The 50-year-old Glaswegian, who has enjoyed 11 years in charge at Goodison Park on a moderate budget, has been mentioned as a possible successor by Ferguson in the past.
And when the veteran Scot confirmed that he will end his 26-year spell as Old Trafford chief at the end of the season on Wednesday morning, Moyes was immediately mentioned as a potential replacement.
Reports claim Moyes is now in ‘pole position’ to be the next permanent Manchester United boss and, as he is out of contract with Everton in the summer, he will be able to walk out on the Merseysiders.
The key to Moyes getting the job is because he fits the bill being “cut from the same cloth as Ferguson and [Sir Matt] Busby, and believes in youth development” which a United source has stressed the club chiefs would like in their new man.
It would also see the former Preston North End boss finally handed a chance at a “big” club capable of contending for the biggest silverware on offer which many in football feel he deserves.
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