David Moyes began his career playing half a season with the youth team of the Icelandic club ÍBV in 1978. He subsequently spent two seasons at the Scottish club Drumchapel Amateur between 1978 and 1980.
In 1980, his senior career started at Celtic where he won a championship medal. At Cambridge United, he was abused by team-mate Roy McDonough for his religious beliefs, which prompted him to move to Bristol City in 1985.
He played for Shrewsbury Town in 1987-1990 and registered 11 goals from 96 matches, followed by 13 goals from 105 appearances for Dunfermline Athletic in 1990-93. Following a short stint at Hamilton Academical, he moved to Preston North End in 1993 and ended his career playing for them till 1999.
David Moyes spent a vast majority of his playing career preparing for management position and since the age of 22, took coaching badges and studied the techniques of coaches he played under. He began his managerial career taking over the charges of struggling Division Two club Preston North End in January 1998, replacing Gary Peters.
He not only managed to avoid relegation at the end of the 1997–98 season, but also took the club to Division Two play-offs the following season, where they lost to Gillingham in the semi-finals. He took the club further forward in the next season by winning the Division Two title and earning a promotion to Division One.
Maintaining the same squad, he took Preston to the Division One play-offs during the 2000-01 season, even though they missed promotion to the Premier League losing to Bolton Wanderers in the finals by 3–0. Nevertheless, he signed a new five year contract with the club one month later, but left to take charge of Everton by the end of the next season.
When he joined Everton on March 14, 2002, the club was under genuine threat of relegation, which he was able to avoid sustaining good form throughout the season. In the next season, Everton finished seventh in the league, following which he was named 'LMA Manager of the Year' for the first time.
He had a poor start in the following season and had a public confrontation with striker Duncan Ferguson at the club's training ground, but avoided relegation by earning 39 points to finish 17th. In the following season, new signee Tim Cahill scored 15 goals to help Everton claim an unexpected fourth spot, while Moyes bagged his second 'LMA Manager of the Year'.
In the 2005-06 season, Everton failed to go past the qualifying round in the European championship and struggled with relegation early on, but he managed to secure 11th spot with a host of new signees. Following another record transfer deal for Andrew Johnson, they finished sixth on the league table in 2006-07 and had a very successful season in 2007-08 during which Everton reached the semi-final of Football League Cup.
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The 2008-09 season also saw a host of new signings, most notably Marouane Fellaini for a club record £15 million. Fellain helped the club reach the FA Cup final for the first time since 1995.
In January 2010, David Moyes was named 'Premier League Manager of the Month' but later that season, Everton missed the European league first time in four years.
By the end of 2012-13 season, as his contract with Everton ended, Moyes took over the management of Manchester United in May following the retirement of Alex Ferguson. With his 2–0 win over Wigan Athletic in the FA Community Shield on August 11, 2013, he became the first United manager to win a trophy in his first season.
Despite a good start in Champions League, David Moyes had a rough season with United as they came down on the Premiere League table and were knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round. In April 2014, he was sacked only 10 months after joining United, having the third-shortest managerial stint in the club's history.
He joined as the manager of La Liga club, Real Sociedad, in November 2014 when the club was struggling at 15th spot on the table. He went on to earn praise for registering a 3-0 win over Elche and a 1-0 win over Barcelona, but had a poor start in the following season which caused his dismissal in November 2015.
He became the manager of Sunderland in July 2016, but after the club was relegated to the EFL Championship for the first time in ten years, he resigned in May 2017. He was appointed the manger of West Ham United on November 7, 2017, and since then registered his 500th Premier League game and 200th victory as the fourth Premier League manager.
Awards & Achievements
As a player, David Moyes has won the Scottish League Premier Division for Celtic, Associate Members' Cup for Bristol City and the Football League Third Division for Preston North End. As a manager, he took Preston North End to Football League Second Division win in 1999-2000 and won FA Community Shield for Manchester United in 2013.
He has been named 'LMA Manager of the Year' three times in 2002–03, 2004–05 and 2008–09, and 'Premier League Manager of the Month' ten times.