Louis Saha joined Everton in the summer of 2008 after struggling to maintain his fitness at Manchester United. As he was injured at the time of signing, Saha offered to train for free at Everton until he was available to play.

In an exclusive interview with The Republik of Mancunia on behalf of 888Sport.com, who are putting betting at the heart of football debate by asking punters to have the #LastWord over their mates by backing their banter with a bet, Saha talks about his opinion on Moyes’ failure at United as well as his own plans to one day become a manager.

You’ve said in the past that you wanted to become a manager at some point. How much has Sir Alex Ferguson influenced you on that decision?

Yes, it’s a thinking rather than an ambition, just because I know you have to be really, really dedicated and watch hours and hours of games, and so I need to obviously do my coaching and see how I do. Maybe I’m not qualified for it! For sure, I’ve got my vision, my philosophy and I think that I can really do some good. But Ferguson and his attitude, during my career, helped me to visual exactly what was very important for players and what helped players to improve. If I can give that back, I will.

You played under David Moyes at Everton. What do you think went wrong for him at United?

I think to look at it, first maybe it was just too early for him. As he was, maybe it just wasn’t the right timing and maybe it was too early for Van Gall as well because now he’s just starting to do well after four months. So that’s the thing, for David Moyes it was just too early because the transition was too strong. At the same time, because he did not have the pedigree with a lot of trophies and stuff like this, maybe players were not taking his advice as much or as quick because of that. A few mistakes in the transfer market absolutely killed it.

You were part of the record-breaking Fulham team that won promotion to the Premier League. What do you think has gone wrong there over the last couple of seasons?

The players who were out on the field didn’t perform. They didn’t start well. Maybe some changes in the management. Wrong choices in terms of team shape. Changing managers at the wrong time. So many mistakes. No consistency. When you go down it’s because you didn’t manage to recover from your first few mistakes. Simple as that. Right now, I think Kit Symons is doing a great job and I wish them to go back into the Premier League straight-away.

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