David Moyes and Sunderland – A match made in heaven?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 23, 2016
As has long been rumoured, current Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has taken the England job. Personally, I don’t blame him, it’s a chance for him to manage his country, which, in my opinion is long overdue.
His replacement is former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes, who has been without a job for 8 months after he was sacked by Real Sociedad of Spain. While the 51 year old’s recent record doesn’t inspire confidence, his tenure at Everton, a club he managed for 11 years, shows exactly the qualities needed at Sunderland right now, a manager who can bring stability and halt the continuous relegation battles that have plagued the club for the last few years.
What does Moyes offer Sunderland?
During his time at Everton, Moyes took a struggling Everton side that were threatened with relegation under previous boss Walter Smith to a consistent top half Premier League side, with Everton finishing outside of the top 10 only twice in 10 full seasons under Moyes. This consistency of performance is something that Sunderland desperately need, and the similarities are magnified by the fact Moyes managed this under a restricted budget at Everton, something which he will have to replicate in his new job due to a bloated wage budget at Sunderland.
Another positive sign for Sunderland fans is Moyes’ continued faith in youth during his time at the Toffees, players such as Wayne Rooney, Ross Barkley and current Black Cat Jack Rodwell all came through into the first team under his stewardship. This is a good sign for current fringe squad players such as Jordan Pickford, Lynden Gooch and George Honeyman, who will hope to succeed if Moyes is indeed appointed.
The task in hand for Moyes
It looks as though Moyes will be given time and money at Sunderland under Ellis Short, with Short suggesting Moyes was his preferred choice after the sacking of Steve Bruce and every manager since then, but with contractual obligations on Moyes’ side preventing him from doing so.
He inherits a squad that is talented, but shallow in depth, transfers will need to be made, and with only three weeks until Sunderland’s first game, he will need to act quickly. Choices must also be made on whether to permanently sign successful loanees Yann M’vila and DeAndre Yedlin, and indeed whether to offer a contract to trialist Charles N’Zogbia.
While links to current and former Everton players are guaranteed to be reported, Moyes must use his nous to find value for money in an inflated transfer market, much like Allardyce did in January with the signings of Lamine Kone, Wahbi Khazri and Jan Kirchhoff for a combined £15 million.
Despite the current optimism at the Stadium of Light, expectations are not very high, and most would be happy with the club staying out of relegation contention this season. This should suit Moyes, as it will allow him to imprint his own plan for the club, and continue the ground work Allardyce put in place last season.
To conclude, I strongly believe the club have made the correct choice in appointing David Moyes and believe he can stabilise the club for the future. This appointment shows Short’s ambitions for the club exceed simply being happy to pick up the Premier League revenue year after year and that he wants the club to push on and become a real force in the division.