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Peter Principle Proven

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If anyone wanted to prove that the Peter Principle was more than just a satirical theory then they could well point to Everton as evidence of its validity. The Peter Principle states that "in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence", meaning these individuals are promoted to positions in which they are doomed to fail. This would seem to be the case at every level of Everton FC. Working from the top down, as chair, BK is without doubt a successful entrepreneur and impresario and in the past helped to steer Everton through some financial stormy waters into calmer times but it is clear that he doesn?t possess the business acumen or competence needed to bring in the investment needed to take Everton to the next level and ensure regular European football and therefore more income to buy and attract proven talent.

Equally, Moyes is without doubt an excellent manager but he reached his ceiling of competency in the Premier League in the 2004?05 Season. You have to ask the question, if he was really that good a manager, Why has no other club made him an offer he couldn?t refuse? Perhaps they know that even if he had a pot of money to buy players or managed a City, Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal or for that matter Barcelona his managerial culture and approach would be fundamentally the same as at Everton, defensive and void of any creative philosophy.

As for the squad it?s all been said on TW before; Howard, Hibbert, Coleman, Osman, Anichebe, Jagielka, Saha and Neville are all good journeymen and have done well in the Premier League, but this season, they are quite literally out of their league.

So there you have it: Everton ? proof that the Peter Principle is more than a theory.

Sam Fitzsimmons, Belfast     Posted 06/11/2011 at 20:17:03

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Nick Entwistle
1   Posted 07/11/2011 at 15:13:00

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Your theory, a good one, falls down with Moyes because his position and purpose has not changed since day one.

And how do you know he hasn't been approached? And if its not into the Sky 4, why would he leave/ have left?

I all for a critical analysis of Moyes, but anything, even the ridiculous, seems fair game at the moment.
Sam Fitzsimmons
2   Posted 07/11/2011 at 17:04:13

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Nick you're absolutely right, I don't know if he's been approached and if he has, perhaps the offer was one he could refuse. Whilst my post was very much with tongue firmly in cheek. I hope it did make a serious point that Everton along with many other clubs can no longer rely on on a fantastic manager to succeed.
Dennis Stevens
3   Posted 07/11/2011 at 18:50:27

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"BK ... in the past helped to steer Everton through some financial stormy waters into calmer times " ?? The clear impression I have is that the waters were only a tad choppy compared to the financial maelstrom he's guiding us through now.

As for "Moyes is without doubt an excellent manager" - well I have to confess to being more than a little doubtful about that assertion.
Tom Bowers
4   Posted 07/11/2011 at 21:53:44

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Moyes is only human. In the beginning we all hoped he would turn things around and with one or two clever aquisitions it looked like we were becoming a team to be reckined with. Sadly that has not now happened and we keep hearing a variety of excuses from the powers that be some of which have some credibility.

However, it's been ten years and we are just as bad as we were. Conclusion? ? Moyes is not good enough to get the job done. Solution ? replace him. There are other well experienced ''humans'' out there so let's get the wheels in motion Kenwright! How many more seasons must we long-suffering fans endure his abyssmal tactics and team selections?
Robert Johnson
5   Posted 07/11/2011 at 22:06:28

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How the fuck is that man still in charge of Everton Football Club. This is getting fucking ridiculous now. This is no longer about money, its about tactics and the mans refusal to change. Did anyone pick up on Moyes's comments after the game at Newcastle, when he said and i quote " Its not all doom and gloom as we have big Vic to come back yet " What a fucking joke..
Robbie Muldoon
6   Posted 07/11/2011 at 22:20:16

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" Its not all doom and gloom as we have big Vic to come back yet " What a fucking joke..

Is this a wind up Robert?
Alex Kociuba
7   Posted 07/11/2011 at 22:28:04

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Not so much of a wind up than black humour I think. It made me laugh and feel sick at the same time!
James Flynn
8   Posted 07/11/2011 at 23:09:15

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Interesting about Moyes getting the business in here. Can anyone please tell me what successful manager hasn't started from the back forward? Who? None, that's who.

The point where Moyes and money meet is also the point where we have money problems. True predators (not fragile Saha or "Once I sign the contract for guaranteed money" I'm done Yak) will never be available under our fiscal restraint. That's the difference. I say this as someone who hasn't spent a lifetime (or even since Kenright bought the team) as an EFC fan.

I came in with Landon. From his first appearance, the Arsenal snow game, until the end of the season I saw a team that defended, moved well through the mid-field, and attacked.

I've kept an eye on the team through the years since Joe Max Moore. But to discover the team I was watching was in 10th place?? I was shocked. We could defend, move forward, and attack. Apparently our apex in these last 3 seasons.

Moyes is like every other manager (pick the team, pick the sport). He's as good as his talent.

It's early November. If Moyes was shit, we'd have been blown out a time or two. Hasn't happened, has it? We need scorers, which means we need new ownership, not Moyes out.
Jon Cox
9   Posted 07/11/2011 at 23:50:48

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It's well known that 'Arry has had a bit of a problem with his ticker. Since he was in hospital and under doctors' orders, it transpires that the ex-Leeds and Man Utd striker Joe Jordan took the mantel of managing the team at the weekend.

Does the "Panel" think that Steve Round would do just as good a job as Joe did if David Moyes was for any reason incapacitated? Would the football change, would Round squares be put into oblong triangles?

Ste Blundell
10   Posted 08/11/2011 at 00:19:34

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Ste Blundell
11   Posted 08/11/2011 at 00:19:34

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John Ford
12   Posted 08/11/2011 at 00:22:19

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Looks like a quiet news week.
Mick Davies
13   Posted 08/11/2011 at 12:40:06

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Hibbert a journeyman?

Who else would have him?

Which clarifies the point, that Moyes hasn't got a clue.
Tony J Williams
14   Posted 08/11/2011 at 12:53:28

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Is that Hibbert, the player with the most European appearances in an Royal Blue shirt?
Ste Blundell
15   Posted 08/11/2011 at 13:50:41

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Keep it down boys, I'm trying to get some sleep here.
Anthony Lewis
16   Posted 09/11/2011 at 12:40:03

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What a complete pile of pap.

Bored of these musings about Moyes and how sh*t we are.

It's painfully obvious the only reason we're sh*t is because we have no money. Nothing to do with Moyes's crap tactics. those same crap tactics have had flirt with European football more times than we ever have in our history (ok that might not be true, but can't be arsed looking it up).

We just need a new owner, someone or something that can spend a fair few zillionquid on 4 world class strikers.

It will happen one day.

In the meantime!!

Get behind the team and start supporting them instead of trying to find fault in every player, every one of the coaching staff and all the boardroom.

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