The huge numbers of media present at the weekly press conference underlined the huge interest in Moyes replacing Ferguson.
Moyes greeted them with a wisecrack: "Have you nothing to do today?", before confirming he wished to talk only about Everton, which he did with an acute sense of pride.
"It has been very difficult," he said.
"I have great respect for the chairman and have a great relationship with him.
"He is a really good guy.
"We had a difficult meeting on Wednesday but he totally understood."