When a manager gets sacked or resigns from, and I’ll try to be as respectable as possible here – your ‘Stokes’, your ‘Fulhams’, your ‘Cardiffs’, your ‘Sunderlands’ your ‘QPRs’, your ‘Crystal Palaces’ (you get the picture) - it is all part of the managerial merry-go-round. One boss is ousted or leaves and ends up at a similar club pretty soon after: Tony Pulis – Stoke City to Crystal Palace; Mark Hughes – Fulham to Queens Park Rangers to Stoke; Steve Bruce – Sunderland to Hull City.
But David Moyes will be coming from one of the biggest clubs in the world in Manchester United. Will he now be joining that pantheon of managers flitting from one also-run club to another? Is this what Moyes’ career will become? Having tasted nights in the Champions League, will he be prepared to make that step down?
It could be argued that Newcastle United are above those aforementioned clubs in terms of prestige and expectation (neighbours Sunderland will have a lot to say about that considering they have won more league titles throughout their history than the Magpies - six to four). So they could well be a viable option - if Alan Pardew is forced out - considering the potential of the club is there for all to see.
With Moyes having done a good job with Everton in reaching the top four on much less financial resources than the current big guns, it would be tempting for him to try his luck with a side that reached the top five just two years ago.
With Mauricio Pochettino refusing to commit wholeheartedly to Southampton they could be an exciting prospect for Moyes should the Argentine leave. We’re always on the lookout for clubs ready to break up the monopoly of the top seven and they are very close to it, especially if they keep players like Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw.
If Moyes could ‘knock on the door’ of the top four with Everton then why not with the current Saints side? Even if their star players join other clubs then the Scotsman and his backroom staff proved at Everton that they know a suitable player when they see one (people seem to have forgotten that the current Everton side, apart from three of the loan signings that have played regularly, are a team moulded in Moyes’ image).
These are the kind of sides that Moyes will fancy: clubs that are on the cusp of something good rather than ones looking no further than 10th, and who view finishing 17th as a ‘decent season’. After a disastrous tenure at Old Trafford that was as public as Steve McClaren’s was with the England national side he may feel – or may have to – leave the country if he wants a job at a top club.
And if anyone’s career epitomises the yo-yo effect, it’s McClaren’s. He went away to Holland, won a first Eredivisie title for FC Twente, was sacked by Wolfsburg, left Nottingham Forest after 10 league games, returned to Twente only to resign a year later due to poor results, became an assistant at Queens Park Rangers and has now guided highly unfancied Derby County to the play-offs. Maybe Moyes could take a leaf out of his book.
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