Especially in the latter years of his reign, it was notable how often Sir Alex Ferguson either spoke up for young bosses or offered them advice in an industry where the time allowed to make a success of the job has been reduced to a matter of months.
Moyes looks set to inherit that mantle, having already stepped into Ferguson's job at Manchester United.
In truth it was something he was doing at Everton, with Cardiff boss Malky Mackay amongst those he invited to Merseyside for a chat in the early stages of the 41-year-old's climb up the managerial ladder.
"Like I did with Sir Alex if I needed a bit of advice when I was younger, some of these lads have come to me thinking I am experienced and old," said Moyes.
"I feel as if I have the experience now but I certainly don't feel old that's for sure.
"Nevertheless, if I can be of any help to them I will. Hopefully that is what I did when I was at Everton as well."
Moyes and Mackay share a common background, having both played for Celtic before branching out.
Whilst Moyes ended up in the lower leagues, Mackay forged a decent career for himself at Norwich, West Ham and Watford, where he got a chance to cut his managerial teeth in 2009.
"I have known Malky a bit," said Moyes.
"I came through Celtic as a young player and so did he and Paul Lambert.
"He is doing it himself now. He is on his route. He is doing great."
Mackay is doing remarkably well considering the chaos behind the scenes at Cardiff.
Head of recruitment Iain Moody was axed last month, with 23-year-old Alisher Apsalyamov, who has no football experience, appointed instead.
At one point it seemed Mackay would follow close friend Moody through the exit door.
So far it has not happened.
And whilst Moyes has no favours to extend this weekend, he is keen to see Mackay being allowed to manage in a stable environment.
"Cardiff have done well," he said.
"They have had a good start to the Premier League and look as if they are trying to make a fist of it.
"They have bought one or two interesting players and have a structure there they are trying to build on.
"What that club needs is a bit of stability and a bit of continuity to allow them to grow and not to be a club which is going to yo-yo.
"But my concern is beating them.
"Malky is big enough to look after Cardiff and make sure they finish in a strong Premier League position."