David Moyes: Why Everton Remains His Best Option
As he enters the final stages of his contract, the subject of David Moyes' future is a recurring topic of conversation around Goodison Park.
There is great uncertainty about where the Toffees' manager will be come the start of next season, and the lack of a new deal has caused many fans many to assume it won't be at Everton.
A lot has been written about how Moyes should seek a new challenge; how he's taken the Toffees as far as he can and deserves transfer backing to match his ambition.
However, there are several reasons why the Scot needs to think very carefully before changing the scenery.
It's true he has rarely been afforded the luxury of spending big, forced to miss out on numerous targets as others around him strengthen, yet that is the norm for all managers bar a privileged few.
Both 2012 transfer windows showed exactly what can still achieved by selling first. Moyes oversaw the arrival of Steven Pienaar, Darron Gibson, Nikica Jelavic and Kevin Mirallas, who were essentially all paid for by the departures of Jack Rodwell and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
Everton have rarely bought on a whim under Moyes, but they have rarely had to sell against his wishes either. Only in extreme cases with Joleon Lescott, Wayne Rooney and Pienaar has the manager been frustrated at a player's exit.
This is part and parcel of the job for most managers and is something Moyes would experience in most alternative positions. Equally, developing players before selling them on for a profit doesn't have to be viewed as a negative ethos. It's a business model several top European clubs thrive under.
The same may well occur for Everton this summer with Marouane Fellini expected to leave, but the majority of that potential income can then be invested to strengthen several areas of the team.
Should Moyes leave, he would be doing so at a time when the manager may be provided with more spending power than ever before, something that would surely frustrate him if it came just as he left.
The way Tottenham replaced, and flourished after the sale of Luka Modric this season is a prime example of how this could potentially boost the Toffees. Staying put could give Moyes a chance replenish the side he's built in the manner he's so often craved, possibly even taking them to another level.
One crucial benefit Moyes does have at the Toffees, which he is unlikely to obtain elsewhere, is utter control of every department at the club. He effectively runs Everton. What he says goes and with fashionable directors of football and increasingly intrusive boards, this is a rarity in modern football terms.
The Toffees' old-fashioned setup of complete managerial power is something he must surely cherish and would not experience elsewhere.
Another advantage of his current role is the lack of media intrusion. Due to success he's achieved, Moyes rarely feels the intense glare of the media spotlight and avoids some of the pressures so many of his colleagues carry.
Most of them are generally a barren run away from the sack, something a dressing room often feeds off and reacts to, which in itself would challenge Moyes in a way he's not experienced for a long time.
Another final factor to consider is the time and effort he's spent honing the skills of some of his younger products and the potential talent he'd be passing on.
Everton boast an elite youth-team setup, crammed full of potential future products that Moyes will have been monitoring for years. The club were crowned academy champions two years ago and are now in the quarterfinals of this year's FA Youth Cup with several players poised for the big time.
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The current Under-16s and Under-18s are two particularly exciting age groups, and Moyes would surely be keen to help bring them through. Wherever else he ends up in the summer, he may struggle to find such a productive youth system as he's had at Everton.
As he deliberates his future over the next few months, Moyes must remember that as good as he's been for the Toffees, the club have been very good for him too.
Managing Everton is a privileged position. He's well paid, at a top side steeped in history, with a large fan-base and high expectations. They are in and around European contention, contest big games each season and are tantalisingly close to making the leap to Champions League football.
Not many destinations will be able match the favourable settings currently on the table at the Toffees, and this is something Moyes must recognise.
Even if a new club can provide him with extra transfer funds; the control, appreciation and materials he receives at Everton are all-too rare for modern day managers.
If he does depart, he will find it a lot tougher to succeed without them and may quickly regret the amicable conditions left behind.
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