Scottish boss David Moyes has been handed a chance at resurrecting his managerial career in the Premier League at Sunderland.
The former Everton boss has stepped into the role after Sam Allardyce was appointed England boss.
Mixed career so far for David Moyes
Moyes has enjoyed mixed fortunes in his managerial career so far, but the Scot may feel like he has a point to prove in the English top-flight.
When Everton plucked David Moyes from Championship Preston in 2002 eyebrows were raised. However, the Premier League rookie proved his worth by turning the Toffees fortunes around in his 11-year tenure on Merseyside.
The side from Merseyside went from a team struggling to beat relegation when he arrived, to a team challenging for the top six on a regular basis. Not every season was stellar, but the Toffees never looked like going down under the fiery former Celtic centre-back.
Moyes built his team with limited resources. Often criticised for not taking Everton to the next level, or not winning silverware, Moyes left the Merseysiders in a far better position than when he arrived.
The 53-year-olds solid performance with Everton led to his ill-fated stint in charge at Manchester United, which lasted less than a year. The team had won the Premier League title in the previous campaign under Sir Alex Ferguson.
In fairness to Moyes though, the team that he inherited was reaching the end of their cycle. The Red Devils finished the campaign in the lowly position of seventh.
His next stop was a rather surprisingly one, as Moyes turned up in San Sebastian at Spanish side Real Sociedad. He guided the Basque side to safety in his first half a season but was sacked last November with La Real just outside the relegation zone after a poor start to their La Liga campaign.
Another change of boss for Sunderland
Moyes proved at Everton that he is capable of steadying a rather wobbly ship. Sunderland seems to be perennial strugglers in the English top-flight. Every campaign in recent history the Black Cats have made a poor start and sent out an SOS message to a new boss.
That boss usually saves the team from relegation, but the team struggled at the start of the next campaign and that boss is fired. The cycle then continues. This summer has been slightly different, though, as the north east side saw their boss appointed by England.
I suppose appointing a boss in the summer saves a job later on in the season when they are struggling in the league. Moyes does not have much time to get to know his players and bring in any new players before the Premier League campaign kicks-off though.
Moyes could be a good appointment
How successful David Moyes is at Sunderland will depend on whether he is the same hungry boss that managed Everton for so long. He always seemed hungry for successful and wore his heart on his sleeve on Merseyside.
The 53-year-old seems like a tough character and always came across as a fiery guy on the sidelines at Everton. The Manchester United job came at the wrong time for him, but he had to take a chance and test himself at a higher level.
The Red Devils never had full confidence in Moyes to sustain the team’s success on the pitch. His successor Louis van Gaal was handed hundreds of millions to strengthen his squad, only to finish fourth and fifth in the Premier League table. Moyes was not afforded the same luxury.
This could be Moyes’ last chance of reviving his managerial career and to be fair the Sunderland job is a decent one to re-establish his career in the Premier League. The Black Cats are currently odds of 9/4 to be relegated next season.
However, Allardyce made some shrewd signings in January and the Black Cats do not have a terrible squad. Moyes was shrewd in the transfer market at Everton and with some quality signings, the Black Cats could steer clear of the drop zone for the first time in a long time.
Sunderland could be the perfect club for David Moyes at the current juncture of his career and they may well be a match made in heaven.
Will David Moyes be a success at Sunderland next season?
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