Could David Moyes spontaneously combust?
A momentus week in not only Manchester United’s history, but also Evertons draws to a close with both teams looking towards a bright new future. Many an Everton fan will look towards David Moyes with an air of “What If”? What if he could have been given the funds to compete?
Let’s put this in perspective, David Moyes net spend at Everton when compared to other Premier League teams should have meant that Everton were relegated. Listening to Talksport, some callers would have you believe that Moyes had a decent amount of money to spend and bring up the £15m for Marouane Fellaini as an example, whilst failing to mention that the fee was paid over 4 years and 2 previous record signings (Andrew Johnson and James Beattie) had to be sold to fund the purchase. He has one of the lowest net spends in the division and a wage bill that comes in around midway.
Moyes has worked on a shoestring, selling or loaning players to fund new additions; always making sure that the players purchased could cover a number of positions. Yes he was paid handsomely to do the job, but he never really had the adequate resources that a club of Evertons magnitude deserved.
Moyes has landed on his feet through hard work and loyalty. We talk of Premier League players coming from council house estates into millions of pounds of wages and not knowing what to do with it all and in my head, I picture that of Moyes. I have the image of him sitting Tony Montana style in a pool of money, lighting cigars with £50 notes whilst supping on champers and rubbing his nipples to pictures of Robert Lewandowski. He then spontaneously combusts.
Seriously, Moyes will never in his wildest dreams pictured himself having the kinds of transfer budgets that he will get at Manchester United. He will be able to spend on one player what he would have been able to spend in 4 transfer windows at Goodison. He will be able to cultivate a team, without having to wheel and deal with agents while trying to lower the wage bill to pay Barclays. He will be safe in the knowledge that he will be able to purchase nearly any player in the world with the right business case.
Will he be a success? Only time will tell. From my own personal opinion I think he will. He is a son of the game, he studies it inside out. He has a wealth of knowledge from coaches across Europe and different techniques. He will be able to implement what he always wanted too at Everton with hardly any restrictions. The United fans will learn to love his honesty and integrity and he will have no problems in going into Sir Alex Fergusons office and asking for advice.
It just leaves “Plucky Old Everton” to fish for the right manager that can carry on what Moyes left and it leaves the Everton board with a difficult decision to make to find the right person to shield their downfalls……….. Good luck with that one