It is a remarkable achievement to stay at a Premier league club for so long. The modern theme of managers being sacked so readily by chairmen after minimal pressure from fans groups and the media means the average life span of a manager at a club is now between 1-2 years.
So why has David Moyes kept his job?
Everton haven’t won anything during Moyes rein, although they did reach the FA Cup final a couple of seasons ago.
Not delivering silverware has seen many managers fall by the wayside over the last ten years but why not Moyes? After all Everton are one of the biggest clubs in the country with a rich history of success.
Similarly sized clubs such as Aston Villa, Sunderland, Newcastle and Leeds have also won nothing in the last ten years and have reacted by constantly dismissing the boss and appointing a new man in the hope of bringing success.
So there lies the main reason for Moyes’ longevity. He has a chairman at Everton who understands the club and it’s finances.
Therefore he realises the realistic expectations and goals that can be achieved. Few chairmen share this sensible approach to running a football club.
Love don’t cost a thing
It was quoted in a newspaper that Moyes net spend since taking charge at Goodison is £25 million.
Over ten years an average transfer kitty of £2.5 million per season would normally lead to relegation from the Premier League.
Everton however are a strong top ten outfit capable of beating anyone on their day. Victories this season over Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham prove they are a top team.
How does Moyes do it?
Firstly he buys very well and when a player arrives at Everton, the team ethic of hard graft is ground into them. Everton are packed with Moyes’ soldiers.
Howard, Neville, Baines, Jagielka, Hibbert, Cahill and Osman are his most trusted and dependable players. Consistent and proven Premier League performers, but Moyes got them all for discounted prices.
Either unwanted by their clubs, running down their contracts or a punt on a lower league star, Moyes has built a team capable of beating anyone in the league.
The players above form the spine of the Everton team and personify the team’s mentality.
Let the stars go but keep the spine
More gifted players have been snapped up by bigger clubs throughout Moyes’ time. Starting with Wayne Rooney to Man United, Everton have always had to balance the books by selling their best players.
Everton also realise that getting as big a price as you can is the best option for a club once a player decides they want to leave. Joleon Lescott left for Man City and most recently Mikel Arteta went to Arsenal.
No doubt within the next season or so, Everton will be forced to sell a couple of their current stars like Fellaini or Rodwell.
Accept you will lose your best players to bigger clubs, but never the spirit and attitude of the squad that remain.
A realistic chairman and a group of players that will die for the cause, there lies the reason for David Moyes reaching the ten year mark as Everton manager.