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David Moyes is reportedly closing in on the Manchester United hotseat

David Moyes is reportedly closing in on the Manchester United hotseat

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David Moyes interviewed for the assistant manager role at Manchester United 15 years ago

David Moyes interviewed for the assistant manager role at Manchester United 15 years ago

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'Nine out of every 10 bets' at Coral are on David Moyes, right, taking over at Old Trafford

'Nine out of every 10 bets' at Coral are on David Moyes, right, taking over at Old Trafford

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David Moyes wants to see Everton score more goals

David Moyes wants to see Everton score more goals

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File photo dated 23/04/2011 of Everton manager David Moyes (right) shouts instructions to his team as Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson gestures to the officials regarding the amount of added time, on the touchline. PRESS ASSOCITAION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 8, 2013. Sir Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of this season, Manchester United have announced. See PA Story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

File photo dated 23/04/2011 of Everton manager David Moyes (right) shouts instructions to his team as Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson gestures to the officials regarding the amount of added time, on the touchline. PRESS ASSOCITAION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday May 8, 2013. Sir Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of this season, Manchester United have announced. See PA Story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

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David Moyes, right, is favourite to be the next manager of Manchester United

David Moyes, right, is favourite to be the next manager of Manchester United

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David Moyes, pictured, was disappointed by the decision to disallow Sylvain Distin's goal

David Moyes, pictured, was disappointed by the decision to disallow Sylvain Distin's goal

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David Moyes is reportedly closing in on the Manchester United hotseat

Everton's David Moyes appears to be the man selected to fill the biggest shoes in football, with the Scot thought to be close to replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

Ferguson's retirement announcement this morning sparked debate over his successor and, although Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho have also been mentioned, Moyes appears to be in pole position.

In Everton's dugout since 2002, the 50-year-old would be taking arguably the most high-profile job in world football.

Here, we assess what he has in his locker.

CHARACTER

Like Ferguson, Moyes is a tough-as-teak Scot schooled on the streets of Glasgow. His healthy relationship with Ferguson will have helped his cause, but he has forged a reputation as a hard taskmaster himself and is known not to suffer fools or relent on what he wants.

He may not have as big a reputation for combustion as Ferguson, but he is more than capable of standing his ground and is clearly a man of principle and honour. He has been with Everton for over a decade, putting him third in the list of the Premier League's longest-serving managers.

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Moyes has remained loyal to Everton throughout and would only be leaving at the end of his contract. At United, his head would surely never be turned.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

The pinnacle of club football these days, Ferguson has won it twice and lost another final. Moyes has made little impact on European competition. In 2005 Everton qualified for the Champions League but were beaten by Villarreal in qualifying and were then thumped by Dinamo Bucharest when trying to downgrade to the UEFA Cup.

With so many league titles to their name, the Champions League is a higher priority at United than it may be at other clubs, and Moyes has no experience of pitting his wits against the likes of Pep Guardiola and Klopp.

That does not mean he is not up to it, though, and time may well prove that he is.

TRANSFER RECORD

For all the justified praise of Ferguson's transfer dealings, there have been some bad ones. Kleberson, Eric Djemba-Djemba and William Prunier spring to mind.

Moyes has a similar record to Ferguson, with a largely successful record with the odd rogue player thrown in, with Moyes' work perhaps more admirable owing to the constraints he has worked under.

His capture of Tim Cahill for £2million and the Australian's rise into one of the Premier League's all-time great goalscoring midfielders rates highly, as does his shrewd acquisition of Manchester United outcast Tim Howard.

He smartly invested in Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka too, meaning the not-so-good buys - the likes of Andy van der Meydes and Nuno Valentes - during his reign can be quickly skipped over.

FINALS

While few would argue Moyes has worked wonders on slim budgets, a scant return of one final in 11 years is not a glittering statistic.

Everton reached the 2009 FA Cup final and were beaten by Chelsea. But for a defensive switch-off against Liverpool in 2012 they would have reached the final again.

Just the one showpiece is the bottom line, though, with Moyes trading largely on respect for the stable and efficient job he has done at Goodison Park.


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