EPL: 10 Years of David Moyes and Why He Shouldn't Go to Chelsea

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EPL: 10 Years of David Moyes and Why He Shouldn't Go to Chelsea

March 14, 2002.

David Moyes is appointed manager of Everton Football Club.

Where the hell has the time gone?!

427 games later and Everton's favourite red-head (Alan Ball aside) is still at the helm of the Blues.

Is it time he moved on?

With the recent sacking of Andre Villas-Boas by Chelsea, who've had nine managers since Moyes signed on with the Toffee's, David Moyes is once again being linked with a move away from Goodison Park.

Trying to sound as unbiased as possible, I hope he doesn't leave soon, especially not for Chelsea.

Moyes does need to prove himself on the next branch up on the management tree, a club with the financial power to consistently play European football and the Scotsman will undoubtedly get his chance soon.

What Moyes has done in his 10-year spell at Goodison Park is one of the finer management jobs in Premier League history.

In Moyes' first game against Fulham all those years ago, Steve Simonsen started in goal.

Joe Max-Moore came off the bench.

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To go from this to a team that now contains top International talent, broke the monopoly of the Big Four and helped nurture one of England's greatest ever strikers is nothing short of amazing.

 

And to do this on the typical Everton shoe-string is closer to miracle.

Lest we forget the 17th finish of '03-'04, but Everton haven't dropped lower than 11th since and have become a fixture in the top seven.

Moyes has restored a proud football club with a phenomenal history to somewhere near its former glory and Evertonian's should be incredibly thankful for that.

Of course, there is a glaring trophy shaped hole in Moyes' resume but an F.A cup final in 2009 and more European jaunts than most Evertonian's of my generation ever thought possible show the true talent of our Glaswegian gaffer.

But Chelsea is a step in the wrong direction.

Without a doubt they are the bigger side (even though we know our history) but the way owner Roman Abramovich goes through managers is beyond a joke.

Moyes would have more money than he'd know what to do with but if the results aren't there in six months, he'll be out of work for the first time since 1998.

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Loved and loathed in equal parts by Everton fans for his persistence on the one striker, packed midfield style of management wouldn't go down well in the striker heavy Chelsea dressing room.

His style works at Everton as it plays to the strengths of the Toffee's and while Everton have been playing a much more flowing style of football the past two or three seasons, but a Moyes team will never be a free scoring unit Abramovich craves.

Moyes definitely deserves his chance at the big time and if Chelsea or Manchester United come knocking, he has to leave and I'd wish him well.

He's a bit of a long shot for the Chelsea job but stranger things have happened, and if Harry Redknapp leaves Spurs for England, there will be another column to write.

But I hope for his sake, and for the sake of Evertonian's everywhere, Abramovich looks elsewhere and Moyes can stay at Everton as long Sir Alex wants to stay at Old Trafford.

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