October 22, 1901
Mr William Cuff, solicitor, Liverpool, has been appointed Secretary and Manager of Everton Football Club in succession to Mr. Molyneux. The Directors of the Club had meeting last night, when those six candidates who had been placed on the short list were in attendance. In all there were 128 applicants, and the number was reduced until only half a dozen remained, viz.:— Mr. Cuff, one of the Directors and interim Secretary during the vacancy; W. Wallace, Dundee; Mr. Tom Maley, Celtic F.C. (brother Mr. Willie Maley); Mr. Ernest Mangnall, Burnley; Mr. Wales, “Liverpool Mercury”; Mr. Wilson, Secretary, Liverpool and District Football Association; and Dickie Boyle, the international half-back.
They were each separately tested in financial matters for a quarter of hour, after which there was vote, which resulted in Cuff, Wallace, Maley, and Boyle being still in the running.
Subsequently there was a long discussion, and the first-mentioned pair were left the final vote, the result being that Mr. Wallace was ousted by Mr. Cuff by one vote. Considering that Mr. Cuff was a former Director, had filled the position lately, which meant a lot, Mr. Wallace has to be congratulated on the strong stand made against the local influence, and the vote indicates the favourable impression Mr. Wallace must have made as an expert and able football manager.
It is understood that the salary is like £300 per annum.
(Dundee Evening Telegraph: October 22, 1901)