Five clubs for David Moyes to rebuild his managerial career at
In the wake of David Moyes’ sacking by Manchester United, Coral have opened a market on where his next job will be. Our experts look at five potential destinations for the Scot to go to and rebuild his career.
Newcastle – 9/4
Alan Pardew has come under pressure yet again on Tyneside following his headbutt on David Meyler that resulted in a lengthy touchline ban. The incident has knocked little sense into his Newcastle players either, as they have lost six of seven Premier League matches played since.
Goals have dried up since the sale of playmaker Yohan Cabaye in January, and the Toon are resigned to losing loan star Loic Remy to a team competing in Europe next term. Their recent slump has yielded just two strikes in seven.
Dropping 30 Premier League points at home has upset the Newcastle natives, who are always vocal in calling for a manager’s head. Moyes would be a top target for Mike Ashley, should he dispense with Pardew this summer.
West Ham – 6/1
Speaking of supporters trying to get a manager sacked, there has been recent disaffection from Hammers fans towards Sam Allardyce. The whole debate about whether football is now a results-based business or about style over substance was reopened when the Upton Park faithful turned into boo boys.
It hurt Big Sam. He took a relegated club, picked it up, got it promoted and has it firmly in mid-table. That is realistically the best any man can do at West Ham right now.
Bitter as this pill is to swallow for Hammers fans, Allardyce could become tired of being jeered by what may be described as ungrateful support and walk away. Moyes would then, like Newcastle, be a top target for owners David Gold and David Sullivan.
Celtic – 8/1
Neil Lennon has steered the Bhoys to a third straight Scottish top-flight title with consummate ease. In the absence of Rangers, there is something missing from Glasgow, so how long will it be before the Celtic boss gets bored?
Lennon, a former Northern Ireland international, has been linked with taking over at Norwich City next season. He may also be tempted south of the border by old club Leicester City, if Nigel Pearson fails to match up to Premier League management.
That would leave a vacancy in the Hoops dugout that Moyes would have to seriously consider as a place to rebuild his own coaching career. He used to play for Celtic, so this could be a match made in heaven down the line.
Tottenham – 8/1
It is widely anticipated that Tim Sherwood will not see out the 18-month contract he signed at White Hart Lane in December. Chairman Daniel Levy has his finger on the trigger once again as it looks highly unlikely Spurs shall qualify for the Champions League.
With Louis van Gaal now apparently facing a choice whether to manage Manchester United or Tottenham, after his contract as Netherlands national boss comes to an end when the World Cup is over, Moyes could resurface in north London.
Vast amounts of Premier League experience is needed to drag Spurs out of this transitional phase, which seems perpetual. Moyes has achieved something that Levy craves – a top four finish.
Southampton – 16/1
There are a lot of ifs and buts about this, but if Van Gaal is installed at United and Mauricio Pochettino is tempted by Tottenham, could Moyes return to management on the south coast?
He would take over a talented young team, many of which he was linked with bringing to Old Trafford. Moyes’ only chance to work with the likes of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana now is to be their boss at the Saints.
Pochettino has been coy on his future at St Mary’s ever since influential chairman Nicola Cortese quit the club. There are also unpaid transfer fees and a bill for the new training ground at Southampton, which could make this move something of a poisoned chalice.
As unlikely as it presently seems, could Moyes make a return to Everton, if Roberto Martinez is poached by a top Spanish side? Odds of 33/1 say the Scot’s next job will be a second stint in the Goodison Park dugout.