David Moyes has claimed that he was just an elite centre-forward away from winning the Premier League with Everton.
Moyes spent 11 years at Goodison Park from his appointment in 2002 to his departure in 2013, stabilising the previously relegation-threatened Toffees.
The highest finish they recorded under the Scot’s management was fourth place in 2004/05, but Moyes says that he came close to bringing the Premier League title to Goodison Park.
“We had a great team at Everton but we were missing a centre-forward,” Moyes said. “I might be exaggerating, but I think with that we would have been close to winning the Premier League, we were that good.
“In the last two years, we finished above Liverpool in the league. You look at their spending over the years and that was a big thing, but we just couldn’t break the top four because we didn’t have the finances to buy a centre-forward.”
In Moyes’ 11 seasons in charge, no player scored more than 15 goals in the Premier League.
The Scot feels that his time spent at the club stands him in good stead with his current job at Sunderland.
He added: “It was a brilliant education because I had to try to spend well and learn.”