David Moyes: 'I am ready to return', says former Manchester United and Everton manager

The 51-year-old is 'waiting on the right job'

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Former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes has said he is "ready to return" to football after six months in the wilderness.

Moyes, 51, was the man Sir Alex Ferguson selected to succeed him after 27 years and 13 League titles at Old Trafford, but Moyes lasted less than 10 turbulent months in the job, with United failing to even reach the Champions League.

Despite 10 successful years at Everton, where he took the Toffees from relegation candidates to top-six regulars, Moyes' reputation has taken a battering after his brief tenture in Manchester.

But Moyes is ready to return to management and believes he can restore his damaged

 "I am ready to return," he told the BBC.

"I have enjoyed the time off but I have got to wait on the right job and make sure it's one that I want.

"I'm really ambitious, I would never have left Everton for anybody but an ambitious football club. And I thought Manchester United would have given me that opportunity," he addeed.

"It didn't materialise that way, so I am hoping that the next club I join gives me the chance to build a team, because I think that is what I am good at."

When Moyes arrived at Goodison Park from Preston North End in March 2002, Moyes picked up 13 points from nine matches to lead the Toffees to safety - they had only won one of their previous 13.

Working largely on a tight budget, Moyes set about rebuilding the squad, qualifying for the Champions League one season and regularly reaching the Europa League.

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David Moyes lasted less than 10 months at Old Trafford

"I also think that I am good at spotting and identifying young players, not only young players, but players.

"Over the years, we have brought in a lot of players at Everton and I think that they worked well. So if the opportunity came, then hopefully I will be able to make it work."

For all his good work at Everton, his spell at Manchester United was their worst in Premier League history. He said he would prefer an English club but is also open to working abroad - it's a case of finding the "right" club.

"I've had several people contact me about jobs," he added. "None of them have turned round and said 'here is a job it's yours'.

"But people have asked me if I have had any interest in jobs. The clubs that have come calling, I just felt that they weren't right."

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