There is no doubt that Everton's 2-0 victory over Manchester City was a fantastic performance, especially after their disappointing exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Wigan a week earlier.
Despite this I feel that the time has come for David Moyes to look at continuing his managerial career elsewhere.
Moyes has been a fantastic servant to Everton over the previous eleven years, constantly ensuring Everton remain a strong force in the Premier League despite operating on a limited budget.
He's the third longest serving manager in the Premier League and is admired by fellow managers and players alike.
Moyes has led Everton to a top eight finish in the past six seasons and has achieved qualification for European football on four occasions during his tenure, the highlight of which was the qualification in 2004-5 to the Champions League. Despite not capturing any silverware during his reign Everton were runners-up in the FA Cup final back in 2009.
So what does the future hold for David Moyes?
In my opinion Moyes has now taken Everton as far as he can. With the money he has been given he has strengthened the squad, developed his existing players and encouraged the development of Everton's youth system. Yes he has sold players but that is the necessity of most clubs, even in the Premier League. The key has been that the funds he has received from transfer sales has been re-invested wisely in the squad.
Moyes must now look at how he can develop further as a manager and start to look at taking over in one of the top jobs when they become available. In my opinion Moyes would be best suited at Manchester United or Arsenal where managers are given time and the clubs prefer stability and longevity in their managers. Chelsea appear a club where stability is not paramount to them so Moyes would be ill-advised to take on this job because he may need time to adapt to such a high profile role.
It may be that Moyes will have to bide his time but I am sure, given the opportunity, he can achieve success at a higher level of management. He appears to have the appetite for it and his Glaswegian attributes should help him.
Moyes is now perfectly capable to take on his next challenge. Everton will be disappointed to see him go but I am sure they will also be grateful for the service he has given for more than a decade.
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