David Moyes’ return as manager could be the “step back” Everton need following the sacking of Marco Silva, according to Leon Osman.
Following a run of eight defeats in 11 games, which left Everton in the bottom three after Wednesday’s 5-2 humiliation in the Merseyside derby, Silva was relieved of his duties on Thursday night. The Portuguese is the fourth permanent manager to lose their job since Farhad Moshiri took up his majority share in the club.
Moyes spent 11 years at Goodison Park before leaving for Manchester United in 2013 but has had a number of unsuccessful stints since departing the Merseyside club.
Despite his record since leaving, the Scot is among the favourites to take up the Everton vacancy at least on a short-term basis and although a number of the club’s supporters are opposed to his appointment, viewing it as a backwards step, former captain Osman believes that could be just what they need.
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“People say David Moyes is a step back — I’d argue a step back is good for Everton at the moment,” said Osman, who made 343 career appearances under Moyes during his playing days.
“The steps forward Everton have made in the last three or four years haven’t got them anywhere.”
“Everton no longer a glitzy opportunity”
A number of Evertonians are suggesting the club go all out to bring former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to the club, while others have had a long-standing appreciation for the job done at Atletico Madrid by Diego Simeone who, according to reports, is nearing the end of his tenure at the Spanish giants.
But for all their financial clout, Osman believes Everton’s struggles in recent years have made the club a less “glitzy” opportunity for potential managers, severely narrowing the club’s options.
“The only obvious candidate at the moment is David Moyes,” Osman said on BBC Radio 5 Live. “Maybe a step back is what is required.
“Are you going to get a manager in a job? That can take time and be very expensive.
“They tried the panic mode — as Evertonians called it — by bringing in Sam Allardyce to keep Everton up. It wasn’t a success on all counts, it kept Everton in the Premier League but a lot of fans weren’t happy.
“Some fans are suggesting to go and get Mauricio Pochettino because he is out of a job but Everton have fallen so far down the league that even with all the money available it is no longer a glitzy opportunity.
“You’ve got a serious job on your hands over the next two years before Everton can be re-established as a top club again. We’ve now become a project again where we were three or four years ago when the money first came in.”
Who will be the next Everton manager?
- Chinese Super League manager Vitor Pereira, 51, tops the shortlist (Next permanent Everton manager odds of 4/5 with BetVictor).
- Moyes has long been linked with a return to the club and Osman believes he could be the safe pair of hands Everton need (11/8).
- Eddie Howe is a boyhood Evertonian and has done a brilliant job establishing Bournemouth in the Premier League, but is a strangely unpopular choice among fans (6/1).
- Duncan Ferguson will take interim charge of Everton while a new manager is found — will be treating this period as an audition (12/1).