David Moyes

David Moyes – from a Premier League top manager to a big disgrace

In May 2013, David Moyes received the best news of his career. The Scotsman had been handpicked by Sir Alex Ferguson as his replacement. Manchester United’s fans went as far as erecting a huge at Stratford end, Old Trafford, in Moyes’s honour– it read: The Chosen One. Four years on, David Moyes has awakened from that euphoria with his career nearing an abyss.

In eleven years with Everton, David Moyes asserted himself as a Premier League top manager. With limited resources, he ensured that Everton moved from relegation strugglers to a mid-table team. He even guided the club to Champions League qualification in 2005, following their highest ever Premier League finish – fourth.

His mean-looking schoolmaster’s air became popular around the Premier League. The Scotsman’s shrewd tactics made Everton one of the toughest team to beat in the league. On three occasions, 2003, 2005 and 2009, Moyes was voted the League Managers Association Manager of the Year. He was also named Premier League manager of the month ten times.

It was, therefore, no surprise to many, when fellow Scotsman, disciplinarian and Manchester United’s legendary manager, Alex Ferguson, chose him as his replacement after his successful twenty-six-year reign as United’s boss.
In Moyes, Fergie had seen his carbon copy, in everything including accent.

Following his reasonable success at Everton, Moyes had given the impression that he’d blossom into a very successful manager, under adequate funding and the right environment. Where else but Manchester United? – the biggest and greatest football club in England.

Upon arrival at Old Trafford, Moyes was given a free hand he needed, but most importantly the finances to reinforce. However, his inexperience with luring big name players became evident with Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini being the only respectable signings during his era.

Moyes failed woefully at his dream job. His rigorous and stringent training ground tactics were presented by players; his defense was vulnerable and United shipped goals and lost games even to teams who normally shouldn’t be able to hold a candle to the Red Devils.

By January 2014, Manchester United hopes of winning any domestic trophy besides the Community Shield was out the window; by April, when Bayern Munich knocked them out of the Champions League quarterfinal things looked really grim.

A 2-0 Premier League defeat to Everton proved the final stroke. With four games left in the Premier League and five years left on his contract, Moyes was fired!

A £5 million compensation was reportedly paid and David Moyes left Manchester United, ten months in, after just fifty-one games in charge.

David Moyes should’ve taken this advice

After his sack, Big Sam Allardyce had some piece advice for David Moyes:

“I wouldn’t advise him to come back into the game sooner, I would come back later if I were him. He has done 15 years continuously. To take some time with the family and reflect and enjoy life a little bit more without the pressures of particularly Premier League football will do him the world of good. When he emerges again, he will come back a better manager than he already has been, and he has been one hell of a manager.”

Before the Manchester United job, Moyes’s pedigree in the Premier League was unquestionable. All he needed was time to recoup and go back to being the top manager he’d always been; Sam Allardyce couldn’t be more correct. But Moyes felt it best to leave Britain and head to Spain in search for an instant career resurgence.

On 10 November 2014, seven months after leaving the Manchester United job, David Moyes took up the role as manager of La Liga club, Real Sociedad.

The only high point of his Real Sociedad career was a one-nil win over Barcelona. One year later, he was sacked! If only he’d heeded Big Sam’s advice.

David Moyes has lost his pedigree

Less than a year after leaving Sociedad, Moyes was back in the thick of things; this time as manager of Premier League club, Sunderland. For the full season (2016-17) he’s had with Sunderland, they have been relegated from the Premier League with four games remaining.

This is the lowest David Moyes has ever come in his career since he left Preston North End in 2002.
He’s among the top five managers in Premier League history to reach 150 league wins, but today, it’ll be a big gamble to allow him to remain with a Championship side like Sunderland. This guy seriously needs some time out.

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