Chipping In with Darren Foreman: Moyes is the right man to try and fill Fergie’s shoes

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It has been a very strange few weeks in football, with a host of big names announcing their intentions to retire, as well as a few managerial decisions taht sprung a suprise.

The biggest shock of all the announcements has to be that of Sir Alex Ferguson, leaving United after 26 years in charge.

Fergie will be replaced by Everton’s David Moyes, who I think is definitely the right man for the job.

He seems to be cut from the same cloth as Ferguson, and is probably the right fit for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

If you were to ask any football manager, player or fan who they would like to manage given the chance, they would most likely say Manchester United.

Fergie was given the time to mould the club into a successful operation after a shaky start, and I expect they’ll do the same with their new manager, who I have to say got a fantastic reception at his final game at Goodison Park on Sunday.

We also saw the announcements of Paul Scholes and David Beckham, who are following Jamie Carragher into retirement.

Beckham has been an absolutely superb servant to club and country throughout his hugely successful career, and the main thing that sticks out for me is how devoted he was to playing for England.

People obviously talk about ‘Brand Beckham’, but he wasn’t just about selling a lot of shirts, he was a fantastic footballer to boot.

Next season is shaping up as an interesting one, with Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini rumoured to be joining Chelsea and Man City respectively.

It might have been the right time for Fergie to walk away, as City will no doubt improve and Mourinho has been successful wherever he has been.

Time will tell though and no doubt Spurs, Arsenal and maybe even Liverpool will be looking to have something to say about that.

Looking at the cricket, England’s Test series against New Zealand got away to a slow start, with the wicket and conditions no doubt playing their part.

The first Test of the English summer is usually a slow burner, with a bit more grass on the tracks making them slow, and conditions through the air making the ball nip around a bit too.

Yorkshire’s young batsmen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are certainly putting both feet forward for regular spots in the side after batting very well despite the loss of wickets around them.

Time will tell what happens when Kevin Pietersen comes back into the fold - but the two lads have certainly done as much as they can to put pressure on the rest of the England batsmen.

I have to congratulate Danny Price, who survived a knockdown to win his fight at The Spa on Saturday night in front of a good crowd.

I have a lot of time for Danny, he’s a good lad and it will be interesting to see how far he can go in the sport.

His promoter really ought to step him up now and see what level he can operate at. I’m sure Danny himself is keen to step up and I think he is ready too, he just needs some more support from Frank Maloney.

It sounds like the people of Scarborough got behind him on Saturday night, and no doubt he will learn from his knockdown and improve going forward.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: Wigan Athletic winning the FA Cup against Manchester City on Saturday afternoon. Credit to Wigan, Dave Whelan has turned them around completely since the days when Scarborough used to go and play there. They did superbly well to beat City and fully deserved it on the day.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I’m fortunate to have realised those dreams.” David Beckham after announcing his retirement this week.