Aston Villa: David Moyes’ failure in Spain is no qualification for Premier League success
Great news for Aston Villa fans comes via the Sun’s back page. Villa are on “alert” because fans of Real Sociedad want team manager David Moyes sacked. It’s pretty rum when your team’s fortunes depend on a saviour being sacked by their current club.
And what of Tim Sherwood, Villa’s current manager, who only yesterday was being backed by Sun columnist Alan Shearer?
The worry is that were Sherwood to go, he would then join David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers as young British managers given top jobs but ultimately seen as failures.
The football business is stuck on names. Villa get Moyes because Moyes did well at Everton. But why would Villa fans want Moyes, a man with baggage?
The BBC picks up the story of Moyes’ life in Spain.
Real Sociedad manager David Moyes said “I know I’m the best man for the job” after the pressure on him grew with a 2-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid. Fans reportedly chanted “Moyes go home” in English with Sociedad only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. “You cannot always keep changing your manager and think that’s the answer to your problems,” the Scot said.
He’s right, of course. So why, then, does the Star report that Moyes wants to manage Aston Villa?
The answer is the same reason that Villa might be eyeing Moyes: a lack of imagination and foresight.
In the Mirror Moyes denies seeking a move:
Moyes also denied reports that would be willing to the return to the Premier League should Aston Villa decide to do away with Tim Sherwood and offer the Scot the role at Villa Park. “During pre-season I had contact with clubs, which is normal, because they know my statistics, but my intention is to stay here at La Real,” he said. “I’m not thinking about anything else. You saw the hard work and determination the players put in, how they fought.”
Did Villa offer Moyes the job in the summer?
The Mail presents Moyes’ return to the top flight of English football as a given:
David Moyes may be back in the Premier League even sooner than first thought after his side failed to win at home for the fourth time this season.
Lose in Spain and you get a top job in the top division.
Sudha Vishwanath sums it up:
These are dark days indeed, when failure overseas is a qualification factor for becoming an EPL club manager!
If Villa do sack Sherwood they should seek adventure and a vision. Moyes offers neither.