Everton boss David Moyes is considering his options at Goodison Park, with FC Schalke 04 interested in appointing the Scot as manager.
Everton manager David Moyes has done a tremendous job at Goodison Park, but the fact that he is yet to enter negotiations on a new deal is of grave concern to fans of the Toffees.
The Daily Mail today claims that Moyes is being eyed up by FC Schalke 04 for the role of head coach, with the Scot keen to listen to their proposal.
With Moyes’ contract expiring in June, the Gelsenkirchen side would not have to pay the traditional compensation to his current club to buy him out of his deal, and the Mail reports that he has risen above Eintracht Frankfurt boss Armin Veh in the running for the Schalke job.
Veh signed an extension to stay in Frankfurt last week, effectively ruling him out of the position.
Moyes has previously spoken of his enthusiasm for German football in the Bundesliga.
“I always had the hope of being a coach abroad,” Moyes was quoted as telling France Football in December. If I had the choice, I would probably go to Germany, in part because of the mentality, which is similar to mine. I’m also fascinated by what happens in German football.
“They seem to have found a way of producing young players. Look at Borussia Dortmund. I saw them against Manchester City this season. They were fantastic. They put this incredible intensity on their opponents to break the tempo. It adds a new tactical level.”
The Bundesliga certainly seems to be a league on the up, with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich well placed to reach the semi finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Bayern particularly are considered favourites to lift the European cup, along with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, and have managed to attract the signature of former Barca boss Pep Guardiola for next season.
It is understandable that after eleven years in charge of Everton against the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho, David Moyes might want to give himself some other tests, and facing Guardiola and the might of FC Hollywood would be a good start.
FC Schalke 04 are a very talented team, and established international players of the calibre of Michel Bastos, Jefferson Farfan and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar are at least competitive with Everton’s squad.
The side have also performed impressively in the Champions League in recent seasons, clinically despatching Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, and Moyes will be well aware that there is plenty to work with – and that he would receive a rather larger transfer budget than he typically tends to receive at Everton.
Should Moyes depart for FC Schalke 04, the Daily Mail report that Neil Lennon would be a likely target.