Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sam Gave Me Helping Hand ; ... but Reds' Boss Is Going All out to Upset the Man Who Scouted Him

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Sam Gave Me Helping Hand ; ... but Reds' Boss Is Going All out to Upset the Man Who Scouted Him

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THE year is 1993 and Dunfermline are playing Falkirk. In the stands Sam Allardyce, youth coach and scout for Preston North End, is running the rule over the Pars' robust ginger centre-half.

His journey may have seemed wasted when the player in question, David Moyes, is shown a red card for a deliberate handball.

But Allardyce, pen and pad in hand, has seen enough and tells then North End manager John Beck he should sign him.

Moyes duly heads down the M6 and 143 games later ends up taking the Deepdale hotseat.

It is the first step on a managerial path that leads him to Old Trafford - where he today faces the man who recommended him.

"I had only been sent off once before in my career and I got sent off for a second time in this game for a deliberate handball," Moyes told M.E.N. Sport. "I think Sam went back and said 'what a player I've seen John!' "So that was partly to do with me returning to England at that time. It is right to say I might not be here had I not gone to Preston, you never know how your career goes.

"That move was a good move for me as far as how my career went and it gave me a springboard.

"He (Sam) still reminds me of it, yes! After he spotted me I wasn't sure whether to say he can't spot a player or he is a great judge!" Despite having plenty to thank him for Moyes will be hoping his side can ruin West Ham boss Allardyce's afternoon and end a two- game home losing streak in the Premier League after a trio of impressive wins away.

"We've got ourselves three wins and now what we've got to do is make it four," he said." "So I'm looking at it like that.

That's my target." " The relegation-fighting Hammers, fresh from their 2-1at victory Cup One Capital Spurs, maybe resurgent under a wise old head. "Sam's got a lot of experience and has been here many times so it'll be nothing new to him," Moyes warned.

Regardless of the 17thplaced visitors' form, Old Trafford needs a league win. …

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