Obvious Pedigree In English League Football – Moyes’ job at Everton so far has been built on consistent progress and growth over a sustained period. The powers that be at Old Trafford like to give young British managers time to influence a club and mould the team. Whilst David Moyes has been unchallenged at the very top, his LMA Manager of the Year awards on three separate occasions show he knows the leagues inside out, knows how to mount a league campaign and is ready for the bigtime.
A New Challenge – There are murmurs at Goodison Park that Moyes has taken the club as far as he can with the resources at his disposal. The suggestion here is that the Moyes owes it to himself to confront a new challenge, to further his own career and to hand over the reins at Everton to a new leader.
Good With A Budget – Moyes has done the job at Everton thus far on a relative shoestring. Allowed to sign only two £10 million players in his time at Goodison, he has carved out a squad put together mainly of astute lower league signings, shrewd buys from abroad or loan deals that have become permanent. As Man City’s bank balance grows and grows, the idea that Man United will not be able to attract big money buys and the crème de la crème of Europe points to more alternative methods in the transfer market. If Mr Rooney is right and United’s empire is under threat from their neighbours, Moyes’ financial knowhow could be a masterstroke in restoring United after Fergie departs.
Disciplinarian – Moyes’ methods are based on the key principles of hard work, organisation, fitness that wouldn’t look out of place in the Marines and good old-fashioned respect. Perhaps a ridiculous notion in the era of player power but Moyes gets the best from his players and builds a team spirit second to none in the Premiership, to form a tight cohesive unit capable of punching above their weight. The question is, is this right for the likes of Rooney, Berbatov, Evra and Co.?
Fergies’s Blessing – Possibly the reason to supersede all others when the time comes for Sir Alex to step aside. If the money men at Old Trafford consult their former manager (and they’d be mad not too, given his track record) they need look no further than his fellow compatriot. Fergie clearly approves of Moyes and his methods, has a special relationship with him based on the transfers of Neville, Howard, Saha, Rooney and arguably sees a little of himself in Moyes at this stage of his career.
Always a tough game (if not a close result) Fergie views Everton as a tough nut to crack and would surely like to see these qualities that Moyes has instilled in his young squad entrusted to his own fledglings at Old Trafford, as the task of rebuilding a new squad and starting a new dynasty becomes someone else’s responsibility. Is Moyes the man for this task and the heir to the throne?
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