David Moyes has been offered the chance to rebuild his reputation by Turkish giants Galatasaray after holding talks with the club in Istanbul earlier this week, with the Daily Mail reporting that the former Manchester United manager could pick up a lucrative €4m-a-year in a new position on the other side of Europe.
Moyes lasted just 10 months in the hotseat at Old Trafford and was sacked the moment United were mathematically unable to secure Champions League qualification, marking a swift but spectacular fall from grace for the man Sir Alex Ferguson handpicked as his successor at the Theatre of Dreams.
Since leaving United in April the Scot has already turned down more than one offer to make a quick return to management, but Galatasaray are a massive club with Champions League aspirations that could help him bounce back on the continent next season.
Galatasaray are determined to find a new, top-class coach quickly and despite confirming talks with Moyes there is a star-studded cast shortlisted for the role, including Germany coach Joachim Low and United States chief Jurgan Klinsmann.
A spokesperson for Gala confirmed to the Daily Mail that Moyes had met with club president Unal Aysal in Istanbul, stating: "The president has given a speech about it.
'He said that we just spoke with David Moyes and he said that he can come to Galatasaray but he is not one of the main targets for us.
"They just spoke to each other, exchanging ideas - that it is it. It is true the president talked with David Moyes. We are not in a rush, we are waiting for the end of the World Cup. The first two targets are Low or Klinsmann."
Moyes is clearly far from first choice for the post, which was quite surprisingly vacated by Roberto Mancini at the end of the season after just eight months in charge.
The 51-year-old is clearly actively pursuing a quick move back into the game, primarily to prove that a decade of sterling work at Everton should not be completely undone by a turbulent 10 months at Old Trafford.
The Daily Mail believe that despite meeting Aysal the ex-Red Devils chief is reluctant to take up the well-paid post, unconvinced that the hostile environment of Turkish football represents the best place to make his comeback.
Galatasaray have changed coaches a quite staggering 13 times in the last decade, which shows there's very little room for error at a team where the minimum requirement each season is delivering a league championship and progression in the Champions League.
Mancini failed to do either and swiftly parted ways the club as a result, which must make Moyes question whether its worth picking up €4m-per-season to enter the intense cauldron of Turkish football.
Gala are in no rush to make their appointment and are prepared to wait until after the World Cup in search of a high-profile appointment, which means Moyes will have to play a waiting game to see if he'll follow Steve McLaren's lead and head abroad to get a second chance at the Champions League.
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