I'm as pleased as most Evertonians that Fellaini has recently signed a new five-year contract... until I heard we were paying him £70k p/w.
Now I know that:
a) Fellaini probably wouldn't have signed if the Club offered him a 'mere' £50k p/w.
b) Everton would have lost him for free or next to nothing if his contract had run down.
However, does this club's management not learn from their mistakes? The club admitted after selling Arteta that they took a gamble to increase Mikel's wages to £75k p/w. The Board gambled on getting into the Champions League at the time and told Arteta they could afford his wages once in the Champions League, which ultimately backfired. I wouldn't be surprised if they had a gentleman's agreement with Arteta that they would sell him if they didn't get into the Champions League.
Now, it looks like they have taken the exact same gamble with Fellaini, except there is even less chance now of qualifying for the Champions League.
Either our Board are completely incompetent by paying wages we simply can't afford, or Fellaini's new contract is just a reason to get his full transfer value when we sell him within the next 18 months.
Matthew Lovekin, Posted 19/11/2011 at 07:31:05
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1 Posted 19/11/2011 at 14:14:44
That makes no sense. If we're paying him 70K a week then we can afford it. Maybe for once people could look on the bright side and commend the club managment for signing one of our best players on a long term deal.
God knows they do enough wrong, critisise them for that and not for the first bit of decent news this season.
2 Posted 19/11/2011 at 14:21:22
3 Posted 19/11/2011 at 14:24:05
4 Posted 19/11/2011 at 14:37:55
He is good enough to play at any of the Sky 6 and a host of rich clubs abroad so, if he continues to play well and get better, I doubt he will be kept much longer given that the club are in no position to replace our other ageing players or add the pace, width and creativity we desperately need.
I suspect for Moyes or whoever to rebuild our squad and to keep the bank from the door, we'll be selling our major/expensive assets over the next few years... and Fellaini is now our most expensive asset.
5 Posted 19/11/2011 at 14:40:58
BTW I'm not happy about it and there is an argument that SS EPL is heading for the (Northern) rocks, but until some sanity is introduced, Everton and every other team will have to pony up or lose players.
6 Posted 19/11/2011 at 14:45:32
Pienaar left for free. Fellaini will not. Lesson surely learnt?
7 Posted 19/11/2011 at 16:58:35
Also, with Arteta gone, and no long-term replacement signed, the club should have 75 grand less a week going out.
8 Posted 19/11/2011 at 17:01:30
Unfortunately, circumstances dictate we should be selling wherever we can receive top dollar & we definitely can't afford to be losing players for little or nothing, as we have in a few instances of late.
9 Posted 19/11/2011 at 17:30:28
I am totally frustrated, angered and rapidly losing any semblance of interest in the shennanigans of this BOARD....
10 Posted 19/11/2011 at 17:37:44
11 Posted 19/11/2011 at 19:07:49
12 Posted 19/11/2011 at 19:34:51
Watch the Fulham game and watch his "effort" at tracking back for the Zamora sitter. A lazy player who never breaks sweat and will always pick up stupid yellow cards and maybe get 4/5 goals a season and about the same in assists.
13 Posted 19/11/2011 at 19:39:36
I reckon the club did what they had to do.
14 Posted 19/11/2011 at 21:43:51
15 Posted 19/11/2011 at 22:22:45
Agree on 1st point.
On the second, Ferguson has not got a job at Everton. He is doing his coaching badges. He is not getting paid by the club.
Pienaar didn't want to stay at Everton. Read his interview.
God, does everyone have to winge and moan at every single fucking thing?
16 Posted 19/11/2011 at 22:48:20
Does this statament fit Fellani ?
Does Fellani look average because he is around average players?
Some fans on this web site think Fellani is the real deal and would slip right into a top side.
Others think he is over rated and over paid, espically at £70k a week.
17 Posted 20/11/2011 at 09:54:43
As a little bit of a history lesson, players (via their agents) started getting in on image rights as a way of bumping up their earnings. I believe a lot of agents work on a basis of 10% of fees (from clubs) for transfers, and 15% of commercial income (from player). I don't know if that is true of the top players and their agents, but it is true of a number of agents I know who operate with "lower level" international players, mainly outside of the EPL.
It's no secret that wages have gotten out of control. For Everton it's particularly dire as their income stream is skewed too much towards TV broadcasting, meaning that matchday and commercial revenue is under-performing.
A wage structure does not really work in these days of Agent Power, sorry, Player Power. If we had a ceiling of £40k, we'd lose the majority of our better players immediately. The likes of Heitinga would never have signed!
Unilateralism doesn't work in football, but if Santa is reading this, I'd hope for two things:
- We get new owners
- The new owners change the reward structure for players. If we are to pay £70k a week, remove all image rights etc and ensure that goes to the club. The current structure is out-dated, from a time when ludicrously over-paid players were merely massively over-paid.
18 Posted 20/11/2011 at 11:12:17
No he didn't, he had an absolutely normal game for him, he's rarely any better.
19 Posted 20/11/2011 at 22:36:45
No, actually he is a fucking donkey.
He puts in a few recovery tackles and barges a few players off the ball and fans are clapping like deranged seals.
His first touch and passing are "sub-top", to use his own expression.
That he is quite possibly now our highest earner simply sums Moyes up for me.
This is only positive news if we make a profit when he is sold.
20 Posted 21/11/2011 at 10:43:08
21 Posted 22/11/2011 at 17:18:30
22 Posted 23/11/2011 at 11:32:59
So they sign him up to a long term deal which gives a degree of transfer value protection and..... et slaughtered. To achieve the latter cost £70k per week. If that's what it takes at present to ensure we get at least £10 million for the guy then what is the error?
Personally, I think that playing at his very best or close to it he's worth the money. But he has to be more consistent, stop giving the ball away, and continue to improve his disciplinary record.
He's not the first player to give away a soft penalty so holding that against him is harsh. But I do think he has to be more influential in games and clearly stand out to warrant that salary at our club.
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