David Moyes: The Man Who May Need To Move On:


Just over a decade ago, the unmistakable David Moyes arrived at Goodison Park from Preston North End with a vivid head of red hair and respectable ambitions, the latter of which ultimately led to him being hired by Bill Kenwright’s Everton in 2002.To this day, the Scotsman’s personality has marginally changed. Despite a few grey hairs, he remains fixated on masterminding unlikely success, holding the same views and beliefs to his name.

It is a widely known problem that Moyes lives with, day in, day out: Everton’s agonizing and seemingly eternal financial difficulties. The frustrating sell-to-buy budget means that prestige, exciting signings are few and far between. If Diniyar Bilyaletdinov had not been sold to Spartak Moscow in January for around £5m, Nikica Jelavi? may well have finished the season a Rangers player. Therefore, transfer windows bring fear and uncertainty for Evertonians, as they live in constant fear of their major, pivotal players being sold to poachers. Both Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini are constantly linked with top four clubs, whether it be Manchester United, Chelsea or even Real Madrid. Loanee signings or free agents are brought in all too often to add short-lived depth to the shallow squad.


With this in mind, it is genuinely surprising that Everton continue to finish in the top 10 despite it being normality; football fans, pundits and journalists everywhere know this, often highlighting it when the Glaswegian and his squad take the limelight. There is only so long Moyes can keep at this stressful task without the money needed to drastically improve, however. If a bigger, better, wealthier club with a managerial vacancy and impressive reputation came calling, not one person in their right mind would blame him for calling time on his career with ‘The People’s Club’, as he once christened it.

After recently confirming he will not be replacing the confusing Harry Redknapp at Tottenham should Daniel Levy be interested, Evertonians rejoiced, but it also meant Moyes’ career will not be escalating as of yet. Alan Hansen may well have called it ‘inevitable’ that the ex-Preston North End defender would head to pasture’s new this summer, but his explicit commitment suggests only something too good to turn down would prise him from his beloved Everton.

When accumulating and looking at these factors, it becomes clear the Scotsman, realistically, would not take a ‘sideways move’. For example, Moyes’ name is to be expected among the favourites once the Aston Villa job becomes vacant. If Tottenham, with reputable players, attractive spending money and a respectable status is straightforward for Moyes to remove himself from the position of favourite, is it a club like Manchester United beckoning? As incredible as Sir Alex Ferguson has been for the Red Devils, he cannot go on forever; and his respect for Moyes is no secret.

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