It was some time last season that David Moyes, while still at Everton, spoke of a desire to manage in Germany saying: "I always had the hope of being a coach abroad. If I had the choice, I would probably go to Germany, in part because of the mentality, which is similar to mine. I'm also fascinated by what happens in German football."
If this ambition still burns brightly inside of him then he will have to hope that executives at German clubs are more aware than other chairmen and women elsewhere when it comes to football in knowing that his achievements at Everton are not to be sniffed at. But there will be a good deal that will judge him purely on his spell at Man United.
Nearer to home his old club Celtic play in what is technically a top-flight league, even if the overall technical standard of it when compared to the top leagues in Europe is second to fourth tier level (maybe lower). So with a guaranteed title in the bag for the next season at least, he may feel the image of him lifting silverware will rattle the brains of club owners the world over in regarding him as a man who can bring them success. Then again, they will probably think and raise the same points I have made when referring to the standard and dismiss the idea of hiring him.
What would stand him in good stead were he to join them, however, is a good run in Europe. Current Bhoys’ boss, Neil Lennon, is that little bit more respected having got them out of the Champions League group stages last season, a group that featured Benfica, Spartak Moscow and the mighty Barcelona - which included a victory over the mighty Catalans on the way. It showed he had ways and the tactical nous of overcoming the very best in Europe and not just teams who would struggle to beat Luxembourg.
The comparisons with McClaren in part one of this article are applicable, so Moyes will probably only join a low ranking club and/or one below the top-flight should he fail in his next venture. But barring Celtic, the next club he takes charge of, whether home or abroad, will undoubtedly be a club of Newcastle's or Tottenham’s stature: two clubs that have promise, ambition, are seen as reasonably big, and whose current managers look likely to be on their way out of the clubs come this summer.
One hopes for his sake that owners don’t see him as the ‘hopeless’ one that he has been betrayed to be in some sections of the media. There’s always the move into television punditry in order to re-build one’s reputation to consider. And with a World Cup looming, we could be seeing him sooner rather than later.
What do you think is next for David Moyes? Does he have to lower his sights to a mid-ranking side? Let me know in the comments section below.
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