Moyes is back on the touchline

David Moyes watches Longridge.Photo: Scott Cowan
David Moyes watches Longridge.Photo: Scott Cowan
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Ex-Manchester United and Preston North End manager David Moyes returned to the touchline on non-league day last Saturday.

Moyes popped down to the Mike Riding Ground to watch old pal Lee Ashcroft’s Longridge Town side thrash Lostock St Gerards 5-1.

And the Scotsman – who was sacked from the United hot-seat last season – gave the West Lancashire League Premier Division outfit his seal of approval.

He said: “Longridge look good to me and they have scored some very good goals.

“I’m just here to enjoy the game and support an old friend.”

Moyes played alongside Ashcroft for two years at PNE between 1996 and 1998.

The former Everton boss started his managerial career as player-manager at North End in January 1998.

And Ashcroft – who took over the reins at Town in the summer – cites the former Lilywhites boss as an influence on his managerial career.

He said: “It was great to see David down here watching us. I bumped into him on the Sunday previous and hadn’t seen him for a while and suggested he might like to come down and take a look at us.

“He promised me he would get to one of our games and it was good to see him – by all accounts he was impressed with us.

“Back in my playing days, I played with Moyesy and then he was my manager – his coaching was first class and I learned a lot off him, which I will always be grateful for.

“Hopefully we’ll see him again soon.”