McGuinness: “Ferguson wanted Moyes at Old Trafford 20 Years Ago”

The Mirror are reporting that former Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson eyed up bringing David Moyes to Old Trafford before the incoming Scotsman even became a manager.

Academy head coach at United Paul McGuinness has spoken of how he met Moyes on a coaching course in the mid 1990’s, and says the former Everton boss was a standout coach even then. McGuiness approached Sir Alex about bringing Moyes to Old Trafford, where Ferguson replied that he knew Moyes’ dad and David himself, and gave the green light for McGuinness to make the approach.

McGuinness also admitted that he believes Moyes was the right man to step into the rather large shoes left behind by legendary boss Ferguson. He said: “One point about David that nobody really knows is I was the first one to try and get him here as a coach. I was on a full-badge coaching course with him and he stood out. He’d already done his coaching badges in Scotland but was still a player at Preston.

“He really stood out for me and the manager gave me the job as a director of the Centre of Excellence, where we needed coaches for the teams. I asked the manager and he said he knew his dad and knew David. He said, ‘Why don’t you ask him.’

“So I rang him up and he said, ‘I would love to, I’m really flattered but, this week, I’m going to be made assistant-player manager of Preston’.”

McGuinness also said he believes Moyes could even be related to Ferguson when the similarities are compared: “You talk about it being a family club. My feeling on it is the manager has just got one of his relatives down from Scotland to take over – someone with the same beliefs, values and work ethic.

“Obviously he’s got to be his own man and will have to do things his own way. But it will be another exciting period for the club to have some new slants on things. I’m sure he’ll retain the same family values and the values of the club.”

Moyes will officially take over the helm at Old Trafford – the club’s first new manager in some 27 years – on July 1, and will see his old seat at Everton taken by Roberto Martinez’s arrival at Goodison Park.

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