Everton fan on why he is glad David Moyes is off to Manchester United

Simply because he deserves the chance to prove himself the top class manager we know he is.

My life as a football fan has revolved almost explicitly around Everton FC and Manchester United. I have been an Everton supporter as far as I can remember (despite a small dalliance as an Oldham Athletic supporter as a toddler because of a sparkly Panini sticker I had) but the main two reasons for my love of the club came from incidents powered by United.

Firstly it has to do with one player. As a six-year-old my barren wall only had one player adorning its blank canvas; Andrei Kanchelskis.

The Russian’s swashbuckling style and imaginative wing-play would always speak to the child starting to become interested in the game. My brother was a die-hard United fan and with the Russian leaving his beloved club he probably simply just wanted to be rid of his mug.

Then there was the 1995 FA Cup Final. When I sat and watched Paul Rideout score the winning goal I simply believed that Everton were therefore the best team in the world. With this kind of starry-eyed sibling rapport I felt my big brother could only support the greatest team ever; so with Everton being victorious I had no choice but to follow them to form sufficient fraternal rivalry.

Today once again seems to be a defining moment in my footballing lifestyle that is affected by these two great North West pillars of English football.

So what do I, an Everton fan, feel about my managers apparently imminent decision to leave the club after 11 outstanding seasons.

It is strange, while the selfish side of my personality would like to see him stay, mainly I am quite happy to see him go and take on such a fantastic opportunity.

When rumours of a move to Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and even Schalke 04 have resonated in the past I have always shook my head and exclaimed to myself; ‘No. He deserves better’.

You do not get much greater an honour than taking over from the greatest manager of all time.

People have already started to point the finger at his lack of silverware but what he has achieved at Goodison Park is incredible. On what can barely be referred to as a shoestring budget when compared to the vast resources ready to be available to him at Old Trafford he has commanded a competitive side always willing to give the best in the business an absurd run for their money. Moyes deserves respect for that.

After everything he has given to the club it is hard, when removing the green eyed film from my eyes, to begrudge him the greatest opportunity and hardest job transition in world football through my own want to see him remain at my club. There is also this bizarre feeling of pride; that the Sir Alex chalice has been passed on to our manager. There is certainly solace to take from that; and for that reason as upset and worried as I am over his departure my overall sentiment is one of gratitude and goodwill for the future.

With two minor sticking points; I mean no break-up ever goes smoothly. There is always going to be a CD that you want back or holiday photos on a laptop that you would like to keep for sentiment and self-loathing.

For instance the fact he has let his contract expire is irritating. Everton are not blessed with cash, as Moyes well knows, and a decent compensation package would have been welcomed.

The second regards the future of some of Moyes’ best buys. Already the rumour mill is churning that Leighton Baines and Maraoune Fellaini could follow the Scot to the Premier League champions.

That would cut a little deeper and I feel I speak for most Everton fans when I say that whilst begrudgement is not currently present; leading our most valuable players away might just sway the balance.

But most of all I think a simple thank you and good luck is in order. Let’s wish David Moyes every success in his new endeavour and just hope Bill Kenwright finds the right man for the job.

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