Is Moyes The Right Man To Replace Fergie?

Time is ticking down on Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign as manager at Old Trafford, as it has been for several years now, but is David Moyes the right man to take over?

Reports in newspaper this weekend suggest Everton manager David Moyes has been tipped to take Ferguson’s seat in the Manchester United dugout, although current Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho and former Barcelona ‘composer’ Pep Guardiola are the other big names to be linked with what will be one of the hardest voids to fill in world football.

There is no doubt David Moyes deserves all the credit he has received throughout his 10 years on Merseyside but in my eyes a move to Manchester might be a little too big, right now.

Whenever the subject of David Moyes’ reign at Goodison Park is raised it is invariably followed by ‘with a shoestring budget’, that’s not something synonymous with fellow Scot Sir Alex Ferguson’s managerial career, particularly at Old Trafford where there has been regular incoming transfers with a hefty price tag to live up to.

On the whole Moyes has opted for cut price deals at Everton, through the financial restrictions the club lives with, alongside the rare big money man (Moyes has broken the club’s transfer record 4 times, £6 million for James Beattie, £8.6 million for Andy Johnson, £11.25 million to sign Yakubu and most recently the £15 million spent to take Marouanne Fellaini to Merseyside). The transfer philosophy imposed at Everton has brought success, although not in the form of trophies, FA Cup Runners Up, a year in the Champions League following a 4th placed league finish and finishing above city rivals Liverpool in the league for the first time in recent years.

The big worry for David Moyes, if he is the man attempting to fill Ferguson’s boots, is would he be able to step up and adapt to being at one of the biggest clubs in the world.


Sam Jewell