Much has happened since 14th March, 2002 when a young David Moyes, fresh from his successes at Preston North End stepped into the significantly bigger shoes at Everton Football Club. A lot has happened in those eleven years, Manchester City under the influence of the Arabs put themselves back on the map, not just in Manchester but also in the rest of Europe, Chelsea have had nine managers come in and out and the red side of Merseyside also have had their ups and downs, both on the field and off it. There has been one ship that has so far sailed steady has without a doubt, and that has been Everton’s.
Not only have they been operating on a shoe-string budget, Moyes has somehow managed to balance youth and experience, making Everton a consistent performer in the Premier League. But at the end of this season, it seems like both David Moyes’ patience and his contract seem to be running out. In my opinion, for the betterment of both the club and his career, Moyes should now pack up his bags and seek pastures anew. And with clubs like Schalke and Chelsea looking for managers, he will most certainly have his pick of clubs at the end of the season.
While people may argue and say why should the man dubbed by the media as “The New Alex Ferguson” be accorded such special status? After all, he hasn’t won a single trophy during his time at Everton despite being against weaker opposition, like their encounter against Wigan in the FA Cup this year(which they lost 3-0). However, some major facts have been overlooked. Ever since Moyes took over, 2 cups have been won by Arsenal, 1 each by both of the Manchester sides, 1 by Liverpool, 1 by Portsmouth and 4 by Chelsea. All of the above clubs have spent more than Everton have in those seasons, including Portsmouth who nearly bankrupted themselves in doing so. Moyes’ ability is being questioned only because of his supposed inability to manage bigger clubs.
Many people seem to have forgotten that he had taken a similar jump when he went from Preston to Everton which he admitted himself during his first press conference as an Everton manager, “I am from a city that is not unlike Liverpool. I am joining the people’s football club. The majority of people you meet on the street are Everton fans. It is a fantastic opportunity, something you dream about. I said ‘yes’ right away as it is such a big club.” Not many had at the time anticipated that Moyes would last at the club for long, because at the time, Everton were in danger of relegation, but he was successful in steering them away from relegation. Just two seasons later, he led the club to their first ever appearance in the Champions League (That season would turn out to be one of their worst in the new millennium)
His excellent man-management skills along with an astute eye for talent are the reasons why Moyes is often compared to compatriot, Sir Alex Ferguson. Steven Pienaar is an excellent example of his ability to inspire loyalty for the club with the South-African returning to the club for a second spell after an ill-fated spell at Tottenham. Signings like Pienaar, Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Leighton Baines among others shows that Moyes does have a knack of spotting good players. Add to that his ability to nurture home-grown talent such as Wayne Rooney, Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman, Jack Rodwell among others is something that very few managers in the Premier League possess and something that should serve him in good stead in Germany.
Moyes’ no nonsense and pragmatic approach to the game could be another obstacle
Moyes’ time at Everton has also unfortunately made the managerial seat stale, and it is time to inject some new blood into Everton and Goodison Park. Coincidentally, it is also time for David Moyes to leave, not only for himself but also for his career. He does however, have a chance of leaving Everton on a high. Not only is there a Merseyside derby at Anfield to look forward to, there is also the possibility of Everton finishing higher than Liverpool for successive seasons, something that hasn’t happened since 1937.