Moyes admits shock after being picked by Ferguson for Man Utd job
Having refused to ink a new contract with Everton, the Merseyside boss would have become a free agent this summer. Top notch English clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have been linked with David Moyes in recent months.
Arsenal and Chelsea were strong competitors for David Moyes’ signature, but the 50-year-old Scotsman admits he was shocked to be contacted by Manchester United to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
Sir Alex Ferguson, who led Manchester United to unparalleled greatness in his 26 years at the club, handpicked David Moyes for the job. David Moyes, who will lead Everton in the remaining two games against West Ham United and Chelsea before his departure, refused to talk about his new Manchester United job in detail in his press conference on Friday.
“It's a strange thing,” said David Moyes, whilst admitting he was shocked to hear the news. “I don't think anybody ever thought that the day would come when Alex Ferguson retired. I think we all thought he was superhuman.
“I said last week in a press conference that he was a great example to everybody in their 70s, in terms of how you work. Life's changing. We're all living longer; we're all working longer; eating healthier; doing all the things you would hope would give you a much longer life.
“And I didn't know anything, just the same as you people. He will be sorely missed. He will be sorely missed by a lot of the managers in football, because he would always speak to them; he always had a quiet word for anybody who was out of work or going into a job.
“I know how much he's respected and I'm sure you do. The respect for him is beyond any words.”
David Moyes, who just like Sir Alex Ferguson was bred up in Glasgow before pursuing a career in football, admits he always looked up at the legend for inspiration from a young age. David Moyes also confessed that Sir Alex Ferguson has always been an admirable figure for him.
“We're probably from slightly different eras as age groups go,” David Moyes continued. “But I grew up looking at Jock Stein, Sir Alex Ferguson. They were the managers I looked at when I was in Scotland growing up.
“He's always been someone I admired. And as the years have gone by, he's someone I started to compete against, which was big enough and daunting enough. Everybody's got great admiration for him, and any words I say wouldn't do him justice because of what the man's done.”