Sunday 22 April 2018

Moyes' staying power bagged United job – Coleman

David Moyes
David Moyes
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

SEAMUS COLEMAN believes that David Moyes' staying power with Everton was a key factor in his appointment as the new Manchester United manager.

The Donegal man was sad to see the man who brought him to England depart Goodison Park, and he feels that Moyes will be a success at Old Trafford.

And the defender reckons that Moyes' long-term commitment to Everton, and the improvement he brought about over a period of time, is a major reason that Alex Ferguson recommended him as a replacement.

"I think Alex Ferguson had a big say in who the manager would be so he must see something good in him. He has that longevity too. He's been at Everton for 10 years and that's maybe something Alex Ferguson looked at – someone who was at a club for so long," said Coleman.

"He's done so well with Everton over the last 10 years, finishing in the top eight every year with maybe not the budget everyone else has. He always manages to pick up good players. I can only say good things about him.

"He took me from a League of Ireland team and made me into a Premier League and international footballer.

"I'll always have good things to say about him. He's always been one to pull you up on things – you're doing things right, you're doing things wrong... and he's really helped the defensive side of my game. He's been brilliant. I owe him an awful lot and I wish him the best of luck."

Coleman has asked his good pal James McCarthy about Everton's new boss Roberto Martinez.

"I spoke with James and he always has good things to say about him," said the Killybegs native.

"It's a new manager, a new chapter and I'm looking forward to starting all over again, trying to impress him in pre-season and doing all the right things."

Irish Independent

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