West Ham manager David Moyes suggests he wouldn't have lasted long at Everton had he been in charge of Goodison Park side in the modern day

  • David Moyes and West Ham take on his former side Everton on Wednesday
  • Moyes was in charge of the Goodison Park outfit between years of 2002-13
  • Moyes says he could 'easily have 11 years' at West Ham if he has 'good stability'??

David Moyes, by his own admission, would probably not have lasted much beyond two years at Everton had he been in charge in the modern day.

In his second full season, the Scot had secured safety by April but Everton ended the campaign without a win in six games, losing the final four which culminated in a 5-1 hammering by Manchester City.

‘That was probably the only time I thought, “Maybe this is the way it’s going …”’, Moyes recalled ahead of returning to his former club with his new one, West Ham, with both sides desperately in need of a win.

David Moyes takes West Ham to his former side Everton on Wednesday in the Premier League

David Moyes takes West Ham to his former side Everton on Wednesday in the Premier League

‘We had to get rid of that feeling at Everton of being safe was good enough. If I can get good stability and strength at West Ham, then I could easily have 11 years here.

'West Ham has unbelievable potential to be up there.'?

Both sets of supporters would already take safety come the end of the season: Everton in turmoil after hundreds of misspent millions, a manager sacking and form continuing to plummet; Moyes would’ve proved he had steadied West Ham at the end of his short-term contract to provide the foundations for building something longer-term.

Moyes accepts that the game has changed, that managers last around 16 months now (he is in his fourth job in four years since leaving Everton), but believes that a bit of perseverance from owners would be rewarded.

Scottish manager Moyes was in charge of Everton between the years of 2002-13

Scottish manager Moyes was in charge of Everton between the years of 2002-13

He survived that scare at Everton and went on to another nine years on Merseyside, forging a reputation that eventually earned him the one of the most coveted jobs in football, at Manchester United. He remembers a different football world where he was afforded patience by Everton chairman Bill Kenright from the beginning.

‘Bill said to me you’ve £5million a year to spend when I took the job,’ Moyes said. ‘I asked Bill for a couple of things in exchange for that; that I can prepare my players any way I like and he wouldn’t sell any of my players, and he agreed with it. We shook hands and I got on with it. That’s how it started.

‘One of the biggest strengths at Everton was the academy and bringing their young boys through. It was always better if it was in one building. And Everton have had a lot of good young players coming through, not necessarily because of that, but overall I got the time to do that and make changes and to be fair in our period we had a Champions League finish and Europa League finishes, so over the period we built it up.

'If I was looking back at the early days at Everton where we did that was trying to bring in the right players not just for the short-term but for the long-term as well.’?

Moyes claims he 'could easily have 11 years' at West Ham if he 'can get good stability'?

Moyes claims he 'could easily have 11 years' at West Ham if he 'can get good stability'?

The questions for Moyes back then tended to be more about what he was going to do with the last £500,000 he had left than the big-name player he would bring in, and he is returning to that philosophy once again, even though money will be available in January to strengthen if required.

‘I feel that the big thing for me to do is work with the players at West Ham. Not bother too much about who’s not at the club, really think about the players who’re here and really mould them into a team which can get enough results to make sure we move up the league.’ The approach has other benefits, too.?

‘In my last year we were desperate for a striker,’ Moyes remembered. ‘Everton were a striker short of being top four. You were still needing somewhere like £10 or £15m to get a top striker. We had a million left. Tony Henry, who’s here [at West Ham], was involved in it, probably more so than anybody.?He says: “There’s a boy at Barnsley who’s not bad.”?

'And it was John Stones. I wasn’t getting the centre forward but we went and bought John Stones from Barnsley. So sometimes it focuses you differently rather than always thinking who’s the big one we have to get.’?

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