Is it Time For David Moyes to Leave Everton?

21 September 2010

Everton manager David Moyes. (Credit Image: © Action Images/ZUMApress.com)
...to give a non committal answer, it might be.

It has not been the greatest of starts at Goodison Park this season. Currently, only West Ham United are below Everton in the Premier League table, and they are the only other Premier League club without a league victory. You can also add to that list third round victims of the Carling Cup, after they went out to League One Brentford tonight on penalties. Brentford are 44 places below Everton in the league

Since taking over for Walter Smith in 2002, Moyes's league form has stabilized, but his cup competition form has pretty much stayed the same. After guiding Everton away from the relegation zone in 2002, he has seen finishes of 7th, 17th, 4th, 11th, 6th, then back to back 5th place finishes, before finishing eighth last season. At the same time, Everton have only advanced past the fourth round of the FA Cup twice, and past the fourth round of the League Cup once.

Moyes in the transfer market has been good at buying, but not the greatest at selling. Until the financial situation turned for the worse at Everton this summer, Moyes has done a good job picking up players that have served their purpose for a time, including Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Phil Jagielka, Dan Gossling, Marouane Fellaini, and Diniyar Bilaletdinov. What's telling about his purchases are that a good percentage of the names are still with the club today. However, he's only been able to sell off Andrew Johnson, Wayne Rooney, and Joleon Lescott for over ten million Euros, and only six others for over 2.5 million.

What makes me think it's time for Moyes and Everton to mutually part ways is because, unless there is a sudden influx of cash from a very wealthy owner, I just don't see Moyes being able to take Everton higher than seventh in the table. As we've already seen with this year's League Cup, the secondary trophies aren't high on the manager's priority list. The slow starts over the past two seasons are also not helping him. While Everton were able to finish eighth last season, nothing in their play so far this season tells me that they will get any higher in the table. All-in-all, it's the classic case of going as far as you can with a club and needing to leave for another challenge.

The only problem with Moyes leaving Everton is where can he go that would be both a move up and a challenge. A move to Celtic or Rangers in the SPL would be more a lateral move than a move forward. At this time, Moyes is not ready for the challenges a 'big four' job would provide. The only option I could see in England would be at Manchester City, but that would only be if Roberto Mancini got sacked. In truth, Moyes should consider taking a job on the continent, maybe even in Holland. It would expand his tactical mind, while at the same time showing that he is a better manager than the finishes at Everton show.

While it's nice to be the third most tenured manager in the Barclays Premier League, sometimes you just have to know when it's time to move on. David Moyes is at that point. While I don't agree with bailing on a team in season, if things stay the same until the end of October, I wouldn't put it past both Moyes and the Everton board to mutually part ways. Moyes should be proud of what he was able to do at Goodison Park. He should also be prouder that there will be plenty of opportunities waiting for him in the future.

1 comments:

toddmintz September 22, 2010 at 8:02 PM  

Excellent article Johnathan. I think the same thing with David. He did a great job embracing and using Landon Donovan last season. Everton should also be commended for contributing last year for coming out to Salt Lake City and playing in MLS all Star Game.

They are overachievers. Tim Howard matured and became a real good goalie, however, he can still be out of position and gives up the occasional bad goal. I do question his attacking philosophy, they are never creative. Further, the underutilization of Louis Saha when he is fit.

The big problem no money. Goodison although quaint, old. When they could not work out a deal for pride swallowing a chance to share with Liverpool a beautiful new ground for possibly political reasons-it has proven costly. More so without the revenues needed to buy.

I do not agree though for the Scot that Celtic would be necessarily a "lateral Move". A carekeeper manager, it is a chance for him to rebuild a club that has fallen behind Rangers. Further they already out of Europe....I picture Moyes would have a chance at Celtic rebuild the club and his own reputation...

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