Would Moyes return solve Everton’s problems?
David Moyes is reportedly keen on a return to Everton if Marco Silva loses his job but would the former Toffees chief be the right man?
Rumours persist that Silva is only one poor result away from getting the sack after a less-than-inspiring start to the 2019-2020 campaign.
The Merseysiders find themselves 18th in the Premier League standings, with only seven points from eight games played and six goals scored.
After finishing eighth last term, the hope was that the Portuguese tactician could take the club to the next level and muscle in on the top-six action but it has been a familiar tale of underachievement at Goodison Park.
Four straight top-flight defeats have ramped up the pressure on the manager and a number of names have been linked with the post should he be jettisoned by the board.
Moyes spent 11 years in charge of Everton between March 2002 and June 2013, winning 42.08% of his games in the dugout and securing a fourth-place finish in the 2004-2005 campaign to propel the club into the Champions League third qualification round.
He left with the club’s blessing when Manchester United came calling but will probably wish he had stayed as it has not gone well for the Scot since then.
The 56-year-old lasted just nine months at Old Trafford while an ill-fated flirtation with La Liga at Real Sociedad was over after just one miserable year.
David Moyes says he would be open to a return to one of his former clubs?
That's what the papers are saying.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 9, 2019
Having failed to keep Sunderland in the top flight he left the Stadium of Light and endured a mixed six-month spell at West Ham after which the Hammers opted not to renew his contract.
While football management is a strange business at the best of times, with the usual suspects getting most of the jobs despite repeated failures, four poor stints in charge of high-profile clubs means that Moyes’ stock has fallen considerably since he last coached Everton and it is open to debate as to whether the Toffees’ fans would welcome him back.
There would be those with longer memories who hope he can replicate the times when the club was annually pushing the top six but does he still have what it takes to motivate the players?
Moyes based his success on a solid defensive platform and his football style was never that easy on the eye, but he got results and took the club to places they have not been in recent times.
He will always be considered as one of the best managers that the Blues have had and an unsuccessful return could tarnish that image.
There is a saying that you should ‘never go back’ and it is one that Moyes should maybe reflect on before throwing his hat into the ring.