PICTURE: Everton hero Tim Cahill returns to say bye to Moyes

Tim Cahill

The Australian was in attendance as Everton faced West Ham United in the final game at Goodison Park for the manager.

Today saw David Moyes say goodbye to his loving Everton fans after 11 years on Merseyside as he agreed earlier in the week to take over the reins from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. The Scotsman was given a guard of honour and rapturous reception all around as he waved goodbye to the club he has served with such aplomb for more than a decade.

It was a mixed day for Everton FC fans. While they obviously were said to see their talismanic manager leave the club there was also a sense of joy and pride that he was chose as the man to take over one of the hardest jobs in world football.

But it was not just the average Joe who wanted to witness the end of Moyes’ reign at Goodison because a famous fan and former employee also wanted to say thank you and good luck to the outgoing gaffer.

Last summer Tim Cahill was allowed to leave the club after struggling to overcome serious injury problems in the season previous. His transfer to Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls opened up the wage budget to bring in players such as Kevin Mirallas and it was the Belgian recruit who had the final say on the Goodison farewell.

He bagged both goals in a 2-0 victory over West Ham to ensure the leaving do was not spoiled by their London visitors.

And Cahill was in attendance; sitting next to the clubs long suffering chairman Bill Kenwright. His MLS side were in action today but Cahill was suspended for the game against the New England Revolution after coincidentally accumulating the requisite amount of yellow cards.

Therefore Cahill decided to make the 6,000-mile round-trip to see off the man who signed him from Millwall for £1.5 million in 2004; and he went on to score 68 goals for the club in almost 300 appearances becoming a cult hero in the process.

But it was a real nice touch of him to make his way over to Liverpool just to see off his old boss really highlights the esteem in which he regards the club; and the club still regards him in the same fashion.

image: © Nick Sarebi

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