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Is it just me, or has anybody else noticed the cost cutting taking place on match days? Food service bays closed in the Top Balcony to save on minimum wages. The now regular event of the escalators being mysteriously ?out of order? to save on electricity ? cynical I know, but probably true. It is a medical fact that it?s healthier to take the stairs, but the club should worry about the player?s fitness rather than mine. Now there?s a subject ? the players fitness. Was there anyone on the pitch against Bolton fit enough to play for our once great club?

So soon after Christmas we still had pantomime dame midfielders. Cries of ?It?s behind you, oh no it?s not; it?s passed you by? were directed at Neville, Heitinga and Cahill (when he came on), as the journeymen of the league?s bottom club played neat effective football in the unplayable conditions. How can professional footballers, men who spend all week practising their skills, studying the next opponents, receiving a plan to win the game from their manager; not have the basic skills to actually play the game.

That was a clueless, statuesque, static performance. It was like watching game of subbuteo football; all that was missing was the metal rod connecting the ?bank of four? across the middle of the pitch.

I know David Moyes is a pragmatic realist; he understands that we need to limp to the safety of 40 points. He obviously believes that the only way to do this with the present squad is to grind out results, and who can argue with that. The problem is that it is mind numbingly boring to watch and is driving the crowds down.

It will be interesting to see how well the team presently wallowing in 15th place in the Blue Square Conference contend with our fearsome four this Saturday.

Ken Jones, Wallasey     Posted 05/01/2012 at 21:48:15

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Jimmy Sørheim
1   Posted 06/01/2012 at 06:23:23

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If that is his plans there will be less then 20.000 in the stands. It stinks like relegation all the way to Scandinavia, and the old rotting players on the pitch are falling apart or just standing still watching.

Jesus have mercy, Moyes is helpless to do anything creative, to pick defenders to play in midfield is unheard of in many countries, but Moyes does it like he is coaching a conference side, come to think of it we play and look more and more like exactly that.

To be honest I am sick of being so negative about Everton, but I only reflect what I see. It is painful too watch Yakubu hitting 13 goals at Blackburn while we struggle for even a single goal. Even Donovan looked bad and depressed.

Moyes needs to resign, there is no other way to get the mood back. Enough is enough.
Peter Clarke
2   Posted 06/01/2012 at 07:46:17

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Hi Ken, I think you might be right about the cost cutting. Interesting article

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1004564/ken-bates-predicts-doomsday-for-football-finance?cc=3888

Leeds chairman Ken Bates has predicted a doomsday scenario for football in 2012 and thinks that banks will finally stop supporting financially-crippled clubs

"The s**t is about to hit the proverbial fan in football this year, mark my words,'' he told ESPNsoccernet. "The banks will no longer lend money to football clubs. There has already been a hint of this at Blackburn, but I know for a fact that at least three banks have crossed football off. I see football clubs facing increasing financial debt, but no longer will the banks bail them out. "The banks don't want to admit this, because they know it will attract some unsavoury reaction from certain sections of clubs' support. They don't want to be the man who bounces a football club's cheque. They don't want a brick coming through their window.

The statement might be over the top, but not if you are Everton. He is in the business, and should know. So, I think you might be on to something.
Stephen Kenny
3   Posted 06/01/2012 at 07:58:06

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Despite what the above scenario may mean for us, I'd still love to see the banks pull out of football. It's about time the house of cards fell down.
Tony Waring
4   Posted 06/01/2012 at 09:08:13

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I agree with you Stephen but with one proviso; that the banks pull out of ALL football clubs and give us back an even playing field.
Peter Laing
5   Posted 06/01/2012 at 09:08:30

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Its not just the cost cutting on a match day as highlighted in the closure of concessions but also the trimming of the wage bill at all levels of the club. The amount of youth players currently being farmed out would indicate that it is not just about providing the player's with first team experience but getting somebody else to pay their wages. My feeling is that we are still a whisker away from administration.
Phil Roberts
6   Posted 06/01/2012 at 09:16:24

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Abramovich and HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan are not banks. You will never get back to a level playing field.

You could do the US model of salary caps, but then that means we struggle against Real Madrid, Barcelona etc so it wont happpen either
Phil Walling
7   Posted 06/01/2012 at 08:27:47

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Packing a side with defenders is far from the best way to guarantee safety as many clubs at all levels have found to their cost.Walter tried it and came very near to sinking us and there was never a surer way to shrink a crowd.
I suspect Moyes would claim that most of his fringe midfielders were unavailable or struggling with injury (Rodwell?),but `what we have we hold`was always likely to become a chancey option on such a wind-blown night.
Having said that,our so-called strikers are so totally ineffectual that hoping they could `nick one`has become the greatest gamble of all and even with three of their ilk up front,I wouldn`t back them for the task.
So odd,of course,is Moyes`reaction to those who do manage to find the net,
The Yak was banished as soon as he showed a return to form in last year`s derby,Vellios is seen no more since bagging a couple and now Victor gets dropped for the offence of scoring last week.Presumably,whilst they were putting the ball in the net they were ignoring their drill-time responsibilities to be covering Hibber`s back.
All so very strange but strangely
predictable from a manager who has lost all sense of logic whilst his world collapses around him.
Steve Guy
8   Posted 06/01/2012 at 10:09:59

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The escalator issue is less likely to be about electricity saved (they are only "working" on matchdays) and more likely to be about the maintenance costs. I don't know if the escalators were ever replaced, but the original ones went in 30 - 40 years ago. Parts for old kit are expensive and often made to order and then you have the cost of repair. Leaving them not working due to the latter would be a bigger and more immediate cost saving than switching them off on matchdays. Errrr never thought I would post about the cost of escalator maintenance on TW ! What have we become ?!
Ray Robinson
9   Posted 06/01/2012 at 10:41:00

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Perhaps Kenwright took the banks a little too seriously when they ordered him to take steps to reduce escalating operating costs?
Alan McGuffog
10   Posted 06/01/2012 at 10:37:08

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You wonder with the state of things at GP why someone wouldn't cut their losses and just sell up.
The property market in north Liverpool is so slow at present though. I've a relative with a two bedroom terraced house in Kirkdale, with a leaky roof and rising damp. My relative tells me that he is constantly on the look out for a buyer and as soon as he gets an offer in the region £300,000 he's getting shut of it.
Tony J Williams
11   Posted 06/01/2012 at 11:49:51

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"Moyes is helpless to do anything creative" - because he has had to sell his creative players to placate the banks
Erik Dols
12   Posted 06/01/2012 at 12:15:09

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Ray Robinson, classic mate!
Aiden Jones
13   Posted 06/01/2012 at 12:52:48

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Bit harsh to say Victor got dropped ...... he is just coming back from a massive lay off so was never going to start and the injuries in the game made it difficult to bring him on.
Peter Laing
14   Posted 06/01/2012 at 15:12:31

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Ray - you mean that you have finally discovered what the unaccounted £25 million operating costs in the annual report that Kenwright knows nothing about is down to the top balc escalators ?
Ray Roche
15   Posted 06/01/2012 at 15:17:27

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Alan McGuffog

Sounds like a bargain. Can't believe it's not sold. Have you tried looking 24/7?
How about that bloke in the bedsit in Manchester?
Leigh Lewis
16   Posted 06/01/2012 at 16:45:41

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The escalators have been out of service more than once this season. This raises many questions.
1 If they were repaired or maintained, why are they unavailable so soon?
2 Does this only become an issue at night matches?
3 Is there a cost choice between escalators or floodlights?
4 Would we be better playing in the dark?
5 Has anyone got a shilling for the meter?
6 Could the escalators be used only going up before the game?
7 Are the team going down?
8 Could we install one of those moving walkways, so popular at airports, on the pitch --to help the midfield to make a move forward?
9 Would they end up in the departure lounge?

It all sounds terminal to me.

Chris Butler
17   Posted 06/01/2012 at 16:53:47

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Not sure about the Top Balcony food kiosk but I know quite a few people who have got jobs at Goodsion in the catering department, maybe they just didn't get enough customers up there.
Ian Smitham
18   Posted 06/01/2012 at 19:40:16

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This OP has to be one of the daftest ever. Ray thanks for saving it, obviously you are right, but as one of those left at the end, I noticed they were working at the end, which means it must be cheaper to them to take people down rather than up.

I also noticed a closed food service bay, but really, to say this is down to the club is ridiculous as it has been outsourced a point for which they were maligned. Seems they are damned if they do an......
Peter Laing
19   Posted 06/01/2012 at 20:11:59

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Everton are outsourcing its catering to the Goodson road supper bar
Ian Smitham
20   Posted 06/01/2012 at 20:17:28

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Peter, looks like the Winslow have got the drinks deal, it's just someone forgot to tell them they may have a few extra customers on match days, so they keep costs down by sticking with just the fewest possible staff. Just think, if they had a few more they might just sell more beer, not difficult is it?
Gavin Ramejkis
21   Posted 06/01/2012 at 23:51:13

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The catering outside the ground looks and smells a lot better than it does inside.

In terms of the escalator being switched off to save costs its a bit of a tricky one if true as any machinery needs to be ran to reduce the risk of it seizing and causing other failures, it will be equally likely to break left off for long periods as it will be in use.
Paul Joy
22   Posted 07/01/2012 at 11:53:42

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That Ken Jones has wound you lot up. The escalators are old, clapped out & prone to breakdown - a bit like me having to walk up the stairs when the escalators are off.
"Old, clapped out etc " could be a description of Goodison and also our squad.
Seriously though the Fire Service had to attend Goodison Rd before the match Wednesday night but was it for the escalators or for a strong smell of rubbish.

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