Seriously Concerned

Jim Wilson 06/11/2019 24comments  |  Jump to last

I am getting seriously concerned that Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright are actually happy to keep Marco Silva in-post. The frustration I feel about Everton's plight is almost unbearable.

After 25 years of poor management and constant relegation worries, here we are again, one place off the relegation zone. It is utterly ridiculous and, if Moshiri is going to keep the value of the players he has invested in, he needs to install a top manager who will get the best out of them. We are rudderless, going nowhere and Silva has no clue about what to do.

Silva is unable to get the basics right, unable to motivate the team. The transfer policy clearly isn't working, not because we have bought poor players, but because we have bought too many, too close to the start of the season and not necessarily the players we really needed.


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Three seasons on the run (one Koeman's) we have bought far too many players. The new payers haven't had time to bed in, the team has no system worth speaking about, no understanding and worst of all we have no soul, no character, no fight.

The treatment of Baines and Coleman (players who could still perform for us with a good manager) has been dreadful, and selling Jagielka was far too premature. McCarthy should have also been given a chance by Silva, especially after losing Gueye.

The one essential signing for me would have been Jamie Vardy. With his pace, goal-scoring, experience and attitude he could have galvinised the players around him. His age does not matter.

Change has to be gradual to keep some continuity going. Make too many changes and you end up with what we have at Everton right now. Total lack of cohesion, a lack of confidence resulting in sterile performances.

The manager gets paid an awful lot of money and he should at least know how to get the basics right. The bottom line is, even if Silva got us out of this mess, he clearly will never steer Everton to greatness.

We have needed a big manager with a big personality for years. There is one out there right now who we don't need to poach who will make us hard to beat and will certainly get us winning more games than Silva. All the money Silva has spent and we have one win in seven league games. It's outrageous!

Giving Silva any more time is pointless and he should have gone weeks ago. Our club is light years away from the top two. We haven't won a trophy since 1995. We haven't won a derby at Anfield for nearly as long. We need drastic action now. People need to wake up to how bad our condition is.

Was there no-one at the club with the sense to suggest maybe we were trying to fit too many new faces into the team too soon and that maybe it was a good idea to hang on to McCarthy, as he was the nearest type to Gueye and to hang on to Jagielka until we had secured Zouma?

Was there no-one at the club with the good sense to question Koeman over wanting to get rid of one of our best ever prospects (Ross Barkley) only to sign Sigurdsson, £40m to swap pace for slowness?

Finally, I cannot believe some people think it is a good idea to bring David Moyes back. He is a has-been and he wasn't that good in the first place. He also flirted with relegation in his time here, never got close to winning at Anfield and when he did have money he didn't spend it wisely. I remember him blowing all the Rooney sale money.

A sensible top manager is a must and we need him right now.

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Paul Goodchild
1 Posted 07/11/2019 at 15:56:36
I like Marco Silva and really wanted it to work out with him. Having now read your excellent article Jim it confirms what I think I really thought all along, that regretfully he is not the man to take us forward.

There is no point though in just dismissing Silva if we do not have another Manager lined up. That may then be another instance where we panic and make another poor hasty appointment and we will be no better off two years from now. Maybe the Board are looking at other options now. Surely Marcel Brands must have some he is exploring. I don't know. The dynamics and character traits of the Board may well be the problem here.

I think you refer in the article Jim to Mourinho as being the answer here. I actually think if the terms and money were right for him he would come, but it would be a huge gamble. I don't think any of us know for sure how that one would work out. The Wenger/Arteta partnership appeals more but I can't see that happening.

David Pearl
2 Posted 07/11/2019 at 16:05:18
Huh? You mean Moyes blew the Rooney money on Marcus Bent and Tim Cahill and got us into 4th?? Yeah he blew it real bad.

I think we have bought quite well but the manager has failed to make them gel. No reason to fall away from how we finished last season. Silva wont get any more than a couple of games to turn it around. He can't. We would then be in bottom 3... even though being in the bottom half is bad enough!

Steve Ferns
3 Posted 07/11/2019 at 16:23:06
Most of your complaints can be directed to Marcel Brands. If the transfer policy isn't working, then it's Brands. Bought too close to the start of the season, again Brands. Bought too many players, then again Brands. The new players haven't been given time to bed in, then again Brands. Yes Silva should not be given more time after all the reasons you give as to exactly why he should be given more time.

But you are right that Moshiri will not sack him. He's not going to do that unless he has no choice. Some on here might think that this is the case, but we are 3 points above the drop and no doubt Silva would tell Moshiri how he can quickly get us up the table and to where we should be. Also, we are only 1 point back on the comparative results from the corresponding fixtures from last season, something I am sure Silva will be very much aware of. With some tough games coming in December, and the fact that we won a good few of them, he will need to get winning and keep winning in order to keep that argument alive.

Change needs to be gradual, so you keep the manager in and make gradual changes. He has got the squad now, and only needs a couple more players to get things right. A centre half or two, a centre mid (if Gomes and Gbamin don't come back to their best), a winger and a striker.

Get rid of Silva and we'll have another 24 months of transition and major change and trying to then sell off Silva players the new manager does not want.

Silva isn't going anywhere though. Moshiri does not want to sack him. He does not want to fund yet another rebuilding programme. FFP will not allow us to fund another rebuilding programme. Instead he will give Silva time and Brands will bring in a centre-back, at least, in January.

If there is to be a change, it will happen quietly in the summer. When candidates can be lined up. If you sack Silva now then it's Marcelino or no one. Forget Mourinho, he's being considered by a number of massive clubs with Champions League football and massive budgets. He ain't coming here. And that's without worrying about how to pay his £25m a year salary.

The other thing is we need a manager to take us from the bottom 4 to the top 4. Mourinho has never done that. He has punched above his weight with a lowly club in Portugal and he has taken the 2nd best team to the best and then delivered in Europe against the odds. But he's not done this role for some 20 years or so. You need to consider what the job is, and match the job to the skills of the manager you wish to bring in. It may be that you need 2 or even 3 managers to get us to where we want to be.

If Silva lasts until the summer and is still way off where he wants to be, then we can go big for someone like Ten Hag, providing he does not keep doing so well he puts himself in the frame for a bigger job than ours.

Some interesting names to keep an eye on though are Danny and Nicky Cowley. Managers of Huddersfield Town. New to the job. They were managers of Lincoln when we played them last year in the FA Cup and earlier this season in the League Cup. Very interesting pair of brothers with a PE teacher background.

Huddersfield took a leap of faith and got them in. They had 1 point from the opening 7 games. The Cowleys carried on by losing their first two games. So 1 from 9. They have since won 4 and drawn 3 and Huddersfield are nice and safe in midtable and looking for promotion. Definitely a pair to watch.

Jim Wilson
4 Posted 07/11/2019 at 18:17:45
David - I think you will find the money was blown on Beattie, Kroldrup, Simon Davies, Van Der Meyde, Valente & Neville after finishing 4th and we bombed!
Jim Wilson
5 Posted 07/11/2019 at 18:25:13
Steve - If we were mid table and doing ok your points would be more valid.
We are not. 4th from bottom after 11 games is horrendous.
Mourinho would definaitely improve us. 4th from top at the moment is pie in the sky. I'm talking about making sure we don't go down without bringing back Big Sam!
It's called realism and some Evertonians need to appreciate the seriousness of our plight and how ridiculous it is to be where we are.

If Silva had nothing to do with the signings the club is in a worse mess than I realised.

Steve Ferns
6 Posted 07/11/2019 at 18:36:54
Jim, we are a point off the teams in midtable. Two points off the top half. But I accept that even those positions are not good enough. Moshiri will wait it out and to use his words, "hold his nerve".
Trevor Peers
7 Posted 07/11/2019 at 18:45:45
Steve @3
Is right about Moshiri not wanting Silva to leave, I have accepted that we will just have to take what comes this season. I would advise others to do the same, it's very liberating I'm done worrying about it. COYB
Jim Wilson
8 Posted 07/11/2019 at 18:54:40
I wish I could hold my nerve Steve because I am fed up of this shit, and I fear one of these days we will drop into the Championship.
It's unforgivable. We just need to look at what's going on across the park to see how it should be done.

Sensible manager, big personality doing the right things.
We are clueless on how to sign a goalscorer while they have got them in abundance.

I have been going the game since 1969, have seen some poor sides in each decade since but this period is by far and away the worst I have know.

Stupidity is the only way I can describe it.

Steve Ferns
9 Posted 07/11/2019 at 19:01:05
Jim, did you forget the 90s?
Anthony A Hughes
10 Posted 07/11/2019 at 19:02:58
Respect to Steve for defending his man. Unfortunately no matter how much lipstick you put on a pig you can't turn it into Miss World. Silva's record in England is poor.
David Pearl
11 Posted 07/11/2019 at 19:17:03
Jim. We are all sick of this shit. All of us. Maybe my memory is going. I was sure we spent the rooney money on Cahil and Bent and maybe Beattie in January? Anyway, big week or two coming up. Its all a bit embarrassing but not done any favours from var and injuries either.
Brian Porter
12 Posted 07/11/2019 at 23:19:18
Completely agree with your post Jim. Silva's has too much time already. If Moshiri wants to cling on to bis deluded belief that Silva is a great manager then he needs to be ready to fund a promotion drive next year to get us out of the championship. In 60 years of supporting this great club, I have never believed we were going to be relegated except for this season!

Silva hasn't got a clue how to get us out of the predicament he himself has got us into. He's a relegation manager, nothing more, nothing less.

There's a great article here which sums Silva up perfectly.

Kevin Prytherch
13 Posted 07/11/2019 at 23:55:27
Jim - you’ll find that plenty on here (I’d say the majority) wanted:

Jagielka out because there’s no room for sentiment.

McCarthy out because he’s too injury prone.

Barkley out because he doesn’t have a football brain

Baines out because again there’s no room for sentiment (out instead of staying as understudy this year)

Coleman dropped because he’s never been the same after his leg break.

A whole host of players in because we need a complete rebuild.

By the looks of it, there was no one at the club, nor the majority of fans who could see any of this.

Derek Thomas
14 Posted 08/11/2019 at 00:06:20
Jim, I read the first line of your concern, well of course they are.

We'll win enough to avoid the drop - just.

Then there's Moshiri's face to save - never underestimate that.

There's the cost - He's a stadium to pay for and isn't made of money.

The clincher - no suitable candidate.

I'll read the rest now.

Derek Thomas
15 Posted 08/11/2019 at 00:10:20
I should've stopped at the first line. 5/10 max.
Seb Niemand
16 Posted 08/11/2019 at 02:56:59
We had a big manager with a big personality before Silva. Fat lot of good he did us.
Jack Convery
17 Posted 08/11/2019 at 10:12:44
Agree on Vardy - been banging the drum on this one for several seasons now. When Puel was Leicester manager that was the time to defo get him as he and Puel were not on the same page at all.

My real fear is that Moyes and Phil Neville turn up as a Kenwright dream ticket - aaargghhhh.

Steve Carse
18 Posted 08/11/2019 at 10:46:36
I can't say I am seeing much in what Silva is trying to do, but Steve (3), take another look at the results in the same fixtures this season and last, it might lend support for your pro-Silva case.

Of the 11 Premier League fixtures played so far, 9 were also played last season. I think you'll find that comparing these 9 fixtures we are in fact 6 points better off. If we continue that degree of improvement over the rest of the season, then it would be a case of 'Champions League here we come'!!

Jim Wilson
19 Posted 08/11/2019 at 14:00:09
Kevin - you summed it up perfectly - why we are shite.

The manager did follow what a lot of fans wanted. And look what we have. Shambles!

Jim Wilson
20 Posted 08/11/2019 at 14:01:40
Brian - Spot on mate
Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 08/11/2019 at 14:40:43
Jim #5:

"It's called realism "

Sorry, but I find nothing about this article realistic. Sign Vardy? Right-o, as if Leicester was ever the slightest bit interested in selling or Vardy was ever the slightest bit interested in coming here.

The treatment of Baines and Coleman has been dreadful? Coleman was still the starter until a couple of weeks ago, and Baines was beaten out by a younger, better player (although I'd like to see Baines get a game now because Digne is currently off form).

Jagielka's departure hasn't affected us one iota, given how Mina has performed. McCarthy hadn't played for us in three years and has played a grand total of 162 league minutes for Palace this season. Barkley had long since ceased to be a "best ever prospect" and missed the entire 2017-18 season with injury after telling Koeman he wanted to leave.

You do a fine job of identifying the problems, but if you think that keeping the likes of Macca, Barkley and Jags would have solved them, I think you're off a cliff.

Finally, you correctly point out that a "sensible top manager is a must" but mention no names except... Mourinho. Sorry, but I can only laugh.

Jay Harris
22 Posted 08/11/2019 at 15:13:43
I endorse your sentiment about the club but every club has to move on. Its like saying Moyes should have kept Giggs, Scoles etc.

We all know the problems and the biggest one currently is the manager or lack of one.

The solution is the more difficult conundrum. Who to get.

Arsenal are unhappy with Emery ( My favorite before Silva was appointed). Bayern are after Ten Hag. Mourhino is a big risk and why would he come anyway.

I don't know who is worse off Moshiri for blowing his millions or us mere supporters for going through the mill every week.

Raymond Fox
23 Posted 08/11/2019 at 15:57:05
Jim, with our recent track record of sacking managers what top manager would fancy coming here?
So called 'top managers' is a subjective anyway, invariably they coach a team of elite players who can make the manager look like he's better than he is.

The truth is we have become an average club, with an average manager, with average Premier League players!
Our first priority is better players, I don't care who the manager is we will still be average if the players are not top six quality.
The problem is, we cant seem to buy or keep elite players when we develop them, quite how we overcome that fact I simply don't know.

Stephen Davies
24 Posted 08/11/2019 at 16:06:31
When we were looking for a new Manager after Martinez we were looking at Favre who now manages Borussia Dortmund.
He was open to coming here but never received a call back and got fed up waiting.
My person choice would be Adolph at Eintract who just smashed Bayern

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