61 Facts About David Moyes

1.

David William Moyes is a Scottish professional football manager and former player.

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David Moyes is currently the manager of Premier League club West Ham United.

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David Moyes was previously the manager of Preston North End, Everton, Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland.

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David Moyes is on the committee for the League Managers Association in an executive capacity.

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David Moyes made over 540 league appearances as a centre-back in a playing career that began with Celtic, where he won a championship medal.

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David Moyes then played for Cambridge United, Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town and Dunfermline Athletic before ending his playing career with Preston North End.

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David Moyes became a coach at Preston, working his way up to assistant manager before eventually taking over as manager in 1998, his first managerial position.

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David Moyes took over from Walter Smith as manager of Everton in March 2002.

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David Moyes succeeded Ferguson as manager of Manchester United in June 2013, but with the club in seventh place in the league in April 2014 and unable to qualify for European competition, he was sacked after 10 months in the job.

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David Moyes was appointed as head coach of Spanish club Real Sociedad in November 2014, but was again sacked after just under a year in charge.

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David Moyes was appointed manager of West Ham in November 2017 and led the club out of the relegation zone to a 13th-place finish, but left at the end of the season when his contract was not renewed.

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David Moyes enjoyed a career that encompassed playing at a number of clubs, usually as a centre-half, beginning at Celtic, where he won a championship medal and made 24 league appearances, and ending with Preston North End.

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David Moyes later made over one hundred appearances for Dunfermline Athletic between 1990 and 1993, including a starting appearance in the 1991 Scottish League Cup Final.

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David Moyes made over 530 league appearances in his career before becoming a coach at Preston, working his way up to assistant manager before eventually taking over as manager in 1998.

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15.

David Moyes played under former UEFA Technical Director Andy Roxburgh in 1980.

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David Moyes took over as Preston North End manager in January 1998, replacing Gary Peters as the club struggled in Division Two and were in danger of relegation.

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David Moyes had spent much of his playing career preparing for management, taking coaching badges at just 22 years of age and compiling notes on managers he had played under, their techniques and tactics.

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18.

In 2001, whilst studying for his UEFA Pro License, David Moyes shadowed Roy Hodgson at Udinese during Hodgson's six month spell at the club.

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David Moyes took charge of Preston for 234 matches, of which his team won 113, drew 58 and lost 63.

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20.

David Moyes joined Everton on 14 March 2002 and at his unveiling press conference, declared that Everton were 'The People's Club' on Merseyside.

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21.

On 12 April 2003, David Moyes was sent to the stands during a game against West Bromwich Albion by referee Steve Bennett for using foul and abusive language and for improper behaviour.

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22.

David Moyes was awarded LMA Manager of the Year for the first time, to go with the Premier League Manager of the Month award for November 2002, when the Toffees had been in the Champions League places.

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Later, the Daily Mail published extracts from Rooney's autobiography, claiming that David Moyes had forced Rooney out of the club and then leaked the details to the press.

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David Moyes went on to sue for libel before settling out of court when Rooney apologised and agreed to pay for damages.

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David Moyes donated the undisclosed damages from the suit to the Everton Former Players' Foundation.

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26.

David Moyes signed Nuno Valente, Andy van der Meyde, Simon Davies, Per Krøldrup, and Phil Neville; signed Matteo Ferrari on loan; and made Arteta a permanent signing.

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David Moyes signed four more players who went on to become very important players for Everton: Yakubu was signed for another record fee of £11.

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28.

David Moyes was later fined £5,000 by The Football Association for improper conduct and warned about his future behaviour.

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29.

On 14 October 2008, David Moyes agreed to extend his Goodison Park stay by a further five years.

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30.

On 19 April 2009, David Moyes led his team to an FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United, after a penalty shoot-out, to reach the final for the first time since 1995.

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31.

David Moyes re-signed Jo on a season-long loan and Lucas Neill on a free transfer.

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32.

David Moyes was named as Premier League Manager of the Month for January 2010 after three wins and a draw.

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33.

David Moyes was fined £8,000 with his assistant Steve Round admitting to the same charge.

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34.

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

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35.

On 9 May 2013, following Ferguson's retirement at Manchester United and with his own contract expiring at the end of the season, David Moyes informed Everton that he would leave the club to succeed Ferguson.

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36.

Three days after being named as Ferguson's successor at Manchester United, David Moyes took charge of his last game with Everton at Goodison.

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David Moyes received a guard of honour by his own players prior to the post-match lap of appreciation, and Everton fans held banners with messages such as "Goodbye and Good luck", and "Thanks for the memories".

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38.

David Moyes signed a six-year contract with Manchester United, and officially took up his managerial position on 1 July 2013.

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David Moyes had been hand-picked as manager by Sir Alex Ferguson and after his appointment a banner reading "The Chosen One" was displayed at Old Trafford.

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40.

On 2 September 2013, David Moyes signed Marouane Fellaini on a four-year contract, with the option of extension of another season, reuniting with his former player in a £27.

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David Moyes said that he took "complete responsibility" for United's defeats but said he was confident his team would improve.

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David Moyes did however have a positive start to his first Champions League campaign with the club.

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Moyes was in charge of United for 10 months, the third-shortest managerial stint in United history and the shortest in 82 years, despite calls from several respected ex-Manchester United players such as Denis Law and David Beckham calling for Moyes to be given more time at the club.

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David Moyes had won 5 points from a possible 24 against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal.

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David Moyes was replaced in the interim by long-serving player Ryan Giggs and permanently by Louis van Gaal.

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David Moyes was critiqued for his perceived defeatist attitude while at United.

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David Moyes had referred to their rivals Liverpool as the “favourites” ahead of their trip to Old Trafford, and on Man United, the defending champions, Moyes stated their city rivals Manchester City were "at the sort of level we are aspiring to".

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On 10 November 2014, David Moyes was appointed as the new head coach of La Liga club Real Sociedad on an 18-month deal after the dismissal of Jagoba Arrasate, with the team lying in 15th on the table.

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David Moyes was sacked on 9 November 2015 after coming under increasing pressure due to a poor start to the season.

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50.

On 23 July 2016, David Moyes was appointed as the replacement for Sam Allardyce as manager of Sunderland, returning to the Premier League for the first time since his sacking as United boss in April 2014.

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On 3 April 2017 it was revealed that David Moyes had made a controversial remark after a post-match interview after Sunderland's goalless draw with Burnley on 18 March.

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52.

David Moyes was appointed manager of West Ham United on 7 November 2017, with the team in the relegation zone.

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53.

On 29 December 2019, David Moyes returned to his previous position as the manager of West Ham United on an 18-month contract.

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David Moyes replaced Manuel Pellegrini, who had left them in 17th in the Premier League table, one point above the relegation zone.

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55.

Moyes' father, David Sr, is a scout at Everton and previously a coach at Drumchapel Amateurs, where Moyes began his career.

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56.

David Moyes is a devout Christian who would often discuss religion with Alan Comfort and Graham Daniels, although he is often reluctant to talk about his faith in interviews.

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57.

David Moyes is a supporter of the Labour Party and in 2010 backed Andy Burnham to be leader in the Labour Party leadership election.

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58.

In 2005, David Moyes received an honorary fellowship from Myerscough College near Preston.

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In December 2017, David Moyes received another honorary fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire.

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60.

David Moyes left London during the pandemic and worked in his home village in Lancashire delivering fruit and vegetables to those in need.

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David Moyes then returned a second positive test three days later.

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