A return to Celtic may be David Moyes’ next best path in management
“I’m going to wait until the summer time and make a decision in the summer time,” David Moyes recently told Sky Sports. The former Preston North End, Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad manager was addressing the issue of the impending opening at Celtic.
Moyes noted that there are a lot of teams that will “interest” him. Come the end of the season, he could have his pick of Aston Villa, Celtic and his old club Everton.
After his stints at Manchester United and Real Sociedad ended in less than glorious circumstances, it’s only natural that Moyes studies any potential opportunity meticulously before making a decision.
Perhaps ‘meticulous’ is the wrong word to describe Moyes. ‘Cautious’ may be more appropriate given his approach to managing soccer clubs. Whether it was in the transfer market or on the pitch, the Scot was never one to take a flutter and only did gamble when backed into a corner.
In recent weeks, stories have emerged about Moyes’ interest in managing Aston Villa, his keenness in taking over at Celtic and his desire to return to Goodison should the Merseyside club dispense of Roberto Martínez’s services.
Of the three, the safe option would naturally be Everton. On the surface, it seems like an ideal fit; Moyes spent 10 full seasons at Goodison, got them as close as they ever have been to the Champions League during the early years of his reign and effectively established the club as a top 10 outfit.
The negatives were his trophyless haul and his poor record against cross-town rivals Liverpool. Moyes only won three of the 22 Merseyside derbies in the Premier League, whilst he saw his side defeated 12 times. He never managed to mastermind a win against Liverpool at Anfield.
However, should Moyes think more carefully before deciding on a return to Goodison? From a transfer point of view, the purse strings may be loosened with the arrival of Farhad Moshiri as majority shareholder. But across Stanley Park, Liverpool are undergoing their own uplifting face lift under Jürgen Klopp. If Moyes is thinking about a second coming then he’ll immediately have the Merseyside derby albatross over his head.
More than anything, it feels like his story at Everton is done. He may bring stability back to Goodison, could recruit bigger name players and maybe even target a cup but if his return merely ushers in a history repeating cycle, then is it really worth it?