October and has entered the final 12 months of his current deal.
On Tuesday and Wednesday Moyes new squad start returning to undergo tests ahead of pre-season training. On Thursday he addresses them before of a first session under him. Then comes an opening press conference as manager which should be held on Friday. There, Moyes will comprehend how much scrutiny he is under at an unveiling packed with journalists and TV crews and broadcast globally.
Next Wednesday Moyes and his squad jet out for a three-week tour that is
the longest in club history and which cover 23260 miles. United's three
main title rivals also have gruelling tours. Arsenal, who go to Indonesia,
Vietnam and Japan, travel 19628 miles. Chelsea, in taking in Thailand,
Malaysia, Indonesia, and America, will clock up 21382 miles. And Manchester City's total after visiting South Africa, Hong Kong, Germany and Finland is to be 20,413.
On Saturday-week in Bangkok the Singha All Stars provide the first
opposition of Moyes's tenure. The tour moves to Sydney where the A-League All Stars are faced on 20 July before stops in Japan - for matches versus Yokohama F Marinos and Cerezo Osak on 23 and 26 July – and Hong Kong to play Kitchee FC on 29 July Kitchee FC, ahead of the club's return home.
The United circus flies out again on 6 August to Sweden to face AIK, with
Rio Ferdinand's testimonial – against Sevilla – Moyes's bow at Old Trafford on 9 August. Two days later the 50-year-old will be desperate to claim a first trophy when Wigan Athletic are faced in the Community Shield at Wembley, before the season-proper finally begins at Swansea City on 17 August.
1 July: First day
Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden and Chris Woods are set to follow Moyes from Everton as part of his backroom team.
2-3 July: Players return
With the exception of those who have been on international tournament duty, most will have medical tests to confirm their fitness ahead of the new campaign.
4 July: First day of training
10 July: Summer tour
A full-strength United squad will leave for Thailand for the first leg of their tour of the far east and Australia.
13 July: Singha All Stars v Man Utd
Moyes' first game in charge, in front of a sell-out 48,000 crowd at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.
20 July: A-League All Stars v Man Utd
At the ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Possibly a meeting with a team that includes Alessandro del Piero.
23 July: Yokohama F Marinos v Man Utd
It is widely anticipated Shinji Kagawa will have linked up for the first of two games in Japan.
26 July: Cerezo Osaka v Man Utd
Kagawa's former club provide the opposition here.
29 July: Kitchee FC v Man utd
United end their trip in Hong Kong.
6 August: AIK v Man Utd
A short break and then off the Sweden for another pre-season friendly.
9 August: Man Utd v Sevilla
La Liga opposition for Rio Ferdinand's testimonial, and Moyes' first game at Old Trafford.
11 August: Man Utd v Wigan
Moyes must sweep aside Championship opposition in order to collect his first trophy at Wembley.
17 August: Swansea v Man Utd
Moyes' Premier League debut as United manager on a ground where they got only a point last season.
24 August: Man Utd v Chelsea
José Mourinho heads to Old Trafford in a showdown between the men most assumed were the first two choices to replace Ferguson.
31 August: Liverpool v Man Utd
Moyes never won at Anfield as Everton manager. He has a better team now but the stakes are even higher.
21 September: Man City v Man Utd
The end of a challenging start to Moyes' time in charge at Old Trafford as United head to the Etihad and a first meeting with Manuel Pellegrini.