Well we all knew it was coming, but the way the David Moyes fiasco has developed has turned out to be rather interesting. Following reports yesterday that David Moyes was set to be named Alex Ferguson’s successor “in the next 24 hours”, all had gone somewhat quiet today. However, just a few minutes after the Manchester United facebook page temporarily welcomed the Scot as the new manager of the club, Everton FC’s official Twitter account confirmed that Moyes would step down at the end of the season. The message was taken down immediately but not before sources such as the BBC had already got onto the announcement.
Although there is nothing official to suggest Moyes’ departure is because he is heading to Old Trafford, this certainly seems to be the case with no approach made for two time Champions League winner Jose Mourinho. The way this has been handled by both the Everton and Manchester United camps seems to have been rather odd with mixed messages disseminating from both club hierarchies.
So, as things stand, David Moyes will be as good as Manchester United manager before their Premiership Champions’ parade and with two rather pointless games left for both teams. Manchester United have won the league title and unless Everton lose their remaining games and Liverpool beat Fulham and QPR – they will finish above their Merseyside rivals for the third successive time.
Questions will be asked regarding David Moyes’ European credentials and the fact that he has never beaten Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Liverpool away from home in 43 attempts but these will be duly countered with his incredible Everton record and reputation for getting the most out of his players. Some Manchester United fans may also be worried about Moyes’ questionable record in the transfer market – but given that the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson himself will still be lurking in the wings – he will have plenty of support…or hand holding as the case may be.
Either way, David Moyes looks set to be the man to step into world football’s third biggest shoes.