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David William Moyes (born 25 April, 1963, in Glasgowmarker, Scotlandmarker) is an association football manager and former player, currently managing English Premier League club Everton. He was the 2003, 2005 and 2009 League Managers Association Manager of the Year. He is also on the Committee for the League Managers Association in an executive capacity.

Moyes made over 550 league appearances as a centre half in a playing career that began with Celtic, where he won a championship medal, and ended with Preston North End, with whom he secured his first managerial position. He became a coach at Preston, working his way up to assistant manager before eventually taking over as manager in 1998.

Playing career

Moyes began his playing career as a centre half with Celtic, where he won a championship medal, and ended with Preston North End, with whom he secured his first managerial position.

Moyes made over 550 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.

Management career

Preston North End

Moyes took over as Preston manager in January 1998, taking over from Gary Peters as the club struggled in Division Two and were in danger of relegation. He 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. Preston avoided relegation at the end of the 1997–98 season and reached the Division Two playoffs the following season which they failed to win. The following season though, Moyes guided Preston to the Division Two title and a promotion to Division One. An even greater achievement perhaps was to steer Preston into the Division One playoffs the season after that, with largely the same squad. Preston lost in the final of the playoffs in May 2001 and towards the end of the following season, Moyes left for Everton, to take over from fellow Scot Walter Smith in March 2002. Moyes was in charge of Preston 243 times, of which his team won 113 games, lost 63 and drew 67.


Moyes joined Everton on 14 March, 2002 and at his unveiling press conference, declared that Everton were 'The People's Club' on Merseyside. He said:
"I am from a city (Glasgowmarker) that is not unlike Liverpoolmarker.
I am joining the people's football club.
The majority of people you meet on the street are Everton fans.
It is a fantastic opportunity, something you dream about.
I said 'yes' right away as it is such a big club."
His first game in charge was against Fulham at Goodison Parkmarker. Everton won the game 2-1, with David Unsworth scoring after just thirty seconds.

Prior to his appointment, Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright contacted Moyes and invited him to his home in London to discuss the available position at Everton. Moyes was reluctant as he was driving from Preston to Bristol on a scouting mission, he was looking at Nathan Ellington. After the game, Moyes drove from Bristol to London where he met Kenwright for an hour, after the meeting he drove back to Preston from London - a 550 mile round trip.

Everton managed to sustain a good run of form and avoided relegation, which was a genuine threat when he was originally appointed.

In 2002–03, Moyes' first full season in charge at Everton, he signed Chinesemarker international Li Tie, Nigerianmarker defender Joseph Yobo and Goalkeeper Richard Wright and axed older players such as Jesper Blomqvist and David Ginola. Everton were edged out of qualification for the following season's UEFA Cup on the last day of the season by , following a defeat to Manchester United, and finished 7th in the league. Moyes was awarded LMA Manager of the Year for the first time.

For the 2003–04 season Moyes signed Kevin Kilbane from Sunderland, James Mcfadden from Motherwell, Nigel Martyn from Leeds United and Francis Jeffers returned on loan from Arsenal. Poor results followed though and Everton did not win a game in 2004 until the 28th February. A confrontation between Moyes and Duncan Ferguson at Everton's training ground was said to be symptomatic of the problems at the club. Everton finished 17th with 39 points, the lowest total in the club's history, just avoiding relegation.

During the summer of 2004, despite the turmoil surrounding the club’s recent form, Moyes managed to bring in Tim Cahill and Marcus Bent. Tomasz Radzinski, Tobias Linderoth, David Unsworth and, most significantly Wayne Rooney, were amongst those who left the club. Later the Daily Mail would publish extracts from Rooney's autobiography, claiming that Moyes had forced Rooney out of the club and then leaked the details to the press. Moyes went on to sue for libel before settling out of court when Rooney apologized and agreed to pay for damages. Moyes donated the undisclosed damages from the suit to the Everton Former Players' Foundation.

During the 2004-05 season Everton went on to surpass all expectations by finishing fourth in the league and securing a place in the following season's Champions League, Moyes again being awarded the LMA Manager of the Year award.Moyes then broke club's transfer record to bring in striker James Beattie in January and, as influential midfielder Thomas Gravesen left, Mikel Arteta came in on loan.

At the beginning of the 2005–06 season Moyes' team struggled. He bought Nuno Valente, Andy van der Meyde, Simon Davies, and Phil Neville; signed Matteo Ferrari on loan; and made Mikel Arteta a permanent signing. Nevertheless, Everton were promptly knocked out of the Champions' League and then the UEFA Cup while their league form also suffered. By October, Everton sat at the bottom of the table but were eventually able to recover, finishing the season in 11th place.

Moyes broke the club transfer record for a second time at the start of the 2006-07 season with the £8.6m acquisition of Andrew Johnson. Joleon Lescott was also signed from Wolves while Tim Howard arrived on a loan deal, which was later made permanent. All of these players would prove to be successful signings, further enhancing Moyes' reputation as a team builder. Whilst Everton's league form flourished again, Moyes' record in the FA Cup with Everton did not improve: in the third round they crashed out, 1–4, to Blackburn Roversmarker. An improved league position of sixth was secured along with UEFA Cup football for the next season. One of Moyes' more shrewd signings, Joleon Lescott, was voted Everton's player of the year and was a credit to Moyes' dealings in the transfer market.

It was the 2007-08 season that Everton displayed the most consistency and stability since Moyes arrived at the club, finally ending the cycle of alternating between the top and bottom halves of the league. In his sixth full season in charge, Moyes secured fifth place in the league and reached the semi-final of the Football League Cup as well as the last 16 of the UEFA Cup, eventually being beaten on penalties by Fiorentina. Moyes also signed four more players who went on to become very important players for Everton:Yakubu was signed for another record fee of £11.25m, Steven Pienaar for £2.05m after an initial loan, Phil Jagielka was brought in for £4m, and Leighton Baines was signed for a fee that could rise to £6m. All of this gave Everton and its fans cause for optimism as a string of strong performances broke the pattern inconsistency which saw league finishes of 15th, 7th, 17th, 4th and 11th under Moyes. His reputation as a disciplinarian could be seen to manifest in Everton's yellow card count. They received just 27 yellow cards all season - the lowest in the league and 6 less than their nearest rival Liverpool.

Moyes' first move of the 2008–09 season was to bring in Steve Round as his assistant manager to replace Alan Irvine. Everton's first new player of the season, Lars Jacobsen, was brought in 2 games into the season. This was shortly followed by the signings of Segundo Castillo and Louis Saha. On deadline day, Moyes secured the services of goalkeeper Carlo Nash on a free transfer, and Marouane Fellaini for a club record £15 million. At the end of the transfer window January 2009, Moyes brought in Brazilian international striker on loan from Manchester City. On 14 October, 2008, Moyes agreed to extend his Goodison Park stay by a further five years. On the 19th April 2009, David Moyes led his team to an FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United, after a penalty shootout, to reach the final for the first time since 1995.In the final, Everton were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea. In the summer of 2009 David Moyes sold Joleon Lesott to Manchester City for £22m, after a saga which lasted for the entire transfer window. With the £22m from the Lescott sale, Moyes brought in Johnny Heitinga, Sylvain Distin and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. He also signed Jo on a season long loan and Lucas Neill on a free transfer.

Personal life

Moyes' father, David Snr is a scout at Everton and previously a coach at Drumchapel Amateurs where Moyes began his career, his full-time occupation was a draughtsman. Moyes' mother, Joan hailed from Portrushmarker in Northern Irelandmarker and worked in clothes stores in Glasgow. David's cousin, Dessie Brown is secretary of Coleraine Football Club.



With Celtic

Scottish League Premier Division

  • Scottish Youth & Schools International
  • English Third Division championship

With Bristol City

  • English Associate Members' Cup Winner [1985-86]
  • English Associate Members' Cup Losing Finalist [1986-87]


With Preston North End

Football League Second Division

With Everton

LMA Manager of the Year
  • Winner - 2002-03, 2004-05, 2008-09
FA Premier League Manager of the Month
  • Winner - September 2004, January 2006, February 2008, February 2009
North West Manager of the Year
  • Winner 2007-08



Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Preston North End 12 January 1998 15 March 2002

Everton 15 March 2002 Present



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