David Moyes has chosen to defer his decision on his future at Goodison park until the end of this season say the BBC. There is little doubt the owners of Everton will want him to renew his contract, after over a decade of acclaimed management.
After nearly 11 years at the helm of Everton it seems he is finally ready to consider his options. His decision is likely to depend on two factors.
The first variable to consider is how Everton finish the season. At the time of writing they have just drawn 2-2 away to Oldham in the FA Cup. While they will be favourites to beat the League 1 side at Goodison Park, the chance of silverware is something that will weigh heavily in Moyes’ final decision.
If Moyes can lead his side to some silverware this season, he will be able to leave a success, a hero, head held high. But if he fails to win a trophy this season Moyes will definitely be disappointed. This disappointment may be enough to keep the Scotsman at the Mersyside club for at least another season, looking for one more taste of glory with the team he has build over a decade.
If Everton finish the season in a Champions League qualification position Moyes may yet extend his contract and see how far he can take his side. There is no doubting that his current squad has the ability to compete at European level and such competition would prove the ultimate test for David Moyes.
Less optimistically (for Everton fans) Moyes may simply be just waiting for the right job to come along before he pledges his allegiances.
The opportunities to step up, and take charge of a regular Champions League club will inevitably be at the back of Moyes mind. Rumours of Sir Alex’s retirement have been circulating for a number of years, and it may just be that Ferguson is waiting for the right successor, who may well be fellow Scotsman, David Moyes.
The Chelsea job will more than likely be available for his consideration at the end of the season and Moyes may be tempted to see what he is capable of when at a club with considerably more resources at his disposal.
Another man whose future has recently come under doubt is Roberto Mancini. His team are struggling to impress this season the meg-rich owners could opt for a change in the form of the ever reliable Moyes. If they fail to progress in the FA Cup, it could be curtains for Mancini though he denies such speculation.
Moyes may even chose to move abroad, having never managed outside the UK. At 49 he is still a young manager, and though less likely, he may fancy a change of scenery.