Where next for David Moyes after his Manchester United sacking?

Where next for David Moyes after his Manchester United sacking?

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With David Moyes’ sacking from Manchester United a lot has been made of who will replace him and how badly he has done in the role. Little has been said about what this means for David Moyes, a man who built a steady reputation for himself over 11 years at Goodison Park.

The former Everton man is now out of the job and potentially will suffer from a tarnished reputation. Is there anyway back for him?

The criticism has been free-flowing towards David Moyes, even if he wasn’t totally to blame for United’s fall from grace. David Moyes’ reign at United has been characterized by dithering in the transfer window (and also overspending on the wrong targets), out-dated tactics in an era where footballing philosophies (such as those at Anfield and Goodison Park) are fashionable and sought after and for lacking the charisma and charm required at a top club. The perception of Moyes’ time at Manchester United has been completely negative.

This compounded with the success of Roberto Martinez at Everton in transforming the style of play (and challenging for fourth above Manchester United) has led to the view that perhaps David Moyes was never that good anyway. His detractors are pointing to the fact that he failed to win a trophy in eleven years at Everton as well as playing a negative brand of football (in complete contrast to the free-flowing football Everton are playing under Martinez).

Is Moyes any good?

Moyes took a relegation threatened Everton team and turned them into a consistent top eight team, who even breached the big four on one occasion. His achievements at Everton were impressive especially on a shoe string budget and Everton fans should be grateful for the solidity he brought to the club during his eleven year tenure. Moyes brought in a number of quality Everton players such as Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill, Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini (taking the latter to Manchester United with him). The first three were brought in for small fees and even if he did resign Fellaini himself he made Everton a £12 million profit.

The problem is, there is a feeling that he had taken Everton as far as he could. Moyes often looked slow and indecisive in the transfer window with Everton starting season’s slowly because of a failure to bring in the right players quickly enough. When he did finish fourth and had funds to spend he spent quite badly, wasting money on Per Kroldrup and Andy van der Meyde for instance. Moyes didn’t manage to attract many proven players with Scott Parker moving to Newcastle instead of Everton. Moyes wouldn’t have been able to lure in Romelu Lukaku or bring in Gerard Deulofeu. Roberto Martinez though, did manage to do that and was more decisive in the transfer market. Further to that he took the solid defence that to his credit Moyes built, and added to it, turning Everton into a much more progressive/modern looking side.

There were then negatives and positives of Moyes’ time at Everton but his stay at Manchester United has compounded the negative whist brushing over the positive. Moyes dithered in the transfer market as he did at Everton, he didn’t evolve United’s style of play or really have a clear philosophy. Moyes looked old-fashioned and out-dated in his style and approach. The problem Moyes has now is that people have short memories in football and he is very unlikely to get another top job in the Premier League. He’s been tentatively linked with the Spurs job but Spurs fans are unlikely to embrace this and it’d be highly unlikely that he’d be offered the job. In truth he might have to settle for a mid-table job, a major step down in his career trajectory. Moyes reputation is tarnished and that can be damaging, he’ll need to take a backwards step and try to rebuild his reputation at wherever he ends up next (which won’t be a top club). Unfortunately, he is now damaged goods.


  1. Alec Ferguson has played this to a tee.If Moyes had taken his aging squad and performed a rearguard action like he did at Everton then part of the kudos would have attached to him. If they had overachieved then most of the credit would have been his. But no blame attaches to him bequeathing a very weak set of players who defied the odds the previous season. Still the ruby nosed one has added to his stature by getting out before the collapse of an aging and overrated collection of players. Question is would he have done any better this year? Unfortunately he probably would have. Other teams prepared for the fray against him in a different fashion and one or two of his old guard would most certainly have had a better season than they were prepared to give Moyes. It’s United’s reputation that has suffered as a result of this episode and I hope the senior players and bean counters are aware of the damage they have inflicted.

  2. Expect Moyes to manage a lower calibre Premier league team next season – Aston Villa, West Ham, West Brom among the few likely candidates.