Former Everton talisman Tim Cahill has said that Everton meant the world to David Moyes and that the Scot let the club take over his life.
Speaking from New York, Cahill appeared saddened that Everton were losing their manager, but insisted that he was happy for Moyes and wishes him all the best at Old Trafford.
“I’m happy for him and his family,” said the Australian.
“Obviously it’s a sad time for Everton, it meant so much to me as a club and the fans understand that it means so much to him.
“He’s done so much in the game and to be rewarded with the job at Manchester United is a mark of how much they respect him and everything he’s done as a manager.
“He cared so much about Everton that it took over his life, and that’s what happens when you join a club like Everton. For me personally, he was like a father figure. He wasn’t someone who needed to praise you all the time but he was someone who got the best out of you on and off the park.
“I’m a bit shocked because it’s one of the biggest jobs in the world.
“We text each other quite a lot and I’ve wished him all the best. He’s someone I can still turn to now for advice, whether it’s football or not.”