Decision day for Eagles came back on July 29, 2008. Ferguson offered him terms to stay at the club he had joined at the age of 14. But a total of just six Premier League appearances were telling him a different story.
"It was so difficult," recalled Eagles to the Daily Mail. "I didn't want to go. But I love playing football.
"So Sir Alex said, 'There is this manager I would love you to meet'.
"He introduced me to Owen Coyle and that was that. I knew then I had met the right person."