No, not the popular prophecy of destruction that will fall upon the earth next year, but 2012 is going to be a watershed for Everton FC, I fear.
We all know that we don't have a pot to piss in. That's not so much of a problem this season (although it's looking precarious, we have enough squad quality to be outside the bottom 3 by the end of the season), but next season, 2012, is when the doom falls. The following players' contracts end before next season begins:
How many of these realistically will want to re-sign? How many can we afford to re-sign?
Looking at the list, it's not inconceivable that most will either no longer be with us or not first-team choices (ie, Cahill and Neville, another year older). That's going to leave a larger vacant gap of quality than normal, that currently we cannot afford to replace.
In addition, there will be the normal to-ing and fro-ing of closed season transfer activity and players moving on. The 2012 season will be a vastly different team. Without significant funds, that resulting squad is unlikely to have the quality to remain in the Premier League.
2012 ? it's time to hide in your closet and stockpile beans and Stella.
Jeremy Benson, Posted 03/11/2011 at 07:54:47
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1 Posted 03/11/2011 at 20:54:26
2 Posted 03/11/2011 at 20:59:57
Oh no, sorry ? Mr Moyes is more likely to offer the big (mostly old) names big contracts that we can ill afford, just to keep them on board and sell the younger players who could make us a decent team.
Seriously though, would love to see us keep Drenthe ? he could be the diference between a struggling mid-table side and a team that is capable of surprising other mobs ? and help avoid boring us to death. Hope we keep Baxter too ? we are meant to be a club that give youth a chance, so let's see it. Please.
3 Posted 03/11/2011 at 21:26:05
4 Posted 03/11/2011 at 21:32:38
Doesn't sound too bad to me.
5 Posted 03/11/2011 at 21:43:00
Perhaps not... at least it'll be a change from Billy stinking the place out!
6 Posted 03/11/2011 at 21:46:09
Not to mention Hobbo and Osman will turn 32 next season so (like them or not) they dont have too many years left in them either.
On a bighter note, one would hope the club offers a LOWER salary in new contracts offered to players older than say 32, the players are not in a position to take the club to ransom given their age.
Let's get Fellaini's contract sorted out first ? speaking of which, was this not 'really close to being signed' about 3 weeks ago!
7 Posted 03/11/2011 at 21:55:49
and play the same shit football weve all come to love watching.
If Moyes goes and I hope he does contracts will go to -
and we can build a team around good quality players and exciting football again.
The new boss Martinez, Poyet or Pardew could then remove / release those Championship players Moyes loves -
Cahill, Saha, Neville, McFadden, Baxter, Bily and Anichebe.
8 Posted 03/11/2011 at 22:14:36
9 Posted 03/11/2011 at 22:39:05
10 Posted 03/11/2011 at 22:34:08
Cahill, if he doesn't say himself it's over, will get a renewal, 2 yrs.
Distin should and will get one or two years more.
Drenthe is not ours. I guess we will re-sign the little fellow if he stays on mother earth and does'n get any serious injuries.
The only one I have no clue to is P Neville. I sort of hope he will retire, however, he's one of Moyes sweethearts. And who's gonna take the captaincy?
So for me, Distin, Cahill and Drenthe stays. Heitinga in for Jagielka, and perhaps Heitinga could be captain?
11 Posted 03/11/2011 at 23:08:46
12 Posted 04/11/2011 at 01:11:58
Not a big fan of any of the managers you named but, given recent form, I'd probably take Pardew over the others.
13 Posted 04/11/2011 at 03:28:19
14 Posted 04/11/2011 at 07:06:48
15 Posted 04/11/2011 at 07:45:23
16 Posted 04/11/2011 at 08:03:12
As much as it pains me to say it, our only option is to sell Felli in January. He has put in some good performances this season and his stock is currently high. Arsenal and Fiorentina have been linked with anything between £15 ? 18m. The sales of Piennar, Vaughan, Beckford, Yakubu and Yobo?s perpetual loans should be enough to keep the banks of our backs and so we should have £20 ? 25m to spend on a striker and an attacking midfielder (both need to have pace). Get Barkley on a long term deal and Drenthe signing a pre-contract agreement in March and maybe things won?t be so bad.
Let?s move Neville into the coaching staff (maybe player coach), give Distin a year extension, Baxter an extension and send him back on loan (to the Championship) and say to Cahill, thank you for giving us belief during the early days, thanks for the derby goals and being a proper blue, why not take a free transfer to Bolton, Blackburn or (if you?re lucky) Stoke.
17 Posted 04/11/2011 at 08:07:38
Hibbo Jags Distin Baines
Osman Barkley Rodwell Drenthe
18 Posted 04/11/2011 at 08:38:06
19 Posted 04/11/2011 at 08:39:09
We shall not be moved.
20 Posted 04/11/2011 at 08:57:24
Neville signed a new contract taking him to 2013.
Cahill signed a 4 year contract extension in 2010: www.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/14608901.stm
These 2 are going nowhere in the near future unfortunately.
21 Posted 04/11/2011 at 08:56:55
22 Posted 04/11/2011 at 09:32:13
All the pedigree, history, honours counted for nothing as this club suffered the ignominy of relegation and life in the back waters of Argentinian football.
The article did strike a chord with me...but I did not at that time draw a direct parallell with EFC.
Some time on...well...how things have changed..because, without doubt, we are now "a dead man walking".
The opinions on this site will as ever be polarised. As a fellow blue, I respect all views. However, even the most ardent supporter must get this "trend"...we are going backwards at an alarming rate, with no sign of the slide abating.
The club's stale, lacking imagination on all fronts...carrying on through self-interest and self-interest alone. No surprises with Kenwright, he's that type. Moyes however?
I am surprised as I thought he had more about him. He is propping up this "strategy" and is therefore equally culpable.
23 Posted 04/11/2011 at 10:21:52
I'd be happy for Distin to stay. One of his ex-defensive partners labelled him the best one-on-one defender in the league so that says it all in terms of he should stay... but at his age you are only going to see one-year deals with the option of an extra one if all go's well.
Nothing will be decided on Drenthe untill the end of the season. He may sulk and want to fuck off if he doesn't start regularly.
I think it's time Baxter went and tried to build himself a career in the Championship... he has been around the 1st team squad for 4 years now and doesn't make the bench unless the squad is crippled with injuries.
Saha would have to have an immense run of form and goals and fitness and staying injury free to even warrant a new 1-year deal.
And finally Pip... it's a shame he's so committed to us, he should've gone to Spurs last January when he had the chance. You can't knock his service to the squad in a very frustrating time in the club's history (a period where we needed that elusive billionaire to take us to the next level). He had the knowledge and experience and versatillity, and I can understand why he is a 'pro's pro'. But I beleive Pip should be on his way in May. Hopefully Bury will be managerless next summer... he will have his chance then.
24 Posted 04/11/2011 at 10:41:32
25 Posted 04/11/2011 at 11:23:17
I don't have the time sadly to idly sit researching on the web all day to debunk other peoples posts, you obviously do, so well done.
26 Posted 04/11/2011 at 12:04:39
We got some decent young lads waiting in the wings. If we can stay up this year, we might actually have the makings of a half decent team of young lads, mixed with some decent players already in the fold.
Glass half full n'all
COYB roll on 2012!!!!
27 Posted 04/11/2011 at 12:19:42
I am annoyed really, after reading your post I was actually quite pleased to see that a couple of Moyes' out of form Favourites might not be insulting my eyes in an Everton shirt for too much longer.
28 Posted 04/11/2011 at 13:25:03
As for Baxter, he'll go to a Championship club. With the exception of (and I can't believe I'm saying this) Distin on a one-year contract extension, it would be criminal to give it to any of the others yet we all know what is going to happen. Just another example of piss poor management.
29 Posted 04/11/2011 at 13:50:27
30 Posted 04/11/2011 at 18:05:52
I think Distin has already been offered an extension but was haggling over it's length.
Drenth isn't our player & the only reason he's with us is to put himself in the shop window. If he has a good season there was no way we could keep him, as someone with money will snap him up.
As to Baxter & Saha, I don't know & frankly don't care.
31 Posted 04/11/2011 at 18:16:08
32 Posted 04/11/2011 at 18:44:38
So we reportedly sold Piennar for 2 mil, 2 mil for Vaughan, 4 mil for Beckford, 2 mil for Yakubu and 2 x1 mil loan deals for Yobo over the last 2 seasons. That is 10 mil and some hefty wages saved over the last two seasons, helping to deal with the bank.
We then sold Arteta for 10 mil and if we were to sell Felli for 15 mil (a price reported some papers, admittedly not a consistently reliable source), that would be 25 mil, of which we could possibly spend 20 on two 10 mil players.
We'd have a smaller squad, a much more affordable wage structure and could give youngsters like Barkley, Gueye and Vellios a chance.
Not ideal obviously, but the best I can come up with, without a takeover.
33 Posted 05/11/2011 at 09:23:20
34 Posted 07/11/2011 at 03:20:52
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