Man Utd boss David Moyes slept in his car at France 98
Manchester United manager David Moyes has revealed that he slept in his car at the 1998 World Cup because he was so desperate to study the games but couldn’t afford hotel rooms.
The then newly-appointed Preston North End manager secured some funding from the PFA to be able to travel to France. The funds covered his car hire costs, but wouldn’t stretch to a room for every night.
So the Scot simply kipped in the car.
He told the Press Association: “By the World Cup in France [in 1998], I had only just been appointed manager at Preston. I had to ask the Professional Footballers’ Association to fund me because I wanted to go to the World Cup to study.
“I wrote to all of the countries to ask if I could go and watch training.
“The only country who replied and said yes was Craig Brown with Scotland – and I was Scottish and had already been at all their courses.
“I had some tickets for some games, but not enough. But I hired a small car. I was given some funding by the PFA. I wasn’t earning enough.
“In the end I drove round and had to sleep in the car a few nights. That is the kind of thing I did to try to find some more knowledge.”
Didn’t Paul Jewell have a similar story? We’re pretty sure he wasn’t averse to using his car as a bed either.