David Moyes suddenly finds himself in a global spotlight. The Everton boss will leave the Toffees at the end of the season to join Manchester United to take over from probably the greatest manager ever, Alex Ferguson.
Moyes, like Ferguson, is also a Scotsman, and is one of the longest serving managers in the Premier League. Here are some lesser known facts about the new man in the Old Trafford hot seat:
- Moyes has won seven matches, drawn one and lost only twice to Manchester City since Sheikh Mansour's takeover in 2008/09. This includes four consecutive wins at Goodison Park — the last of which helped United to go 15 points clear this season. The Etihad has been a fortress for City in the last three seasons — only breached by Arsenal, United and Everton. All good signs for United?
- Moyes appeared for seven clubs during his playing career as a centre-back. In his 19-year playing career, he made more than 550 appearances.
- Both Ferguson and Moyes played for Dunfermline Athletic in their playing days and also represented Rangers (Ferguson) and Celtic (Moyes) — major rivals in Scottish football.
- Moyes reportedly began taking his coaching badges early in his playing career — when he was just 22. He used to keep meticulous notes of the techniques and tactics employed by his managers. He became player-manager at Preston North End (then in Division Two), at the age of 35.
- In 1999, Moyes turned down Ferguson's offer to become Assistant Manager at United.
- Moyes isn't far behind when it comes to matching Ferguson's personal accolades (not trophies, of course). He's won the League Managers' Association's Manager of the Year award thrice (2003, 2005, 2009). Ferguson is the only manager to win three of these awards. While Ferguson, over almost 27 years, has won 15 Manager of the Month awards, Moyes has won it 10 times already.
- When he took over at Preston in 1998, it seemed the club would be relegated to the fourth tier of English football. In a space of two years, Moyes had won the 1999/00 Division Two title with them. In 2000/01, he almost took them to Premier League promotion.
- Even when he replaced Walter Smith at Everton, he was tasked with escaping relegation — and he did it.
- Possibly Moyes' greatest achievement in the EPL is breaking the top-four domination by Man United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea. In 2005, he guided Everton to fourth place — above bitter rivals Liverpool and to a Champions League spot. However, his team lost in the qualifying stage to Villareal. That remains Moyes' only experience in Europe's top club competition.
- He was the man who nurtured Wayne Rooney — handing him his debut when the striker was just 16. If reports are to be believed, then the United No 10 wants to leave the club and Moyes' appointment could just persuade him to stay.
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Updated Date: May 10, 2013 12:44:16 IST