Preston North End and Everton fans enjoyed some great times under the management of David Moyes.
Neither were surprised when he was chosen as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor but unfortunately, things didn’t work out for him. It was an impossible job, and almost a poisoned chalice to follow the great work of the previous 25 years at Manchester United.
Spells at Real Sociedad and Sunderland were even less productive, and it looked as if David Moyes’ career was on the slide. His solo year in charge of Sunderland resulted in relegation from the Premier League with a poor points total of just 24 points.
Fast forward four years, and Moyes has led West Ham United to a 6th place finish with their highest ever Premier League points total. The 65 points this season is enough to see them play in the Europa League next season. It will be the Scotsman’s first taste of Europe since guiding Manchester United to the Champions League quarter-finals in 2014.
For Preston fans, it’s great to see Moyes enjoying success again. Now considered as one of the managers of the season, he has done an incredible job with The Hammers. His recruitment has been spot on with players like Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek, Jarrod Bowen and the renaissance of Jesse Lingard standing out.
Moyes led Preston to promotion from Division Two in 2000, romping to the league title. The next season gave fans even more great memories and allowed them to dream of Premier League football. Unfortunately the euphoria of a penalty shoot-out win over Birmingham City was followed by a defeat to Bolton Wanderers in the play-offs. Moyes brought through and developed great players like Jon Macken, Sean Gregan, Michael Jackson and Graham Alexander to name just a few. It was certainly one of the most successful and enjoyable times of the club’s recent history.
It was sad to see him go to Everton, but it was an opportunity he deserved. He led The Toffees to their best Premier League position, when they finished 4th in 2005. He was just 38 when he joined Everton, but now only Arsene Wenger, Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp have managed more games than him in the Premier League.
He’s always been one of the good guys, and during the pandemic when football was halted, Moyes turned his hand to helping deliver fruit and vegetables for the local grocer.
Here’s hoping he can go onto even more success over the next few years and who knows he may want to finish what he started at Deepdale one day too.