Everton find out hard way what they were lacking on transfer deadline day

8 September  19 Comments  [Jump to last]
Sam Wallace, Chief Football Writer for the Telegraph, draws a distinction between the roles of Director of Football an Chief Scout, suggesting that this may explain Everton's difficulties as the transfer window drew to a close on Deadline Day last week.

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David Chait
1 Posted 08/09/2016 at 06:43:06
The Telegraph review our window issues... Anyone still trying to believe we met expectations??
Chris Gould
2 Posted 08/09/2016 at 10:33:17
Of course we didn't meet expectations. Hopefully the window will prove to be a harsh lesson learned by Moshiri. I expect him to have a new man in for negotiations come the next window.

When Kenwright said he was concerned about the possible cross pollination of his role and Walsh's. I assume he meant negotiating transfers. Kenwright needs to be removed from this responsibility forthwith.

Steavey Buckley
3 Posted 08/09/2016 at 10:56:58
Everton are left weak in 2 positions after the end of the transfer window was closed if Everton want to push on in the Premier League and in cup competitions. It was exactly the same position when Moyes was in charge, so failed.

Everton are weak up front, where there is only Lukaku to score goals and in midfield, where there are doubts over the fitness and quality of McCarthy and Besic. I would forget about Gibson, he is usually injured, and why he was given a 2-year contract was a mistake.

Derek Thomas
4 Posted 08/09/2016 at 11:00:19
Moshiri finds out the hard way about Boys Pen Bill and the Suntan Kid... They need to be moved out or sideways. Life President (none exec.) for Bill, P45 for Bob.

What's Tesco Tel doing nowadays?

Tony Hill
5 Posted 08/09/2016 at 11:19:36
Sam Wallace was the one who thought we were overreaching in trying to get Koeman, so I'm not inclined to take sermons from him. Many of us have reservations but we must stop navel-gazing now and concentrate on maintaining our fine start.
Steve Hogan
6 Posted 08/09/2016 at 11:30:49
Can't see the point of this article, it could be related to ALL clubs in the Premier League, Everton had a 'difficult' transfer window, so what, I'm pretty sure all of the rest of the clubs failed to sign ALL of their transfer targets.

Next article please...

Brent Stephens
7 Posted 08/09/2016 at 11:40:44
Interesting article – Wallace seems to be well up on the role of DoF and its demands in terms of skills, including negotiating (I say that not from any position of knowledge of the role but the detail that goes into Wallace's article).

I wonder who was lead negotiator in the latest transfer window, Walsh or Bill. If it was Walsh, then that lack of experience as DoF and in negotiation might have held us back. A learning curve for him, if so.

If Bill led negotiations, then Walsh will be learning from that – oh dear, you might say!

Brent Stephens
8 Posted 08/09/2016 at 11:50:26
Steve #6, I think the point about the article is whether our new DoF yet has the experience and skills for the role. I found it interesting.
Eric Myles
9 Posted 08/09/2016 at 12:18:30
Steavey #3 "there is only Lukaku to score goals"

We've scored 8 in 4 games and are unbeaten.

Lukaku never scored any of them, nor any in the previous 11 games at the end of last season in which we scored 9 goals in total.

Mike Dolan
10 Posted 08/09/2016 at 12:51:35
If not signing certain players at approximately twice their value represents failure then how should we classify success?

We probably do need our transfer table technique sorting but let's not forget that we are greatly improved after this window and, if we continue to sign the right players at the right price, then we have the right formula for long term success.

Steavey Buckley
11 Posted 08/09/2016 at 12:52:21
Against WBA when Lukaku came on as first half substitute while Everton were going nowhere, Everton scored immediately. Against Spurs and Stoke, Everton did not score from open play. So scoring from open play, with or without Lukaku is a problem at the moment. That's why Everton needed another striker during the transfer season.
Drew O'Neall
12 Posted 08/09/2016 at 13:01:19
I don't think you can necessarily write off Kenwright as being bad at negotiating transfers.

Those he's 'fucked up' in previous years weren't necessarily ever on in the first place and we were probably just having smoke blown up our collective arses because we were potless and never had a cat in hells of landing our targets anyway.

He has been at the negotiating table at least and I don't know if either Moshiri or Walsh can say the same. Difference is now he's got some financial clout behind him.

I may be wrong but I'd certainly have him as a sounding board and for his contacts with a new CEO (don't have anything against Bobby particularly but we need a "war time consigliere" now) making the final calls.

As an aside, it could have been very shrewd of us not to bring in our major targets (Gabbiadinni, Kone, Witsel etc) during the summer window because we will be competing in a much thinner field with agents coming to us now most of the other EPL clubs have done their money.

Eric Myles
13 Posted 08/09/2016 at 13:32:58
Steavey #11, I didn't see the Yeovil game – were Kone's 2 goals scored in open play?
Shane Corcoran
14 Posted 08/09/2016 at 13:47:48
Not sure about the article. He may have a point but he seems to be trying to define what a Director of Football is.

Maybe Everton have Walsh, Koeman and others who, between them, have clearly defined roles that cover whatever it is that's required.

Then again, maybe they haven't a clue and we're doomed.

Pointless sort of article in some ways.

Raymond Fox
15 Posted 08/09/2016 at 14:01:45
Whoever has done the negotiating we don't really know, which is normal for the inside workings of Everton. What's the saying 'you can take a horse to water but you cant make them drink'.

In the end, it's the player who decides where he wants to go, and the truth is we are not first choice for many players. We could offer them silly money over and above what their worth, but would that be sensible?

David Barks
16 Posted 08/09/2016 at 14:14:52
In other words, we hired a guy to fill a role at Everton, that did not do that role at his prior club. We didn't steal Leicester's DOF. We took one of their scouts and made him our DOF, which he has never been.
Peter Laing
17 Posted 08/09/2016 at 15:31:37
Derek @ 4,

Tesco Tel is now the chairman of the budget homewares operator B&M which if we had taken his advice is exactly what we would have got at Kirkby – a low cost stadium.

We need a clean sweep of the old regime. Bill has risen like Lazarus and got his old mojo back since he sold half his shares and trousered a nice tidy profit whilst it would appear keeping his ham fists still firmly on the train set.

Frank Crewe
18 Posted 08/09/2016 at 16:12:48
Koeman and Walsh were brought in against Kenwright's wishes. If it was up to him Martinez would still be manager and Walsh would be still at Leicester.

Moshiri, Kenwright, Koeman, Walsh. There are too many fingers in our transfer pie. The odd man out here is Kenwright. He's done a lot for Everton but he needs to be out of the picture as far as transfers are concerned.

Now maybe Moshiri has indulged him because Kenwright brought him into the club. But there is no room for sentimentality in football. If he's getting in the way of successful transfer outcomes then he shouldn't have a say in them any longer.

Alan J Thompson
19 Posted 19/09/2016 at 07:22:45
Bloody hell, Frank (#18), if Bill leaves, where would we get another fax machine?!?

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