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The footballing life and times of David Moyes



Moyes took over as Preston boss in January 1998, when the club was in danger of relegation. He led them to survival and reached the Division Two play offs the following season when they were beaten by Gillingham at the semi-final stage.

The following season, he guided the team to the Division Two title  and promotion. The next season they made it to the Division One play offs.  Preston lost 3–0 to Bolton in the 2001 First Division Play off Final missing out on promotion to the Premier League.  During his time with PNE  he took took charge of  234 matches, of which his team won 113, drew 58 and lost 63.


He joined Everton in  2002 and in the 2004-05 season finished fourth in the league and securing a place in the following season’s Champions League and receiving the LMA Manager of the Year award.

The Toffees  were battling relegation at the start of the 2005-06 but climbed from bottom place in late October to a secure 11th-place finish at the end of the season.

Moyes secured fifth place in the league in 2007-08 and reached the semi-final of the Football League Cup as well as the last 16 of the Uefa Cup.

Moyes’ took charge of his 600th match as a manager on 6 February 2010 and ended the season in eighth place, failing to qualify for Europe for the first time in four years.

In September 2010, he  admitted an improper conduct charge in relation to his behaviour towards referee Martin Atkinson following a 3–3 draw with Manchester United. 

In January 2012, Moyes became the fourth manager, after Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp to record 150 wins in the Premier League.

In May 2013, Moyes informed Everton that he would leave the club to succeed Ferguson.


On 11 August 2013, he won his only trophy with Manchester United in his first official game, a 2–0 win over Wigan in the Community Shield. He opened the season with a  a 4–1 victory against but it was all downhill after that as United suffered their worst ever start to a Premier League season. United were ninth in the table after 15 games.

In January 2014, they were knocked out of the FA Cup  and lost in the semi-final of the League Cup. Two more defeats saw crowd demonstrations begin and on  22 April 2014, Manchester United announced that they had sacked Moyes.


He was appointed on an 18 month deal on 10 November 2014  with the team lying in 15th in the table. He was sacked a year later – six months ahead of his contract conclusion.


He was appointed on 23 July 2016, replacing Sam Allardyce. On 3 April 2017 he had managed to lead the club to relegation and resigned 24 hours later.

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5 comments on “The footballing life and times of David Moyes

  1. So let’s get this straight.

    In an attempt to prevent relegation this season, we propose to appoint a manager who achieved relegation last year. And just to make sure everyone is fully aware of our commitment to avoiding the drop, he will be assisted by a hatchet faced Manc who not only is despised by most West Ham fans and hates us, but has held only one managerial job – in which he failed dismally and was sacked during his first season in charge.

    I just wanted to check my meds haven’t worn off early today.

  2. Well, there is the life and times of David Moyes.
    On the good side, he is a well organized, informed, disciplinarian, and a stickler for player fitness.
    He is ell known for visiting the games of his up-coming opponents, in an attempt to increase his understanding of how to approach all matters football..
    He was always flexible in his choice of formations, very much based on the nature of the opposing side.
    He also had well organized tactics and strategies for every player in the first team squad..

    That said, by comparison with Sir Alex Ferguson, he was considered more of an autocrat in his views. Retired players found him difficult to interact with, and he made the cardinal sin, last year, of publicly hanging out the washing after Sunderland had beaten Sunderland, 4-1, essentially giving every player a serve. He also developed a reputation for immediate post-match ‘dressing room brutality’ which led to schisms forming within his playing group.
    His attitude towards using Academy players is still unresolved-he has often spoken in favor of using young players, but the evidence remains somewhat mixed.

    Maybe he could get the team fitter, and help us escape relegation, but would he be a good long-term proposition?

  3. You may well have used Wikipedia as your source for this article but you’ve been very selective in what you’ve chosen to reproduce.

    Sure, Moyes had a torrid time at Manchester United (everyone knows it was very much a poisoned chalice) but under his leadership United had a win ratio of almost 53%, higher than both Van Gaal’s seasons, and Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge.

    When Moyes went to Real Sociedad the team were lying second from bottom and fearing relegation – Moyes turned that around and although he was unable (for reasons that are unclear) to sustain their improvement, he did what he was taken on to do (including a famous victory over Barcelona) and steered them to safety.

    Sunderland was arguably another hopeless cause, a poor quality squad with only a handful of players of any note and a board that expected miracles out of fresh air.

    I’m no fan of Moyes but he deserves a fairer shake than he’s been given here and, if he is going to be our new manager, deserves our support until such time as it becomes obvious that such support is not merited.

    He’s certainly not my ideal choice but he has a decent set of credentials behind him and should, at least, be able to organise the team and get it working better as a unit, which is the best I think anyone can realistically hope for given the manner in which we’ve started this season (and performed last season for that matter). What happens beyond that is probably a discussion for another time.

  4. Nothing like getting the fans buzzing with a clever astute appointment! Waisting our time and money, Moyes can’t get a job in the championship, typical West Ham, haven’t had a good manager since John Lyall ( brooking for a few matches)

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