Everton manager Moyes is now in his tenth year at the club. An impressive record in today’s modern environment where managers last as long as your average chewing gum’s flavour.
If you cast your memory back to Everton in a pre-Moyes era, they were regular relegation battlers.
Although still without silverware, it’s undeniably impressive how far Moyes has taken them, Including to the Champions league. But it is widely accepted he has taken the club as far as he can, and needs an opportunity at a new, bigger club
And one just might be available.
Harry to England? It’s dragged on and on with typical FA ineptitude and media hype, but lets for a moment assume that Harry will join England eventually. Then Spurs would be well advised to go for Moyes to replace him. Why? Well here’s three reasons
Proven Premiership Record
Spurs will be, and already are, linked with a host of big name, glamorous managers. It must be tempting when you see names such as Louis Van Gaal, and Didier Deschamps, on the odds lists. They bring with them all their European flair, and history of European trophies. But bringing a European manger is risky business, and Spurs have been burnt in the past with Jacques Santini, and Christian Gross (brings back memories eh).
But the important thing here is not that the coach may be foreign (this isn’t the national team after all), but whether they have Premiership experience. Deschamps, Jorge Jesus, etc don’t. This doesn’t necessarily doom them to failure, but why take the risk when there is a manager waiting who knows the Premiership like the back of his hand (Moyes is the 4th most experienced in the League). The League performance still needs to remain Spurs focus for the next few years. A foreign coach may more experience in European competitions, but Spurs need to focus on finishing in the top 4 if they wish to maintain this new found top team status.
Sure there’s been Per Koldrup, But no manager has 100% transfer success. Moyes still has a very good transfer record. He’s brought the likes of Howard, Pienaar, Lescott, Cahill, and Arteta to Everton. And of course all this on Everton’s famously tight transfer budget. Now Spurs have some money to spend, a lot more than Everton, but a lot less than City, Chelsea, and maybe United.
It would be great to see what Moyes could do with the kind of budget he’s always wanted. He has shown previously he is not afraid to spend when needed (£15 million for Fellaini), so Spurs fans need not worry he wont be able to handle the big money moves.
Also, this summers there are rumours of a bumper budget of £50 million, but what about the future. Spurs have no big money backer willing to constantly throw money at the club. Their doing well financially, but they are still the kind of club that likes to balance the books and keep control of the budget. Something Moyes does better than anyone.
Now Or Never
If Spurs passed on Moyes would he still be available in a year or two’s time? Probably not. Moyes has long been heralded as a future Top 4 (nowadays Top 6?) manager, but that is now looking likely to happen sooner rather than later.
Sir Alex can not go on forever, and has recently said he will retire ‘within 2 or 3 years’. If Mourinho should be unavailable then Moyes will definitely be one of the front runners. Meanwhile former Chelsea man has Pat Nevin has pushed Moyes for the current Chelsea vacancy. Arsenal’s resurgence has calm fans protests, but there has still been discussion over where the club is going in the future and who should steward it. Again Moyes will be in the frame for this job.
Former Toffee David Unsworth speculated at the BBC “The Chelsea job has come up, there has been that speculation about Spurs with Harry tipped for England and you have the possibility of jobs at Arsenal and Manchester United coming up in the next few years.
“These jobs are now starting to bubble under. I have been in football 20 years and I would be very surprised if all four clubs do not have David Moyes near the top of their list.”
If Spurs don’t make a move for Moyes, they may have to sit and watch in the future as he guides on of their competitors to titles.
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