11 years in charge of Everton Football Club, David Moyes is the third longest-serving manager in the Premier League. But with just 9 games left of the 2012/13 campaign, the manager of 11 years at Goodison Park has not decided yet on whether he is coming back next season.
David Moyes has been in charge of Everton for more games than any other manager not to win a trophy at the club. However, taking over from the relegation-threatened Merseyside club in 2002, and with limited resources in comparison to the majority of the clubs who have won the trophies during his tenure, Moyes is considered to have done a good job. In fact, many say great. Some say he’s a fantastic manager and Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement at Manchester United. I’ll stick to calling him a good manager and back it up with some statistics.
In 10 full seasons at Everton, Moyes has guided Everton to an impressive eight top half finishes. An improvement on where the club was when he took over, narrowly above the drop zone before steering them to 15th position and safety at the end of the 2001/02 season.
Of those top half finishes, only four have resulted in competing in Europe the following season. His best season was arguably 2004/05 where he guided the Toffees to a 4th-place finish and a Champions League berth. However, qualification proved too tough for David Moyes’ side who lost both legs to Spanish side Villarreal in the playoffs and had to settle for another UEFA Cup experience. That competition only lasted two games too, being thrashed 5-2 on aggregate by Dinamo Bucharest.
David Moyes’ head-to-head record in the Premier League is as follows:
Some statistics pulled from that:
48 – Arsenal have scored more goals against David Moyes’ Everton than any other team
36 – Everton have scored more goals against both Aston Villa and Fulham than any other team under David Moyes.
15 – David Moyes is unbeaten in all 15 Premier League meetings with Sunderland. The last time the Black Cats defeated Everton was the last time they faced each other before Moyes took charge.
14 – Both Arsenal and Manchester United have defeated Everton on 14 occasions and have identical win-draw-loss records.
13 – David Moyes has guided his Everton side to victories over Fulham than any other team.
3 – David Moyes has perfect records against Derby County (3), Crystal Palace (2) and Watford (2).
1 – Of the 40 different Premier League sides that David Moyes has faced, Queens Park Rangers are the only club he has failed to beat.
0 – Swansea City are the only team not to score a single goal versus his team (4 games).
Head-to-head versus opposition managers
David Moyes has faced 89 different managers in his 417 Premier League matches. His record versus each of those is as follows:
Some statistics pulled from that:
86% – David Moyes has the best win percentage against Gary Megson’s teams (minimum 3 games).
80% – Claudio Raneiri has the best win percentage against David Moyes in the Premier League (minimum 3 games).
24 – Sam Allardyce’s teams have conceded more goals against Everton than any other side.
22 – Moyes has encountered both Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson on more occasions than any other manager, with identical win-draw-loss records against each, losing 14 times to both managers; more than any other.
9 – David Moyes has beat Harry Redknapp as manager more than any other in the Premier League.
8 – Roberto Martinez has faced David Moyes more times than any other manager in Premier League games not to win a single tie.
6 – Jose Mourinho has managed the most games against David Moyes in the Premier League not to have lost a single encounter.
2 – The Everton manager doesn’t have a 100% win record against any manager he has faced more than twice.
Everton’s biggest win under David Moyes was a 7-1 thrashing of Roy Keane’s Sunderland on 24 November 2007. On 11 May 2005, Moyes suffered his biggest defeat as manager, losing 7-0 at Arsenal in the Premier League.
David Moyes vs top 4
For the past six seasons, Moyes has guided Everton to top half finishes. 2012/13 is set to be a seventh straight season. But here’s his record versus the teams that finished in the top 4 from each of his season’s:
Record vs top half
David Moyes’ record against teams finishing in the top four has improved over the past three seasons. Four if you include 2012/13 where his Everton have beaten both Manchester United and Manchester City who are set to finish in the top four. The former Preston North End manager won just six of his first 61 matches against sides finishing in the top four. Three of those came against Arsenal.
Record vs bottom half
Against teams finishing in the top 10, David Moyes has won 31% of these fixtures. He set a personal best last season by recording 8 victories against sides finishing in the top half. Although losing on 9 occasions was the most for him since 2005/06; the last time he finished outside the top 10.
Record vs bottom 3
Beating the teams who finish in the bottom half of the table is one way to boost your chances for European football. Dropping points to these sides can often be called a failure from the fans. 13 points from a possible 15 when he first took charge of Everton at the end of the 2001/02 season saw Moyes steer the side 7 points clear of relegation. The past two seasons has seen Moyes record his lowest win %, although a personal high of 10 draws recouped a few points.
David Moyes has a sold record versus side who end up getting relegated. He has lost just 6 of 62 meetings versus teams in this situation. Owen Coyle is the only manager to have beaten Moyes twice whilst managing a side that went on to be relegated (he was in charge of Burnley when they beat Everton 1-0 before he jumped ship and the Clarets went down).
In May 2009, Moyes led Everton to his one and only cup final. Despite Louis Saha’s goal in record quick time, they went on to lose 2-1 to Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea. 11 years in charge and no trophies on Merseyside. Not to the blue half at least.
Whether David Moyes signs a new contract for next season and beyond, jumps ship in the summer or takes a year out, football fans will fight for and against on how well he has done at Everton and whether he falls under the good or great category. I hope my statistics will help back up your argument.