Van der Meyde: The day Everton boss Moyes grabbed me by throat

Former Everton midfielder Andy van der Meyde has revealed the day manager David Moyes grabbed him by the throat.

Former Everton midfielder Andy van der Meyde has revealed the day manager David Moyes grabbed him by the throat.

Dutchman Van der Meyde details the clash in his new book, which is being serialised in The Sun:

"Moyes was sick to the stomach that he had to pay me £30,000 a week yet in two years I didn’t even play 20 matches. He said he had a club for me.

“But my daughter was still in hospital and Ipswich was a five-hour drive. Moyes never said more than 10 words to me ever again. He did everything to try to break me.

“At West Ham I was 19th man and got a ticket for the stands. I just walked out still in my Everton kit and got a cab back to Liverpool.

“For a home game with Middlesbrough I spent 90 minutes on the bench and was p***ed off. At Everton, players who don’t play have a training session at the end of the game. But I didn’t go on the pitch.

“Moyes said: ‘What are you doing?’ I said: ‘I’m going home.’ Moyes replied: ‘No, you have to do your training.’

“I said: ‘You can stick it.’ Moyes grabbed me by the throat and screamed: ‘You are going to do your training.’

“I said: ‘Go on hit me, hit me!’ Steam was coming out of Moyes’ ears but he let me go and two minutes later he gave me his hand and apologised.”

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