Moyes reveals his debt to Allardyce for putting career on fast track
David Moyes has revealed the debt he owes to Sam Allardyce by admitting he may have been left to pursue a career in Scotland but for the West Ham manager putting him on the path to Manchester United.
Moyes faces Allardyce at Old Trafford today with United aiming to record a fourth successive victory after overcoming their recent slump in form.
The two men have seen their careers follow a similar route to the top, with Allardyce's Bolton defeating Moyes' Preston in the 2001 Championship play-off final prior to Moyes' move to Everton the following year.
And Moyes admits that a positive scouting report by Allardyce was the reason for his move to Preston in 1993 after he had returned to Scotland following a playing career in England with Cambridge, Bristol City and Shrewsbury.
"I was playing for Dunfermline against Falkirk and Big Sam, who was youth team coach at Preston, was sent to watch me by the manager, John Beck, after I had been recommended by their chief scout." Moyes said. "I had only been sent off once before in my career, but I got sent off for a second time in this game for a deliberate handball. But I think Sam went back and said, 'what a player I have seen, John!'
"I might not be here had I not gone to Preston as I'd started doing some coaching with Hamilton Academical. Sam still reminds me of it. That move was a good move for me as far as how my career went and it gave me a springboard."
United face West Ham with Wayne Rooney losing his battle to be fit and Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini out with Achilles and back injuries respectively.
With Fellaini attempting to overcome his back problem at the same time as nursing a long-term wrist injury, Moyes admits he may choose to send the Belgian for surgery on the wrist, which would sideline him for six weeks, if the back issue fails to improve quickly.
"Fellaini has got an injury to his back which we hoped might have healed," Moyes said. "I'm going to send him for another scan and, if it hasn't healed, I might get his wrist done as well.
"It is a muscle that has separated from the bone in his back and that is what is causing the problem. We hoped it might have healed in 10 days or two weeks, but he is not feeling much better. Michael Carrick has started some work outside, so he's getting a bit closer.
"He is roughly due to be back around New Year's Day, but we're hoping we might be able to squeeze a few more days out of it if possible.
"Wayne is back in training and has done a little bit, but whether he is right or not I will have to make a decision on Saturday." (© Daily Telegraph, London)
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