David Moyes never feared that his old club Everton would be relegated from the Premier League last season as West Ham boss prepares for a ‘trip down memory lane’ at Goodison Park
- Everton came close to suffering relegation from the Premier League last season
- Frank Lampard kept the Toffees up in the end but only by a four-point margin
- Former Everton boss David Moyes says he never feared they would go down
- He takes his West Ham side to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon
West Ham manager David Moyes says he was never worried about former club Everton going down last season.
The West Ham manager, who faces his former Merseyside club on Sunday, was able to rise above the their ‘relegation panic’ as many fans and pundits predicted they would suffer relegation for the first time since 1951.
Moyes said: ‘I always felt that Everton had enough good players last year to get out of trouble. The club, what they stand for there, they’ve been in the league for so long, I always felt Everton would have enough to get out of it.
David Moyes never feared for his former club Everton despite their relegation fight last season
Everton beat Crystal Palace 3-2 to secure their Premier League survival back on May 19
‘It was tight, but I never really felt that Everton would be one of the teams that went down’.
Moyes will take a ‘trip down memory lane’ as he visits the club he previously managed for over 11 years.
During that time he took the club back into Europe on a regular basis and had them challenging for Champions League places and trophies.
Now is main concern is guiding West Ham to only a second victory of the season and a climb out of the relegation zone for the first time.
And he is considering handing a Premier League debut to summer signing Flynn Downes, after he delivered a ‘very good’ performance in their opening Europa Conference League game against Romanian side FCSB.
Fans invaded the Goodison Park pitch to celebrate Everton reaching safety back in May
Moyes has acknowledged the 23-year-old former Ipswich and Swansea midfielder still has room for improvement, but is excited about the Englishman’s prospects.
He added: ‘I have been pleased with him, he is a great boy and I hope he will play a lot of games for us.
‘There are bits to his game that we want him to improve on from what we have already seen. We want him to play forward more often, get him used to playing at a competitive level but I think we feel we have someone who can develop in the next year or two.
Moyes could hand a Premier League debut to youngster Flynn Downes (right) on Sunday
‘There will be changes and if I see he is ready to play, we could play Flynn if we needed him to.I have no fear in playing him.
‘I think he is another player who needs to get ready for the level and speed of what is expected amongst Premier League players.’
Everton will be without Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who has picked up a thigh injury, ruling him out until after the international break, while Moyes has reported no new injuries to his West Ham side.
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