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The long debate over whether Sam Allardyce should be removed from his post or not seemed dead and buried when a recent ToffeeWeb poll revealed that up to 95% of those who voted wanted him gone. There was no way back, at least that's how it seemed. He was virtually friendless, even the 5% who voted in his favour were keeping a low profile...
What a difference a couple of victories have made. These two wins may have been instantly forgettable, but they have yielded 6 points and, with the promise of another 3 to follow next week, Sam is gaining support from the less-informed members of the media. worse still, a growing number of our own fans are declaring their support and want him to stay.
Farhad Moshiri must be sweating like a glass blower's arse. He has sacked two managers already and he is coming under intense pressure to sack another... Unless he is deaf, dumb and blind, he will know how deeply unpopular the prospect of Allardyce being in the dugout next season really is. But for a guy known more for his business acumen than his football knowledge, he will want to protect his investment and the best way of doing this would be to stay in the Premier League, no matter how ugly it gets.
Moshiri has a decision to make. Does he want to consolidate and make a nice profit when he eventually sells, or does he want to shoot for the moon knowing success could make the value of his shares rocket? If it's the latter, Sam simply has to go.
As a club, we have lacked ambition and adventure at just about every level. We have appointed cautious manager after cautious manager. What a roll call...
Moyes would often go right up to the water but could never summon up the courage to drink. He stunted the progress of his teams (and he built some decent ones) with his own inability to believe. The glass ceiling was created.
I know people see Martinez as attack-minded but his possession obsession ensured we played most of our football in our own half. The guy put the shackles on the most exciting pair of fullbacks in the league when they were in their prime and couldn't figure out why we played without purpose.
Koeman was a nightmare, I hated that every performance was dependant on whether Lukaku was in the mood or not. "Tell-it-like-it-is" Ronnie was eventually proven to be full of shit. I honestly believed the football his teams regularly served was a bad as it got... but what did I know? Allardyce was to prove me wrong — and how.
What really depresses me is that Goodison Park — once renowned throughout the game for the incredible atmosphere generated by its hostile inhabitants — now feels more like a chapel of repose. A few visitors paying a hushed respect to the dead people in the middle... and all four of the managers mentioned above have had a hand in it. Since Moshiri took over, I can only remember the old lady rocking four times — and three of them were for a stand-in manager simply because he asked his players to show a little passion.
I`m done with the cautious approach; I`ve had a bellyful of possession obsession. I can't take any more Zombie football, I feel nothing but shame when I think of Allardyce's gutless game-spoiling approach and I feel totally desolate when I hear Evertonians asking for more of the same.
This club needs to rediscover its soul!
Darren Hind Posted 30/04/2018 at 18:29:57
Our own Mo Besic is doing the business at Middlesbrough and they love him. Another Man of the Match award today. He should be doing it for us.
A combination of very bad luck and not enough faith in him has left him out-cast. At least his game time means we benefit with a new Besic next season... or we get good money for him. I'd prefer the player.
Anton Walsh Posted 28/04/2018 at 21:48:23
Incredibly, Pep Guardiola has spent more money in 21 months at Manchester City than Arsene Wenger has in 21 years at Arsenal. Whilst clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United were spending hundreds of millions, Wenger was competing, and often out-performing these clubs on a minus net spend. What he has done for the ingrates at Arsenal is actually quite amazing when you look at the figures.
I always looked forward to turning on a live game and watching his sides playing fast-flowing, pass-and-move football. To listen to their entitled fans hounding this man out of a job after 20 years solid of qualifying for the Champions League is astounding. Even over the past 5 seasons, the man has won 3 FA Cups, reached a League Cup Final and finished runner-up in the Premier League. They are on the verge of a European final as we speak. Imagine for one moment if that was the record of a recent Everton manager? There would a dozen statues around Goodison by now!
Listening to tales from his ex-players, about how he even introduced warm-downs to the English game and how his training methods, which were 20 years ahead of their time, makes me think how desperate we are for someone of his ilk to transform Everton. Even if we didn't push on to the Champions League under his stewardship, then surely he would lay the foundations for someone else to follow him and deliver success. That alone has to be worth hiring this man.
Over the hill? No chance. He's been hurt by the way he's been let go. That will definitely light a fire in his belly to prove to the footballing world that they've made a mistake sacking him. Because that's what has happened, he still had a year left to run on his contract. The press didn't really run with the 'Wenger Sacked' tagline. He has publicly stated he wants to carry on in management. He won't be doing a Fergie and 'going upstairs' to take a directorship.
David Dein said he's already received many calls in relation to Wenger's availability; it's not too much of a stretch to think that Mr. Moshiri had been one of those callers. Could we get him? Personally, I think it's doubtful. If he is to stay in England though, would any of the established top five clubs want him? I can't see it. That would leave us as the only realistic candidate for his services. A club with the resources to back a big name. It would be an incredible coup for Everton to be able to convince Wenger to be our next manager.
Only today, he is quoted as saying: "I hope these are not my last European cup games – my target is to play in Europe again. I've had no break for 35 years. You can look around, and that doesn't exist. I don't know now how addicted I am. I am like a guy who plays Russian roulette every week and suddenly has no gun. I will see how much I miss that gun."
Has he got one last hurrah left in his locker? I think he has. Wenger on a bad day is 10 times the manager we have recently seen pollute the dugout at Goodison Park. He would modernise this club from top to bottom if we gave him a free reign. That has to be an attractive proposition for a scorned man like him, with something still left to prove. Come on, Arsene, are you up for the challenge?
A great multitude of people who follow Everton regularly believe that the Blues should now start thinking about finding a replacement for Leighton Baines. Ever since Baines moved to Everton in July 2007, in a £ 6 million move from Wigan Athletic, he has become a huge favourite among the Everton fans.
However, it cannot be denied that he’s now 33-years old and his best days are well behind him. Furthermore, Leighton Baines influence and effect on the Everton side will slowly start waning in the times to come.
It’s high time that Everton start finding an ideal replacement for the star player. People who regularly punt on football matches involving Everton, believe the same. Even the most popular football tips portals are expecting Everton to find a replacement soon.
Let’s now take you over some of the potential candidates for the Leighton Baines’ job.
Ever since he made his debut in the Premier League on the Boxing Day in 2016 (against Everton coincidentally), Ben Chilwell has made a firm place for himself in the Leicester City team. He is the automatic choice for the left back position, ahead of other players like Christian Fuchs. Chilwell has appeared 32 times for the foxes in the Premier League, and has had 59 club appearances overall.
Being a young 21-years old player, he has many years of football left in him. And despite that, he already has ample experience under his belt, which is excellent for his age. Chilwell plays as an adept defender with a 75% tackle success rate in the English Premier League for the current season.
The Leicester defender has plenty to learn when it comes to the attacking aspect of the game though, something that any modern-day fullback should know.
Having 71 club appearances under his belt, across all the competitions, Ryan Sessegnon, the Fulham’s fullback is only 17-years in age!
He’s already scored 21 goals, and is emerging as the most exciting English footballer out of the Premier League. He recently set up the Fulham win over Millwall, boosting their promotion hopes. The distinguishing aspect about him is that he has found just the right balance between defence and attacking abilities.
Regardless of his lack of experience in the Premier League, Everton would have made a massive coup if they successfully sign-up Sessegnon for the Blues. It’s also just the right time in his career to make a move to EPL. However, please note that there are some other big clubs eyeing him as well.
Many refer to him as the biggest enigmas in the EPL today. When he was drafted into the Southampton side at 22, many expected him to become the next Ashley Cole, and prove himself as among the biggest talents to emerge from the English football. However, post his £ 35 million move to Manchester United in 2014, Luke Shaw has had a really hard time at the club. Apparently, Man United are asking £ 28 million for the player.
He suffered from multiple injuries and has had only 62 appearances over the 4 seasons, which is quite less compared to his 67 appearances for Southampton in 2 seasons. Regardless of his injury concerns and criticisms, Luke Shaw is a very talented footballer that Everton must definitely try to sign up soon.
A few years ago, a colleague of mine — I’m in the Web design industry, I’ve seen him speak at conferences, follow him on Twitter… we’re colleagues, alright?! — coined a phrase that I come back to time and time again: “Death to Bullshit.”
It was a rallying cry specifically related to design on the Web and demanding better experiences for people using Web sites and the Internet in general — “Popups, jargon, junk mail, sensationalism, begging for likes, tracking scripts, spam, unskippable ads, clickbait, linkbait, barely-visible unsubscribe buttons, 24-hour news networks, auto-playing audio… the list of bullshit goes on and on and on” — but it resonates loudly when it comes to life and modern media and communications, and football appears to have fallen prey to bullshit as hard as anything.
The media-stoked furore this week over Everton’s fan survey, the results of which weren't ever to be made public, is a classic case in point. It began as a routine data-gathering exercise by the club and has ended with Sam Allardyce grandstanding in a press conference and throwing the Blues’ Director of Marketing and Communications, Richard Kenyon, under the bus for not being “a great understander (sic) of football and how football works.”
You can argue about the merits of the club canvassing its supporters in this way but, let’s face it, there is no way it becomes a story of this magnitude if we were not in the social media age where everything is blown out of all proportion and knowledge of a questionnaire aimed only at season ticket holders and registered members spreads like wildfire, fuelled by the local and national press... and by some pretty well-respected journalists who should know better at that.
The fact is that Everton have held this kind of survey in the past (through a desire to get more targeted data on its supporters than a wider Premier League survey of all 20 top-flight clubs’ fans) and it didn’t even register a blip on the radar of any journalist. (It also asked for Evertonians to rate their trust in the club’s hierarchy but you haven’t heard about that as much because, while they haven’t quite got their arms around the task yet, Farhad Moshiri and the Board of Directors are showing the ambition off the pitch required to take the Blues forward.)
The difference this time, of course, is that the incumbent of the hot seat being evaluated before wasn’t a controversial, almost universally unpopular manager who a majority didn’t want appointed to the post in the first place.
Ironically, the very fact that this has become such a massive talking point without the kind of balance that you would hope from some better regarded or senior members of the press corps and has prompted the manager’s performance at Finch Farm this afternoon is precisely because Allardyce has been such an underwhelming and disliked appointment.
So when Bill Kenwright is, as the boss claims, offering his apologies to Mr Allardyce, you would hope he is saying sorry for the embarrassment caused by the wholly disproportionate reaction from the media rather than the fairly benign survey itself.
At least Allardyce didn’t name-check Richard Kenyon personally or anyone on his team specifically but you would hope that he would have the grace to extend a private apology of his own to a fine Evertonian who, as James Corbett expressed on Twitter, is a passionate Blue who “understands more about the club than Allardyce could in 100 years.”
I have been watching Everton for 20 years now. I have seen some decent football being played on Goodison Park. I have seen some poor and average games, home and away. But I don't think I have ever seen as season as pathetic as this one. This season, I have seen the club exactly for what they are: mediocre, lacking leadership and a circus.
The board, managers and definitely the players have been an utter shambles this season. A season which promised so much has turned into a nightmare and a we're laughing stock for our rivals. We only have ourselves to blame.
Nobody at the club takes any responsibility. Nobody knows what the plan is. And worst of all, we have lost the meaning of Nil Satis Nisi Optimum.
Allardyce was a panic appointment and brought in to do one thing: keep us up. He did that, yes. But, surely to god, if Everton had anything about them, the second that final whistle goes at the end of the season, pay him his money and get rid. Along with Sammy Lee, Craig Shakespeare, Duncan Ferguson and please, oh please, Steve Walsh.
Allardyce clearly does not care about Everton one bit. Fans making it loud and clear – they don't want him.
Once again, the only positive this season is the supporters who go, week-in and week-out, home and away, and get nothing in return. Away to Man Utd, Spurs, Arsenal and Southampton come to mind... and many more.
This summer has to be – has to be – the change were we stop being negative. Get rid of the weak links at the club:
... and others maybe.
The transfer window shuts before the season starts this time round. So it's vital we have that manager in before the end of May, and no fannying about again like November. Hopefully This Brands is in too. If not, whether that means an alternative or no DoF. if it means Steve Walsh will not be here this summer. Then do whatever.
We need players with the right mentality, hunger and desire to fight week in week out in games. And not buying bang average players. Players who will get Goodison going again. And more importantly consistency and leaders.
Two Centre backs, left back, box-to-box midfielder, striker and maybe another winger or playmaker. We need the right manager for it. Whether that is Paulo Fonseca, Marco Silva or Any other decent alternatives.
The club needs a lift. it needs that will to fight again. We're not asking them to be like Messi or Ronaldo. We're asking them to get stuck in, fight and get going. Players do that and Goodison is a bear pit. Especially in the big games. We need players who cherish the big games and not go hiding.
As for the board, if Farhad Moshiri wants this club to move forward on and off the pitch. A couple of the board have to go. Elstone for one definitely. I think Kenwright has done all he can now; time for him to move on, along with Woods and Elstone, and get people in that want to move the club forward. 23 years without winning a trophy is disgusting for a club like Everton.
Surely one club cannot make the same mistake as last summer. If they do, god help us. Get these players in early, get the manager in early, and get the ideas ready now. In fact, they should've been ready months ago.
Has to happen... Make it Happen, Everton!!!
Mike Stanley Posted 18/04/2018 at 02:49:44
It's fair to say that the 2017-18 season won't be looked back on with much fondness by Everton supporters.
The Toffees spent almost £150 million in last summer's transfer window under former boss Ronald Koeman, but most of those signings have failed to make much of an impact.
The club's failure to replace striker Romelu Lukaku was a major mistake and effectively ended Everton's hopes of his success this season from the outset.
There was very little for fans to get excited about during the early part of the season. A 1-1 draw with Manchester City raised hopes that they would be challenging at the right end of the table, but four goals in their opening six matches quickly highlighted Everton's biggest problem.
A 5-2 home thumping by Arsenal signalled the end for Koeman, but the lack of a coherent plan about who would replace the Dutchman added to the sense that the people running the club aren't pulling in the same direction.
David Unsworth stepped in as caretaker manager and many fans would have been happy to see the man who wore the Everton jersey with such distinction handed the job on a permanent basis. Five weeks later former England boss Sam Allardyce was appointed and the news didn't go down well.
Criticisms of his style of football are never far from the surface for Big Sam, but he has achieved what he was appointed to do and that was to guide Everton up the Premier League table.
A 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday took the club into the top eight, but the manner of the victory was once again crticised by fans. However, Everton have now picked up 30 points since his appointment at the end of November. That puts them among the top six clubs in the Premier League since his arrival. He has collected more points than Arsenal and just four less than Chelsea.
Fans will argue that 'style' still matters at Everton. Mentions of the famed 'School of Science' places managers at Goodison Park under perhaps more scrutiny than many other clubs.
Whether those arguments stack up in the modern game is hugely debatable. Sure, the likes of City are able to implement Pep Guardiola's stylish footballing ethos, but it's hardly come cheaply.
Some fans would take playing a good style of football ahead of being successful by playing the wrong way. In many ways, that mentality bears all the hallmarks of the fabled 'West Ham Way' and it's one that seems to have its roots in nostalgia rather than common sense.
Both Koeman and Roberto Martinez are managers who would be credited with trying to play football 'the right way', yet both were dismissed by Everton for failing to win enough games.
With a full summer to prepare for next season and the World Cup in Russia providing the perfect opportunity for scouting potential incomings, Everton have a crucial decision to make regarding Allardyce's future.
While someone like Paulo Fonseca is the 'sexy' appointment many fans crave, there is no guarantee that the current Shakhtar Donetsk boss would be a success in the hurly-burly of the Premier League.
As the likes of Blackburn Rovers, West Ham, Newcastle United and Sunderland discovered after parting company with Allardyce, the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Be careful what you wish for.
The current Everton squad is arguably the most unbalanced group of individuals in the club's famous history. With major trading work required this summer in order to bring some form of equilibrium back to the team, who would the Everton fans keep and who would be on the first bus out of Finch Farm? Here's my opinion on who I would keep and who I would let go with a short explanation for each.
Pickford – Yes. Still has lots of learning to do but he has the years ahead of him to do so. Seeing as most games are like shot-stopping practice for him with the clowns in front of him then I think he deserves a lot of credit.
Robles – Yes. Only as a back-up though.
Martina – No. Not good enough to get in any other Premier League side and certainly not good enough to be in ours.
Kenny – Yes. Still young enough to improve and with the right coach he can turn into a solid attacking wing-back.
Baines – No. Controversial, I know, but he’s past it. He just goes through the motions now.
Coleman – Yes. Should be captain.
Garbutt – No. For three managers to completely disregard him, there’s a problem there somewhere.
Jagielka – No. Has always epitomised the gallant loser for me. He’s only good when our backs are against the wall defending for our lives. Hoof!
Williams – No. Possibly the worst centre-half I’ve ever seen in a blue shirt.
Funes Mori – Yes. Goal scoring centre-half. He has a mistake in him but he’s a good age and he’s quick.
Holgate – Yes. Young, passionate and tries to play football but he needs a good coach.
Keane – No. Nowhere near good enough.
Gueye – Yes. He’s lost his way this season but, if we can get him back to being the aggressive biting midfielder who never gives anyone a second on the ball, then he’s an asset.
Rooney – No. Sorry Wayne you had your chance to be an Everton legend 12 years ago. You blew it. And to think that Ronaldo and David Silva are older than you... Who was the world most excited about when all 3 of you were 16? What a shame.
McCarthy – No. Never fit and doesn’t offer enough when he is. Ireland will always be his priority.
Baningime – Yes. Young, aggressive and time on his side.
Davies – Yes. Another that has lost his way but, with confidence back in his game, this boy has something.
Schneiderlin – No. Cares more about his hair than his performances. I’ve literally never seen him sprint.
Sigurdsson – Yes. Forget the cost, that’s not his fault. He’s a good player.
Bolasie – Yes. Controversial again but motivated in the right way he can be a dangerous player that can cross a ball and take his man on.
Vlasic - Yes. Young, quick and worth giving some time to see how he develops.
Walcott – Yes. Needs to be played in a formation that gets the best out of him.
Klaassen – No. There must be a player in there somewhere but we can’t afford to wait for him to arrive.
Calvert-Lewin – No. Makes Stuart Barlow look like Drogba.
Tosun – Yes. He’s our only hope of a goal.
Sandro – Yes. Needs the right coach to play to his strengths. Not a winger or a lone striker which is all he’s had from us.
Niasse - No. Simply not good enough.
Lookman – Yes. Showing what we’re missing while out on loan.
So overall, 16 that I’d keep and 12 that would be shown the door. But, however you slice it up, there’s some major work to be done and realistically, it can’t be fixed in one summer.
By the way, none of the coaching or backroom staff would stay on my watch. Duncan, Jeffers et al would all be gone. Unsworth would be the only exception.
Who would you keep?
Scott Hall Posted 16/04/2018 at 09:45:28
It’s a pity last weekend’s derby wasn’t played on the Friday night. If it was, it would have been 4 years to the very day since Martinez’s dynamic Everton side demolished Arsenal 3-0 to overtake them in the Champions League places.
Compare and contrast.
We had an innovative young manager who had the upmost confidence of the fans (see the attached report – only a few comments down and the demands start for him to be given a new, long-term contract).
In Stones, Barkley and Lukaku, the spine of the team was made up of 3 of the hottest young talents in the English game.
And we were a team. There was a spirit and togetherness about the players, who played with pride, passion and professionalism. Even the less glamorous ones who possessed more limited ability would play out of their skin and seemed to have a place in Martinez’s vision. Again, see the attached report for the plaudits Steven Naismith receives.
Okay, so Boys Pen Bill was still Chairman, and, as we sang, we had no money so we signed our players on loan. But all our transfer business had been shrewd and, in the aftermath of Our Former Manager leaving, the managerial appointment seemed to be a sound one.
Only 4 years ago... The future looked bright. The attractive, winning football looked set to continue, and Champions League football – and dare I say trophies – seemed to be on the horizon for the club.
4 years and 1 day later and an insipid derby display in which, barring the last few minutes, we played for a 0-0 draw against an understrengh Liverpool side who were asking us to attack them and we wouldn’t. Tomorrow, we’re expected to lose away to Swansea. So, where did it all go wrong?
No, I’m asking, where did it all go wrong?
So the blues have just been schooled by a Manchester City side superior in every aspect of football. Of course the defeat came as no surprise, given the fact that City had only failed to win 4 of their 30 games this season, scoring 85 goals in the process. However, having spent in the excess of £250million since 2016, I would have certainly hoped we could have at least gave them something to think about. Although a much longer term project, Guardiola's City embodied a side based on coaching, quality, cohesion, planning, togetherness and identity, in relation to an Everton side which looked fearful, disjointed and devoid of ideas throughout.
It was clear that this City team has been assembled with a clear identity in mind, and recruitment across the board has represented that. Since their appointment of former Barcelona director of football, Txiti Bergiristain in 2012, City have had a clear footballing identity in mind, which has meant all recruitment decisions the club has taken have been based upon a clear long-term objective. From the outside, it certainly appeared that since Bergiristain's appointment, the club was anticipating Guardiola's arrival, and although it was not until 2016 that this dream became a reality, City still represented a club with a clear idea of where it wants to be and exactly what sort of individuals would be needed in order for them to get there. It took time and patience of course, as all good projects do, but the club's intentions appeared rather clear.
Currently, 'relegation specialist' Sam Allardyce is our manager on an 18 month contract with highly regarded scout Steve Walsh in the director of football position. The positions of both individuals appear increasingly precarious, given fan dissatisfaction with Allardyce, and the disjointed nature of this current Everton team which has been built upon Walsh's recruitment. I'm sure I am not alone in lacking the confidence that Allardyce and Walsh can be a partnership which brings the success and footballing identity us Evertonians wish to see moving forward, which is why the individuals' Farhad Moshiri decides to install into these respective is absolutely crucial for us moving forward.
True success does not happen quickly. A long-term vision is crucial, and key to implementing that vision is having the correct individuals' in place to oversee it. None of the managerial appointments during the Moshiri era thus far have been made with longevity in mind. Ronald Koeman was realistically never going to stay beyond his three year contract, David Unsworth was a temporary appointment, and if various reports are to be believed, Moshiri only wanted Allardyce on a contract until the end of the season, rather than an 18 month one. This constant changing has provided fans and players alike with a feeling of uncertainty regarding the club's long-term objectives, with our current director of football equally failing to project the notion that there is a clear, long-term vision at the football club.
At Everton, it does not seem clear to me where it is we want to be, and much more importantly, how it is that we are going to get there. The lack of identity to this current Everton team is my biggest concern regarding Walsh. When discussing Koeman's dismissal, Moshiri spoke of how "the team didn't appear to have a shape". Although Koeman's managerial short-comings were of course a big part of this, an equally large share of the blame must fall at Walsh's door also, with the two individuals ultimately unable together to create a structured, cohesive team. For example, the failure to address key areas such as the centre-forward and left-back positions, demonstrates to me a degree of incompetency and naivety which we cannot risk occurring again.
Perhaps Mr Moshiri does have clear ideas in his mind regarding what identity he wants an Everton team to have, however it is crucial that if the DoF/manager model is one which he is insistent on, long and careful consideration must go in to ensuring that the correct appointments are made with the long term success of the club in mind. Presuming that both Allardyce and Walsh are going to be replaced in their respective roles, the emphasis must be placed upon securing a pair who can work together to construct a team with a clear identity and structure. In my view, this can only be done by installing an experienced director of football with previous success in the role.
If rumours are to be believed, Moshiri's number one target appears to be Marcel Brands, a man with years of experience in this role in Holland, occupying the role at PSV currently. Having won titles with AZ Alkmaar as well as PSV, Brands clearly has pedigree, with the fact that his name has previously been linked to a role at Chelsea further evidencing this. While this experience of course does not guarantee he'll be a success with us, I believe the club must look to appoint someone with a proven ability to oversee various footballing operations and a know-how in terms of working closely with a manager to deliver a successful, winning team.
James Pirie Posted 03/04/2018 at 13:33:53
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