Stories of the Era
The response from the manager and his players was remarkable, with Everton spending almost the entire 2004-05 campaign in the top four and maintaining that spot at the expense of local neighbours Liverpool to earn a place in the Champions League qualifiers and book a passage into Europe for the first time in a decade.
Moyes had also broken the Club's transfer record that season, parting with £6m to secure the services of James Beattie from Southampton.
But the draw for the Champions League was cruel and Spanish side, Villarreal, won 4-2 on aggregate at the start of the 2005-06 season - thanks not least to a wrongly disallowed Ferguson goal in the second leg in Spain.
A poor start was transformed into a final finishing position of 11th and one of the manager's first tasks in the summer of 2006 was to break the club's transfer record with the £8.6million signing of Crystal Palace and England striker, Andrew Johnson.
The following season - 2006/07 - saw Everton enjoy a positive campaign, with the final home match of the season resulting in a 3-0 victory over Portsmouth that ensured the Toffees would play Uefa Cup football the following term.
A memorable run in th 2007/08 competition saw Everton reach the last 16, whilst also maintaining a splendid league record as well, in a season which Moyes once again broke the Club's record transfer fee by signing Yakubu from Middlesbrough for £11.25m.
The Toffees were battling for fourth place until late-on in the season and had also reached the semi finals of the Carling Cup. They finished the season in fifth place and booked a return to the Uefa Cup.
During the summer of 2008, Moyes broke the record transfer fee for the third time in three years when Marouane Fellaini joined from Standard Liege for £15 million.