It seems a little bizarre because David Moyes is currently one of the most experienced managers in the Premier League, which makes the logic behind any decision to join Manchester United as an assistant manager questionable.
There is no doubt that he ticks a lot of the boxes that United, and Sir Alex Ferguson, will be looking for in terms of the man who will eventually replace Fergie in the top job at Old Trafford.
However, if United are about to guide him into replacing Ferguson as the club’s next boss, it could mean the club missing out on some very high profile coaches which may not go down too well with the fans.
Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola seem to be the three main names linked with United and they are three names which could easily fall through the cracks if United opt to invest in Moyes ahead of next season.
The difference between those coaches and Moyes is that they all guarantee success and they all have very recent history of winning silverware.
The fact Moyes has no real physical record of winning anything with Everton should be a big worry because it’s an example that he’s not used to the high pressure and tense situations that Manchester United teams always get into.
He’s also not had much experience in terms of the Champions League, which is a competition that United fans, and the club, will be aiming at winning many more times over the next few seasons.
That means the only logic behind getting Moyes in and preparing him to become the United manager, is the longevity angle.
One of the reasons Ferguson has had such a long and distinguished career at United is because he’s been given the time and space to build teams and develop stars while managing that pressure to win trophies.
Moyes has been at Everton since 2002, so he’s very used to having that invested time and that faith shown to him, which will be very important for the next Manchester United boss.
The club will not want to get into a situation like Chelsea or Manchester City where the board gets a little bit twitchy every time there is a bad result or an exit from a competition, in the season following Ferguson’s retirement.
He’s had the longevity and unquestioned authority at Everton, which he could not get as an assistant at United. He can give Ferguson all the advice in the world, but ultimately he won’t be having the final say until Ferguson has left.
That could easily prompt a situation similar to when Carlos Queiroz was at the club; an assistant manager wanting to be the main man and ultimately leaving United, twice.
It all comes down to opinion because Moyes as a number two at United has both positives and negatives, it’s just difficult to see him taking that step down from complete authority to a coach waiting for someone else to retire.
Do you think Moyes will be an assistant at United next season?
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