After 11 years of stability at Everton, the past five years have been a rollercoaster of emotions for David Moyes.
The 55-year-old couldn’t turn down Manchester United in the summer of 2013 after Sir Alex Ferguson personally identified his compatriot as his ideal successor at Old Trafford.
Moyes subsequently signed a six-year contract with United - but lasted just 10 months before being unceremoniously sacked.
The Scottish coach’s reputation was severely tarnished following that ordeal and, following a short break, he found himself managing in La Liga.
Barring a few decent results, though, Moyes failed to impress at Real Sociedad and was sacked for the second time in less than two years.
He then moved to Sunderland, where he failed to prevent the club from being relegated to the Championship, before a brief stint at West Ham.
Currently unemployed, Moyes - who has been linked with the US national team this week - appeared on Sky Sports on Sunday afternoon.
Moyes raises eyebrows with comment about his Everton team
At one point he was reminiscing about his former Everton team when he stunned viewers with a very bold claim.
“I think our style at Everton then was as good as anybody’s,” Moyes began, before dropping the following bombshell.
“I actually think we were probably a centre-forward away from being contenders for the Premier League.”
He continued: “We had Mikel Arteta, we had Steven Pienaar, we had Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman and Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka - you could go on and on with the players we had.
“We had a terrific team, we really did.”
Football fans on social media have reacted, well, just as you would have expected. They reckon this is proof that Moyes is officially deluded.
However, as one person correctly pointed out: Moyes didn’t specify which centre-forward.
For all we know, he might have been talking about Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Everton might have stood a genuine chance of winning the league if they’d had one of them two aliens leading the line at Goodison Park.
Under Moyes, Everton’s highest league finish was in 2004-05, when they finished fourth and reached the Champions League qualification rounds.
They went on to consistently finish inside the top eight, but it’s hard to imagine the Toffees would have challenged the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title with a better player upfront.
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