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David Moyes tipped by Roberto Martinez to make swift return to management

Apr 24, 2014, 8:08 AM EDT

File photo of Manchester United's manager David Moyes listening to a question during a news conference in Manchester Reuters

In the wake of David Moyes‘ firing by Manchester United, Everton manager Roberto Martinez has tipped his predecessor at Goodison Park for a swift return to management.

“I am sure he will be ready to get into another job and I am sure he won’t have a lack of offers,” Martinez said. “He will always be well thought of and we will always be thankful of the job he did at our football club.”

One wouldn’t expect anything less from the 40-year-old Spaniard, who manages to see the light in even the darkest of times. This positivity is but one of the many ways – along with style of play, psychology and personnel to name a few – that the Martinez era at Everton differs from the 11 year reign Moyes enjoyed on the blue side of Liverpool.

During that time the 50-year-old Scot won the League Managers’ Association Manager of the Year three times and was celebrated as a manager who, despite his pragmatic and often conservative approach, consistently fielded teams that punched well above their weight.

“We all know [Moyes] is a very successful man and has a real strong winning mentality and he will get ready to bounce back straight away,” Martinez continued. “It is very difficult to get that experience, the amount of years he has been working at the highest level, and the know-how he has is a real strength. We all know he is going to be very successful in the future.”

Where, exactly, Moyes’ future lies next is a topic of some debate.

The consensus is that Moyes’ experience at Manchester United exposed him as a man incapable of managing a world-class club. Yet questions remain as to whether the Glazer family did the Scot an injustice by pulling the plug a mere 10 months into a 6 year deal. The stated goal last summer was to find a long-term replacement, so was it really fair to hand Moyes an aging squad that would become hampered by injuries to key players (Robin van Persie) and fire him for failing to finish in the Top 4 domestically after bringing the club to the Champions League quarter-finals?

Fairness requires the question be asked.

In the meantime, most will agree that Moyes has proven he can do the job at a mid-to-upper level club and, in England, clubs like Newcastle, Aston Villa and West Ham United all represent realistic destinations while Landon Donovan recently weighed in that Major League Soccer could provide another landing place.

  1. patriotsdefense - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    I think he’d be a good fit in Tottenham, and with word that the outgoing Sherwood is a likely favorite in Newcastle. Bale and Moyes probably could have contended for lots of silverware. But sadly this aint 2012 anymore.

  2. footballer4ever - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Best wishes to him. It’s a double edge sword when you are “chosen” by an outgoing/retired legend than to be hired, even if fired, by the team in charge of hiring personnel. Good luck, Mr. Moyes, but ManU is a football club beast that

  3. mazblast - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Moyes’ hiring at MU was doomed from the start. One wonders whether Sir Alex made a serious error in judgment, or if he was trying to make his incredible record look even better by sandbagging his successor. Either way, if I’m Man U, I don’t blindly accept his opinion this time. Just because you’re great at your job doesn’t mean you’re great at choosing your successor.

    As for Moyes, if British employment law is anything like that in the USA, he should tell MU to keep those checks coming, take a year off, and collect easy money spouting pre-written platitudes on the UK equivalent of the American disease called ESPN, while collecting MU’s money. Then he should take a position with a mid-table club, OPEN UP THE ATTACK FOR ONCE IN HIS CAREER, and stick it to MU whenever possible.

    And props to Martinez. He didn’t have to be as supportive and gracious as he was in his remarks.

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