David Moyes said he wasn't originally planning to leave Everton as he faced the media for the first time since he was announced as the next Manchester United manager.
The Times newspaper's Merseyside football writer Tony Barrett has tweeted Moyes' comments from the press conference:
Moyes:"I wasn't planning to leave. My contract was running out but if you'd pushed me I would've said I was edging towards staying."
Moyes: "It was very difficult (to tell the chairman). He's been great to me, tried to give me everything he can. But he understood."
David Moyes: "I'd really respect it today if you keep questions to Everton today. I'm manager of Everton Football Club."
David Moyes will hold his weekly press conference this afternoon but will not answer questions about Manchester United manager.
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