"Come on David Moyes and play like Fergie's boys and we'll go wild!" These were the cries of the Manchester United faithful at the start of the season, but did they know then that they were just kidding themselves?
Moyes was clearly not the right man for Manchester United, that was pretty much evident when he joined the champions to replace one of the greatest football managers in of all time.
You have to feel sorry for Moyes because he is a genuine man who loves football and wanted to push himself further in his career. This role was never going to be easy but seriously David Moyes? You just don't get the same aura off him like you do with Fergie, Mourinho, Klopp, Guardiola or Ancelotti.
Manchester United need someone who has a strong presence and an established CV that the players are willing to play for. Moyes did not have that to keep the senior players happy.
Anyway, I could talk all day about the failings of a man who was thrown in at the deep end without as much as arm bands. This article is about the future of a poor man's Sir Alex Ferguson and what would be the possible next job for him.
Moyes obviously proved he has a strong character even at his days at Preston when he helped them to promotion to division 1 and a play off final the year after. This enabled him to get the Everton job, after an up and down 11 years at Everton, but never actually winning anything, he somehow got the most appealing job in world football on the credentials that he won the division two title!
Although Moyes doesn't have much silverware behind him (Oh, apart from the FA Community Shield) he did work well at Everton with very limited funds and did create a strong force who were always pushing for Champions League or Europa League qualification.
The fact of the matter is the man always had the potential to be a manager of a top four team. Moyes started his coaching badges at the age of 22, he was respected by everyone in the game especially by his players and did wonders to turn Everton into a top half side again. Now he has lost a lot of credibility and could find himself starting from scratch!
The clubs that you have to realistically feel are in the "Moyes category" now are lower Premier League sides, however, you look at these teams and they have just got themselves new managers Pepe Mel, Felix Magath and Tony Pulis to an extent.
Then the managers who have done a very good job Steve Bruce, Paul Lambert is a work in progress and Mark Hughes respectively. Would these teams be willing to sacrifice for a man who is low on confidence? I severely doubt it but football is a crazy old game and can shock us all.
The two teams I personally could see Moyes managing are the two teams who have solid managers but the fans are not overly impressed with them. These two are Newcastle and West Ham, two teams who always think they deserve better yet do not realise what they have until it is gone.
West Ham have a fantastic manager in Sam Allardyce, not attractive but will get the job done and build up like he did at Bolton. Newcastle feel they should be top four, those days are long gone!
With Alan Pardew guiding them to 9th surely he should be given another year to show he has the ability to get Newcastle in Europe or even win them a Cup.
So I am afraid Moyes is in a sticky situation as not many Premier League clubs look available for him to have a quick return into management and I personally cannot see him dropping to the Championship or international level (unless Scotland job is available).
So brace yourselves for a World Cup of David Moyes punditry, just imagine the banter between him and Alan Hansen....
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