Moyes held Everton talks before West Ham

“I wouldn’t deny that I spoke to Everton… when it came up, I was thrilled to take the West Ham job,” says Moyes

Last Updated: 17/01/20 11:11pm

David Moyes managed Everton for 11 years before leaving for Manchester United in 2013
David Moyes managed Everton for 11 years before leaving for Manchester United in 2013

West Ham head coach David Moyes has revealed he held talks with former club Everton prior to his return to the London Stadium.

Moyes, who managed Everton between 2002 and 2013, was a contender to replace Marco Silva at Goodison Park following his sacking in December.

The Toffees instead appointed Carlo Ancelotti, and a week later Moyes was parachuted back in by West Ham after they axed Manuel Pellegrini.

Moyes spent seven months in charge at West Ham two seasons ago but, despite saving them from relegation, did not have his contract renewed by owners David Sullivan and David Gold.

“I wouldn’t deny that I spoke to Everton. But I also wouldn’t deny that I knew West Ham had suggested there might be an opening, and when it came up, I was thrilled to take the West Ham job, I really was,” Moyes said.

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Moyes and Carlo Ancelotti go head to head when West Ham play Everton this weekend, rekindling a rivalry born in the San Siro
Moyes and Carlo Ancelotti go head to head when West Ham play Everton this weekend, rekindling a rivalry born in the San Siro

“It was something which sometimes you’re glad because I think the owners had been big enough to say, ‘come back’, and I admired them very much because sometimes it’s a hard thing to do.

“I’ve got to say, I always hoped I’d get an opportunity to come back and finish the job. I feel as if I had really just got started.

“If you look at our results, we’d beaten Everton in the last game of the season, we’d drawn with Manchester United, we’d won at Leicester the Saturday before – we had just started to get a bit of momentum.

“So I have to get back to that level where it was 18 months ago as well. It may take time but I really wanted to get a chance to do it at West Ham again.”

Darren Randolph will start against Everton after completing his transfer to West Ham this week
Darren Randolph will start against Everton after completing his transfer to West Ham this week

West Ham have fitness doubts over Felipe Anderson and Arthur Masuaku ahead of Saturday’s game.

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph will make his second debut for the club after rejoining from Middlesbrough, with Lukasz Fabianski out for a fortnight.

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