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Jagielka grateful to man-management of Everton's Moyes

Phil Jagielka credits his success in his first season at Everton to the man-management of David Moyes.

His progress in the last three months is in stark contrast to his stuttering start to the season following his multi-million pound arrival from Sheffield United in the summer.

Jagielka told evertonfc.com: "It hurt massively (not being in the team). I'd gone from someone who everyone loves to a nobody. I was beginning to doubt myself.

"I thought that maybe being at Everton was a step too far for me and that Sheffield United - at most the bottom half of the Premier League - was my level. I was moping and feeling fragile.

"I didn't know how to get into the team and what I was going to do when I was in it. When I did get in I played in different positions and was very frustrated.

"It was like being away from home. I'd left something that was second nature to me. I wondered if I could cut it. Then David Moyes had a word with me. He was very reassuring."

He added: "When I stayed in the team after Joe came back the manager didn't say anything. But it was like a big silent pat on the back. He's very clever with his mannerisms.

"He keeps you guarded by not saying much and letting you decide what he's thinking. It's a clever way of doing things.

"People will understand what I mean when I say Neil Warnock's a one-off. He wouldn't do the arm-around-the-shoulder thing but he was a father figure to me. He looked after me. He knew I'd never let him down. I hope David Moyes will come to feel the same way about me."

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