Is this proof that Moyes had options other than Manchester United?

Schalke 04

Schalke 04 have appointed a new manager just days after David Moyes agreed a deal to leave Everton for Old Trafford? Coincidence?

With Sir Alex Ferguson on his way out of Manchester United the spotlight quickly fell on to his eventual replacement; David Moyes.

For many a year now the outgoing Everton boss has been linked with the job when the inevitable retirement of Ferguson came to fruition.

Moyes has performed wonders at Goodison Park; on a shoestring budget he has managed to challenge the league’s top clubs at the right end of the Premier League on a consistent basis and while blemishes such as his failure to bring in a trophy may damage his reputation there is little doubting his quality.

He was recently linked with the jobs at Chelsea and Arsenal as well as United which gives credence to his claim to the Sir Alex throne; but he also may have had an offer from a location somewhat out of left-field.

Speaking to France Football the Scotsman revealed his desire to one day manage abroad; with one country in particular catching his fancy:

"I always had the hope of being a coach abroad. If I had the choice I would probably go to Germany. In part because of the mentality, which is similar to mine. I'm also fascinated by what happens in German football. They seem to have found a way of producing young players."

That sentiment saw him linked quite strongly with the position at Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga and events this weekend may suggest that he might have genuinely been offered that role.

Schalke 04 sacked Huub Stevens in December with the club struggling in seventh place and appointed the under-17 boss Jens Keller on one of those dreadful ‘interim’ management terms; but this has had a happier ending then that of the Spaniard in Chelsea.

This weekend Keller was offered a two-year deal to continue at the Veltins Arena after leading the Gelsenkirchen side up to fourth in the table. But it is some way of coincidence that Keller is offered the role just days after Moyes agreed to take up the mantle at Old Trafford.

Could it be that the German side were to step into negotiate with Moyes at the end of the season?

Perhaps I am a cynical estimator but I never believe in coincidence and just cannot possibly separate the two occurrences proximity as chance.

So Keller signs on for two years; not exactly a long-term deal is it? Maybe Schalke are hoping Moyes fails at the Theatre of Dreams.

What do you think? Were Schalke ready to offer Moyes a deal?

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