Three trips to Wembley, a couple of European jaunts and an overhaul of the squad, not bad for ten years work? Not great for Everton, but it'll suit Liverpool down to the ground...
David Moyes is into his eleventh year as Everton boss. In this time he has turned a club, who were struggling to stay in the Premier League and low on both talent and confidence, into a reputable middleweight force.
In Moyes’ tenure as gaffer, Everton have made their way back into European competition, even making a brief cameo in The Champions League qualifying stages, and have travelled to Wembley on three occasions.
So, why as a fan of Liverpool, a team who are currently vying with Everton for the prestigious honour of finishing 7th,, do I want the diminutive Scot to stay for as long as possible?
Mainly because with Moyes, and with Everton, in their current state, I see no scope for future success. Whilst Liverpool have enjoyed a modicum of success in recent years, after a barren spell throughout the nineties, Everton’s cabinet has remained bare, but for a scribbled, dusty Premier League table from 2005 pinned to the back of it.
Moyes, however, is revered as an outstanding manager in the footballing community. The current Everton squad is an embarrassment of riches compared to the line-ups of his predecessors, and at times the blues have been known to play an attractive brand of football. However, pats on the back from other pro’s , manager of the month trophies, and spells of sexy football do not usually keep you in a job.
From Rafael Benitez’s tumultuous tenure at Anfield, to Andres Villas Boas’ flying visit at Chelsea, football managers have found out the hard way that success is based upon a team’s ability to win trophies, not the overhaul of squads and consistent performance. Moyes has had a decade at Everton, and failed to win anything.
Football managers have found out the hard way that success is based upon a team’s ability to win trophies, not the overhaul of squads and consistent performance.
He’s struggled with money, of course. Bill Kenwright’s wallet has been slammed shut in his’ face summer after summer, and the bespectacled thespian has scared off several apparent suitors who expressed interest in buying the club.
But this is the crux of the problem. If Kenwright is unwilling to budge, and Moyes can’t do any better (i:e – bringing a trophy back to Goodison), then surely the project is a failure. After a decade of consistent failure, and with the prospect of many more years of the same, how can Everton fans be expected to get behind their manager, their board, or indeed their team?
Everton are, as we’re so often told, ‘a grand old team’, and with their current crop of players they deserve more success. Nikica Jelavic, Steven Pienaar, Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini are players who deserve to be winning medals, to match their standard of play, rather than playing for the plucky, but ultimately unsuccessful 'grand old team.'
Maybe this humble, and grand old team doesn’t fit into modern football any more, without investment, or wholesale changes at the club, the blues will continue to drift, fighting a noble cause, but trophyless.
What David Moyes has done for Everton cannot be understated, he has transformed a club who were essentially in turmoil, he’s got rid of the deadwood, bought astutely, and took Everton onto the brink of better things. However, as with Gerard Houllier at Liverpool, he has perhaps done all he can, and only someone else can take Everton to the next level?
If not though, heres to ten more years of David Moyes and an easy life from that lot across the park.
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