Don't expect David Moyes to be invited to any more of Everton's Christmas parties.
First there was the joint £28 million bid from Manchester United for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini as noted by Chris Bascombe of the Telegraph. Anybody can see that that would not be near enough to get the pair of players, so it's hard to see how Moyes and Ed Woodward thought that bid would work.
The idea that Moyes is acting maliciously toward Everton in that respect is foolish, as managers routinely buy players from their former clubs, as Roberto Martinez did with Arouna Kone when he moved to Everton.
The latest step from the Manchester United manager has gone too far, though.
When asked whether he sympathized with Martinez, he said via the Guardian's Jamie Jackson:
I definitely do but I also know that if I'd been Everton manager and Sir Alex had come asking for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, I'd have found it very difficult to keep them because I always felt the right thing to do was what was right for the players.
Moyes of course has a sterling record when it comes to doing what's best for his players, even if it came at the cost of the club.
No, that doesn't sound right. What does sound right is that Moyes has said the entire summer that Rooney isn't going anywhere.
At least he was welcoming to Joleon Lescott's desire to move to Manchester City in 2009 for more money and a chance to win a title. Moyes was all too happy a cut-rate fee for the defender.
Oh wait, no he didn't.
The then-Everton manager refused to let Lescott move for anything less than the £30 or so million the club wanted for the player. At the time, Moyes said, "We are their rivals. We have got to do what is right for our football club. What is right for us at this moment in time is that Joleon Lescott stays." (h/t the Guardian's Andy Hunter).
Lescott ended up moving to City for about £22 million, so Moyes' hard-line stance ended up paying off for Everton.
It's quite comical now that he is at United, he's become a completely different manager in the transfer market. You obviously need to be cut-throat to a certain extent, sure, but this is just ridiculous.
There's a professional way you go about buying players. Regarding their pursuit of Baines and Fellaini so far, United have lacked that professionalism.
As stated before, the act of Moyes buying his former players is not by itself reprehensible. Managers do it all the time.
If United made a fair offer to Everton for Baines and Fellaini, and the Toffees demanded more, then United might have room to complain.
The issue is that United have made a bid that Everton would never accept. It was so bad that the Toffees couldn't keep it behind closed doors.
And yet, somehow, Everton is at fault because they aren't doing what's in the best interest of their players.
Roberto Martinez is going to first and foremost do what's best for Everton. That's his job. He's not been hired to ensure his players are prepped to be stars elsewhere. If the Toffees lost their top stars, they'd want enough money in return to counteract that talent drain.
Does this come as a surprise to Moyes?
Rather than pointing the finger at Martinez, perhaps he should look in the mirror and bemoan the fact that he could have had Fellaini for £23.5 million but didn't act fast enough.
Now that's something that deserves ridicule.
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