Seamus Coleman believes his Everton mentor, David Moyes, will succeed in his new post at Manchester United, and thanked the departing manager for making him into a Premier League player, the
Coleman joined the Toffees in 2006 in a deal worth around £150,000 from Sligo Rovers. He has since become Everton and the Republic of Ireland’s first-choice right-back and enjoyed a fine season under Moyes in the manager’s last at Goodison Park.
And it is the experience of working under Moyes that has led Coleman to believe the Scot has what it takes to thrive at Old Trafford. “I think Alex Ferguson had a big say in who the manager would be so he must see something good in him,” Coleman said. “He has that longevity too. He’s been at Everton for 10 years and that’s maybe something Alex Ferguson looked at.”
“He’s done so well with Everton over the last 10 years, top eight every year with maybe not the budget everyone else has. He always manages to pick up good players.”
Coleman added that he expects Moyes to cope manfully with the increased pressure at United. “There is expectancy,” Coleman admitted. “We’ll have to wait and see but I’m sure he wouldn’t take on a job like that if he didn’t believe in his own ability.
“I can only speak about my time at Everton with him and he’s been brilliant with me and I wish him the very best and hope he can have continued success at Manchester United. I owe him an awful lot.”
Coleman however feels that Everton have made the right move in appointing Roberto Martinez in Moyes’ place. “I’m obviously looking forward to the new manager, starting all over again, trying to impress him in pre-season, trying to do all the things right to make sure you’re in his team,” the 24-year-old said.
“I spoke to James (McCarthy) about him, he always has good things to say about him. Like David Moyes with me, Martinez was brilliant with James, so he obviously has positive things to say about him.”
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