David Moyes on Everton. Everton was the right job.
I remember there was an old Scottish guy; he said to me: “There’s only one club for your son, and it’s Everton.” And I nodded my head and went away and didn’t think much of it but it stuck with me, and it proved to be right.
There was a director at Blackpool Football Club, and because I used to go and watch so much football, I used to go to the games, and I’d come to Blackpool quite regular to see them playing.
I did have other offers before I choose Everton. I’d met Southampton, I’d met Nottingham Forest but to name those, there were others as well at the time which were interesting.
I had met Sheffield Wednesday, and I thought: “Should I or shouldn’t I?” And I remember I went to phone Sir Alex up and I said: “Could I see him?” And he says: “Yeah.” And actually it was the new Carrington at the time, so I went to his office in Carrington – which ultimately became my office in years to come – and then I sat there and spoke to him about Sheffield Wednesday, and Sir Alex was so knowledgeable.
He went through all the squad, all the players, went through them all and said to me: “No, David, I don’t think it’s that good a job.” I went: “Fine.” That was that I went away back to Preston.
I don’t think anyone can quite understand and if you’re a young coach the difference in the change, to suddenly try to prepare for a Premier League game to where I had been in working with the players, and I had been a player at Preston, I had been a coach, I had been assistant manager, I’d been manager. And now I was going somewhere new and I found that in the first day I was walking into a dressing room which had Paul Gascoigne, David Ginola, Duncan Ferguson, Thomas Gravesen and it was full of international players and I don’t think all the coaching badges you do and all the practice gets you ready and prepared for that moment really and I think that’s a different part of being a coach and a manager that you know, how you deal with it, how you handle it, how you gain respect. I think you have to earn respect.
David Moyes on Everton. I don’t think you can be given it. I think you have to earn it.
I think the way you earn it is by coaching, by showing you’ve got a good knowledge of what you’re talking about, you can put practices on with the players that belief is correct, are good. It can’t all be jolly, but it has to be towards the game, and I think that’s what I was always working towards in a way, but I think. Also, you have to be; you have to show that you’re the boss when it comes to.
There were great players in the dressing room, but I had made my mind up that I didn’t necessarily want players at the end of their career, or coming maybe for the last year or two for good money, for top money with no resale value and no longevity.
My plan was to get young, exciting, hungry players and I knew I couldn’t do it overnight, but the knowledge I’d brought from the Championship meant that I knew that there were three or four players in that league I thought were hungry and could step up.
Bringing Tim Cahill to the club set a different type of standard because I believe that he came with hunger, determination, a toughness. Also an ego. It was myself and the chairman Bill Kenwright.
I said to him: “I’d like you to come to see Millwall in Birmingham.” It was in the playoff games in the Championship, and you have to remember Millwall had a really good team, but Tim Cahill was the one I wanted to go and see, and when we went, I remember we drove in Bill’s old Jag, and the car was getting battered on the way into Millwall with a baton, and I’m thinking: “What have I done here?”.
We invited Tim later to come and speak to us. Bill thought he was a great character which I didn’t know and it’s something which for managers, it’s very difficult to find out about players characters. You try to – you try to meet them, you try to find out about them, but I’ve got to say we signed a brilliant character. My first year, we do well at David Moyes on Everton.
The second-year we didn’t, the third year better, fourth-year – not so good. That’s the process it takes, and I nearly feel I hope this interview goes out to some of the owners and I hope a lot of the owners are watching because I would say it took time to change what was there.
Time to change contracts round, time to move people on, time for people naturally to maybe grow a little bit older and have to change club and for also the time to get the players in because you can’t bring them in all at the time.
David Moyes on Everton. So, I think the coaches, we all understand that. The problem is getting the owners to understand that or the CEOs to understand that but what I will say, if you look at our success David Moyes on Everton, we were finishing in the top seven, eight, six, five, and eventually four over a long period of time and I think that came from a stability at the club, getting to know how the club works and getting to know the theme of the club and I think to change football clubs round is not something you can do very quickly.
It takes a long time to do that, but I hope that we kept a lot of the real values at Everton. What the supporters wanted, what they needed but we were also trying to take it into modern culture, modern players, modern style and if you look at their success, David Moyes on Everton it was remarkable what we achieved in the time with what we had.
We were always pushing and actually my last two years at Everton saw us finish above Liverpool in the league which at that time, when you look back now, at where it is, you would say it is a remarkable achievement to finish, and Everton really hadn’t had a great history of finishing above Liverpool in the league – maybe only once or twice in the last 20 years, so for us to do it twice before I left was a really big achievement.
We were improving – we had a very very good team. For coaches getting to the first point, say two years and football now.
I hear a lot about if you have a good style, good philosophy – I’d say no. If you can win, if you have a good winning record you’ll get two years, if you can actually keep that up, you might get five years, and I hope that some get to ten years.
I think we see less and less of it in football and I I hope it’s not because my time 11 years David Moyes on Everton certainly was one of the longest.
If you look back at British football, you look at the real dynasties in football. So you look at Nottingham Forest, Brian Clough; Sir Bobby Robson at Ipswich; Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, the length of the period he was there.
So I actually think those clubs in the main have all had a high level of success through their time. But I have to say. Unfortunately, we’re in a completely different era, a modern era where actually changing your manager quite regular is in fashion and I think if you are a coach coming into the world today, I think you have to come in with, not a long-term vision – a short-term view and then a mid-to-short term view of what you can do to win games, get results, get people believing that you are the right man for the job. David Moyes on Everton
I do believe you should have a philosophy in how you play, how you get those results. The way your club runs, I think you should have an influence on it if you can.
You’ve got to hope that you have good owners and good directors who are going to allow you to do that.