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.