David Moyes is now the bookies’ favourite to become the next Celtic manager.
The former Everton and Manchester United boss has been linked with the job ever since Brendan Rodgers left for Leicester City in February.
But it’s taken a while for him to become favourite to get the role, with Neil Lennon, Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho all enjoying a spell at the top of the bookies’ odds.
Now, though, Moyes is as low as 2/5 with some bookmakers – and listed at 6/4 with SPFL sponsors Ladbrokes.
And that’s led to plenty of online discussion among supporters about whether or not he’s the right man for the job.
Here, we lay out why we believe he’s not:
1 – His Recent Track RecordEmbed from Getty Images
There’s no denying Moyes did an outstanding job over 11 years at Everton – but he left that job six years ago now. Since then, he had a torrid 10 months at United, one poor year at Real Sociedad, an awful 10 months at Sunderland and just seven months at West Ham. He even had a relegation in that spell with Sunderland. He’s been out of work over a year now and you have to think there’s a reason for that.
2 – No Upgrade on Neil LennonEmbed from Getty Images
Is he better than Lennon? We don’t think so. Lennon has his faults as Celtic manager, but he’s led them to six major trophies and is likely to get a seventh this weekend. Surely the only way Lennon doesn’t get the job is if there’s an outstanding alternative candidate who is available?
3 – Celtic May Be a Stop Gap to HimEmbed from Getty Images
How long until Moyes swaps Celtic for an English team in a similar way to Rodgers? That didn’t end well for the Northern Irishman or the club and the board must be weary of that happening again – regardless of any Moyes success.
4 – Different Style to Brendan RodgersEmbed from Getty Images
Say what you like about Rodgers’ character and the controversial way he left Celtic mid-season, but there’s no denying he put out a quality Celtic team on to the park. Standards were raised at the Hoops by Rodgers playing an attractive, attacking style – something Moyes wasn’t renowned for at Everton or any other job since then. Given the players and the coaching staff in place, surely a manager with a similar playing philosophy to Rodgers would suit Celtic best?
5 – Has Won Just One TrophyEmbed from Getty Images
Moyes’ only trophy success came in 2000 when he led Preston to the English Second Division title (League One now). Since then, he’s won absolutely nothing major with any team he’s been in charge of.
6 – There Are Better OptionsEmbed from Getty Images
Benitez, Mourinho, Andre Villas Boas, Slaven Bilic and Lennon – they must all be considered better options than Moyes?
7 – His Spanish
That doesn’t really count. Just any excuse to use it again.