Out of all the current Premier League managers, Everton boss David Moyes must have one of the safest jobs of the lot. However, he has revealed in the Daily Telegraph that just three short months ago, things weren’t looking so rosy as the Toffees stood on the brink of an early European exit.
Referring to the second-leg tie against Metalist Kharkiv in Ukraine, he said the following:
“If I wanted to take Everton into Europe, I needed to show that I could do it,” Moyes said, “and I needed it for my development. Maybe if it hadn’t happened that night, who knows what would have happened?
“If we hadn’t gone through, there might have been others who felt, ‘Well he’s had a couple of goes now and it didn’t work. Maybe he can’t do it’. There was so much at stake that night, and it was a pivotal win for this club. It gave us great belief.”
Everton have been going great guns ever since that match. They have the opportunity to go level on points with Merseyside rivals Liverpool today, providing they win their easy game against Arsenal today! Nevertheless, Moyes’ comments illustrate the fine line between success and failure for a Premier League manager in this day and age.