Everton‘s final league position this season is likely to determine the future of David Moyes as he heads into the final two months of his contract.
Moyes has been one of the most loyal and efficient managers in the Premier League era, having joined from Preston North End in 2002. Since then, for the majority, Everton have managed to find themselves in very respectable and slightly over-achieving positions given their relatively average squads and small budgets. He has led the Toffees to eight top half finishes with Champions League qualification coming in 2005, and despite all the odds against them this season, they are in with a shot of that once again.
With that contract set to expire, though, this season Moyes may feel it’s time to move on from Everton, as the realization of their limited ambition hits him. It seems a situation that Everton fans also agree with, as their spending restrictions limit any further chance of Moyes finding major success at Goodison, that most predict he is capable of.
But if they manage to reach either the Europa League or the Champions League it’s more than likely that he will put the pen to paper, agreeing to stay another few years. The latter of the stated European competitions would provide Everton with around an extra £20 million prize money to work with going forward, something that would allow Moyes to help grow his side with, rather than have the fear of losing his better places and again having to accept non-rewarding league finishes.
His hunt for a trophy at Everton this season has now gone, but a European qualification is still a real possibility. If Everton can achieve that then Moyes will be more convinced to stay another season, if not, it will surely be the chance for a different job and a bigger job that will determine what chapter awaits him next.