- Birthplace: Blythswood, Glasgow
- Previous Clubs: Preston North End, Everton
- Honours: Second Division: 2000; Community Shield: 2013
2013/14 English Premier League Record
After 11 years at Everton, David Moyes stepped into the biggest shoes in football management on July 1, 2013 as he succeeded the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson as boss of Manchester United.
David Moyes poses at Old Trafford after being unveiled as Manchester United manager.
Viewed as one of the best managers in the country, Moyes has won the Manager of the Year award three times, a recognition of the consistency he brought to Everton without swathes of money to spend on players.
He had earmarked a career in coaching at an early age, being only 22-years-old when he took his first coaching badge. The Scot's playing career saw him start out with Celtic -- he played in Europe and won a championship medal -- before moving on to Cambridge United, Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town, Dunfermline Athletic and Hamilton Academical.
He would eventually land at Preston North End, the place where his managerial qualities initially came to the fore. Moyes took over from Gary Peters at Deepdale in 1998, at the age of 34, after being a member of the coaching staff. He managed to stave off the threat of relegation to the Third Division and then changed the playing style of the club from long-ball to a neat passing game.
From then on Preston would be on the up and, in his first full season, reached the play-offs before losing out to Gillingham. Moyes' achievements at the club won plaudits from all quarters and, in 2000, Preston would reach the First Division, promoted as champions, a level they had not played at in almost two decades. Just 12 months later they would lose to Bolton Wanderers in the play-offs - a whisker away from a place in the top flight.
It would only be a matter of time before Moyes left Preston and he was linked with vacant positions at Middlesbrough, Southampton and West Ham United before taking the Everton job in March 2002. One of the main attractions for Everton was the way he transformed Preston on a shoestring budget, turning the club around in the process.
Moyes avoided relegation in his first few games and, the following season, was named Manager of the Year after taking the Toffees to the brink of Europe. However, the club yo-yoed up and down the table and only just avoided relegation in 2003-04, before losing star striker Wayne Rooney to Manchester United in the summer.
Moyes turned Rooney's exit into a positive, however, galvanising the squad and taking them to an impressive fourth place and qualification for the Champions League. For the second season in three, Moyes was named the Manager of the Year.
After that high came some disastrous displays in Europe, though, and the situation put Moyes under immense pressure - particularly after the Toffees' failure to get past Villarreal and into the Champions League proper. After such a good start to his Everton career, it was unthinkable Moyes could be out of a job within months and, despite the speculation, they eventually finished 11th and Moyes was kept on.
It would be the last time Everton were viewed as a yo-yo club, as Moyes guided them to seven successive top eight finishes, the last of which -- a sixth-placed finish in 2012-13 -- saw the Toffees finish above Merseyside rivals Liverpool for the second time in Moyes' reign.
The closest Moyes came to silverware with Everton was an FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea in 2009, when Louis Saha scored the fastest ever final goal. Despite not winning a trophy with the Toffees, Moyes was chosen by United -- on the recommendation of Ferguson -- to replace his compatriot in the Old Trafford hotseat. It was an offer that Moyes understandably could not refuse.
Strengths: The softly-spoken Glaswegian has a reputation as a real thinker and commands respect from his players, who fight tooth and nail for him. He is a student of the game and is one of the most frequently spotted managers at other Premier League games, where he personally scouts future opponents.
Weaknesses: Moyes has often been criticised for being too reactive in style, with avoiding defeat placed ahead of taking games by the scruff of the neck.
Career high: Being appointed Manchester United manager, a recognition of his years of settling the ship at Everton.
Career low: Suffering the heartbreak of a 2009 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea with the Toffees, having taken the lead in the opening minute.
Tactics: Has generally favoured a 4-5-1 based on strong team play, closing down the opposition and hard work.
Quotes: "What I know of David is he's hard working and has integrity. He's also got a work ethic about him and he's a serious football man. I think these are the qualities he's going to need," Sir Alex Ferguson on Moyes replacing him at Old Trafford.
Trivia: Moyes played on the same Preston side as David Beckham, when the England star was on loan there as a teenager.
Manchester United Squad
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