Ex-Everton loanee Landon Donovan says he sympathises with David Moyes, following his former manager’s failed tenure at Manchester United which saw him sacked after just 10 months in charge.
The LA Galaxy forward enjoyed two fruitful short-term loan stints at Everton under Moyes in 2010 and 2012, and admits that it was hard to see the Scot struggle to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.
‘It was hard for me to watch last season, because I was pretty close to David Moyes when I was at Everton, and I was rooting for him to do very well,’ he told mlssoccer.com. ‘It was a little bit difficult to see them struggle.
‘It’s never easy. I’m not a manager, so I don’t know what it’s like to go through something like that but, for me, David was first and foremost just a great man and a great human being.
‘He believed in me and he believes in his players. Sometimes things don’t go your way. Sometimes results don’t go your way. That’s part of life and you have to deal with it.
‘I have no doubt that, eventually, he’ll land on his feet,’ he added. ‘He didn’t become a terrible manager because of one season. He’s built a great reputation for a reason, and I think he’s an excellent manager.’
Linked to a move to United under the currently unemployed Moyes, Donovan never managed to establish himself in Europe, despite a glittering career in MLS, and, at 32, accepts that his chances of returning to England are all but gone at this stage.
‘I think that chapter’s probably over,’ he said. ‘I’ll certainly be back – I doubt as a player – but as I’ve said many times, Everton grabbed a big part of my heart, so I’ll be back at some point.’
Having already made headlines this summer following his controversial omission from the USA World Cup squad, MLS’s all-time leading scorer is now readying to take on United under new boss Louis van Gaal on Wednesday night, where he’ll be out to prove he can still perform against top Premier League opposition.