He may be focused on winning a nineteenth league title for Manchester United, but Sir Alex Ferguson is also reportedly planning his retirement as well. Reports in the press suggest Fergie will pack it all in next summer, leaving the board with the arduous task of finding a replacement for a man who has held the top job at Old Trafford since 1986.
It will be one of the most pivotal moments in the club’s history, especially when you consider the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Edwin van Der Sar and Gary Neville will all hang up their boots then as well.
Whoever takes the job will have a massive task on their hands to rebuild the squad while continuing the trophy laden dynasty of the Fergie era – indeed the online football betting suggests he could add another league title this season.
There are plenty of contenders from both home and abroad. But one name that is continually mentioned is David Moyes.
Scottish? Tick. Fiery? Tick. It is very easy to compare Everton boss Moyes to a young Alex Ferguson. Indeed the former Preston boss admires the United boss and seeks to emulate many of his fellow Scotsman’s traits. Fergie clearly rates Moyes as well; he even offered Moyes the job of assistant manager while he was at Preston and has kindly hawked off most of his cast offs to Goodison Park since Moyes went there.
He has certainly done a fantastic job at Everton, taking the club from perennial relegation candidates to European contenders in eight years, with relatively little investment. But last year could have proved to be a watershed moment for Moyes. Everton finished fifth for the second consecutive season and lost the FA Cup final.
With little money to enhance the squad they were overtaken this year by the likes of Manchester City, Spurs, and Villa. This will have many asking if Moyes has taken the club as far as he can. He certainly won’t quit the club. He has said a number of occasions he would only leave when he had achieved tangible success on Merseyside and left something his successor could build on.
But unless chairman Bill Kenwright can attract more investment and help the club build a new stadium, Moyes’ and Everton’s ambitions will always be held back by a glass ceiling.
If he was offered the top job across the M62 he could leave the Toffees with his head held high, knowing he did all he possibly could in the circumstances.
But is he good enough?
Well, he hasn’t won anything at Everton and his only Champions League experience was a defeat to Villarreal in the qualifiers back in 2005. Moyes says he is learning all the time and will make mistakes. But when you are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world there is no time for errors – you need to hit the ground running.
This is why I feel Moyes is the right manager at the wrong time for United this time round.
Meanwhile, England remain third favorites in the World Cup betting despite injury worries over a number of key players.