Moyes is Prem's best boss claims new study
Published 22:30 05/10/11 By Neil McLeman
Everton fans have known it for years but now it’s official – David Moyes is the best value-for-money boss in top flight football.
New figures show the Goodison Park club have the lowest “price-per-point” ratio in the top ten of the Premier League under their current ownership.
Between chairman Bill Kenwright's 2004 takeover and the end of last season, the 415 points Everton won cost £48,192 each.
By contrast, the heavy spending across Stanley Park by Kenny Dalgish since last October has seen Liverpool's 59 points cost a whopping £7.5million each.
Moyes has proven season after season that he can milk the best out of players, regardless of his budget.
Everton coach Alan Stubbs admitted the figures were “misleading” in showing the gap between the two Merseyside rivals.
But Stubbs also says Moyes is ready to spend on a list of transfer targets when Everton is finally taken over by rich backers.
“If anything, it is a massive plus for the manager, because he has had to work the market,” said Stubbs, speaking at the Leaders In Football conference. “He knows the situation of the club and I don’t think anyone can dispute what a fantastic job he has done.
“He wishes it were different and he has got a great understanding with the chairman. I think they are very open and honest with each other.
"We obviously haven’t bought a lot of players in that time. Over the last four windows, I don’t think we have actually bought anyone.
“But that just goes to show how good a job the manager has done. He will keep doing his job as if there will be a new buyer tomorrow.
"And if that new buyer comes in and says, ‘What are your targets?’ he will have a list of targets that he will be able to produce. That is the way we work.
“We still go out and look at all the top players that are about, because we have to believe that there will be a new buyer for the club, hopefully sooner than later.
"And to be fair, Bill has been very open about that. We just need a Sheikh or someone who has got lots of money to come and invest in Everton.”
Stubbs added: “If anything, it just emphasises our policy on youth. The youth system is under no illusions that they have to produce players.”
Liverpool were taken over by the Fenway Sports Group last year and have spent £144m on transfers and wages since, according to the survey by FourFourTwo.com.
“It is very misleading, because our stat is from 2004 and Liverpool is only from last year,” Stubbs admitted. “And Liverpool have spent a lot of money with the new owners coming in. And they have got money in as well - they got £50m for Fernando Torres - and he has reinvested it.”
Meanwhile, Kenwright has claimed that Everton are better off with him remaining in charge rather than a new owner who will saddle the club with debt.
“Maybe there’s a downside to having a chairman who is a football fan,” he said. “We lose £4m-£5m a year, that’s a lot of money, that’s a player to David Moyes.
“I think Evertonians would rather stay with me, with all my drawbacks, if they knew [that a potential new owner would saddle the club with debt].
“Part of the problem that Everton brings is the history. These fans, the ones making the loudest noises, a lot of them are very young, have seen where we’ve come from.
“Our history is second to none, but until I find the right man, and I will find him, they’re better off with me.”
Premier League’s Top 10 clubs from last season and their price-per-point up until end of 2010-11 season:
Club Price Per point Points Purchase date
Liverpool £7,525,423.73 59 2010
Man City £5,335,106.38 188 2008
Sunderland £2.257.526.88 93 2009
Arsenal £2,453,020.13 298 2007
Man United £1,510,516.25 523 2005
Chelsea £1,406,617.65 680 2003
Aston Villa £988,235.29 289 2006
Fulham £456,195.65 460 1997
Tottenham £303,191.49 564 2001
Everton £48,192.77 415 2004