Everton are the next club on my list, and if the reason why could be summarised in two words it would simply be:
He is a manager with huge potential that is already proving that he is man with supreme ability. Since arriving at Everton, he has transformed them from relegation candidates to a highly respectable Premier League outfit.
That’s no mean achievement, and he is only 46 years old. He is a relative babe in managing terms–his best years are ahead of him.
Admittedly they did yo-yo when he first arrived, finishing 17th, 4th, 11th, 6th, 5th, and 5th in the six years he has been manager. They currently sit in ninth position and are steadily climbing the league table.
In his time he has changed the composition of the side completely. They were at first a rugged and determined side, and though they still retain this quality, they have become a side that also plays progressive football.
Moyes has been astute in the transfer market, buying players such as Steven Pienaar, Mikel Arteta, and Marouane Felliani. His current squad represents a good blend of raw talent and Premier League experience, and he hasn’t been afraid to dip into the lower leagues to sign players with potential.
The club also has a good youth setup, Wayne Rooney was a graduate, and the current squad boasts players such as Jack Rodwell, James Vaughan, Dan Gosling, and Victor Anichebe.
A new stadium would be a boost, and although they don’t have a wealthy owner they do have a potentially large and loyal fan base. The club’s latest stadium proposal was a partnership with Tesco, with the supermarket shouldering a large chunk of the financial burden.
It’s thinking like this that will make Everton a powerhouse in the coming years. If the club could build a new stadium, with the extra revenue this creates, without laying out huge amounts of cash to get it constructed, then Moyes would be in a great position.
Indeed, the clubs biggest problem is similar to Arsenal’s, in that they need to keep hold of their manager if they want to step up to the big time.
If Moyes were to leave, it would be disastrous for Everton. Forget Jose Mourinho, Moyes should be top of the list of candidates for the Man United job once Ferguson retires.