West Ham United manager David Moyes has revealed that he almost signed for Everton before making his return to the Irons in 2019 in a recent interview.
In 2019, Moyes said that he was ‘in Germany’ with former Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri ‘to take the Everton job’, when he received a phone call from David Sullivan, who offered him the opportunity to return to the London Stadium.
He had left West Ham in the previous year upon the expiration of his contract. Moyes re-signed for the Hammers in December of 2019 – he has occupied the manager’s position ever since.
He also managed Everton for a considerable period of time – he initially signed the dotted line at Goodison Park back in 2002, before leaving the club to join Manchester United in 2013.
What did David Moyes say regarding his near-return to Everton?
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Moyes said: I think David Sullivan and the board though, ‘We need to go back to David Moyes because of the work that he’s done’.
“When I was getting offered the West Ham job I had been in Germany with Farhad Moshiri to take the Everton job. It was absolutely done until in the meeting my telephone had run, it was David Sullivan. Carlo Ancelotti got sacked that night and they changed track and took Ancelotti. I was due to sign the papers.”
Has Moyes been a success during his second West Ham United stint?
Had we asked this question a few months ago, the answer would have been firm – no. However, following an upturn in form and a major European trophy to boot, Moyes is now looked upon much more fondly at the London Stadium.
He has handled the most recent transfer window incredibly well, considering the circumstances. Not only did he immediately seek out a replacement for Declan Rice in the form of Edson Alvarez, he also added other quality players to the team, such as Mohammed Kudus, James Ward-Prowse and Konstantinos Mavropanos.
While he arguably isn’t the best manager to take advantage of West Ham’s wealth of attacking talent, he is nonetheless doing a stellar job, as the Irons sit in 6th place in the Premier League table.