Northern Irishman himself had to follow in another famous Scot’s shoes at Anfield.
Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers has advised David Moyes to do it his way when he takes on the daunting task of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford dug-out this summer, reports the Daily Mirror.
Rodgers took over from previous Reds boss Kenny Dalglish at Anfield last June on a three-year contract, a task made even harder by having to replace the club’s greatest-ever player.
And now Everton coach Moyes is having to take on a similar task in the north west in following in Ferguson’s giant footsteps after the Scot decided to bring an end to his 26-year spell in charge of the Red Devils last Wednesday.
“You have to respect the great past, and when I came in after Kenny Dalglish I said it was a competition I could never win!” said Rodgers.
“This is a guy who was voted the greatest player in the club’s history and has done so many great things on and off the pitch, so he rightly gets that iconic status.
“But I wasn’t daunted by the task of replacing a club legend. I didn’t become a manager at 35 because I was shy. I arrived here with 20 years of work – it wasn’t just presented to me.
“Kenny was an incredible man and David going in after Sir Alex Ferguson will have the same. Fergie has been a success right up to the very end.
“David will come in and look to impose his personality, and it will take time because of the number of years his predecessor was there.
“But you have got to be strong enough to come in and at least know at the end of it all you’ve done it the way you wanted to do it.”