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David Moyes wants the focus of the game with West Ham to be the Everton players

David Moyes wants the focus of the game with West Ham to be the Everton players

David Moyes wants the focus of the game with West Ham to be the Everton players

David Moyes says he couldn't turn down the chance of becoming Manchester United manager.

Moyes (above), whose Everton contract expires this summer, claimed he had every intention of signing a new deal before United came calling.

The Scot was set to extend his 11-year stint at Goodison Park before United made their move and Moyes signed a six-year deal.

Asked whether he had considered turning down United's approach, Moyes said: "I have to be honest and say no.

"I wasn't planning on leaving. My contract was running out but we were planning for pre-season.

United moved for Moyes after Alex Ferguson, who will stand down after 26 years in charge at the end of the season, recommended his fellow Scot as his successor.

Moyes says he will happily do the same for Everton and has already discussed the matter with chairman Bill Kenwright.

"It has been very difficult. I have great respect for the chairman," he said.


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