By Sean Fisher

16th Sep, 2022 | 9:10pm

David Moyes must oversee West Ham victory v Everton to show he has progressed since Goodison Park exit

David Moyes returns to Goodison Park with his West Ham side on Sunday in what will be a perfect match to judge the Scotsman’s managerial growth.

It’s been nearly a decade since Moyes left the Toffees to become Manchester United manager – and we all know how that turned out.

However, Moyes bounced back nicely from his Old Trafford nightmare and has enjoyed success in east London, especially during his second stint with the Hammers.

But is Moyes a better manager now than he was when he left Everton in 2013? Sunday is the perfect time to find out, with the Hammers going head-to-head against the Toffees.

Neither side has enjoyed a good start to the Premier League season, with the teams sitting 16th and 18th in the table respectively.

Both Moyes and Frank Lampard have been under immense pressure as a result, and three points this weekend will crucially decide who faces the media spotlight next week.

A rollercoaster ride

In the nine years since Moyes left Everton, the Scottish manager has spent four of them at West Ham, with his first stint in 2017 and then his second starting in 2019.

It’s been a mostly positive ride for Moyes, with the Hammers enjoying seasons in the Europa League and Europa Conference League, all while occasionally battling for spots in the top four.

But with his nightmarish spells at Manchester United and Real Sociedad leaving a stain on his CV, Moyes still has a point to prove – that he’s progressed since his glory days at Everton.

In contrast, should Moyes lose on Sunday – to one of Everton’s weakest teams in recent years – then the pressure will build even more.

It’s bound to be a blockbuster match-up, and there’s reputation as well as points on the line.