The West Ham manager, David Moyes, has been busy delivering food boxes around Lytham. David, previously the manager of Preston North End, Everton, Manchester United, La Liga club Real Sociedad and Sunderland – and has spoken to Jacob Steinberg from The Guardian and also radio station TalkSport about his experiences. David has shared how he was collecting supplies from a local food shop in Lytham when he spotted an opportunity to help people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. He told the Guardian reporter that there was a sign in the window that said drivers were needed, and he volunteered.
David told the reporter how he left London for his family home in Lancashire a few weeks ago. Having spotted the sign in the window, he spent four days delivering fruit and veg around Lytham (also pointing out how he respected the two metre distancing rules). He said there were no autographs or conversations on the doorstep. Only one couple recognised the football manager delivering their shopping – but David was not doing it for acclaim. As the Guardian article stated, it was just his way of helping out while he is at home and he enjoyed his temporary career change.
David told Jacob Steinberg: ‘The big boxes of fruit and veg were beautiful, really colourful. I was enjoying it, going back to the shop to get another lot and then filling the car up. Two of my pals who I used to go out for drinks with now and again were giving me dog’s abuse and WhatsApping me saying: ‘Have you delivered your fruit and veg yet?’ I ended up having to deliver two big boxes to my pals.’
Most of the people paid online but David was told that a couple of people hadn’t paid and was asked, ‘Would you mind collecting the money?’ David even received a tip! He recalled ‘I think it was £16.80 for one box of fruit and veg. The lady gave me a £20 note and said: ‘Here son, just keep the change.’ David continued, ‘I then had a similar experience with another older lady. Her bill was £17.60 or something. She gave me £15. She was starting to dig into her purse and I said ‘that’ll do’. That was my tip gone!’
David is one of the few in the Premiership who has already agreed to take a pay cut of 30% from his salary, which is reported to be £2 million per annum.
The full story about David can be found on the Guardian, edition dated 23rd April, 2020. He also recounted the tale on TalkSport.