With David Moyes’ difficult ten-month tenure as Manchester United boss now over, thoughts have turned to where’s next for a manager who – lest we forget – was held in high enough esteem to be handed one of the biggest jobs in world football less than a year ago.
The 50-year-old has been linked to a host of managerial situations, some vacant and some otherwise, with Tottenham, Swansea and Norwich all seemingly in need of a steadying influence in the dressing room.
Spurs – 7/20 to finish in the top six above the Red Devils – were known to be long-time admirers of Moyes during his Everton days and with Lilywhites coach Tim Sherwood expected to shuffle back behind the scenes this summer, chairman Daniel Levy may move for the Glaswegian.
Dutch coach Louis van Gaal’s status as red-hot evens favourite to take over at Old Trafford gives further weight to this theory, as the former Barcelona and Bayern Munchen boss was hotly tipped to take the reins at White Hart Lane prior to Man Utd’s big news.
Furthermore, Spurs showed when hiring Andre Villas-Boas, following the Portuguese’s tricky tenure at Chelsea, that they’re all for second chances and Van Gaal’s potential arrival at the Theatre of Dreams would throw Levy’s summer plans into chaos, so Moyes may find his luck changing all of a sudden.
However, the fallout from the former Everton chief’s first season at a ‘big club’ has produced such a barrage of negativity that even Spurs – who reaffirmed in promoting inexperienced Sherwood that they’re rarely afraid to swim against the tide – will look before they leap.
Besides, Moyes would be better off getting a few league titles under his belt at Celtic, whose current coach Neil Lennon has been strongly linked with the Carrow Road hotseat since Chris Hughton’s departure.
With Alan Pardew teetering on the brink of exit at Newcastle, Moyes may also be willing to rebuild his reputation at St James’ Park and the Magpies are rumoured to have the Scot on a shortlist to replace their own beleaguered boss.