As David Moyes goes on to to a different challenge little remains but to wish him well. He’s gave us highs and lows but more importantly he has given us stability. However, never one to live in the past I am excited for our future, says David Martin.
Change has been thrust upon Everton whether we choose to embrace it or not. David Moyes is on his way out and the new guy has a tough act to follow. However, it isn’t an act that cannot be followed or even bettered. Moyes takes with him several sterling qualities to Manchester United. His eye for a bargain and ability to work on a restrictive budget is second to none and he tends to get the best out of the players he has at his disposal. It doesn’t mean he isn’t without his flaws and as such there is reason for a measure of optimism.
Of course his flaws are common knowledge to Evertonians. He is a rigid tactician who relies on set systems and a style that emphasises hard work first and flair later. This has led to a tenure of consistency but it has also meant that we have fell short in terms of tangible success often falling at the last hurdle. Perhaps, more significantly in the cups, even losing at the first hurdle quite frequently. A new Manager would bring different ideas, tactics and of course new flaws but there is a chance that he can improve on the solid foundation that has been built.
The big question of course is who will be next Everton Manager? Will it be a solid and unspectacular appointment like Mackay or Lennon or will the board surprise us all with an exciting appointment from left field? The Evertonian hype machine has gone into overdrive for, “Porto Guy” Vitor Pereira while others have even championed the inexperienced Duncan Ferguson! It’s difficult at this stage to see who we will end up with but I hope that on this one Bill Kenwright doesn’t make a snap judgment.
There are advantages and disadvantages to any appointment but it would be nice if the board didn’t go for the safest choice. We need to show the same ambition that Moyes has in taking on Manchester United. We remain a massive club and should be aiming for candidates of the highest calibre. Rumours of people such as Mark Hughes being interested is not something we should be entertaining. I won’t care as much if Everton want to scrap Nil Satis Nisi Optimum from our badge as long as they apply the philosophy to our search for a new Manager.
“May you live in interesting times” is often used as a curse but in the coming weeks it is possible that for Evertonians these times could turn out to be a blessing. Either way one thing is for sure, my F5 button is going to be getting some wear and tear.