Everton manager David Moyes appears to have worked his way onto the shortlist of managers who are likely to take over from Roberto Mancini at Manchester City. And it’s not for lack of merit, either. You don’t always need trophies in the locker to provide evidence that you’re a good manager. However, overtures from the Etihad Stadium may be coming too soon for Moyes at this time.
This isn’t even to suggest Moyes will undoubtedly leave Everton once the season draws to a close. The contract situation remains up in the air and it could well be the transfer actions of the club which ultimately decides his future. Whatever his final decision is with regards to Everton alone, he should receive a standing ovation if he opts to move on.
The talk from Moyes of wanting to manage in the Bundesliga is a great credit to the German league more than anything else. From the outside, it does appear to be a new and exciting world for European football, where some of the best talents are looking to now, both players and managers, and the biggest names from Germany’s incredible football factory are looking to stay. German football is not without its flaws, but Moyes could be making a very positive and notable step forward by moving abroad.
It could perhaps signal the start of a trend for many British managers, whereby the desire has always been to remain close to home and not venture too far out of the comfort zone. Moyes is an excellent manager who has built his reputation in part on the need to be economical in the transfer market; and with the majority of Bundesliga clubs conducting business within their means, there is very little to suggest Moyes wouldn’t be a success in German football.
The €40 million transfer is restricted to the Bavarians, where even Bayern themselves admitted that it was an astronomical fee to pay for Javi Martinez. The others in the league, including current champions Borussia Dortmund, operate with a little more sense. €17 million– the figure which brought Marco Reus from Borussia Monchengladbach to Signal Iduna Park last summer – is far more common and is seen as the benchmark for heavy spending. The prices Bayern pay and have paid in the past is something totally alien to the rest of German football.
There’s a keenness from Bundesliga clubs to work with the immense talent pool of youth that has been served up, and where else could Moyes make such a notable mark? He’s more than capable of bringing the best out of youngsters and helping them on the road to becoming stars. Combined with his efficient approach to the transfer market, Moyes is certain to be a hit in Germany.
So why opt for foreign lands when there could be a mega offer on the table during the approaching summer? You’ve got to wonder if Moyes is on the shortlists of Chelsea and Manchester City because of his managerial abilities, rather than there perhaps not being much else available. I wouldn’t want to paint Moyes in a picture that suggests he’s a last resort, but now doesn’t appear to be the right time for him to move up the ladder in English football. Without instant success, which he has no history of, it may not be the best move for either party.
Moyes can certainly further his brand as a manager if he were to be a success in German football. Of course, that may be incredibly difficult considering Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are sure to take much of the headlines and trophies, but maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe Moyes needs a season or two to quietly move to the side and build something impressive in German football. We might be talking about eventual Bundesliga title contenders, but good work in domestic cups or the Europa League could do a lot for him as a manager ahead of a likely return to England.
Moyes should be on a path for one of the top jobs in English football, and with Financial Fair Play approaching, his managerial style will be highly sought-after. However, the talk of working abroad has opened up doors for him to move away from the English game and learn to a greater extent the workings of successful leagues such as the Bundesliga. There will be plenty of time for the Hollywood move in the Premier League, but for now that can wait.