There is a reason that outside of the two godfathers of the Premier League, Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson, that David Moyes is the division’s longest serving manager. The Everton board have historically been loath to sack managers, and their decision to stick with the former Preston man has paid dividends over previous years.
However, whilst some may argue that the plight a Moyes managed Everton were in five years ago was far more severe than the situation they currently find themselves, this weekend’s meeting with Wigan is one of the more vital games for Everton since Moyes came to Goodison Park, eight years ago.
Wigan can hardly afford to lose either, a point against Stoke last time out a little fortunate for a side that have not played well since the visit of Liverpool last month. Whilst neither team would admit it publicly, a draw may be enough to edge a little further away from Wolves and West Ham at the bottom of the table. In a season where anything could happen at the bottom of the division, point accumulation is absolutely vital.