David Moyes officially took charge of Manchester United this morning (Monday 1 July), beginning one of the most anticipated managerial reigns in modern football following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson.
To help achieve success, the Scot has brought with him a crack team of coaches from his former club Everton, where they all worked closely at various points of his 11-year tenure at Goodison Park. Here, we profile his three trusted allies who will fulfil separate roles at the Aon Training Complex...
Name: Steve Round
Role: Assistant manager
Player history: A full-back of great promise, Round’s ambitions for on-pitch success were cruelly extinguished by injury at just 25, forcing him to retire after only nine appearances for Derby County.
Coaching career: After hanging up his boots, Steve became a Rams coach under Steve McClaren, who he later worked with for both Middlesbrough and England. A first-team coach position at Newcastle followed in 2007, before replacing Alan Irvine as Everton’s assistant manager a year later.
Name: Jimmy Lumsden
Player history: Lumsden began his career at Leeds, playing only a handful of matches, before representing Southend, Greenock Morton, St Mirren and Clydebank.
Coaching career: The Glaswegian famously discovered Moyes as a young player at Celtic and, ironically, linked up with him when the younger Scot took charge at Preston North End. Both men then moved to Everton in 2002, where their partnership blossomed in the top-flight.
Quote: “I wouldn’t say it’s friendship all the time. We’re close, but I’ve got to be truthful and say part of the reason I think [he likes working with me] is because we don’t agree a lot of the time.” – Lumsden on Moyes.
Name: Chris Woods
Role: Goalkeeping coach
Player history: A former Rangers star, Woods also played for Nottingham Forest, QPR, Norwich City, Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton.