In all honesty, I have been a big supporter of Moyes for a long time now. However, as usual on this site, a few bad results and people are calling for Moyes to be sacked or to quit. Results wise, Moyes has undoubtedly improved this football club. He has taken us from a consistent relegation battling team to a consistent top 6 side in the most difficult league in the world. Anyone who disagrees with this, please try to be honest and look at the final league tables over the last few years, this is a fact.
We have also had two Wembley appearances with a semi-final and final in the FA Cup as a bonus and regular trips onto the continent. Again, this is a fact. Results wise, we are a lot better off than we have been for a long time. All this has been achieved on a relative shoestring compared not just to the top 4, but also the likes of Man City, Villa, Spurs, Sunderland and even Pompey to name a few.
However the harsh fact is, as mentioned, the PL is so difficult now with not just many of the best players in the world, but perhaps more importantly (as the CL shows) the best managers in the world. Therefore, just to stand a chance of winning a trophy in this country, you have to be one of the best managers in the world.
For all the good Moyes has done, I don't rate him in the same league as Ferguson, Mourinho, Hiddink, Wenger, etc due to his tactical knowledge. In the PL there is no margin for error if you want to be successful, and Moyes just falls short.
The thing that has really made me start to question Moyes now though is his inability to get a football team doing just that: playing football. You can't compensate for the amount of injuries we have had, but why have we always had so little creative players at the club?
After seven years, why has Moyes not bought more creative players, so that when one is injured, we have no plan B? Arteta has been our only real creative player for years now, but since he has been out we have struggled to create and score goals. Pienaar has upped his game since Arteta's injury but if the opposition know where your only source of goals are going to come from, they simply nullify that one source.
With Pienaar injured as well, we are simply a workmanlike side which is not good enough against quality opposition. For about three games we had Pienaar and Bily on either wing and (without checking the stats) we scored about 12 goals, because we could attack down both wings and spread the play. We need a Plan B and even Plan C when everyone in Plan A is injured.
The defence and attack are ok, but there is nothing in the middle of the park to create and change things; we are one dimensional. Whatever happened to the possibilities of Moutinho or Defour?
Benfica had at least three quality creative players against us and we got overrun and outclassed. Why has Moyes only just signed his first winger at the club in over seven years? Even if the likes of Kightly, Duff, McGeady, etc aren't the quality he wants, it gives us other options to change the play.
Now the hard work falls on Kenwright's desk and this is the question I want to ask my fellow supporters please: Do you take results with poor performances, knowing that we can't carry on 'punching above our weight' for much longer with more billionaire owners coming into the game, and leave it until it is too late with bigger clubs coming in for the likes of Rodwell and Arteta if results get worse?
Or should Kenwright (or Moyes) bite the bullet and get someone in who can make the step up and play good football?
After all, why won't Mourinho, Hiddink, Mancini, etc come to Goodison? Well a) we have a run-down stadium; b) we have no players to play good football; and c) we have no money to buy players. So that rules out all the world-class managers and the likes of Curbishley, Coppell, Allardyce, Pardew, O'Leary, etc, etc are surely worse than Moyes, at least Moyes gets results, doesn't he?
In summary, we are stuck with what we have got for the forseeable future. We have gone as far as we can go, but one roll of the dice and we could end up even worse. Therefore, does anyone know of a world class manager in the lower leagues that is willing to take charge of a stagnated football club and lead us to glory that all our fans crave so much?
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1 Posted 24/10/2009 at 17:05:26
But unless we have investment, we are not going to get a better manager. The only choice is to go foreign, but that would be risk, where Moyes has experience in the Prem, and gets results. And do not forget, he stil has many years left in him, he’s still learning therefore can still adjust his tactics.
By the way in terms of football, and the way we play it though, we always play crap football when our creative players are injured, and we are unlucky enough to maybe have our 3 most creative players injured for Saturday. Once they’re back, we almost play Arsenal esque football, and this is a fact, where we have had fantastic spells in the last two seasons.
What frustrates me about Moyes’ tactics is his subsitutions, and his negativr 4-5-1 when we are at home.
But like you said, we are only going to get a Curbishley, Pardew, Coppell type manager if Moyes gets sacked... we will just go straight to mid-table if we get them. Stick with Moyes I say!
2 Posted 24/10/2009 at 17:14:04
The posters who say that we’ll get Curbishley or Coppell and more mediocrity are correct but f*ck me anything would be better as long as they could produce football.
I have no answers btw but I feel better having a rant about it.:-)
3 Posted 24/10/2009 at 17:49:46
I would prefer to wait for another year — let Moyes have the luxury of having an injury-free (OK, 90% at least) squad, and then let us see what Moyes can achieve.
One manager I have been really impressed with and would like to see IF Moyes leaves would be Robert Martinez . A continental manager with good English experience from the lower leagues, and doing a very competent job at Wigan. I think he is headed for the big league soon.
Anyway, this is all hypothetical, because I don’t think Kenwright will ever drop Moyes in the foreseeable future.
4 Posted 24/10/2009 at 20:33:08
The billionaires wouldn’t necessarily get rid of Moyes. When Man City’s ownership passed from ex-Thai Prime Minister Shinawatra to the Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment they kept on Mark Hughes as manager. They told him who his players would be of course (he must have put in a special bit of arse licking to get Lescott - we should have held out for £30m - it was probably in petty cash).
Crisis then. Wolves 1 Villa 1. Spurs 0 Stoke 1.
The world turns, things change, keep up.
5 Posted 24/10/2009 at 21:18:16
6 Posted 24/10/2009 at 23:14:22
7 Posted 25/10/2009 at 08:13:08
I still feel at the moment we are stuck in the middle with nowhere to go. Moyes has stabilised us as a consistent Premiership side. Even if we have a bad season (which we look like doing this year) we should still finish (hopefully) between 8th and 12th. A good season has seen us finish 4th. Kenwright literally can’t afford to take the financial risk of letting Moyes go. However, with Moyes in charge, beautiful football is unlikely and the trophy cabinet remaining empty.
8 Posted 25/10/2009 at 08:53:35
9 Posted 25/10/2009 at 10:20:29
To play Matthew’s game, I wouldn’t mind that Benfica manager to be honest. He’s assembled a good attacking side on less of a budget than Moyes. He’s called himself "the special 2" rating himself only behind Mourinho.
10 Posted 25/10/2009 at 11:20:16
you mention a lot of his faults and you still think he should stay. I don’t understand you, especially when you mention 2 managers who in my mind would not be any worse than Moyes, and with a different outlook on things could be a whole lot better. Alan Clarke has mention another manager who could do a whole lot better. I do agree with you about those managers you named, I personally wouldn’t have an englishman anywhere near Goodison Park.
11 Posted 25/10/2009 at 12:16:23
As Ajay mentioned further up, let’s judge when he’s got a full squad to choose from.
12 Posted 25/10/2009 at 12:12:40
I just can’t ever see him ever changing his ways, it is always going to be the same. Set - up, not to concede, and then hope to nick one.
I live a few miles outside Reading now, and after hardly missing a home game since I moved down here, this season, I just couldn’t be arsed going. Thats how Moyes’s dour predictable football, along with the Kirkby fiasco,has got me feeling.
13 Posted 25/10/2009 at 13:44:47
"really? has he mentioned euros?"
"10 million a year plus tickets for ’Joseph’, anytime"
"mmmm....nah, not interested, they have a run-down stadium"
"I have the utmost respect for Everton, David Moyes, and their players, that’s why I love to play them – especially at Goodison Park, where the atmosphere is magnificent"
14 Posted 25/10/2009 at 14:09:25
Playing 4-5-1 against lesser opposition is "unforgiveable". No its not I "forgive" him as it gets us results, time and time again.
If anyone is seriously using draws against Wolves and Stoke and a defeat to Benfica as a yardstick for Moyes achievements then you are being ridiculously unfair and short sighted. Likelihood is we will qualify for the next stage of Europa League AND if we get a result today against Bolton, Moyes yet again has done the right thing by the team.
15 Posted 25/10/2009 at 16:32:35
16 Posted 25/10/2009 at 20:39:40
17 Posted 25/10/2009 at 22:12:52
The answer is simple: Kenwright must stop beating around the bush and sell the club. He has done well but he has taken the club as far as he can.
Sell, Mr Kenwright, before you do more harm than good! Bye bye, Bill.
18 Posted 26/10/2009 at 00:46:18
So it just isn’t going to happen. I think it should however! I’ve also read a lot on here on various threads about there not being anyone else around etc etc or reeling off names of other hopeless managers like Coppell, Curbishley as an alternative to Moyes.
This is so short sighted! There are good managers all over the world who would jump at the chance to manage Everton. Don’t just look at the usual suspects there are many who could do a better job than Moyes.
19 Posted 26/10/2009 at 09:53:13
James Stewart, good thinking, Robin. Never mind these out-of-work english managers, they couldn’t win a one-horse race.
20 Posted 27/10/2009 at 13:47:09
What I dont understand is in your post you say Moyes has failed to sign more than one creative player, the say well he’s also signed Pienaar and Bily, as well as having Osman in reserve too. That's four?
Then you criicise him for having no plan B? No plan B? I think in the last year Moyes has been through the alphabet with all the different injuries to different positions, with relative success.
People may want to compare us to Spurs, but Spurs spet £10M on Crouch, about the same on Defoe, £12M on Pavulchenko and £15M on Keane. Add to that, £12M on Palacios, £17M on Modric and god knows how much on their defence.
Villa spent £12M on Milner, £10M on Young, £8M on Delph, £8M on Davies, £5M on Sidwell, £8M on Warnock, £8M on Cuellar, £6M on Heskey, £12M on Downing, £8M on Reo-Coker, £6M on Dunne, £5M on Shorey...
Moyes isn't perfect of course, tactics are sometimes frustratingly negative but 90% of the time he does get it right and we do get results to give us a top-6 finish. What would Mourinho do at Everton? He needs £60+M per season net spends.
Thing is people want change for change’s sake. People get bored etc etc.
21 Posted 27/10/2009 at 20:16:51
Fellaini (who knows what that fee was but not cheap!)
Etc etc I could go on.
Spurs spend more for sure but I don’t you can say Villa do.
Plus you can't compare us to either at the moment as those sides can play passing football that is actually watchable.
My point being lets not pretend Moyes has had nothing to spend. It’s simply not true.
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