Ex-Everton boss David Moyes and former club talisman Tim Cahill were reunited on Friday for the first time since the Australian international’s move to the New York Red Bulls after the 2011-12 season.
The Scot brought Cahill to Everton in a 1.5 million deal from Milwall in the summer of 2004, with the side then going on to achieve a remarkable fourth-place Premier League finish in the midfielder’s first season at Goodison Park.
He would hit an impressive 68 goals in 278 total appearances during his eight seasons with the Toffees, before departing for MLS as a verifiable fan favourite and club legend, writing on his Instagram page:
‘Amazing to catch up with a true gentleman of the game on and off the park.
‘Will never forget the day he brought me to Everton and the amazing 8 years we had at EFC.'
After a slow start to life in the USA, Cahill would experience an MVP-calibre campaign in his first full season with the Red Bulls, outshining club captain Thierry Henry to help the team claim the 2013 Supporters’ Shield – their first-ever major piece of silverware.
Moyes, meanwhile, was in New York as a guest of Red Bulls technical director Andy Roxburgh, who coached the Scotland national team from 1986 to 1993, with the former Manchester United manager now having some spare time on his hands following a disastrous nine-month tenure as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.