David Moyes On His 1,000 Games: ‘I Am Going To Keep Throwing Some Punches’

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“You don’t know how it’s flown past,” David Moyes says this as he recalls on a journey that began on January 13, 1998, when he traveled to Moss Rose to face Macclesfield in the Football League Trophy. The memories of that night flood back, and Moyes, who will manage his 1,000th game when West Ham takes on Genk in the Europa League on Thursday, knows he has gone a long way since taking over at Preston 23 years ago.

While the Scot had long desired to be a manager, he recalls being apprehensive where it would lead when Preston asked him to step up following the resignation of Gary Peters.

Those were difficult times. Preston, who were in the third tier, didn’t have much money, and after overcoming Macclesfield, Moyes struggled. He went seven games without a league win – he even started in a 3-0 loss to Carlisle – and the relief was palpable when he finally got his hands on a win at the eighth time of asking, defeating Bournemouth 2-0.

Moyes is grateful that West Ham’s owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, have given him a second chance. “You don’t get offered the big jobs if you haven’t done something right,” he says. “My feeling was if I can’t be at Manchester United, I have to get back to the level I was at at Everton.

“West Ham is a good club for me. I am really, really grateful to the owners for bringing me back because sometimes when you are put in a position it’s very hard to fight back. The owners have given me a chance to fight back and I am going to keep throwing some punches.”

source : guardian sport

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