Winds of change at Goodison

by   |   19/01/2017  17 Comments  [Jump to last]

Anyone who doubted the impact of the arrival of our new majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, only has to look at the current transfer window to realise that the wind of change is blowing through every aspect of Goodison Park.

Koeman's press conference today, in which he has said our current club captain, Phil Jagielka, along with Gerard Deulofeu, can effectively leave the club, is further confirmation that the manager is looking to clear out the remaining 'old guard', as he intends to bring in players or replacements that he considers will bring about further improvement to the current squad.

By June this year, I expect as many as six or seven will have gone, with an influx of U-23 homegrown lads and incoming transfers totally transforming the playing squad.

After nearly 30 years of under-investment and subsequent under-achievement, I welcome change, but can't help feel a little sorry for the likes of Jagielka who has given incredible service for nearly 10 years, but has now reached the end of the road, as he has simply lost the pace and timing required for a top class central defender in the Premier League. Deulofeu, on the other hand, was not given the same playing opportunities as Mirallas and Lennon, and for some reason, Koeman made his mind up very early about his playing chances at Everton; I for one wish him well. As a player, he always made himself available for every kid who wanted a photo, and was the last of the players to leave the car park at Goodison after a match.

I guess we have all moaned for so long about the lack of drive and ambition at Everton, that when it does happen, it takes a bit of getting used to...

The next 12 months will see further seismic change both on and off the pitch at Everton. Hold on to your hats!

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Liam Reilly
1 Posted 19/01/2017 at 20:41:28
Jags has proven to be a solid pro and great servant for a number of years but time stands still for no man; if this club is serious about reaching the Chamions League then there's no room for sentiment.

The days when Goodison was used as a retirement home finally look to be over and that can only be good news.

Steavey Buckley
2 Posted 19/01/2017 at 20:53:14
Koeman has a game plan of how Everton should play, and who should be a part of it. Although the details were longing in coming, because quite a few Everton players stayed on after pre-season when they should have left, but Koeman kept them on, when most Everton fans were surprised when he did.
Seamus McCrudden
3 Posted 19/01/2017 at 20:59:32
Well said, Liam.
Danny Broderick
4 Posted 20/01/2017 at 04:20:15
Jags has been brilliant for us, especially when you think of how much he cost us (٢.5m?)

He deserves a good send off if he goes. He's always done his best, and I am sure he would still get game time elsewhere.

Chris Corn
5 Posted 20/01/2017 at 18:44:19
Haha. Not saying anyone posting on here up to now is guilty but Koeman was an overpaid, clueless twat three weeks ago.

Now, after a few good results and a couple of signings, he is the man with the plan. Just wonder what a couple of mediocre results and no more signings will do for morale?

Colin Glassar
6 Posted 20/01/2017 at 18:51:23
Chris, I've neither backed him or derided him.

I think some of the football served up so far has been terrible. I've always said though, he's not going to throw away his huge wage packet by being, or accepting, average.

To call for his head after 15 games was, quite frankly, pathetic – and that doesn't make me an apologist.

John G Davies
7 Posted 20/01/2017 at 19:14:47
I have backed him from the word go, Colin. I am 100% confident he will get it right. And you're right by the way. To want Koeman out after 15 games was indeed pathetic.

You are also right that it does not make you an apologist. It does make you a fan with the required basic football knowledge though.

Colin Glassar
8 Posted 20/01/2017 at 19:18:11
On another thread, I was called an apologist by one particularly virulent poster because I said Koeman needs time and new players, John. Amazing really.
Stan Schofield
9 Posted 20/01/2017 at 19:31:06
Chris @5: There is some polarisation, some saying sack him, others saying give him several years. But there are no bipolar tendencies unless it's the same people saying these opposite things. And I don't think it is, in the main.

The reality, of course, is that he is under scrutiny, as evey manager (in any industry) should be, particularly on such a high salary. I've backed him from the start, giving him time. But this is subject to observation of what he says and does, and of the team's performance on the pitch. And my observations have led me to be concerned about a number of factors, expressed on other threads.

The Man City result gives you hope, of course, and prompts you to think that maybe a corner has been turned. Be great if that were the case. However, having supported Everton for 56 years, I'm well used to false corners being turned. So, for me, the jury (my personal jury) is out in this manager. I'll give him time, but subject to my scrutiny.

John G Davies
10 Posted 20/01/2017 at 20:27:13

* One who speaks or writes in defense of someone.

Count me in Colin.

Darren Hind
11 Posted 20/01/2017 at 20:39:56

Didn't you regularly round on people who didn't agree with your unstinting support for Martinez?

Colin Glassar
12 Posted 20/01/2017 at 20:51:56
Yes, I did Darren, but only the ones who went overboard with their personal attacks. Some of the stuff written about him was almost Twitter standard.

Once again, a select few have decided they don't want Koeman and have resorted to vicious attacks which I don't think are justified.

Tony Hill
13 Posted 20/01/2017 at 20:53:42
Yes, there was a time this season when Koeman looked utterly clueless, the players looked lifeless and we were bloody awful to watch. There is nothing obviously irrational in such circumstances in questioning where the team is heading and when decisive action should be taken.

The problem is that in the Premier Leaague you don't get the luxury of time if your side can't win games. Before you know it, it's too late. There is a consistent theme on these pages that, despite evidence, we should generally opt for patience. That is why we took so long to get rid of Martinez, the damage of that still being visible because it was allowed to become so deep-seated by those who thought he was a visionary who only needed time.

We've had one very good win in what has been an uninspiring season. We all hope for the best, but it is patronising to dismiss those who react to a disturbing trend during a season as panic-merchants. They are, by and large, the type of people (the excellent protesters at the Street End sit-in for example) who saved us from one of the worst managers in our history and the paralysis of Kenwright.

Brian Porter
14 Posted 22/01/2017 at 07:12:03
Koeman has been very fair with Phil Jagielka. When he was injured early in the season, Funes Mori played but was dropped as soon as Jags was fit again. Jags' response was to give away penalties with some rash and unnecessary challenges perhaps contributed to by his loss of that extra yard of pace he previously possessed.

He gave away free kicks in dangerous positions and eventually received another needless yellow card resulting in the suspension that saw Funes Mori return to the team. Results since then have shown a vast improvement and it's easy to see that in order to move forward we can't afford to use two ageing centre backs in the starting eleven.

Either Williams or Jags has to make way, and as Koeman signed Williams, it's logical that he's going to say thanks to Jags, but feel free to move on if you're not happy with a place on the bench. A great servant for the last ten years, but regretfully, time has caught up with Jags this season.

Harsh reality, but Koeman doesn't seem like the sentimental type, so can't see Jags being part of his long-term ideas for the future.

Colin Glassar
15 Posted 22/01/2017 at 07:42:01
It's all gone quiet on the transfer front, hasn't it? Either we are done or they are keeping things close to their chests.
Peter McHugh
16 Posted 22/01/2017 at 08:32:48
It is Colin and I hope we're not done, Lookman already looks great.
Clive Rogers
17 Posted 24/01/2017 at 12:17:00
My personal judgement on Koeman so far is that he is spot on with his identification of the players that he deems not good enough and he is also now getting the best out of the rest. Several players, such as Funds Mori are performing much better than earlier in the season. The players he has brought in are in general a big improvement on what we had.

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