Sam Allardyce has come to the defence of Everton's director of football, Steve Walsh, whose role at the club has come under mounting scrutiny of late.
With the club struggling through a difficult season despite splashing out unprecedented sums of money on players in the past year or so, more questions are being asked of the recruitment strategy that lies at the root of the many of the Blues' problems.
Of the 11 players acquired by Everton for in excess of £220m under the apparent auspices of Walsh since January 2017, only five are expected to start tomorrow's clash with Burnley at Turf Moor and only goalkeeper Jordan Pickford could be regarded as an unqualified success thus far.
Michael Keane will return to the ground on which he made his name enjoying a settled run in the Toffees' first team for the first time since he joined last summer in a deal that could ultimately be worth £30m and Wayne Rooney contributed a number of important goals earlier in the season but, collectively, the influx of new players has been disappointing.
While Allardyce used the forum of the Annual General Meeting in January to assert that the job of selecting transfer targets was a shared one, as the nominal director of recruitment, Walsh has become the object of increasing focus.
Nevertheless, the team manager has backed Walsh in comments made to the print media today.
”He is not totally responsible for all the signings,” Allardyce said of Walsh. “The football club is responsible for the signings and him, as director of football, puts all those things together and goes forward.
“He won't have had the criticism before, so I can give him some comfort by saying: ‘I've had much worse than you're getting, Steve, so you've got to ride it mate'. You've got to be big and stand up there and get out there.”
There have been uncorroborated reports in the media recently that Walsh's position as director of football is under review, with PSV Eindhoven's head of recruitment, Marcel Brands, linked with the role.
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1 Posted 02/03/2018 at 21:07:04
It's best to be like Jon Woods, the Everton Director, he has never spoken a reported word in all the time he has been at the club, but at least that way he can never be mis-quoted.
2 Posted 02/03/2018 at 21:22:48
I thought Martinez was the champion of speaking for ever without saying anything but this bloke has him well and truly beaten.
3 Posted 02/03/2018 at 21:22:57
Where was Walsh when these two signed for the RS?
And then ask him why Kieran Tierney is still at Celtic and not at Everton?
Walsh is a complete fraud and charlatan who got lucky with Mahrez and has dined out on it ever since.
4 Posted 02/03/2018 at 21:32:47
5 Posted 02/03/2018 at 21:32:49
6 Posted 02/03/2018 at 21:39:59
As for Walsh, another 24-carat charlatan, who is being defended by Allardyce, in the 'thick as thieves convention' they have fortuitously both been assimilated into.
While I appreciate that XXXXL had nothing to do with his appointment, they have obviously had collusion in the last transfer window. Walcott has been good, don't get me wrong, but where does that leave Tosun?
I still can't make my mind up if he is a flop, or is it the stagnant football employed by Allardyce, where he rarely gets the ball passed to him?
7 Posted 02/03/2018 at 21:46:46
I get people's frustrations, I really do, but laying the blame on him for our transfer failings and calling for him to get the sack 18 months into a newly created position seems too simplistic.
8 Posted 02/03/2018 at 21:47:35
Moshiri wield the axe, I'd rather we were managerless and scoutless than to keep these two employed for a minute longer. A non-league club wouldn't accept the crap this pair have served up during their time at Goodison, and Everton FC should cut all ties asap.
9 Posted 02/03/2018 at 21:53:14
We have been done up like a kipper. Give the majority of us £200 million to buy players who have been transferred in the last 12 months, and I guarantee the majority of us would choose a better squad than what we have currently got. No left back, no striker, and 3 number 10s. Absolutely staggering to think that was our business last summer.
This guy should resign in shame if he had anything about him. In reality, we will end up sacking him, he'll leave with a pay off, but no other club will take him now.
10 Posted 02/03/2018 at 22:08:29
11 Posted 02/03/2018 at 22:43:31
FFS, Moshiri, man up, grow a pair, and get rid of this fraud tomorrow. As for Allardyce, well the sack will do for starters but I cannot type here what I wish for him longer term.
12 Posted 02/03/2018 at 23:07:45
The DOF role at Moshiri's Everton meant he had a huge wad of cash to play with, completely opposite to what he had at Leicester. He basically went from shopping at the Pound store, to flaunting it at Harrods.
A true director of football oversees all footballing matters, how does a former PE teacher have that experience to run a large Premier League team? He's out of his depth and its painful to see him spunk more money on players with no real idea of what is actually needed.
He needs removing ASAP and if we are to keep the role, a real football professional with big team experience needs to be installed.
13 Posted 02/03/2018 at 23:17:18
The guy is being paid a fortune for a basic salary it obviously isn't performance related so why shouldn't we expect to see something impressive in each transfer window?
It's not a witch-hunt just the highlighting of another thing the club seems to be failing at.
14 Posted 02/03/2018 at 23:25:07
15 Posted 02/03/2018 at 23:56:03
I don't blame Walsh and, believe it or not, I don't blame Allardyce the whole set-up just isn't working. Allardyce, just like Walsh, was a mistake... whose mistake? Moshiri's.
16 Posted 03/03/2018 at 04:55:57
Williams: Ordinary, on the way down
Stekelenburg: Decent, on the way down
Calvert-Lewin: Good, on the way up
Bolasie: Ordinary, not sure about his future
Gueye: Decent, needs to up his game
Schneiderlin: Poor, on the way out
Lookman: Decent, on the way up
Pickford: Good, on the way up
Keane: Decent, on the way up
Sandro: Ordinary, not sure about his future
Rooney: Decent, on the way down
Martina: Decent, on the way down
Klaassen: Poor, not sure about his future
Sigurdsson: Decent, on the way up
Vlasic: Ordinary, not sure about his future
Tosun: Ordinary, too few appearances to judge
Walcott: Good, should be a good signing for a few years at least
I hope I haven't missed out on anyone. I am not counting the Mangala (loan) and youth team players who have not played for the Senior team - Onyekuru, Gibson, Markelo, and a few others.
Overall, a very sketchy, bordering on the poor, performance by our DoF. Some of these signings may turn out to be good, brilliant even, over time Lookman, Onyekuru, Tosun, Sandro, Keane, but so far it has been very underwhelming indeed.
17 Posted 03/03/2018 at 06:06:57
18 Posted 03/03/2018 at 07:24:42
If the benchmark of success is failure, then this guy is the tops.
19 Posted 03/03/2018 at 08:06:16
He's like one of those arseholes you work with who have always got to one-up you with a bad-news story.
Nothing is his fault until he gets a bit of success then everything is his doing. A genuinely unlikable man in terms of his media performance. Not sure what he's like when the camera stops but he's a prat with a shit PR team when it's on.
20 Posted 03/03/2018 at 08:26:06
I would probably give Walsh credit for Gana, maybe Lookman (but Sam's fucked him over) and that's about it from my memory. The more I hear, the more I seeth about our situation. Can't people just realise that sometimes it better to just keep quiet and get on than dig ever fucking deeper holes for them and the Club's reputation with their bloody mouths.
21 Posted 03/03/2018 at 08:32:53
Perhaps it is us, the Everton fanbase, who are also clueless and not with it! We appear to have morphed into Chelsea supporters. Whinging clueless want-it-all-now types. I include myself in this, by the way.
Last summer, when the club made all those early signings, Moshiri bought the Liver buildings and gave out information relating to Bramley-Moore Dock, I didn't hear much opposition then to Moshiri, Koeman, Walsh etc.. I was shouted down on here when I raised my doubts about Koeman and Moshiri... Now everyone and everything thing at the club is fair game.
I think we all need to stop moaning and let this season go. Some of the hatred being aimed at Sam Allardyce is pathetic. Sam walked in to a club in turmoil on and off the pitch, has been here only 4 months and this is not his team. The remit was to keep the club from relegation and that's been achieved.
Stop name-calling and let's move on in the summer. It's becoming embarrassing reading some of you. Please stop using the phrase "My Beloved club" It's something an old granny would say about her faithful dog Shep not a term grown men should be using about a football club.
22 Posted 03/03/2018 at 08:36:57
I think Walsh can be separated into 2 distinct catagories..
Anyone signed 23 or under has potential to make us better. In this category he has done well:
DCL, Lookman, Pickford, Vlasic and Keane have had first team runs and all look like they could be a part of the team for years.
Bowler, Markelo and Gibson have all been U23 regulars at 18 years old.
Onyekuru has been good in Belgium.
Most over 23 have been bad purchases.
Keep Walsh for youth recruitment only.
23 Posted 03/03/2018 at 08:44:43
His main remits are to provide players for the manager to decide on buying.
He hasn't signed a premiership ready striker to replace Lukaku or any left footed players to address the imbalance in the squad. Instead he has bought lots of similar players who are not fit for the premiership. That's enough to get the boot.
We have had some great scouts over the years who have recommended lots of players. Mick Doherty under Moyes did a fantastic job given our financial restrictions.
Walsh has acted like a lottery winner by splurging cash obscenely on number 10's. Lookman, Vlasic, Klassen, Sigurdson and Rooney that in itself is incompetence.
When Sam goes he should follow him out of the door. We are the new QPR from a few years ago. No longer are we respected as a well run ambitious club.
The top clubs look at us as 6 points every season. No heart or pride out of the majority of players in the shirt.
We are becoming Mercenaries FC.
I have never felt more indifferent to going or watching the match. It's becoming more of a chore turning up and not seeing people break sweat or look arsed after getting stuffed.
No heart, passion, drive, tactics or team spirit.
24 Posted 03/03/2018 at 08:52:26
I'd be happy to wait 4 years. I'm assuming there is more the DOF role than just indentifying players for the first team.
25 Posted 03/03/2018 at 09:22:25
26 Posted 03/03/2018 at 10:00:41
He should have been sacked months ago when the speculation was rife But no he's been allowed to tough it out whilst picking up extortionate amounts of money. Money, by the way, that possibly nearly every one of us on here would be lucky to see in our lifetime.
I don't care what the fuck he did for Leicester; I don't support them I support Everton But this clown, along with Koeman and Allardyce, has been an unmitigated disaster
Some of the stuff we've had to endure has been the stuff of nightmares So, David, spare me the sanctimonious shite because that doesn't sit well with me I'd never tire of slapping his smug gob and I'm not a violent person by any stretch.
27 Posted 03/03/2018 at 10:22:25
28 Posted 03/03/2018 at 11:04:35
29 Posted 03/03/2018 at 11:12:15
30 Posted 03/03/2018 at 11:27:21
31 Posted 03/03/2018 at 12:13:34
33 Posted 03/03/2018 at 18:48:26
34 Posted 03/03/2018 at 20:08:47
35 Posted 03/03/2018 at 22:28:35
36 Posted 04/03/2018 at 00:38:24
37 Posted 04/03/2018 at 03:19:52
Read it and weep Mr Moshiri.
He was bought originally by Walsh for £10,000 but is now a lot older, slower, and approaching his last days at the top as his game is based almost entirely on speed and quickness off the mark.
Vardy was a great investment then, but not now. Walsh must be removed from the Club as soon as possible.
38 Posted 04/03/2018 at 09:32:25
If it's true that it was Walsh that pushed for Sam, then that's another what's the opposite of ‘feather in his cap'? Turd on his shoe?
There is serious work to be done to get this club back on track. I'm positive that Allardyce has no part in that process. I'm far from convinced on Walsh too.
39 Posted 04/03/2018 at 09:42:46
40 Posted 04/03/2018 at 10:04:36
Some of them probably are but they have to be yes-men to Kenwright. He won't have someone like Big Nev who would tell it like it is. Big clear-out needed.
41 Posted 04/03/2018 at 10:45:44
I suggest try listening to Master Blaster or Higher Ground, it will put a smile on your face.
42 Posted 04/03/2018 at 10:51:50
43 Posted 04/03/2018 at 10:56:40
And try Jeff Beck's version of 'Superstition', and Gillan's 'Living for the City'. I think they're better than the tracks you mention!
44 Posted 04/03/2018 at 11:24:27
45 Posted 04/03/2018 at 12:21:40
You weren't bullied by a fat lad at school were you by the way? 😎😎
Seems a recurring theme in your posts.
I did hear that Sam was bullied at school, and the lad who nicked his dinner money bought a car with it!
46 Posted 04/03/2018 at 12:49:33
47 Posted 04/03/2018 at 16:58:11
48 Posted 04/03/2018 at 17:49:50
Bumped into FSW at Gleneagles about 5 years ago, I was at a wedding, he was going to play tennis. Absolute tramp he was, honestly. I wouldn't mix concrete in his gear.
49 Posted 05/03/2018 at 09:04:05
If everyone is responsible then no-one is responsible.
It just sums up this club. We don't have any plan. No-one is aligned to any kind of vision. No strategies in place. No-one accountable.
I feel for every poor sod employed by Everton.
They can get good money anywhere. And they can get it in places where they have some idea of what is expected of them. No-one at this club has any kind of clear expectations to deliver against.
Except for Sam. He's living the dream. He's the only one with a target - £6 million to deliver the minimum standard possible. Tasked with keeping up a team with a big squad of players of huge worth and a big budget to play with. He can't believe his luck. He can do this shit without even putting any effort in. And he isn't. It's making him unpopular but he was unpopular before he couldn't care less. £6 million for the easiest job in the world.
50 Posted 05/03/2018 at 13:37:50
Like his one hit wonder brother Mickey he's made very little go very far.
51 Posted 06/03/2018 at 11:39:51
Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, Vlassic, Sandra and a few others that are playing with the U23s all have something special and an upgrade in pace, skill, fitness and mentality. I believe as they do they will become successful football players and I expect they will all improve.
It's the senior players where we have overpaid and failed. Is this also Walsh or more importantly all Walsh's responsibility?
I don't believe it is. There is a combined agreement especially for senior players.
Moshiri wanted a long term recruiter I presume because he knew that we would go through a few short term managers. I don't expect changes unless a new manager has a drastic and strong case to bring in his own man, but that doesn't fit Moshiri stated aim.
I just hope after looking at and bringing in a number of forwards at different age groups he already has a short list of defenders and midfielders.
52 Posted 06/03/2018 at 14:00:22
53 Posted 10/03/2018 at 09:06:59
54 Posted 10/03/2018 at 09:32:03
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