Should Moyes have been named Manager of the Year?

May 16, 2012

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Although officially the Manager of the Year award in the Premier League may have gone to Alan Pardew, Everton’s David Moyes deserves just as much praise for his work at Goodison Park this season.

The Toffees finished the campaign in seventh place and, perhaps more importantly, above their rivals from Merseyside for only the third time in the last 20 years, upsetting the bwin odds in the process. Despite a slow start to the 2011/2012 season, Everton managed to gain momentum and were unbeaten in their last nine league fixtures to ensure a four point gap between themselves and Liverpool.

The one big disappointment of the season came at Anfield, where they were defeated by Kenny Dalglish’s side in the semi-final of the FA Cup. However, they recovered well from that setback to ensure their league form was not affected in the closing stages, and despite missing out on European football, Moyes can be pleased with the manner in which his players have performed this year. Fans of are already looking forward to Everton’s exploits next season.

There weren’t many incoming players into Goodison Park this season but the one who has made the biggest impact is Nikica Jelavic. The Croatian has scored 11 goals since his arrival from Rangers in January for a fee of £5 million.

Moyes has been at Everton since 2002 and is now the third longest serving manager in England. His next career move could well be to replace his fellow Scottish compatriot Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford when he finally calls it a day.

Officials at Manchester United must be planning ahead for the day when Ferguson announces his retirement from the game, which could well be awhile just yet. It would be very surprising if Moyes was not at least on the shortlist to replace Sir Alex, who is an admirer of the Everton manager and the job he has done since moving from Preston 10-years ago.

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