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Moyes 'Gobsmacked' By Reception

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

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David Moyes admitted he was 'gobsmacked' by the reception he received at Goodison Park.

The manager is leaving for Manchester United in the summer and the 2-0 win over West Ham marked his final outing in the home dugout at Goodison.

He received a terrific reception when he took his seat before the match and supporters sang his name periodically throughout the impressive triumph over the Londoners.

But after the match he re-emerged to a guard of honour from his players  and received universal acclaim from all four sides of Goodison.
 
Moyes said: "It's been really emotional from the moment I arrived today. All the stewards were clapping me - I didn't know what to do.

"I'm really fortunate that I had a reception like that today. I'm gobsmacked, very thankful and very humbled by what the people at Everton have shown me today."

The boss insisted his pleasure at the response he received was augmented by the way supporters backed an excellent footballing display.

He continued: "What I'll miss most about this Club is what you saw in the middle of the second half. The fans weren't cheering me, they were cheering their football club and standing up for it.

"I thought that was the toughest part of today for me, because the crowd showed how big Everton are and how much it means to them. That was a difficult time and I thought they were great. The team were terrific at that point in the game and I think the fans made it easy for them to go on and win."

Moyes also paid tribute to Bill Kenwright, the Everton chairman having shown notable foresight in appointing the Scot in 2002.
 
Moyes continued: "I came here 11 years ago and it was emotional, walking out on the pitch. A lot of people didn't know who I was then. The chairman took a big gamble at that time by giving a young British manager an opportunity to work. He needs a lot of credit for that."

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