The Scot has been tipped as a successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United but he must first prove his credentials away from Goodison Park before he can be consideredCOMMENT
By Husmukh Kerai
David Moyes marks his 11th year at Everton next week. In English football terms, only Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger come close to matching the Scot's tenure at Goodison Park.
Yet after what many would consider to be 11 successful years with the Toffees, the 49-year-old looks set for an acrimonious divorce from the club with which he has grown synonymous over the last decade.
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But the feeling on Merseyside even before those 203 embarrassing seconds was one of concern as the Scot continued to stall on a new contract at the club.
His current deal expires at the end of this season, and if Moyes was unsure about his future beforehand, Wigan's quickfire triple salvo may have helped him realise that he has taken the club as far as he possibly can.
The boos that rang around Goodison throughout the match on Saturday go to show that things are becoming stale. The fans vented their frustration at Phil Neville, who has dropped a level this season, as well as the often impressive Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas.
More and more it looks like time for the Scot to move on, for his own sake more than anything. Otherwise he may find himself watching history repeat itself as his Everton side continue to defy expectations before inevitably falling at the final hurdle.
The 49-year-old had been tipped as a potential successor to Sir Alex at Manchester United for some time now, but that move is nothing more than a pipe dream for the Scot at present.
The Red Devils boss is an admirer of how his compatriot has worked wonders on a shoestring budget over the last decade, and indeed his ability to get the best out of his limited resources is to be respected, but that will not be enough when the top jobs are handed out.
His lack of European pedigree will surely preclude him from taking the hot-seat at Old Trafford, an opportunity that does not look it will become available for some time, at any rate.
His reputation as an economics-defying manager just will not get the juices flowing at Europe's elite clubs. For all the talk of United or even Chelsea over the years, it's hard to imagine Moyes being entrusted with such a task without testing the waters away from Goodison Park.
So where next for Moyes then? He has made it clear that he wants to add trophies to his managerial CV, and also outlined is his intention to manage abroad, in particular his ambition to join the fast-rising Bundesliga.
Goal.com revealed in January that Schalke are understood to have targeted the Everton manager as a potential replacement for Jens Keller, the interim boss following Huub Stevens' departure.
A move to Gelsenkirchen would make perfect footballing sense for Moyes. Schalke can offer him everything Everton can't. The German outfit's status as one of Bundesliga's traditional superpowers means revenue streams are constant. They are just looking for the right man to stabilise them.
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The very prospect of going up against Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich and Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund for the top spots in the Bundesliga is far cry from battling for an upper-mid table finish with the Toffees.
David Moyes' journey from Preston North End to Everton began with a 3-0 FA Cup loss to Middlesbrough in 2002, a result which saw the end of then manager Walter Smith.
After an equally dispiriting loss to Wigan on Saturday the same fate could befit the Scot, even if his departure is made on his own terms.
There is no sign of investment in the pipeline despite the best efforts of chairman Bill Kenwright. A much needed new stadium isn't any closer to becoming a reality.
Chelsea are preparing to activate the £25 million-plus release clause in Fellaini's contract, while Leighton Baines' future looks increasingly likely to lie away from Goodison Park too.
After the trauma of Saturday, now feels like a natural time for Moyes to end his 10-year association with Everton. The Scot is a manager who is threatening to go places, but it is becoming increasingly unlikely he can do it in his current surroundings.
One fears for the future of a Moyes-less Everton but it is time both parties went their own way.