Who will be Chelsea’s manager next season?
Whilst the fans ferventely hope that it is current interim boss Guus Hiddink who stays in his position, the chances of the Dutch mastermind staying on are quite slim – considering he’s told everyone he’s not staying, as has the chairman. The bookies have been taking bets on everyone from ex Barca gaffer Frank Riijkard to Mourinho to Mourinho’s predecessor, Roberto Mancini.
But one name that has been overlooked quite a fair bit is current Everton manager David Moyes. The Scot took over at the Merseyside club in 2002, and has transformed a once mid table side into one of the most consistent and talented teams in the Premier League. Some have even forget that under Moyes led Everton to a top four finish in 2005 – something that the much-hyped Tottenham and Aston Villa teams have been unable to manage in recent years – on, importantly, lesser funds than the aforementioned teams.
His transfer dealings are impressive, with some of the best players in England’s top division brought in. Some of those names include Australian Tim Cahill, goalscoring centreback Joseph Yobo, the talented Mikel Arteta, custodian Tim Howard and also Joleon Lescott, fierce striker Yakubu, rated left-back Leighton Baines and many more. That’s an impressive list of players, all brought in hardly earth-shattering fees. Indeed, the most he has paid is fifteen million for Marioque Fellaini, who proved to be a great acquisition this season. Imagine the possibilities at hardly cash strapped Chelsea.
Also important to note in Moyes’ CV is his persistence in Everton’s 2004 campaign which had many board members and fans crying foul of conspiracy and turmoil. He managed to keep his head up during these turbulent times, even during Wayne Rooney’s dragged out transfer to Manchester United.
As Andy Burham, the Secretary for Sport, Music and Culture in England has said:
“Mr.David Moyes is probably a fine example to everybody in Government of stability and making the right decisions for the long term.”
Sounds impressive, what the Pensioners need in their new manager and what Chelsea could and should, be taking on board when it comes to decision time for Hiddink’s successor.
Hopefully there is never a decision time though…
Troy Palmer writes on The Chelsea Blue.