Why could the defeat against Wigan Athletic be good for Everton?

David Moyes

Would David Moyes really leave the club on a sour note without winning any silverware?

Three minutes is all it took for Wigan Athletic to send Everton tumbling out of the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage. Three minutes to send the David Moyes tenure into more turmoil and three minutes that have left many a pundit to claim the writing is now on the wall for the Scot.

Wigan were undoubtedly the better team for the entire game and while Everton could certainly look to the absence of Phil Jagielka as a major contributing factor all-in-all they simply did not seem to want it as much as Wigan.

In all honesty many an Everton fan could probably have seen this one coming. Recently the performances from The Toffees have not reached the standard demonstrated in 2012 and it would only take a team truly fired up to put them to the sword and Roberto Martinez had just the motley crew for the job.

So while many predict an imminent exit from Moyes there is also an angle to consider that the quarter-final defeat is a good thing for Everton.

First of all I don’t buy into the cliché that by going out the cup competition it will have a positive effect on the teams league aspirations so that is not the positive I speak of. However I have always had a belief that Moyes will not leave Goodison Park until he has masterminded silverware at the club.

With that in mind I find it hard to believe that he will up roots at the end of the season no matter how frustrated he has become with the lack of transfer activity at the cash-strapped Merseyside club.

While all Everton fans have nothing but admiration for the job that Moyes has done if he was to leave without a trophy being added to the cabinet there would always be a hint of regret.

When Evertonian’s look at someone like Michael Laudrup waltzing into English football and winning a trophy almost instantaneously it puts the embarrassing defeats to Leeds United and Wigan into perspective; and I can’t see Moyes leaving without righting those wrongs.

Unless of course he feels such an achievement is impossible without the right support in the transfer market at which point he may very well seek an exit in the summer.

So for now I cannot see Moyes leaving until he has won a trophy and that could be the bonus from defeat to Wigan with one more year of Moyes to try and achieve what appears unachievable.

Unless he feels that is not possible with the resources available to him.

At which point we may very well say goodbye to Moyes.

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