David Moyes has told Coaches’ Voice that he turned down the chance to become manager of Nottingham Forest in 20o2.
The ex-Manchester United boss has claimed that Forest approached him whilst he was in position at Preston North End. The Reds boss was Paul Hart at the time.
Sheffield Wednesday and Southampton were also keen but ultimately Moyes ended up embarking on several years with Everton.
The 56-year-old met with Forest officials but decided against moving to the City Ground.
He told Coaches’ Voice: “Everton was the right job for me. It was a director at Blackpool that sowed the seed. I used to go and watch so much football, and I used to go and watch Blackpool regularly to see them play.
“An old Scottish guy and he said to me ‘there’s only one club for you, son, and it’s Everton.’
“I sort of nodded my head and went away. It stuck with me and it proved to be right.”
Prior to taking the job which he would hold for several years, Moyes did have talks to go elsewhere, however, including Forest.
He continued: “I did have offers before I chose Everton.
“I spoke to Southampton, I spoke with Nottingham Forest. There were others at that time. I remember ringing Sir Alex Ferguson up about the Sheffield Wednesday job and he advised me against it.”
What might have been under Moyes
Moyes was one of the country’s top young managers back in 2002 and it would have been interesting to see Forest under his stewardship.
He would go on to have 11 largely successful years at Goodison Park, earning himself a move to Manchester United on the back of his good work.
Hart was given until 2004 to try and bring Premier League football back to Trentside but like many others, he failed in his quest.
Joe Kinnear and Gary Megson were next into the hot seat and Forest were eventually relegated to the third tier.
Moyes’ last job was at West Ham United where he took Forest legend Stuart Pearce with him as his right-hand man.