From an old banger to Old Trafford: How David Moyes survived World Cup 98

David Moyes (car)Manchester United manager David Moyes may currently be working in one of the most illustrious jobs in world football on a bumper contract, but it wasn’t always this way.

During the 1998 World Cup the former Everton boss revealed that he slept in his car as he could not afford hotel rooms and was desperate to study the tournament.

It was not to look out for mega £30million deals for the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Luka Modric as he is now, but scouting players for his then employers, Preston, who boasted a budget which was a far cry from his blank chequebook at Old Trafford.

There was even the opportunity for Moyes to get to see the Scottish national teams preparation up close which he cites as a valuable experience.

“By the World Cup in France [in 1998], I had only just been appointed manager at Preston. I had to ask the Professional Footballers’ Association to fund me because I wanted to go to the World Cup to study,” Moyes admitted.

“I wrote to all of the countries to ask if I could go and watch training.

“The only country who replied and said yes was Craig Brown with Scotland – I was Scottish and had already been at all their courses.

“I had some tickets for some games, but not enough. But I hired a small car. I was given some funding by the PFA. I wasn’t earning enough.

“In the end I drove round and had to sleep in the car a few nights. That is the kind of thing I did to try to find some more knowledge.”

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