David Moyes spoke about how desperate he wanted FA Cup glory for Everton this season, after missing out in the semi-finals last year, and being beaten by Chelsea in the final two years prior.
However, Everton limped out to Wigan Athletic who were tremendous in their 3-0 victory, with all three goals coming in the space of four first-half minutes.
The usual Everton fluency was just not evident with Marouane Fellaini being a particular disappointment that posed some to question after the game, his commitment to the Everton cause.
The glory days of the 80’s have gone when Everton won two titles in three years including four FA Cup final appearances, however winning just one of those and it has been 18 years since Everton last lifted a trophy that being the FA Cup, thanks to solitary goal by Paul Rideout against Manchester United.
Everton aren’t Arsenal and fans haven’t been getting disillusioned with their trophy drought, but it must be getting to the point where Moyes is. He has continually kept Everton in the top half, even breaking the so called top four and reaching Champions League qualifying, all this has been achieved on a so called shoe-string budget.
There have been some big money purchases, for example Fellaini, but nothing near of the sort of money spent by the likes of the clubs around them i.e. Liverpool and Tottenham.
One must wonder then if Moyes is starting to get itchy feet and would like to ply his trade elsewhere. I’m sure plenty of clubs would be lining up to take him on as manager. It is well documented that Moyes would relish the chance to coach in the German Bundesliga, however he has also openly admitted that he feels it would not benefit him to move there at this current moment in time.
Rumours are also circulating that he is the man to replace ‘interim’ boss Rafa Benitez of Chelsea, would that be the best move for him though, Chelsea or rather Roman Abramovich having a slight tendency to lack patience and placing undue pressure on team selection. Moyes doesn’t seem like the character that would enjoy much interference from the Chelsea board.
What Moyes has done for Everton is undeniable, he steadied what seemed to be a sinking ship, just when Everton seem destined for relegation from the top flight, just ask Walter Smith and Howard Kendall how close it came to being a reality.
His contract runs until the end of this season and as yet no talks have been opened about him signing a new one, purely because he says he wants to concentrate on the football and that contract negotiations can wait. It will be a great shame if he walks away without a trophy to his name, because quite frankly he deserves one.
So with that said, the questions I am really asking here are, how long Moyes will be willing to stay at a club that hasn’t provided him with silverware for eleven years. Can he actually take this team any further? Will he sign a new contract and stay for the foreseeable future?
I’m sure all Evertonians will be in agreement when I say, I hope he stays.
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