We’ve known the news has been coming for at least 24 hours (although the rumours started some days ago) and now we finally have confirmation – David Moyes is leaving Everton at the end of the season to replace Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Manchester United, and bwin make him odds-on NOT to win a trophy in his first season in charge.
The 50-year-old Scot will officially take over at Old Trafford on July 1st after it was announced by United this afternoon that he has signed a six-year contract.
Moyes will be stepping into the shoes of the most successful manager British football has ever seen and a man whose domination of the English game over 26 years at United brought a total of 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups and two Champions League victories in a trophy haul that totalled 38, if you were to include Community Shields.
In comparison, Moyes’ record can’t hold a candle to Ferguson’s – in fact, there is no comparison whatsoever.
With the exception of winning the equivalent of what is now League One with Preston North End in 2000, Moyes has not won a single major trophy, which to many observers makes the Old Trafford’s board decision to choose him over the likes of proven winners Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp, to name but two, difficult to fathom.
But Moyes, whose steely Glaswegian demeanour is certainly from the same school as Ferguson’s, built a competitive team over his 11-year stint at Goodison Park on a comparatively limited budget, securing eight top-eight finishes in his time at Everton, even finishing fourth in 2005.
That he has done a fine job for Everton is indisputable, but having never managed in the Champions League – his team were knocked out of the qualifiers by Villarreal in 2005 – and having only played 22 games in the Europa League, Moyes’ European credentials are the ones most up for scrutiny.
But as the old adage goes, how do you get the experience if you are never given the chance?
Winning the Premier League or the Champions League has never been on the agenda for Moyes at Everton and the promotion of a young British manager to one of the top jobs in the country will make a pleasing change for many observers who believe top-flight teams far too often go for the flavour-of-the-month continental option.
But whatever the rights and wrongs of Moyes’ appointment – and it is sure to divide opinion – the only way he will be judged from now on is results at Manchester United, and bwin go 3/4 that he fails to win a trophy during 2013/14, chalking him up at 19/20 to win the first major honour of his career (Community Shield excluded).
For the eternally optimistic, you can get 100/1 that United win the treble of Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup during 2013/14, and what a sensational story it would be if Moyes could emulate Ferguson’s achievement in 1999 in his first campaign.
More realistically, Moyes is 3/20 to win over 1.5 trophies (again, Community Shield excluded) during his entire reign, with bwin going 15/4 that he wins just one major trophy or less.
We are also offering other Moyes-related markets, too, such as the Scot being 15/4 not to last beyond the end of next season and 7/1 to bring two of his top Everton performers, Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, with him to Old Trafford this summer.