This weekend saw the inevitable finally happen to Aston Villa as they dropped out of England’s top flight for the first time in 28 years following a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.
The Villains have been managerless for little over two weeks and are starting to consider their options ahead of next season in the hopes they can regain their Premier League status. One man heavily on their radar is former Everton and United manager David Moyes who was recently sacked by Spanish outfit Real Sociedad.
According to the Daily Mail, the Scot has been promised significant funds to take the side back up to the top flight at the first time of asking. Owner Randy Lerner has previously opted for fairly inexperienced managers, Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde in order to take the club in a new direction and the appointments ultimately proved costly, with relegation the end product.
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With the state Villa currently find themselves in, a man of Moyes’ calibre is much needed if they want to resurrect their fortunes and clinch promotion next season, however, it won’t be a simple task.
Considering his ability and prominence, the 52-year-old will undoubtedly be assessing alternative options in the summer with the likes of Swansea and even his former club Everton potentially on the hunt for a new boss and a return to the Premier League will be firmly on his mind. An opportunity to manage in China has also caught his attention so Villa will have to up their game if they want to lure their number one target to Birmingham.
Similarly, Villa will also have to consider other successors for Garde if they fail to attract Moyes to the club. Mick McCarthy, who isn’t shy when it comes to managing in the Championship, is also a possible candidate with Nigel Pearson, who guided Leicester back to the top flight, another.
Moyes has endured a torrid time since departing Goodison Park in 2013 which has led to heavy scrutiny on his part especially when taking charge at United. Taking over a Championship side could see him step out of the spotlight, avoid persistent criticism and regain the superiority he showed in his 12-year spell on Merseyside.
Undoubtedly, Villa fans can prepare for a busy transfer window with a new-look side set to take to the stage next campaign. In order to achieve their summer targets, however, they will need a managerial stature that can attract players to the club and Moyes can deliver just that.
The Villa owner has been under heavy criticism by the supporting faithful this season and deservedly so. However, appointing a man of such importance could resurrect his relationship with the fans; proving his desire to accomplish great things with the club.
Lerner must consider that Moyes will be in the minds of other owners too, so he will need to act promptly if he wants to salvage a deal ahead of their strenuous upcoming campaign in the Championship.