Moyes sacked - what's next for the former Manchester United boss?

After less than a year in charge, David Moyes has been sacked by Manchester United – but what is next for him?

United's patience with Moyes has finally run out after a dismal season at Old Trafford. The former Everton boss was chosen as the man to replace Sir Alex Ferguson last year, but with the Red Devils lying in seventh place in the Premier League table just 12 months after winning the Premier League title, the men in charge at the club decided enough was enough.

It's particularly damaging for Moyes not just because he's lost his job, but because all his hard work with Everton over his 11 year stay at Goodison Park has now seemingly evaporated. Rather than being remembered for his consistency on Merseyside, Moyes' legacy will now be synonymous with Manchester United's worst Premier League season to date – especially as Everton have improved without him in charge.

All these factors will tarnish Moyes' name – there's little doubt about it. A year ago he was one of the top young managers in English football, yet fast forward to the present day and Moyes is on the scrapheap, with few supporters wishing their team appoints him.

Yet teams are always willing to hand out chances to managers who have impressed before, and that should surely be the case with Moyes after a successful decade with Everton. His level of management simply wasn't up to Manchester United's standards, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as Moyes can still carve out a career in the Premier League.

United's top target to replace the Scot appears to be Holland boss Louis van Gaal, who will leave his position with the national team after the World Cup in Brazil this summer. The former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is considered one of the top coaches in Europe, and looks set for the Premier League this summer – with Spurs also interested in hiring the 62-year-old.

But with United able to offer a more realistic title challenge to the illustrious Dutchman than Spurs can, it leaves Tottenham in a quandry; do they look to other targets or stick with the passionate yet perplexing Tim Sherwood? Well, it's easy to forget that back in 2012, Moyes was Daniel Levy's first choice to replace Harry Redknapp at White Hart Lane, and with the 50-year-old now available without compensation, it wouldn't be a shock to see Levy make a move for Moyes this summer.

Yet the bookmakers favourite to be Moyes' next club are Newcastle United. The Magpies are in dire form under Alan Pardew, with many believing that he will get the axe at the end of the season after disappointing performances and touchline antics from the former West Ham boss. There always seems to be some sort of drama on Tyneside, and owner Mike Ashley could do a lot worse than appoint a steady manager like Moyes to instil some stability at the club. Moyes has a track record of working on a budget from his time with Preston North End and of course Everton, and looks to fit the bill if Ashley wants to progress.

An outside bet would be a return to former club Celtic, who Moyes spend three years as a player with, but that would entirely depend on the future of current boss Neil Lennon. Lennon is attracting interest from a number of Premier League sides following an impressive spell in charge of the Scottish giants, and Moyes could be a potential target for the Glasgow club in what would be an ambitious move.

Whilst it may seem that Moyes' career has been plunged into doubt following his departure from Old Trafford, if teams can remember the job he did at Everton rather than his nightmare at Manchester United, then Moyes can still be a success in football management.

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