Why Manager David Moyes Needs to Sign a New Contract At Everton

There has been much talk about the legacy David Moyes would leave at Everton if he was to walk away this summer. Some say Everton should be thankful for the manner in which he has established them in the Premier League. The more ambitious say he will leave Everton with an aging squad bereft of a winning mentality.

But regardless of your opinion of Moyes and the job he has done at Everton, in amongst the current trend of chopping and changing your manager, eleven years at one club is a momentous achievement. But now, with Moyes stalling on the renewal of his contract (which expires this summer), it has lead to discussions about the future of a manager who is held in such high regard by those within the game.

His excellent reputation, it has to be said, has been well earnt. In his eleven years on Merseyside, Everton have gone from relegation candidates to Champions League hopefuls.

The manner in which he has established the club in the upper reaches of the Premier League is admirable too. Throughout his tenure, players like Wayne Rooney, Joleon Lescott, and Mikel Arteta have pinched by the rich and the illustrious.

But with the incoming monies, the Scot has spent wisely. The signings of Tim Cahill, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and a few more remain testament to that.

This season, potentially the last of the Moyes reign, has been one full of frustration for the Everton manager. A respectable sixth place finish looks likely, but at one point, the Toffees had fourth place and the FA Cup in their sights. They have come up short in both of their pursuits.

Herein lies the biggest criticism of Moyes. For all the steadying and growing that Everton have done under his watch, not once have they performed in a high pressure encounter. “Bottler” is a strong term, but one that has often been banded about by those of a red persuasion when talk turns to Moyes.

This season in many respects has been a microcosm of that. Everton were torn to bits by Wigan in the FA Cup quarterfinal, whereas they were unable to secure victories against fellow Champions League challengers Tottenham and Arsenal. A win in any of these games would have given the season a completely feel.

Everton have had the talent amongst their ranks to have won something in the decade under Moyes. But for some reason, on the biggest stage, they freeze.

Players have come and gone in the last eleven years, but this concerning trait has remained prominent. The manager must take some responsibility for this. He has to.

Perhaps this is why no top side has taken a chance on Moyes as of yet? He has made a name for himself in circumstances which are not commonplace in the modern game. Mangers don’t get time to build squads over a decade any more. Owners spend big for instant success, an ideology which is almost the anthesis of the Scot’s Everton reign.

With a war-chest of transfer funds and a side challenging on both a domestic and European front, Moyes remains an unknown quantity.

This is why for the time being, Moyes would be smart to stay at Everton. The speculation about his future has arisen because of his non-committal stance on a new contract. But despite this unenviable situation, the Scot hasn’t really been strongly linked with any other roles. Looking at the managerial landscape, where would he go?

Manchester United has been cited as his eventual destination, but Sir Alex Ferguson looks unlikely to be going anywhere soon. Chelsea will pursue a more flamboyant and reputable name this summer; Manchester City will look at similar targets should they choose to part company with Roberto Mancini.

There has been some talk of Moyes managing in Germany, but this looks unlikely. Others suggest he might take some time away from the game, pointing towards his recent appearances on BBC’s Match of the Day and Sky’s Monday Night Football as an indication the Scot is looking to get into the punditry gig.

But this would be ill-advised. Sitting in a television studio will not quell any doubts about his ability as a top manager. Winning a trophy with Everton, getting the team into Europe and performing well? Well, that might just do it.

There are those who would argue this is beyond Moyes. The aforementioned absence of a winning mentality aside, many think Everton and their manager have hit their proverbial glass ceiling. But I wouldn’t adhere to that. Everton still have the capabilities to get even better next season.

Marouane Fellaini looks likely to depart this summer and his sale would give the Everton manager around £25m to re-invest in his squad. This, hopefully for Evertonians, would be in addition to the £8m Everton looked set to part with in January for Leroy Fer.

Fellaini will not represent as big a loss for Everton as many may expect. The majority of Evertonians would be happy to see the Belgian go — certainly if it is a choice between him and Leighton Baines. Other players will also play a more significant role next season, which should fill the gap left by the departing Belgian. Kevin Mirallas will get even better, Victor Anichebe is beginning to realize his potential and Ross Barkley looks to be finding his feet.

With this in mind, why would Moyes go? With no jobs out there for him to readily walk into and such a strong squad potentially at his disposal, there is a chance to cement his reputation as one of Europe’s top managers. There is still a chance for Moyes to enhance  and better his Everton legacy instead of bringing the curtain down on it.

Should Moyes move on? Are Everton in need of a fresh start?

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section or on Twitter: @MattJFootball

7 thoughts on “Why Manager David Moyes Needs to Sign a New Contract At Everton”

  1. I think Moyes will find a bigger club if he left Everton. There is talk that he might even consider going abroad (Germany is one possibility).

    Moyes doesn’t feel that Everton are prepared to spend money to beef up the squad and is holding out to see what Everton’s intentions are for the summer budget. While Moyes has been very successful at Everton with a limited budget, at the end of the day good managers, like good players, want to win trophies. Moyes may not feel that he can win trophies at Everton unless the club spends more in buying better players.

    If Mourinho leaves Real madrid for Chelsea, then AVB may leave Spurs for Madrid and it’s possible that Moyes could end up at Spurs. If Mourinho doesn’t leave MAdrid then Moyes coud be in contention for the Chelsea job. This summer could be very interesting as far as managers are concerned.

  2. What?! Many Evertonians would be happy to see Fellaini go?! Wow.

    Btw, know your history. Moyes got Everton into the Champions League qualifying phases. Something no other manager did when there was the “Big Four” of England. The only reason Everton didn’t get into the group phase was they lost, controversially, to Villareal who went on to make it the Champions League semifinals that year.

    Moyes shouldn’t sign anything until he is given the proper monies that is being afforded to the other managers in the league.

    The reason his side falters, as it always does this time of year, is because of a lack of squad depth. If you’ve followed his reign its the same thing over and over. There is a reason the more expensive clubs continue to excel this late in the season. Its squad depth.

    1. Too true. That team that qualified in 2005 was great. It always gets overlooked considering Liverpool’s European cup glory that year.

      I genuinely hope they give him what he needs to give them a more consistent chance at making the top 4. Everton seem to be exactly where Aston Villa were a few years ago. A few young stars mixed with experienced talent with a manager that suited them quite well. Then Villa’s transfer policy ran O’Neil off. Ashley Young and James Milner were sold to the Manchester clubs. They blew apart the back line and went super young. Now they are clinging to 17th for dear life…

    2. Hi Rob, thanks for your comment.

      I am an Evertonian and do want the club to sell Fellaini this summer, as do the majority of lads I go the match with. I felt badly let down by the way he conducted himself against Wigan, not to mention his constant stirring of speculation

      We have an ageing squad and little other assets to sell to help rebuild it. Just out of interest, how are Everton going to build a squad without selling Fellaini or or Baines?

      As for the Champions League, Ferguson’s goal would have only taken the tie to Extra Time. It would not have taken Everton through if it had of stood.

      The side falters in big games because of a lack of winning mentality. That ultimately comes down to the manager.

      Everton have not been in Europe this season and were knocked out of the League Cup early on. Despite that, the team crumbled against Wigan and when a win was necessary against Sunderland last weekend, failed to turn up again.

      Fatigue is no excuse for a succession of big games in which the team has failed to perform. If that was the issue, then Everton wouldn’t finish the league season so strongly every year. Which typically, they do.

      Moyes has done a fantastic job at the club. But his failure to motivate Everton for the big games has remained a pertinent issue

  3. If he goes how about Stuart McCall as his replacement.He is doing an excellent job at Motherwell on a budget that is a lot less than other SPL clubs.

  4. The bloke probably feels likes most people after many years in the same job. He has taken Everton about as far as they can go without major investment. He has done a fantastic job and for anyone to complain is ridiculous. Everton would be like Leeds or Forest now if it was not for Moyes. He is a proven quality manager deserving of a top job somewhere. Potentially a carbon copy of the great one down the road at old trafford in my opinion. All that is missing are the trophies which would surely come at a top club.

  5. I’ll be honest, I’m really scared that Moyes will leave. He’s not going to get more money (other than the bigger TV deal and selling players). Everton just don’t have owners willing or able to provide extra finances. They haven’t put ANY money into the side since they’ve been in charge. It won’t happen now.

    Everton are what they are. Simply put, they don’t make enough from revenue/turnover to compete with the big boys. They don’t have a ton of debt but a good portion of it is “bad debt”. They’ve sold Finch Farm and are renting it at 1 million pounds per year. Their ticket sales are mediocre, no big shirt or stadium deals and merchandising sales aren’t providing a lot through the deal with Kitbag.

    For years, Moyes got good results by playing conservative and building teams around defense and a great work ethic. He still seems to struggle with coming out of that shell. After the poor performance in the FA Cup semi-final last year, it looked like Moyes had released the reigns and Everton took it to opposition for quite a while. We’ve occasionally lapsed into lackluster, negative tactics this year but, by and large, I think we’re moving in the right direction.

    If Moyes leaves, things could get dicey. That’s not to say that a change in manager couldn’t work. I’m sure there are guys out there who could take Everton to the next level but the chances of that are fairly small. What’s more likely to happen is that the new manager makes big changes, sells guys like Fellaini and uses that money to buy over-rated players that don’t quite work out.

    I also wouldn’t be surprised if top players like Baines decide to leave after Moyes does. The loyalty and faith that Moyes has from his players is fairly significant. When he’s gone, it could lead to a mass exodus.

    So while Moyes won’t get more money to spend (without a new set of rich owners) , I think he’s built a good team that’s capable of winning trophies. Moyes has played conservatively a little too often on the big stage but has started employing more aggressive, attacking tactics in the past year and a half. Squad depth could use some help but, for a team not competing in Europe, it’s not a huge concern in my opinion.

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