David Moyes has become one of the longest serving managers in Premier League history, after entering his 11th year as Everton’s manager; however it appears that his time at the club may be coming to an end with his contract set to expire in the summer.
Moyes has been praised by many for his work at Everton; he has kept a club with a modest budget in the top half of the table in most seasons he has been there, leading to Everton managing to challenge for, and feature in European football on several occasions.
However, the gap in Moyes’ CV is a trophy. Despite the argument that he has been competing against clubs with much larger budgets, and a greater ability to attract top players, Moyes has still managed some good sides. Furthermore other clubs outside of the elite four or five have won trophies during Moyes’ time at Everton.
With his contract set to expire in the summer, Moyes must consider his future carefully. It is well known that he would be welcome to a new contract; ESPN reported that Chairman Bill Kenwright is hopeful of convincing Moyes to stay.
However if Moyes wishes to leave then is there really anywhere he could go that is an improvement on Everton?
It seems unlikely that he would be offered the job at Chelsea, and even then it is not definitive as to whether he would accept such a notoriously difficult role. There is also little chance of him being offered the chance to manage of Manchester United or Arsenal; at least in the near future.
Consequently it seems that if Moyes’ ambition is to move to a bigger club, there is nowhere in the Premier League for him to go at present.
There is the potential for him to take time out of the game, however this is very risky. Alan Curbishley has not returned to management after he decided to take a short break from football in 2008. With the pace that circumstances in football change, Moyes must keep active if he wishes to move to a bigger club. Either that means staying at Everton or moving elsewhere.
Ultimately it seems that the only possibility that Moyes has is a move abroad. The Daily Mail reported in December that Moyes hinted that he aimed to manage in Germany at some point in his career. However, the difficulties that a move to a new league entails may ultimately put Moyes off of the prospect; this is assuming he gets a job offer from a Bundesliga side.
Moyes has grown to be extremely well respected and favoured at Everton, and that is not something to throw away lightly. Given the lack of attractive jobs, and Moyes’ trophyless albeit solid and admirable record at Everton, it seems that for now the best possible position for Moyes is the one that he currently fills at Goodison Park.
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