Just a day after officially announcing the
dismissal of Walter Smith, Everton have named David Moyes as the
new manager at Goodison Park after ironing out the last remaining
issue of compensation for Preston North End.
Having agreed personal terms with the Blues yesterday evening,
the 38 year-old former Celtic defender was unveiled at a press conference
this evening. He becomes the 7th man to take the hotseat at Goodison
since Everton last won the championship 15 years ago.
Everton are believed to have paid Preston in the region of £1m
compensation for the loss of Moyes, who leaves Deepdale with the
Lancashire club very much in cotention for a second successive play-off
berth in the Nationwide League First Division.
In his time with Preston, Moyes has led Preston from the depths
of the Third Division to the brink of the Premiership but was denied
a fairytale promotion to the top flight when his side lost the play-off
final to Bolton Wanderers a year ago. However, his record at Deepdale
has made him one of the most sought-after managers in the domestic
game; Moyes has turned down opportunities to manager Southampton
and West Ham as well as the assistant manager's job at Manchester
United in the past.
Everton will be hoping to leave the conservative tendency of Smith's
management behind, putting their faith in the raw talent and enthusiasm
of a "tracksuit manager" who can energise the players
and employ his brand of enterprising football at Goodison. A genuine
student of the game, Moyes has earned his official UEFA coaching
badge and offers a breath of fresh air from the old guard represented
by Smith, Royle, Kendall and Walker over the past decade.
And the new boss' first words as Everton manager will have Blues
fans drooling in anticipation: "I want to win and I am sure
the supporters want to win,"he told the Official
Site. "I am not really interested in pressure. If pressure
is losing then I dont feel good when I lose.
I want the players to know what it is like to win again and
I want the supporters to know what it is like to win. We will try
and play a brand of football that the people will enjoy, but when
it comes down to it winning is the thing I want to do.
"At Preston North End I was allowed to manage with no interference
whatsoever, which was important to me. I have been guaranteed that
will be the situation here as well and I felt that the opportunity
to manage Everton was far greater that the other opportunities that
have come around.
"Everton has been the best opportunity I have had, and I am
going to try and grab it with both hands."
Moyes is under no illusions about the size of the task, but appears
unphased by the challenge: "It is a massive job and I dont
think anybody who took over this job would say any different. It
is a difficult situation and we are going to everything we can to
stay in the Premiership and then we are going to build on that.
"It wont happen overnight, there is going to be a lot
of change but I think the Everton supporters deserve a good side.
But the most important thing is that we start winning games quickly.
It will make everyone feel good about themselves and put behind
the disappointment of last Sunday behind them.
Although Moyes knows he won't have millions to spend, chairman
Sir Philip Carter suggested that funds would be made available to
the new manager: "We have funds available, but they are not
unlimited obviously as nobody would expect them to be. I am sure
David, having already spoken to him, will be anxious to examine
the existing squad first before dashing out in the transfer market."
Majority shareholder, Bill Kenwright, will be relieved at the opportunity
to provide the long-suffering Blues fans some real hope for the
future, having had to let go a respected friend in Walter Smith.
Speaking of Moyes' appointment he said: "Hes got great
credentials, hes done a fantastic job at Preston and the appeal
of a young tracksuit manager was immense. Within five or ten minutes
of meeting him there was an energy and a positivity and a desire
to accomplish that was instant.
"Life is all about making choices and if [bringing in a manager
with only lower-division experience behind him] is a risk then its
a risk that the Board felt was worth taking and there are very few
Evertonians, myself included, who will not think it a very good
if a gamble at all."
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by Lyndon Lloyd
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