(All we are saying, is) Give Raf a chance!

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We are less than a week out from the season start and I think most Everton fans would be viewing that with some trepidation. Our recent friendly, 'low key' transfer activity, questions marks over a number of players, and our financial position, definitely give the impression of a club not ideally prepared for the season ahead.

It is very easy for supporters to try to scapegoat someone for this and it's usually the manager. In my opinion, this would be both unproductive and completely unfair. I say 'unproductive' because I believe that, at the start of the season, we need the whole fanbase to get behind the team and the manager as that's in Everton's best interest.

However, my main point is that we can't reasonably blame Rafa Benitez for where we are now. He has come in at the last minute and inherited the current squad. With the late season finish, Euro 2020, Copa America, and Olympic Games, this summer was never going to be easy for transfers. When you throw in our FFP (or maybe it should be FFS?) situation, Rafa is reminding me of the Black Knight: "It's only a flesh wound!"

The guy has inherited a poisoned chalice, it seems. In all his interviews, so far, he has struck me as being very pragmatic and realistic. I believe he took on the job knowing it would be difficult but vowing to do his best with what he has. Personally, I admire that attitude and I really hope he is successful.

Maybe at the end of the season, I might think differently… but, in the meantime, I believe that we should get behind him and give him a fair go.

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Oliver Molloy
1 Posted 08/08/2021 at 20:53:00
I'm fucking dreading this season, folks.

I think Benitez will struggle to get any rise out of this group of players. Even before a ball is kicked, they already know all the fingers will be pointed at him It simply is a fucking disgrace with all the money that has been spent we have actually gone backwards.

The big attraction for players signing with Everton was the wages that Moshiri was prepared to pay. A billionaire who didn't know what he was doing seems silly, but that's whats happened in my opinion.

We can not get rid of players because of the money they are on – Moshiri has caught on finally, but he's a bit late. Brands has done fuck-all for me – no signings from him of any significance.

Tom Davies is not a player who will set the world alight, but he's the type of player that this club will need this season, one of perhaps four players who will give their all, and we are prepared to listen to offers for him, apparently. We are a complete shambles.

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 08/08/2021 at 21:27:55

Yes, if we start off badly, then the fingers will be pointed at Benitez, although they should be pointing a lot further backwards over the last few years and then up to Ancelotti/ Looking at the last few weeks of last season, the performances and points gained were that of a relegation-bound team.

Benitez has been handed a thankless job and, although I expect the squad to be improved, it is still asking a lot for the position of the team to be suddenly transformed into a Top 6 team. The midfield, as everybody agrees, is a mess. Gbamin offers some hope if he can stay fit. There is still a lack of energy apart from Doucouré. Davies, if he stays, can do a job.

Let's see if the squad is strengthened quite a bit by deadline day. If it isn't, Everton could be in some trouble. Benitez, for me, will be a help, not a hindrance, and will take the Everton fans' attitude towards him in his stride, good or bad.

I think it would be wise for all of us to consider the state of the squad and the difficulties Benitez will have in getting good players in and removing the unmovable because of the ridiculous salaries they are on.

Let's be realistic before we condemn the new manager. Yes, he will be on a salary we can only dream about, but that won't help him to sort out the mess and solve the problems that come with the job.

Jim Lloyd
3 Posted 08/08/2021 at 21:49:22
I think there'll be a proportion of the crowd who have already made their minds up about Rafa Benitez, and can't wait to vent their hatred on him for "being a Red" How big that proportion is, who knows, but it'll be there. It happened when Sam Allardyce was brought in to protect Moshiri's investment (saving us from going down, for crying out loud!)

I think Rafa Benitez is a good manager and I can't think of a better manager to get us out of the mess we're in.

We have some top quality players, some erratic and some who we'll be lucky to give us anything like a decent season, or even a decent game, out of. On top of this, we've got some really promising youngsters, who might be asked to show their worth in the first team, a lot quicker than anyone expected.

We might get some other players in who will boost our squad much better than some that have cost the club a lot more.

I think it's up to us, the supporters to support the team if the hard times come. It's the big difference that we can make, for better or worse, we have an influence. I hope we use it.

Ian Riley
4 Posted 08/08/2021 at 22:15:42
Rafa needs to install a Dogs of War mentality! Sadly some of our fans want Rafa to fail and for that the players will lose confidence and lose games!

Hard work will only get us through this season! Carrying players can't happen! Everyone must pull together! This includes the fans! Our positivity is key at stadiums!

Get behind the team or relegation could happen! Don't go to boo the team!! Remember you support the club!! I don't fancy playing Barnsley on a Tuesday night!!

Jim Lloyd
5 Posted 08/08/2021 at 22:26:01
Ian, I think that's what Rafa will instil in all the players. How many times have we seen players in Royal Blue shirts give up the ghost? Loads. Well, we can't afford that, nor should the manager get anything less than the best from the players. Totally agree with all that you've written.
Bill Gall
6 Posted 08/08/2021 at 00:06:45
I believe going to the game to boo the manager if the players play poor is ridiculous. I don't care who the manager is, they don't score goals, they don't save penalties, and they don't take corners or throw-ins. He picks the team, he instructs the tactics to the players but, once they go over that white line, it is up to them.

Ancelotti was criticized for playing players out of position, poor substitutions, lack of fitness, and a poor home record, that was not usual at Goodison Park. But apart from a couple of contributors to ToffeeWeb who criticized him, the rest of us thought he was okay.

We are, as they say, "Up Shit Creek without a paddle" and supporters who are able to attend the game should show they are supporting the team by supporting the manager.

Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 09/08/2021 at 09:43:37
If Everton had appointed anyone but Benitez, the trepidation levels would be at a minimum, but not many of these players have shown much heart for the fight, when things don’t go their way, and this is the most concerning thing imo.

I think it’s obvious that we can’t play a high line with Keane, I think it’s obvious that, if we don’t play with eleven men behind the ball, then we get overrun in midfield. I personally think if we can sort this out, and begin to play on the front foot, then this will appease the crowd, and really help the players' confidence.

Otherwise, it’s going to be frustration, then exasperation, and a manager who has been here for 2 minutes getting destroyed for the years of mismanagement, and a set of players who are happy to let him take the blame!

Michael Lynch
8 Posted 09/08/2021 at 12:04:43
Also, we are certain to start the season without Richarlison and Sigurdsson, and quite possibly without Calvert-Lewin. Even if there are no other injury or covid absences, that's three massive players for us.

Rafa can't be judged until well into the season. The only early signs we can look for is whether we are well organised (which we weren't at Old Trafford), and if the team are playing with more intensity than last season.

Derek Thomas
9 Posted 09/08/2021 at 12:04:49
*I've transplanted some of my mini rant from another thread because this thread suits it better*

Moshiri has made a total pigs ear of the football side, He pays the piper and he's called some 'kin awful tunes, he couldn't carry a song in a bucket.

Anyway, metaphors...or is it similes? whatever, thus exhausted.
His hearts in the right place bless him, but he should stick to his day job and get the stadium built.

I've no time for the whole DoF thing or rs in general (with a couple of notable exceptions) but if Brands and Benitez can work together and first stop the headlong dive into our potential Sunderlandisation...cue sound of plane screaming in steep dive...
and get us a single digit league finish, decent cup runs a bonus.
Then they have my thanks.

Then they can start on the even harder job of improving us Next season...but thats all long-term wishful thinking.

What we have to do is - One. Game. At. A. Time.

No fannying around with Zonal 'kin Marking.

No 'kin Rotation for the sake of it, there are 3 International Breaks - one a month...Play your Best 11

Anyway, not many of our players will be looking for their passports. Yes, you Richo! we pay your wages and we bent over backwards for you recently - time to pay it back
Photo copied sicknote if required - no more mister nice guy.

Attitude and Intensity and we might just get through this shit show in a better state than we think.

But only If the players buy into it.

And there peeps, is the key point.


Ken Kneale
10 Posted 09/08/2021 at 12:42:17
Tony @4,

I believe you are correct for the majority of us – if we see the manager has the team at least putting effort in and team tactics are geared to play the type of front foot football we both want and expect from any Everton team, it buys a most valuable period of goodwill and provides both building blocks for the future development of the team and critically, vocal support of a positive kind for the home games.

Hopefully as a manager of experience generally and local knowledge in particular, he realises this and plans and acts accordingly. Anything less and I fear it will turn Goodison into a ground others like to visit.

Christine Foster
11 Posted 09/08/2021 at 14:33:54
Right now, Benitez has no room to do anything other than use what he has. That means frankly, he has to fashion a team that works harder, faster and wins games, with the players he has...

Because of the financial constraints, unless he sells one or two and gets a few more off the books, all we will see are the chancers. You know what I mean, let's take a chance on the wannabees and the round-the-block journeymen, all to do a job.

It's clear the stuff-ups of Koeman, Walsh, et al have hurt us on and off the pitch, unless there are some great initiatives found in the area of creative accounting... (How many lawnmowers are we allowed?)

After the debacle at the weekend (I still can't understand what brainless idiot organised a friendly against Man Utd with half a team unavailable?), it's taken me till tonight to come out of my stupor since the game.

So, now we know Benitez's brief. Use what you have, decide what you can do without, look for bargains that will do a better job than those going, reduce overall weekly spend... and you might, just might, get a player or two we have to pay for.

We are paying for the mistakes made over years gone, but then that's been the same story for years ago. The seeds to this debacle were sown 20 years ago and nurtured often with incompetence.

Derek Taylor
12 Posted 09/08/2021 at 16:40:50
My only concern is that Benitez will make a bad situation worse. I suspect he is there to keep us in the Premier at least until BMD is a reality. If he does that Usmanov will be satisfied but it's a big job if we can't afford players of better quality than Gray and Townsend.
Derek Powell
13 Posted 09/08/2021 at 17:16:42
All this appointment did was divide the fan base its like a festering sore that will continue to rot and eat away and cause bad feelings within the support, I don't blame those who did not want him as manager as I was on that side of the fence and still am we need a clearout from the chairman down I fear for Everton this season like I have never felt before I hope I am wrong but time will tell.
Jim Lloyd
14 Posted 09/08/2021 at 17:22:20
I think he's the best manager for the situation we're in. How we got to this place is a history book in itself and I think Mr Moshiri's two biggest mistakes was 1) Listening to Kenwright and 2) Buying Koeman.

The end result is we're left with a collection of players,some want to leave, some we can't get rid of and the rest a mixture of very good and so so.
Maybe JP Gbamin will fill the role of a Peter Reid, I hope so because we need a chivvier, to chase our own players into action and lead by example.

No manager should need to tell our palyers how to pass a bloody ball, yet I've seen countless examples of unpressurised horror passes that have been worse than when I played on the Oller with the rest of the lads! Putting us under the cosh with all the time in the world at their disposal. Not trying to pick on them but Mason Holgate and Alex Iwobi spring to mind and Michael Keane can pass some beauts as well. Passing should be a given, yet it seems several of our players are erratic, and it isn't good enough

Anyway, We finished 10th I think last season and it could have been higher had we continued on from the first half of the season. But we could have finished lower except for the good start.

Then there are the pathetic stats regarding goalscoring versus goals against. The worst in whole top half of the division. I thin k there must me a lot of our players with sore toes! They don't appear to want to have a shot at goal!

What I think Benitez will accomplish is to slowly get the disorganised, (example of the two headed goals against us on Saturday) into the organised.

If people expect this to happen in a few weeks pre season with several of our senior players absent, I think they are mistaken. I agree with what Christine Foster has written, especially her last two paragraphs.

Niall McIlhone
15 Posted 09/08/2021 at 20:49:37
Well, if the fans get behind the team as they did for Duncan in that home win over Chelsea, then we are in with a shout. There aren't may football grounds in England more intimidating than GP when our fans are "on it". I was in the UGS stand that sunny day and the positivity swirling around the stadium was such that the Chelsea team were visibly wilting, all Everton players chasing and closing like their life depended on it, and much more forward passing in evidence.
If Benitez can deliver that level of commitment in both home and away games he will soon win the fans over, but I expect only a marginal improvement on last season's final placing, due to the imbalance of the squad and the "dead wood" factor.
Ed Fitzgerald
16 Posted 12/08/2021 at 09:23:58
His record at Newcastle was no better than Steve Bruce's so perhaps Bruce should have been a candidate? If that suggestion results in a derisory guffaw, then I'm sure it would have been the same reaction had you suggested that Benitez would have been appointed our manager back in May.

There are more than a few able managers we could have pursued and appointed for a salary of £6 million a year, I don't think he is doing the job out of love for us. His job brief is keep us in the Premier League and spend the least amount of money possible.

So the best to hope for us is he does his job and fucks off after 2 years because I can't abide the thought that our last season at Goodison will be with him as our manager with his sterile, boring football.

I have never barracked the team, regardless of who the manager has been, and I'm not going to start now – and most Blues will be the same. Expecting the majority of Evertonians to warm to him, however, is both fanciful and ludicrous

Danny O’Neill
17 Posted 12/08/2021 at 09:35:34
It's interesting when that statistic is rolled out Ed.

The Newcastle fans I know (one very good friend and season ticket holder) despise Bruce and were hopeful of getting Benitez back when the rumours of him returning to the Premier League emerged.

His message to me at the time:

"Benitez will be back at Newcastle if they win the arbitration case the takeover can go ahead I reckon. But if he goes to Everton, you know what you'll get. Disciplined formation and a genuine plan for each game. Players tend to say he's strict and not the best man manager, but he doesn't care. They're there to work"

Goes against my instinct, but maybe what this current crop of players need?

Ed Fitzgerald
18 Posted 12/08/2021 at 09:49:16

I know the Geordies love him and I wish he had gone back there. Despite this supposed mutual admiration, he still chose to pop off to China when he had a £6 million-a-year offer to stay. The football played by Newcastle under his tenure was turgid and boring (granted it still is under Bruce).

Danny O’Neill
19 Posted 12/08/2021 at 10:29:29
That's the counter I give back to him (my mate) Ed. But for some reason they accepted it under Benitez. He's quite rabid about Bruce at times. But like you say, is the football any better?
Simon Dalzell
20 Posted 12/08/2021 at 19:22:48
I'm looking forward to my trip down (with my son) as much as ever, after 40-odd years of doing so. My visits are few theses days, so even more appreciated. A spot of Lunch, a little flutter, and that intoxicating walk up to the Old Lady.

Christine as ever has it nailed. Mr Benitez’s hands are tied at present due to the debacle over the last few years.

Spot on Frank, let's give the man a chance. At least he appears to have some drive behind him, in contrast to the lifeless and evidently hapless Carlo. Of course we can win this very important opener if we're near our best, and maybe sign a couple more in the next two weeks. I'm excited and dare I say optimistic. 2 more sleeps, that's all!

Clive Rogers
21 Posted 12/08/2021 at 19:57:54
Moshiri got it wrong with his first three manager appointments of Koeman, Allardyce and Silva. Those appointments cost him half a billion. Following that he seems to have tried to play safe by appointing a top manager with a proven track record firstly with Ancelotti and now Benitez. Ancelotti let him and us down badly by turning traitor and jumping ship. Out of the managers likely to come to Goodison, Benitez was by far the safest and deserves a fair crack of the whip. The fact that he once managed the RS really means nothing. After all we don’t complain about who they have played for previously when we sign a player.
Luke Welch
22 Posted 12/08/2021 at 21:01:13
Rafa or no Rafa this squad doesn't not and will not gel into anything other than the previous 4 managers got- with is a bunch of mercenaries unwilling and unable to bring pride to the shirt.
Bobby Mallon
23 Posted 12/08/2021 at 21:41:23
I have a question for all you ToffeeWebbers. Would you have Big Sam back or stick with Benitez.
Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 12/08/2021 at 22:01:53
No contest, Bobby. Seeing the Great Fat Head on our touchline made me physically ill.
Tony Abrahams
25 Posted 12/08/2021 at 22:15:35
I was told that Big Sam’s parting words to Farhad Moshiri, was to warn him that he had a cancer within the walls of Everton football club. I was told he gave him a list of names, but it’s only a rumour, second hand information, although its something I’ve felt myself for quite a while now. I actually bumped into Marcel Brands, whilst in Manchester last week, and said to him that I thought there was a cancer at Everton, and after receiving a quizzical look, I was then told this about Allardyce, the very next day.

Benitez will be given a chance off me personally, just like I’ve given every single man who has ever managed my football club a chance. I hated Benitez at one stage of my life, but his thick skin at Chelsea impressed me, and he’s going to need every single bit of it at Everton, a club who’ve wasted millions on mediocrity, and are now currently acting like the biggest paupers in football, and it’s probably why I will have more patience than I should have, if things start badly for a man whom I really hope succeeds🤞

Paul Hewitt
26 Posted 12/08/2021 at 22:28:26
For the first time since Moyes we finally have the right manager. Martinez should never have got the job after getting Wigan relegated. His first season was built on Moyes strong team Foundation. Koeman was a total disaster. He never really wanted to be here. Sam was just a caretaker manager, end of. Silva simply not good enough. Ancelloti soon realised he was totally out of his depth and just wanted to get away. So now we have Rafa, a manager who really wanted the job, doesn't get to close to his players so isn't afraid to upset them. Will demand hard work and 100% effort every game. We all should get behind him and Atleast give him a chance.
Barry Robson
27 Posted 12/08/2021 at 22:33:58
Any idea what names were on the list Tony?
I also believe there is a cancer inside the club that prevents it from achieving success.
Ciarán McGlone
28 Posted 12/08/2021 at 22:47:30
The appointment of this negative and diabolically dull tactician is an endorsement of Moshiris utter failure in changing our fortunes on the pitch.

So no, I wont support him. To suggest whether I do or not has any bearing on our footballing fortunes is mawkish sentimental crap.

The circus and the inevitably of where this ends up - is entirely predictable. A stupid appointment from a footballing moron.

Jay Harris
29 Posted 12/08/2021 at 22:48:40
Ive felt for a long time that there are factions at work in the club with my prime suspicion resting at Kenwright who still thinks its his club.

He surrounds himself with his acolytes and I havent seen him once coming out and supporting any of the Moshiri choice of managers.

Jay Harris
30 Posted 12/08/2021 at 22:49:45
Also didnt little Bernard say there were issues inside the club that stop it from working well.
James Flynn
31 Posted 12/08/2021 at 23:04:09
Tony (25) - That was embarrassing. Shameful.

"I was told that Big Sam’s parting words to Farhad Moshiri, was to warn him that he had a cancer within the walls of Everton football club. . . . . . "

If the main supporter site, like ToffeeWeb, for every club from the Prem to the Conference was structured as the football ones are, your post here would have got us penalized 50 points and relegated for bald-faced, intentional buffoonery.

Fuck me. "Big Sam’s parting words"

Bill Gienapp
32 Posted 13/08/2021 at 02:42:15
I honestly can't imagine any scenario in which I'd prefer Allardyce to be our manager.
Alan Moss
33 Posted 13/08/2021 at 03:15:23
No thanks, didn't want him and have no intention of giving him a chance.
Darren Hind
34 Posted 13/08/2021 at 04:20:50
You will support him though Ciaran.

You may curse his presence all week, but come Saturday morning. You will wake up hoping against hope that he gets it right and wins the match.

Danny O’Neill
35 Posted 13/08/2021 at 07:07:00
"Disappointed Danny" will be supporting Everton tomorrow. I can't wait. I'm told by the more sensible partner in our relationship that I'm like a child and need to grow up weeks before my 50th.

To compensate for what will be a relatively expensive round trip for me, she's off to London on Saturday with the plastic. So double jeopardy for me!!

Many didn't want this, but what surprised me from the TW Poll is many were not averse to it. We have to give this a chance. The guy won't be bothered about not being liked. He showed that at Chelsea and wouldn't have considered, let alone taken, the job if that was a concern.

He's focussed and here to do a job. Let's hope he does it well with what he has at his disposal. You don't have to like him; as I've said here or elsewhere, managers in the workplace is not about a popularity contest.

Tony Abrahams
36 Posted 13/08/2021 at 09:21:01
I remember a man called Alan Hill, coming out and publicly stating that there was a cancer within the walls of main rd, when he left Manchester City, and lo and behold, it wasn’t long before they dropped through two divisions.

James F, my post would lose Everton, 50 points? That wasn’t my intention James, and fair enough for questioning me bringing an ex-manager into the equation, but it’s something I’ve felt for a longtime now James, and after telling someone that I’d bumped into Marcel Brands, and told him my thoughts, (about a cancer) he told me someone very close to Everton’s first team, had told him this is exactly what Allardyce told Moshiri before he left.

My only concern is Everton, and my biggest concern is that although we have gone through a lot of managers, it does seem that the more things change, the more things stay the same?

We have finally imo got a manager strong enough to change things, but he’s a horrible little red-c**t unfortunately, so this will probably make his job impossible, even without those point deductions that are preventing him from being backed financially!

Danny O’Neill
37 Posted 13/08/2021 at 09:44:18
The City comparison is a very good one Tony.

I get the cancer analogy but wouldn't go that far. That would suggest it's terminal. I would say stagnation. And that stagnation ironically comes from a lot of the things we love about Everton.

History, Goodison, Grand Old Team, the old guard getting jobs.

City re-invented themselves. Maybe that's where Bramley Moore Dock is taking us?

Tony Abrahams
38 Posted 13/08/2021 at 10:43:24
Agree Danny, because it’s both a horrible and cynical thing, and although Bramley-Moore looks like it’s going to bring both a new dawn and a fresh start, I am very concerned about the current Everton squad, and just hope that we can bring in a few players, and would also be absolutely delighted if we could also offload a few.

I look at our squad like I'm a schizophrenic sometimes, (quite possibly) and every time I think we are shite, I see a few very good footballers in amongst us, but until we shift the unwanted and all get pulling in the same direction, I don’t think my concerns will go away.

Ciarán McGlone
39 Posted 13/08/2021 at 12:46:48
You are of course right Darren. Wishing us to lose to get rid of him isn't an option.

Christine Foster
40 Posted 27/08/2021 at 14:42:36
Tony #36,

l understand fully the way you feel.

Over the past 20-odd years, I have worked at executive levels and in short-term senior roles to "fix the business". In my experience, the main problem is two-fold: the person at the top saying they want change but don't want to accept change when it affects them; and secondly, the root-and-branch effect of an owner who has been in place many years.

They bring in people who are loyal to them, have in place people who have grown into positions by ingratiating themselves to the owner's wishes or perceived needs.

In the end, you have a root-and-branch issue that reaches into every nook and cranny of a business. It becomes a culture. Or, seen at its worst, it becomes a cancer as you suggest. Eradication is painful but the change has to be driven from the top and spread throughout the business.

Tony, from bitter experience, such companies are hard work – made harder when owners resist the change they say they are promoting and stay in a position of power. Much painful pruning is the result. The problem is, people don't see the wood for the trees.

Now, if any of the above applied to the club, we are unlikely to ever know; it would require some painful decisions by the new owner.

Christine Foster
41 Posted 30/08/2021 at 13:36:49
Tony 38# certainly at the moment Benitez is getting a tune out of what he has, hopefully he can when the EPL scum bags come to town, like you the squad I'd painfully thin, as the bench proved to be on Saturday. I think we need 3 or 4 more especially if Kean, James, Kenny, Gomes, or anyone else for that matter goes and leaves even more holes!
Danny O’Neill
42 Posted 30/08/2021 at 13:49:00
I like that post @40 Christine.

Very true. In the world of business, many executives talk a good talk about change, but usually about what is underneath them. The moment it starts to impact or threaten them, the talk changes. And mostly, it is just talk.

Also, people naturally surround themselves with likeminded people or people they trust. People that dance to their tune or they can influence.

You can even take that down to the manager / player level in terms of football. Ancelotti brought in 2 players he knows. We are being linked with former Benitez players now. David Moyes once literally took half his Everton team to Sunderland.

It's business. It's football.

Don Alexander
43 Posted 30/08/2021 at 14:07:10
Thank you Christine (#40) for such an articulate and insightful piece.

Allegations of "a cancer" being in the club mount to a personality/ies surely.

Any such personality needs to be purged from the club before we can be sure the cancer won't persist, surely.

Anyone got any idea who such a personality/ies might be?

Steve Hogan
44 Posted 30/08/2021 at 14:27:25
Christene (40) your description of the 'good ship Everton' is pretty much spot on. Uncle Bill doesn't like or encourage change, just look at the number of internal promotions the club has experienced with him at the helm.

This permeates down to ex-player's who are now club ambassador's (with a few notable exceptions inc Sharpie). The rest, Snodin, Stuart etc are given 'legend' status and a position on the payroll after being at the club for just a few season's.

Sadly, the status quo has remained in place for nearly 20 years and rival clubs who we considered inferior, on and off the field, have adopted change and progressed accordingly. The much maligned DBB, a Professor in name only (never having achieved that academic title), was appointed on the strength of her work in a totally non-football environment or background.

I've only ever worked at a senior level in the private sector, and whilst it was absolutely cut-throat at times, the recruitment mantra was always 'best person for the job', when it came to vacant CEO positions, even if it meant bringing in that person from across the globe.

What has become apparent, is that Bill still has Moshiri's 'ear' in the UK, and despite an investment of around £450m over the last 5 years by the owner and majority shareholder, most of the capital injection, has been largely wasted, mainly due to a catalogue of poor managerial appointments, and an equally poor recruitment strategy of playing personnel, with massive contracts given to player's way past their prime.

As an example, I could never understand who decided to give Besic (joe average at best), a seven year contract, when it was clear, successive manager's didn't rate him. What a criminal waste of money.

I fear we won't see real change, particularly at the top, until Kenwright either relinquishes his position, or departs this mortal earth

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