Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has expressed interest in taking over as manager of the United States Men’s National Team.
The 55-year-old Scotsman has never overseen a national team and has been unemployed since the end of the 2017-2018 Premier League season, in which he helped West Ham United avoid relegation. In an interview with British tabloid The Sun, Moyes spoke positively about MLS and stated:
“I would have to consider the USA job if I was approached because it’s one of the big nations in world football, with massive growth potential.”
Moyes has been linked with the job for a couple weeks now, as MLSSoccer.com’s Matthew Doyle tweeted out a picture of him riding the train on his way to watch the USMNT face Brazil.
Grainy as hell but this is David Moyes on the train to the Meadowlands pic.twitter.com/6qBQP2fyeD— Matthew Doyle (@MattDoyle76) September 7, 2018
Moyes has been in charge of six different clubs since starting his managerial career in 1998: Preston North End, Everton, Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sunderland, and West Ham United.
His most successful spell came as Everton manager (2002-2013), a time in which he helped the club punch above its weight despite a relatively modest budget. He helped guide Everton to European qualification four times, a UEFA Cup Round of 16 appearance, and the FA Cup semifinal.
Moyes won the League Managers Association Manager of the Year award (an award given to the best manager in any of the top four divisions of English football as voted on by Premier League, EFL, and English national team managers) in 2003, 2005, and 2009.
His career suffered a downturn after leaving Everton, as he did not last more than a single season at Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sunderland (the Black Cats were relegated to the Championship with Moyes in charge), and West Ham.
His season at West Ham was relatively successful, as he led the club to a 13th place finish after taking over in November 2017 when the team was in the relegation zone. According to the ever reliable Wikipedia, Moyes has a career record of 387-238-294, giving him a winning percentage of 42.11%.
Stylistically, Moyes is known for emphasizing a well-defined team shape and strong defending. He has shown a willingness to adapt his formations to best suit the players he is working with.
Although USMNT GM Earnie Stewart supposedly has yet to interview any candidates for the open coaching position, it would seem as if Moyes is seriously interested in being one of those candidates.
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