It was only when it was known that he was joining us that I was hearing, on here, how he was in the same category as Sam,Pullis and Warnock. Unfairly tarred with that brush by fans disgruntled because we didnt get a glamorous "face", despite the previous guy who fitted that bill failing completely.
I agree with you that Moyes was unfairly tarred with the same brush as those you mention but I don't so much think it was a "glamour" thing people wanted but somebody with a history of achievement. He built a solid squad at Everton but, one season apart, in which Everton failed in the qualifiers for the CL and then blew their European qualifier, they hit a brick wall and never looked like progressing.
My take on Moyes is that is that if arguably the greatest manager our league has ever seen recommended him for the biggest managerial job in English football he must have something going for him.
That said his early decisions in that "biggest job", dismantling much of the backroom structure Ferguson had, and some of his signings were, to say the least, questionable. And, let's be frank, he inherited a side which, for all it's shortcomings, had won the league by a decent margin the season before.
And I think most would agree he committed professional Hari-Kari when he chose to join Sunderland, a decision that surely cast doubts upon his decision making.