It would appear the rumours are true, David Moyes is to depart Everton at the end of the season and will replace departing Manchester United legend, Sir Alex Ferguson.
The story which first surfaced over the bank holiday weekend, suggested that David Moyes would work under the direction of Ferguson next season. While these rumours appeared far fetched at the time, there now appears to be an element of truth in their foundation, following the confirmation this morning that the Manchester United manager had decided to end his 26 year reign at the Red Devils. With Moyes out of contract in the summer, it would now appear that Everton and Moyes will make a clean break at the end of the season, with Bill Kenwright and Robert Elstone beginning their most important search in over a decade.
The impending departure of Moyes, puts Everton at a crossroad. The importance of getting the right appointment can not be underestimated and a number of names banded around in the press, should have no place at a club with the stature of Everton. The sense amongst Evertonians appears to be one of nervous excitement. Nervous at the prospect of life without Moyes, who has brought considerable stability to the club and ensured that the team are regularly challenging at the top end of the Premier League table, yet he has failed to deliver silverware, disappointing when the going got really tough . On the other hand, excitement at what might be ahead. Many have argued that a parting of the ways would be best for all involved, with Everton requiring fresh impetus to take the next step towards Champions League football and challenging for the games top honours.
Whatever happens, David Moyes has served Everton with distinction and he will be missed. Goodison will be packed on Sunday, with a final chance for the home support to say their thank yous and goodbyes. It promises to be an emotional afternoon at The People’s Club!