Everton boss Moyes beats Ferguson, Benitez for North West Manager of the Year award

Everton boss Dave Moyes has been name North West Manager of the Year.

Everton boss Dave Moyes has been name North West Manager of the Year.

It is a great achievement for Moyes, who beat the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Rafael Benitez and Mark Hughes to the prize.

The event was attended by many notable names, including Sir Tom Finney, Sir Bobby Charlton, Alan Irvine and Phil Brown.

Upon receiving his award, Moyes said: "It is a great honour and I am pleased to be here. Being a manager, you have to have a thick skin at times, but I am fortunate that the clubs I have been at have given me time and a chance.

"I've been at Everton nearly seven years and we have been able to change. We now have much younger players and I am fortunate to have the people I have got."

The decision was made by a prestigious panel of sporting experts, including Gordon Taylor, Maurice Watkins and Paul Thorogood who assembled to pick the cream of the footballing crop.

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