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David Moyes reveals how Sir Alex Ferguson offered him Man Utd job

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David Moyes has opened up on how Sir Alex Ferguson essentially forced the Manchester United job upon him back in 2013.

Ferguson decided to call time on an illustrious managerial career after nearly 27 years in charge at Old Trafford, but kept his choice a secret until the latter stages of the 2012/13 season.

One day after Ferguson announced his retirement in May 2013, then-Everton boss Moyes was announced as his successor on a six-year contract.

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However, he would last less than a season with the Red Devils before being sacked due to poor results.

Speaking on the Diary of a CEO podcast, Moyes talked at length about the incredibly quick process of becoming United manager.

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When asked if rumours of Ferguson coming to his house regarding the job were true, Moyes replied: “No, he took me to his house!

“It wasn’t long after I turned 50, my wife had bought me a watch and we had actually gone through to Manchester to the jewellers. I needed to get a link taken out. It was actually in Altrincham of all places and the phone rang, and it was Sir Alex.

“I said ‘oh, bloody hell, it’s Alex on the phone’, and I thought ‘oh he’s going to want one of my players or me to take one of his players’.

“He said, ‘where are you?’, I said I was in Manchester, he said ‘come out to the house when you’re ready, will you?’. I said to my wife, ‘I can’t do it, I’m in my jeans’, I couldn’t go to Sir Alex with a pair of jeans on, there’s no way!

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“So I’m like, ‘what am I going to do? Do I go down to Marks & Spencer’s and buy a pair of trousers before I go to Sir Alex?’. She’s saying just to get on with it. So I dropped my wife off at the shopping centre and drove out to Sir Alex’s house.

“I went in, he says ‘in you come’. Nice house, he’s got a lovely sort of sports room up the stairs, he says ‘you want a cup of tea?’ and I said yeah. And he said ‘I’m retiring, and you’re the next manager of Manchester United’.

“No interview, no telling me, not saying ‘would you like to be?’, [only] ‘I’m retiring’, and I nearly slipped down because obviously nobody knew Sir Alex was retiring. Nobody even suggested or thought about it. And I nearly slipped down when I heard him say that.

“And I sort of said, ‘yeah, okay’. I wasn’t going to turn down, or I didn’t think I was going to say no or could even know I was in a position to say no. That was as simple as that.

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“We got underway. And to be fair there was only four weeks to go until the end of the season, maybe five weeks. I was coming out of contract at Everton, I really wanted to be respectful to them. And actually, my next game was against Liverpool. I knew if we had got a draw with Liverpool, we would probably finish above them in the league. It was at Anfield and we did get a draw. We did finish above them. So it didn’t have any effect on Everton.

“I met Ed Woodward the next day, and then I met the Glazers. So it was three days I dropped back to [Sir Alex’s] house.

“The biggest problem I had was he said ‘you can’t tell anybody about me retiring, nobody knows, tell your wife but nobody else’. So I can’t tell my kids, I couldn’t tell my dad that I was going to get the job.

“When I look back now, to get that offer from arguably the greatest manager maybe there ever was was a great compliment. But maybe if I really looked into it in more detail and more depth…I was desperate to be successful as a manager. I had 11 years at Everton where, I wouldn’t say we’d hit the glass ceiling, but found it difficult to break into the top four, the competition and money that was required.

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“But my biggest regret was I was so close to Bill Kenwright, the owner at Everton, and I couldn’t tell him. It felt really bad that I couldn’t tell him. I was so close to Bill, but I couldn’t break my word with Alex. I couldn’t tell anybody but my wife.

“So I jumped back in the car, drove back to the shopping mall, got the wife, put her in the car, and said ‘I’m the new manager of Man United’. And she said ‘piss off, you’re talking rubbish’!”





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Cody Gakpo reflects on first month at Liverpool

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Liverpool forward Cody Gakpo has opened up on his first month on the books at Anfield, admitting he is still getting used to Jurgen Klopp’s tactics.

The Dutchman was wanted by a number of elite sides, with Manchester United expected to win the race for his signature, but it was Liverpool who snuck in and agreed to pay an initial £35m to bring Gakpo to England.

The 23-year-old, who made his name as a left winger but has spent time as a striker at Liverpool, is yet to score after four appearances for his new side, but he told club media that is it just a matter of getting to grips with his new surroundings

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“My feeling, personally, is everyone in the team has so much quality,” he said. “That is what I see in training and in phases in the games.

“It is also a part of football, that sometimes things don’t work out exactly the way you want them to. We just have to keep improving, working hard, and the quality will come out. Then, you’re going to see the real Liverpool.”

He continued: “From a football perspective, it’s a new environment on the pitch, with new players and a new team. I can tell it’s a really great group. Every day I am looking forward to working with them, to train hard and to play the games. I am trying to adapt as quickly as possible, to improve every day and in the end show the best version of myself.

“Off the pitch, to be honest, I haven’t been in the city so many times yet. Most of the time I have been in the hotel. I am moving this week, actually. That’s also something I’m looking forward to.”

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Gakpo also confessed that he is still trying to adapt to his new role in Liverpool’s team.

“It is a little bit different to what I’m used to,” the Dutchman admitted. “Normally, I have played on the left for almost the past three years.

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“It’s something I can improve, playing in the striker role, and I want to show my quality there. It’s a great position and playing there makes me more complete as a technical player.





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Fulham launch bid Fluminense midfielder Andre

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Fulham have made a bid to sign Fluminense midfielder Andre, 90min understands.

The 21-year-old has quickly established himself as one of Fluminense’s top players and a number of sides across Europe have expressed an interest in luring him away from his homeland in 2023.

Sources have confirmed to 90min that Fulham have approached Fluminense to try and thrash out a deal, but the Brazilian side are reluctant to part ways with their star player during the 2023 campaign.

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Andre, who has been linked with the likes of Barcelona and Liverpool, has spoken out about the interest and insisted his focus remains solely on his current employers.

“Obviously, I’m focused and very happy,” Andre said recently. “I just renewed my contract until 2026.

“It’s normal to get offers, but I’m focused here on Fluminense and having an excellent season.”

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Andre’s agent, Carlos Leite, also took to Instagram to confirm that the 21-year-old had agreed to remain with Fluminense until the end of the current campaign, which runs over the entire calendar year.

“Thanks to the great work carried out, Andre entered the radars of some of the biggest European clubs and, with that, he has received several enquiries and some official proposals,” Leite wrote.

“However, the player and Fluminense, through president Mario Bittencourt, sealed an agreement for the midfielder to remain at the club at this time, with all the dedication and commitment, always seeking the best for Fluminense in all competitions.”

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Sporting CP manager makes Pedro Porro admission as Tottenham talks continue

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Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim has warned Tottenham that he will not take right-back Pedro Porro out of his starting lineup until a transfer has been 100% agreed.

90min understands Tottenham are confident they will get a deal over the line for the 23-year-old eventually, but Sporting’s reluctance to budge from their asking price of Porro’s €45m release clause has led to some lengthy negotiations which are not yet over.

And while Porro is still contracted to Sporting, Amorim will not hesitate to use the right-back and risk an injury which could see the entire move collapse.

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“Porro does not leave before the game,” Amorim said ahead of Saturday’s Allianz Cup final against Porto. “Clubs have to come first, and as far as I know, a player who is able to play and is signed up by a club, he has to go to games.

“I realise that [negotiations] involve a lot of players’ minds, but the indication I have is that Porro is fit, and the most important thing for me, as a manager, is that if he wasn’t there, there would be someone else. The game cannot be played with just one player. Porro is fit. Whatever has to happen will happen, we are prepared for all scenarios.”

Listen now as Scott Saunders hosts Graeme Bailey and Toby Cudworth to discuss the latest transfer news. On today’s agenda: Dusan Vlahovic, Anthony Gordon, Enzo Fernandes, Amadou Onana, Malo Gusto, Nicolo Zaniolo, Pedro Porro, Weston McKennie, Milan Skriniar, Maiximo Perrone & more!

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Amorim continued: “Is this Porro’s last game at the club? I don’t know. There are a few days left until February 1, then everyone will know if Porro stays or leaves.

“Porro hasn’t left yet. We are scouting, but not everything is easy, you’re in a real hurry to send Porro away!”

Spurs have repeatedly tried to lower Sporting’s asking price for Porro by including at least one player in the deal, but the Portuguese side have been clear about their determination to hold out for the right-back’s release clause – in full.





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