Farhad Moshiri appears to have again used Jim White as the conduit for a message to supporters where he gave his backing for Ronald Koeman
The Blues were beaten 1-0 by Burnley at Goodison Park yesterday and were booed from the field by some of the home fans for the second time in three days following the 2-2 draw with Apollon Limassol in the Europa League.
Just two Premier League wins have left Everton in 16th place in the Premier League and increased the pressure on the manager following a significant outlay on players over the summer.
Sky Sports and talkSPORT presenter Jim White, who claims to have a close relationship with Moshiri and regularly passes on updates from the billionaire investor, has tweeted a quote purported to be from Moshiri.
In the message, Moshiri says that the Burnley match was the only match so far where a defeat was unexpected, arguing that Everton have faced four of the title contenders and are tired from having to play Europa League qualifying games.
Moshiri's statement, shared via the iOS notes app, said:
"We're in a bad moment. But we have played the 4 title contenders 3 away.
Today was the only unexpected loss. The 4 Pre qualifying UEFA games and 2 group games on Thursdays haven't helped. There is mental and physical fatigue and 7 injuries.
These are early days and Koeman has my total support. We have great fans and they deserve better. We know the honest and objective expectations of our supporters and will not let them down.
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1 Posted 02/10/2017 at 00:21:19
2 Posted 02/10/2017 at 06:34:11
3 Posted 02/10/2017 at 06:48:44
4 Posted 02/10/2017 at 06:55:33
The defense is shocking, basic errors repeated game after game and Williams must be removed for his own good.
The midfielders are afraid of the ball and barring Niasse and Calvert-Lewin, no forward player wants he ball.
Hard to see how Koeman can fix that.
5 Posted 02/10/2017 at 07:14:08
Maybe try the exact opposite of whatever he's done so far?
6 Posted 02/10/2017 at 07:28:23
Maybe we can hold a little confidence party and celebrate.
7 Posted 02/10/2017 at 07:30:25
Jay is also spot on - I'll be at work today (knackered from the long drive home) cringing at what Talkshite has to say about Moshiri. We seem to have lost a lot of spirit in the team and in the stands since he turned up.
8 Posted 02/10/2017 at 07:45:10
New stadium? My backside... The whole Everton FC is a laughing stock from top to the bottom.
9 Posted 02/10/2017 at 07:46:33
The 3-year contract tells a tale also. I think he should be told now to move on.
10 Posted 02/10/2017 at 07:54:03
People who have no ambition or vision of this club and are happy so long as we maintain Premier League status.
11 Posted 02/10/2017 at 07:56:36
12 Posted 02/10/2017 at 08:01:07
13 Posted 02/10/2017 at 08:02:15
14 Posted 02/10/2017 at 08:05:33
I was delighted when we signed Morgan but it now looks like an expensive mistake. He certainly can't defend (sold himself horribly yesterday) and he doesn't appear to have a creative bone in his body going forwards.
Maybe not the solution to everything but I'm sure it would help.
15 Posted 02/10/2017 at 08:05:59
16 Posted 02/10/2017 at 08:06:45
17 Posted 02/10/2017 at 08:06:49
I was delighted when we signed Morgan but it now looks like an expensive mistake. He certainly can't defend (sold himself horribly yesterday) and he doesn't appear to have a creative bone in his body going forwards.
Maybe not the solution to everything but I'm sure it would help.
18 Posted 02/10/2017 at 08:09:32
We have been served rubbish and it's time to hide with our feet.
19 Posted 02/10/2017 at 08:28:35
Harry Redknapp was keeping Spurs above the relegation zone. Since the Kenwright campaign started, Spurs have left us for dead while the richer version of Kenwright came into the club to the tune of some gut-wrenching cringey comments from new believers.
The team and the atmosphere keep falling below standard and the new man thinks a Jim White chat will lift spirits. Hype and rumour has divided the fanbase for a while now and it'whole, reading from the same page.
Ambition from fans is important and while getting caught up in rumours and trendy statements the club has fooled you into thinking Man Utd sell us class players and take lazy players from us.
We deserve a big slap.
20 Posted 02/10/2017 at 08:31:13
21 Posted 02/10/2017 at 08:39:29
I won't be satisfied with anything else.
Leadership, Farhad. Now.
22 Posted 02/10/2017 at 08:41:23
As for Ronald Haven't-got-a-clue-man (yes, I stole that one), he is the bookies favourite to go now. Fingers crossed
23 Posted 02/10/2017 at 08:43:00
Moshiri is a worse buffoon than Silly Billy. Those of you out there who still trust these Muppets to deliver on Bramley-Moore will be in for more heartaches.
I don't listen to anyone connected to the club any more. They are all full of shit. How any so-called business man could suffer Koeman any longer than this is proof on negligence.
I hate to say or think this but it is time for Big Sam. That's how bad this situation is.
24 Posted 02/10/2017 at 08:44:03
It's not going to happen.
25 Posted 02/10/2017 at 09:01:02
26 Posted 02/10/2017 at 09:06:32
27 Posted 02/10/2017 at 09:07:15
28 Posted 02/10/2017 at 09:10:05
Players who have been slated on TW over the past 2 years Stones, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley and Lukaku are head and shoulders better than anything Everton have at the moment.
29 Posted 02/10/2017 at 09:19:13
30 Posted 02/10/2017 at 09:21:59
That's true. btw.
31 Posted 02/10/2017 at 09:24:51
32 Posted 02/10/2017 at 09:27:25
Despite his inexperience at Premier League level Unsworth would be a good shout. He gets his young lads playing aggressive football with pace but also has that winning mentality. Yes, it would be a gamble but he has the club at heart unlike Ronald.
33 Posted 02/10/2017 at 09:32:15
34 Posted 02/10/2017 at 09:34:38
I thought that great leadership/ownership of a business/football club was about foresight and making accurate predictions with regards to short, medium and long term plans?
If Moshiri or Kenwright have an ounce of sense they will cut their losses and dump the Dutch fraud straight away. If either of them understand football and have watched the last 6 months of football (including the tail end of last season), they will see they've invested in a complete dud.
It is all just so incredibly frustrating and also a complete waste of time to wait for the miracle turnaround in fortunes we desperately want... it's just never going to happen. Please, please, please just sack him now.
35 Posted 02/10/2017 at 09:36:28
. . . his funfair is next monkey.
36 Posted 02/10/2017 at 09:46:36
What I really don't understand is why when he knew he was signing Rooney, sign both Siggy & Klaassen? Both way overpriced again & both play in the same position. Sandro is a squad player & at £5 mil, a gamble worth taking. I don't understand why Lukaku wasn't replaced & there is no competition for Bainsey. I also don't understand RK's alienation of players, which seems a common theme throughout his managerial career.
Yesterday was the last straw for me. With the international break now here, it seems an ideal time to replace him. We are never gonna beat Lyon anyway & I have my doubts about a result against Brighton. I'd love to see Ancelotti in, but I have more chance of a threesome with Cameron Diaz & Charlize Theron than that ever happening. Sam Allardyce or the return of OFM is far more likely.
37 Posted 02/10/2017 at 10:02:23
We need to get this small club mentality out of our heads or we might aswell give up.
Newcastle got Benitez, a guy who won the Champions League and FA Cup with the SHITE, he won the UEFA Cup with both Valencia and Chelsea, won La Liga with Valencia and managed Real Madrid and Inter. The SHITE got Klopp, City got Mancini when they only started to qualify for Europe.
If Koeman goes, we should give the job to Unsworth and see how he gets on, he'll play the young players and bleeds blue. If not him we should go all out for Ancelotti or someone of that quality, Enrique, Tuchel, Bielsa etc.
Even Allardyce or Dyche would be good.
38 Posted 02/10/2017 at 10:02:24
Over to Jim White er, sorry, our major shareholder to make his choice FFS, no more time with something clearly failing!!
39 Posted 02/10/2017 at 10:04:55
Sack him now and lets regroup for our winter offensive.
40 Posted 02/10/2017 at 10:10:27
41 Posted 02/10/2017 at 10:20:27
1st Coach to be sent off.
Time of 1st rebuke of the coaching staff by the referee.
Time of 1st punch thrown by EFC coaching staff towards opposition coaching staff.
Length of 1st touchline ban for Joey Barton.
The sponsor would love it! (As long as Joey opens his account under a better pseudonym this time!)
42 Posted 02/10/2017 at 10:23:32
Martina – who he? Hurry up Seamus.
Baines – sorry Leighton, game over.
Williams – Swansea legend, says it all.
Keane – see Pickford.
Schneiderlin – dross.
Sigurdsson – see Keane.
Gueye – wasn't he good last year? What happened?
Vlasic – good effort, keep it up.
Calvert-Lewin – Energy but still not the finished article.
Niasse – lots of energy, not the player Koeman told us about.
43 Posted 02/10/2017 at 10:25:07
44 Posted 02/10/2017 at 10:30:05
Well only Everton football club could get a new owner who happens to be a billionaire but be as inept as billy bullshitter.
I have only ever posted on this site twice but have always read other posts for a number of years. Some I have had laughed out loud at some make me cringe but everyone is entitled to there say.
I have to say I am genuinely worried that are great club is going to new lows that we may never recover from. We are a team in a relegation dog fight this early in the season with no quality striker an ageing terrible defence. A midfield with no idea what there meant to be doing. Also IMO the worse manager in are history an I am 45 years young so have seen my share of shit managers.
Now just to top all of that a billionaire owner who gives this fraudster and blag artist his total support an probably more dollars to waste on shit past-it slow footballers in January. Only at Everton Football Club.
45 Posted 02/10/2017 at 10:37:53
Oh, and make Rooney captain. Bainsey and Jags are nice lads and therein lies the problem.
46 Posted 02/10/2017 at 10:41:02
47 Posted 02/10/2017 at 10:44:31
48 Posted 02/10/2017 at 10:54:21
49 Posted 02/10/2017 at 10:55:33
50 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:13:59
He's worked hard to turn his life around.
He fully accepts the mistakes he made at the same time.
Most importantly he's an out and out winner . hates defeat.
Something we haven't got.
51 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:19:03
A pregnant silence would have been more appropriate.
Ancellotti is the man we need. He knows the Premier League, and would get these players playing to a system that suited them.
52 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:23:15
"DCL needs to play up front in his proper position" - done.
"Klaassen and Sandro should be dropped" done.
"We should give Niasse a chance" - he did.
"Stop playing with three no.10s" - against Burnley he changed the formation and dropped Rooney and Klaassen.
"We need width" - he brought Vlasic into the side.
"Holgate should be given a chance in his natural position" - he played centre-back for two games.
"Kenny needs to be given a try" - done.
"Gueye and Schneiderlin can't play together" - against Burnley he took Schneiderlin off and put Rooney on in his place to mix it up.
So I have some sympathy for Koeman. He's tried everything but nothing seems to work. He's clearly lost the players, and can't find a system that works. Our most coherent performance in ages was against an admittedly very weak Sunderland side. Perhaps that's the one he should have stuck with.
53 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:23:19
This is another example of where we are in football.
Liverpool are not losing, not failing to score but the concern for Liverpools lack of Striker is way beyond the lack of concern for Evertons lack of forwards, goals and points.
Do other people see this?
How can he get away with that with professional people sat next to him?
I feel its because them lot are far more important to the general public and little plucky Everton should keep practising.
This is our place in football.
Even worse than Jim White patronising us with this selective mindset is Evertonians agreeing with him when he couldn't give a monkeys about you or the club.
54 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:27:59
55 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:31:53
How is Barton a 'winner'? He got a few promotions to his name and that's about it.
Koeman is a winner, a genuine winner and look what he's doing.
Give me Unsworth til the end of the season. No pressure on him, just get the lads playing for the shirt. Maybe he can motivate them without battering them or stubbing cigars out in their faces.
56 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:33:28
All of the pundits are like Jim White. Any club that hasn't got a cat in hell's chance of winning the league just don't count and we have been one of them for nigh on thirty years.
We are a very badly run mediocre club with zero ambition in the eyes of everyone apart from ourselves.
57 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:35:10
58 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:38:58
59 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:41:17
Teams down the bottom with us (apart from Palace) look way better than us in every respect and with no prospect of an improvement that I can see in my wildest dreams. Another month of bad results and we will be in very serious trouble and will be needing a miracle.
One thing that always puzzles me is that the fans see things so much clearer and much earlier and whilst loyalty is to be genuinely admired surely the Club and Koeman and his team must be asking themselves questions about whether it would be in the best interests of the club for various parties to stand down with honour. This is a train wreck the like of which I have rarely seen and surely they must know that.
The players are not blameless in this mess either but sadly in football players don't have to justify performances good or bad. There has to be some major change (a real shake down) and very soon or we will be deserved relegation candidates (Burnley and Bournemouth looked better teams than us so who else are we better than at the moment?)
If the Club and management don't start waking up to that reality it could be the worst season ever. We all know what it is like to be on the threshold of oblivion [remember the Wimbledon match at two nil down!] and I would never want to compare the current club management to King Canute but how close to drowning do we have to get before someone does something about it?
The Moyes era had one particularly bad start but we only dragged ourselves out of that slump with a lot of huffing and puffing and even in that slump you have to say there was more of a team ethic and method than what is before us now.
I don't know what the exact solution should be but it sure as heck is not to do what King Canute did and let the tide come in!
60 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:44:34
Moshiri is BKs ventriloquist dummy. I think weve been had folks.
61 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:46:01
Well thanks Mr Moshiri for letting us know first!!! We are only the supporters after all.
62 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:50:18
The lack of width means both full backs are exposed badly and it's even making Baines look bad. Whatever tactical failings Moyes had he attacked and defended with a full back covered by a wide midfielder on each flank.
63 Posted 02/10/2017 at 11:51:53
There is a difference.
Show me a good loser, I'll show you a loser.
He has worked hard to educate himself, deserves a second chance imo.
64 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:01:46
65 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:02:38
“We are in a bad moment, but we have played the four title contenders – three of them away. Burnley was the only unexpected loss.
“The four pre-qualifying UEFA [Europa League] and two group games on Thursday's haven't helped. There is mental and physical fatigue and seven injuries.
“These are early days and Koeman has my total support. We have great fans and they deserve better. We know the expectations by our honest and objective fans and we will not let them down.”
So he's going to get time, but there's some tough games coming up.
Time to get behind the team.
66 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:05:14
Why people continue to put an odious serial fuck up's name forward for employment with Everton, other than him supporting the club and once reading 'Kaizen For Kids', is beyond me.
"Deserves a second chance"?
Have you not been keeping score John, or does "his book" really put that much of a positive spin on his career?
67 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:05:25
He's had more second chances than I've had hot dinners. Anyway, agree to disagree I guess.
68 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:09:59
69 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:12:07
70 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:12:08
71 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:13:50
Answers on the back of a postage stamp please.
I believe it's time for the board to call Koemann in and part company as I cannot see any positives . Cannot even say we have been unlucky with ref decisions or not taken our chances (because we don't create any).
If he goes then god forbid Moyes comes back. I have a recurring nightmare of BK wheeling him out at a press conference one dark,wet Monday night.
72 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:14:25
I'm utterly speechless. The fact that those words are coming from the guy at the very top of our great club, disgusting. Moshiri has bought hook line and sinker into the small club mentality.
73 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:15:11
74 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:17:20
Yes, agree. And what's worse, re Baines, is that Martina is willing and able to push up the pitch, every opportunity, and can get a decent cross in most times. With a narrow midfield, Baines has acres of space in front of him but will not advance into that space to make himself available for a pass upfield; when in possession, will not seek to advance with the ball (in the last few minutes yesterday he at last tried it; but normally turning back towards our CBs); and is now poor at crossing.
I've always been a fan of Baines, still like him as a person. And feel sad about his decline.
75 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:17:30
The fact that he did nothing but play well and be liked by the fans and players at Burnley may say plenty for Dyche's man-management. Potential double-act?
76 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:19:34
Farhad Moshiri: "We are in a bad moment. But we have played the 4 title contenders 3 away.
Today was the only unexpected loss. The 4 Pre qualifying UEFA games and 2 group games on Thursdays Haven't helped. There is mental and physical fatigue and 7 injuries.
These are early days and Koeman has my total support. We have great fans and they deserve better. We know the honest and objective expectations of our supporters and we will not let them down."
OK Mr Moshiri, the Burnley loss may have been unexpected to you and the board of directors but to many supporters it was all too predictable. It is not the results in isolation that are of concern to the fans but the performances we have witnessed from the team for much of your managers reign.
If Mr Moshiri and the board are prepared to accept that some games are unwinnable and therefore can be ignored in the results balance sheet then what chance do we as fans have of seeing the Everton team punching above its weight or even performing to a level that this current group of players should be able to achieve?
Such a Laissez Faire attitude is alarming coming from a person who many of us believed would lead us towards glory in the coming months and years. Leadership in the boardroom hasn't changed from what we've become used to in the last couple of decades has it?
Make do and mend, hope that everything turns out fine and lurch from one game to the next without really questioning why things aren't improving and not accepting that things have actually declined for the last five years both in terms of results on the pitch and unacceptable levels of performance, has led to a growing inertia among a large section of the supporters and has lowered any expectation that Everton FC are in with a chance of becoming a challenger to those other top clubs in the division.
It's Moshiri's right to support his manager and most times we would support him too, however, to ignore the bigger picture and not to realise that the fans aren't fools and do actually watch the game is a dangerous road to follow.
77 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:22:09
And quite honestly, we are a fucking joke and the Red Shite across the road are not much better! How fucking sad it is that the only thing that has kept me going this season is watching them fuck everything up as well?
78 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:30:35
Made a lot of mistakes as a young man, took the time to re educate himself.
79 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:33:53
As for Moshiri if he also loses interest we will have no money, no new ground and probably be in the Championship. Nobody else would touch us with a barge pole.
Flip side is he is changing the future with new iconic ground (and don't start another 100 posts on this happening or not just to have a shout) and commercial nouse and this Koeman farce will end in time...just not as soon as we want when we are fuming.
Haven't welcomed an international break as much before. Brighton game is a 48 pointer!
80 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:37:09
81 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:39:29
We have been saddled with some very expensive signings who don't seem to have a position to play in and this money should have been spent on a striker.
By all means we should sound out Ancellotti as a matter of course, he might find the potential challenge interesting, but we should not be too optimistic.
I would favour giving Unsworth a chance on a temporary basis and see what he can do.
82 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:43:29
Violent con artist, shit background or not, IMHO.
83 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:44:41
Got to love the way Moshiri claims the fans are deserving of much better, yet can't even be bothered coming up with a more fitting means of communicating with them than getting Jim White on the fucking blower (probably while sat on the edge of his bed in his grots).
84 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:46:42
I understand from a business point of view they need them kopite callers from Neptune to London but to actually sit with ex proffessionals and get away with it is scandalous.
Its detrimental to the National side too.
My gripe is how much it is accepted and how nobody seems to think this affects grass roots football and the nation as a whole.
I can't accept just making up the numbers.
85 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:53:47
Truly that says it all.
Nothing has changed. How very disappointing. To think back to the beginning of the Summer when we had bought Keane and Pickford. I let my expectations soar. What a fool.
86 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:57:28
Read the book if you get a chance.
He's taking his badges. I think he will make a good coach.
87 Posted 02/10/2017 at 12:59:37
I partially get the ‘only unexpected loss theory but its more about HOW we lost than that we lost. The team should be giving a positive account of themselves regardless of the opposition. If theyd done that Games would have been tighter and the 3 or 4 goals shipped in a game would have less - or not at all. The team would have had a good few shots on the oppositions goal and made more a match of it.
Instead we have players who look bereft of confidence, looking like a team who had never played together and a complete uncertainty of where our next win is going to come from.
88 Posted 02/10/2017 at 13:25:34
None of that suggests that we have a funder who is in authoritative charge.
89 Posted 02/10/2017 at 13:29:55
He has an unofficial mouth piece in Jim White who, to be honest, the way he peddles Moshiri's comments out to the media makes the club look so unprofessional.
I don't know why... I just get a bad vibe.
90 Posted 02/10/2017 at 13:33:00
91 Posted 02/10/2017 at 13:36:41
At the start of the season I saw it as a pretty good chance to take the points. Now I think we will struggle to take a point.
Going to be one hell of a weekend on the south coast!
Son in law and one grandson Brighton season ticket holders. Will probably be gloating.
I can dream that we take the points, but taking nothing for granted with the current setup.
92 Posted 02/10/2017 at 13:45:09
At times I have to seriously question my support for this club. Why the fuck should I buy sky sports, why should I book flights tickets hotels, why should I buy the shirts socks and every other fucking thing going, for what? For our owner to say, we don't EXPECT to beat these teams? Try telling that to fucking liecester and burnley ffs.
This place is run by clowns, coached by clowns, and us fans are the biggest clowns for putting up with it for 20 fucking years. This club aint getting another fucking penny off me until they show me the commitment I show them!!!
93 Posted 02/10/2017 at 13:46:58
94 Posted 02/10/2017 at 13:48:26
95 Posted 02/10/2017 at 13:50:01
97 Posted 02/10/2017 at 13:54:33
What did Mark Hughes do wrong, followed by Mancini and Pellegrini, they were shown the door for a lot less than Koeman has produced.
I really hope RK can turn it around, otherwise we are in for a relegation battle, even after 7 games.
98 Posted 02/10/2017 at 13:56:46
Looking at today's statement and those of the last two August transfer windows, I see a man who when he loses, shoots from the hip incoherently instead of thinking about what needs saying and putting out a considered statement giving some meat behind his decisions.
This is making us look very poor. For me, in the long term, this is worse than what the current manager is doing.
99 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:00:50
100 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:03:16
Koeman out Rhino assisted by Royle in. Could they be any worse? Could anybody be any worse?
101 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:04:11
Koeman should have no support. Certainly not "total support".
102 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:19:22
The results and team approach speak volumes for what Koeman is doing and its not suddenly going to click doing what hes doing. The players might click but it wont be in the current formation.
When the chips are down and what youre doing isnt working, you have to try something else. Im not seeing any evidence of that happening.
103 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:23:35
Ok maybe Liverpool aren't in contention for the title but they are way way closer than we have ever been for a long long time. Plus we all know that they are the media's darlings.
Getting back to Moshiri's statement, I find it very disappointing. He should have said. 'We have very high standards and expectations at this great club, the manager is aware of this and his requirement to meet these expectations '.
Not the drivel passed on to a bloody Sky reporter.
104 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:25:10
Have you read his book?
105 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:26:17
How can Moshiri not see what thousands upon thousands of supporters and pundits such as Chris Sutton can see? Why is he so frightened to speak for himself and not use that pathetic mouthpiece he uses? What on earth have we got running this damned club? Just give Unsy the job - if nothing else we will get passion and that is at least the first step in recovery.
106 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:41:27
The more I hear from this guy Moshiri, the more I dislike and distrust him. I mean, who is he and what has he done? Bought shares in the club cheap and bought an office block on the Pier Head!!! Big deal.
Moshiri is a complete and utter bullshitter who hasn't a clue about football. I can smell Bill Kenwright all over this press release. Another joker added to the pack I guess.
107 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:42:39
108 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:43:53
Players who have been slated on TW over the past 2 years Stones, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley and Lukaku are head and shoulders better than anything Everton have at the moment.
109 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:45:41
110 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:47:01
Once Martinez had gone, we were told by Ronald that our players were unfit. It was the excuse at the start of last season. However, this term Williams waddled in to preseason looking like Balloo Bear and Rooney, despite looking leaner, plays as if he has had a a skinfull the night before.
Schneiderlin has been flat since his injury problems of last season. Does anyone recall how he was "injured" every time we played a top 6 team? He doesn't look fit to me, and Baines has struggled with his dodgy ankle for years.
McCarthy has been plagued by mystery hamstring problems and then we have Lennon, who's mental health issues had meant he has also missed training and has had so little football that when called on, he is clearly blunt.
We have a new keeper and it always takes a while for a defence to settle down.
We are all aware of the rigors of the Premier League, and Klaassen and Sandro will take time to get used to it, but the added strain of the Europa games has only added to the fitness problems.
Questions have to be asked of the preparations and fitness levels of our team. Despite our obvious lack of width and players out of position, there seems a lack of pace right through the side. We are simply not fit enough- no-one seems to mention it. A slower back four would be hard to find.
Schneiderlin, Rooney and Sigurdsson could be playing Walking football. Perhaps training has got too easy or too dull.
111 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:47:21
Who's really in charge? I am starting to believe there may be a power struggle underway at Goodison. Let me explain.
After years of searching, high and low, 24/7, for an investor, Chairman Bill Kenwright finally found his sugar daddy who not only made him an even richer man but also wiped clean his debt-ridden legacy.
So far, so good... but when Moshiri decides to sack Roberto “What a manager” Martinez and bring in his own men, Ronald Koeman (along with Steve Walsh), Bill starts to feel uneasy with all these drastic in-Evertonian actions.
Following the Moshiri call to Jim White regarding the McCarthy/Sissoko fiasco last summer, my first thought was this has all the hallmarks of a Kenwright-inspired move and it made his pal, Farhad, sound like an idiot.
Moshiri is a neophyte in football terms, despite having had shares in Arsenal before investing in Everton, whereas Bill is an old fox who seems to have manoeuvred himself into a position where he keeps calling the shots without having to risk any money.
Is Bill in charge of transfer dealings? And, if so, is he sabotaging the new regime on purpose? He sold Lukaku for what is now looking like peanuts. After the Giroud deal fell through, no other striker was found. He authorised the signings of three or four No 10s. No cover was found for funes Mori and Baines, we overslept on Sigurdsson, hes admitted to walking away from a transfer because he got bored etc...
I might sound paranoid but I believe Chairman Bill is desperate to recover his toy and, if he cannot force out Moshiri, at least make him understand that hes still in charge of the club.
112 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:54:54
Ancelloti isn't going to happen - how would you know ?
Joey Barton ? , get a grip man.
113 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:56:38
22 years, Mr Moshiri. We wanted you to bring a winning mentality to the whole club.
114 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:00:37
115 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:04:04
116 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:09:07
Haha. Not a Jack Palance
117 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:13:10
But there does seem to be something not right from the top down.
118 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:16:53
Do we want to create turmoil in both the first team and the U23s at the same time by effectively replacing both managers?
119 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:20:46
120 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:21:21
Then we should offer the managers job to Jim White so we can find out what our new leader has to say on a daily basis.
I can just see us playing in a massive Marquee down the docks. They'll save a few bob on foundations and we can all have a proper laugh instead of this despair.
121 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:23:42
122 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:25:04
That was his statement of intent. Koeman was on holiday.
Fans were loving it, scoffing at others who could smell the shit through a brick wall.
Thats the type of club we buy season tickets for. The Jim White thing alone is pathetic enough.
Imagine Abramovich or the Sheik talking to their fans through the cringe of Jim White.
123 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:28:20
124 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:28:54
125 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:29:26
126 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:29:37
Off pitch rumours are the new obsession and we lead the way. Anichebes's red boots ay lads.
127 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:37:09
Hes not here to win a damn thing, just increase his bank account. Im sure hes still furious about the failed Barkley and Niasse sails which foiled his plans to have a negative net spend. He was so close to making another profit this Summer. And I suppose we can say good bye to even thinking about winning another derby. They are title contenders after all.
So now I do want Koeman to stay. No point replacing him knowing the owners dont have any ambition. Im just going to simply stop watching. Ill follow via these pages for now. Its taken me many decades to arrive at this point and it really does infuriate me. But there just isnt any point right now. Its an awful product being served up.
128 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:39:45
Some (a few) will be saying "phew, thank fuck for that". Others (most) will just be saying "... Fuck!".
I was on the fence and hearing that last night knocked me straight into the latter camp.
I would genuinely love to be proved wrong. I'll be the first to swallow my slice of pie but Phil#1 - yes indeed... Long.
Long and tortuous .
130 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:45:53
More money than sense or more bullshit than cents?
132 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:53:34
Waiting for that Oxford moment from now on.
133 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:59:20
I did mate.
Evertonians " Let's go for Ancelloti"
When Ancelloti signs for his latest top club.
"Fuckin shit our club, no ambition"
Your needlessly tormenting yourselves chaps.
134 Posted 02/10/2017 at 15:59:44
Now, it just looks a load of bullshit.
Since Liverpool are mentioned in some posts here, I recall the days when Merseyside was the centre of gravity of football, when John Moores financed Everton and Tom Williams financed Liverpool to the heights achieved in the 60s.
Now, Manchester is the centre of gravity of football. Unless some really big cheeses step in with loads of cash (because at the end of the day, it's mainly money that drives it), with more actions than words, the bullshit is likely to continue.
135 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:02:09
136 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:07:06
137 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:07:44
Us older Blues can remember that a win was not enough we had to win in style or come away from a defeat knowing that we gave our best on the day, where are at now? Expect to get beat before we kick a ball and get euphoric when beat Bournemouth at home and that is acceptable? Fuck me!
138 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:11:51
If true, it does seem that a split in the support for RK would explain a few of the mixed messages and emerging conflicting interests . . .
However Colin, what is the explanation for RK's current mismanaging the selection process game after game? I can understand when he joined his aggressive new broom sweeps clean approach, however crass, but it really was so negative to Niasse that you suspect there was something amiss there. And why is he refusing the play Lookman; his 'future of the Club' for example, unless he really is shit in training (which I doubt)?
Is RK seriously trying to highlight the lack of a replacement for Rom, and did BK feel that Wayne was the answer?
Does RK have a mystifying logic to assault the given norms of football playing structure and will we suddenly see a new novel approach take the premier league by storm. (I doubt that too).
Let's see if Moshiri's dreaded 'vote of confidence' (which may be even worse if he is being sincere!), or if we will make the change as soon as practical to do so. It will be fascinating to see the story unfold, if it ever does, with Moshiri using RK as his agent provocateur to bring Bill K to his knees or any other uncomfortable position.
If there really is a power struggle similar to or as suggested, it really is the worst of BK's behaviour of recent years. unless he is so shocked by what RK is doing to his beloved Club that he is trying to get him out by fair means or foul?
Then again - RK could be just a total dickhead and Moshiri just carrying out the SOP in dealing with the situation.
I think the closing paragraph sums it up for mr.
139 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:12:32
Great point about Manchester. Im so sick of hearing how Everton cant compete with the bright lights of London. Last time I checked Manchester isnt London. Its just another excuse put out there to accept our shite existence.
140 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:16:09
In one sitting, John. It's impact was such that I actually considered adapting Joey's journey for the screen, but dropped the idea rather quickly on the basis that going from 'gobshite', to 'introspective gobshite', to 'introspective gobshite for hire on the radio', hardly qualifies as an investible redemptive arc.
Of course I have not read his book.
I have seen the CCTV footage of him repeatedly smacking some kid about the face on Church Street, but somehow managed to steer clear of his self-indulgent musings about what made him do it. I'm not interested in Barton as a person, pundit, cod philosopher, player, or any of the clubs he turned out for, just as I have no interest in the fact he was/is an Everton fan, so why would I?
141 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:17:06
142 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:18:38
The way Ron has the team playing, without any real tactical plan and goals as rare as rocking horse shit, he'll be lucky to last another four games, none of which I expect us to win.
Let's hope he's gone, long before the derby game, otherwise a battering by the RS will be a certainty.
If Unsworth was in charge by then we might show some fight and passion.
143 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:20:06
144 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:20:54
145 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:21:57
146 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:24:53
Let's be clear, Moshiri bent over backwards to get Koeman and he's got his man. He believes in Koeman just in the same way that it is just and right to go after Sissoko.
The pair of them deserve each other. They wanted Sissoko, they wanted Lamine Kone, they signed 3 number 10's who aren't all that. They are both comfortable to allow Ross to walk away. They undersold Lukaku and they let Deulofeu go for a song.
Don't expect Koeman to be sacked any time soon. They are both buffoons who wouldn't know how to set a team up between them in a month of Sundays.
We felt we were on the brink of something big. We are not. That's the reality. It's same old, same old Everton. No conversation with the fans just Moshiris guff to Sky Sports Jim White.
I've never been more concerned for our club and that's saying something
147 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:29:46
While I disagree with your choice of personnel I do agree wholeheartedly with your sentiment that "it is about time some real Evertonians took charge of the club and not some outsiders."
This is the fundamental and underlying reason why we underachieve; the people in charge do not share the passion for Everton FC that we have and their agenda is all about themselves. As you say in #109, Kenwright has been further enriched personally and is still calling the shots while the two board members next in line don't really understand football. And of those two, one has the temerity to pretend to have been a lifelong Evertonian when the truth is actually very different.
The problem for me is that too many Evertonians just do not want to hear the home truths and prefer to limit their criticisms to players and managers when the glaring problem lies in the culture of complacency at the top levels. As many TW contributors have noted, Moshiri's comment about the only unexpected defeat reveals anything but a NSNO attitude. Nothing will change if we cannot get rid of the fraudsters masquerading as Evertonians and bring in some competent and passionate proper Blues to run the club.
148 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:36:24
149 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:44:19
I don't like to see anyone lose their job, but I think the fans have now got to turn on Moshiri's words, for the good of the club?
I have loads of reasons for wanting Koeman gone, and I saw a few more yesterday. I watched Burnley, the other week, and thought that number 5 of theirs, is better than the centre back they sold us, and he also did well yesterday. (How much did he cost I wonder?)
To be fair to Michael Keane, he didn't look 100% fit, but I do think there number five, moves quicker across the ground than Keane does. But, and its a very fucking big but, Burnley were organised, whereas Everton were all over the place.
I don't think I've ever seen a team defend as deep as Everton, when Burnley's keeper was kicking it out of his hands, and the fact that Koeman, was a top class centre half/sweeper, makes this another fucking unacceptable.
150 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:45:09
151 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:49:51
152 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:53:20
Just think, if Ireland lose to Wales next Monday, O'Neill might become available.
153 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:55:46
You could, on the other hand(if one gets tired) sit in your bedroom pontificating about troglodytes, cave dwellers, game of thrones etc and all manner of wonderful creation you produce on a regular basis.
154 Posted 02/10/2017 at 16:56:43
It's not at all comforting to have Moshiri feel good about Koeman at this time and we will see what the situation is at the end of the month.
Everton played for 15 minutes yesterday and then went out like a damp squib. Something is definitely rotten in Denmark.
155 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:00:27
As for the subject of our lad Farhad, just a fella who pushes money around and such little media awareness that is smacks of amateur hour at the local boozer.
It just made me cringe, White spunking at the mouth with the words of Evertons top brass in his pocket, waiting for the imminent disaster knowing he has the inside line.
When did the club last issue any official communication worth anything to anybody?
My eye has for the last couple of weeks turned very much to the club. In reality my ire had melted into apathy towards Koeman and venting gave me no relief.
That says it all.
156 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:05:02
157 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:07:44
158 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:09:28
Each passing week his comments give me tiny pieces of hope that its close to the surface. Each defeat lessens his CV, and Ron is a pragmatic fella.
Actually him resigning just makes Farhad look even more stupid. Sure he saves some money, but been beaten to the punch by Ronald would smack of thinking about dumping your bird only to be dumped by her first.
You know its not working but you are too much of a shithouse to deal with it.
159 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:11:00
there is nothing Keoman can do about it.
Fuck off Keoman and the board so I can enjoy
a few more.
160 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:14:32
Now that's what you call superstar.
161 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:14:48
Haha. Not a Jack Palance"
But is your argument to be realistic, or is your argument that we shouldn't try?
I don't think he'd come. But it's the lack of ambition in the club that means we'll never find out because they'll never ask.
162 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:18:38
When did Roman Abramovic last have a conversation with Jim White. I have never heard him refer to Roman as “my good friend”, like he does to everybody else he passes in the street.
He is so up himself he cant see what an egotistical fool he is. I dont listen to talk sport between 10am and 1pm anymore.
163 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:23:15
Have a look at my post 133
164 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:26:08
165 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:34:20
It's a far cry from the days of Ball, Labone, Kendall, Reid, et al. It's not Everton as I came to know it. I'm glad I didn't waste my money on a season ticket.
166 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:36:14
It's impossible to form 'an educated opinion' about somebody whose many misdemeanours, vicious assaults and vengeance fuelled arse flashings have persistently been played out in the public arena, without first perusing their autobiography?
Fuck. So many readily written off, now ripe for reappraisal. Where to start?:
167 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:42:00
Pleaase, someone, anyone get shut of this waste of space mercenary of a manager, Moyes & Martinez love child.
And breathe in... and out.
168 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:43:45
However, having got the owners vote of confidence, I am sure it has already been said, we will give him full support, except money and keep him - we are Everton after all.
169 Posted 02/10/2017 at 17:47:27
No offence mate I think we need a real coach that shows a system can be successful if we buy quality.
I can't see a great deal of real coaching in us?
You have definately opened your eyes to the big picture though.
170 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:05:26
Please dont take my post as an endorsement of Koeman. I just dont want to give the ownership another two years of excuses that the new manager needs time, and he needs 2-3 windows to build HIS squad. Thats all.
171 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:10:50
172 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:11:37
Short CV: 3 CL titles, numerous league titles, cups, shields and manager of the years.
Ancellotti manages the biggest teams. He is not taking on a project team in trouble with a 7th place league finish being the best showing in years and hasn't been in the CL in a long time.
173 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:16:44
As for Robin at 161 and everyone else re: Ancelotti. FFS, let's pretend the club has already "sounded out" Ancelotti and he said "I love your club but no thank you."
No can we move on from Ancelotti.
174 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:16:46
175 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:27:40
176 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:36:44
177 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:38:15
Koeman didn't sell Lukaku the board did, but Koeman did buy total dross in Klassen, Martina and Rooney.
Our club is in a very bad place, probably as bad as when we had Walter Smith at the helm, Mr Moshiri, and you sending Jim White screenshot messages saying it's not unexpected and success is around the corner is making YOU and EFC look like a bunch of total and utter twats.
178 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:42:46
Would you condemn anyone who makes mistakes before the age of 30 as irredeemable?
179 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:43:46
Paul T, to be fair we did hold the line at the edge of our box when defending a free kick near the end of yesterday's game!
I sat next to a Gillingham fan, who had been to Blackburn, on the Saturday, and stayed up here because he wanted to come to Goodison, before it closes. He suggested that because Koeman, was such a great player, maybe he expected his players to be as clever as he was out on the pitch, and possibly couldn't explain himself properly? He said he'd seen it loads of time with great players, not being great managers?
I thought he had a point, but when a team has no-one on the left, like Everton, did yesterday, alls the manager had to do, is call a player over and tell him to stand out wide by Me? Come on, Siggy, I only paid £45 Million just stay here, and play out of position for me!
180 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:47:16
Take a beating off that shower and there is no way back.
I don't usually use analogies but...
Imagine replacing Rutger Hauer in the final scene of Blade Runner with Ronnie. Rain dripping on him whilst he laments on his past glories.
181 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:53:08
Sorry, put up with it for 40 years
182 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:53:27
183 Posted 02/10/2017 at 18:59:33
184 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:08:53
What team will start, injuries aside, I havnt got a clue.
The slippery slope beckons, again, but the club must face reality and show some steel and belief and unite for once.
185 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:14:10
Would you like one?
Retail at £7.99
Just a tenner to you.
186 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:15:12
As someone posted earlier today it is interesting that he (allegedly) says "I" rather than 'we' or 'the board'.
With the shareholding structured as it is I am unsure precisely who would make any decision to fire. In regular business I think I am right in saying, any shareholder or group of shareholders of a Ltd company with at least 25% have the power of veto over the 75% individual or group. So in order to have unchallenged control you need 75.1%.
Therefore I assume it has to be a board decision as a result of some kind of crisis meeting. Moshiri clearly holds much sway in the hierarchy now and Koeman is as we know 'his man' but how any decision to fire or otherwise gets made in our case has to be open to some speculation.
The problem is our more indigenous 'board' members do not appear to have the necessary assassin's instinct, and giving him more time may just be the route of least resistance. However there may be more going on than we know and this statement, as I say, may just be a smoke screen.
187 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:16:01
A right mess !
188 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:18:25
189 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:21:44
190 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:22:23
A football club which patronises its fans whilst asset stripping the club for the benefit of a few individuals. Who will be the first to run on the pitch a la Nyarko and ask for Williams shirt? Only a matter of time imo.
191 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:29:39
192 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:29:49
193 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:32:55
Same man how showed his arse to our home crowd.
some of you need to fucking Behave, Joey Barton should not even be allowed to enter GP.
194 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:42:27
195 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:49:32
If we are going to be finishing near the bottom of the league at the end of the season, having not spent much of his own money, how much are the rest of the shares worth? Probably a lot less than when he first bought his shares... so a quick purchase of the rest of the shares at a great discount.
Just a thought .
196 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:50:28
and don't forget the angry birds !
197 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:53:41
Regarding any potential tipping point on RK's tenure, we are currently averaging a point per game which is borderline relegation form over a season. If that does not markedly improve by the end of November then I think the 'eject' button will have to be pressed.
And that is massively compromising on most Evertonian expectations this season.
The bland and unimaginative BBC (4 hours ago) have a prediction that we'll finish 7th on 51 points. (They have the usual suspects at the top and bottom).
How many actually think we will finish 7th?
And is that good enough after the expenditure - not just on players but also manager and DoF?
(Not to mention the actual dross being served-up regardless of the results.)
198 Posted 02/10/2017 at 19:55:58
I just can't see any light in the tunnel, Kenwright don't sack managers, Moshiri comes out with verbal diarrhoea. And no this isn't going to be Kendall 35 years ago (footballs a bit different now), more like Kendall MK III 1997.
199 Posted 02/10/2017 at 20:03:07
I believe kenwright, through his theatre contacts, has found a perfect body-double to replace Farhad and is using him for his own dastardly ends. This is even worse than The Invasion of the Bodysnatchers!!
200 Posted 02/10/2017 at 20:16:28
201 Posted 02/10/2017 at 20:28:22
202 Posted 02/10/2017 at 20:34:51
I think we could put together at least an imaginative offer. He apparently wants a job in England. He's likely to pursue 3-5 years more in club management before going back to Italy (and presumably at some point coaching the national team).
While not likely, I don't think it's inconceivable to pitch the idea of laying the foundations for a team and organization to move into the elite, coinciding with a new stadium, etc. It's kind of what he did with PSG, to be honest.
Again...I don't think it's likely. But more damning is that I don't see any sign that our ownership would even think to try it.
203 Posted 02/10/2017 at 20:39:08
Our esteemed owners have actually spent little (net spend) if you take into account the money they have received off selling players. Can you see Moshiri and Co paying the now inflated prices, no neither can I.
Koeman has made a pigs ear of managing the club this season especially, and needs to be sacked. I'm not disputing that, but one or two things don't hang right.
If its all Koeman's fault how did he manage to finish 6th and 7th at Southampton for two successive seasons after being forced to sell some of his best players.
The bottom line, which is the common factor covering the last 20+yrs is that our players with the occasional exception are not top 6 class players. If we have one he's off the next season to Man Utd et al.
Frankly we are a lost cause, pissing against the wind each season and there must be a better way to waste our time.
204 Posted 02/10/2017 at 21:00:08
205 Posted 02/10/2017 at 21:01:39
206 Posted 02/10/2017 at 21:01:54
208 Posted 02/10/2017 at 21:36:34
Normally, when a manager, gets a public backing by the Board, it is generally the beginning of the end, unfortunately as we are not scheduled to play for nearly two weeks, this could be a stay of execution.
I do hope they, the Board that is, are making contingency plans, during the break.
209 Posted 02/10/2017 at 21:48:53
Moshiri is a pretender, Koeman his stooge and possibly without knowing it they both dance to Uncle Billy's tune. He and Elstone still call the shots and handle the transfer business whilst Director of Football, Walsh, continues to pick names out of his hat in the hope of finding another Vardy.
The entire club is a shoddy mess being used to enrich all those lucky enough to have a seat in the boardroom. I don't think changing the manager will make the slightest difference Everton is run to rape the fans and finish 7th though even that might be a big ask this season. But then, nobody can guarantee such success every year, can they?
210 Posted 02/10/2017 at 21:54:56
211 Posted 02/10/2017 at 22:18:02
I'm getting the feeling Mosh is a whale in a sea full of sharks. To be fair Tony, what type of fucken idiot would sign or commit to anything involving a stadium right now? Championship clubs don't need new stadiums. I'd be more worried about his business acumen if he WAS shoveling more money into the club.
What happens next will be interesting. Moshiri arrived too late and really serves no purpose at all other than to muddy the waters around the clubs ownership structure. Will he throw more cash down the sinkhole? Or will he pull up the drawbridge instead? You don't stay mega rich long spending £60 million on Sigurdsson and redundancy packages for Dutch halfwits do you?
If you were Moshiri how would you feel about parting with another £10 million? Oh, plus what you'll need to pay the next fellow?
212 Posted 02/10/2017 at 22:20:50
I am a season ticket holder and will be for many years why? Because I love EFC, always have done and always will and will support them through whatever shot storm prevails. We the fans are EFC because, without us, there is no EFC. The team needs us more than ever now to help try and pull through this mess that we find ourselves in.
I do not condone Koeman's or Moshiri's ridiculous comments but I do support the team and to me that is what matters. I think Moshiri will be with us for some time and although I don't think Koeman will.
I feel we need to get on with it and do what we do best by standing together and giving the team as much confidence as possible If we don't then we really are in deep shit.
213 Posted 02/10/2017 at 22:33:29
214 Posted 02/10/2017 at 22:39:19
The transition to appointment these two would be seamless given all of Koeman's backroom staff, I suspect, shall move on as well. This can happen from one week to another without all the media writing rubbish stories about our new appointment.
Pep at Barcelona and Zidane at Real both came from managing their "B - teams". They had little experience before being handed the top job. I admire coaches like Bielsa and Tuchel but they would just be another gamble given they have never coached in the Premiership. That is not to say they would not be successful. You just have to look at Silva ( Hull/Watford) who had no Premiership experience but has quickly made the transition easy and is now looked upon as "one to watch".
History and facts are on our side by appointing an Unsworth/Ferguson partnership and I said this when Martinez was sacked before we appointed Koeman THAT In modern times the only time we have had success and the greatest success in the history of the club is with former players in charge
- Catterick, Kendall ( 81-87), Royle.
Even Colin Harvey, although never winning anything and inheriting Kendall's side, finished 4th, 8th, and 6th in the First Division and made the Cup Final in 89.
215 Posted 02/10/2017 at 22:55:15
Those reeling off the cream of the crop hes managed, yeah thats fair. Also there aint many of Europes great clubs a left to manage and with a vacancy.
Rumoured to be happy to manage in England again, tell me which behemoth of English football is ripe for his services right now?
Id argue none of them are, so look around Europe and guess what there aint those type of jobs open. So actually an approach wouldnt be as zany as some might have you believe.
But then with the board showing a weak appetite for bloodshed, that is more likely we miss out on a decent appointment as they get hoovered up by clubs with bigger bollocks than ourselves. In turn making Koeman look the prize hound in a village fete, a big thing in a small world.
Best keep him hey?
216 Posted 02/10/2017 at 23:06:17
Personally I would go for Eddie Howe or Marco Silva, two young and up-and-coming managers still with everything to prove and with the added bonus of some Premier League experience under their belts.
217 Posted 02/10/2017 at 23:21:38
There are two who I'd consider, Laurent Blanc & Luis Enrique.
218 Posted 02/10/2017 at 23:22:58
Thank fuck for humour! Special mention to John G, you have to admit John D the 'selfie' post was funny though.
C'mon Koeman sort it out!
219 Posted 02/10/2017 at 23:29:21
221 Posted 02/10/2017 at 23:41:03
Koeman has a 75% history of ruining teams. Why would Everton be any different?
222 Posted 02/10/2017 at 23:41:23
224 Posted 03/10/2017 at 00:44:22
I hate this attitude of sack, replace, get the next guy in the door. We have 31 league matches to play. We are still in the Europa competition, still in the league cup and unless I've turned into a bear and hibernated still in the f.a cup!!!
I hope we can improve the confidence levels, start to play some football and maybe get the centre forward and left sided defender Mr. Koeman alluded to in the next window.
If not I fear a double act of Mourinho and Guardiola couldn't do any better. Yes the football is dire and yes the team looks unbalanced but sacking the coach won't make the players any better.
If by the time we play Arsenal and nothing has improved then I would like to think the business men who run our club are demanding answers from the coach and players. We need to instill confidence in the team by supporting them not the shitty atmosphere we have had the last two games.
Ask not what Everton can do for you but what can you do for Everton.
225 Posted 03/10/2017 at 01:07:37
226 Posted 03/10/2017 at 01:14:34
We have already seen the contenders, when Unsworth and Royle took over the last game of the season of Bobbys reign, resulting in a 3 nil win, with a mixture of youth and experience and a balanced team.
Royle still has it and will bring a lot to the Unsworth management, give them both a run and if successful keep them on.
We have no fight in this current team, Unsworth and Royle will steady the ship.
On a final note, with those two in charge, you could see Barkley have a change of heart.
227 Posted 03/10/2017 at 01:17:09
228 Posted 03/10/2017 at 03:49:53
I never really get that answer.
I get the idea that Ancelotti wouldn't come to us.
But you'd prefer Eddie Howe or Marco Silva versus a manager who's won the title in four different countries with four different clubs and the Champions' League three times? I suppose his only real Premier League experience is winning the double and setting the league record for most goals scored (at 103)...
PSG hadn't won the league in France for 18 years before he came. They credit him still for turning around a big, but hugely underachieving club. For instilling professionalism, an absolute desire for excellence, and basically demanding "nil satis nisi optimum".
He's not a "big time Charlie", he's just big time.
Once again. I don't think he'd come. But the sad thing is we'll never be in a position to know, because we won't try.
229 Posted 03/10/2017 at 06:19:48
230 Posted 03/10/2017 at 06:38:14
Mr Moshiri invested in our club and I doubt he ever set foot in the Boys' Pen. He did it, I assume, to make money. Right now his investment seems worth shit all. So, why is he not doing what any major investor would do, and sack the coach and try again? Is he really a patient, decent man who made his decision and will stand by it?
What is his agenda? What is with the toe-curling connection with Jim White?In my view, something stinks. Something is wrong. Evertonians are entitled, at the very least, to be able to have a degree if trust in the custodians of our club. I have none. Koeman is a hired hand who will sooner or later be gone.
Behind the scenes there are the stayers, the profit seekers, those self-serving leeches who see Premier League survival as enough. If the admirable David Unsworth became coach, these are the Evertonians, he will answer to.
Something is wrong.
231 Posted 03/10/2017 at 07:10:20
I'm eager to form an opinion of Koeman. Hopefully he releases his book soon so I can validly pass judgement on his character.
Halfway through Harold Shipman's book at the moment, he seems like a nice well educated bloke so far.
232 Posted 03/10/2017 at 07:42:18
I turn up for the team every week and pay for the pleasure, the players or manager do not turn up week in week out and yet get paid a kings ransom for it!!!!
It has been said many times but if this team including management where bricklayers, postmen or any other jobs they would be gone by now, why should this shower be any different?
233 Posted 03/10/2017 at 07:51:34
Body language of the manager and the players says it all. Manager stands for 90 minutes with hands in pockets, players constantly come to a stop, throw hands in the air and turn backwards.
The whole feeling is one of, Who cares?
Not many of the senior players are out in the press supporting the manager, the silence is deafening.
234 Posted 03/10/2017 at 08:40:02
First is that I have never seen on TW so many in tune with Koeman sacked or leaving of his own accord.
Obviously as always there are some excellent posts (and a good percentage of intelligent posts dare I say, Barton comments aside!) but Mark McDonald (at #214) makes an excellent argument for Unsworth (my personal choice just ahead of Dyke) for when the anticipated date dawns on Koeman's departure.
235 Posted 03/10/2017 at 08:46:45
We give it to Rhino and tell him that, bar any disasters, he has the rest of the season to prove himself.
If we all order a new kit with "Unsworth 6" on the back will that help?
236 Posted 03/10/2017 at 08:51:42
For a great insight into Koeman's managerial record, correspondent Tom Seymour om HITC has released a blistering expose of Koeman's managerial record. Apart from pointing out that Koeman's only actual silverware came from his time in the Dutch league, he reveals how Koeman has resigned or been sacked from the majority of his management positions.
Seymour also leans strongly on a theme I've mentioned previously, Koeman's time at Valencia. The following is an extract from the full article :
"It is a run of form that is seeing questions being raised about whether Koeman is the right man to be in charge at Goodison Park and a look back at the Dutchman's record in the dugout suggests those concerned are right to be.
Things did start well in the 54-year-old's managerial career with a decent sixth place finish in the Eredivisie in 2000/01 with Vitesse Arnhem followed up by two titles in four years at Ajax - although even that ended disappointingly as he resigned from the position while eight points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.
A third place finish in the Primeira Liga and quarter-final exit from the Taca de Portugal with Benfica followed, with Koeman again leaving his position earlier than expected. He did then win the Dutch league with PSV but in 2007/08 was sacked by Valencia having guided a team containing Juan Mata, David Silva and David Villa to the verge of relegation."
When read as a whole this article does make me wonder what the hell Moshir was on when handed Koeman the job on the ridiculously inflated salary of £6m a year. His complete record stinks of perennial failure and the inability to see things through. Whenever the going has got tough, Koeman has got going... Straight for the exit door. For God's sake, Moshiri, get real and get rid of this hopeless sham of a manager who really does seem to be conning his way into good jobs based more on his reputation as a player than as a manager. Seymour even reveals that Frank De Boer actually had a far better record of success than Koeman had in Holland. Enough said?
237 Posted 03/10/2017 at 09:18:28
Firstly, despite his seemingly being an excellent man-manager, the step up from U23 level to first team might be a bridge too far for someone so relatively inexperienced.
Secondly, and this is some of us perhaps need to get our own mind in order for years we have collectively wished for a more ruthless manager to sweep away the deadwood, for someone to be detached and unsentimental, to see the bigger picture and to take the hard decisions to move forward. Well, we got that with Koeman.
Why then are we suddenly seemingly in favour of going back in-house for a successor? Mightn't Unsie be a little bit too close to home to make the big decisions? Too attached to the club?
This is not an argument for Koeman to remain in place. More a case of do we re-resort to an in-house solution to solve the problem? Might we not be better just trying for another external candidate - hopefully better than the current one?
Just a thought.
238 Posted 03/10/2017 at 09:29:58
239 Posted 03/10/2017 at 09:30:08
240 Posted 03/10/2017 at 09:34:36
242 Posted 03/10/2017 at 10:03:12
243 Posted 03/10/2017 at 10:11:34
Why would Unsey's connection with the club stop him from making the "hard decisions"?
This is an assumption, on your part, without any evidence to support it.
He has proven he is a good "man manager" by taking our U23s to the PL2 title.
Considering that many other PL Academies were considered "better" than ours for many years, it seems he has done a remarkable job with limited resources.
So he has, presumably proven, he can make a "silk purse out of a sow's ear".
Until given a chance, we won't know whether he can "make the step up" from U23's to the PL, or not.
But he did in the last game of the last season that RM was in charge.
OK - we all appreciate that Norwich City were already relegated.
But I still think that Unsworth and his cohorts (including Royle and Ferguson) should be given a chance.
At least then, you can guarantee the team will understand about "passion".
244 Posted 03/10/2017 at 10:26:07
I'm simply trying to raise the issue that many on here have had in the past with the club being too inward and backward-looking, sentimental and lacking in ruthlessness eg, as embodied by our "Boys Pen" chairman. Maybe I'm not making the point well enough.
245 Posted 03/10/2017 at 10:30:30
This plus the bullshit of going on Sky Sports on deadline day and he really isn't doing himself any favours.
246 Posted 03/10/2017 at 10:33:39
Yes, it's taking a chance but isn't that true with any of the names being banded about? He knows the structure of the club and knows the players. We keep saying give them a chance.
If Koeman does go and we go continental, we will be spending shed loads of money for Z-List players again in January on what is an overloaded squad already.
247 Posted 03/10/2017 at 10:36:35
We're Everton, a mid-table side for the last 30 years, which means that in the eyes of the rest of the world we're only a few steps away from being Aston Villa, or Nottm Forest. Of course us Evertonians feel differently about our status and standing in the game, but to the professional footballers of today that have never seen us win anything, or even come close to a high league finish, we're an also-ran.
With that in mind, it's becoming increasingly important to have a big-name-manager, which like it or not, Koeman is. He was a big-name-player and has a certain draw for players. Unsworth doesn't have that draw, at all.
How many times do you hear players in interviews say that the reason they joined the club was because of the manager? Is Unsworth really going to make it easier for us to sign top players? I don't think so.
248 Posted 03/10/2017 at 10:36:48
250 Posted 03/10/2017 at 11:10:40
251 Posted 03/10/2017 at 11:22:05
The club is eating itself with irate + furious supporters turning on the manager, and by extension the owner.
Players out of form, 20, 30, 40 million pound signings not performing and/or not good enough to be picked.
Criminal Imbalance in recruitment , a total glut of midfielders and no striker , no defensive reinforcement.
The whole recruitment set up is a stinking mess.
How do we make it better and steady the ship? Do we moan and groan until the ship sinks?
Will a new manager do any better with this unbalanced squad ? It is far from being a sure thing...
I'll have a stab; play a team that will battle like hell from start to finish:
Kenny Keane Holgate Baines
Davies Sigurdsson Vlasic
Martina is no defender, Williams looks shot, problem is the defence there is so young, I just feel it needs some protection. I will probably get hung from a lamp post to say play both Gana and Schneiderlin! Rooney is 31 or 32 slowing, but he is a record scorer. At this moment, under this pressure, I feel that if we do score he will be our best bet (for an hour). Calvert-Lewin is to young to be burdened with such responsibility, it may derail his development.
Klaassen and Sandro are not ready at all for the premier league, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Mirallas and Niasse to be used as subs.
252 Posted 03/10/2017 at 11:27:14
253 Posted 03/10/2017 at 11:46:46
Mr Moshiri - to quote a line from Braxton in the movie "The Accountant" (Irony?) – "This is a big moment for you. Make a good decision."
As I have posted before, 49.9% of a Premier League club is worth a lot more than 49.9% of a Championship club. What would the difference be – £50 or £60 million? Maybe more - It's a bundle anyway. That is why he should go "all in" and get Ancellotti.
For all my fellow ToffeeWebbers who scoff at the thought that he might join us, I would say "money talks". If I was Moshiri I would pay the current managers contract out and offer Ancellotti the same package but with a few incentives thrown in:
The Lukaku money to spend in January.
Avoid relegation - 25% bonus - £1.5m
Qualify for Europa League - 25% bonus - £1.5m
Qualify for Champions League - 50% bonus £3m
To my fellow ToffeeWebbers who think I am deluded I say - I was jolted by Darren Hind's home truth posted the other day.
For those of us who remember, We were Kings once". That is what we should be aspiring too. Bollocks to this misery.
If Ancellotti doesn't wan't to come get someone in who has been there and done that. Poach a big hitter.
Benitez? Why not I sort of like the idea of him rolling the dark side. In fact the more I think of it the more I like it. If he did that all would be forgiven by this little blue duck.
I bet you this is what Moshiri does in his other businesses if they are faltering and I also bet you Amit could do the numbers on this very quickly and present a compelling case for all of the above.
It might be happening already for all we know. If it isn't all I can say is Moshiri has nerves of steel because I don't believe he is stupid. Stupid people don't become billionaires and have mates like Usmanov.
Have a go Moshiri.
254 Posted 03/10/2017 at 11:54:10
About Unsworth attracting top players, admittedly it's been said by many a player that it was because of the manager that they've come to the club, but in the grand scheme of things I'm not that interested in what pulling power a manager has at this stage in the season (though I reckon wages and other factors would come into this also, not just a reputation of a former outstanding ex-pro, but I'll come back to that later), what my concern is and not just to you and the question is:
Do you think Unsworth or a lesser profile manager could do a job between now and January 1st?
As of right now, we can't sign anyone (than those without a club? I think) so we can only work with what we got and I think that Unsworth would and can do a better job than what Koeman is doing now.
I don't think Koeman would attract a better calibre of player at 15th-20th (on current form) in the table than what somebody else could (ie, Unsworth) if we were higher in the table just because of their reputation.
January transfer window is a million miles away from my radar right now and who we could sign because we have to work with what players we have to address the current situation and if we continue down this rudderless path (?), after taking everything into account we'll be in knee deep in the proverbial with no way of getting out.
And too the post, (can't remember which thread) about people falling asleep during the match, my old man (may of) won the comp at around the 43 min mark v Bournemouth, I kid you not.
255 Posted 03/10/2017 at 12:07:00
I don't think Koeman would attract a better calibre of player at 15th-20th (on current form) in the table than what somebody else could (ie, Unsworth) if we were higher in the table just because of their reputation.
Agreed, but who might we attract if that somebody else were Ancelotti instead of Unsworth? Okay, we might not be capable of getting Ancelotti but you get my drift?
256 Posted 03/10/2017 at 12:12:32
I love your optimism especially at such a depressing time for all us Blues. I don't think Ancelotti would touch Everton with a bargepole, the guy has managed the very best, why would he put his reputation at risk coming to Everton. Plus I don't think Everton have ever appointed a manager who has won anything at the very top level, like Ancelotti has. So it would be remarkable to think we could persuade one of the best managers to come here.
I see you would quite like Benitez, no doubt he has ability but his comments some years back when he said Everton were only a small club surely put paid to him coming to Everton.
I started watching the Blues when Ian Buchan was the manager and right up to the present day, and in all that time we have only had 3 managers that have won a trophy. I think that puts everything into perspective when mentioning our glorious past. Yes there were some brilliant Everton teams and players but they were only very short lived.
I hate to mention this but again to put things into perspective our neighbours have won the European Cup / Champions League more times than we qualified for the competition.
So our history as far as I remember shows that we struggle when appointing managers, who can win things. Maybe its coincidence but the 3 managers in my lifetime who have won trophies were all ex-Everton players Catterick, Kendall and Joe Royle. So maybe there is a case for appointing Unsworth although the other 3 had experience of managing before they came were Unsy has only managed the Under-23s. And the step up from that level to the Premier League is massive.
257 Posted 03/10/2017 at 12:12:32
By the way, our big name manager didn't exactly entice the cream of the crop, did he?
258 Posted 03/10/2017 at 12:12:38
259 Posted 03/10/2017 at 12:12:51
Wait until you read the sequel from Joey.
Three mass murderers and how they influenced my conduct.
Should be a best seller
260 Posted 03/10/2017 at 12:22:13
I'm in total agreement with you about all things Ancelotti but the real concern is right now, I just can't see us moving forward, though weirdly we couldn't get any worse. Unsy to me would be a more attractive proposition than continuing with the present incumbent, but not as enticing as the Italian one.
I reckon they'd both do a better job, plus Unsy walked back across a double-laned intersection when I shouted him last week, dodged traffic and crossed the road back to us just to have a pic with my little angel (unfortunately daddies hand wasn't so steady so I'll have to stalk the fucker at the next home match for a retake). So he gets my vote, hope you understand.
261 Posted 03/10/2017 at 12:27:03
262 Posted 03/10/2017 at 12:39:36
He certainly does not support racism and has much praise for Anthony Walker's mum. I did have a more sympathetic view of him by the end. He certainly shouldn't be bracketed with Idi Amin etc which is frankly a ridiculous thing to do.
Putting my tin hat on now.
263 Posted 03/10/2017 at 12:41:46
Question: If Klopp, Mourinho, Wenger, Conte, Guardiola, or Pochettino were to change clubs/lose their jobs, who would their current employers go for? Ancelotti would likely head the list of candidates.
Would any of them want Howe or Silva? Very unlikely (maybe Spurs and Silva, at a stretch).
Neither will be a world class manager, so the fact they are young is besides the point.
Ancelotti would be a statement of intent, he could well attract real quality players, he is a proven world class manager, he would be a fucking dream and unfortunately he is we stand little real chances of him coming, because we are a small club, who hasn't won anything for Donkeys, who sells our best players every other season and who on the continent and beyond are little known.
Ancelotti joining Everton would be akin to Conte or Mourinho joining Athleic Bilbão or Bologna.
But we should certainly try. Why the heck not. We should also go for Tuchel, he'd be perfect for our young players and would give us a system. He'd only stay a couple of seasons, but he would improve us.
If someone of real prove. quality isn't available, Silva is a good shout, but only recently joined Watford so can't see him leaving.
Maybe there is someone of quality on the continent who we don't know about, but can't expect our owners to find them. So, I'd take Unsworth til the end of the season. At least the youth would get a chance, and the job he has done with the U23s gives reason for hope.
264 Posted 03/10/2017 at 12:44:47
265 Posted 03/10/2017 at 13:07:15
In my view, the answer is "none". I'm in the Ancellotti camp but, failing that, would have no problem with giving the job to Rhino on a trial basis.
266 Posted 03/10/2017 at 13:12:16
I don't think the answer is to change managers often - bringing in Unsworth now until January, then another manager? How does that serve us/the players in terms of continuity?
I'm always wary of making sweeping changes to personnel, whether that be coaching or playing staff, and it's been borne out time & again at clubs. We're suffering from it right now having too many new players at once in my view of course the team has been hampered by injuries as well, which has to be taken into consideration.
I don't think Koeman would be in this predicament if we had Coleman and Bolasie fit because the team would have more pace/width/balance.
I agree with you that reputation alone won't attract players, and that given our league standing we're not an attractive proposition either. I was talking more longer term in regard to pulling power, which is as you say, a case of a good team, good league position, and a manager of note. Unsworth? Well, I have nothing against the man, I'm just not sure he's the long term solution and I don't really like short term solutions either so
267 Posted 03/10/2017 at 13:13:43
Schneiderlin, Sandro, Klaassen, and Rooney all stated that Koeman played a big part in them coming to Everton now whether you or I view any of them as big time players is up for debate, but they did all say it
268 Posted 03/10/2017 at 13:23:25
And players signing at every other club say the exact same thing.
269 Posted 03/10/2017 at 13:30:48
From my point of view, hoping for a change in fortune and we get a good run of wins but don't for the life of me feel it's going to happen. It's like someone trying to kickstart a motorbike or turning the key in a car ignition it's just not happening.
The players themselves are a mishmash of new players, experience players, young players, unfit / no pre-season players and almost all have zero confidence at least in what ever they're meant to do.
I joked at work to a red colleague that I watched The Championship on Saturday night and these teams play far better than anything we see from Everton they have a go they're direct (not in the Wimbledon style) we're just a team of Chuckle brothers, from me to you to me. As bad as the end of Martinez's reign.
For me, Koeman has gone in his own mind and it was always a stepping stone but he's just not that bothered about it now.
270 Posted 03/10/2017 at 13:33:10
Managers operate in echelons. Guardiola, Mourinho, Conte, Ancelotti etc operate at the highest level and undoubted great coaches as they are, achieve success, with a "buy and churn" process. Operators like Pulis and arguably Allardyce etc are proven firefighters who will stave off relegation but achieve little else. Not for us.
Others serve their apprenticeships at lesser teams (Pochettino, Koeman at Southampton, Martinez etc) and try to step up with varying degrees of success. It is this category that we are assigned to at the moment. Of the managers that were being touted by Evertonians for the Everton post at the time of Koeman's appointment were de Boer (failed), Eddie Howe (doing reasonable job?), Bilic (struggling).
Now people are talking about Silva (Watford still oversaw Hull's relegation last year despite massive improvement and Dyche (doing brilliant job at Burnley with little resources but based on solid defence and little else would he be able to inspire the attacking football that we crave?).
It would be a massive risk whoever we appointed. So in that sense, Unsworth wouldn't be a bad shout - at least in the interim. Longer term though I'm doubtful for the reasons mentioned in my and other's previous posts.
Moshiri has stated many times that he wanted a big name manager to rival the guys at the other Northwest teams and that is undoubtedly why he favoured Koeman. It's like in marketing and advertising when you've got a little known quality product which needs to break into the big time. What do you do to raise the profile? You hire a celebrity to endorse the product.
We Evertonians have to be careful. In hard times it's easy to fall back on our fellow true Blues (Royle, Ferguson, Unsworth) and push their cases forward to instill some passion into the club but I suspect the days have long since gone when the motivation alone these guys can provide can compete with the financial pulling power of the bigger clubs. I'm guessing that Moshiri and co will be viewing the next appointment along different (commercially- influenced) lines than we supporters do.
Before anyone jumps on me for praising the Board, I'm just pointing out the different criteria that they may have for the next appointment. I'm not sure that going in-house is an option they will consider.
271 Posted 03/10/2017 at 13:45:48
272 Posted 03/10/2017 at 13:55:24
273 Posted 03/10/2017 at 14:00:43
I may be wrong but I have a gut feeling Koeman may well walk before he is sacked (with a pay off of course).
274 Posted 03/10/2017 at 14:10:49
That is the problem: sack Koeman, but the new manager has only the same squad of players to work with, who unfortunately are average. We have done what Spurs did when they sold Bale and bought rubbish.
The only saving grace for the club, and it may take a couple of years is that we have a lot of good young players in the academy but they need time. Walsh seems to be good at buying young players with potential for Unsworth's U23 side, but first team recruitment is a disaster and that's were Koeman has to shoulder most of the blame.
275 Posted 02/10/2017 at 14:16:30
276 Posted 03/10/2017 at 14:35:22
277 Posted 03/10/2017 at 14:41:16
Why was a top class goalscorer not brought in? Bill was overseeing transfers not Walsh so he could have and should have ensured we got someone. Walsh has been very silent and Bill typically has gone to ground as we are not doing well.
To me it seems there is disharmony at the core of the club which is manifesting itself on the pitch. Keane and Pickford are shadows of the players that came here. Ashley Williams is top drawer for Wales. The whole team is not showing togetherness at all. I just hope Moshiri has got the balls to ask what the hell is going on and get it sorted out...
Personally I think Koeman is getting undermined. To get Southampton to consecutive 7th and 6th places after losing so many top players is a remarkable achievement so you don't suddenly become a bad manager.
To complain about Barkley's and Niasse's treatment is being hypocritical. We all thought Niasse was a donkey and Koeman was just being bluntly honest with him. With Barkley, we have gone on for years about his potential but his best performances were when Koeman got on his case.
278 Posted 03/10/2017 at 14:55:19
Would you condemn anyone who makes mistakes before the age of 30 as irredeemable?"
Hmmmm, good question.
Meanwhile, over on thedevilseyes.com:
John G Davies:
"Do you believe every ten year old boy who dresses in a clown suit and gets into a spot of bother on Halloween night deserves to spend the remainder of his natural locked up in Smith's Grove, Dr Loomis?"
279 Posted 03/10/2017 at 14:56:26
Joey Barton's book comes highly recommended.
280 Posted 03/10/2017 at 14:59:57
Klaassen from Ajax is probably the only one where the Koeman factor swung a deal that may formerly have faltered firmly in the club's favour. Players from Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Swansea, Sunderland, Burnley, Southampton, Malaga, plus two who Man Utd were only too happy to ship out? We've been shopping in that exact same aisle for what seems like ages, only now we're paying well over the odds for our shit, being told it's a 'new and improved recipe' and believing it's bound to taste noticeably better as a result.
Reputations fluctuate, along with the form and finishing position of a club. If Everton continue to resemble a ragamuffin's arse and finish the season nearer the relegation spots than the top six, are potential summer signings really going to be blinded to how bad we've been because they heard Koeman had a belting free-kick on him about 25 years ago? The most recent addendum to his reputation would be that of a struggling manager presiding over a shambolic mess despite spunking millions on it.
Koeman's ability at successfully retaining, assimilating and inspiring players should be of far more pressing concern than any 'come hither' pheromones he might be capable of giving out.
Besides, aren't we supposed to be blessed with a Director of Football who was sold to us as the Daniel Plainview of player procurement, relentlessly discovering unmined talent and hoovering it up with his massive 'super scout' straw? So far, his expensive milkshake tastes mainly of pish.
281 Posted 03/10/2017 at 15:01:26
Unsworth it is then.
282 Posted 03/10/2017 at 15:14:34
Firstly, I haven't got a fuckin clue who Dr Loomis is, I will ask my grandkids. They will be around your age.
Don't be trying to kid us that you're not a member of the "hang email and flog em" brigade. Reminiscent of the high court judge who sits in moral judgement whilst wearing a pair of fishnet stockings under his robe, with a torture device firmly attached to his bollocks.
283 Posted 03/10/2017 at 15:15:41
Last season we saw Stekelenburg, Williams, Bolasie, Gueye & Valencia all start the season and Calvert-Lewin make his debut before Christmas.
This season is comparable to last, we still only see 4 of the new players regularly start... Pickford (Stekelenburg), Keane (Williams), Bolasie (Rooney), Gueye, (Sigurdsson). We also have a higher quality midfield option in Davies to Cleverley.
For subs you can read Sandro for Valencia. The integration is no different, the problem we have is that Koeman has now disregarded width leaving it languishing on the bench and loaned out an arguably Premier League experienced left sided defender in Galloway who would have been an ideal replacement for Funes Mori giving us balance at the back.
How many other squads in this league have one left footed player?
It's Koeman's off field decisions together with his match day team and formations which are the issue.
For those who think Koeman played a 4-4-2 on Sunday, think again. Niasse & Calvert-Lewin were alternated on the left side. Even when a goal down, Koeman still kept the 4-2-3-1.
The rot had set in at Southampton as early as our 3-0 win. Southampton had no width and a packed narrow midfield. It's what he knows and what he does... This is the guy who decided that Hernandez, who's now at Leeds ,was better choice than the high flying Joaquin and also ostracised both Angulo & Albelda.
285 Posted 03/10/2017 at 15:23:21
Basically, Everton is a fucking mess, and no one thing you care to mention is going to fix it including sacking Koeman.
286 Posted 03/10/2017 at 15:34:41
Well, either that or I simply refuse to believe every ex-pro who at one point supported the club, fired 20 floppy punches into the face of a drunk in the street, stubbed a lit tab out on a lids...err...lid, twatted a 15-year-old, tried to glass Richard Dunne with a pint pot, laid into a teammate while he lay on the ground and now proffers a bit of Nietzsche as proof of 'a new me', should be considered a prospective Everton coach.
The fact you found his book so revelatory doesn't make him Dale fucking Carnegie.
287 Posted 03/10/2017 at 16:01:48
Football is an easy game if the basics are done properly, passing, tackling and positioning. Do the bread and butter well and the chokky cake will follow.
288 Posted 03/10/2017 at 16:03:35
289 Posted 03/10/2017 at 16:07:37
290 Posted 03/10/2017 at 16:18:08
291 Posted 03/10/2017 at 16:26:13
I thought you were joking to begin with. I make this Joey's 11th Damascus moment.
Looking at John Daley's evidence I don't think a Jury would bother retiring for this one.
Everyone deserves a shot at redemption, but I don't think a plum job with one of the country's biggest clubs is the place to start.
Look at the list, John. let him repair some of the damage he has done before you so richly reward him.
292 Posted 03/10/2017 at 16:40:41
Sure, you do:
293 Posted 03/10/2017 at 16:47:19
Clever stuff that
You teenagers eh.
Dave, read the book to see how it all developed.
You could go with the flow alternatively.
294 Posted 03/10/2017 at 16:49:24
If you were part of the Everton set up and your mates included Geri Deulofeu, Ross Barkely, Aaron Lennon etc and it was essentially being made clear to all those around you that Koeman had plans to fuck Geri off and not to play Ross or Aaron, instead insisting on packing a midfield with negative players, just exactly how would you feel?
Would it inspire you to go out week after week or would you think, this blokes a prick!! What would your gut instinct tell you to do? I'll be honest and say that I'd be with them, I'd down tools for the bell end until such time as he had gone. What would you do, Terry?
295 Posted 03/10/2017 at 16:58:40
Your summary of said book:
'The tale of a serial winner who should be given a second chance.'
Probably wiser you reread it, or at least check it's Barton's name on the fucking cover.
296 Posted 03/10/2017 at 17:00:08
Psst. John, JOHN. Dennis Hopper wasn't in the Godfather.
Err, (Google, Google, Google)
True Romance, I meant True Romance.
Go Ed, you know you want to.
297 Posted 03/10/2017 at 17:03:22
299 Posted 03/10/2017 at 17:20:06
Mark, I think any Everton player downed tools like that and I'd probably want them out of the door whoever they are; however big they (think they) are. And I guess that would be the view of many a blue. The problem with downing tools is that it then leaves open to debate how good the manager is, so he gets off the hook. As an season ticket holder I want every ounce of effort on the pitch.
But I feel your pain, Mark. Shit this is hard. It's a terrible time, mate.
300 Posted 03/10/2017 at 17:20:42
We need a true blue chippie owner from Kirkdale to sell his business and buy Moshiri out. Bring back Royle, Harvey and Reid. Cancel the new stadium as well, we need the mid 80s.
301 Posted 03/10/2017 at 17:26:04
302 Posted 03/10/2017 at 17:41:40
Yet another scout joins. I can't wait to get some of the quality Russians Arsenal have been chasing.
303 Posted 03/10/2017 at 17:47:35
You've fucked up sharing that info though mate. I am going to steal a march on you. I'm applying to the council for a stall on Goodison Road for the next home game.
Only two lines: Grass skirts and Kites.
304 Posted 03/10/2017 at 18:15:36
I remember the feeling on TW when it was mooted that we should get Rooney back a lot in favour, significant numbers against. And yet when Rooney appeared at Goodison Park in that testimonial, the reception he got was almost to a man rapturous. I'd be interested to see if the TW poll is reflected at Goodison Park generally.
Will you take second-hand stuff? Mine rubs on my crotch.
305 Posted 03/10/2017 at 18:27:42
306 Posted 03/10/2017 at 18:41:30
307 Posted 03/10/2017 at 19:23:31
308 Posted 03/10/2017 at 21:00:17
309 Posted 03/10/2017 at 21:16:45
310 Posted 03/10/2017 at 21:19:43
Some time ago, I wrote a piece on this site defending Barton and arguing that people deserve a second chance. The comments made me change my view. In my view, Barton is a low life, self-serving rat who has written a self-serving rat book.
If he should ever come to our club in any form, I would be ashamed.
311 Posted 03/10/2017 at 21:33:16
If it isn't, I'd just like to add that England are well fucked in the Ashes without Stokes. They should bend the rules just for him, you know enable him to go. It wasn't all that long ago punishment for criminals was going to Australia, now we live in a world where punishment for criminals is they're not allowed to!
Besides he hasn't been found guilty. (Yet). The Aussies inflicted Warne on us, they have it coming.
312 Posted 03/10/2017 at 21:35:53
"If he should ever come to our club in any form I would be ashamed."
What about ghostly form?"
313 Posted 03/10/2017 at 21:36:51
Just one, I'm intrigued. You clearly must think he's a very good manager, that's obviously a given. Tell me why, one good reason will do...
315 Posted 03/10/2017 at 21:44:06
If this is the case then changing the manager may not resolve anything and may actually make matters worse dependant upon how the players react.
316 Posted 03/10/2017 at 21:44:38
318 Posted 03/10/2017 at 22:00:45
You can get in ten different managers before January, but without a new striker we'll struggle to win too many games. Also, while this may be Koeman's fault, knowing Everton as we all do, there may be more to it.
319 Posted 03/10/2017 at 22:04:31
Usmanov sells his shares for £525 million and gets us for a snip of that, sacks the imposter and employs a proper manager, at least then we might stay up this year!
320 Posted 03/10/2017 at 22:09:50
321 Posted 03/10/2017 at 22:28:41
322 Posted 03/10/2017 at 22:32:01
"Although Moshiri has appealed for calm after fans demanded Koeman is sacked, Everton are already considering likely replacements."
I know. I know. It's The Sun... lol.
323 Posted 03/10/2017 at 22:36:39
If we are still utter shite in January, then Unsworth will get the reigns until next season.
Thus spake Zarathustra.
324 Posted 03/10/2017 at 22:43:48
325 Posted 03/10/2017 at 22:47:39
It is only guess work what exactly is going with Moshiri and his plans for the club; however, if Usmanov does dump his Arsenal shares then things could get pretty interesting.
326 Posted 03/10/2017 at 22:52:50
I personally think his position is untenable. Past the point of no return I'm afraid. I think his relationship with the players is broken.
327 Posted 03/10/2017 at 22:56:35
What on earth does that achieve?
328 Posted 03/10/2017 at 23:04:15
He then start ostracising Barkley and Deulofeu who while not brilliant can both be game changes. He sanctions the move for Rooney when he was finished s few years ago and then breaks the record for a player in Sigurdsson who needs to play where Rooney plays.
His football tactics have been woeful in almost every game and I still seethe at how we rolled over to a 10 man Man City. A real weak mentality in that game.
I can't see it changing and can't see many reasons to hold on to him.
329 Posted 03/10/2017 at 23:11:17
331 Posted 03/10/2017 at 23:34:35
The only person who'll be out of pocket will be Moshiri, and the club and us fans of course, to the cost of being once again unable to afford other millionaire self-serving players who may, but only if they feel like it mind, deign to make a modicum of effort to do even the basic things required of a good amateur player.
332 Posted 03/10/2017 at 23:51:30
333 Posted 03/10/2017 at 23:56:04
334 Posted 04/10/2017 at 04:03:02
335 Posted 04/10/2017 at 05:38:22
1) It is too early in the season, too knee jerk, giving us too much reputational damage. We would become a reputed 'Hire and Fire' Club.
2) Fergie at Man Utd. He made things worse before they got better. Not firing him worked out well for them.
3) Footy is a funny old game. The apparent shit may turn to gold. Leicester won the Premier League so anything is possible.
336 Posted 04/10/2017 at 06:25:10
337 Posted 04/10/2017 at 07:11:43
338 Posted 04/10/2017 at 07:14:01
339 Posted 04/10/2017 at 07:48:23
340 Posted 04/10/2017 at 08:52:41
341 Posted 04/10/2017 at 09:21:30
Things could get interesting .
342 Posted 04/10/2017 at 09:22:05
With Moshiri and Usmanov's links to Arsenal, it could have spouted a whole new conspiracy theory on Moshiri's patience with our Tactical Maestro.
343 Posted 04/10/2017 at 09:24:33
Cheeky ps - Trying to get tickets for Brighton (or Arsenal) if anyone can't make it.... txt 07703124136, thanks!
344 Posted 04/10/2017 at 09:36:24
I agree with you.
But a new manager would still have the same problem. No 15-20 goal a season striker.
Not sure what Lookman has done wrong not to at least get off the bench.
We have a lot of possibles, but no definite in the current squad. We could gamble on one, but he would need a run of games to get up to speed, by then we could see ourselves in a relegation battle. Having said that we already are!
I think we are stuck with Koeman unless Usmanov comes in, then things will change. Wont they?
345 Posted 04/10/2017 at 10:05:29
Just suppose Barkley had been sold along with a few others, we would have had the cash to buy a top striker before the window closed. Now it's taking a while to bed in new players. We have some really promising lads coming through, so things will get better soon.
346 Posted 04/10/2017 at 10:11:04
So, no, cannot see the board sacking the clown. We're stuck with him until well past Christmas, unless he fails to take us up the table at all, then maybe they might act.
347 Posted 04/10/2017 at 10:17:23
There are, I would suggest, a number of reasons why Ancelotti might be tempted to take the Managers job at Goodison:
1. Money – as I suggested in my original post – maybe I should have upped his basic.
2. Everton is a genuine project – a rebuilding proposition – not, in the short term, as high pressure as the jobs he has had previously.
3. If he managed, with the backing of Moshiri, to get Everton back to the top that would that would be a crowning achievement to his career.
4. The challenge – not the "looking for a new challenge" type challenge, but a genuine challenge. This might appeal to him.
5. Moshiri and his contacts.
6. The club and its traditions – he will know our history – being an Italian that will appeal to him.
7. Last but not least – Evertonians like Italians:)
As far as Benitez's comments are concerned about us being a small club. I was suitably outraged at the time, however, I am older and wiser now so I have learnt to accept the truth when I hear it regardless of who the messenger is. I am no longer living in the past even though I treasure the memories. I am looking to the future.
You are correct of course about the successes of the dark side - see last paragraph and below.
The reason they flourished from the 60s onwards is because they had a great manager* who built the foundation for Paisley and the managers that followed him over the ensuing 50 years. The last great manager they had was Benitez.
I like Unsworth but I wouldn't hand him this poison chalice – too much to ask of him. No, the situation requires a manager that will command the players' immediate respect, for what he has won as a player and coach, his tactical know how, and his man-management skills. Whoever it is, he can make Unsworth his apprentice.
348 Posted 04/10/2017 at 10:29:23
BBC also suggest that we and West Ham are interested in Walcott in January. Add to this the Kronke attempt to by out Usmanov, and it suggests interesting times ahead.
Getting back to reality, I fear that sacking Koeman will merely deflect the responsibility from the club for the abject failure to get more dosh for Lukaku (who will get 30 goals this year) and to bring in a replacement.
As one of the earlier posters said a new manager will still have to find goals from somewhere. Players that cost a fortune or earn a fortune will still have to sit on the bench as the new boss tries to keep some of them happy.
I presume that the powers within the club are wondering who to line up for the job, but they really can't afford to get in another guy as inadequate as Koeman.
I still think that the players have to shoulder much of the blame. It was the same with Martinez. The quality of player let Martinez down, as his system might have worked if he was at Man City (Stones is now looking class).
Koeman has lost his prize striker and important right back and good left winger. I would imagine that he would have liked them replacing. Our board deemed that we would simply wait for the injured to heal and save millions. Then they fucked-up the Giroud deal/or whoever else!
So in conclusion, Koeman has made plenty of blunders with his tactics, formations and man-management, but things might have been a lot better had the board/Walsh provided good players.
A new man might get them more motivated but it will be the same squad for some time yet.
349 Posted 04/10/2017 at 10:53:48
I hope I didn't give you the wrong impression, I would love Ancelotti to come to us, but being an old cynic I just don't see it happening. I think we will have to disagree over the merits of hiring Benitez.
Were we go from here I really don't know, but things have to change quickly otherwise relegation could become an issue. Many say we need a manager the players will respect, well to be fair when we signed Koeman I am sure many including me thought we had got a manager the players could respect.
As we had just had 2 seasons of a manager praising players and performances that were awful, so I hoped a straight talking Dutchman might be the answer.
I don't think Koeman believes he will see out his contract, he doesn't cut a happy figure on the touchline but with the results and performances maybe that's understandable. But I couldn't imagine there would be many laughs on the training ground under Koeman. And as we know a happy team is usually a successful one.
I don't want him to praise performances that don't warrant praise but at least show you care.
350 Posted 04/10/2017 at 11:15:22
What a flop Moshiri has been. Choosing to keep Boys Pen Billy at the helm and involved with transfers was his first error and it's been all downhill from there.
I guess we should have seen it coming, though. This is Everton and nothing ever ever changes. Seventh will always be heaven if we are lucky!
351 Posted 04/10/2017 at 11:18:58
Towards the end of your response/comments you say the board 'fucked-up the Giroud' deal, exactly how?
If a player decides he doesn't want to leave a club, how have they fucked it up?
They've certainly made plenty of mistakes over the last 20 years, but you have no evidence they messed up on this occasion.
Those gobshites across the park, certainly screwed up the VVD deal by making an illegal approach for the player without the consent of his club. Now that's really screwing up.
352 Posted 04/10/2017 at 11:30:03
Phil (#350) It must be dire if you have lowered your sights it will be okay.
I don't know what has come over me tonight... I'm feeling sort of optimistic?
353 Posted 04/10/2017 at 11:35:40
And in my opinion we dodged a bullet by not signing Giroud, because he's one of the slowest strikers in the Premier League. A good target man maybe but what is abundantly clear is we need more pace up front.
354 Posted 04/10/2017 at 11:58:06
Amit, if that refers to me, I think you've misspelt it! I'm more wizened than wisened!
355 Posted 04/10/2017 at 12:53:13
Once the media and fans have jumped on the bandwagon it's a very rare thing to turn things round. Add this to Koeman not wanting to manage us beyond 2019, and that we as fans never took to him any way, why prolong the inevitable??
This international break should be used to source the next manager and not just to give Koeman more time to come to what we all know will be the same conclusion. We have got some exceptional players now at Everton thanks to Steve Walsh I am sure. Let's get a proven winner in there rather than another potential.
We don't have the finances to change manager each year and give them each £150m, so it has to be right. Do the right thing now Everton and not in a month or two when we are in the same boat.
Every extra game a new manager will have to develop this squad is crucial. If we don't get European football next season, the fans can get used to attracting players like Cuco Martina and not Giroud. Everton has to act right now as we know things won't change. He has had 4 friendlies, 6 Europa League games and 7 Premier League games. Is that not enough to instil even the basics???
I never rated Koeman in the first place as I felt his name preceded his ability.
356 Posted 04/10/2017 at 12:55:11
"I fear that sacking Koeman will merely deflect the responsibility from the club for the abject failure to get more dosh for Lukaku."
Eddie, it's worth remembering that half the posters on here were talking about "snatching Man Utd's hand off" if they offered £50m for Lukaku, who, remember, couldn't trap a bag of cement, his first touch was a tackle, scuffed all his shots that resulted in goals, was "one lazy fucker", couldn't hold the ball up, and would be driven to whatever destination he chose provided Everton shoved the "idle twat" out of the door.
So, many of ToffeeWebbers think EFC did a fantastic job getting £75m-£90m for him. I assume you're addressing the TWers who thought he was undersold?
357 Posted 04/10/2017 at 13:11:30
There is no cohesion in the team, they just don't look good. . We are paying a lot of money to people to manage the club, they aren't doing this. The issue is that, win or lose, sink or swim, their contracts and pay off's will leave them sitting pretty for the rest of their lives, so no pressure. This is the way of the modern game. If Koeman was to leave the club with no pay off and no benefits then we would see a different team. He would have to make it work.
So, what do we do? Top managers and top players don't want to come here. The answer is quite simple. We put Unsworth in charge, start integrating the youngsters into the first team. Concentrate on bringing the youngsters on in the Under-23 setup, and leave the others to pay over inflated fee's for a bunch of has been's. The fans will accept a top seven finish for a team that is work in progress where they see some hope in the future.
The School of Science is rapidly becoming Frankenstein's monster.
358 Posted 04/10/2017 at 13:28:37
359 Posted 04/10/2017 at 14:22:55
It's not much of a condolence but hopefully the team can turn it around before imploding.
360 Posted 04/10/2017 at 14:44:34
Usmanov is likely to pump money in once he get's involved, given that he's sat on the sideline for so long at Arsenal – a new stadium, masses of money (double that of Abramovich) and surely huge investment in the playing staff.
Imagine how many Number 10s we could buy!
361 Posted 04/10/2017 at 14:47:12
Besides, the team this season has frequently had Calvert-Lewin, Holgate, Davies and occasionally Kenny in it and, with one exception, the youngsters have hardly set the world alight. How many would you blood at once and still hope to finish in the top half?
362 Posted 04/10/2017 at 15:24:26
Surely the BBC business pages or the Financial Times would be hot on the trail of the story if it had any basis in reality?
Even if the story proves true and Usmanov relinquishes his shareholding in Arsenal, it doesn't mean he will automatically buy any part of Everton FC. I would be very happy if he did but, at the moment, we have our own issues to address and I do hope that those in power at the club realise this and take appropriate action rather than dreaming of a richer sugar-daddy being involved at Goodison.
363 Posted 04/10/2017 at 15:32:36
364 Posted 04/10/2017 at 15:36:51
I'm not saying there's no truth in the bid whatsoever; rather, I'd have expected more detail by those business and financial sources I mentioned.
365 Posted 04/10/2017 at 15:42:34
There is some good experience in the team, and the youngsters would benefit from it. A good grounding in this league will only increase confidence for the future. Its all about being match fit and match confident and playing as a team.
366 Posted 04/10/2017 at 15:44:45
367 Posted 04/10/2017 at 15:46:15
368 Posted 04/10/2017 at 15:46:32
The way it's looking now, we're not going to get seventh, probably not even a top half finish. The only way we could end up not calling that a catastrophe would be if we ended up using the remainder of this season to give the young and hungry a good run in the first team without being relegated. Well, if that would have led to us finishing top-6, or even top 4 the following season, then hindsight would call it brave and visionary!
But football today is a business, so that will never happen. Every placing on the final table is worth more money than the next lower placing, after all. So we'll probably be boring and frustrating the rest of the season, with any little improvement seen by the Board as proof that their little Ronald is finally coming to grips with the situation...
369 Posted 04/10/2017 at 15:47:38
If I was appointed then I would play the following side:
Kenny Keane Holgate Baines
Lennon Sigurdsson Lookman
Key thing for me is getting pace into the side. I think in my side everyone is either over 28 or under 23!
Kenny is as good as Martina and should play until Coleman is fit. Holgate is so much faster than Williams and this alone will make the side more attacking. The defence can go up a few notches. Holgate can learn to work with Baines and so cover behind him and allow Leighton to get forward more, without worry.
I know many on here don't want to see Schneiderlin in the side, but he is the only player capable of spraying 40-yard passes. It's a disgrace that no one else can, or that we let Barry leave. We have to work with what we have and that means Schneiderlin has to play. In addition, if a move breaks down, Schneiderlin is the one to fill in for Baines or to drop into Holgate's position as he covers Baines. He needs to be much faster in the transition, though, and be getting forward more. He also needs to move his default position 10 yards further forward.
Davies for Gueye for me. Schneiderlin and Davies worked very well together last February and I feel that they are the best combination in the engine room. I know people see it as two defensive midfielders, but it is really just two central midfielders and they need to push further forward. Whilst Schneiderlin's job is to get the ball and bring it out of defence (quickly), and to pass it to the wings and the channels, Davies's job is to press high and chase and harry. Davies should be playing further forward and only sitting on those rare occasions that Morgan goes forwards. This is the natural position of Davies, and where he played in his youth career.
The attacking trio now has pace and width. Two wingers to get wide, to offer Schneiderlin options and to stretch the opposition. Lennon offers experience, energy and consistency, whereas Lookman is all raw talent. But how will he develop without first team games? Vlasic is also an option here, and heaven forbid, let's get Mirallas back into contention. Sigurdsson is the record signing and works better without the other No 10s, Rooney and Klaassen would sub in of course.
I think Calvert-Lewin works best a lone striker. He offers a lot with his youthful exuberance, high work rate, awesome energy levels, and never lets defenders have time on the ball. Niasse offers an alternative late in games. Rooney and Sandro are other options.
My key signing would be Barkley, I would make him an offer he cannot refuse!
370 Posted 04/10/2017 at 15:51:34
James Marshal (#360).
How do you go from Usmanov selling his Arsenal shares to Usmanov then taking over Everton and for some unknown reason buying us a new stadium and top quality players???
I doubt the guy knows or even gives a fuck where Everton is on any given map of the world; so helping out his good mate Moshiri is probably way down his list of "spunking money against the wall" projects.
371 Posted 04/10/2017 at 15:57:32
Everyone believes that deal to be fishy. There is clearly something going on with Usmanov and Everton. Either he is manoeuvring to take over Arsenal by making it look like he will jump to us if they don't let him on the board, or he is fed up of being on the outside at Arsenal and wants to have his own football club, and as he is getting older, Everton will have to do.
Moshiri is a curious man. His backstory is interlinked with Usmanov and he seems to be a mere puppet for him. I, like many here, am waiting to see how this all plays out.
372 Posted 04/10/2017 at 16:08:03
Oh for the days when Moyes would have to look under the sofa to find some money to buy someone, and how Evertonians wished for a billionaire owner. Yet, now they have one, and Everton are far worse than under penniless Moyes.
373 Posted 04/10/2017 at 16:11:16
He's been a silent shareholder at Arsenal for a long time, and by all accounts over the years, wants to be in control of a football club - put 2+2 together and you get Everton
Let a brother dream will you!
374 Posted 04/10/2017 at 16:22:09
375 Posted 04/10/2017 at 16:25:07
I know people will point to the flops, like Biffa Beattie, but his transfer record was very good.
Fellaini was our record signing under Moyes. Unlike our current record signing, he was our best player, and we sold him for a profit.
Yakubu, was not a success, but that was mainly down to injury, although there was also a question over his real age and that perhaps he was a few years older than we thought and so we splashed a lot of money on a fading player anyway. Despite this, he still scored at a very good rate and when he played he did well.
Johnson was so-so. He did well at times, but appeared to be left behind as the team improved. Can't recall making a profit on him, but we didn't lose much on him. he was not a signing we would have made had we had proper money, he was an example of settling for what you can get for short term gain.
Bilyaletdinov absolute flop. He got this one wrong big time. But then again he was a Russian international. Probably just goes down to not doing the homework properly to see he would not fit in, and was painfully too slow.
Van der Meyde absolute flop. I would say though, that this was the kind of signing that we had to make back them. We were buying damaged goods at a knock down price. This means there is a risk that it won't come off. We took a gamble and lost. But it was still a gamble we had to take and in the circumstances at the time, I think we were right to take the gamble. I'd put Pienaar in this bracket as a risky transfer, but one that did come off.
All-in-all, I think when Moyes spent money he largely got it right. But undoubtedly his best work was with Cahill, Coleman, Arteta, Baines, Jagielka, Pienaar, Lescott, Yobo, and so on.
376 Posted 04/10/2017 at 16:27:01
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378 Posted 04/10/2017 at 16:40:10
379 Posted 04/10/2017 at 16:43:01
380 Posted 04/10/2017 at 16:54:44
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382 Posted 04/10/2017 at 17:10:27
I won't let you bring me down! I may be pissin' in the wind, but being an Evertonian is hard enough as it is without being told all my dreams are pish!
383 Posted 04/10/2017 at 17:16:28
George Cumiskey (#353). I didn't say that the board/Walsh foisted players on Koeman I don't know why you suggested that!
On Giroud, you think we dodged a bullet as he is slow and we need pace. I think he would have done a good job, in my opinion he looks as fast as Kane (who isn't the quickest) but he does win headers, can hold the ball up and he has good feet . Even if he isn't very quick, a good target man enables the midfield to catch up, and obviously gives the team an outlet when under pressure.
Anyway, even when we had Lukaku many on here were calling for another striker to take some of the burden off him, so once Valencia and Kone went we really should have expected two new front men.
384 Posted 04/10/2017 at 17:23:01
When we spend £47 million on Sigurdsson it puts the Lukaku deal into perspective. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Incidentally, I was delighted to get the sum for Lukaku as it was clear he no longer wanted to play for us. Nobody wants an unhappy player moping around.
385 Posted 04/10/2017 at 17:33:37
Dave Wilson much as I'd like to state also that we are one of the biggest clubs in the country, unfortunately there's almost half a Premier League that are bigger than us. I agree totally with the supporters saying about small club mentality from the hierarchy (classic being the 'unexpected loss' quote from Moshiri) and we do need to shake this off top to bottom to become winners again.
Those of you (in the minority) defending Koeman while I'm interested in theories of power struggles in the boardroom, etc (and there may be some truth there, who knows) you cannot get away from the fact that he had a whole summer plus a lot of money to have a balanced, competitive team/squad.
Where were the defensive reinforcements? One left back is all we've got ffs!! Where was the pacey winger or two? Where's the quality striking addition? Okay, one could argue we do have some pacey wide players that simply aren't playing (Mirallas, Lennon, Lookman, & Bolasie) and Yannick is obviously yet to return from injury.
But my point is that it was up to Koeman to address any problem positions or lack of options and he failed to do this. Anyone that says it isn't his fault and that Walsh or Kenwright failed him, I'm not having it.
Surely he would've walked if he had been undermined so badly in terms of transfers. By not doing so he must have been content with his purchases. How we let him end up with so many central attacking midfielders is a mystery and a travesty that so much money and time (in the case of Sigurdsson!) got wasted.
I am, however, bemused at how poor some of our players look, Williams for example. I saw a warrior playing centre back for Wales in the Euros, he looked immense! Arsenal fans slag off Ramsey a fair bit but he impressed me a lot in that tournament too.
So, as a question, what is the best thing we can do to put more pressure on Koeman & The Board in order for him to leave his position? Look how long Newcastle stuck with McClaren that season and by the time Benitez came in it was too late as they were too far adrift. Valencia is happening again for Koeman, EFC have to act decisively...
386 Posted 04/10/2017 at 17:38:21
387 Posted 04/10/2017 at 17:39:41
Ask anyone in the game/any sport and they'll all agree with that sentence though I'm now braced for all the experts to say otherwise.
388 Posted 04/10/2017 at 17:46:04
The players confidence will have taken a beating, no doubt. So let's get someone in to motivate them, give them clear instructions, man-manage them effectively, put round pegs in round holes and start getting our bloody pride back a bit! The ship is taking in water and the board are sat there pondering the cost of plugging the holes...
389 Posted 04/10/2017 at 17:59:44
New players at a new club, with a new manager, a "New challenge". Where's the motivation? Most of the new players turn suddenly lethargic and uncommitted? Not performing as they did at their previous clubs, due to individual lack of effort, or simultaneous lack of form? Unlikely.
Yes, the players are the ones that have to execute things on the pitch in the final reckoning. In an atmosphere of negativity, tactical confusion, strange team set-ups, under a seemingly dour manager that is now apparently feeling the pressure.
Though I personally think some of these signings are less than they were hyped, I'd cut them a little slack.
390 Posted 04/10/2017 at 18:21:47
I agree with you, I thought that the figure of £90m (including the add-ons) was respectable for a player wanted out, but that was at the beginning of the window; who knew things would take off as they did?
It just shows how divided opinion was on here when you think that some would have accepted £50m for him, What would they (Man Utd) sell him for now?
391 Posted 04/10/2017 at 18:23:43
The players don't want to play for him. Shit bags. Play for the fans, play for the shirt. And play for your professional pride.
392 Posted 04/10/2017 at 18:35:01
This was followed with a load of guff about the new players needing time to "gel"...heard that word come out of someone else's gob recently. He went on to say that he wished we had 11 Wayne Rooneys...
An interesting notion that. A minibus to bring them all to the ground. The interview could not have been better orchestrated unless Moshiri had done it himself. Gonna be a long winter, chaps.
393 Posted 04/10/2017 at 18:35:30
I'm not saying it's right but it may be the way it is. However, perhaps they are trying to play but Koeman's instruction is causing otherwise?
394 Posted 04/10/2017 at 18:49:07
No pattern of play
395 Posted 04/10/2017 at 19:03:29
So I keep asking myself, is he just too good at following orders from the manager? Could releasing him from some overly defensive game plan finally let us have all those good forward passes the team needs?
396 Posted 04/10/2017 at 19:27:39
397 Posted 04/10/2017 at 19:33:27
I wonder what Tony says to his mates though?
398 Posted 04/10/2017 at 19:36:49
His covering looks dodgy and how he let Kendrick stroll past him before scoring looked anything like what a DM should be doing.
399 Posted 04/10/2017 at 19:38:35
400 Posted 04/10/2017 at 19:40:40
yes, if nothing happens now, that might well become our 'long spring of discontent'!
I just don't get it! Koeman wanted a bigger squad, so that he could rotate players due to the increased number of games we'd have this season. And then he tries to shoe-horn in the players who ought to be rotated, while leaving out the players who could improve on the last performance if they got enough games... Lennon, Lookman, even the erratic Mirallas!
As of now, any opposing manager knows that Koeman will start the game without anyone to worry about out wide, so they can tailor their team towards that...
401 Posted 04/10/2017 at 19:53:15
402 Posted 04/10/2017 at 20:02:36
Not a phony bone in his body.
403 Posted 04/10/2017 at 20:04:40
404 Posted 04/10/2017 at 20:08:13
Just as Uncle Bill kept his faith in Roberto, Moshiri will do the same with Koeman. It's a question of pride and not admitting he was wrong. He'd get precious little thanks from his partner Usminov if 'the rebirth of Everton project' was shown to be an abject failure from Day 1, now would he?
So stop counting the days until we wave Ronnie goodbye and dig in for a long winter. After all, we may all have got it wrong and our team just may be in the hands of a managerial maestro. Moshiri believes so, anyway!
405 Posted 04/10/2017 at 20:09:22
406 Posted 04/10/2017 at 20:11:53
407 Posted 04/10/2017 at 20:13:19
At the end of Teresa May's speech, did my eyes deceive me or did the banner behind her read, "Building a country that works or Everton"?
(Apparently some letters fell of the original slogan)
Even the Tories are taking the piss out of us now!!!
408 Posted 04/10/2017 at 20:15:23
409 Posted 04/10/2017 at 20:30:55
I think you will find Moyes did 4th from top to 4th from bottom mate. The year we fluked 4th place we fell apart the following season. Once Moyes brought in Per Krøldrup, Phil Neville, Simon Davies, & James Beattie. It was 2004 and we were doomed once Davey got his stamp on the side. I don't understand why some think Moyes was ever any good. He was a loser like Koeman is.
You can not compare what Ferguson did 25 years ago at Man Utd with the football of today. Football today well Its a completely different animal. Also Man Utd were the biggest club in the world; they still are.
Everton are nothing more than a mid table unprofessional, unambiguous joke of a club. Hard to say but true. Comparisons with Man Utd are silly at best mate.
410 Posted 04/10/2017 at 20:42:54
Koeman made the biggest mistake in his career by letting him go. He had 2 more years on his contract with Everton.
411 Posted 04/10/2017 at 20:52:39
Moshiri or perhaps Usmanov need to get us the modern day William Ralph Dean, unless Rhino can unearth a real diamond striker. Perhaps even Calvert-Lewin can develop as Harry Kane did? We need more than just a striker though sadly I fear.
Anyway, I am clearly a dreamer and will probably die unfulfilled in respect of my Evertonian dreams at this rate.
412 Posted 04/10/2017 at 20:58:26
How would they fit in with the supposedly experienced, done it all seen it all before prima donnas we seem to have in the first team at the moment? They wouldn't because Koeman would extinguish any trace of ambition, any time a youngster had the nerve to try something that isn't printed in triplicate in Koeman's pre match nonsense, he would be benched, or worse.
I honestly wouldn't subject these kids to Koeman's tutelage, they are for the most part very good players. Let them be educated and used wisely by a manager who knows how to manage, which is not "my way or the highway" which seems to be Koeman's mantra.
All things considered re Koeman, tactics, formation, comments made and a stubbornness that beggars belief, I say Koeman out now.
413 Posted 04/10/2017 at 21:00:08
1. We spend a load of money i.e. Man City.
2. We get lucky, with a few good signings and some good management i.e. Leicester.
3. We invest heavily in youth, coach the players we have properly and work on making them better, fostering team spirit and slowly clawing our way to the top - i.e. Spurs, but they also paid top dollar for the best young kids.
4. We build short term to achieve small goals, reset and put in new goals, and step by step work our way up the table, ie, aim for 6th, then consolidate, then aim for 4th, consolidate, then push for the title. This is more the old fashioned way and there's no recent examples of this as most run out of money and fail to make the next step up, such as Moyes's Everton or O'Neil's Villa.
Personally, I would like to see option 3 and slowly develop the best young talent we can find. I liked the approach we've taken with young kids, but I am frustrated that Koeman appears to shut the door on most of them. It's similar to what Moyes did, otherwise we could have had Dier or Mustafi at centre back for us now.
414 Posted 04/10/2017 at 21:04:27
We were seconds away from beating the fuckers at Old Trafford last season (a few short months ago).
415 Posted 04/10/2017 at 21:06:38
Everton's relationship with Manchester United is a curious one and one that has never sat very comfortably with me. Not many of the players that have arrived from Old Trafford to ply their trade at Goodison have been out and out successes and the financial rewards we receive from those deals for players going the other way tend to favour the Manchester club, as was the case with Rooney and now it would seem with Lukaku.
Blaming the current form on a missing player is an easy way out for the manager, we could have purchased a pair of very good strikers only to see them injured and unavailable for a long period of the season, what does the manager do in that situation?
He adjusts his formations and tactics to suit what players he does have available and makes the best of it. He also motivates the squad and doesn't allow them to feel as if they are playing with one hand tied behind their backs. Unfortunately it looks as if Ronald has failed to do either of those things and he too looks as if he is sulking at the lack of investment in a key area of the team.
Everton FC has been down this road so many times in the last couple of decades, refusing to purchase Dion Dublin in Howard Kendall's time, relying on Marcus Bent in 2004 and hoping the likes of Saha or Fellaini could lead the line when out of options.
Sometimes the lack of money available has been a factor sometimes it has been for other reasons but for some reason Everton FC seems to enjoy being hamstrung by one issue or another, which means it will never really compete and it matters not how much money is available in the war-chest.
416 Posted 04/10/2017 at 21:10:48
Fine margins, lad. A decent manager or chairman could / would change everything . You are not wrong though. Winners understand the difference.
417 Posted 04/10/2017 at 21:21:03
Last season when Chelsea started sniffing around Lukaku Moshiri said it would take £100 million to buy Lukaku. This pre season once Man Utd made known their interest and stepped in on the Friday Lukaku was gone by the Monday for £25 million less than the quoted figure no fight, no fuss, no haggling just let go for half his worth. This was during the period of the start of the massively inflated prices???
WTF is going on here? It stinks and all the moaning about us not bringing in a striker in the summer is pathetic .We let the best striker in the Premier League go for peanuts when in effect we needed to buy another striker partner with Lukaku.
I give up, mate. Moshiri is a bigger bellend than Kenwright if you ask me.
418 Posted 04/10/2017 at 21:31:57
Tony, what do you mean by that? Are you speaking figuratively because that is simply untrue. 17th to 4th to 11th is the correct sequence and ever afterwards anywhere between 5th and 8th. A far cry from the bottom, no matter how stale it might have become.
419 Posted 04/10/2017 at 21:42:48
What you need to do is to forget preconceived ideas of a defensive midfielder. The Lee Carsley role, the anchor man or the water carrier has long gone. The water carrier type player is actually playing further up the pitch these days, and is a position fulfilled by Gueye or Davies. I prefer Davies as he has more about him when he wins possession.
Schneiderlin does anchor the midfield, as he is the key fixed position in the side. but he is only half of the defensive shield. you will note that only he drops back to take the ball off the defence. If the defence has won the ball, then the theory is to get the ball to Schneiderlin and then he is to ping it to the wings, to the channels, or if he can find a good forward pass, to the forward. He is the only one who can play this position as, other than Rooney, he is the only one capable of hitting a 40+ yard pass with any degree of accuracy. Note I said capable, this was on purpose as his accuracy has not been great recently.
Not only does he get the ball off the defenders and take it forwards, but he also receives the ball off the midfield and drops back and then tries to hit a quarterback style pass.
So that's the theory. but what is going wrong?
First off: Ashley Williams. Ashley Williams is so slow that he is refusing to push past the edge of the box for fear of the ball over the top. If you dropped Williams in a relegation threatened side, or in the Wales side, and they played backs to the wall and defended the 18 yard box, then you would see a brilliant heroic display. He is still capable of that. But that is not Everton. We are expected to dominate possession, and we still have done in most games. So if we have the ball, our defence needs to push up the pitch to condense the play. Williams is refusing to do this. So it means the game is more stretched that it should be. The effect is that there is a bigger gap from attack to defence when we have the ball. Schneiderlin suffers because when the attack breaks down the opposition can get right at our defence. He is like the kid with his finger in the damn as we don't have enough players back. When Gueye and Schneiderlin are back, they are doing their defensive jobs well and the stats back this up, both are in the top 10 for defensive play this season (which I am sure will surprise you as much as me). When we do win the ball, and this is the key point, the defence is on the edge of the box, the midfield three is on top of Schneiderlin and the attack is heavily marked. What Morgan would like to do is to turn, drop, and hit a long pass to the flanks. He has little time to do this, as he has no room, Williams is squeezing him, and so he has to play an easy ball and recycle possession.
Second - there is no one to pass to. Schneiderlin receives the ball. Usually off Gueye. So watch him, because he will play against Brighton, and watch him carefully, he will get the ball and around him will be Gueye, Keane, Williams and Baines. Gueye just passed it him, he can't pass it back as Gueye will have nowhere to go and likely a man on him. Keane and Williams is a negative pass and the one who will ultimately choose. Baines is sitting deep, there is usually a winger near him, and Baines is not going to hit the afterburners and race up the pitch so he is not a pass. The next players are more likely to be subject to change, so lets call them by position. Left winger, this is not a winger but someone stood, and watch his feet, he is stood back to the touchline and usually heavily marked and stood still, ie Sigurdsson lately. He is also not stood close to the touchline and so is squeezing the play narrower. His feet are poorly positioned and he cannot or will not suddenly turn and run wide to the touchline. The right winger is usually also heavily marked, tends to be someone smaller and so cannot win the ball in the air. The central figure has tended to be Rooney and he is dropping to a position where he's almost on top of Morgan but again is coming with an army of markers. The striker themselves have either been Calvert-Lewin, who is marked by a load again, or Rooney and Sandro. If Rooney and Sandro, neither line up in the forward position, each pull wide to touchline or race back into midfield meaning Schneiderlin can't even loft a hopeful ball forward like he can if Calvert-Lewin is playing. In the last game Calvert-Lewin was pulling off to our right, in the channel and he was clearly told to do this, and we were clearly told to kick it to him there was the defenders and the keeper were also doing this. So in essence, our narrowness is making it difficult to find a person to pass to.
Thirdly, the transition. This is the absolute most important thing in football right now. Everyone is on about it. Mourinho is the master. Mourinho is so bothered about transitions he coaches his teams to be defensively minded in attack (we know because you can watch him coaching Real Madrid on this on YouTube). He wants an attacking team to keep enough shape that if the move breaks down the team can win the ball back immediately. If you have a counter attacking side like Liverpool or Atletico Madrid, then you will see they are all about transitions themselves. They are coached to win the ball and immediately attack. They are great at attacking transitions. Mourinho is smarter though, he figured out that these sides are actually weakest just as they win the ball, that they are vulnerable in the transition. If you keep your shape when you lose the ball, then can win it straight back, then you will find that a team like Atletico or Liverpool will have burst forward en masse and will actually be out of position. This also happened to us under Martinez when our gung-ho tactics saw us get caught on the break a few times from players being to eager to get forwards.
Big digression, so back on track, Schneiderlin and Everton. What we do wrong, and we can all see it is we are slow. We win the ball and we pass it so slowly it trickles and takes forever to reach a team mate. We need to snap the passes. These are pros. Hit it hard into their feet, they can and will control it. They can use the speed of the ball to take a touch that sets them immediately forwards. Instead they get the ball and have to go backwards because defenders are on them. This either happens to Morgan, or he is the next person passed to. we are just so slow it is unreal. What the hell is Koeman coaching on transitions? Why can't he speed us up like last season? Davies and Schneiderlin combined well, and they combined quickly. If the defence can snap the ball into Morgan's feet quickly then you see the best of him, the pitch is open and he can pick out a man.
Fourthly, confidence. The guy looks a beaten man. they all do. They can hear the crowd. Then can hear the groans. They know we are not happy. They will fear the groans. They will take the easy option. Better a small groan for going back than a big groan for giving it away.
What is the solution?
1. Drop Williams. Last season we had Funes there. He has legs and so we played a higher line. We cannot play Funes Mori at the moment, so we play Holgate. I'd rather risk an inexperienced defender with pace and play a higher line than play as deep as we have been.
2. Play wingers, stretch the play wide. make more space in the middle. Get wingers on the touchline to receive the ball to chest or to feet and move the ball about.
3. I already gave the solution here, hit faster, harder passes. Snap them into feet. sideways and backwards is fine early in a transition if the ball is moving and moving quickly and you are manoeuvring it around the opposition. Moving it back from the opposition and letting them reset their defence is the problem.
4. Win games and play better. Give the crowd something to use to get behind you.
But don't get me wrong, Morgan Schneiderlin is not playing well. We just need to consider exactly why that is and what we can do about it.
420 Posted 04/10/2017 at 21:51:29
"What the hell is Koeman coaching on transitions? Why can't he speed us up like last season?"
I didn't get any further than this. Its perfectly simple. You need an outlet. You need runners. There isn't one, and there aren't any.
421 Posted 04/10/2017 at 21:52:29
What I mean is David Moyes took us to 4th place with a team that were nearly all Walter Smith's players. We got lucky and just about hung on to 4th when we hardly won a game after the Xmas.
After Moyes brought in his own players, we bombed out of the Champions League qualifiers against Villarreal. That season was horrific. Not long after we escaped being relegated and stayed up with the lowest points total ever in the Premier League. Lowest goals total in our history.
What I was saying is we went backwards a lot under Moyes.
422 Posted 04/10/2017 at 21:53:35
423 Posted 04/10/2017 at 22:04:38
Dunno how you can say we went backwards under Moyes. He punted us forwards and we slipped back a few times from where he took us, but the position graph shows us going up and up, and all with spending comparatively less money than Smith.
I didn't know anyone had anything good to say about Smith's time at Everton. Talk about dour scots.
424 Posted 04/10/2017 at 22:06:14
I also think you are being a bit hard and fast with the truth there with the 'nearly all Walter Smith players'. Might be true in terms of numbers (not convinced it is, pretty marginal) but since the team included Tim Cahill, Joey Yobo, Nigel Martyn and even a few great months of Mikel Arteta, it is hardly true in spirit.
You could even throw in Osman and Marcus Bent as playing large parts in that 'lucky' league finish, both Moyes players.
425 Posted 04/10/2017 at 22:08:52
You're not remembering things too accurately, Tony.
426 Posted 04/10/2017 at 22:10:54
427 Posted 04/10/2017 at 22:11:49
"After Moyes brought in his own players we bombed out of the Champions League qualifiers against Villarreal. That season was horrific. Not long after we escaped being relegated and stayed up with the lowest pts total ever in the Premier League. Lowest goals total in our history."
Again. That was the season BEFORE we finished 4th. You are confused.
428 Posted 04/10/2017 at 22:16:58
Did we try to surprise anyone this season? Be original? Or did we just do the same old stuff, hoping they'd forget?
429 Posted 04/10/2017 at 22:18:09
430 Posted 04/10/2017 at 22:24:00
431 Posted 04/10/2017 at 22:32:55
432 Posted 04/10/2017 at 22:41:44
Frankly, we can aspire to nothing, not a fucking thing, while we sell our best players to Manchester United and provide a pension to their rejects.
The custodians of the club, not the fans, have a second-rate mentality. They will accept staying on the Premier League gravy train, that will do. That is what they expected from Moyes, Martinez and now Koeman.
We have an embarrassing attitude of inferiority. I use "we" I mean those who run our club. No imagination, no aspiration, no pride, no ambition, just gratitude that they can go to Old Trafford and share a bottle of wine with the custodians of a big club. Make themselves some money and continue as self-serving, greedy people who treat us all with contempt.
433 Posted 04/10/2017 at 22:44:21
I think you've got your seasons mixed up there. The worst of everything season (points etc) was Moyes second. He did 4th in his third season.
In his fourth season, the last of the yo yo seasons, we went out in the Champions League qualifiers and bombed out of the Europa badly. The league form was awful and we were at the bottom early on in the season. We recovered to finish 11th.
The difference between then & now is that I always knew we'd be ok. I knew we would recover in that fourth season. I'd seen enough from Moyes in his first season to know he deserved a third, despite how poor the second was. And I'd seen enough from Moyes in his third season to know he would put it right when his fourth started extremely poorly. Because, overall, we were improving and the squad was improving.
As it stands I'm unsure if we are going to be ok. Koeman hasn't really made much of an impact. The squad is an absolute mess. We have big, big problems front and back and they aren't going away until January, at the least. Our signing record of late is becoming absolutely atrocious. Three quarters of our frequently first choice back 4 isn't good enough. Lots of the options higher up the pitch are young players, or are unfamiliar with the division, or both. Koeman doesn't know his best side and players that at least knew the drill have been alienated or bombed out. Mixed into this we have the Europa. We really don't need this as the rotation just exacerbates the flux in selection. There's also much less time to work on the training ground ands get the players bedded into his way of playing. Its showing.
All in all, a perfect storm is developing. We are in deep shit.
The summer recruitment at Everton needs to be subject of an internal review to find out exactly what the fuck happened and who was precisely responsible for leaving ourselves light up front, at centre back, at left back and wide. The result is one of the most lopsided, one paced squads I've ever seen a top flight side have.
This goes a lot deeper than not getting a striker (we needed 2 anyway). This is fundamental mismanagement on the recruitment side.
434 Posted 04/10/2017 at 22:45:29
Do you have badges, by the way? If not, I'm surprised.
435 Posted 04/10/2017 at 23:02:14
I really enjoyed that piece too! Very interesting to hear about Mourinho.
I watched Man City do that very thing at Chelsea, losing the ball on the attack but having the right shape to still win it back again. It was stunning play against a top side (as we know to our cost).
One minor gripe with your analysis of our play is that you mention the right winger being short and therefore unlikely to win anything in the air, but if Martina or Holgate is playing there, and not Kenny, then we can win it!
I agree on Williams at Everton, but remember a few years ago (when Williams was a little quicker or lighter!), he played in a Swansea side under Rogers which played out from the back with aplomb.
He is a tremendous backs-to-the-wall defender, just like Jags, and I have seen him save our bacon many times this season. Many people seem to overlook the times he has thrown his body on the line to save certain goals.
He is costing us in poor distribution and being too heavy and slow. He has been allowed to coast it and perhaps the coaches should look at his weight.
I have said before that a lack of investment in cover for Coleman and Baines is costing us on the park. Pace down the flanks can turn teams inside out, but we are so predictable with such a narrow shape.
Oh for a young Pienaar!
436 Posted 04/10/2017 at 23:59:56
439 Posted 05/10/2017 at 00:25:50
I mean this based on rational, facts and the rest of what facts, people want to assess, as Everton fans. In a nutshell, it's very little, in terms of kudos, proven panache and improvement on the park.
For the time being EFC is going nowhere fast, and not even a chance of a good place soon in the Premier League.
This website proves with out doubt and unequivocally, that Evertonians, know football, and in fairness, derived from our best teams but also the better teams, on many big games, we fail and still the club laments.
It's feels to me EFC is missing a major plan, with integrity, and ownership.
Sick to the bear ends of embarrassing Derbies and the rest.
Burnley easily turned us over as expected. To me, it seems there is no solid bond from Finch Farm to the Board this season; and worse beckons: shit scared players faces coming out the tunnel, as home players, doesn't lie.
All views are welcome. Hope eternal in life and EFC!
440 Posted 05/10/2017 at 00:49:54
Whilst your post certainly provides a very fine, well thought out, synopsis of what Schneiderlin should be bringing to the party, it doesn't alter the fact he's too often turned up looking completely disorientated and clutching a half drunken bottle of Blue Nun.
How do you explain away his looking as lethargic as Leatherface's Grandpa, losing players from corner kicks, sloppily giving the ball away with under hit passes (he's one of the worst culprits for playing the sort of slow trickler that would look right at home on a heavily creased subbuteo pitch), going to ground unnecessarily, being unable to prevent anyone with pace bursting past him before trying to retrieve the ball by belatedly stretching/sliding in their slipstream or, bizarrely, trotting up to and right past an opposition player in posession on the edge of the box who is readying himself to shoot?
Temporary loss of form? He's been consistently poor both with and without the ball. His performances against Atalanta and Spurs, in particular, were abysmal. His performance against Spurs last season was equally as atrocious.
Your fourth point, regarding an erosion of confidence, probably rings truest to me.
It doesn't seem to me that Schneiderlin is being neutered by systematic shortcomings (or simply having to suffer Ashley Williams on the same pitch), but rather his own lack of nerve. As soon as Everton come under the cosh his much vaunted 'composure' starts to creak more viciously than Pinocchio's keks when the Blue Fairy promised to introduce him to the vast pleasures of human flesh.
If his role is, indeed, so key to setting the tempo for the entire team, then he really needs to start imposing himself on games, rather than settling for strolling about doing the simple things at a snail's pace.
While we've been crying out for inspiration and leadership, Schneiderlin has looked increasingly inhibited and lost.
441 Posted 05/10/2017 at 02:53:41
If you want things to change, play the players that give their all on the pitch. A starting lineup of Pickford, Baines, Keane, Holgate, Kenny, Vlasic, Gueye, Davies, Lookman, Sandro and Calvert-Lewin may not scare managers on paper, but all of them put a shift in every time they are on the field.
That's how you change your luck, through effort and hardwork.
442 Posted 05/10/2017 at 05:16:19
Always enjoy your tactical rundowns, objective and reasoned. The players have largely escaped criticism from me as my ire has been reserved for a manager I was at best lukewarm towards on appointment.
There are some, perhaps rightly asking why the players dont get a bollocking from me. Well its simple, too many of them have been awful. Thats not a coincidence. The systemic issues have completely dismantled the collectives confidence.
At that more granular level the teams lack of passing, and ball retention kills us. The team has very few good passers, a point you eluded to in your breakdown of Schneiderlin. Id argue only the Frenchman, Rooney and Baines have a decent range. Tellingly all three are always far to deep to make significant contributions.
Koeman favours a possession based approach and the lack of passers is amongst many things what has exposed us. Moreover our collective ability to hold the ball gives us little respite and stops us building up pressure.
Id simply say all that shitty tippy tappy passing gives players who arent that artful too much time to think. A more direct, energy driven approach would leave players acting on instinct, and relying on their physical attributes.
Id argue that would enable the team a greater chance to harness some form. The approach if somewhat basic, simplifies the players job and that is the first step on a long road back.
Obviously Koeman must pick a more direct formation and not over complicate things which has been my observation to date.
I wont hold my breath and yes all but a handful of players have been dismal, that lies at the door of the Dutchman.
443 Posted 05/10/2017 at 07:02:22
Enjoyed reading that mate. 👍
444 Posted 05/10/2017 at 07:26:30
Normally an international break for a struggling team means a chance to train together try new things and hopefully shake off the poor form in order to start getting the results you want.
This time will it work against us in the fact that the board will think we have possibly forgotten what Ronald is doing to our team in order to give him more time?
445 Posted 05/10/2017 at 07:58:29
It must be hard for a failing manager to spend a few days at home trying to sort out the mess hes got us into.
446 Posted 05/10/2017 at 08:31:25
Not to suggest him as our manager, but what a committed, hard working man. They spent a whole day or more with him behind the scenes, with wide access to his activities. Getting in at 7am is a "Late start" for him. 12 hour days, routine.
Hearing his thoughts on players, managing them, looking after them, their development and so on... well I've never been behind the scenes at Finch Farm and there is more than one way to skin a cat. However, the guy sounded like a different species to Koeman.
447 Posted 05/10/2017 at 08:38:15
On the subject of Schneiderlin it would be interesting just what orders Koeman gives him.
I wonder if the players are all too aware that no matter how hard they try, they know that as a whole they simply cannot compete with the top six. They watch Man City and Chelsea on telly, they know that none of them would get in either side and they expect to lose.
It isn't the end of the world, as even the owner didn't expect them to win those games.
The club just posted an evening with jags and Baines, and invited season ticket holders of the last ten years to attend.
I like both players, and admire their loyalty. However I found it sort of sad that neither of them had won anything. We ,as a club are happy to celebrate ten years of modest achievement. The pair talked of the semi penalty shoot out over Man Utd, and the order of pens .
It is a shame they didn't talk of how we were destroyed in the final.
I wonder if other mid-table clubs get a couple of stalwarts in to mull over the odd goal ?
I know these two have always given 100%, and I'm not having a go at them personally, but it is indicative of how the club think they can get away with it.
Moshiri on the radio telling us we didn't expect to beat Utd, Spurs, Chelsea or City.
Moshiri and Kenwright should explain what happened to the striker that we didn't sign.
Have the club post "An evening with Bill & Farhad".
448 Posted 05/10/2017 at 08:41:32
They wouldn't dare - and they wouldn't want to. An evening with proxy Jim Whyte perhaps.
450 Posted 05/10/2017 at 10:38:07
Oh sorry mate I thought your name was Bassett, read it wrong.
451 Posted 05/10/2017 at 12:13:47
452 Posted 05/10/2017 at 12:20:58
Koeman is as bad as one of those dodgy football agents taking money under false pretences. I have serious concerns about the Klassen to Everton deal we got stitched up on. Was RK doing an old pals act favour to his mates at Ajax? Wouldn't surprise me. Been known before.
453 Posted 05/10/2017 at 12:39:58
Michael/Lyndon, how about a regular column for Steve's interesting tactical insights?
454 Posted 05/10/2017 at 12:40:58
455 Posted 05/10/2017 at 12:58:54
This seems pretty astute to me because presumably the sacked manager will be keen to get himself re-employed asap rather than stagnate on the sidelines albeit on full pay for a couple of years, so it potentially gives the firing club an opportunity to get rid, but at a lesser cost.
If this was a viable and negotiable route for us it would give us the chance to replace RK assuming the potential cost of sacking him is a major stumbling block, although I am somewhat doubtful about that tbh given what we have been chucking money at.
456 Posted 05/10/2017 at 13:03:33
When did an international break constitute time off for managers!
Unlike relatively recent times, how many of the first team squad are away on international duty.
I dont count McCarthy in that question. We can try different formations with Williams away with Wales.
What an ideal opportunity to get the squad working together in order to put a team out that know what they are supposed to be doing.
Instead, if RK is in Spain, what (apart from the obvious) is he doing there.
Perhaps we should ask Jim White, to ask his ‘good friend Moshiri for an update.
You couldnt make this up!
457 Posted 05/10/2017 at 13:17:50
458 Posted 05/10/2017 at 14:01:06
It's not just Williams at the back, it's all of them - everyone passes the ball too slowly, so our transition is non existent.
Shneiderlin is NOT the problem, the defence and the lack of width, as you rightly point out IS the problem. People need to get off Shneiderlin's back, as he's massively hamstrung by the way we're setup and playing.
459 Posted 05/10/2017 at 15:02:11
Baines is also struggling and we have a new keeper. Not easy for the defenders, but they are struggling.
460 Posted 05/10/2017 at 15:13:30
It's not that I wouldn't like to see an immediate change, it's just not going to happen. Seven points from seven games does not a crisis make. not at Goodison it doesn't. Both Moyes and Martinez got into similar difficulties and survived and Koeman will be granted plenty of time to turn things round.
OK, it's Moshiri who gets to call the shots these days but I do not see him as a guy likely to listen to the mob. .My bet is that as long as we don't spend weeks on end in the bottom three, the Dutchman will get the rest of this season. At least. So the bookies favourites will have to look elsewhere if they want a change of employment.
461 Posted 05/10/2017 at 15:17:30
They are not playing as a tightly knit unit and other teams not just the big teams are exploiting the holes.
The goals by Bournemouth and Burnley cruelly exposed that fact. Williams was partially to blame for the Burnley goal, failing to move out with the others to catch the crosser offside. He is however only an average stopper who isn't going to improve at his age. Keane needs a solid partner and it isn't Holgate nor the aging Jags.
Going to be very interesting come January to see what happens if things don't improve significantly.
462 Posted 05/10/2017 at 15:22:50
463 Posted 05/10/2017 at 16:03:12
464 Posted 05/10/2017 at 16:40:15
I cant agree with any of your assessment. You are over complicating a very simple issue. I wont disagree with you regarding Williams. He is a big problem, but you are over sympathetic to Schneiderlin's situation. He is in woeful form.
His uncertainty when he receives the ball, the needless spinning around looking for a sideways or backward pass.
As others have pointed out he is the architect of many of his own problems. The culprit rather than the victim.
He is not the quarterback you portray him to be. He simply doesn't have the passing range, nor does he have the vision to see there are options. This season, the guy has been a red card waiting to happen. He is a decent defensive midfielder on his day, but he is most definitely not top draw. Jose dropped him like a hot potato. There is a reason for that.
I think you have got this totally wrong, its not just about tactics, its about individual ability and Scheids is certainly no Pirlo.
I would drop him in a heartbeat. He isn't switched on enough to play so deep and he doesn't have the ability to play a quarterback role. He could quite easily stride on 3-4 yards and change his entire situation. He doesn't.
I'd give the job to Rooney
465 Posted 05/10/2017 at 16:42:45
What youre talking about is commonly known as "Gardening leave" and it continues the person's contract paying him in the normal way until the end of his contract or them finding another job which would then limit compensation.
I don't know how his contract was drawn up but to my mind all of these managers (Martinez etc.) could be given a series of warning for performance and ultimately the sack.
I think its ridiculous that someone can make a horlicks of a job and walk away with millions.
466 Posted 05/10/2017 at 16:50:00
I just can't see Koeman turning this around and with Lyon twice, Arsenal and Chelsea coming up soon we could be looking at the season being over by early November if a change isn't made.
467 Posted 05/10/2017 at 17:02:52
Great idea, an assessment of each game from Steve would be an interesting read.
Steve, can you post a link to the YouTube video you mentioned re Mourinho please.
468 Posted 05/10/2017 at 17:13:52
469 Posted 05/10/2017 at 17:14:23
I think its Keane being unsure of himself.
He should have been picking up the Burnley scorer but stoofd off him in no mans land while Schneiderlin on seeing the danger ran from 15 yards away and as we know now made a hash of his tackle.
Keane has been in poor form the last few games and it is not Williams fault.
470 Posted 05/10/2017 at 17:24:54
471 Posted 05/10/2017 at 17:38:04
472 Posted 05/10/2017 at 17:41:05
If RK was to go gardening he's certainly getting practice digging himself holes.
474 Posted 05/10/2017 at 17:58:46
We the older generation have at least those memories of some great Everton teams and watching from the terraces.
Player power now, years ago Ronnie would be in a taxi or at least in John Moores office getting a rollicking.
475 Posted 05/10/2017 at 18:01:27
476 Posted 05/10/2017 at 18:07:11
477 Posted 05/10/2017 at 18:27:32
478 Posted 05/10/2017 at 18:28:44
479 Posted 05/10/2017 at 18:33:48
480 Posted 05/10/2017 at 18:34:56
Very good, but methinks theres more to it than meets the eye.
Perhaps he looking for a striker that Walsh and his team failed to find after 2 weeks in Italy.
We have become a joke!
481 Posted 05/10/2017 at 18:38:41
A week off for the top leagues around Europe.
482 Posted 05/10/2017 at 19:06:17
However, he should be at Finch Farm, unless he has already given up.
I hope his contract doesnt include the Martinez clause. If not when will we learn!
I still think he will be with us until the end of the season regardless. Then he can leave us in the lurch.
Prove me wrong, and I will be the first to apologise.
483 Posted 05/10/2017 at 19:06:45
Bad news for us Irish toffee's though, another few years of watching football that makes the Jack Charlton years look like "total football"
484 Posted 05/10/2017 at 19:15:09
Wouldnt be the end of the world. He would certainly bring some stability to a leaky defence.
If so, I might forgive him some of my sceptical comments. However, time will tell.
485 Posted 05/10/2017 at 19:29:04
486 Posted 05/10/2017 at 19:29:24
487 Posted 05/10/2017 at 19:39:05
I would take a chance though.
Good defender when fit.
488 Posted 05/10/2017 at 19:42:15
Totally agree with both of you.
So where does Steve Walsh fit in.
Perhaps (only perhaps) RK has taken matters into his own hands.
Never sure how RK views Walsh?
If its how I think it is, I may be eating humble pie. However, Im big enough and ugly enough to admit I was wrong.
489 Posted 05/10/2017 at 19:56:00
490 Posted 05/10/2017 at 20:09:46
My understanding was that we went for a loan deal during the window and they wouldnt entertain us.
Now with our current situation perhaps we should have paid up . However, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
491 Posted 05/10/2017 at 20:09:46
My understanding was that we went for a loan deal during the window and they wouldnt entertain us.
Now with our current situation perhaps we should have paid up . However, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
492 Posted 05/10/2017 at 20:14:00
To answer your question re free agent.
Im not sure.
However, in our current predicament well worth a punt if we can get him.
493 Posted 05/10/2017 at 20:20:23
494 Posted 05/10/2017 at 20:31:08
495 Posted 05/10/2017 at 20:33:58
496 Posted 05/10/2017 at 20:37:11
497 Posted 05/10/2017 at 20:42:51
498 Posted 05/10/2017 at 20:43:39
Or I might go to the pub.
499 Posted 05/10/2017 at 20:45:02
A welcome and interesting analysis.
Couldnt agree more on the Williams issue. I would like to see Holgate get a run of games with Keane , Sneiderlin In front if the for protection . It is a partnership with a future. Williams slowness is a problem .
Up front we are too static , time and again against Burnley there was no one making runs or trying to get behind the defence. Here I think we are missing Barkley. Someone who is always thinking about going past a player causing a second player to leave his position and challenge. Barkley creates spaces with his creativity.The only player who has come close is Tom. Who surely must start games from now on.
Also up front we lack the fear factor that makes opposition defences jittery and increases mistakes. Most defenders in the Premier league must hate playing against Lukaku . Stronger than the defender and direct , with decent aerial ability too.
The best teams will,have the pace (say rashford) and the Lukaku attributes as above. It is the biggest reason why Man Utd are flying this season, and look like scoring 2 , 3 or more in every game.
Our recruitment team and manager should take note.
500 Posted 05/10/2017 at 20:48:57
Get the players in their correct position so they can play as a team and not a group of individuals trying to find a man in space (not all camped in the middle) and then we can worry about players passing/defending and other abilities. We can come up with as much modern football bullshit terms as we wish (pressing game, transition period etc) get the ball in the oppositions box as quick as possible and defend as unit.
Although the Burnley game was an improvement we've not started with two out and out wide men all season, and on the whole we've been shite in every game bar none!!!!!!!!!!!!
501 Posted 05/10/2017 at 20:55:42
502 Posted 05/10/2017 at 20:57:29
I do not disagree that Schneiderlin is badly out of form, I merely highlighted why we are not helping him at present and contributing to it.
I also explained about what you call the the needless spinning around and the sideways or backwards passes. He is often receiving the ball with his back to goal and a man in close proximity. If not back to goal then there is still at least man in close proximity blocking an immediate forward pass. Because he is out of form and out of confidence he will take an extra touch, similar to an out of form striker taking an extra touch instead of hitting it first time. The spinning around though is as I said originally, we are lacking the options to pass to for the reasons I gave. Last season he was receiving the ball higher up the pitch, only 5 or 10 yards further forward, but this was enough to give him the security to drop back and then turn to find the pass. Of course, he is no Pirlo, he is not even a Carrick. Those two don't drop back and look for the pass, they already have the pass in their heads before the ball is controlled. Unfortunately, Schneiderlin needs to control it first, find some space and then get his head up and hit the long pass.
As for his range of passing, of course it's not close to Pirlo or indeed Carrick. But it is far superior to any of the rest of our squad, Rooney included. As for coming forwards, we saw in the last three games that if teams do let him turn and control the ball he will take a few steps forward.
The key is to stop Williams pulling the whole team so deep and so making it so he cannot drop into his little defensive pocket to turn and find the pass, when receiving back to goal, and that he doesn't have anyone hugging the touchlines to stretch the opposition out and give him people to aim for.
I can't be bothered watch England or Scotland tonight, so I just watched the 20 minute highlights of Bournemouth (because we played 442ish against Burnley and Schneiderlin wasn't playing the usual role in that game) and I saw plenty of examples I wanted to show you. However, despite downloading Movavi, I can't figure out how to make a YouTube video and draw the lines and circles on it, plus I don't really have the time.
I suggest you take a good look at this game and really look at Schneiderlin. However, you don't get quite the view I get in the Park End to see just how narrow we are, just how crowded it is ahead of him, and how there's so few options for him, that he often has little choice but to pass backwards.
Please though, don't say I am overly sympathetic to him, I said twice in my original post on this matter and now twice again in this one, that he is out of form and he is playing badly.
John G Davies - it appears the Mourinho video along with a load of others, including some great Biesla Bilbao videos have all been deleted.
Thanks to all of you for the kind words.
503 Posted 05/10/2017 at 21:08:34
Did you know, for example, that the Taiga forest in Russia is bigger than the entire Amazon forest? Trouble is the fkn Russian gangster businesses are destroying it at some alarming rate.
505 Posted 05/10/2017 at 21:14:58
Kim. If you're bored. Check out how a real coach drills his team so that when they're out on the pitch it all happens "instinctively". There'll be a few more links to more bielsa gold from that one too.
506 Posted 05/10/2017 at 21:16:31
He said words to the affect that at least he new his limitations and that he never chose the job, the job chose him!!!
But would come out of retirement to help out if needed.
507 Posted 05/10/2017 at 21:27:33
508 Posted 05/10/2017 at 21:31:54
Finally some entertainment at Wembley. Pitch invader.
509 Posted 05/10/2017 at 21:48:21
I said a similar thing on the 'Koeman cites Fear as Everton's biggest Enemy' thread..
Schneiderlin lacks confidence because, if your defence is slow and deep (Ashley Williams et al) there is a bigger space to be played around (left for dead) as a midfielder when the pass goes wrong, especially in a two with three slower, easily marked players (Rooney, Sigurdsson.. insert your own 'number 10') moving away from him as pass options.
Schneiderlin is bound to be hesitant in possession, hesitant and exhausted from constantly turning and running towards his own goal.
I agree we need pacey options to stretch the play and the fact the width is expected to come from Baines demonstrates how badly misjudged Koeman's squad assembly has been.
An innovative solution to the defence line problem could be for Gueye to drop in between and spread the centre halves as they approach the half way line and to act like a highline sweeper. His pace in the DL would give Williams et al the confidence to push all the way up. This would take some coaching because Gueye's natural instinct is to go to ball in the breakdown.
I think then we would need Davies (is there anyone better in transition?) or Rooney to play alongside Schneiderlin or it would be too empty in midfield BUT it would allow you to get the width from up front negating he need for our slow fullbacks to get forward.
In this system I would play all three fast, mobile front players.. DCL in the middle of Sandro/Lookman/Mirallas.
The ball would travel long distances and it would be exciting. Certainly not bulletproof or even top 4 challenging but not pedestrian, predictable and the worst combination of slow and deep and bunched up like we are now. The Squad still needs major surgery including new centre halves and full backs.
To recap, the team which could carry out the above plan would look like this:
Holgate Jags Williams Baines
Lookman Calvert-Lewin Sandro
510 Posted 05/10/2017 at 22:00:13
Have a read of it and then come back to this. I would say that our two man midfield is slightly flipped. The playmaker is Schneiderlin and the defensive midfielder is Gueye. Gueye is actually ahead of Schneiderlin as he is the one to go and press, whilst Schneiderlin sits or anchors. He will press the ball, of course, and then Gueye will sit, but it is more often than not Gueye who will be going forwards to close people down and so he is slightly ahead of Morgan. Similarly we are playing a number 10, a left sided inside forward, but no real right winger. in other words, three number 10s.
When I think back to last season, I think of a midfield we were all proud of and that was a three man midfield. The setup for me was this:
Gueye Davies Schneiderlin
Barkley Lukaku Mirallas
There was a clear three man midfield. We had Gueye and Davies who pressed hard and won the ball, Schneiderlin sat more, pressed less, and passed more. Ahead, Koeman did chop and change, but there was a sweet spot tactically whereby Barkley was wide right and Mirallas on the left, in the channel, and Lukaku through the middle.
Barkley was able to come in off the wing and link up play. He could also go wide, like when he put in that great cross to Lukaku.
The key point though was the midfield three was quicker, they won the ball and moved it quickly. Gueye has to get rid of the hot potato as his passing is poor. Davies is of the ability that he can make things happen himself.
Koeman has dumped Davies to enable him to crowbar a number 10 into the side and so stopped us from playing like we did. He's also looking for a place to play Rooney and Sigurdsson together and so we have sacrificed the width. Neither of them are fast and so we have lost pace. The thee man midfield didn't have a number 10, that was Barkley who was shunted onto the right, out of the way, where he couldn't cause damage defensively. However, maybe Koeman foresaw how Barkley could play the position, because Barkley really did make it work. As I have said before, on other posts, he is the only one who can play wide right, but still have the ability to jink inside and smash a shot at goal with his left, therefore, making himself very dangerous to opposition fullbacks. Also, being wide, the opposition find it difficult to double up on him, and so he finds more space to do his thing.
Barkley is gone, but I would like to see Koeman play without a number 10. Go back to the three man midfield, play Lookman on one wing, and then Sigurdsson on the other, as this would provide some balance. One can go outside, the other can come inside and link up play. We would need the mobility of Calvert-Lewin up top, and sadly there would be no room for Rooney, Klaassen or Sandro.
512 Posted 06/10/2017 at 04:58:29
Schneiderlin or "slidingin" as saints fans dubbed him, has never been known for his passing ability, its one of his shortcomings, I think he creates his own tight spaces with poor touch or unintelligent movement. He is often caught ball watching. I think most professional players would pass the ball well if all the stars were aligned the way you want them to be for him.
Its true he does often come back and receive the ball with his back to goal. but he does'nt possess the necessary awareness or skill to to do it. he doesn't position his body well enough and often receives the ball square on, forcing him to retreat. often straight into his own defenders.
Schneiderlin does not perform the role you say he does, He is often (too often) looking to do the same job as Gana and as a result we are easily exposed down either side of them.
Pirlo spent an entire career taking he ball from his own keeper or defenders, its wrong to say he never did this, but not only did he have the awareness to know what is behind him, he saw the "pictures" before hand, he knew what he was going to do WHEN he controlled the ball or moved it into the space he needed, Schneiderlin only thinks about what he is going to do IF he can do both of these things.
I wouldn't personally play Rooney in the position, but I do understand the case for it. He is a natural footballer who does think about what he will do before the ball even reaches him and does position his body in order to create space with his first touch.
To be a "quarterback" or indeed a Pirlo/Carrick, you need composure, you need the awareness of what's around you. You need to see to be able to see the "pictures" and you need to be supremely confident in your ability. I think Schneiderlin fall short all fronts.
He's a slightly above average defensive midfield player who I suspect wouldn't recognise your job description.
I like your tactical analysis, but disagree with you on this one. The player you describe would be perfect for Everton at this moment in time . . . . but you are not describing Schneiderlin
513 Posted 06/10/2017 at 08:00:45
But you cannot keep comparing him to pirlo as they are totally different players. The fact is Schneiderlin has the best passing ability of all of our midfielders and is the only one who can hit passes over 40 yards.
514 Posted 06/10/2017 at 08:52:46
Best video I can find for schniederlin. It is from happier times last season. He is clearly not playing a pirlo role but note he is hitting long passes. There is no one else who can do this in the current squad. But Barry was better is three years ago and should still be here to put some pressure on him.
515 Posted 06/10/2017 at 09:00:30
Where Koeman has failed miserably is trying to link him up with Gueye in midfield, and his obstinate refusal to admit he got it wrong.
516 Posted 06/10/2017 at 09:27:34
517 Posted 06/10/2017 at 09:34:26
As others have already said. your tactical analysis is a refreshing change to the raw emotion with which we discuss games. but you need to understand, tactical analysis like everything else, is in the eye of the beholder.
You cant offer The reason or The solution, you can only offer your reason or your solution.
As I said in my first post, I think you are definitely overcomplicating this issue. Its not reasonable to talk about what all the other players are not doing , in order to justify the poor performances of one.
It was you yourself who introduced the term "quarterback" to the debate, but to me the analogy can only ever be made when you are talking about exceptional talent, I guess that's why Pirlo was introduced to the debate.
I too sit in Park End and although I see the same narrow set up as you, to be honest I see the overwhelming majority of Schneid's long passes either intercepted or badly weighted. I don't see too many of them reach their intended target. He lacks composure and often dives in when standing big is called for.
You have a good eye for tactics, but I suspect we are talking about one of your favorite players here. in my opinion, You are overestimating his importance and his ability.
I'd love to see Rooney tried there
518 Posted 06/10/2017 at 10:05:44
Real passion, and Everton camaraderie. And smiling also! - Forgotten how it looked.
519 Posted 06/10/2017 at 11:36:34
Makes us feel better though, getting it off our chests, doesn't it ?
520 Posted 06/10/2017 at 11:50:19
It wouldn't matter if there were 50k different posters stating their dissatisfaction with the manager, team or club, as long as Goodison is very nearly full for the majority of fixtures that would be seen by the hierarchy as a vote of confidence in all things Everton.
If the club did concern themselves with the mood of the fans they would do well to take some notice of this site and similar ones to realise that a fair proportion of their customers aren't at all happy with what they have been sold.
521 Posted 06/10/2017 at 12:21:53
He played very well last season. The formation suited him and he probably had a lot to prove.
However, he has nothing outstanding about him unlike our current and previous defensive midfielders. Gueye is limited in passing range and creativity, but we know he excels in closing down and interceptions. Fellaini was a beast aerially in both boxes and did a great job defensively in his last season.
Carsley had excellent anticipation whilst Barry's distribution was supreme. Now he could hit a long pass.
McCarthy was much like Gueye in his first season but fallen away, and I no longer see what Besic brings.
I have no clue what Schneids brings and added to his poor form he simply should not start any further games. If we had a clear plan, we would use Gueye for the defensive side of the game, bring Davies in to bring forward movement, and leave the long passes to a Sigurdsson or Rooney as Darren Hind suggested.
Change the formation and personnel to give the players responsibilities which match their abilities.
This is my two pence take on this very interesting tactical debate.
And I wager there is probably more sense being talked by a number of posters here than in Koeman's office in Finch Farm.
522 Posted 06/10/2017 at 12:29:22
And there lies the problem.
524 Posted 06/10/2017 at 12:50:49
The idea that fans will be taken in once more by bullshit about the stadium and/or stellar signings is, I think, mistaken. I regard myself and other match-going friends as reasonable barometers, and I can say now that barring the removal of Koeman/a miraculous turnaround, the general mood is strongly against renewing season tickets in 2018. The Goodison experience has become, more often than not, excruciating.
I know that this is the sort of thing supporters always say, and that we have very loyal fans indeed, but I perceive that there is a fundamental impatience with the club and its lack of proper structure and delivery. The more so because the Moshiri arrival promised something very different and the ongoing collapse of that expectation will be one collapse too many for the likes of me.
The television money will no doubt still pour in for a while but I am not convinced that the spectators will be dutifully available. The Kenwright Way won't do any more, because it is taking us over a cliff.
525 Posted 06/10/2017 at 12:55:44
I have to disagree Tony.
Everyone I know will renew.
526 Posted 06/10/2017 at 13:14:26
527 Posted 06/10/2017 at 13:36:35
I hear what you are saying, but I stand by my assertion that the manager is setting this team up totally wrong. He is bought players to supposedly play one way, but is playing another. He had a formation that worked last season and then he changed it in pre-season and has not reverted back to it. Instead he is trying every other formation he can find to try to get something to accommodate Sigurdsson and Rooney.
I agree with your assessment of Schneiderlin's passing this season, and that is why I say he is not playing play. The majority of the complaints about him are for sideways and backwards passes. I highlighted why he is having to do this, because of how the manager is setting up the side. Of course, a confident on-form Schneiderlin (like at the end of last season) might try to take the ball forwards first time, but he is not confident and he is not on-form.
The other key point, I was trying to make, is that no matter how badly he plays, he is undroppable because there is no one else who can perform his role. Now you others say play Rooney. Rooney cannot play there. Ok, he has dropped back there and has hit a few glorious passes. But that does not mean he can play there for 90 minutes, week in, week out.
Why? He lacks discipline. He's never had it. He will not stay in his supposed position, but that is also one of his main strength, he hunts space, finds it and uses it against the opposition. However, if he is playing Schneiderlin's position, then he is one of the few players in the side who must stay in position and can rarely stray from it.
Second, he cannot tackle. some say Schneiderlin is a red card waiting to happen, imagine Wayne trying to tackle for 90 minutes, he'd do well to stay on the pitch for a whole game.
Interceptions are also a big part of Schneiderlin's game, and he reads it well. Gueye intercepts by reading the game and also by having pace. Schneiderlin lacks the same pace but still gets a lot of interceptions by being able to position himself well.
Long passing. Rooney can hit a good long pass no doubt about it. But he has also been inconsistent when trying to hit balls from deep. Same as Schneiderlin of course. And even if his accuracy was spot on, it doesn't change the fact that we have no width, and have a load of people central, in a congested area, and heavily marked. So if Rooney was Pirlo, what could he do?
Height - Rooney is only 5'9" he loses about 4 or 5 inches in height to Morgan. Of course, Idrissa Gueye is only small, but we need height in midfield to head it away, and that's something Schneiderlin brings.
in addition to those points, what about Rooney himself? The guy has been a goal scorer for his whole career, will he really want to become a defender? I think not. I just cannot see him being an anchor to the midfield, I think he is incapable of resisting the urge to gallop forwards.
I'll say again though, we need to play Tom Davies alongside Schneiderlin. He has the energy and passing ability to lift the tempo. He is a better foil for Schneiderlin as he can bypass Schneiderlin altogether and launch an attack himself, or he can move to become an option for the return pass if nothing else is on, whilst Gueye simply stands there.
Until we find a player like Busquets who can do everything (tackle, press, pass, dribble) then you need to play two players in this position. The duties between them are divided and one anchors and the other presses forwards. The issue for me is that they are far too deep and that is to cover deficiencies at the back brought on by playing Williams. Get Schneiderlin further up the pitch, get more width and more pace in the team and things will improve dramatically. Koeman will know this but I do not understand why he fails to address it. It is different from expecting Martinez to come out and start playing like Wimbledon, he is a purest and his teams will always pass, but what is Koeman's sudden aversion to pace and width, we had it last season and he had it at Southampton.
528 Posted 06/10/2017 at 13:38:05
529 Posted 06/10/2017 at 13:42:58
530 Posted 06/10/2017 at 13:44:13
8,000 I believe.
531 Posted 06/10/2017 at 13:51:57
532 Posted 06/10/2017 at 14:17:51
I have the same feelings about one particular person.
He has ripped the bollocks off this club over the years.
And will be rewarded with £50 million plus when he sells all of his shares.
533 Posted 06/10/2017 at 15:04:36
During the present crisis, Steve Ferns has emerged as ToffeeWeb's 'go to' guy in this respect and manages to dissect the weaknesses of manager and players in a manner of which Glen Hoddle would be proud.
Why, oh why, do clubs expend six million a year for coaches when all the answers are available on TW - free of charge ? Of course, for all the Martinez-like verbiage, the evidence that Everton are currently crap is there before our eyes and as to why is equally obvious.
Koeman out !
534 Posted 06/10/2017 at 15:22:38
Go ahead Phil. Give us your tactical rum down why we are crap.
535 Posted 06/10/2017 at 15:22:38
Go ahead Phil. Give us your tactical rum down why we are crap.
536 Posted 06/10/2017 at 15:27:50
The question is, which of the real experts will select the next Everton manager and will they actually go for someone who fits the criteria.
537 Posted 06/10/2017 at 15:37:14
I don't agree with Steve. I believe the basic premise of his Schneiderlin argument is, if everyone else does the their job Schneiderlin will shine . . I think he takes the long rout to arrive at, what for me is a simplistic conclusion, The same argument could be made about virtually every decent player in the league.
But nowhere does he put himself up there as an expert. He simply puts together what many see as an interesting take on our problems. some agree, some don't.
Tactical analysis will bore some people and others find it fascinating. I'm made up he has stepped forward with these in depth views.
Its makes a refreshing change. I look at the current threads about the manager and unless something else changes during the break, I get the distinct impression that just about every thing that can be said, has been said.
Right now, I'm feeling all Koeman'd out and I don't think I'm alone. it doesn't matter if I or anybody else agrees with Steve he is offering another topic of conversation
538 Posted 06/10/2017 at 15:50:42
539 Posted 06/10/2017 at 15:57:39
Steve, you're sacked!
540 Posted 06/10/2017 at 16:00:45
541 Posted 06/10/2017 at 16:16:21
542 Posted 06/10/2017 at 16:25:04
543 Posted 06/10/2017 at 16:38:01
Also, Morgan is far from my favourite player, he'd be one of the first 5 i'd replace if I could have some "fantasy transfers", to make us into Premier League Champions.
544 Posted 06/10/2017 at 16:45:46
Where I'm totally with you is on the selection of the next -and any manager. It's clear Moshiri and his mates didn't do too much probing into the Dutch clown's managerial record and as I've said previously there's no guarantee that the next bugger will be any improvement.
As Randy Lerner said on selling Villa for a knockdown price 'However much money you throw at it you are only ever one manager away from disaster !'Are we there with this one ?
545 Posted 06/10/2017 at 17:40:22
Just a thought.
546 Posted 06/10/2017 at 17:54:32
A Manager who can energise players , give them belief and mental resilience is a better manager than a tactical genius.
At the top of the game you need a healthy quota of both , managers like Alex Ferguson , Mourinho, Clough had both qualities in abundance.
547 Posted 06/10/2017 at 18:35:40
548 Posted 06/10/2017 at 20:57:34
549 Posted 06/10/2017 at 22:47:17
I think Koeman, Martinez and others have been average to poor but the fault is in the sentimental, idle, virtual vision of Everton that has been presented (more or less) over the last 17 years or so. There is a good case that Kenwright saved us from immediate meltdown in the aftermath of the Johnson disaster but his reign overall has smothered us and installed a virus. Most of that may well have been unintentional, it may even on occasion have been well-intentioned, but it has been poisonous nonetheless because it has locked us into a story of ourselves that is second-hand and disabling as to present ambitions and planning. It looks like a story which Moshiri is happy to repeat. For these purposes, I wish charitably to set aside the simple idea that we are run by profiteering shysters.
I'd like us to find our Mr Shankly-Ferguson very soon.
550 Posted 06/10/2017 at 23:52:18
551 Posted 06/10/2017 at 00:06:43
EFC has a habit of breaking your heart and frustrating the hell out of you by the way it is run but it is EFC that I love and not the various idiots in charge.
552 Posted 07/10/2017 at 06:36:40
I have been a fierce critic of Koeman and have long advocated his dismissal. Over the last couple of days I have been looking at his managerial career in more detail and even I have been surprised to see that he has either been sacked or has resigned from almost every managerial role he has been appointed to.
After leading Ajax to two Dutch league titles, a bad start to the next season led him to resign following a UEFA cup defeat to Auxerre in 2005.
HeCwas then appointed to manage Benfica. He finished 3rd in the league and resigned to take up an offer to manage PSV. He won the Eredivisie with a final day win against Vitesse Arnhem and promptly resigned to become manager of Valence.
He was sacked after taking them from a title challenging position to nearly being relegated, having upset and ostracised a number of players who collectively criticised his tactics and man-management abilities.
He was appointed manager of AZ All martial and after losing 7 of his first 16 games AZ announced he was relieved of his duties.
Next came Feyenoord in 2011 on a one year contract. In 2012 he was given a contract extension but in 2014 he announced that he was leaving to 'pursue other ambitions.'
Next came Southampton where after promising the fans he would be seeing out his contract with the club, he promptly resigned to take up Farhad Moshiri's £6m a year offer to manage Everton.
My point? Simply that Koeman, in my opinion, appears to be nothing more than a managerial mercenary with the inability to see out a contract or attempt to build a dynasty or even a period of longevity and stability at a club.
How the above record makes him a 'top manager' is beyond me. Whatever Moshiri did in terms of checking out the CV of his first choice, I don't think he was as diligent as one might have expected from a man with his business acumen. Perhaps his lack of actual hands-on football club management experience led him to make such a poor selection.
He was sold a pup, and unless or until he realises it, and takes action to rectify an appalling error in judgement, Everton FC will sadly go on paying the price.
For crying out loud, can't he see what the rest of us can see? Perhaps it might help if he turned up to actually watch every game and witnessed first hand the results of his managerial faux-pas.
553 Posted 07/10/2017 at 07:26:42
554 Posted 07/10/2017 at 07:42:18
Just listened to it now. Tears twice, once about the Stoke game when Howard opened the dressing room windows( I was told he didn't give a pre match team talk that day. Opened the windows to hear the Blues and asked the team "Are you going to let them down today"
And when he spoke about the fans v Bayern.
"The fans were unbelievable, it wasn't like you were running, it was like you were floating on air."
Stupid owl twat, I'm getting tearful again writing this.
555 Posted 07/10/2017 at 08:12:46
Perhaps this is why Arsenal did not give him a say when he was there.
556 Posted 07/10/2017 at 09:16:50
True, but the same could be said of almost every single manager operating today. Length of time in charge may vary, but the vast majority invariably leave a club only if pushed, the pressure gets turned up to a level much too teste melting to endure, or they are offered a more tasty job. Nothing unusual about that.
It seems obvious that Koeman was appointed on the strength of his 'name' and the preceding two seasons spent at Southampton. His more recent record will have been foremost in the thoughts of the decision makers, with any disappointments in the distant past merely perused, rather than sifted through with a fine tooth comb. Sepia toned images of a slightly less fat arsed, flaxen haired Ron, holding trophy after trophy aloft as a player, will probably have helped stifle any alarm bells that sounded any way.
557 Posted 07/10/2017 at 09:20:59
558 Posted 07/10/2017 at 09:40:19
559 Posted 07/10/2017 at 11:00:48
Could it be that most of the money was to be generated by the Council. We know Moshiri has purchased the land, but that can at a future date we sold for much profit to property companies.
I hope this is not another Kings Dock fiasco.
560 Posted 07/10/2017 at 11:17:10
Why are we here?
Is life worth living?
What's the point of it all?
Will Ronald Koeman play with any width?
Will we get a new stadium?
Nothing really matters.
561 Posted 07/10/2017 at 15:30:53
562 Posted 07/10/2017 at 15:45:35
I also think Usmanov will ultimately sell his shares with arsenal and join his buddy Moshiri at Everton... maybe that might be the delay.
Usmanov's stance has seemed to changed. A few months ago he wasn't selling up for no reason, his statement during the week indicated that he would be willing to sell.
Or maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part.
563 Posted 07/10/2017 at 16:01:48
Below is a link to the latest news on the devlopments relating to Bramley Moore Dock from the Business News of Insider Media.
The Architecht has a blog but that hasn't been updated since September 11th
Dan Meis said in the blog "It has already been a long journey with some twists and turns. These are extremely complex projects with a plethora of complicated stakeholders, so while I know that fans are extremely eager to see renderings, we are being careful to ensure that what we show, is what we will deliver."
564 Posted 07/10/2017 at 16:06:06
565 Posted 07/10/2017 at 20:09:35
Not that I can agree with much of your analysis Steve, but your post was thought-provoking.
I agree with you the ‘preconceived ideas of a defensive midfielder often portrayed on here in a negative light doesnt truly reflect what a player occupying Schneiderlins position truly ‘is about.
Schneiderlin unquestionably anchors our midfield, but I feel you inflate his skills and the contribution he has made to the team since he joined us. I also question your claim that “he is the only one who can play this position” and that “he is the only one capable of hitting a 40+ yard pass with any degree of accuracy” by “hitting quarterback style passes”.
You state this (IMO) false premise, acknowledge that he isnt displaying those abilities you attribute to him, then curiously attribute blame elsewhere, particularly at the feet of one player, Ashley Williams.
Now Ashley Williams in recent games has been guilty of some torrid errors. But whilst agreeing he is not blessed with great pace and tends to sit too deep, whilst he is a whipping boy for some on here, he was not as bad as some made out last season and has not been by default our worst defender in every game this season.
Indeed, the one live game I have seen this season against Sunderland (who admittedly sat back and played deep themselves) Williams consistently advanced forward with the ball and was extremely effective working well with Holgate in the left back position. Michael Keane, by contrast, was kept busy and bothered by James Vaughan all night. In that game, Williams hit possibly the best pass on the night to pick out a rampaging Kenny with a perfect 40 yard crossfield pass. A donkey on the ball he aint.
If, as you claim, Williams is “refusing to [move forward and squeeze the space for the opposition]”, then why havent either his teams mates on the pitch, or more appropriately, the manager told him to advance this defensive line on penalty of being dropped if he failed to do so?
Let me be clear. I also believe Evertons ‘default defensive line as a unit is too deep. It is not helping the team when, as you say, we get the ball the opposition can immediately pressurize us in our own half. I just dont share your conclusion that this is solely down to Williams as the main reason Schneiderlin isnt shining as you claim.
Only for one half of one game this season (before he was subbed out at half time to avoid the risk of picking up a 2nd yellow card) – the 2-0 EL win over Hajduk Split – has Schneiderlin shown the skills you attribute to him. His performance in those 45 minutes was as good as any individual performance we have seen from any Everton player this season. And many an observer on here commented on this at the time: why hasnt he shown us this before? Because even the Schneiderlin video highlights you shared with us from last season there is a distinct absence of such a range of passing from the lad.
I can agree with you that when he does receive the ball there are very few options available to him. But that is the case for EVERY player at the moment and has nothing to do with your original premise (re: Williams) and more to do with the formation and the selection of the manager.
I also agree that ‘transition is a key factor in football right now. I honestly believed from Koemans statements last season (and this) about playing a pressing game and adding productivity to the team that this was the key factor in our summer recruitment. How quickly a team can transition from defence and attack and how well they can stifle the opposition's own transition determines how successful you will be in modern day football, I believe.
And you are again spot on when you say Evertons transition play is painfully slow! The extra half second or two that a under hit pass takes to reach its intended target (assuming the ball isnt hit BEHIND the player, or the player has to stand still and await the ball to arrive rather than be on the move into the space where it was hit) is enough for the opposition to regroup and stifle further development when we are in possession.
I commented about the one live game Ive seen that the only player on the park who regularly snapped in crisp passing was Jonjoe Kenny and I bemoaned the fact that more of our players didnt do likewise. Like you, I have to ask “What the hell is Koeman coaching on transitions? Why can't he speed us up like last season?” Because we definitely displayed that ability at times last season.
However, I have to say one of the very worst culprits of the trickling under hit “its behind you” pass is the man you go to great lengths to extol: Morgan Schneiderlin. He also effectively usurped the position that Gueye occupied before his arrival. Schneiderlin has been directly responsible for goals conceded in this role by either going to ground too early in a missed tackle, or simply allowing his man to run past him to score or assist in a goal. Gueye played that protective defensive role so much better than Schneiderlin, but is now being asked to play a more advanced role. Neither of these switches is benefiting the team, IMO.
So in conclusion I have to say Steve you seem to have started from (as I still believe) a false premise and gone to great lengths to justify it.
Maybe the better player to drop to get the best of what you consider “the single most important position in the side” is not Ashley Williams, but … Morgan Schneiderlin!
Like you, I would welcome more width and pace in the side and to speed up the passing.
But for me, Morgan Schneiderlin, the position he occupies and how he plays it is part of our current problem. The manager needs to recognize this and discover a formation and select the best personnel to play it to get us back to winning ways.
566 Posted 07/10/2017 at 23:18:07
567 Posted 08/10/2017 at 04:47:40
Sometimes we end up strung out like a washing line rather than moving as a cohesive unit.
You are right though: Williams is taking a lot of flack for a habit that had already started to develop before he got here. It's a confidence thing. Jags and Baines take a second longer to get into their stride these days. They too are reluctant to push up.
I really hate to say this but Keane, despite being an excellent prospect, has concerned me when he has been exposed to raw pace too... I agree with Steve, that Williams should be the first to be dropped, but our entire defensive unit could do with a overhauling.
Jagielka and Baines still have a bit to offer, but they should only be back up these days, in no way should they be forming a defensive unit with Martina and Williams. Dropping Williams may improve the situation, but it wont cure it.
I'm worried. We have to have the slowest team in the league. We don't have an answer to pace at one end and we don't have enough to threaten at the other. In a league which traded skill for high octane action years ago, its a recipe for disaster. We simply have to inject some pace and energy into this team.
568 Posted 08/10/2017 at 08:01:45
569 Posted 08/10/2017 at 08:55:58
Not the best track record in my opinion.
570 Posted 08/10/2017 at 09:14:51
Sorry Andy but that's the way I and a lot of Bluenoses see Mirallis.
571 Posted 08/10/2017 at 09:40:11
Would a new coach be able to make something of this apparent rabble or are they individually and collectively a crock ?
If the latter who is to blame for signing so many flops for ridiculous money ?
572 Posted 08/10/2017 at 09:52:27
573 Posted 08/10/2017 at 10:07:23
This job and these players urgently need an experienced man who can grab them and club by the balls and 'hit the ground running.'Trouble is, I think that under Moshiri we are on 'a Villa slope' to nowhere !
574 Posted 08/10/2017 at 10:18:42
Koeman will persevere with his tactics until the players get it right regardless of criticism and results.
All this adds up to a disaster in the making.
Since John Moores we haven't had any sort of leadership maybe with the exception of Philip Carter.
In a nutshell we are a rudderless ship.
575 Posted 08/10/2017 at 10:31:07
I know you will say both Phil, it's just your Evertonian nature, but I reckon loads of people could pick a very competitive team from Everton's current squad?
576 Posted 08/10/2017 at 10:33:21
From reading the rags online today, he's being told he has till the end of October, which seems fair enough to me.
It's way too early in the season for us to be talking of a relegation battle, and the gaps between top & bottom in the league are still small as a result o not having playing many games.
We've also played a lot of the best teams already, as we all know, so that has to be taken into consideration - I'm not trying to tell people what to think here, I'm just putting forward a slightly tempered view, which the club will also be doing.
If by the end of October we're still in a mess, then that would seem a more sensible time to make a change. We play Brighton, Arsenal & Leicester in the league, and Lyon & Chelsea in the cups in October - that's 5 games to turn things round which seems sensible to me.
One league win can put us into the top 10, so it's fine margins at the moment. Yes we all want to be winning, yes a lot of us dislike Koeman for a myriad of reasons, but he simply is not going to be sacked yet so people should really try to accept that.
577 Posted 08/10/2017 at 10:35:56
578 Posted 08/10/2017 at 11:03:41
579 Posted 08/10/2017 at 11:09:11
When a manager has reached his sell by date at a club no amount of time can help him turn things around.Koeman has burned his bridges with the players and that is disaster for a coach.
The terrible run of form goes right back to last season mate. We won two games away last season plus only two of the last 12 games all in.Knocked out of both cups at home.One defeat to the mighty Norwich City.
It's simply not good enough. Koeman should of dug his heels in over Lukaku.Gave the board an ultimatum. As soon as Koeman allowed Lukaku to stroll off to Man Utd our season was over.Lukaku was all we had he was the glue holding it all together.
WTF was Koeman thinking letting Lukaku leave and then not having a replacement lined up.The signing of Klassen is another nail in Ron's coffin.Simply not good enough for any League in England. Also trying to sign an old guy Arsenal reject Giroud.? I mean come on its all bollocks.
Koeman has had enough time and money to at least show us something.Its time for Ron to be gone.He is a fraud and a dinosaur. What is the point in destroying moral even further.? Times up and good riddance.
580 Posted 08/10/2017 at 11:48:18
The thing is when I look back at your posts over the years you usually haven't been far off the mark.
So in answer to your question as to whether a new manager can do something with this "apparent rabble", I believe the answer is yes, provided as you suggested, that that manager is an experienced man with the personality and track record to get the players playing.
I don't think there is a real dud among them, I just think they have lost confidence in the manager.
I would lay odds that the first thing Ancelloti, Tuchel or Bielsa if appointed, would do would be to appoint Rooney as captain and drop him back deeper into midfield. He has the best football brain in the whole squad and I believe he would thrive in that position.
Men follow men who they either believe in and or respect. Provide these men with leadership on and off the pitch and a system to play to and they will perform.
James # 576 - As far as the economics are concerned, last season the difference in premier league payments between 7th and 17th was £25m. A manager can make that much of a difference.
There is also the "unthinkable" scenario of dropping into the championship. That would be £100m plus hit per season out of the premiership.
Moshiri despite his "tweet" is not going to let that happen. If he thinks it is threatened he will pay out the contract and pay someone to sort the players out.
581 Posted 08/10/2017 at 11:58:54
582 Posted 08/10/2017 at 13:17:41
He has to take full responsibility for the Lukaku fiasco, the signing of three expensive and (so far) woefully inadequate no 10's, a mediocre RB when we needed a LB, and lastly the alienation of Barkley.
However, as much I admire David Unsworth and his achievements with the U23's, Moshiri must go for a top level manager and the opportunity to appoint Ancelotti should not be missed.
583 Posted 08/10/2017 at 13:21:52
Next Thursday we beat Lyon narrowly
A week on Sunday we have a bit of confidence about us , we beat Arsenal and score 3.
Realistically, I'm just hoping that the international break has helped us. The management team have decided on a system , players to execute and deploy it do or die.
585 Posted 08/10/2017 at 16:20:09
586 Posted 09/10/2017 at 09:25:19
I was alluding to the clubs thinking, and to say that Koeman should have dug his heels in over Lukaku is likely missing the reality of the situation. Koeman is just the manager, and I doubt he had final say on Lukaku leaving.
Football has changed and the hierarchy is totally different now. The situation that used to exist surrounding players coming & going being down to the manager in his sheepskin coat are long distant memories. If you think that Koeman holds the cards when it comes to ins & outs, with respect you're sorely mistaken. Of course he has a say in it, but when you're talking of something like £90m do you honestly think that the club leave that down to one man, Ronald Koeman to decide? That's fantasy land.
The complexity and astronomical cost of player deals these days mean that there's a structure in place that far outweighs the ability of a manager to make those decisions, and those deals.
To blame Koeman for Lukaku leaving just doesn't make any sense.
587 Posted 09/10/2017 at 10:01:11
It was incredibly naive to allow this to happen whatever the politics involved.
I think we are still seeing the fallout over this cataclysmic failing.
Privately, Koeman is a fumin.
The board and recruitment team accept some culpability, Koeman wont be sacked .
For the good of the club he has to get over it and fight with what he has got. If he is not willing to put in 100% then he should do the honourable thing and walk.
588 Posted 09/10/2017 at 10:32:06
589 Posted 09/10/2017 at 21:54:00
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