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Sheffield Wednesday: How David Moyes nearly became Owls boss but turned the job down after Sir Alex Ferguson told him it was ‘no good’

David Moyes has revealed that he was offered the job as manager of Sheffield Wednesday before he joined Everton but he turned it down on advice from Sir Alex Ferguson.

Moyes, who would go on to manage Everton for 11 years from 2002 to 2013, rejected Wednesday’s offer after a successful spell with Preston in 2002.

Speaking to Si Ferry for Open Goal, Moyes said he met a number of clubs including the Owls, Southampton and Nottingham Forest. 

“I met Sheffield Wednesday and I thought, I don’t know what I’m going to do. Who am I going to go to for advice? So I thought, I’ll phone Sir Alex. 

“He said: ‘No, don’t take that job it’s no good.’ He goes through the whole Sheffield Wednesday squad and he knew everything.”

Moyes attracted interest at the time after an impressive term in charge of Preston, where he won the Division Two title and reached the Division One play-off final the following season – narrowly missing out on promotion to the Premier League.

David Moyes

David Moyes

The Scot later joined Everton in March 2002, replacing Walter Smith at Goodison Park and then famously replaced Ferguson in a short spell in charge of Manchester United.

Meanwhile Wednesday stuck with Terry Yorath but started the 2002/03 season in dismal form, leading to his resignation and Chris Turner’s appointment in November 2002.