Sacking Lampard was the right decision, but Everton’s woes don’t end there

24/01/2023 6comments  |  Jump to last

Barney Ronay turns his lyrical talents to the malaise at Everton, writing that the arguments for sacking the manager and the board could co-exist; thag getting rid of the manager doesn't not solve the larger problem.

"The real problem is simply that Moshiri and his board are extremely bad at running a football club. Incoherent ambition has been the key flaw. Here is a club that has somehow managed to run out of gas while operating in the most jazzed and hyped and cash-drenched sporting league ever devised, a collapse that has its roots in four years of laughably scattergun spending.

"The 2021 “masterplan” brought a new austerity, Lampard as head coach and a continued downward spiral. It was reported in the summer Moshiri was willing to sell the club if a buyer meets his inflated price. What will he leave behind? Debts, incoherence and a club that never asked to be treated as an experiment in extravagant overspend, that never demanded success at all costs, and where the unrest of the past few months has felt like a protest against the strangeness of modern football, the disenfranchisement of supporters as these cherished community assets become avatars of investor ambition and the whims of another semi-competent billionaire.

"Everton have enough quality players to escape relegation under a more competent manager. The deeper questions are unlikely to be answered by the current ownership."

» Read the full article at The Guardian


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Peter Carpenter
1 Posted 24/01/2023 at 09:29:33
All true, nothing we didn't already know.
Fran Mitchell
2 Posted 24/01/2023 at 11:33:26
True Peter, we already knew this.

Interesting is how Everton protests are being portrayed. For a while, especially fter the Benítez fiasco, Everton fans were widely mocked. Now we are being understood and sympathised with.

The media narrative has now began to focus on the madness and incompetence that is Moshiri and the board. Beforehand it was just 'moshiri has spent money and is building a stadium, but fans just hound out the manager cause of their over the top expectations '

Ernie Baywood
3 Posted 24/01/2023 at 11:37:35
Definitely Fran. The media and fans generally mocked us for not wanting Benitez and then for wanting him gone. On form we were headed towards relegation!

The real issue is the fact we had him in the first place. That still ranks among some of the worst decisions I've ever seen. It had zero chance of success.

And here we go again. But at least the spotlight is on the owner and Board... and not the fans and managers as the media previously pushed.

Peter Carpenter
4 Posted 24/01/2023 at 11:40:36
Yes, it's one of few positives, Fran. Hopefully, more eyes will be opened to the negligence and incompetence that is currently destroying our club.
Eric Myles
5 Posted 24/01/2023 at 12:02:32
Finally some journos are starting to realise that our Board are useless.

But why only now? Where were they when the Blue Union and KEIOC needed their support? We might not be in this position now if they'd have gotten off their arses and did some proper journalism back then.

Paul Kossoff
6 Posted 24/01/2023 at 21:12:29
The fog Guardian again, no I won't read it.

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