THE question of David Moyes’ contract has once again come up – this time at yesterday’s pre-match press conference. And the manager has made it quite clear that his intentions are not to discuss his situation until the end of the season.
I wrote at length some weeks ago about the real fear that after several years of minor speculation, and undoubtedly much soul searching from the manager himself, it would appear that he is now seriously considering a future away from Everton.
I seem to recall that the last time I wrote about this David Moyes said he would not discuss his contract until after the transfer window.
The implication, by me, was that his mindset would be affected by both comings and goings during January.
Well the window has passed now, by some weeks. We didn’t lose anybody, neither did we bring anybody in – but crucially there was money available. So from the manager’s point of view you have to say he was fully supported.
Money was made available and nobody left.
But the latest announcement could only be read one way, and that is that his inclination to leave is hardening – hence the intense speculation during last weekend about which clubs might be interested in him.
According to the Sunday tabloids Chelsea and Manchester City would be, but Manchester United aren’t.
My feelings remain unchanged.
I think David Moyes has been fantastic and if he does leave Everton this summer he will leave the club in a better state than when he took over.
If, and it is still very much an if, he does decide to leave, he should also leave with the very best of wishes from everybody at Everton Football Club – from the players he has improved, to the chairman and board he has such a good relationship with and the fans who have watched some great football, albeit without tangible success.
Typically David Moyes, if he leaves, will be doing so at the end of a contract.
He hasn’t had his head turned mid-contract by a mega bucks offer from another club.
He will see his contract out, which is what contracts are all about.
The one thing that Bill Kenwright could possibly ask of him, in private and in confidence, is to be told his decision in good time to prepare for his departure and find a suitable replacement.
On the continent, of course, such a scenario is the norm.
Pep Guardiola has signed at Bayern Munich for the summer and managers regularly and routinely sign two- or three-year contracts and then move on.
If David Moyes leaves he will undoubtedly receive some criticism, but it’s not justified or deserved in any way.
I bet David doesn’t have a job lined up. He isn’t being underhand or duplicitous in anyway.
If he goes it would be a great loss, but we should wish him well.