David Moyes this week celebrates 10 years at the helm of Everton, a time which has seen some amazing achievements and monumental strides forward for the Merseyside club. What better way to celebrate than a derby day clash with Liverpool.
Moyes took over the club in 2002 after an impressive Four years managing Preston, the club with whom he finished his playing career. It wasn’t always a bed of roses, The Toffees finished 15th and 17th in two of his first three years in charge, with a 7th place sandwiched in between perhaps keeping him in a job. David is undeniably proof that sticking with a manager can yield amazing results for a club, and as he bedded in, he has stabilised Everton in a position whereby they are pushing for Europe season after season and surely holds one of the most secure jobs in the league.
Perhaps his most impressive achievement was finishing in the coveted Champions league spot. He led the club to Fourth place in a season that wrote his name in the record books, even though their foray into Europe was unsuccessful.
Everton have not been big spenders in David’s time either, making his achievements all the more impressive. He has averaged a net transfer spend of just £2.8 million a season and has unearthed players such as Tim Cahill, Mikael Arteta and of course Wayne Rooney as well as making some shrewd buys such as Phil Neville.
Moyes is the epitome of professionalism and success in Football and it is little surprise that his name is bandied about regarding potential available jobs in future years (Chelsea, for example). David keeps a relatively low profile and keeps his nose to the grindstone, an attitude which has cemented his place in Evertonian hearts for many a year to come.
David Moyes, The North Stand salutes you!