Right, let’s focus on the obvious negatives about the guy. Well in 11yrs at Everton Football Club he has a Trophy Haul of 0. Is yet to win a game at Anfield, Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge or The Emirates although he does have many victories at the Etihad, latest of which was when they were splashing their initial millions. Over the last few years his substitutions are a lot to be desired in the time he did them plus the player he brought on the player he took off. His tactics at times can be very poor, but at the same time can be spot on as well. You could also say a criticism is the way he continues to back the board despite them not backing him, however, there could be multiple reasons for this.
Right, so the positives. A major positive of David Moyes is the way he works in the transfer market, over his 11yr spell at Everton he has brought in some quality players for bargain prices. The stand out names being Cahill £1.5m, Arteta £2m, Pienaar £2m, Martyn £500k, Jagielka £4m, Lescott £5m and Baines £6m, let’s be honest, the list is massive. Another positive is again an obvious one, the fact that he turned Everton from relegation candidates into European Challengers with a net spend of about £1.8m over his 11yr period, impressive. And as pretty much Evertonian and Media Man has said, “Imagine what Moyes could do with money”, in my opinion he could do an awful lot! This is what annoys people, Moyes has gotten Everton to borderline Champions League Level with no money at all, so surely that’s an incentive for the Board to sell or actually invest, this isn’t an anti-board article either, just a point.
So onto why I have decided to write this article. There has been a lot of hysteria recently about Moyes leaving in the summer, some say he will, some say he won’t, others say they are not bothered, others say they are. I am simply here to give you MY take on this Moyes situation.
With regards to leaving Everton, I don’t think Moyes will, BUT, I would not blame him at all if he decided to pack his bags and call it quits with Everton, this board simply don’t match the man’s ambition as far as I’m afraid. Would I be bothered if Moyes left Everton? Well yes, yes I would, simply because of the board we have running this Club. Letting Moyes go is simply too big of a risk due to the fact he has worked under limited conditions for 11yrs. Could any other manager do this? Maybe yes, however, the question should be, do they want to? No, I don’t think so. In my opinion, we won’t get a replacement in who’s worthy to lace Moyes’ shoes to be honest, we will get someone like Megson, Coyle or even promote from within Stubbs, Ferguson etc. If we did, I’d genuinely give up with Football. 11yrs of Moyes work would vanish within the space of a week. This alone is one of the reasons why I think he would stay. He has built something here at Everton, something that is on the borders of special, would he really want to give it all up? I know I wouldn’t. Another reason is the fact that there isn’t a bigger job than EFC available right now, yes clubs may have more money than us, but most of them don’t even compare to Everton. I really don’t like mentioning Moyes wage, but you have to admit, £65k a week is a cushy job, one which all of us would accept without an ounce of thought.
Even though I mentioned those negatives above, I still love Moyes, I really do and I think A LOT of people are very harsh on the man. Yes he hasn’t won a trophy or beaten those teams at their place, but the stability and facilities the man has brought to the club is worth an awful lot, which, in my opinion deserves A LOT of respect from us fans. As I said earlier, if he does leave I wouldn’t blame him, he’d also go with my best wishes. If he doesn’t then ill remain happy, he should be guaranteed some form of decent money this summer so let’s hope he spends it wisely so we can definitely push on.
Although, if you do decide to leave this summer, David, then please leave a trophy winner. Our best chance at winning the FA Cup, let’s just win it yeah.
If David does leave this summer, who do YOU want to replace him? My shout is Michael Laudrup, would cost a BOMB, but it’s the least us fans deserve, a decent manager.