‘Everton job would be a step up for Mark Hughes, but David Moyes can take them to the next level’, says former Toffees defender

28 Apr

Everton should look to bring former boss David Moyes back to Goodison Park if they decide to sack Roberto Martinez.

That’s the opinion of former defender Steve Watson, who told talkSPORT the Scottish coach can be the man to take the Toffees to the next level.

Pressure is mounting on Martinez following a torrid run of form which has seen the club slip into the bottom half of the Premier League table.

And speculation about his possible replacement is rife, with Stoke manager Mark Hughes the coach most recently linked with the Goodison Park job.

On the Hughes links, Watson said: “No disrespect for Stoke, but I think moving to Everton would be a very good step for Mark Hughes’ career.”

But the former Toffee believes another man will be better suited to take the Merseysiders up a gear.

“I think David Moyes did a fantastic job at Everton,” he added.

“I think he would have learned a lot from his time at Manchester United and in Spain and I think that would be a great option as well.

“If you look at the club’s progression from when Moyes became manager, it was a team near the bottom of the Premier League and he immediately had effect, he made Everton better, made them stronger.

“In my last season there [he left for West Brom in 2005, despite admitting he didn’t want to leave Goodison Park] we finished in the Champions League play-off place. He improved that side.

“What happened at Man United will have hurt his pride and you certainly feel like he’s got unfinished business with a top Premier league club.

“With the experience he has now, maybe he can go a little bit further and take Everton to the next level.”


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