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After hearing that Sir Alex was retiring, Manchester United didn't just rush out and try to find the nearest confrontational Scot.
Although he happens to tick that particular box, Moyes is actually qualified for the job.
The 50-year-old manager spent 11 years at Everton, where he had to operate on a shoestring budget. In that time, he brought players like Mikel Arteta, Marouane Fellaini, Steven Pienaar, Tim Cahill, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, Phil Neville and Seamus Coleman, to name a few, into the side.
He has developed young talent like Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley—giving both young players their senior debuts. We have already witnessed evidence of this at Old Trafford, with United's Adnan Januzaj.
Moyes may not have won silverware in his time at Goodison Park, but he attracted many admirers for his loyalty, his man-management and ability to bring in talent.
The manager took the Merseyside club to Champions League qualification in 2005, the FA Cup Final in 2009 and to compete in the UEFA Cup (now Europa League) three times. He also guided the Toffees to five top-six finishes in his 11 years in charge.
Before Everton, Moyes won promotion to Division One with Preston North End—just two years after taking over, in what was his first managerial role.
Criticised at times for his cautious tactics, Moyes' thinking will eventually have to shift from that of a small club with top-six ambitions to that of a huge club, with aspirations of silverware every season.
When he reached 10 years in charge of Everton, many top-flight managers paid tribute to his career with the side. Arsene Wenger, who was quoted on Evertonfc.com, said:
My compliments, he has done a massive job there. For knowing how much effort you put in on a daily basis, when a guy lasts 10 years somewhere you have to give him credit. We suffer a lot and he has put a lot of effort and dedication in. Our job is a real sacrifice of your life, so when a guy makes that at a club for 10 years and gets the results that Moyes has made, he deserves a huge credit.