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David Moyes can do a good job at Swansea

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 10 Dec 2015

David Moyes finds out hes the favourite for the Swansea job

David Moyes finds out he is the favourite for the Swansea job 

Swansea is looking for a new boss after dispensing with the services of club stalwart Garry Monk on Wednesday.

The rookie boss has been in charge of the Swans for 22 months and has left with the Welsh side just one point above the Premier League relegation zone.

The search for Monk’s replacement is no doubt in full swing. Former-boss Brendan Rodgers was initially regarded as favourite for the job.

However the Northern Irishman has now been ruled out and former-Manchester United boss David Moyes instilled as favourite for the vacancy.

Regarded as a failure

David Moyes has been labelled a failure by the media and fans alike after his infamous short-lived spell at Manchester United. The Scot always had an impossible task replacing club legend Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

His predecessor may have had faith in his countryman, but the feeling emanating from the club hierarchy was rather different. It felt like he never really had the full backing of the Red Devils big wigs.

The fans never really believed in the Scot and at times he seemed like he was out of his depth. He was hired as a long-term appointment, yet was given less than a year in charge.

His next challenge came surprisingly in Spain with Real Sociedad. La Real were struggling near the bottom of league table when the Scot arrived midway through last season. He saved Sociedad from the drop in his first half a season in charge.

He signed nine new players in the summer and La Real was expected to make progress in the Spanish top-flight. However, the early stages of the campaign were a huge disappointment and Moyes was sacked with La Real in a similar position to when he arrived.

The move to Spain surprised everybody, because he is regarded as a typical old school British boss in many ways. However he was always been a student of the game and wanted to experience a different culture, both on and off-the-pitch.

A good manager

Many people forget that David Moyes was the boss who transformed Everton from relegation strugglers to a team that regularly finished in the top-half. He also helped the club qualify for European football once again, something that Everton fans craved.

He may not have won silverware in his 11 years at the club, but he brought much-needed stability to the club from Merseyside, on a smaller budget than the local chip shop.

Not only did he restore the fortunes on the pitch, he helped restore the clubs finances with clever transfer dealing, even if he was once dubbed ‘Dithering Davey’ for his slowness in the transfer market.

When he did act, his dealings were more often successful than they were not. Moyes was responsible for bringing in the likes of Tim Howard, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka, who are currently all key players for the Toffees.

The fact that that John Stones was Moyes last ever signing as Everton boss illustrates the Scot’s knack of picking-up a bargain in the transfer market.

Steadying of the ship needed

In a way Garry Monk was a victim of his own success at Swansea. Collecting a record number of points and a highest ever finish in the Premier League raised expectations amongst the Swans fans. I suppose Swans fans had a right to expect better than being just one point above the relegation zone.

Monk’s naivety in the dugout has maybe caused the current situation at the club. He reportedly fell out with senior players and was reluctant to take assistance when it was offered by the club hierarchy.

The Swans definitely need a new boss in and quickly. For me Moyes would be a good choice. He proved at Everton he can take a relegation threatened team with little money and steady the ship.

At United, he inherited the Titanic of jobs. The team were sinking and only Sir Alex Ferguson was keeping them afloat. Moyes was handed little support, yet was expected to achieve big results.

However, Swansea seems to be the perfect club for Moyes to make a return to the English top-flight. They have a decent squad of players, the expectations have been slightly diluted by the poor start to the season and Moyes seems hungry for a return to the Premier League.

If David Moyes is appointed as Swansea boss I am sure he will do a good job and be far more appreciated by Swans fans than he was by United fans that is for sure.

Would David Moyes be a good appointment for Swansea?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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