Photography by Paul Cooper

David Moyes

Preston North End, 1998-2002

“I went to France ’98, and wrote to all the countries competing to see if I could watch the training. The only country that replied was Scotland.”

David Moyes was reaching the end of his playing career at Division Two Preston North End when, amid pressure to appoint a higher-profile manager following the sacking of Gary Peters, and at threat of relegation, the club made the 34-year-old Scot player-manager. After succeeding in inspiring them to survival, Moyes focused on his coaching education while leading Preston to the playoffs and then the Division Two title in 2000, taking them into the second tier for the first time in 20 years.

Speaking exclusively to The Coaches’ Voice, Moyes reflects on his first exposure to coaching as a young player at Celtic and revisits the pathway that took him into his first role in management.

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