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Victims of Expectation

By Tony Marsh :  26/02/2009 :  Comments (0) :
The hardest part of being an Evertonian is the knowledge that once we where a Great Club and now we are not. With each passing season, it's always the next one when things will come good.

As last season frittered away to nothing, fans of ours said that this present season would be the one when we eventually made it back amongst the somebodies. Now, with a tiny squad ravaged by injuries and our most influential player out for 6 months, the familiar story will repeat itself once more.

I have no doubt we will make the semi-finals of the FA Cup before being beaten by Man Utd or Chelsea. You see the FA will keep the big two apart for sure because they don't want a repaet of last year's non-event, do they? At one point, I believed we could win it but the Arteta blow was the last straw.

We are unlucky bastards though, aren't we? I mean at this stage of the FA Cup last season, Pompey were the big guns left in it. When WE progress to the late stages, all the big boys are waiting for us. Typical of Everton's luck over the years.

As for the league, well, we will finish in 6th spot because we will never catch those above us now and we are far too good for those below us. I think we are a better side than Villa but they got first run on us so good luck to them. Some of our lot still think it's possible for us to grab a Champions League place but that's just pure madness.

Already on these pages, I am reading that next season is sure to be the one when the revolution happens but I just don't see it. With that useless chairman of ours hanging around for a big pay day and being more concerned with the Kirkby Fiasco than beefing up the squad, we will continue to tread water. Moyes doesn't stand a chance with the limited budget he is being asked to work with and Kenwright should be ashamed of himself.

If only BK had put so much time and energy into the Kings Dock Arena as he does with the Tescodome, who knows where we might be now?

I really hope we do make it to the semi-finals of the FA Cup as it will give a chance to our younger fans to visit Wembley. Saying that, it's a real killer getting beat in a semi-final and I really expect the worst should we make it. The referees will make sure the Big Guns make it through, don't worry about that...

We are up against the whole system this time around — not just the referee but the likes of Sky, the FA, the Premier League, the advertising people, sponsors, overseas TV rights... the fucking lot of them want a Chelsea v Man Utd final and that's what they will get.

So we can dream all we like but the sad truth is this season will be no better or no worse than the last one. Moyes and the players have done their bit but we just fall short once again.

A fanbase with bigtime ambitions that has a chairman with no ambition at all can only do so much. We can pray... we can dream... we can fantasize... but at the end of the day we can't buy what some other clubs can do and that is buy players and officals: Collina, Clattenburg, Poll, Elleray etc have all been at the bollocks in recent years.

I wish it wasn't so but as I said we are victims of our own expectations and sometimes we need to take stock of who we really are. The big boys get what the big boys want and there's nothing we can do about it. I would love to be proved wrong but somehow I don't think I will be... COYBs

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