David Moyes has revealed he understands he has to prove himself to the star players at Manchester United after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford dugout, the
Moyes joins United from Everton – where he will be succeeded by Roberto Martinez – and takes over from the retiring Ferguson, who spent 26 years at the current Premier League champions. But Moyes does not expect to command the dressing room in the same way as his predecessor from the get-go – rather, he is willing to win over the established names at the club.
“You have to earn your stars when dealing with players,” Moyes said. “It’s up to you to show what you’ve got.”
He added: “If you want to work for me you need to be able to work seven days a week. I need to know my staff will give me that effort. Discipline has to come from within for players.”
Moyes also stressed the important of signing the right players amid claims from the Mirror that he will let a number of squad members at United move on, with Everton pair Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines among the new faces. But instead of simply buying his way to success, Moyes is keen to blood youngsters too.
“I’m a great believer in giving young players opportunities,” Moyes said. “Developing players mentally is very important, but it needs to fit with what the players want.
“You have to keep your eye on what the industry is doing – what’s new. And your recruiting as a manager can determine whether you keep your job. Everton needed a new direction when I came in and, as a coach, you have to find ways you can keep developing.”
Everton were battling relegation when Moyes replaced Walter Smith in March 2002 and having staved off fears of the drop, Moyes later led Everton into the Champions League and regular top-six finishes, with the club in sixth place in Moyes’ final season in charge.
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