Over the last few weeks there have been an increasing number of calls from Everton fans to bring back David Moyes as manager of Everton Football Club, but those who are calling for the Scot to return are exhibiting the kind of lack of ambition that the Everton board are usually accused of.
Moyes steadied the Everton ship over the first five years he was in charge in a time when Everton was a club in turmoil. During his reign he was forced to sell Nick Chadwick in order to fund a new playing surface at a price much lower than he could have achieved if we had waited until the summer months. There was talk that the player’s wages were paid late on more than one occasion, and the club was busying itself selling off every available asset that could be stripped.
He did a good job in a hard time.
But over the last five years of his reign, things started to stagnate on the pitch. Regular top 8 finishes were the glass ceiling he found himself achieving and fighting to be “best of the rest” was as good as it was ever going to get under Moyes. And that’s before we even start to think about his behaviour and comments once he moved on from Goodison Park.
Times have changed, and so has Everton.
With new investment from Farhad Moshiri, Everton’s next managerial appointment will be the biggest in our history and needs to show the ambition of a club determined to go places. A proven winner (of more than a Play-off final and a Charity Shield) needs to be brought in and given the chance to repeat their feats from previous clubs.
Everton no longer need to shop in the bargain basement hoping to find a player that we can convert into a £20m sell-on. Everton need a manager with proven ability to spend big money on top quality players. David Moyes does not have that ability.
There are managers out there with CVs chock full of trophies who would relish the chance to manage Everton, and it is from that pile of CVs that the Everton board should chose their next manager.
Everton have moved on from managers of David Moyes’ calibre, and in order to push forward and fight to retake our place on the top table of English football’s elite, we need to show that in our next appointment.