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David Moyes should return to management with West Brom

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David Moyes, who steered Manchester United through the treacherous waters of their worst ever Premier League finish in 2013/14, would find a far calmer stretch of ocean at West Brom.

Moyes' name and reputation may be temporarily tarnished by the ignominy of his brief excursion at Old Trafford, but there is no doubt he can bounce back. And what better place to do so than at a struggling top-flight club that is in the midst of turmoil and conflict over its own identity?

West Brom barely stayed up in the Premier League in 2014, unable to replace former loan star striker Romelu Lukaku and winning only seven times all season.

Indeed it was only by the grace of God that they scrapped their way to a mind-boggling 15 draws, which was just enough to keep them afloat. But for a season that could have promised so much, it must have been frustrating for the Albion supporters to witness.

Which is where Moyes comes in. Roll back the clock to 2001, when the fresh-faced Scot - who had worked wonders in his first job at Preston - took the reins at Everton.

The club had flirted with relegation under predecessor Walter Smith, but Moyes took them to the dizzy heights of seventh in his first full season with the club. Two season later - in 2004/05 - the Toffees qualified for the Champions League.

If there's a man that knows about turning a struggling club around, it's Moyes.

And it's important to note The Baggies's own aforementioned identity issues.

The club's chairman has made it abundantly clear he is not a fan of parting with cash.

With former head coach Pepe Mel in charge, the side were attempting - and largely failing - to play a high pressing game reliant on pace and quick passing. Unfortunately, they were doing so with the likes of Liam Ridgewell and Jonas Olsson in the side.

So a crossroads beckoned ready for next season, where Albion's chiefs had to decide between offering a blank cheque-book to suit Mel's continental methods or saving a few quid and recruiting a new manager with the same aging squad. They ultimately chose the latter.

But there's absolutely no reason why the club can't have it both ways. A British manager with history of reversing a struggling club's fortunes, playing fanciful football and more than capable operating on a shoestring budget, Moyes is the prime candidate.

And it'd be the perfect destination for Moyes too, to rebuild his tattered image as a Premier League manager.

After all, it worked for Roy Hodgson, who moved to Albion after his unsuccessful Liverpool reign in 2011. He certainly reaped the benefits of moving to The Hawthorns, as he now manages the England national team.

It's a decisive summer in prospect for the Midlands side, as they must appoint a manager and then revamp an aging squad in time for the season opener in August.

To quote a line from the film Dirty Harry, 'a man has got to know his limitation.' Ok, so Moyes floundered in the job at United, but he still remains a top manager who West Brom would be lucky to have.

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