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Walsh facing the sack from Everton?

| Saturday, 25 November 2017  87 Comments  [Jump to last]

Steve Walsh's days as Everton's inaugural director of football could be numbered amid reports his position is under review by the club.

The Times claim that the record of Walsh, who was lured away from Leicester City based on his pivotal role in their Premier League title win two seasons ago to head up Everton's recruitment and player development, is being looked at by the Blues' board after the recruitment drive over the summer left the team short in key areas despite record-breaking levels of expenditure .

The report does not specify whether Walsh's future at the club as a whole is under threat or just his specific role as director of football and head of recruitment.

Doubts have been expressed that Walsh, said to be on £1m-a-year at Finch Farm, has justified his role or salary since coming on board last year and he is not believed to be heavily involved in the current search for a managerial replacement for Ronald Koeman.

The report claims that Walsh's preferred pick was Sam Allardyce although there is fresh speculation linking former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas with the Goodison post. Walsh worked at Chelsea while the Portuguese was in charge at Stamford Bridge prior to his stint at White Hart Lane.

Original Source: This is Futbol  

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Robert Leigh
1 Posted 25/11/2017 at 07:37:46
It’s never nice to see people lose their jobs, especially at a ‘family club’ such as we are, but I can’t help but agree with this.

Every employee should be subject to evaluation, and given his current record he is in the firing line.

I’d say only Onyekuru and Vlasic have been ‘Walsh type’ signings; one is out on loan (forced) and the other isn’t fancied by the current guv’na!

Jamie Evans
2 Posted 25/11/2017 at 07:43:18
If that is true and he recommended Sam Allardyce then he deserves to be sacked. Then shot.
Colin Glassar
3 Posted 25/11/2017 at 07:51:25
I saw him once getting interviewed before a game by Carra and Neville and he came across as being a bit of a dickhead. All smiles and no substance.

Like most, I was happy to get the man who “discovered” Kanye, Vardy, Mahrez etc but after investigating his previous record at other clubs it turns out he’s been patchy at least.

If I was Moshiri, I would get rid of all the shite at Everton starting with Kenwright, Elstone, Wood and Walsh. Build a bonfire and burn the fucking lot of them and then start afresh.

Mark Tanton
4 Posted 25/11/2017 at 07:51:55
Of course he should be sacked. He has been an abject failure in his role. Look the the recruitment the club has done in the last few months. The very fact that Sandro, Klaassen and Vlasic haven’t even been in the squad is enough to give him the boot.
Sam Hoare
5 Posted 25/11/2017 at 08:13:15
Depends who was responsible for the Summer flops? I suspect Koeman lead the first team drive and the likes of Onyekuru and Lewis Gibson and Vlasic was the work of Walsh. But that's pure supposition.

I also think whoever negotiated our deals got things wrong. Keane for £30m while Maguire cost £17m? £24m for Klaassen while Propper cost £10m. Siggurdsson for £45m?! Even bearing in mind the inflated market we overpaid across the board.

Jon Saward
6 Posted 25/11/2017 at 08:13:21
Who knows if this is an accurate rumour. I'd be surprised if he went before January, though.

I would say we can't really judge him unless we know which were ‘his' signings and which were ‘Koeman's', eg, I think Klaassen, Martina and Schneiderlin were Koeman's. Lookman, Keane, Gana, and Pickford were Walsh's. No idea about Sigurdsson

also, didn't Koeman turn his nose up at a couple of Walsh suggestions? (Belfodil – not saying he'd have been the answer to our problems, but you can't blame Walsh for him not being in our squad).

The other thing to consider is the way they've been managed. I think we've got some decent players in Klaassen and Sandro, but only if they're playing in the right position in the right system. Koeman never figured that out and, so far, nor has Unsworth. Despite trying an average of 3 systems per game.

John Malone
7 Posted 25/11/2017 at 08:14:24
Mark 4, are you serious??

Klassen and Sandro have absolutely stunk the place out everytime they have played neither have the strength, speed or tenacity to play in the prem having a footballing brain is simply not enough!

Walsh should get the bullet the same as koeman there is only Pickford out of all the signings since he has been here who look’s the real deal! We have literally wasted £150 million!!

Tony Abrahams
8 Posted 25/11/2017 at 08:16:47
I could never really understand this appointment in the first place. They say football has moved on, but if a manager doesn’t pick his own players, I don’t ever think that managers team will ever move on.

Don’t like to see anyone lose their job, but I think once a club appoint a DOF, then it usually doesn’t take long for people to get the sack

Derek Knox
9 Posted 25/11/2017 at 08:17:46
The big question is who was it that headhunted him in the first place?

If it is Moshiri then his fingers have been well and truly burnt, and hopefully, as if he needed reminding, he should leave serious football decisions well alone, and definitely not involve Boy's Pen Bill.

The thing is we will probably never really know for sure, who sanctioned what and when, and in most boardroom situations, no-one ever, or rarely stands up to be counted, or admits that he or she has indeed made a mistake.

All in all, it doesn't help us much as fans, players, managers, and even Board members come and go, we are in it for the long haul.

Seamus McCrudden
10 Posted 25/11/2017 at 08:20:52
John re read what Mark has written. The fact they are getting nowhere near the team proves they have been poor signings. He's making the same point as you.
Eugene Kearney
11 Posted 25/11/2017 at 08:21:39
I have never understood what exactly he has done since he arrived. We have no "proof" of his hand in any summer signings, so we don't know which ones were 100% his and which were Koeman's.

I thought that the creation of this position at the club would really have helped us push on and build for success.

I don't like people losing their jobs but like a couple of posts above, I think a big clear-out is needed.

Some sort of "rot" has taken hold in the club and it needs to be chopped out quickly.

Michael Mcloughlin
12 Posted 25/11/2017 at 08:31:32
I have to say the management of Everton from top to bottom is quite dubious to say the least. I can see why they employed Walsh with his record at Leicester, but for me he hasn't lived up to expectations. Well not with the first team players.

We can't know who made the decisions on which players to bring in, although Koeman always gave the impression he ha s nothing to do with contracts and signings. But the very fact we sell one of the best strikers in the premier league the replace him with a relatively unknown striker in Ramires. Who at best is a squad player not a leading light.

I just doubt the wisdom of our knew owner in his strategies and dealings and in his overall management of Everton. This doesn't bode well for me.

Winston Williamson
13 Posted 25/11/2017 at 08:45:39
Traditionally, the DoF and Manager are supposed to lay a strategy for the type of system the club will be playing, on both a short and long term basis.

The DoF then identifies and recruits players (subject to agreement with the manager) to fit that system.

As we have no recognised system and as most of the new recruits don't seem to fit into any system we can establish short term, you can only surmise that Walsh is a complete failure in the same vein as Koeman.

Cut the disease from our club, including Walsh and most of the first team coaches too.

James Watts
14 Posted 25/11/2017 at 08:48:20
Not quite sure why people are saying Vlasic was a Walsh signing. He wasn't. Koeman stated that he brought him off the back of his displays against us. Before that, he wasn't even on the radar. With the other obvious Koeman 'wants', no wonder he stood out to him!

But never the less, it's good that his position is under review. It bloody well should be. Along with Koeman, he is one of the big reasons we are in this mess right now.

Tony Twist
15 Posted 25/11/2017 at 08:48:27
This would be a possibility if Rangnick was coming in. He would spot someone who isn't performing as he has been doing the job of director of football with three Red Bull clubs.
Paul Birmingham
16 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:00:36
Let's hope there's a decisions soon. All in all for me Steve Walsh, doesn't appear to be made accountable so, I'm curious to know what's gone on inside the boardroom the last 18 months in terms of transfer strategy, evidently no strategy.

The bad stink that has hung over Goodison Park for so long now, must be lifted and hopefully clear the decks tine, and start with fresh evaluation and hopefully build from strength. This period in the club will be remembered for the wrong reasons and I feel sorry for the younger fans whom have never seen EFC win a trophy at top level.

I'm not convinced it will be happening soon, but a new manager and DoF should bring a little cheer.

This Chrimbo Hopefully we will have some cheer. 2017 has been a write off for EFC.

Let's hope we can get a win tomorrow at Soton.

Ian Brandes
17 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:01:57
The sooner, the better. Another incompetent, whose reputation was boosted by Leicester and their freak Premier League title, which they will not repeat.

As a man in charge of transfers, he was a master of disaster. Currently we have defenders who cannot defend, midfielders who cannot pass, and attackers, with the exception of Niasse, who cannot attack.

Oh, and a good goalie in Pickford, but still prone to schoolboy errors, despite natural ability.

Goodbye Mr Walsh, do not darken our doorway again.

Ben Dyke
18 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:13:47
Mr Moshiri must be learning quickly that football isn't so simple. You can have bags of money, employ people with good reputations and records and it can still all go wrong.

There's been many things not quite right at Everton in this new era. But the current failure on the pitch is the real test of their mettle. For goodness sake let's hope they appoint a good manager soon as he is the key to holding it all together.

James Byrne
19 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:17:16
I don't buy too much into the whole Steve Walsh saga. I just have a sneaking suspicion Billy Bull-Shitter has a lot to do with the role Steve Walsh was supposed to play at the club, and what now looks like his downfall.

There is something seriously wrong at our club deep within.

Phil Sammon
20 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:17:54
Klaassen gets an awful lot of stick. He has been pretty damn shit, but so have the rest of them. I really think it's wrong to look at any individual.

Take Baines for example... one of my favourite players. If you looked at the lad on this season alone, he wouldn't rank much higher than Martina. There is a crisis of confidence at the club.

John Smith
21 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:18:45
To be honest, not one of us was disappointed with Walsh's appointment, especially after Leicester winning a title.
Roger Balshaw
22 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:22:51
Didn't know he discovered Kanye, Colin. That can't have been Yeezy (one for the youngsters there).
Nigel Gregson
23 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:26:46
We were better at player recruitment before he arrived. Even less outstanding players like Naismith and Cleverley fetched us good money (Stones plus Lukaku fetching over £130-140m). Has Mr. Walsh identified and / or purchased the next crop – despite his hundreds of millions of outlay ?

From my experience, these middle manager roles are created to avoid accountability rather than assigning it and we are better off without this role. Alternatively what do people think of bringing in my namesake Nigel Pearson as manager. He's also been credited with building the Leicester squad that Ranieri took over. He also already knows and has worked with Walsh.

Mark Tanton
24 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:28:35
John 7, that's my point isn't it?! He has sanctioned the spending of millions of pounds on dross. He has to go.
Clive Mitchell
25 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:31:13
There's no question that Moyes and Martinez had far, far better records on player acquisition than Koeman/Walsh. Actually, who has ever had a WORSE one?
Dan Sanderson
26 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:31:20
That Lookman, Calvert-Lewin and Onyekuru have been bought under his watch, which should be enough to keep him his job surely?

Koeman started moaning about him last summer, remember, these are 3 quality young scouted talents that are welcome additions, that was always meant to be his job, getting in players like that. Klaassen, Rooney and Sigurdsson didn't need any scouting or running the eye over, can we really see Steve Walsh having the last say over Ronald Koeman on these mega money signings?

I think the signings on the fringes of the squad have been very good – just watching that Onyekuru video, and the goals on display there while actually being an Everton player, is enough for me to say he would be a sad loss.

Liam Reilly
27 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:32:44
We keep hearing about Walsh's great record at talent scouting at Leicester, but often the guy at the top of the pyramid takes the credit when in fact it's the team beneath him that did the actual graft.

Could be that the club have been hoodwinked on this one too.

Re the transfer over spending; Koeman alluded more than once that he didn't get involved in negotiations and they were headed up by Kenwright.

Phil Walling
28 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:33:23
If Walsh had little or no say in the summer transfer debacle, the job isn't worth a flying fuck. If he was responsible for the £150M of crap the club signed, then he should already have had his contract terminated.

The guy's well past the age of retirement and merely paying up his contract will see him set up for life so no need for sentiment there.

The other wanker who Moshiri should dispose of his is spokesman and football advisor, Jim White, who has done neither him nor the club any favours at all.

I never thought I'd live to say it but, all-in-all, I believe Kenwright to be a safer pair of hands than the man who made him rich. That's how low we've sunk !

Nigel Gregson
29 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:46:36
Taken your morning cheery pills Mr. Walling. :)

It's amazing how much I have agreed with you on over the last two years. Here too – as much as I hate Kenwright – I'm beginning to agree that the ways of Mr Moshiri are not necessarily better.

Trevor Powell
30 Posted 25/11/2017 at 09:53:38
All I want to say is that I was very suspicious of this guy when he spent all that time in the close season in Italy and nothing came of it! Totally unproductive weeks in a short close season is not a great pointer.

His record at Leicester was all about lack of expectation. His job was to recruit a side that could have a reasonable chance of not being relegated.

The aspiration of EFC is much higher than that!

Andy Codling
31 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:09:16
Get rid along with Bill, Woods, Duncan, Jeffers, fucking Jose Baxter, and all other hangers on!
Tony Hogan
32 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:14:26
Steve Walsh, just like his brother who we signed from Blackpool in the 70/80s a ONE season wonder 😉
Mike Doyle
33 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:17:30
I guess the problem is that Walsh's role and what he is / has been responsible for never seem to have been clarified.

I've never heard the local media ask the question – so I suppose we are depending on Jim White to ask Farhad.

Christy Ring
34 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:20:16
Koeman was definitely in charge of the first team signings, which included Sigurdsson and Klaassen. I reckon Walsh signed the younger players for the U23 squad. How you pay him £1m a year for that is beyond me, but if he was in the Allardyce corner, I'd sack him for that alone.
Alex Mullan
35 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:26:50
I think it all started with Koeman and Walsh apparently falling out. Koeman is on record at wanting a striker and defender at the very least and Walsh and his scouting team utterly failed him. Koeman was an ass but he was let down by this clown as far as I can see. And if anyone says they were Koeman signings then what is it that Walsh actually does?

If he signed them – sack him.
If he didn't sign them, why do we pay him? – sack him.

I've wondered for months why this snake has been slithering away from criticism. He has wasted our big shot at the league.

Kev Johnson
36 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:26:56
It's all down to him, should have had back-up once Rom said he was going. How much time did he need? Take that Elstone with him as well.
John Keating
37 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:27:01
Hopefully, if true, it is excellent news. Up there with binning Martinez, sacking Koeman and Victory in Europe.

Let's not stop here now that the blood letting has commenced, let's keep going. Elstone next followed by the Worlds Greatest Evertonian.

Derek Thomas
38 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:27:35
Phil & NIgel @ 26, 27. Bill's played a blinder here. We wanted somebody to pay him off and go, he got somebody to pay him off And Stay.
Derek Knox
39 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:32:01
I think his actual title, if he was responsible for some of the misfits, is Director of Fruit bowl, because we certainly have a load of lemons!
Jon Withey
40 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:33:40
Didn't we sack the last guy after Niasse? Ironically our best player at the moment.
Joe O'Brien
41 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:44:13
If Walsh goes, questions also need to asked of the role of Elstone. Did he not recruit Walsh? I'm sure we could get a better CEO than Elstone. I'd say Moshiri is slowly coming to the same opinion.
John Malone
42 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:44:31
Mark 23, apologies mate my mistake I misread what you were saying!

I agree Walsh has a lot to answer for I would like to know who were his targets and who were Koeman’s!

I’m struggling to believe the squad is worse off after spending a load of dosh!!

Shocking recruitment!! Martinez’s management of the squad was better than this regime!!

We win the lottery then blow it could only happen to us that! I only hope that Moshiri is prepared to keep on ploughing money into the squad until we get it right!!

Paul Burke
43 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:52:57
The rot has set in ever since Walsh's appointed with continual rumours of him and Koeman never getting on. As part of a collective responsibility for the current mess, of course Walsh should go. From the off I have always thought the guy was more interested in cultivating an image for himself rather than putting in the graft.

Time to get back to basics, appoint a manager who appoints his assistants and scouting team. Normally someone with experience of playing at a high level and contacts works!

Further, I have concerns about Moshiri along with his unhealthy relationship with Jim White, he seems to do or say what the latest football trend is or what sounds good to the media. It's clear he does not understand football. Owners like him have taken teams down through their shortsighted decisions.

Kenwright takes plenty of stick but Moshiri seems to be held less responsible for some reason. The timing of our decline and the involvement of Moshiri and Walsh suggest different.

Bill Gienapp
44 Posted 25/11/2017 at 10:53:27
I might have been willing to give him the benefit of the doubt... until it came out that he endorsed Allardyce. Now the club can't kick him to the curb fast enough.
Gordon White
45 Posted 25/11/2017 at 11:00:40
Colin 3
Can't disagree with you at all. But you do make me smile!
If you don't like em, don't beat about the bush, just say so!


Gordon White
46 Posted 25/11/2017 at 11:07:06
John (#39),

Half decent players don't turn into crap players overnight. It's the manager(s), and a total lack of self belief and confidence.

Look at Chelsea over 2 seasons with 2 different managers. Virtually the same players but vastly different results. Added to this – the club were always running a risk with so many new faces.

Ernie Baywood
47 Posted 25/11/2017 at 11:15:35
Mike #31 Exactly the question I've been pondering since before we appointed him. It became clear very quickly that he wasn't a true Director of Football... some of Koeman's comments indicated he was more of a Chief Scout.

Either way, he's failed. I suggested a month ago that the only thing that could have saved him was that he doesn't appear to have any clear accountabilies.

So, he may well not deserve to keep his job. And if these reports are true then I'm heartened to hear that we're shaking things up because our problems go far beyond individual players, managers or scouts.

The question is, how far do the problems go? On the face of things we look like we're rotting from the head. Stadium and debts are looking good, but every football decision since the dawn of the Moshiri era has been a disaster. Yes, worse than before. Compounded by odd releases to the media.

The big test for me is the next managerial appointment. If it's a pleasant surprise then I'll tip my hat and accept that they know what they're doing. If it's the type of appointment that could have happened a month ago then no manner of mid-management or structure changes are going to help us.

Aidy Dews
48 Posted 25/11/2017 at 11:37:27
The recruiting in the summer wasn't great, we all know that but is it the right thing to do, sack him, after one full and proper summer? It's the first time we've had a director of football and the the first time Walsh has had a job like that, there was always gonna be teething problems. Let's learn from our mistakes and look to improve! We can't just go around, chopping and changing things and throwing more money at it in hope we will make a quick fix.

Also, Walsh was having to work with Koeman and try and get the players he wanted and not necessarily what Walsh thought the club needed as if/when he did his ideas tended to get knocked back!

Keep Walsh in the job and we look to kick on with a new manager now and let's see some progression. We can't just stop things or change stuff at the drop of an hat Just Cos it's failed at the first hurdle.

As for AVB, if, and it's a big IF, he'd come back to England, then I'd have him all day long. Very underrated coach and Chelsea was probably too early for him and he did a decent job at Spurs before losing Bale and it went tits up but a lot of them players that are performing so well at Spurs now are who he brought in (Lloris, Vertonghen, Dembele, Eriksen...)!

Jim Lloyd
49 Posted 25/11/2017 at 11:38:12
My hope is that Moshiri has well and truly had his fingers burnt and that he is now going to take steps to get rid of the corner shop mob. I hope his first step is to get control of that Board and introduce proper, professional people who also know all about how a football club fits into a business.

I can just imagine Kenwright thinking "Bingo, I can play with my train set while my mate Moshiri just signs the cheques and gives me loads of ackers for doing so.." I hope that this is something like what's happened; because if it isn't and Mr Moshiri is is the man who has orchestrated this balls up of an organisation, then I think we are not far from total chaos.

Whatever, the situation is, we'll soon see what action is taken to rectify this mess and I think that means sending Mr Walsh his cards as well as all the rest of the cronies.

Rob Dolby
50 Posted 25/11/2017 at 11:45:10
It's all conjecture, Does anyone know who is a Walsh signing?

Koeman was rightly sacked and unless Walsh can explain his involvement in stacking up Number 10s, not replacing Lukaku and producing the most unbalanced squad I have ever seen then he must also be sacked.

No matter which way it's dissected we are in deep shit and it's down to Koeman and Walsh. I have no trust in Walsh and a growing lack of trust in Moshiri.

We need to buy 2 strikers at least 3 more to go straight into the 1st team. Can Walsh deliver that? I very much doubt it.

Tommy Carter
51 Posted 25/11/2017 at 11:49:09
Whoever floated the idea of spending £45m on Sigurdsson should've been sacked instantly.

What other team wanted him? Who else thought he was worth that fee?

He had his chance at Tottenham and became nothing more than a squad player.

He stood out in a very poor Swansea team, not too dissimilar to Robert Snodgrass at Hull City last year.

Steven Jones
52 Posted 25/11/2017 at 11:56:56
Gordon 42 – spot on. Baby and bath water comes to mind – we need stability not more staff turnover. t is not just Walsh it is the specialist team he has built that we have invested in we need to keep.

The blame sits with Koeman and his politicking. He held Kenwright to ransom on getting Sigurdsson – not Walsh. He also had his way with all eggs in the Giroud basket. Walsh prepared the list of options and Koeman stated that at the end of the day he wanted Giroud and didn't want to offer too much for options 2 to 6 in the striker position.

I get the impression there was a lot of politics and power struggles and opinions flying on the key transfers. The lack of pace has to go down to Koeman – he hung out for Rooney, Sigurdsson, Klaassen, Schneiderlin and Williams.

All the younger speculative ones including Lookman, Vlasic, Sandro etc have time to come good and a new manager has to create a style and formation for key players to flourish – this is not Walsh's job.

We were all very happy with the signings we made in early Summer – then Koeman started to mess around with formations and styles and personnel. Think the culture they created did not work and that was not Walsh's fault.

I say keep Walsh and the team in place and fix the managers role.

For what it is worth, despite the 5-1, I can see signs of better work rate and fitness levels and can see spells of promise.

We have a young squad overall and with Coleman, Bolasie and McCarthy a la Arsenal version we can bring some steel back into the team.

I say keep and learn lessons.

Martin Nicholls
53 Posted 25/11/2017 at 11:57:42
I think Moshiri (quite rightly in my opinion) looked at the way Sevilla was run and initially would have appointed their "dream team" of Emery and Monchi. Sadly they went their separate ways, neither of which was in our direction. He therefore tried to recreate the Sevilla "model" by pairing Koeman with Walsh and total disaster followed.
Trevor Peers
54 Posted 25/11/2017 at 12:04:16
Tommy @47 – Leicester bid £40 million for Sigurdsson.
Martin Nicholls
55 Posted 25/11/2017 at 12:08:39
Steven (#48) – "We were all very happy with the signings we made in the summer". Really? ALL were not happy with Rooney to name just one!
Brian Williams
56 Posted 25/11/2017 at 12:18:39
To my way of thinking there can only be ONE man who picks the players we want, and bring to, the club and that man HAS to be the manager/coach.

It's him who chooses how he wants the team to play, the formations etc etc.

If things were operating how it looked like they were, with Walsh saying that he identifies players then has to convince Koeman to give the go ahead then that, to me, is a recipe for disaster.

The manager should tell whoever is responsible for player acquisition (DOF?) the players he wants and whoever is responsible should make every attempt to get those players.

Nothing wrong with the so called DOF scouting and suggesting the odd player to the manager but that, in my eyes, is as far as his role should go.

Andy Meighan
57 Posted 25/11/2017 at 12:24:56
Tommy (#47), Spot-on! Absolute madness blowing that amount on Sigurdsson. According to some though, it's okay – he'll come good because he never had a pre-season... Yea, sure!
Jack Convery
58 Posted 25/11/2017 at 12:50:07
If you have a Director of Football then the manager gets to work on his golf handicap. I believe in the manager identifying and buying players. the club negotiate the fee etc. Two heads with differing ideas is not a good idea.

If Walsh did recommend Allardyce and Shakespeare, he should leave EFC right now. He does not get EFC if this is true.

Charlie Lloyd
59 Posted 25/11/2017 at 13:00:40
John @ 39,

But how much money has Moshiri ploughed into the squad? The summer didn't have a large net spend when you consider the fees for the departing Lukaku, Cleverley and Deulofeu. Wages have increased a fair amount but you'd expect that to be offset with the increase in revenue taking from merchandising, tickets and, although short, Europa League.

There is a common misplaced perceptive in the media that we spent large in the summer, £140m often quoted, but they fail to show the full picture.

Jay Harris
60 Posted 25/11/2017 at 13:07:07
I get the feeling this rumor has more to do with the pending manager appointment who may have insisted on not working with a Director of Football something I wholeheartedly agree on. Very few Director of Football situations work out and it may well suit Boys Pen Bill to have a scapegoat for the summer failings.
Paul Tran
61 Posted 25/11/2017 at 13:42:50
My guess is that this is more to do with a behind-the-scenes power struggle than anything to do with Walsh's performance.
Tommy Carter
62 Posted 25/11/2017 at 14:50:44
Trevor @ #50

Leicester dodged a bullet. This board also wanted to buy Sissoko for £30m

When city got their money they went out and bought the best players that they could get. They couldn't go to the really big clubs and tempt their players away so they instead sought out the best players at clubs who weren't quite sitting at the top table. Hence why Aguero, Silva etc joined

Instead of £70m on Sigurdsson and Klaassen we should've signed Icardi for £70m

We should have been looking to buy Draxler, Calanhoglu went to AC Milan, we could've had him. Even Timo Werner would have been achievable.

Pat Kelly
63 Posted 25/11/2017 at 15:17:41
It can't be nice hearing you're facing the sack when you're abroad on holidays.
Steve Ferns
64 Posted 25/11/2017 at 15:18:53
Walsh has had a long career lads. He's not been around for just a few years. He was one of the top recruitment guys at Chelsea under Mourinho and he is the one who got Drogba signed.

He's had a very long career of acclaimed scouting of players, which is why Chelsea took him on. Leicester made him head of recruitment and he signed Vardy, Mahrez and Kante for them. As soon as he took the Everton job his first act was to bring in Gueye. Leicester just missed out on Gueye to Villa, and signed Kanté instead. Walsh knew of Gueye's release clause and acted swiftly.

Walsh cannot be held accountable for the summer in the way some of you are. Did we hear Koeman moan once? Koeman loved a good moan. He moaned when we didn't get Schneiderlin in, and so we got him and paid over the odds. He moaned all summer long about Sigurdsson and so we paid over the odds. Did he moan about the lack of a striker? Well he did say we needed one. But he didn't say the club where not signing x, y, or z. He even claimed that we did not sign a striker when the window shut because he (koeman) thought we had better at the club than were willing to come.

In other words, he had gone down Walsh's list of targets and rejected them all. Some of you do not seem to understand the Director of Football at all. The lack of recruitment of a striker is KOEMAN'S FAULT.

Both Walsh and Koeman made it very clear that Koeman had the final word. Koeman had to authorise the transfers. Walsh gave an interview to the echo where he made his role clear and said that it was his job to convince Koeman of the players he wanted to bring in. He also said that his job was to listen to Koeman's ideas on how he wanted to play and to find players to fit into that system.

Obviously we cannot be sure about Walsh. But if it was all Walsh's fault, do you not think Moshiri would have got rid of Walsh and let Koeman sign who he wanted in January to save our season?

Walsh was only hired because Koeman insisted on a Director of Football. Moyes and Martinez used to watch every Everton team play (u16s, u18s and U21/3s) as well as personally scouting opponents and key players we wanted to sign. Koeman wanted to go home at 4.00pm, and get himself on the golf course. Where was he on Transfer Deadline Day? Was he burning the midnight oil, manning the phones? Calling everyone he knows trying to get us a striker? No, he was on holiday in Portugal playing golf.

In the international breaks, the manager works with the players left behind and carries on coaching them. Moyes and Martinez didn't know how to switch off. Not Koeman, he was the first one to the airport, golf clubs in hand.

Koeman is counting his cash and laughing at us all now, pointing the finger at Walsh.

If Walsh really is not up to the job, and his record says otherwise, then January will prove it. There's no Koeman right now. Expect Walsh to deliver on a striker and a couple more players. If we get to February and nothing, and Unsworth is still in charge, then we can call for Walsh's head.

Rob Dolby
65 Posted 25/11/2017 at 16:38:48
I am struggling to defend Walsh when for years our scouting network has done a great job working on a shoestring. We bring a high profile Director of Football and can,t sign a striker, FFS.

Koeman would have the final say but surely Walsh can't be totally exonerated from this mess.

Clive Rogers
66 Posted 25/11/2017 at 16:46:20
None of his signings now appear to be good value. Even the much heralded Lookman appears to have lost his way. Apart from the fact that he is quite small, he doesn't seem to understand the game in terms of movement and passing.

It is difficult to see what his position is supposed to be. He is certainly not a winger, and doesn't seem to have the correct attributes to be a striker. I personally will be surprised if he makes the grade.

Mark Tanton
67 Posted 25/11/2017 at 16:55:51
Enough of Walsh. Cretin. What was Silva’s acknowledgement to the Watford away support today, that’s what I want to know? Did it look like a goodbye?
Kunal Desai
68 Posted 25/11/2017 at 18:12:58
So Walsh might be sacked after just over a season, if that's the case then what about the rest of the fucking garbage and shite thats been destroying this club for years, starting with Kenwright and his puppet masters Woods and Elstone, they should be the first ones hounded out of Goodison.
Derek Knox
69 Posted 25/11/2017 at 18:54:33
Pat, 63, it's okay if it's at the end of the holiday! :-)
Soren Moyer
70 Posted 25/11/2017 at 19:59:09
About time ffs! After wasting so much money on absolute shite players, not only I'd sack him, but sue him as well! And don't forget to kick the chairman et. al. out of the club. That's the only solution imo!

Forgot to say we should appoint Monaco's head scout, Ali Bouafia!

Jason Broome
71 Posted 25/11/2017 at 21:38:20
Everything that has led to the current disaster should be cut out like the proverbial cancer it is. Didn't want this idiot anywhere near our club. Posted several times that this was a crap appointment.

Walsh is on bizarre money for a man who has pissed away good money over average players. Retire him early and let him extend his holiday.

Gary Willock
72 Posted 25/11/2017 at 21:54:09
A Director of Football is not every manager's cup of tea, and even when it is, there has to be chemistry.

I honestly believe that Walsh may have been a bigger mistake than Koeman alone. Both Moyes and Brown Shoes at least had opportunity to make their own beds and lie in it at least give the next guy same chance.


John Pierce
73 Posted 25/11/2017 at 21:54:57
This the the core reason for our death spiral, and the key element to any improvement, we skimped so hard on this position when we had no experience as a club of handling it.

We chose a novice with a good scouting potential. We need a flamboyant, experienced technical director. A position that provides continuity and is responsible for finding and if need be firing a coach.

English clubs have long resisted but with ‘managers tenure’ ever shortening its imperative to have model that encompasses that turnover.

If we did, a) we would succession plan, b) look professional.

The position should be at the very least be present at board meetings if not a permanent board member.

As for Walsh himself, the club have screwed him over regardless of the perceived mistakes. His role was not clear, he has no voice, rarely media facing despite the major part he plays in the set up.

As a first swing at the model, an unmitigated disaster. Time to go out and find a respected DoF, pitch the stadium and the vision, erm if we have one and let them do their work.

It will allow the chief exe. to focus on the stadium and business, the footballing side and any imput from the defacto owner, whoever that might be, to be leveraged through him.

It will stop them looking like kids with a new trainset.

Massively important we get this part corrected, neglect in this area will just get us nowhere.

Andy Williams
74 Posted 25/11/2017 at 23:33:22
Who bloody knows anything about anything in this whole debacle. All conjecture.
Mike Gaynes
75 Posted 26/11/2017 at 06:40:18
The point made by Jon #6 is cogent... we don't know who chose the players to be signed, or what the dynamic was between Walsh and Koeman.

I continue to believe that Sigurdsson will prove to be an excellent signing. Pickford already is. Vlasic may well be as well, and from what little I've seen of Onyekuru, he is hugely talented.

Schneiderlin looked like a great pickup last season, and his sudden decline is his fault alone. The jury is still out on Sandro, but that goal was pure talent. Keane I can't fairly judge because his disgrace against Atalanta was so complete that I can't even look at the bastard right now. Martina and Klaassen were almost certainly Koeman's choices. Rooney was probably Kenwright's.

Steve #64, you've been singing the same song for months, but the fact is you have no idea who's responsible for failing to sign a striker. Neither do the rest of us. We know we pursued good ones who turned us down (Giroud, Costa). We know that we passed on several who were considered too expensive, and none has done squat this season (Benteke, Dedonker, Kalinic et al). But who didn't get the job done and why is pure speculation.

I do agree with you that Walsh deserves one more transfer window to show what he can do.

Mike Gaynes
76 Posted 26/11/2017 at 07:07:02
Tommy (#62), sorry but I don't believe a word of your last two paragraphs. There isn't a reason in the world to believe we could have had Inter's 100-goal captain (Icardi), whose next stop is Real Madrid. Why would he derail his career at 24 to come to us?

Nor is there the slightest indication that Draxler would have been interested, and Leipzig made it clear there was no way they would sell Werner to anybody – specifically mentioning Everton – and derail their own title challenge. Which turned out to be the correct decision, given they're second in the Bundesliga thanks to Werner's seven goals.

As for Calanhoglu, yep, he's just what we need, another #10 who can't get it done. He's been a flop at Milan, proving undeserving of their #10 previously worn by the likes of Gullit, Boban and Seedorf. If you still like him, drop Walsh a note, because his January price might be even lower than the €20 million they spent for him.

Tommy Carter
77 Posted 26/11/2017 at 09:00:29
@77 Mike.

Another #10 who can't get it done. My suggestion is that Calanhoglu would have been an achievable purchase and a better option than signing all of the #10 type players we actually did sign. (Vlasic, Sandro, Rooney, Klaassen, Sigurdsson). He may have made a struggling start to life at Milan but he will go on to have a fine career and will be one of the best #10s of his generation.

Icardi may have been achievable. The job of a scout is to identify the talent and it is to also figure out a way of getting them to the club. £70-£80m would have got Icardi and then it would be about convincing the player to join a club who finished 6th and are in European competition that you are ready to make the next step with him as the main man. Man City managed this in 2010 with David Silva. I'm sure a decent salary would have helped to convince him too.

Maybe your pessimism is shared by the senior structure within the club.

Everyone has their price and an ambitious club would recognise this and make the deals happen.

Martin Nicholls
78 Posted 26/11/2017 at 09:31:31
Steve Ferns (#64) – your continued citing of Drogba as an example of Walsh's acumen in the transfer market undermines your support of him.

As has been pointed out to you in the past when you've posted the same view, Drogba was no unknown quantity when Chelsea paid a club record fee of £24million for him – he'd already more than made his mark not only in French football but also in both Champions League and UEFA cup and (along with Rooney) was one of the most coveted forwards around at that time.

Chelsea signed him not because Walsh had "discovered a gem" as you infer, but because they had a massive amount of money to spend.

Bobby Thomas
79 Posted 26/11/2017 at 09:58:51
Wholeheartedly agree with John Pierce (#74).

Feel that we need the same kind of personality and experience in the Chief Exec role, instead of the lightweight we currently have in there.

Neil Copeland
80 Posted 26/11/2017 at 10:05:59
For the Director of Football role to work the right personalities are required in that role and the manager position. Given Koeman's personality, I am not surprised it hasn't worked very well so far. However, that doesn't mean to say it can't work in the future but as I stated to start with the right mix is required.

No idea whether or not this set up would work with Dyche or Silva.

Ajay Gopal
81 Posted 26/11/2017 at 12:24:19
I think Everton have been screwed over by the selling clubs for recent player purchases (Keane, Sigurdsson, Pickford) because of the DoF-Manager duality with unclear roles and responsibilities.

Moyes –and to a certain extent; Martinez – were successful with player purchases, because they made the decision related to price and value.

The DoF position is redundant for Everton at this point of time. Yes, if we get to be regularly challenging for Europe and Cups, then it might make sense to appoint a DoF, not where we are now.

David Connor
82 Posted 26/11/2017 at 18:15:32
£1,000,000 a year... What a piss-take.Yet one more parasite screwing the club.

He's been a fucking disaster from the start. Get rid.

Nigel Munford
83 Posted 26/11/2017 at 18:42:45
What, he’s still not been sacked yet?
Nigel Munford
84 Posted 27/11/2017 at 13:18:18
He’s still hanging in there then?
Kev Johnson
85 Posted 27/11/2017 at 20:30:11
We should erect gallows for these fuckers, they have bled this great club dry for years. Especially that Cheshire cat, Elstone. I've seen him last game signing autographs. Fucking hell... thought I'd seen it all.
Steve Ferns
86 Posted 29/11/2017 at 01:34:24
So Walshy has played a blinder here. In comes his mates Allardyce and Shakespeare. He's already got another of Allardyce's old staff in place as chief scout. As King maker, Allardyce won't forget Walshy and will probably work closely with him. So instead of being close to the sack, he's now likely to outlast even Allardyce.

If only he was that cunning in the transfer market.

Kim Vivian
87 Posted 29/11/2017 at 09:51:26
Jackals – that's all they are. Fucking jackals on the carcass of EFC.

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