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Moyes' Anniversary Pride

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His scorch of red hair may have slowly faded, but the fire in the belly burns brighter than ever.

That is the reassuring message from a proud but typically focused David Moyes on his 10th anniversary as Everton manager.

Sentimentality and nostalgia have never sat well with him.

It is always – next game, next challenge.

But if ever anyone had earned the right to sit back and take stock of their achievements, it is Moyes.

And in a rare moment of reflection, the 48-year-old told evertontv of his pleasure at having led the Club for a decade.

“It means a great deal to me,” he revealed.

“It means I am really privileged to be at a Club that has given me a chance to manage for such a length of time.

“I certainly don’t feel 10 years older than when I first came in. I still feel the same, have the same enthusiasm and the same hunger for success I had when I first came in. I always try to be ambitious and do well.”
- David Moyes

“It is not heard of that often. Obviously people like Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson have done more than 10 years but in my era I think it is rare for anybody to do that length of time at one club – particularly at a Premier League club.

“Sometimes it does feel like 10 years but I have to say it has gone really quickly.

“I certainly don’t feel 10 years older than when I first came in. I still feel the same, have the same enthusiasm and the same hunger for success I had when I first came in. I always try to be ambitious and do well.”

Indeed, it is that ambition that convinced Bill Kenwright to appoint Moyes in the first place and also what he sees as his greatest strength.

Ask anyone who has worked with the Blues boss and invariably it won’t be long until you’re listening to tales of the incredibly high standards he sets himself and those around him.

Those standards will never dip and Moyes insists that his desire to be the best, to strive for excellence is still as strong as ever and always will be as long as he holds the title of Everton manager.

“I think I am driven and that is my strength,” he explains.

David MoyesDavid Moyes is presented at Goodison before his first game against Fulham

“Folk probably think that I am a bit moody and look a bit angry but it is just my mannerisms. I am driven to succeed, I am driven to do well and do the job right. I would hate in any way to not be doing my job to the maximum which for me is taking the training sessions, being at games, doing the job and being totally committed.

“If you don’t do that I don’t believe that in the end you will get success and, maybe that is why I am being interviewed for being here 10 years, is because I have tried to work hard and stay in the job by keeping on top of things.”

 A decade in any job would surely change anyone and you can be sure there are Evertonians out there who will use Moyes’ anniversary as a measuring stick for change in their own life.

But what does the man himself see in the mirror? Is it a different character to the one that greeted Ferguson, Gascoigne, Ginola, Stubbs, Gravesen et al on March 14, 2002?

Moyes added: “I am probably much mellower now and not as mad as I was! I have to say that inside I am probably just as angry at times but I have probably learned to keep a lid on it.

“Sometimes that is not always a good thing. Sometimes the players react better to a good, old-fashioned rollicking.

“I think that in the main a bit of experience tends to make you man-manage a bit better," continues Moyes. "I would always hope to think my style had been alright because as a player I always saw myself as one of the lads, so I hope I have not changed that much.”

Ultimately football managers are judged by the black and white of results. Intangibles are only factored in for so long before judgement is delivered.

And for Moyes the facts speak for themselves. He has achieved seven top-eight finishes in nine full seasons compared to one in the preceding 12.

“I am probably much mellower now and not as mad as I was! Sometimes that is not always a good thing. Sometimes the players react better to a good, old-fashioned rollicking."
- David Moyes

Naturally, he wants more, but it does provide encouragement that he has put the Club back on the right track.

“It is difficult to name all the highs because there have been so many great ones,” Moyes added. “Getting the job was massive, getting the club back into Europe, the year we finished fourth and qualified for the Champions League and getting the club to the FA Cup final.

“There have been big highs, but when you take over a club like Everton I think there are going to be a lot of lows and bad times because we are competing to try and catch the boys above us.

“We have come a long way, at least I hope we have, since I arrived but it was always going to be difficult.

“There have been some highs, I would have liked there to have been more but probably getting Everton into Europe a lot more regularly is something I am quite proud of.”

It is no doubt something the supporters of the Club are also quite proud of.

'He’s got red hair but we don’t care', they sing.

“We have got a great support, a knowledgeable support and an aggressive support,” he continued.

“I have always tried to be as honest and straightforward with Everton supporters as I can, they may not always like it when I am a bit miserable when I tell them the truth but I think in the end people always appreciate that more than being told some cock and bull story.”

And it would probably be fair to say the vast and overwhelming majority would be happy to see their manager remain a Goodison Park figurehead for a second decade.

“I hope I can do that,” Moyes added. “I don’t know if it will be as a manager or as a guest or even as a season ticket holder, I am not quite sure. I hope that God willing and if my health is right then why not?”

 

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