It’s been a difficult few years for David Moyes. He was clearly the wrong man for the Man Utd job, and was deservedly sacked after 10 months of miserable under performance.
The way the club handled the sacking was classless, but the decision itself was entirely justified. Moyes had turned a title winning squad into one that struggled to 7th. He’d also managed to buy Fellaini for £4m more than he would have cost the week before, and completely alienate the support with a dour, negative brand of football. He had to go.
Moyes then tried to reinvent himself in foreign climes with a similarly ill fated spell at Real Sociedad. It ended the same way. Poor performance, poor football, disillusioned fans, P45 (or the Spanish equivalent).
David Moyes is not a bad manager though. He just fits better at certain clubs and in certain scenarios than others. He can make a team hard to beat, make the best of smaller budgets, keep small to medium sized clubs in the top half of the table. That is his strength. Ask him to play expansive football at bigger clubs with aspirations of winning trophies and he will struggle.
With that in mind, Everton was the perfect fit. But Moyes can most certainly do better than Aston Villa. A shambolic club in utter turmoil, with a squad so bad that not even the likes of Moyes will be able to improve it without major additions. And it seems as if the man himself agrees, having ruled himself out of contention for the job today.
There is no doubt that Moyes’ stock has fallen considerably since he left Everton, but it’s not fallen that far. He could comfortably expect to take over a mid table Premier League side, with aspirations of a regular top ten finish and possible Europe, and improve them sufficiently to achieve that on a modest budget. I’m sure he could get Villa promoted as well, but why would he want to. You only get one career and, quite simply, he can do better.
Nigel Pearson is the obvious choice. The sooner Villa appoint him, the sooner they can start sorting out the mess they have made of their club.