In 2002 David Moyes walked through the doors of Goodison Park as a relatively inexperienced manager. But after several years as manager of Preston North End, Bill Kenwright saw something in Moyes that persuaded him to take a gamble on the 38-year-old Scot, and place him in the Everton hot seat.
In the 10 years since, Moyes has cemented himself as one of the Premierships top gaffers. He is respected throughout the world of football, illustrated by Moyes winning the 2003, 2005 and 2009 League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year award. Moyes was so respected within the managerial circles that he also became a valuable member of the LMA’s committee in an executive capacity.
During his time at the Goodison helm Moyes has also brought a style of football that all supporters both young and old are extremely proud of. He has introduced an array of very talented players in the form of Tim Cahill, Tomasz Radzinski, Mikel Arteta, Jack Rodwell, Leon Osman and a host of others – including a certain young prodigy named Wayne Rooney.
David Moyes’ footballing education started when he signed for Celtic in 1980 at the youthful age of 17. His stay at Parkhead only lasted three years, and during that time he managed to notch up 24 appearances for the men in green and white. He then came south of the border to team up with John Beck’s Cambridge United side, which included the likes of Dion Dublin and John Taylor. Moyes remained at the Abbey Stadium for just two seasons before moving on to pastures new at Bristol City.
Between 1987 and 1999 Moyes played for Shrewsbury Town, Dunfermline Athletic, Hamilton Academical and finally moved to Preston North End in 1993, where he would remain for 7 years before exchanging his boots for the Deepdale dugout. Moyes quickly adapted to the managerial role and his excellent attention to detail and clear motivational skills were swifllynoticed at a higher level. It was these qualities that eventually persuaded Bill Kenwright to bring him to the blue half of Liverpool.
Even though the trophy cabinet at Goodison has remained bare of silverware during’ Moyes reign, he has still managed to gain seven top ten finishes in the Premiership and four European qualifications since he took over from Walter Smith in 2002.
Nobody can deny the positive atmosphere and sense of belief he instills in all of his players. That positive character and approachable nature has made him a renowned motivator and team builder. His willingness to learn from his fellow professionals at a young age has given him an abundance of knowledge and insight into the finer details of football management. And it is of no real surprise that his name now materialises every time a top managerial post becomes vacant. David Moyes is a credit to his profession, the Premiership and more importantly Everton Football Club.
Only two managers have managed in the Premiership longer than Moyes: Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. That’s not a bad accolade to have for a young boy who grew up on the streets of Glasgow. And I’m also certain that if Bill Kenwright was to be truthfully honest with himself, even he wouldn’t have expected his gamble 10 years ago to last longer than one of his many West End shows.