When David Moyes was the manager of Everton, he told a television interviewer that he would never criticize his players in public — “only in the dressing room.”

As a successful Everton manager for 11 years Moyes had a certain standing in the game, a respect, with people nodding in approval when his name was mentioned. He kept the club competitive on a small budget playing pragmatic football. He was going a first-class job at Goodison Park.

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