Everton Commentary: Rene Girard Is The Best Choice To Replace David Moyes

on May 10 2013 11:21 AM
Everton Commentary: Rene Girard Is The Best Choice To Replace David Moyes

Veteran Montpellier boss Rene Girard is Everton's best bet to replace next Manchester United manager David Moyes. Girard wants to work in the English Premier League and knows how to achieve success on a budget.

Since news of United's move for Moyes broke, some familiar names have been linked with the Everton job. Celtic's Neil Lennon and Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez were mooted by The Liverpool Echo.

Both are fine candidates, but Everton chairman Bill Kenwright shouldn't waste a chance to shake things up. Moyes has been in charge on Merseyside for 11 years.

While he has made Everton competitive, he has rarely lifted them above the bracket of teams expected to finish between fifth and tenth.

Many laud this achievement due to the financial restrictions Moyes has operated under. While that is true to some extent, Everton have had some excellent squads in the last 11 years and haven't always made the most of them.

This Premier League season is a prime example. Everton should be in the thick of the top four race, especially given Arsenal's inconsistency this campaign and the annual upheaval at Chelsea.

Instead Everton are now scrambling just to finish sixth. There is a wafer-thin chance of a fifth-place finish and a Europa League berth. However, even that seems like the stuff dreams are made of.

Going for a fresher, more continental approach could help push Everton up a notch next season. Enter Girard, who in many ways is perfect for the Everton vacancy.

He proved himself a true miracle worker on a budget at Montpellier. In the 2011-12 season his small squad stunned football when they beat mega-rich Paris Saint-Germain to the French Ligue 1 title.

That gave Montpellier their first ever championship and a debut entry into the UEFA Champions League. Things haven't gone as well this season, with Girard not being helped by losing key players like Olivier Giroud and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

However, the savvy 59-year-old still has Montpellier on course for a top-10 finish. Girard has shown he can adapt to the loss of star players, something that would help him at Everton.

The Toffees have become used to seeing key players depart. Harsh financial realities forced selling the likes of Wayne Rooney and Jack Rodwell for big profits.

Reports in The Daily Mirror suggest Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini could join Moyes at Old Trafford. Girard would know how to help the squad recover from such a blow.

Yet it is Girard's experience working with younger players that could serve Everton best. He was in charge of the France under-21 team from 2004-08.

Everton have a proud tradition of quickly promoting youngsters to the first team. Rooney, Rodwell, Leon Osman and Seamus Coleman are all good examples from the Moyes era.

At the moment they have dynamic teenage midfielder Ross Barkley, who has the talent to become the fulcrum of the team. Girard would know how to use Barkley, just as he has done with youngster Remy Cabella at Montpellier.

Girard's style of play should finally seal the deal for Everton. He favors an expressive brand of forward-thinking football.

This is something Everton have been capable of under Moyes, but not always produced. Girard's adherence to neat, attack-minded possession play would perfectly suit the club once proudly known as "The School of Science."

Girard's contract in France expires at the end of this season, making him available to clubs who act fast. Everton should make themselves the first in line.

Girard is clearly keen on a move to the Premier League. A report from BBC.co.uk, suggests England is his preferred destination for his next job.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also recommended Girard joins the Premier League, according to Goal.com. If he does make the move he won't be short of suitors.

Recent reports in Metro claim Newcastle United are interested. Given their swelling ranks of French players, Girard could be tempted.

However, Everton should do all they can to beat United to his signature. Girard is the right man at the right time for a talented squad that needs some fresh ideas.