Dobson on board as Royle's successor

Wednesday, 28 February, 2018 25comments  |  Jump to last
Everton have hired another former player in the form of Martin Dobson to be the club's new professional development co-ordinator.

Dobson replaces Joe Royle in the role which oversees the progress of the Blues' players out on loan after the former manager left Finch Farm in December.  

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Geoffrey Williams
1 Posted 28/02/2018 at 17:50:25
Hopefully this will be a positive step. He was a great player.
Gerard McKean
2 Posted 28/02/2018 at 18:05:00
Martin Dobson is a gentleman and I have nothing but respect for him. In the early to mid 1970s, he was a supreme midfielder with innate ability to “run” a game of football.

However what set him apart was his resilience to overcome initial rejection and to remain determined to become a professional player. Martin has always had a drive to succeed and there are not many ex-players who have published well-received books aimed at boosting the self-esteem of young people.

He will bring this drive and many other qualities to this role and my only caveat is that this should have happened 10 years ago. This is in no way meant to be a criticism of Martin but rather of a club that cannot see the wood for the trees; now should be the time for the generation of ex-players from the 1980's who have so much to offer the club, but such is the fear that they will expose the dross in high places that, unless there's a culture change we shall not see Ratcliffe, Sheedy, or Mountfield challenging the mediocrity – still less Neville Southall to tell it like it is and put success on the pitch ahead of all else.

Dermot Byrne
3 Posted 28/02/2018 at 18:16:49
My worry is employing "old boys".
Alan McGuffog
4 Posted 28/02/2018 at 18:53:53
Has he brought his boots ?
Rob Dolby
5 Posted 28/02/2018 at 19:25:34
Now there was a Rolls-Royce of a midfielder.

Guy Hastings
6 Posted 28/02/2018 at 19:41:45
Very nice piece on Martin from the 2009 Guardian. My mother knew very little about football except that Bobby Moore had a nice straight back. She'd have liked Martin for that too.
Niall McIlhone
7 Posted 28/02/2018 at 19:51:18
Oh,oh,oh we're magic, you know-o-o
Now we've re-signed The Dobbo
We're magic you knooooow!

If Dobbo is one half as good at this new job as I remember his performances as an Everton player then he will do alright. I do hope he's allowed to bring ideas and make improvements as we are bit of a sorry shambles right now.

Don Alexander
8 Posted 28/02/2018 at 20:09:34
He's not the first Burnley bloke I'd want right now but he's very welcome as far as I'm concerned.
Jack Convery
9 Posted 28/02/2018 at 21:09:55
Those from Burnley are usually top draw. He was excellent when he played here. Real class. Scored an absolute belter at Anfield. Our yougsters are in very good hands.

Welcome aboard, Martin. Still mystified why Joe went in the first place though.

Dave Bowen
10 Posted 28/02/2018 at 23:52:53
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved Dobbo as a player & he should have won more than 5 England caps (he was far better than Brooking), but he’s now 70 unbelievably & surely can’t be a long-term appointment. Having said that, I’d love for him to prove me wrong.
Ken Finch
11 Posted 01/03/2018 at 00:50:07
A good and stylish player who was welcomed in his time. However, in terms of the role he will fulfill, shouldn't we be thinking of a more recently retired player of similar quality?
Mike Allen
12 Posted 01/03/2018 at 09:32:02
Just a shame Joe has gone. Like most of us, he saw right through Sam from the off. Anyone have the inside story on Joe's departure other than he didn't want to work with a prick?
Jamie Evans
13 Posted 01/03/2018 at 11:24:38
Smacks of the usual meal ticket, gravy train Everton way. Or have I just been reading TW for too long ?

I'm all for looking after ex-players, especially those who actually contributed, but 70 years old... shouldn't he be thinking about winding down now?

Anyway, what do I know, I wanted Allardyce to replace Koeman.

Only kidding... No-one in there right mind would have wished our current plight on us.

Paul Birmingham
14 Posted 01/03/2018 at 12:26:46
Great player for us and I’m sure his class will rub off on the players.
Keith Harrison
15 Posted 01/03/2018 at 12:27:31
Rolls-Royce of a player who I loved in the day.

Martin does an excellent job for Burnley on the Corporate side where our Group has a 'box'. 70 years old though, and it makes you wonder what the appointment is for.

Brian Wilkinson
16 Posted 01/03/2018 at 12:52:55
Another yes-man on board, add to the list: Snods, Sharp, Ferguson, all who say what the board want to hear.

With that in mind, do not expect Neville Southall anywhere near the club who would speak his mind and say it how it really is.

Shame really, because Southall would not put up with this shite.

Brian Murray
17 Posted 01/03/2018 at 13:19:23
Jack Convery (#9), Dobbo scored a belter at Anfield. Shame we were 3 down at the time...
Roger Helm
18 Posted 01/03/2018 at 15:52:57
I remember the game on TV – the cameras missed almost all of his run with the ball before scoring because they were looking at some Liverpool players! Plus ça change...

Of course he will be welcome as an ex-Blue, but why do we always appoint ex-players to these positions? Is he the best professional development coordinator (whatever that means) in the game? Being the best candidate should be the criterion, not just having worn the Royal Blue in the past.

Frank Wade
19 Posted 02/03/2018 at 13:19:25
Wow. What would we give to have a Martin Dobson in our midfield just now?

Great to see he's keeping well. What a player he was.

Brian Wilkinson
20 Posted 02/03/2018 at 18:58:57
Frank, we would get more movement out of him even now than the static Schneiderlin.
Ron Marr
21 Posted 02/03/2018 at 19:01:17
Definitely Martin Dobson was a Rolls-Royce player. Schneiderlin is a Deux Chevaux in comparison.
Frank Sheppard
22 Posted 03/03/2018 at 12:18:20
A truly marvellous player, it’s really something to be regarded as an Everton Great in what was a barren time.
Colin Glassar
23 Posted 03/03/2018 at 18:31:52
Dobbo was a great player, when he felt like it. He went missing in too many games, imo, to be considered a legend.
Brian Wilkinson
24 Posted 04/03/2018 at 20:16:16
Colin @23 – a bit like Duncan McKenzie, when he was on his game, one hell of a player but too many Fancy Dan games saw his shortfall at Everton.

For the younger generation, here's another pull your hair out time, Dave Thomas, one of the finest wingers of his time, he set up most of Latchford's 30-goal season, then typical Everton, we sell Thomas that Summer. Still one of my favourite seventies players.

Clive Rogers
25 Posted 07/03/2018 at 19:13:06
Brian (#24),

Bob's 30 goals were the 77-78 season and Thomas was sold after the following season, 78-79. That latter season his form slumped dramatically. He went to Wolves and only played 10 games that season.

He then moved to Vancouver Whitecaps before returning to play some games for Middlesbrough then Portsmouth. Sadly he has had a guide dog for several years due to failing eyesight.

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