Moyes is the heir to Ferguson's throne

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Yesterday marked the 10-year anniversary of David Moyes at Everton. The 48-year-old Scot has built himself a reputation as one of the most respected managers in the Premier League.

The Toffees boss is the third-longest serving manager in all of England's top four divisions, and has rightly become one of the most coveted men in the top-flight, after succeeding year-after-year at Goodison Park on a shoe-string budget.

Moyes' track record at Everton reveals someone who invests intelligently - an essential attribute at a club that is lacking the type of stadium to generate cash riches - spurred on it would seem by the lack of billionaire owner to fund extensive squad refurbishment.

Putting his achievement into context, Everton had finished in the top half of the Premier League only once prior to Moyes' appointment. Since then, the former Preston North End manager has led them to seven top ten finishes, as well as qualifying for the Champions League back in 2005, and taking the club to an unlikely FA Cup final in 2009.

Many believe that Moyes has taken Everton as far as he possibly can, and that the time has come for the three-time League Managers Association's Manager of the Year to move on to pastures new. There will certainly be no shortage of takers.

Tottenham is an obvious destination if, and when Harry Redknapp leaves White Hart Lane in favour of taking over the reigns with England, and there is already a vacancy that exists at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea also sounded out as a potential port of call.

There has also been a suggestion that Moyes has been identified as the long-term successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. But could the unassuming, boss triumph on one of world football's biggest stages?

Detractors would point to the style of play he has instilled as a negative feature, not worthy of earning Moyes the clamour of a top job. It's true he designs his teams as difficult to beat first, and easy on the eye second. But, with more generous transfer resources, the coach could surely fashion more attractive, attack-minded teams.

It's something Moyes will need to consider if he is to enter the demanding domain of United, Chelsea or Spurs.

The other question that hangs precariously over his head, is Moyes' ability to deal with world-leading stars. There were well-documented tensions that existed between himself and homegrown Evertonian Wayne Rooney.

The player-managerial strain spilled over into the England international's autobiography, but Rooney's subsequent apology and back-tracking only further highlights the respect that Moyes commandeers from all his players, and the influence he had on nurturing the 26-year-old in his early playing career.

Rooney was always going to outgrow Everton, much like Moyes has now, a decade after his Goodison Park tenure first started. Just as well two of the Premier League's most celebrated stars have settled their differences, they could be working together again one day.

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