Outgoing Everton manager David Moyes said he was disappointed to be leaving a "great club" but admitted there was no way he could turn down the opportunity to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
In an emotional press conference, his first since confirmation yesterday he would be leaving Goodison Park after 11 years, it was clear how much Everton means to Moyes. However the lure of Old Trafford was something he simply could not resist.
"I'm disappointed to be leaving such a great club," he said.
"The club has been such a great part of my life."
But when asked if he had considered turning down United's approach, Moyes said simply: "I have to be honest and say no."
Departing Everton manager David Moyes hopes his 11-year reign at Goodison Park will be remembered for the progress made at the club.
David Moyes will hold his weekly press conference this afternoon but will not answer questions about Manchester United manager.