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David Moyes
David Moyes (201551591).jpg
Personal information
Full name David Moyes
Date of birth 25 April 1963 (1963-04-25) (age 46)
Place of birth Bearsden, Scotland
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current club Everton (manager)
Youth career
?–1980 Drumchapel Amateurs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Celtic 24 (0)
1983–1985 Cambridge United 79 (1)
1985–1987 Bristol City 83 (6)
1987–1990 Shrewsbury Town 96 (11)
1990–1993 Dunfermline Athletic 105 (13)
1993 Hamilton Academical 5 (0)
1993–1999 Preston North End 143 (15)
Total 535 (46)
Teams managed
1998–2002 Preston North End
2002– Everton
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

David William Moyes (born 25 April 1963, in Glasgow, Scotland) 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.[1]

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 enjoyed an unremarkable playing career as a journeyman centre half beginning at Celtic, where he won a championship medal, and ending 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[2]. 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 (Glasgow) that is not unlike Liverpool. 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." [3]

His first game in charge was against Fulham at Goodison Park. Everton won the game 2-1, with David Unsworth scoring after just thirty seconds.[4]

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 Chinese international Li Tie, Nigerian defender Joseph Yobo and Goalkeeper Richard Wright[5] 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 Blackburn Rovers, following a defeat to Manchester United, and finished 7th in the league. Moyes was awarded LMA Manager of the Year for the first time.[6]

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.[7] Everton finished 17th with 39 points, the lowest total in the club's history,[8] just avoiding relegation.

During the summer of 2004, despite the turmoil surrounding the club’s recent form,[9] 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.[10] Moyes went on to sue for libel before settling out of court when Rooney apologized and agreed to pay for damages.[11] Moyes donated the undisclosed damages from the suit to the Everton Former Players' Foundation.[12]

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.[6] 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 Rovers. 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 fewer than their nearest rival Liverpool.[13]

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.[14] 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. Moyes was named as Barclays Manager Of The Month for January 2010 after 3 wins and a draw. Moyes' took charge of his 600th match as a manager on 6 February 2010 in the Merseyside Derby against Liverpool which resulted in a 1-0 defeat.

"Mr. David Moyes is probably a fine example to everybody in government of stability and making the right decisions for the long term."

Andy Burnham, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, [15]

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 Portrush in Northern Ireland and worked in clothes stores in Glasgow.[16] David's cousin, Dessie Brown is secretary of Coleraine Football Club.[17]



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[19]

FA Premier League Manager of the Month

  • Winner - September 2004, January 2006, February 2008, February 2009, January 2010

North West Manager of the Year

  • Winner 2007-08



Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Preston North End England 12 January 1998 15 March 2002 &0000000000000234.000000234 &0000000000000113.000000113 &0000000000000058.00000058 &0000000000000063.00000063 &0000000000000048.29000048.29
Everton England 15 March 2002 Present &0000000000000373.000000373 &0000000000000157.000000157 &0000000000000089.00000089 &0000000000000127.000000127 &0000000000000042.09000042.09
As of 13 March 2010.


  1. ^ "LMA Structure". Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  2. ^ "Moyes' lofty ambitions". BBC Sport. 14 March 2002. Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Moyes sets sights". BBC Sport. 15 March 2002. Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Winning start for Moyes". BBC Sport. 16 March 2002. Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  5. ^ " David Moyes". Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "League Managers Association". Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Season Review 03/04". Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "Attendance History". Toffeeweb. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  9. ^ "Everton in turmoil". BBC Sport. 21 July 2004. Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  10. ^ Paolo Bandini & agencies (2006-09-01). "Rooney book could be pulped". The Guardian.,,1862946,00.html. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  11. ^ Gammell, Caroline (2008-03-06). "Wayne Rooney settles autobiography libel dispute". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  12. ^ "Moyes wins libel pay-out after Rooney book claim". ESPN. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  13. ^ "English Premier League - Fair Play - 2007/2008". ESPN. Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  14. ^ "Moyes signs new deal at Everton". BBC Sport. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  15. ^
  16. ^ Logan, Gabby (2009-05-19). "BBC Inside Sport Interview". 
  17. ^ "Seaside memorial for Moyes". Coleraine Times. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  18. ^ "Profile: David Moyes". London: The Times. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  19. ^ "Moyes scoops award". 2009-05-26. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 

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David Moyes
File:David Moyes (201551591).jpg
Personal information
Full name David William Moyes
Date of birth 25 April 1963 (1963-04-25) (age 47)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
Cambridge United
Bristol City
Shrewsbury Town
Dunfermline Athletic
Hamilton Academical
Preston North End
Teams managed
Preston North End

David Moyes is a former Scottish football player. He is now the manager of Everton.


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