The new Manchester United manager spoke to the media for the first time on Friday afternoon
I think that's about everything from Finch Farm, folks. Moyes is obviously attached to Everton, to the people around him and to the fans, but couldn't have turned down Manchester United's approach. His willingness to answer the outlawed questions was a better demonstration of his respect for the club than if he had stoutly ignored them, so thank goodness the rules went out the window with a chuckle. He didn't have much to say about his successor - asked about the links with Neil Lennon, he said many good managers would be linked with the job - but will evidently have a hand in the next stage of the club. It will be an emotional day at Goodison Park on Sunday.
"I hope they react the way they did when I first stepped in the door," Moyes says when asked about the fans' reaction on Sunday. "If they don't I'll be totally understanding because I'm a football fan myself, but I'll be standing in the same position as I have done, and try and make sure we keep everything focused and heading in the right direction."
On the subject of recommendations, Moyes says Smith recommended him for the job 11 years ago, and he will be happy to do the same - has done the same, by the sounds of it.
"Everton are progressing. Small steps a lot of the years, but I do think Everton have made progress and we're competing around fifth, sixth, seventh spot most years."
He says Walter Smith made the job similarly easy for him when he came in. "I had some stability." But, he says, "when I took over the club were bobbing along, now Everton are competing at the top."
Moyes had been planning for next season, everything is already in place. "All we've ever done here is keep planning, keep preparing for what's next."
"I remember my first game against Fulham, the reception they gave me, I was relatively unknown. They've been great. It's not normal now that a manager stays in a job for 11 years, it's less likely than it's ever been; without the backing of the supporters I'm sure that wouldn't have happened."
Moyes says the meeting with the chairman was really difficult this week. "He's never been critical, he's always been supportive. He totally understood."
Looking at the video now, Moyes is smiling as he asks reporters to respect Everton and ask about the game, but bursts out laughing when someone actually asks about West Ham.
"The people I work with" come high on the list of things Moyes says he will miss about Everton, and he hopes he'll always be welcome back at the club. Meanwhile Sky are still trailing the press conference as if they're breaking the news that's been all over Twitter for half an hour.
"I'm going to see Takana Zion in the Kingdom Club in Sion, Switzerland (reggae is a lot bigger here than you might have imagined)," says Cian O'Suilleabhain of his weekend plans. "By the way, on a sample survey of the four people I discussed Fergie's departure with at work on Wednesday, when I mentioned that Moyes was SAF's likely successor, 100% of them responded with a furrowed brow and the word "Qui?"." United clearly have not considered the lucrative Swiss market, here.
David Moyes assures Manchester United fans that he has a bit of "devilment" in him, despite mellowing a bit over the years.
Sky are reporting that Bill Kenwright has said that his decision on a successor will be guided by how the fans feel, which suggests a few punters are going to lose money on Neil Lennon. Moyes mentions how important the backing of the fans has been during his time at Everton: "They got behind me from the word go, so all I can do is thank them for the support they've given me."
"Whoever comes in will get a well-run club," Moyes says, with "a great set of players".
Asked if he is upset to be leaving, Moyes says he is disappointed to be leaving such a great club, but that he has had wonderful support from the Everton players since the decision was made.
He says he will help Everton "any way he can" in finding a new manager, though the club has said it won't rush in to making an appointment.
He is at least answering questions, then!
This might sting a little bit, Everton fans: Moyes says he was "swaying towards" staying, hadn't planned to leave.
You'll like this. The press conference is happening right now, and it's not on telly. Not a sausage what's being said. But don't worry, a crack team of Smyth and Glendenning are on it.
Still waiting. Anyone doing anything nice this weekend?
"Anyone but Neil Lennon," says a fan interviewed by Sky Sports. And every other fan interviewed mentions anyone but Neil Lennon: Roberto Martinez, Steve Clarke...
Oddschecker have just emailed me to say the odds on Neil Lennon being the next Everton manager have come in to 9/4 (from 10/1 yesterday). This is a fact for you.
Actually, this business is going on at Finch Farm, Everton's training ground. I'm fairly certain everything else still applies. We're the rest of an ad break away, now, I'm led to believe.
Roberto Mancini is on song. Asked about Ferguson's departure, he was happy to answer questions, but asked about the prospect of facing Moyes, he suggested reporters wait. "Hopefully we can talk about this ahead of the Charity Shield." Perhaps he said Community Shield. You get the drift.
The thing is, and I appreciate this isn't exactly unique in the Premier League, all of this has gotten a bit silly. The diktat regarding questions only ensures that this press conference is a game of cat and mouse, as reporters insist on asking the questions they really want to ask, as a matter of principle, and Moyes tells them he won't be talking about that, thanks very much, chaps. As a pre-match press conference it's only right that the club should want to focus on the game, but without any announcement, Moyes could have reeled off a response to one or two questions, and then asked reporters to move on to the visit of West Ham.
Don't mind me, I've not had ma mid-morning snack.
So, the press are gathered in a small room at Goodison Park to see what David Moyes says when they ask him questions that they've been expressly told not to ask him, about moving to Manchester United. This is going to be fun.