third-longest serving manager in the Premier League after Sir Alex and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. As Sir Alex once said admiringly, “David has had to contend with not having a strong financial structure. He has had to get the best out of the players he has had available and he has done an amazing job.” The average length of service for a Premier League manager is less than four seasons.
David has scooped individual honours on numerous occasions. He was won the League Managers’ Association’s Manager of the Year award – voted for by his fellow football bosses – on three occasions, in 2003, 2005 and 2009. Sir Alex is the only other man to have achieved this hat-trick. In addition, Moyes has been named Premier League Manager of the Month – an accolade directly linked to team results - on 10 occasions. Sir Alex’s record tally of 15 monthly awards is, of course, spread over a longer period of time.
Head to head
Moyes locked horns with Ferguson on 24 occasions and, like most managers who have taken on Sir Alex down the years, lost more often than he won. In fact, the Toffees boss triumphed just three times after 90 minutes (and once at Wembley on penalties in the 2009 FA Cup semi-final). However, he did mastermind one of the greatest comebacks achieved by an away team at Old Trafford in recent years when Everton rallied from 4-2 down with seven minutes remaining to draw 4-4 in April 2012. There was a similar outcome at Goodison Park in September 2010 when Moyes' men, seemingly beaten by United with the score at 3-1 going into injury time, grabbed two last-gasp goals to draw 3-3. This ability to eke out every last drop of effort from his players, until well beyond the 90th minute, should stand him in good stead at a club where dramatic late triumphs are part of the fabric.