Moyes set to continue
It is almost impossible to write anything about Everton at this moment in time without addressing the future of their current manager David Moyes.
June 25th, 2012
Some of you may have noticed that this column has changed somewhat; normally I write about Blackburn Rovers for this fine site. Instead I am switching my attention to Everton, a side I have always liked and now get to follow even more closely.
It is almost impossible to write anything about Everton at this moment in time without addressing the future of their current manager David Moyes. As last season drew to a close many, including myself, felt that he would look for pastures new this summer after celebrating his tenth anniversary at the club earlier this year. With the departure of Harry Redknapp at Spurs it was thought that he would be in contention to take over as manager of theNorth Londonclub. However, after a few weeks of speculation it now appears (at the time of writing this) that he looks set to embark on his second decade in charge of the Toffees.
Whilst the club have not actually won silverware under Moyes his tenure has been considered a huge success by one and all. With the lack of funds at his disposal he has done remarkably well to guide the club to one fourth place finish, two fifth, one sixth and three seventh placed finishes. The modern game is almost entirely dominated by money; those that have it tend to have success whilst those that don’t have the financial resources end up fighting for their lives – not under Moyes they don’t!
Not only does this demonstrate Moyes’ astute dealings in the transfer market it also highlights the importance of consistency. Indeed, only Sir Alex Ferguson (25 years) and Arsene Wenger (15 years) have been at their current club for longer than the Scotsman. It has enabled the club to be run in a particular style and has ensured that everybody knows their role and place within the set up. The players in turn feel more comfortable which also makes the club an attractive proposition for potential signings.
Only this season we have seen the manager’s ability to strengthen the squad when he signed Nikica Jelavic from Rangers in January. The club have desperately needed a proven goal scorer for years and the Croatian striker settled almost immediately. His goals saw the Merseyside club rocket up the table and finish above their city neighboursLiverpoolwhich ensured that every supporter looked back on the season fondly.
For a team that has spent so little it is staggering that Everton have been able to achieve what they have. Whether money can be injected into the club remains a doubt for now but it would be fascinating to see what Moyes could do with more money to strengthen his squad.
It is clear though that Moyes’ real strength lies in his ability to motivate and galvanise a set of players. His relationship with his squad is believed to be incredibly good and it is this that enables him to get the best out of them. Whether Everton make any significant moves in the summer transfer window remains purely speculative at the moment. The one priority for Chairman Bill Kenwright should be to get Moyes tied in to a long term contract. His current deal only has another 12 months to run and signing him up for a more extended period of time is now crucial. For now it seems Everton will retain the services of their excellent manager and if success is to be achieved he will be pivotal to it.
Written by Andy Hunter