David Moyes could have been sitting in the Newcastle United dugout this afternoon.
Newcastle (allegedly) launched a ‘worldwide’ hunt for a new manager in 2015 following Alan Pardew’s walkout.
The reality of course was that they gave John Carver the job until the end of the season in the hope that he wouldn’t prove a disaster, so they could then give him the job permanently, thus having somebody who was even more of a patsy than Pardew.
The only flaw in the plan was that Carver did prove a disaster, going on the longest league losing record in Newcastle’s entire history and almost relegating the club. Even Mike Ashley didn’t have the nerve to give Pardew’s former assistant the job permanently.
Newcastle had just lost their eight Premier League match in a row when a Spanish newspaper ran an exclusive (see below) claiming that the Magpies had approached the then Real Sociedad boss David Moyes to be their next manager. The exclusive said that the approach had been made through Kenny Moyes, the Real Sociedad manager’s brother and representative.
Ahead of today’s match at the London Stadium, David Moyes has confirmed that he was indeed approached by Newcastle via one of his ‘representatives’.
Moyes now saying ‘For different reasons it didn’t quite come off but that is right (I was approached by Newcastle)’.
The Spanish exclusive said at the time that Steve McClaren had made clear he wouldn’t be coming to Newcastle after being linked with the job for months, which would explain the move for David Moyes.
Of course, Moyes turned Newcastle down, Derby then surprised McClaren by sacking him, and Newcastle fans then watched on as yet another ridiculous appointment was made. A manager sacked for failing in the Championship, only to be then amazingly given the job at St James Park.
Newcastle even gave Steve McClaren the title of Head Coach rather than Manager, as they made clear he would have no say on transfers or anything else, his only roles to train the players made available and to say whatever he was told to say in press conferences.
This Mike Ashley/Graham Carr plan proved arguably even more disastrous than appointing John Carver.
Over £80m was spent/wasted in the two windows whist McClaren was at Newcastle, the ridiculous Ashley/Carr policy of buying young players from weaker league abroad seeing two 20 year olds, a 22 year old and a 24 year old recruited in summer 2015 from Belgium, France and Holland, with over £50m shelled out. Panic spending in January 2016 of over £30m then belatedly bringing in credible signings of Townsend and Shelvey (as well as Saivet and Doumbia…) but sadly Ashley delayed far too long in sacking McClaren, leaving Rafa Benitez the all but impossible job of keeping Newcastle up with 10 games to play.
A bit of a ‘sliding doors’ moment, what would have happened of David Moyes had taken the Newcastle job?
At the time he still had a decent reputation, he’d had his Man Utd disaster but had got Real Sociedad into mid-table of La Liga, so he would have undoubtedly have been seen as a step up on the likes of Pardew and Carver (and McClaren) by Newcastle fans at the time.
Moyes was then sacked by Real Sociedad in November 2015 and then went on to do a great job at Sunderland…
When David Moyes now says that ‘for different reasons we didn’t do it (come to Newcastle)’, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that he refused to agree to work under the patsy arrangements that Pardew, Carver and then McClaren all did.
I never particularly liked his style of football at Everton but you have to credit him with what he did there, plus I would also credit him with not agreeing to work under Mike Ashley’s disastrous system at St James Park.
Ashley only forced to change (temporarily?) when he was so desperate in March 2016 and accepted Rafa Benitez’ terms to come, when the Spaniard approached Newcastle after McClaren’s departure.
I doubt if Moyes would have proved as disastrous as McClaren, especially if allowed to choose his own signings, and you do wonder what would have happened if he’d come to Newcastle. With money that hadn’t been spent in previous seasons suddenly made available after the near miss with relegation in May 2015, I don’t think relegation would have happened with Moyes picking the signings rather than Carr/Ashley.
Naturally I am more than happy that we have Rafa Benitez and not David Moyes but Mike Ashley now needs to look back and see what his disastrous running of the club had led to, and why David Moyez refused to take the job.
Rafa Benitez has made a profit of almost £30m (including a £40m profit in summer 2016) for Mike Ashley in the three transfer windows he has been at the club, Ashley now has to start backing the best manager he is ever going to get, before it is too late.
David Moyes asked on Friday (22 December 2017) if he had ever been approached by Newcastle United:
“I had contact with Newcastle.
“For different reasons it didn’t quite come off but that is right (I was approached by Newcastle).
“One of my representatives met Newcastle at the time but for different reasons we didn’t do it.”
The Mag – 7 May 2015:
Newcastle United have approached David Moyes to become the next manager at St. James’ Park, according to Spanish media this morning.
According to Sport (Spanish newspaper), the approach by United has been made through Kenny Moyes, brother of the former Everton manager.
As well as being his sibling, Kenny is a football agent who also helps look after his brother’s interests.
Sport report that the move to bring in David Moyes has came about because Steve McClaren has made clear he not only won’t be coming to Newcastle for the remaining three matches of this season, but also has no interest in coming in later this summer either.
The offer is reported to be reliant on Newcastle staying in the Premier League.
Moyes is seen as having done a decent job in stabilising Real Sociedad, the club currently 11th in La Liga.
If Newcastle are indeed serious about David Moyes, it will represent a major departure from the budget approach to managers that Mike Ashley has employed in recent years.
As well as likely compensation package for Real Sociedad, Ashley will have to at least match Moyes’ wages which are understood to be somewhere north of £5m a year. A bit of a departure from having one of the Premier League’s lowest paid in Alan Pardew, then whatever (relative) pittance Ashley is paying John Carver.
That is even before we come to money for players and the manager having any say on that…