Frustrated Everton fans are misunderstanding the process of building a successful recruitment strategy

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Toffees supporters were deflated by a disappointing deadline day amid new riches, but Seb Stafford-Bloor has preached patience for what is a long-term process...

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Paul Tran
1 Posted 05/09/2016 at 18:57:47
Interesting and required reading, especially for the cliff-jumpers.
Chris Corn
2 Posted 05/09/2016 at 19:13:15
Good read.
Steve Guy
3 Posted 05/09/2016 at 19:16:08
Very sensible analysis. Qualify for European football ideally by winning a cup and the players will come.
Steve Powell
4 Posted 05/09/2016 at 21:40:27
This is a very astute analysis of where we are. Clearly, it is not just about money. In these times, almost all Premier League clubs are rich. It then becomes about what else they can offer. In Everton's cases, it is jam tomorrow.

The "targets" we lost out on could all get the same money, but with the added benefit of European football. Our priority must be to strengthen what we have and get onto that stage, then we will have the cream to offer with the jam.

John Raftery
5 Posted 05/09/2016 at 22:47:00
Yes, a very sound article. It summarises exactly where the club is right now and how we are perceived by players and their agents.
Paul Birmingham
6 Posted 05/09/2016 at 23:45:53
A very fair summary of the reality of where we are in the mass millions and media hype age we live and work in. A reality check and for certain confirms the generation and age we live in. Sign him up as a support to Our Recruitment Team?
Francis Gibson
7 Posted 05/09/2016 at 23:57:58
Big thank-you for posting this link; I reckon a number of us need to read it. Easily the most balanced and reasonable assessment of our current position that I've run across. Upon noticing it was Four Four Two, I'll admit I was wary at first as I've always found their coverage of us wanting, but this was refreshingly respectful, in that it delivered the reality check without the condescension and/or dismissiveness I've associated with their typical EFC coverage.

Two passages that stood out for me:

"Supporters may have seen the chance to sign Axel Witsel come and go, and may also have been jilted by Moussa Sissoko on deadline day, but those were circumstantial failures rather than technical misfires. Until some tangible signs of success are evident, Everton's market ambitions will be restricted by their reality; there's no way around that, that's just how football works."


"Perhaps the greatest folly is the assumption that this is easy and that, from the moment they arrived, Koeman, Walsh and Moshiri should have inspired immediate revolution. That underestimates how pronounced a disadvantage Everton have suffered through during the Premier League era and how much ground they must now recover. Similarly, it portrays advancement as a simple process which doesn't rely on a precarious balance between today and tomorrow, and which isn't built on an infrastructural harmony which can take months and years to perfect. Everton have a long way to go, but there's nothing yet to suggest that they aren't at least pointing in the right direction."

Thomas Lennon
8 Posted 06/09/2016 at 17:06:17
Qualify for Europe once and we may attract one or two higher quality players but not top drawer until

1. We qualify year on year
2. We make the money to make 1. possible

There are few short cuts. Did Leicester sign anyone who preferred them to Man Utd this summer?

Brian Harrison
9 Posted 06/09/2016 at 17:31:55
The big challenge for a lot of clubs is to attract top players and to do that you have to be able to show that you are capable of getting Champions league football on a consistent basis. Then the step down group of players will come if you are regularly in the Europa league, then the rest of the clubs are fighting for whats left.

So we have to be realistic we are having to compete with teams who are not at this moment regular Champions League teams. This includes Liverpool and there record in Europe will have a much bigger pull on foreign players than ourselves. Then there is Spurs and the lure of London for many players wives is a bigger draw than we can offer. Also West Ham again a London club with a new ground and increased attendances may also figure in the pecking order ahead of ourselves. So that in my reckoning leaves us about 8th in the pecking order.

But the plus side is we have appointed a top class manager and also a DoF who can spot a player and that in terms of money saved on players could give us a massive edge in years to come. You only have to see what a gem Gana is to see the advantage of having Walsh on board. Finally we have a new wealthy owner, something we haven't had since John Moores.

Jim Burns
10 Posted 07/09/2016 at 08:51:35
As mentioned - required reading for the doom merchants and purveyors of instant fixes.

The only slight irritation is the intimation that the sense of frustration is a collective thing - implying Blues as a whole are feeling it. In fact, many of us are well aware of the medium to long term nature of this recovery and we're not ready to throw a wobbler when the window (the new regime's first) closed.

I would hate Evertonians in general to be portrayed as typical of the modern media driven rabble – I believe we are not of that ilk, and in the main have a very real grasp on our place in the world.

Our burning passion for our club, borne with a real sense of injustice from the shit hand that post-Heysel history has dealt us, has never died. Any sense of frustration and desire to put us back where we belong is far deeper than a temporary, though understandable, sense of impatience by some who love this club.

For most of us, I believe, we are ready to stay in the middle lane and reach our destination just as quickly, and safely, as those advocating the outside lane .

Overall though, a very well reasoned article and should be posted front and centre.

Martin Mason
11 Posted 07/09/2016 at 09:28:48
Good reading for the screamers.

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