04 Nov 2021


The League Managers Association (LMA) congratulates LMA Executive Committee Member David Moyes on his induction into the LMA 1000 Club and Hall of Fame.

David will become the 35th manager in the modern era of English football, and third manager this season along with José Mourinho and Steve Bruce, to have reached the landmark of 1000 competitive matches, when he manages West Ham United against Genk in the Europa League this evening.

On his induction to the LMA Hall of Fame 1000 Club, David Moyes said: “‘To reach 1000 games as a manager is something that I feel very privileged to have achieved, because it means I have had a long career working in the game I love.

"Being in the company of some wonderful managers who have reached that milestone is a great honour for me. It is the experience you gain along the journey that helps you to grow and develop as a manager, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity - thanks to the support of the clubs and owners I’ve worked for - to build that experience over a prolonged period of time.

"Over the last 23 years, I have been very fortunate to work with some fantastic players, coaches and staff. I’ve also had unwavering support from my wife Pam and my family. A manager is only as good as the people around him and I really do appreciate everyone who has helped me.

"First and foremost, I am a football fan. I like to think that, had I not become a manager, I would still have reached 1000 matches as a supporter! I have as much love and enthusiasm for my job as ever, and I hope that will enable me to keep enjoying it for many more years to come.”

LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, paying tribute to David's achievement, said: "As a player, coach and manager, David’s journey to the top of the management tree has never been an easy one. He has always exemplified total commitment, hard work, determination, modesty and grit.

"Ever thirsty for knowledge, learning and self improvement, he has grown steadily, and at the tender age of 58 I’m sure there is more and even better yet to come. His life and career in football is an excellent example to all young players, managers and coaches.”

LMA Board and 1000 Club member Sir Alex Ferguson CBE said: “Many congratulations David on reaching 1000 games which is an absolutely fantastic achievement. You are joining an elite club of managers in the LMA 1000 Club Hall of Fame and you thoroughly deserve all of the plaudits that come your way.

"You are a really great example of somebody who began their career in the lower divisions and worked your way right up to the very top and stayed there. I think you do a fantastic job as a manager and you undoubtedly have that Scottish determination, desire and work ethic which I’ve always seen as outstanding qualities in you."

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan said: “David is one of the most respected and influential British coaches of the past two decades, and he continues to carry the torch for a long line of world-class Scottish coaches.

“In reaching the milestone of 1000 matches, David joins an illustrious group of his peers, who he has represented proudly as an Executive Committee Member of the LMA for many years. He deserves the rewards and recognition he is getting for the excellent job he and his team continue to do at West Ham United. That his 1000th game takes place in European competition serves as clear evidence of the quality of his leadership and ability to manage at the highest level.

“Many congratulations David, on behalf of all of your friends and colleagues at the LMA.”

David began his management career with Preston North End in 1998, at the age of 34. When he took over, Preston were in danger of relegation. David guided the club to safety and then reached the Division Two play-offs the following season. David then guided Preston to the Division Two title and a promotion to Division One. The next season, David led his Preston squad into the Division One play-offs, with largely the same squad, narrowly missing out on Premier League promotion after defeat in the First Division play-off Final.

In March 2002, David became manager of Everton, taking over from fellow Scotsman Walter Smith, where he remained manager for over a decade. He took charge of the club when they were above the relegation zone on goal difference and led them to safety. The following season, David's first full season in charge of the club, Everton finished an impressive seventh in the league.

In the 2004-05 campaign, Everton finished ahead of Merseyside rivals Liverpool in fourth position, their highest ever Premier League finish to date, and secured UEFA Champions League qualification as a result. David established the club in the top seven of the Premier League from 2007 onwards and led the side to UEFA Europa League qualification on three occasions.

David won LMA Manager of the Year an outstanding three times during his time at Everton, in 2002-03, 2004-05 and 2008-09.

After over a decade with Everton, David was appointed manager of Manchester United following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, and then managed abroad in La Liga where he was in charge of Real Sociedad.

In July 2016, David returned to Premier League management with Sunderland, shortly followed by his appointment at West Ham United. David took over The Hammers with the club in the bottom three, but guided them to 13th place by the end of the 2017-18 season.

In 2019, he returned to West Ham United, with the club one point above the relegation zone, and led them to Premier League safety. In the 2020–21 season, David guided West Ham to a record Premier League points total, with 65, finishing in sixth place and qualifying for the 2021–22 UEFA Europa League, the competition where David takes charge of his 1000th game in professional management.

The LMA Hall of Fame 1000 Club is a celebration of success and longevity. In a profession where time can often be an all too rare commodity, 1000 Club members have exhibited an enduring quality, achieving a truly prodigious amount.