David Moyes - Only time will tell
It was the 2007–08 season that Everton displayed the most consistency and stability since Moyes arrived at the club, finally ending the cycle of alternating between the top and bottom halves of the league. A 5th place finish in the league, Last 16 of the UEFA Cup and semis of the English League Cup were achieved.
Moyes finally found some consistency as Everton reached the finals of the FA Cup in 2008-09 although they were beaten by Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley.
Everton ended 2009-10 in 8th place, failing to qualify for Europe for the 1st time in 4 years despite a run of only two defeats in their last 24 league games.
David Moyes became a cult legend at Everton for stabilizing them during torrid times and leading them to a team which fought for European places after 4 seasons of inconsistent showings. His ability in the transfer market is also much lauded after discovering gems like Baines, Fellaini, Cahill, Arteta, Lescott to name a few.
And when the news that Sir Alex Ferguson would retire at the end of the 2012-13 season, all eyes were on Moyes and Mourinho to see who would replace the Scotsman at Manchester United. And finally it was announced that Moyes would take the reigns at Manchester United on July 1st, 2013.
Moyes clearly is a top manager to have at a club seeking stability but it remains to be seen whether Manchester United fans are willing to give him sufficient time to find his feet at such a mammoth club.
He replaces Sir Alex Ferguson with a win% of 42.08 from 518 games at Goodison Park trying to better Fergie’s 59.67% and with time and patience it would be pretty obvious that he’ll succeed to build on a dynasty made by a fellow Scotsman like himself. Ferguson himself has praised his successor as he “feels he is cut from the same cloth” as him.
Given his inconsistent start at Everton, it is obvious that he could experience the same at a club like Manchester United given his team’s start to the season is tough. It is however upto the fans to stick with him or call for his head when things don’t seem to be going according to plan as it is clearly evident he is a top manager.
David Moyes begins his first official day as manager of Manchester United by arriving at the club’s Carrington training ground and appointing Steve Round (Assistant Manager), Chris Woods (Goalkeeping Coach) and Jimmy Lumsden (First Team Coach) to his coaching staff.
Liverpool have stuck with Brendan Rodgers and Arsenal with Arsene Wenger. Lets see if Manchester United can stick with their man through the good times or not?