Is it time to give David Moyes a break?

There are a couple of managers in the game these days that for whatever reason are seen as complete laughing stocks within the football community. Granted, a lot of the time these reputations are there because of a disastrous time at a particular club that haunts them wherever they go. If you want proof, ask any fan who has just lost their manager if they would like big Sam Allardyce to come in and take over? You best run for the hills after that because you will be met with dog’s abuse.

Carrying on the theme, the mood on Tyneside would have taken a nosedive after it was mentioned Steve Bruce was set to take over as Newcastle manager in the summer. In fact, if you are looking for a way to ruin the day of a football fan just say either Mark Hughes, Alan Pardew or Tony Pulis are in the running to take over as manager of their club.

Now, one name that has been lumped in with these unpopular managers is David Moyes but could that be a bit unfair on the Scot? Before he was announced as Manchester United manager, Moyes was seen as the new messiah after what he had done at Everton. The 56-year-old turned the Toffees into mainstays of the Premier League and oversaw 219 wins in 516 games.

Moyes’ reputation, however, of the new kid on the block and football innovator has long since disappeared after his catastrophic spell at Manchester United. It shouldn’t be forgotten that under Sir Alex Ferguson, United were the very best team in England and had bullied opposition clubs for years on end, so when they began to unravel under Moyes, there was a great deal of satisfaction from supporters of other clubs.

The world couldn’t believe that the mighty Manchester United were being beaten with regularity and aimed their ridicule at David Moyes. We know now that no United manager has won the Premier League since Ferguson retired and it has been more than just David Moyes who has struggled there.

The difference now is that the Manchester United board are slightly more patient than they were in 2014. Would they have stood idly by had Ole Gunnar Solskjaer been in charge back then and suffered the calamitous run of results that culminated with United being beaten by relegated Cardiff on the last day of the 2018/2019 season?

Sure Moyes hasn’t exactly thrived in the other opportunities given to him but he’s never been handed the keys to the manager’s office of a great club since being fired by Manchester United.

That may change soon now that Everton have sacked Marco Silva as he left the club in the relegation places, although the win over Chelsea, under the guidance of Duncan Ferguson, has catapulted them into 14th place.Their Premier League odds of 13/1 to be relegated have only risen since Silva left after gradually shortening during his tenure this season. Moyes’ name has been in the hat for some time but the Everton faithful seem to be recoiling at the idea.

That’s not to say they don’t have a leg to stand given Moyes’ only remit back in the early 2000s was to keep Everton from relegation and it’s fair to say that they expect a great deal more now.
Sadly for the Toffees, they are currently in a sticky situation sitting just two points above the relegation places and need a man who is willing to save them from going down. This could be the perfect opportunity for both Moyes and Everton to enjoy a second wind and finish what they started all those years ago.