David Moyes can’t hide his admiration for German football, but he insists coaching in the Bundesliga is not something he feels he absolutely needs to do.
The Scot has established himself as one of the best coaches in the Premier League since leaving Preston North End for Everton in March 2002. He may have failed to add to the Goodison Park honours list, but he has worked with a tight budget and has assembled squads capable of challenging at the right end of the table.
Moyes is out of contract in the summer, and has revealed he will not make a decision on his future until the end of the campaign. It is believed he is waiting to discover what budget he will have to spend during the summer window, as he looks to make another bid for the top-four next term. In the meantime, the 50-year-old has again spoken on his admiration for the Bundesliga, although he insists this doesn’t mean he is heading to Germany.
“I’ve always said that I wouldn’t have a problem managing abroad and would want that opportunity in time, but it’s not my main ambition or something I feel has to be done,” he said. “I’ve been to see games in Germany I’ve been amazed by the atmosphere. People talk about the atmosphere in the Premier League but over there it’s incredible.
“The stadiums are full, behind the scenes it works fantastically. The ticket prices aren’t outrageous and nearly all the games are completely sold out. The big thing is that they’re nearly all in terrific stadiums too. Nearly every club has a modern, up-to-date stadium whether it’s a bowl or a square sided one. I just think they’ve really progressed since the World Cup in 2006. If you want to go to the game now you don’t want to pay too much but you also want a good seat with an unrestricted view where you can see the pitch.”
The biggest club in Germany, Bayern Munich, will be coached by former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola next season, whilst in Jurgen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund have one of the brightest tacticians in Europe. There could be an opening at Schalke, where Jens Keller, like Moyes, is out of contract in the coming weeks. The Gelsenkirchen side finished third last season and are currently in fourth spot, seven points behind Bayer Leverkusen.
Closer to home, the Toffees boss has also been linked with the Arsenal position should Arsene Wenger end his long-reign at the North London club. However, the Frenchman has a reputation for not reneging on contracts, and despite being a reported target for Paris St Germain, he remains tied to the Emirates Stadium for another 12 months.