While there is nothing out of the ordinary with a long serving manager waiting until the end of their contract before deciding whether to sign another, David Moyes decision to do that this year could be significant.
The Goodison boss said last week that he would wait and see how well his team did in the league and F.A cup before deciding his future.
While Champions League qualification would almost certainly be a big enough carrot to make Moyes want to stay on, an F.A cup victory might have the opposite effect.
That would give him the one thing his reign at Everton has lacked, a trophy, and would present him with the chance to leave the club on a high with his reputation enhanced further.
There are many reasons that Moyes may elect to stay with the Toffees. Behind Sir Alex Ferguson he has the most secure job in the Premiership, which is no mean feat and a comfort he is unlikely to have again.
His current team is probably the best one of his 11 year reign at the Merseyside club and his wage packet is in the same bracket as managers of Champions League clubs.
However the Scot might just be thinking that the financial restraints at Everton mean any further progress would be difficult.
For significant funds to be available in the summer the club would have to sell one of its better players.
Trying to replace Leighton Baines or Marouane Fellaini would not be easily done, but attempting to do it for a fraction of the price they were sold for in order to supplement the squad further would be a thankless task.
It is for that reason that Moyes may consider his current side to be at the peak of its powers and if he thinks he has achieved all he can at Everton no one can blame him for testing himself somewhere else, but where?
The possibility of managing in Germany apparently appeals to Moyes, in December he said: “I always had the hope of being a coach abroad. If I had the choice I would probably go to Germany.”
He is often mentioned as a candidate to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, which seems unlikely in the near future unless Fergie has a rethink on his retirement plans.
Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea might be possible destinations if Moyes decides against signing on with Everton.
Whether he would want to leave the stable environment he has at Everton to go to Stamford Bridge is doubtful and with Roman Abramovich’s tendency to overlook British managers, Chelsea seems unlikely.
Roberto Mancini has been under increasing pressure at City, if he was sacked however it is likely that the next manager will have a Champions League pedigree as European success will be the number one priority for City’s oil rich owners.
As supporter unrests increases over Arsene Wenger’s position, the board at Arsenal may see Moyes as someone who can maintain their financial model and improve a team that has been regressing for several years.
Of the Everton manager’s many skills one in particular may well stand out to the Arsenal board. In the last five years Everton have made a profit of around £13m in the transfer market, during that time Moyes has invested wisely and despite losing important players most seasons the team has improved significantly during that time.
In those five years Arsenal brought in around £12.5m more than they spent on players, however the funds have not been spent as wisely as they have been at Goodison resulting in an Arsenal side which is a shadow of its former self.
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