David Moyes recently turned down the chance to manage Aston Villa, with the club’s spiraling wage budget, vast squad deficiencies and a lack of transfer policy likely to be the reasoning behind his decision.
However, Villa are one of many clubs the Scottish coach has opted against joining in the last year, so what job is he holding out for?
His stock couldn’t be lower
Moyes has endured a difficult three years since leaving Everton, having been sacked at both Manchester United and Real Sociedad, so the top job offers haven’t been coming in abundance as they once were. The Scotsman left Everton with the utmost adulation in 2013 and joined United with many believing he could go on emulate Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, he lasted around 10 months in the role before being sacked, and bided his time before taking up another position. Surprisingly, it was La Liga strugglers Real Sociedad whom he next managed, and enjoyed a good first season, keeping them away from the relegation zone, as his remit. But things went sour in his second season.
Past failures causing self-doubt?
Sociedad couldn’t replicate the magic from immediately upon Moyes’ arrival to the Anoeta Stadium, and he left the club one-day shy of a year since he was initially called in to save them from the drop. With two big black marks on his record, it’s not surprising that David Moyes is waiting patiently for his next job. However, solid and well-run clubs have approached the 53-year-old since his Sociedad exit, but have been rebuffed, so it’s unknown what he’s looking for.
Moyes previously stated his desire to manage a team in the Champions League after having enjoyed the experience with former side Manchester United, but it’s unlikely clubs of such stature will turn to him after his last two failed appointments. Celtic were one club in the Champions League who were interested in Moyes, but the former Celtic player turned them down.
Could Moyes retread on former ground?
In addition to Aston Villa and Celtic, David Moyes has publicly ruled himself out of jobs with Sunderland, Swansea City and Newcastle United since his Sociedad exit, let alone the offers he hasn’t publicly disclosed.
So is the Scottish coach really now holding out for a Champions League job? Or does he need more time before getting back into management after two major setbacks to what was looking a promising career? A former club might hold the key with David Moyes 8/1 to be the next Everton manager, but what job does he want?