It added up to a 48 per cent win rate - 113 in 234 games - and earned him his top-flight chance when Walter Smith left Goodison Park.
"You don't do what he did at Everton for ten years and become a bad manager - he is a good manager".
Moyes has only been handed a six-month contract - but he insists that suits him fine.
And the former Manchester United boss conceded he has to fix his battered image after two sackings and a relegation in his last three jobs. "I have probably got one of the best win records in the Premier League".
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"Everybody has opinions. I have opinions when I go to watch teams and games as well".
The hope at the London Stadium will be that West Ham can measure up to Everton in terms of stature, given the money and the facilities at their disposal and the talent in their squad.
Moyes, 54, has been out of management since he resigned from his post at Sunderland at the end of last season after failing to prevent the northeast club being relegated from the Premier League.
"We believe David is the right man to turn things around and get the best out of the players at the club", joint chairman David Sullivan said. "Let's get the job done and then talk at the end of the year".
"I'm thrilled to be back in the game".
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Alan Irvine and Stuart Pearce are set to be part of Moyes' setup. "I've got no doubts about that, but ultimately we have to show it on the pitch".
Alvaro Arbeloa tweeted "better late than never" as the news broke that the struggling London club had chose to part ways with the manager who guided them to a seventh-placed finish two seasons ago.
"He will be telling us what he thinks we need".
Moyes will be without Portuguese defender Jose Fonte, 33, until the New Year after his ankle surgery on Monday.
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And this is according to the former Manchester United captain and now a Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville. This can happen to every one of my players, if I see they are not in good form.