Outgoing Everton manager David Moyes has thanked the club’s supporters for the emotional farewell offered to the next Manchester United boss after his final home game in charge of the Toffees, a 2-0 win over West Ham secured by a Kevin Mirallas double, the
Moyes was given a guard of honour by the Everton players and a rapturous standing ovation by the supporters when he returned to the pitch after the final whistle, admitting that he would understand if the fans were not happy with his decision to move on.
“I am a football supporter and if I had been on the terraces today I would have clapped the manager – I might not have liked what he was doing but I would have certainly applauded,” Moyes said, adding: “I think just by the reaction from most people in the last few days I thought it would be okay but if you are a football supporter you are entitled to support your team and if someone is not on your team you don’t know what will be the reaction.”
Moyes is leaving Everton after 11 years at the helm, having replaced Walter Smith in 2002, drafted in from Preston North End after the former Rangers boss was sacked following a limp FA Cup exit against Middlesbrough.
The match also saw tributes paid to Phil Neville, who is leaving Everton after his contract expires this summer, and Tim Cahill, who returned to Goodison Park to see off his former teammate and manager, having left the club last summer for New York Red Bulls. It was Cahill’s first return to Goodison since switching clubs.
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