Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from Manchester United yesterday, with Moyes and Jose Mourinho touted as probably replacements.
But Everton today confirmed that Moyes will leave the Merseyside club, and thanked him for his “massive” contribution.
“The manager met chairman Bill Kenwright early yesterday evening [Wednesday] and confirmed his desire to join Manchester United.
“The chairman, on behalf of the club, would like to place on record his thanks to David for the massive contribution he has made to Everton since his arrival in March 2002. He has been an outstanding manager.
“During his tenure at Goodison Park, David has taken charge of the team on over 500 occasions including four European campaigns.
“His final two games as Everton manager will be the remaining Premier League matches against West Ham United and Chelsea.
“Everton officials will start the search for a replacement manager immediately.”
Twitter was abuzz with the news before Everton made their announcement, as Manchester United accidentally tweeted a link to a Facebook app which allowed fans to welcome Moyes to the club, while the official Fifa Twitter account tweeted: “David Moyes has been announced as the new manager of Manchester United, replacing Sir Alex Ferguson. More to follow #MUFC #SAF”.
Both tweets were quickly deleted.