By Daniel Feliciano

16th Sep, 2023 | 1:40pm

David Moyes has revealed he was due to rejoin Everton before Carlo Ancelotti was sacked and took the job instead, in a chat with Richard Keys.

Moyes spent a decade at Goodison Park before leaving to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, and was on the verge of a stunning comeback after Marco Silva was sacked.

And in an interview for beIN Sports with Keys (16 September), Moyes revealed that he met with Farhad Moshiri and was even due to sign the papers to seal a return before Ancelotti got sacked by Napoli and became available, and the Toffees changed tact.

“When I was getting offered the West Ham job I had actually been in Germany with Moshiri to take the Everton job,” he said.

Keys then clarified the comment and asked how close it was to actually happening.

“Absolutely done, until in the meeting my telephone had run out of battery and I had asked for it to be charged. In the meeting the phone rang and it was David Sullivan, in the middle of the meeting with Everton. I had to say ‘I can’t speak right now’.

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“I was in a meeting to go back to Everton.

“Carlo Ancelotti got sacked that night and they changed track and took Carlo Ancelotti. Overnight.

“That night I was in Germany and Carlo lost his job. I was due to sign the papers the day before and because of that they took Carlo, and David Sullivan had phoned me to take the West Ham job and I thought, ‘definitely’.”


It’s pretty crazy to see how things work out in the world, because when Ancelotti became the boss nobody thought it was even realistic and big things were expected.

He came in and did a solid job, but dropped us as quickly as he could to return to Real Madrid and ever since we have seemingly been in a tailspin with managers.

Rafa Benitez was bafflingly brought in, while Frank Lampard and Sean Dyche have also held the job permanently while Duncan Ferguson also had it on an interim basis too.

Moyes on the other hand has gone on to have great success at West Ham and winning his first trophy as a manager. So what could have been if we’d given the money we spent to Moyes? Could that be us?

We’ll never know now, but Moshiri got that one glaringly wrong in hindsight as he sought after a superstar name rather than stability and familiarity.

In other Everton news, Dyche preparing to start first-team duo together for first time v Arsenal.