We’d argue that former Everton boss David Moyes should never have left the club, and we’re sure he’d agree. Heck, he should’ve set up a tent at Goodison Park and slept there, anything would’ve beaten his miserable fate post-Toffees.
David Moyes might just be the most successful manager who never won a thing. An interesting paradox, hey; one you certainly wouldn’t associate with modern football.
While the Scot has since collapsed, which we’ll touch on a little later, he did an extremely good job at Everton during his twelve-year stint. We’re talking very, very good.
Prior to his arrival Everton stank. For six seasons they had wallowed in utter misery. Only once had the Blues managed to secure top half finish in the decade leading up to Moyes’ appointment.
In the decade following, however, this trend reversed in the most incredible of ways (barring, of course, the 17th place finish in 2004 – but we’ll make allowances for that). Moyes instilled a sense of pride back in the squad and encouraged a plucky spirit we all came to associate with their brand of do-or-die football. Everything was left out on the pitch when Moyes was in charge. Everything. And the Toffees benefited because of it, and Moyes too – which is probably why it went so utterly downhill for him after he left.
We’d also like to give a special mention to his transfer policy. Like a grandparent who never quite outgrew rationing, David Moyes really knew how to spot a bargain. Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Joleon Lescott and Seamus Coleman were all quality bits of business.
Now, onto the next chapter of his life. Sheesh. Admittedly, Manchester United isn’t a job you turn down, we get it. But by golly, with the gift of hindsight, he should’ve warded off all interest from the global giants like an angry, frothing Rottweiler with infected with rabies.
Desperately out of place and ideas and lacking in any of the necessary qualities that made him suitable to inherit the role from Sir Alex Ferguson, apart from being Scottish, the ‘Chosen One’ lasted just 51 games into his six-year deal at Old Trafford before being unceremoniously relieved of his duties.
Later that year he joined Spanish side Real Sociedad in what was one of the weirdest appointments known to modern history, not least because of his bizarre attempt at the Spanish language/accent. Blimey, we forgot about bad it was.
The Scots holiday lasted just a year before he was sacked and plunged back into the melee of English football, first to Sunderland where he recorded an impressive points-per-game record of 0.72 and then West Ham United, where things didn’t much improve.
There’s not much to suggest that this gargoyle boss will be stepping into a dugout anytime soon.
Everton fans, what are your standout memories of David Moyes? Let us know in the comments below…
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