Michael - Moyes In!
Initially, my main preference was obviously for Sam Allardyce to stay at the club and carry on the good work that he did last season, but I honestly do not blame him for taking the England job on.
With Sam pretty much out of the door, it's expected that David Moyes has already agreed to take on Allardyce's role as manager, and to be honest I was astonished to see some people weren’t as keen on the prospect on Moyes taking the job.
It’s too easy to judge him on his time at Manchester United and, however poorly he did at Old Trafford, I still don’t think it was fair to employ him on a six-year deal then sack him less than a year into it. It was always going to be difficult for the man who directly followed Sir Alex Ferguson because expectations would still be sky-high and you’d inevitably be compared to him.
Moyes didn’t get much out of his players but I think that was because the United players had won trophies, or at least challenged for them, and Moyes hadn’t done that so he was already in a position where he had to work extra hard to gain the respect of that team. But I do admit that the fear factor in playing United had disappeared under Moyes and while the job was probably too big for him, the Sunderland job definitely wouldn’t be.
Real Sociedad was always going to be harder because you have to adapt to a different culture in another country, let alone a different league. Just because he’d done poorly in his last two jobs, both of which put together he didn’t get even two years, doesn’t mean we should overlook what he did at Everton.
He was at Goodison Park for over a decade and gave them stability, something which Sunderland have desperately needed for years and Everton finished in the top ten eight times during his reign - that is where a club like Sunderland should be competing regularly.
Teams hated going to Goodison Park because they knew they were in for a rough ride. Moyes usually had Everton fired up for games and even when they lost, they were consistently competitive. Not to mention he barely spent money in the transfer market and generally got the absolute maximum out of his players.
For me Moyes ticks the boxes and we can’t let his last two jobs overshadow what he did for Everton. I don’t expect him to be at the Stadium of Light for anywhere near that amount of time but, if/when he does take over, let’s hope he can do the same for Sunderland.