My 10 years at Everton, by David Moyes: Sportsmail celebrates a decade at Goodison
23:48 GMT, 9 March 2012
David Moyes became Everton manager on March 14, 2002.
Aged 38, with just four years' management experience at Preston, he was asked to save Everton from relegation and restore the club to former glories. From Wrexham to Wembley, whether with first team or reserves, Moyes has been dedicated to his task.
Now recognised as one of the best managers of his generation, he talks Sportsmail's Simon Jones through his 10 years at Goodison Park.
Come in No 10: David Moyes is set to celebrate a decade as Everton manager
My 10 biggest influences
In this game you're on your own. You either sink or swim. You can't ring up another manager and say, 'Who do you think I should pick this week' But you take the good and bad from people as you go along.
David Moyes Snr
I always wanted to be a player but my dad was a coach of Drumchapel Amateurs Under 16s, the club Fergie used to play for, and it made me appreciate the effort that goes into running a team. My mum used to wash their kit.
Andy is a great ideas man, ahead of his time, who helped an awful lot of coaches such as Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas develop on the courses at Largs in Scotland. That's why he's been at UEFA for 18 years.
He was my manager at Dunfermline. Good coach, very passionate. I admired how much he wanted to win.
My first boss at Celtic. An inspirational figure, a European Cup winner and a centre half. He instilled belief in me and trusted the younger players in the team. My career at Celtic wasn't the same once he left.
He'd throw tea, put his Cambridge players under cold showers, and was far from everyone's favourite but John was an innovator. He was examining diet, preparation and fitness long before others. He was dogmatic but had a level of success.
Fresh faced: The moment Moyes was unveiled as Everton manager
Walter has an aura about him. I've always admired him as a man and for what he has achieved. The night I was offered his job at Everton I went to speak to him, to get his blessing I suppose, and he was nothing but glowing about the club.
Terry was my manager at Bristol City. He was a legend as a player and was still one of the best on the training pitch. Great guy to work for. Made players feel really comfortable, instilled trust in you and made training enjoyable.
I liked the way England played when he brought in the Christmas tree formation and admired him for being one of the first British coaches to achieve success abroad.
Sir Alex Ferguson
You have to say how he has controlled United for so long is incredible. I think when I went to speak to him about becoming his assistant years ago he thought me a little too intense, but I remember sitting on the bench at Celtic and watching him at Aberdeen with his veins bulging out of his neck.
He's calmer. I don't think of him as an old man as he still wants to win so badly but he has great humility, he always comes in for a drink and chat after the game.
Bryan Gray at Preston gave me a chance even though Joe Royle and Ian Rush were being linked with the job. He taught me an awful lot about structuring the job and encouraged me to invest in young players.
Bill Kenwright has taught me how to deal with people. In 10 years he has not questioned the team once or said, 'That was bad today'. That support has been a massive factor in me being here so long.
Big influence: David Moyes Snr (left) is himself an honourable figure in the game
10 of my most significant matches
EVERTON 2- 1 FULHAM
March 16, 2002, Premier League
When I used the phrase 'the People's Club', it was not premeditated. As it became known I was taking the job, I'd been amazed by the amount of phone calls from people saying they were Everton fans and, as my brother Kenny and I drove through the streets into Liverpool, I was taken by how many people had Everton shirts on. It struck a chord, I felt this was the club of choice for people in Liverpool.
I remember the nervousness leading up to my first game. I felt as if matchsticks were holding my eyes open as I'd hardly slept. I'd been scouting Nathan Ellington at Bristol Rovers for Preston when Bill Kenwright called and asked to see me in London. It was a 500-mile round trip.
I was presented as Everton manager late on the Thursday and then the game was Saturday. David Unsworth scored after 27 seconds, Duncan Ferguson got the second on 13 minutes and then Tommy Gravesen got sent off before we'd had half an hour. It was some baptism, but we won.
I was only young, 38. It was difficult coming into that dressing room but it was important I didn't try to be anyone else. I needed those players to see my belief and desire. I went home exhausted and lay down on the couch. There was a wave of relief – but then it hit me I had another game to think about.
NEWCASTLE UTD 6-2 EVERTON
March 29, 2002, Premier League
It was my third game in charge. We'd beaten Derby County away 4-3 the week before in another nail-biter. After six minutes at Newcastle, we go 1-0 up, Duncan again, but then gave away some sloppy goals. It was 2-2 at half-time but we were too open and they ran away with it 6-2.
In the press conference, Bobby Robson said: 'And it's welcome to the Premier League for David Moyes'. I was raging. I thought it was a low blow.
It stayed with me for a year or two and I was desperate to beat him until I realised what he meant by it. He was stating facts. It wasn't a dig. He was talking from experience. It is not easy in the Premier League and you have to work and fight for everything. I came to thank him for it in the end.
LEEDS UTD 0-1 EVERTON
November 3, 2002, Premier League
People talk about Wayne Rooney's winning goal against Arsenal at Goodison weeks earlier but this was when we got a true glimpse of what everyone expected him to become.
Remember the name: Wayne Rooney (centre) strikes against Leeds in 2002
We hadn't beaten Leeds in the league at Elland Road for 51 years. There were 4,000 Everton fans packed in behind the goal. They'd heard about this potential young superstar playing for their team and wanted to see him. He didn't disappoint.
That day marked the emergence of a boy who could beat teams and score great goals on the world stage. He scored the winner. There is a photograph of Wayne celebrating with the fans. I got him to sign it, and it's still on the wall in my home. It was a pivotal moment for Wayne, myself and Everton.
ARSENAL 7-0 EVERTON
May 11, 2005, Premier League
We'd clinched Champions League qualification by beating Newcastle and I decided to take the boys out on the Sunday to celebrate. I knew we were playing Arsenal on the Wednesday but we were the first side outside of the 'Big Four' to qualify for the Champions League and I felt the players deserved it.
I was thinking differently halfway through the game, though. I had to take responsibility for the performance. I said afterwards I was embarrassed and I regret the way we lost, for the fans if nothing else. It brought home how you always have to be professional.
VILLARREAL 2-1 EVERTON
August 24, 2005, Champions League qualifier (lost 4-2 on agg)
Heartache: Joseph Yobo in Villarreal
I knew we were in for a tough game when in the canteen at Bellefield watching the draw I saw Mikel Arteta with his head in his hands. Villarreal were a strong, developing side. We'd lost the first leg 2-1 and went 1-0 down at their place but Arteta equalised with a free-kick and Duncan Ferguson scored a legitimate equaliser only for Pierluigi Collina, in his last ever game, to disallow it.
The sense of injustice was incredible and Diego Forlan then scored in the last minute. I don't think we recovered from that.
Going into the group stages would have transformed Everton in terms of budget and attracting players. The frustration over that one decision was still there as we lost 5-1 to Dinamo Bucharest in the UEFA Cup. We were bottom for part of the season and we did well to finish 11th.
EVERTON 3-0 LIVERPOOL
September 9, 2006, Premier League
It's hard to beat Liverpool as they've always had the spending power to recruit. I think we've only finished above them once since 1987 and that was when we qualified for the Champions League in 2005. We need to do it more often. Andy Johnson was fantastic that day, scoring twice. We were shaping a new team and it was a big result.
EVERTON 2-0 FIORENTINA
March 12, 2008, UEFA Cup (agg 2-2, lost on pens)
Fiorentina were a very good side soon to be playing Champions League, their coach Cesare Prandelli is now Italy's manager and we'd lost 2-0 away.
People tell me the night Everton beat Bayern Munich in the Cup-Winners' Cup in 1985 was a fantastic atmosphere but Goodison was absolutely rocking this night. We absolutely pummelled them but could only score twice. Phil Jagielka had his penalty saved and they went through to the quarter-finals.
We needed the European experience to develop and brought in players such as Steven Pienaar to adapt our style. The history of Everton, in my mind, demands those European nights every season.
MANCHESTER UTD 0-0 EVERTON
April 19, 2009, FA Cup semi-final (won 4-2 on pens)
A taste of where we want to be on a regular basis. We need a trophy to give this club something to shout about again. We'd done well to reach the semi-final, beating Liverpool with Dan Gosling's goal in extra time and then Middlesbrough.
The fans seemed to have taken over Wembley. Sir Alex Ferguson picked a young side without Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo and they had a clear penalty turned down for a foul on Danny Welbeck.
Spot on: Everton's players celebrate their FA Cup semi-final penalty shoot-out victory over Manchester United at Wembley in April 2009
It was like something out of a Roy of the Rovers script as it went to penalties. Tim Howard saved a couple and then Jagielka scored the winner.
Sir Alex was very gracious in defeat, which stuck with me. Although the final against Chelsea was disappointing it whetted our appetite for more.
EVERTON 3-1 MANCHESTER UTD
February 20, 2010, Premier League
We don't beat the big teams enough but this was an important step for us. We'd gone a goal down and Sir Alex and I had a bit of a ding dong on the touchline, which lifted the crowd. It was the game where people began to take notice of Jack Rodwell. The development of young players is necessary here as we have a small squad and we give them a chance.
EVERTON 1-0 MANCHESTER CITY
January 31, 2012, Premier League
We hadn't been playing well and City were focusing on the league after going out of the Carling Cup. Due to injuries I had to play Tony Hibbert at centre half but I sensed the players were up for it.
We don't often do business in January but signing Darron Gibson from Manchester United for 500,000 represented great business. I'd brought Landon Donovan over on loan and we were trying to buy Nikica Jelavic from Rangers. I didn't know the deal was done until I was in the dressing room at half-time and heard the roar. I knew then we'd signed him and they'd introduced him to the crowd.
We went out, Gibson scored the winner and then I was on the phone to Harry Redknapp at 10.50pm to sign Steven Pienaar back from Tottenham. It could yet prove a very significant day.
10 best Premier League players during my time at Everton
THIERRY HENRY: I saw him at the Emirates in December before he rejoined Arsenal and said to him if you fancy a game I can fit you in! It was like watching an Olympic sprinter in action. Great balance and a razor-like instinct for finishing.
What a player: Thierry Henry in action for Arsenal against Everton in 2006
ALAN SHEARER: The best No 9 in all my time. A real centre forward. He scored all types of goals including some brilliant ones against us. Could mix it up and take it too.
DENNIS BERGKAMP: Had a calmness about him which seemed to make normal play go into slow motion.
ROY KEANE: Fantastic will to win and brought a tremendous determination to his team. I tried to sign him when he left United but he wanted to go to Celtic.
STEVEN GERRARD: I played against him in a reserves game at Preston and I always remember this tall young boy who always wanted the ball. He epitomises what a British midfielder should be.
GIANFRANCO ZOLA: Had a magical aura about him almost as if you were anticipating his next trick. Took to English football and in turn everyone took to him.
PAUL SCHOLES: Was – and is – a remarkable footballer. Incredible vision, great short and long-passing game and always a goalscoring threat.
PATRICK VIEIRA: At 6ft 4in he cut an uncompromising figure even in the tunnel he was imposing. Had such soft feet that his passing was excellent.
CESC FABREGAS: Bright, intelligent player. Made league debut against us as a teenager and matured very quickly. No surprise he has fitted in easily back at Barcelona.
Missed out: Moyes tried to sign Roy Keane (right) when he left Old Trafford
RYAN GIGGS: Incredible professional. Has looked after himself and still has a clear desire to win.
NB: If I could pick another and not hide my bias it would be WAYNE ROONEY. He was very shy but had an enthusiasm on the training pitch that was akin to how any boy is playing football with his pals in the park. He scored a goal in training once where he chipped the keeper from such an incredible angle that it was met by silence. All the coaches just looked at each other as if to say, 'Did that really happen' A phenomenal talent.
10 best signings (picked by Sportsmail)
Signed September 2003 for 250,000 from Leeds United
Signed July 2004 for 2million from Millwall
Wise buy: Midfielder Mikel Arteta
Signed January 2005 on loan, then 2.8m from Real Sociedad
Signed August 2005 for 3.6m from Manchester United
Signed May 2006 on loan, then 3m from Manchester United
Signed June 2006 for 2.5m, rising to 5m from Wolves
Signed July 2007 for 4m from Sheffield United
Signed July 2007 on loan, then 2m from Borussia Dortmund
Signed August 2007 for 5m from Wigan Athletic
Signed August 2008 for 13m from Standard Liege
10 things you didn't know
DESERT CRY, a horse that Moyes co-owns with long-time friend Neil Watt, former director of football at Clyde, is set to run at Cheltenham next week. Trained by Donald McCain.
MOYES almost played for Northern Ireland. 'I was so determined to progress and get a cap that I rang the Northern Ireland manager Bryan Hamilton to tell him my mum was from Portrush,' he says. 'Sadly they already had some good centre halves.'
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY, Southampton and Leicester all approached Moyes to become their manager before Everton. He also had an interview with Sir Alex Ferguson about becoming his assistant at Manchester United.
GOLF is Moyes' favourite other sport and he likes to play at the Kingsbarns course, near St Andrews. Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke are among his favourite players.
Cheltenham-bound: Moyes co-owns Desert Cry (second right) with Neil Watt
DAVID MOYES Snr, Moyes' father, was presented with an MBE for services to sport after years of working as a scout and with football clubs such as Drumchapel Amateurs.
KENNY MOYES, David's brother, is the agent of Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam. Moyes wanted to sign Adam from Blackpool but he opted for Anfield.
RAB C NESBITT is Moyes' favourite TV show and he is a fan of Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges, who was on the bill at Sir Alex Ferguson's 25th anniversary dinner.
BENFICA's Stadium of Light is Moyes' favourite stadium (apart from Goodison Park).
COACH Jimmy Lumsden and physio Mick Rathbone are the unsung heroes of Moyes' time at Everton and Preston.
'Jimmy was a coach at Celtic and I always said he would have made me a better player but for the time he spent in the sauna with Billy McNeill trying to keep his job! He's been everywhere with me. Mick, or Basil, was one of the funniest guys you could work with.
IT is tradition under Moyes for players to start their Everton careers with a karaoke song. Phil Neville gave one of the worst performances. His rendition of The Beatles' Hey Jude prompted a pelting with roast potatoes from his team-mates.