David Moyes spent an incredible 11 years at Goodison Park after arriving from Preston North End in March 2002. He did a wonderful job, and his spell there will never be forgotten.
He has left for pastures new, and now is manager of arguably the biggest club in the world. He has monumental shoes to follow in, but it is a job that all would relish in the industry.
Moyes has had a mixed start at Old Trafford but fans are beginning to warm to him more and more each game. It was always going to be different from how Sir Alex Ferguson handled things, and it was going to take time for Moyes to stamp his name on the club. That is yet to happen really.
It is fair to say that Manchester United don't seem to hold the same threat as they did under Ferguson. Much of their success this season has been down to the superb form of Wayne Rooney. They may only be in 8th place currently, but it is a very tight table and there have already been plenty of surprising results this season.
Everton however, have had a wonderful start under their new manager Roberto Martinez. Again after one club has been so used to one manager's approach it can take a while when a new one come is. But Martinez has hit the ground running. His side are playing great, attractive, attacking football, and it has been helped by his signings. Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry, and Gerard Deulofeu have all brought some real value to the team. Deulofeu has only featured a couple of times, but it is clear he is a very talented player.
Moyes himself has said that he expects a mixed reaction from the Everton fans. Personally I think overall, it will be a positive reaction. There may well be some boo's, but there's always those sorts of people at football not fully understanding the bigger picture. Moyes should be lauded for his achievements at Everton. I think the reception will be better than if Martinez had got off to a bad start.
If Martinez had done poorly, then some of the blame would lie with Moyes for leaving them in this position. Due to the fact Everton fans have taken to Martinez, and they are in fifth place with 24 points I feel the Toffees will admire the fact Moyes set down some brilliant foundations for Roberto to work with. Three cheers for Moyes!
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