Moyes’ decade with the Tof­fees

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 8 - By ROB LES­LEY

EVER­TON man­ager David Moyes marks his 10-year an­niver­sary at Good­i­son Park next week ad­mit­ting it is a “big achieve­ment” to spend a decade at one club.

When he moved from Cham­pi­onship side Pre­ston he was given a four-year con­tract – but the Scot didn’t know if he’d even see that out.

And, in a sit­u­a­tion sim­i­lar to that faced by An­dre Vil­las-boas at Chelsea be­fore he was sacked on Sun­day, Moyes said he had to win over the play­ers who were only a few years younger than him.

“When I came to Ever­ton did I think I’d be here 10 years? I don’t think you ever think that,” he said.

“You sign a four-year con­tract but it’s dif­fi­cult to know how long you’re go­ing to get.

Re­spect

“This job – be­cause of the de­mands put on you, the public scru­tiny and the re­sults world that means there’s a de­mand to win reg­u­larly – makes it hard to stay at any one club for 10 years.

“So, yes, 10 years is a big achieve­ment – but the club de­serves a lot of credit as well.

“Chair­man Bill Ken­wright had the fore­sight to look for some­one he felt could help Ever­ton and they’ve not been in a busi­ness where they have been un­sta­ble.”

He added: “I took the Ever­ton job when I was 38, so it was rel­a­tively young.

“Some of the play­ers weren’t much younger than me, and you have to earn re­spect.

“The play­ers want to see how you work but I think I’ve been lucky be­cause I’ve had good play­ers around me and things have gone well – from the very first game.”

FAITH: Bill Ken­wright

LAND­MARK: Moyes

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