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Damaged goods: Where next for David Moyes?

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Following the predicted sacking of David Moyes as Manchester United manager, much of the talk has surrounded who will take over the reins at Old Trafford.

But we’re all forgetting one thing: a (formerly) highly regarded manager is now out of a job.

So, we decided to take a look at where Moyes could end up next. Will he choose to stay in the Premier League and attempt to repair his damaged reputation? Or will he seek pastures new and look to broaden his horizons abroad?

Here are six possible options for the former Manchester United manager.

Stay in the Premier League

David Moyes may have endured the toughest 10 months of his managerial career as he led United to disappointing defeat after disappointing defeat, as well as elimination from the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup, but the outstanding job he did at Everton should not be forgotten.

The Scot, with limited resources and, more often than not, a squad thinner than the ranks of the Manchester United faithful that stuck by him until the end, regularly took Everton to the brink of Champions League football during his 11-year stint on Merseyside.

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Moyes’ reputation is sure to have taken a hit following his disastrous spell in charge at Old Trafford, but there are sure to be Premier League sides vying for his signature ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

Bookmakers have Moyes favourite to succeed Alan Pardew at St James’ Park, should the Magpies boss be relieved of his duties after a troubled campaign. With a strong fan base, an owner who (sometimes) is willing to back the manager financially, and a strong football tradition on Tyneside, Newcastle could well be the perfect destination for Moyes.

Other potential Premier League clubs linked with Moyes are Aston Villa, who could be without a manager come the end of the season as Paul Lambert nears the sack, Tottenham, who are certain to part ways with Tim Sherwood, West Ham and Swansea.

Scottish Premiership

With a chasm of quality between the top side(s) and those at the bottom, the Scottish Premiership isn’t the most competitive league in the world – far from it, in fact. However, a chance to manage Celtic could well tempt Moyes into moving north of the border and joining the side whom he started his professional career with.

Current Celtic boss Neil Lennon has been in charge of the Hoops since 2010 and has won three of the four possible league championships during his tenure. The former Celtic midfielder also guided his side to the knockout stages of the Champions League, including a famous win over Barcelona at Celtic Park last season.

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However, speculation surrounds Lennon’s future in Glasgow, with reports suggesting that he could be set for a move to the Premier League which would leave the hot seat vacant.

Swapping the Premier League for the Scottish Premiership will seem like a bit of a come-down, but the chance to manage Celtic may just be too good a chance to refuse.

Championship

If the Scottish Premiership seems like a come-down, then staying in England but dropping down into the second-tier may seem like career suicide for Moyes. But if the only job forthcoming is one in the Championship, then he may be smart to take it.

The Scot would do well to look at the fate of Alan Curbishley, who was sacked as the manager of West Ham in 2008 and has since been unable to find a job in the top flight.

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‘Curbs’ was presented with a number of opportunities to manage big clubs in the Championship, but insisted on waiting around for another crack at the Premier League – except it didn’t come.

The former Charlton boss has been out of management for six long years, and it’s hard to see where his next job is going to come from.

If Moyes wants to repair his dented reputation, then eating humble pie and slipping down a division may be his best chance. At that level, he should be able to cherry pick a club that has all the tools to make him successful.

International Management

There were very few positives during Moyes’ time at United, but, fortunately for the sacked Scot, the Red Devils’ reputation across the globe remains. United are quite possibly the most famous club in world football and their scope is far reaching, which could play directly into Moyes’ hands.

Should he want to steer clear of club management for a while in order for the scars to heal, Moyes could well opt to move into international management, where, for much of the year, the pressure is pretty low-key.

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United’s popularity in Asia is unrivalled, and although taking charge of the likes of, say, Japan, Korea, Thailand or Malaysia may be a far-cry from being top dog in Manchester, the chance may help Moyes forget his Old Trafford nightmare and reignite his career. The salaries in these parts are not too bad either.

Take a club job abroad

In December 2012, while still manager of Everton, Moyes spoke of his desire of managing aboard and picked out Germany as a potential destination.

"I always had the hope of being a coach abroad. 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," he told France Football in an interview.

Well according to our German office, he can forget about the Bundesliga, but there might be a club out there who will take a punt on him. Steve McClaren restored his reputation in the Netherlands with Twente after being sacked by England and that even earned him a job in Germany, although the less said about his time at Wolfsburg the better.

Do a Roberto Di Matteo

The final option, and quite possibly the most likely of the five – for the next 12 months at least – is that Moyes could ‘do a Di Matteo’ and take a sabbatical.

And the reason behind it? United will have to pay the Scot a full salary for the next 12 months (an estimated £5m) he could risk losing that if finds gainful employment.

Di Matteo was relieved of his duties as Chelsea manager in November 2012 after gaining a permanent contract following his Champions League and FA Cup successes during his time as an interim manager.

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The axed Chelsea boss did not agree a pay-off settlement, and, according to reports, is still being paid a staggering £130,000 per week - and will continue to do so until June 2014.

Should Moyes, who physically and mentally fatigued following his time on the touchline at Old Trafford, opt not to head straight back into management, then continuing to earn a huge salary for doing very little may seem rather appealing.

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