I’m sure by now that David Moyes’ contract situation with Everton is extremely well known. Moyes claimed back in November that he would delay any further discussions on his contract until after the January transfer window. Leroy Fer’s potential move had to be cancelled following concerns about his fitness and ultimately the only signing the club were left with after January was the promising John Stones. In February and March questions once again started to reappear about Moyes’ future and he once again chose to delay all talk until the summer. In my opinion Moyes has done all he can at Everton and for his sake, and theirs he should move on.
Moyes was appointed back in 2002 following the sacking of Walter Smith with the club in genuine danger of relegation. His first match was a 2-1 victory at home over Fulham and he has now been in charge of Everton for over 11 years. In fact across the whole of the Football League, only Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger have longer tenures and whie they have all sorts of silverware to show for their time at their respective clubs, Moyes has nothing. Since he took charge, teams like Blackburn, Middlesbrough, Birmingham and Swansea have all won the League Cup. Portsmouth managed to win the FA Cup whilst Millwall, West Ham and Stoke have all reached the final. The closest Everton have come to a trophy was back in 2009 when they faced up against Chelsea in the FA Cup final. They led within 25 seconds through Louis Saha, but Chelsea came back and eventually won the match consigning Moyes and Everton to yet another trophyless season.
Of course there have been some highlights, notoriously finishing in 4th place above arch rivals Liverpool in 2005, but while Everton have always been threatening to break the Premier League’s established elite, they’ve never taken that elusive final step, omething both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have done in recent years. This is not exactly Moyes’ fault; Everton’s financial situation consistently prevents them from establishing a squad brimming with quality like those that their rivals possess. While this season Moyes and Everton have come mighty close again to breaking into the top four it looks likely that they will have to contend with finishing in 6th at the highest behind the richer trio of clubs from the capital.
In my opinion, Moyes needs to act now. He has been linked to Schalke in recent weeks and while it is an unlikely move, it shows that he is highly thought of across Europe and were he not to renew his contract, there would be no end of clubs vying for his signature. He has long been earmarked as the potential successor for Sir Alex at Manchester United, but how long can he keep waiting on the United boss to retire? Ferguson has name dropped him in the same vein as Jose Mourinho when discussing the men who could replace him but perhaps Moyes could be given a go at one of Mourinho’s old clubs.
Should the current Real Madrid man leave his employers in the summer there is a general consensus that he could make a shock return to Stamford Bridge. Should this not materialise (and he take over at PSG as some in France expect) Chelsea will be on the lookout for a new manager when current interim manager Rafa Benitez leaves at the end of the season. Moyes’ name has been mentioned alongside the likes of Jurgen Klopp and he could prove a fantastic appointment. Achieving the success he has in transforming Everton on a shoe-string budget makes one wonder what could happen if he had Chelsea’s finances at his disposal. It may seem far-fetched, but eventually Wenger will have to leave Arsenal and Moyes could prove to be a fruitful match with the Gunners.
While Moyes will go down in Everton folklore, I do not personally believe that Everton fans should be despairing should the Scot leave Goodison. There are plenty of young, talented managers out there, just look at Michael Laudrup at Swansea. By appointing Moyes all those years ago, Bill Kenwright showed himself to be a shrewd judge and I would expect him to make a similarly successful appointment should it be required. With a new manager might come a fresh injection of optimism and maybe even a new reason for potential investors to get involved with Everton FC. According to rumours, the Qatari's who bought PSG were extremely close to buying Everton before they chose to buy the side in the French capital and while that is a bitter blow, it does show that there are people interested in Everton.
David Moyes and Everton have become a match made in heaven and the former Preston man has proven himself time and time again after losing key players regularly. He may be powerless to stop the departures of the likes of Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini and that should be something worth considering. I think it would be a sad injustice should Moyes retire without a notable piece of silverware as a manager. Unfortunately in order to take that step and start accumulating a trophy laden CV he may well need to leave Goodison Park.