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Everton FC analysis: Support remains strong for David Moyes
Published : 28 Jan 2013 11:00:00
Many players have come and gone in over a decade since Preston’s flame-haired coach first strolled into Goodison Park in March 2002 and declared his new employers to be “The People’s Club” but he remains the one consistent factor in the upturn in fortunes of a previously moribund footballing Behemoth who had recorded just one top half finish in the Premier League over the previous 10 years.
For the first time so far in the Scot’s Everton tenure, he has this season allowed his contract to run down and, given that his current deal expires in the summer, at this point in time it remains uncertain whether he’ll still be at the helm at Goodison when the 2013-14 campaign kicks off.
Moyes has quite understandably admitted that he requires reassurances as to the direction the club intends to go in the future before putting pen to paper but it is to be hoped that his tongue was firmly in his cheek in regards to comments made by him over the past 12 months insinuating that given his longevity at the club, Evertonians might want to see a different face in the dugout sometime soon. The vast majority of Blues remain fully behind the man they know is the best option for their club and given their unyielding support for him, they too should remain his preferred choice. All this for someone who for all his consistency in the Premier League, is still waiting to win a trophy almost 11 years after his appointment. Both Moyes and fans alike are desperate for Everton to win the FA Cup this season.
Having had his fingers burned making wholesale changes at Leeds United in the Capital One Cup earlier this season, Moyes, like he’d done at Cheltenham Town in the third round earlier this month, named a full-strength side against Bolton Wanderers. Surely one piece of domestic silverware per decade is not too much to ask of a club of Everton’s size and standing – especially with such a talented manager at the helm?