David Moyes is reportedly interested in rejoining Everton and becoming one of a select few managers to manage a club twice in the Premier League after Roberto Martinez has come under intense criticism following the Toffees’ lacklustre Premier League season. After losing against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi final, the Blues are facing yet another year without a trophy, sparking some fans to question whether Martinez is the right man for the job.
After leaving Everton in 2013 after 11 years in charge to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Moyes has endured a torrid time. The Scotsman lasted less than a year at Old Trafford due to a string of unacceptable results which ended up with the club finishing in 7th place.
Real Sociedad was next for Moyes, joining on 10th November 2014. He lasted 1 day short of a year, being given the boot on 9th November 2014 ‘boasting’ a win percentage of just 28.57%. Since then, he has been in managerial limbo, seemingly taking a few months out to compose himself; but now he is ready to take up the mantle again and show his worth. Although, with Celtic sniffing around the Scotsman, the Toffees will have to be fast to make David Moyes one of the few managers to manage a club twice.
Here are four other managers to manage a club twice…
Jose Mourinho – Chelsea (2004-07, 2013-2015)
One of Chelsea’s most famous managers ever, and one of the few to manage a club twice. During his first reign in charge, Jose Mourinho led the West Londoners to 2 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup and 2 League Cups; he was well and truly a fan favourite, losing only 21 games out of 185, however after falling out with owner Roman Abramovich, the ‘Special One’ left Stamford Bridge by mutual consent.
2013 saw the return of the Portuguese manager to the team that really launched his managerial career, and he made an instant impact. The Premier League title and League Cup were Chelsea’s after a successful campaign in 2014/15. After signing a new 4-year contract at the beginning of the following season, Chelsea picked up 11 points in the opening 12 games; the club’s worst ever start to a season in the Premier League. The performances never picked up, and Mourinho again left by mutual consent on 17th December 2015.
Kevin Keegan – Newcastle United (1992-97, 2008)
Having been hired to save Newcastle United from being relegated to the third tier, Kevin Keegan did an incredible job during his first tenure at the club. After winning Division One in the 1992-3 season, Keegan led the Magpies on an incredible first season in the Premier League, finishing in 3rd place, thus bringing European football to St James’ Park for the first time since the 1970’s. His Newcastle team finished the season as runners up twice in a row (1995-6 and 1996-7), however they could never quite the reach the pinnacle of English football. There is no doubting Keegan did great things for the club though, and is one of the greatest managers to manage a club twice.
In January 2008, following the departure of Sam Allardyce, Keegan sensationally went back to Newcastle, becoming another one of the managers to manage a club twice. His first 8 matches in charge were hardly a fairytale, with the club failing to win a single match. However, following on from this, the season picked up for the Magpies, and they managed to finish in 7th place. As the 2007-8 season drew to a close, Keegan publicly criticised the club’s owners, stating he was not getting enough financial support, and shortly after the closing of the transfer window in September a year, the Geordie favourite announced he had resigned from his position due to not being able to work with the board.
Howard Kendall – Everton (1990-93, 1997-8)
Howard Kendall is unique in this list as he managed Everton three times during his managerial career, only twice during the Premier League era though. Having previously managed the Toffees in a fruitful period of 6 years between 1981 and 1987, where the club managed to win the First Division title twice (1984-5 and 1986-7), the FA Cup (1983-4) and the European Cup Winners’ Cup (1984-5), Howard Kendall rejoined Everton in 1990 in order to save them from relegation to the Second Division. He succeeded and the club managed to finish the season in ninth place. However, during this period, the club was little more than a mid-table team, something which Kendall resented; as a result, he resigned in December 1993.
He rejoined the club before the 1997-8 season to try his hand at managing his beloved Everton again, but he only just managed to avoid leading his team to relegation and found it hard to work with then chairman, Peter Johnson. He left the club by mutual consent at the end of the season, but remains as one of the most loved managers to manage a club twice!
Harry Redknapp – Portsmouth (2002-04, 2005-08)
The last in our list of managers to manage a club twice, Harry Redknapp took charge of Division One side Portsmouth during the 2002-3 season, and managed to lead them on a promotion charge to the Premier League, replacing his former club, West Ham, in the top flight. He managed to keep Pompey in the Premier League during the 2003-4 season, however, after falling out with owner, Milan Mandarić, Redknapp resigned in November 2004.
In December 2005, Redknapp returned to the South Coast in order to help Pompey escape from the relegation zone which loomed just beneath them. He was successful, and the following season, managed to lead the club to a ninth-placed finish; the club’s highest finish since the 1950’s. He eclipsed this achievement in 2008 by managing to win the club’s first FA Cup in 69 years. However, his tenure ended somewhat bitterly for some fans, as he took the vacant Tottenham Hotspur job in October 2008.