Monday, June 18, 2018

David Moyes must choose his next move carefully

David Moyes is likely to be in demand

David Moyes is likely to be in demand

With David Moyes losing his job as manager of Real Sociedad last week, there is sure to be no shortage of suitors for the fifty-two year old Glaswegian.

But what would be the best fit for a man who is clearly talented but has suffered more lows than highs in the last two years of his career.

His dedication to his profession cannot be denied. Moyes began taking his coaching badges from the thirty years ago whilst playing at Bristol City.

At thirty-four, he was handed his first managerial role at Preston North End and within two-and-a-half years clinched the Division Two title taking the Lancashire club to the second-tier – now known as the Championship.

Award winning

While he won no honours in eleven years in his next job at Everton, he collected numerous personal accolades including ten Premier League Manager of the Month awards while he was thrice named LMA Manager of the Year.

His work at Goodison Park gained him many admirers, not least Sir Alex Ferguson who himself selected him as his replacement at Old Trafford – a job which would have been a tall order for even the games’ greatest and which duly lasted less than ten months.

After half a year out of work he surfaced in San Sebastien and again found himself out of work exactly one year to the day he was named as Jagoba Arrasate’s replacement.

There are not too many vacant positions for Moyes to walk into so he will have to wait to begin his next role though he is already odds on to take charge of one English club, and it is a club like no other.

Leeds United only appointed Steve Evans last month though when he takes charge against his former club Rotherham United at the weekend he will have managed as many games as two of his previous four predecessors.

However his chances of taking charge at Elland Road rests on whether or not the club are successfully purchased by potential buyer Steve Parkin.

The right level

The three most under threat managers in the Premier League, in the eyes of the bookmakers, are Garry Monk of Swansea, Jose Mourinho of Chelsea and Newcastle United’s Steve McClaren.

While it is unlikely that he could take the reins at Stamford Bridge, the former and the latter of the trio are likely to be on Moyes’ mind as is the club where he began his playing career – Celtic.

A move to the MLS has also been mooted while his ambitions of one day managing his country will have to be put on hold after Gordon Strachan penned a new deal with the Scottish FA last month despite the Tartan Army being the only side of the home nations not to qualify for Euro 2016.

A club of the same level as Everton would be my suggestion for Moyes – an established Premier League outfit that can be moved on to the next level, thus showcasing his real abilities.

Moyes simply looked out of his depth at Manchester United and while his attempts to rebuild his reputation on foreign soil didn’t quite go to plan his stock remains high.

However, for that to remain the case he must succeed in his next job. Recovering from two knocks is within his reach but a third failure could seriously damage his career.

What should David Moyes’ next move be?


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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