Former Bristol City defender turned Premier League manager David Moyes has spoken to Bristol Live ahead of Bristol City’s clash with Stoke City, and has revealed he would be open to becoming manager of The Robins if they opportunity presented itself.
David Moyes’ glory days as manager of Preston North End and Everton seem a long time ago, with the Scotsman failing to impress at Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sunderland and West Ham United since swapping Goodison Park for Old Trafford in May 2013.
Prior to his managerial career, Moyes made 535 competitive performances as a player, featuring for Celtic, Cambridge United, Bristol City, Shrewsbury Town, Dunfermline Athletic, Hamilton Academical and Preston North End in a career spanning over 19 years.
Ahead of this weekend’s game with Gary Rowett’s Stoke, Moyes spoke to Bristol Live, reflecting on his time at Ashton Gate from 1985 to 1987. He revealed that he would be open to a return to Ashton Gate as manager if he was asked.
“I would never say no, that’s for sure. I was very close to becoming Bristol City manager before Tony Pulis went – I was close to it. I was manager of Preston and I was having quite regular contact with Bristol City at the time.
“And I said okay I would do it but in the end it didn’t quite materialise or I would have been manager at that time.
“But it’s something that I would never say never to because it was such a great part of my career and I had a great rapport with the supporters and the people in the city so it was something I really enjoyed.
“But I would say that all the players from that time would say that as well. I know that big Glyn, and Walshy and Bobby Hutchison and Andy Llewellyn and Brian Williams and all those players there would probably say that it was a pretty special time in their career just because we had a great spirit among us.”