So many column inches will be filled in the coming days debating what kind of legacy Sir Alex Ferguson will leave in his wake following his shock announcement he will be retiring at the end of the season. We shouldn’t forget another certain long-serving Scotsman plying his trade in the Premier League, who saw his odds of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson slashed recently to become one of the hot contenders to replace the outgoing United living legend.
David Moyes, the third longest serving manager in the Premier League, is the joint record three time winner of the LMA Manager of the Year Award in 2002-03; 2004-05; 2008-09 and was the winner of the Premier League Manager of the Month a staggering ten times. His time at Everton since 2002 has been progressive, praised, criticized and starved of real financial spending power to truly realize his potential and compete for a regular Champions League berth. Although his side did manage to gatecrash the top four back in the 2004-2005 campaign.
His individual honors list makes for impressive reading yet his failure to win a major honor as a collective has continuously been used as a stick to beat him with. So, if Moyes was to leave this summer as looks likely with his current contract expiring in the summer, just as Ferguson will retire at Manchester United, what kind of legacy will Moyes leave behind at Everton?
Looking at the current squad, there’s a good blend of youth and experience going forward. In Everton’s 25 man Premier League squad, 18 are classed as ‘senior players’ over the age of 21. The likes of Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley and Shane Duffy are all up-and-coming players that could cement their position in Everton’s starting XI in the coming seasons.
Moyes has also done a tremenous job ensuring his current starters are tied down to long-term contracts. Tim Howard, Darren Gibson, Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas are all tied to the club until 2016. The likes of Nikica Jelavic and Phil Jagielka are both committed for an extra season beyond that. Some of these will see their full contracts out, others won’t — such is the nature of modern football. Crucially, however, Moyes has ensured Everton are the side holding all the cards in future negotiations with long-term contracts ensuring potential suitors need to cough up that extra bit of money to land their man.