The David Moyes Era
A look back over Moyes' 11 year association with Everton.
David Moyes' tenure as Goodison Park boss will end at the end of this season after a hugely memorable 11 year association with Everton.
Appointed as manager in the Spring of 2002 following the departure of Walter Smith, the former Preston North End chief oversaw a decade of progression on the blue half of Merseyside.
Moyes' record as Goodison chief has won universal respect, delivering 9 top 10 finishes from 11 full seasons with the Blues - a figure that compares favourably with just one top 10 finish in the first nine seasons of the Premier League – although silverware has eluded him during his time on Merseyside.
European qualification was achieved four times in five seasons between 2004 and 2009, with the highlight of the Club's European adventures coming in 2008 with a memorable march to the last 16 before a penalty shoot-out exit to Fiorentina on a night of high drama at Goodison.
The 50-year-old Scot will bid farewell having managed 518 matches for the Club in an 11 year spell built on an enduring and formidable partnership with Chairman Bill Kenwright.
Indeed, only Harry Catterick and Howard Kendall have managed more Everton games in the Club's rich history.
Regarded as one of the most promising young managers in the country when he arrived at Goodison from Deepdale, he justified that assessment by nurturing the development of a squad based on a compelling balance of quality and guile.
Moyes' primary aim when he took the helm was to guide the Club away from the relegation zone in the final 12 matches of the 2001/02 season. Having achieved that aim, he set about nurturing a more youthful squad. His keen eye for a player - as well as an eagerness to offer opportunities to homegrown talent - has seen the emergence in the last decade of such notable names as Wayne Rooney, Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Leon Osman, Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar. His record in spotting untapped potential in players such as Seamus Coleman is equally impressive.
But whilst unearthing gems has been a notable highlight of the Moyes era, he has also taken the opportunity to break the Club's transfer record on four occasions with the acquisitions of James Beattie, Andy Johnson, Yakubu and Marouane Fellaini.
His ability to blend youth, emerging talent and notable acquisitions has seen the Blues forge a reputation as one of the toughest teams to beat in the top flight, illustrated by a current campaign in which only Manchester City and Manchester United have tasted defeat on fewer occasions.
Three Wembley appearances in the last four years - including the drama of an FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United in 2009 followed by a narrow 2-1 defeat in the final to Chelsea - have also underlined Everton's credentials as one of the top teams in the English game.
In 11 years at Goodison, the Scot has amassed a haul of 10 Premier League Manager of the Month awards and three LMA Manager of the Year trophies in recognition of his consistently impressive guidance of the Blues.
But it is the dressing room brimming with exceptional talent and a squad that has proved repeatedly in recent seasons it is capable of standing toe-to-toe with the top sides in the land that is Moyes’ ultimate legacy. A legacy that the next incumbent to the Finch Farm manager's office will grasp with grateful hands.
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