Why former Manchester United boss will bounce back - but not yet

David Moyes Interview - 23/02/2014

David Moyes is right to have turned down offers to return to management. His time will come.

The Scot's tenure at Manchester United could not have gone much worse. Promised six years, given 10 months, Moyes left Old Trafford with none of the respect and dignity he had spent 11 long years building up at Everton.

But he will be back. As everyone involved in the game of football knows, the sport changes quickly. Today's hero is tomorrow's villain.

Moyes need only look at a former Man United coach in Steve McClaren for an example of how a man's reputation can heal over time. McClaren was disgraced as England manager, unkindly dubbed 'the wolly with the brolly.'

A few years down the line, though, and the 53-year-old, who suffered a number of highs and lows since his time with the Three Lions, is held in high esteem due to just a few months' work at Championship side Derby to go with a league title at FC Twente.

Even more high-profile, just look at Chelsea's track record of fired managers. Andre Villas-Boas has got himself two jobs since leaving Stamford Bridge, while Carlo Ancelotti is now a double winner with Real Madrid and Luiz Felipe Scolari is managing the favourites to win the World Cup in Brazil.

The message is clear: should Moyes bide his time, there is very little chance he won't restore his previous image of a shrewd coach who knows what he's doing both in the transfer market and in the dressing room.

But the key is not to rush into anything. The 51-year-old took a battering in Manchester and several of his limitations were exposed. Bitterness may still linger and that is never a good cocktail for a new job.

“I have had a couple of opportunities to go back in and chosen not to do anything just now,” the Scot told the Guardian recently.

"“I would like somewhere that would give me a chance of being in the Champions League or a club that has ambitions of being in the Champions League."

That approach seems a wise one for Moyes. A few months or so on the golf course could do the former United boss a lot of good.

With time, he'll be ready to come back into football on his own terms, and such is the nature of the game, he may end up having the last laugh.

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