In August 2010, the club unveiled the Everton Timeline at Goodison Park. Extracted from The Everton Collection and stretching around three sides of the stadium, the 123 photographic images in the timeline chart major events  in the club’s illustrious past.

Though updated periodically, the final image on Goodison Road celebrates the signing of Romelu Lukaku in 2014. Did time stand still for Everton Football Club, or has it simply failed to acknowledge the struggles which occurred during one of the most eventful periods in its 145-year history? This is the book that fills in all the gaps, on and off the field, during the tumultuous years of Farhad Moshiri’s ownership.

Welcome to The Unofficial Everton Timeline, a new book that I have co-written with Steve Dickinson and which is out now for purchase from Amazon, either in paperback or Kindle format.

It's a book about modern-day football. It documents unbridled ambition crashing into chaotic reality, starting in 2014 when Moshiri first began talks with Bill Kenwright about taking a stake in Everton and going right up to the present day and the cliffhanger of the 777 Partners takeover saga and the club's clash with the Premier League over Profitability and Sustainability rules.

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It is a comprehensive and detailed chronicle of important matches, big dreams, colossal financial investments, unproductive transfers, property deals and engineering marvels.

But most of all, it is a book about people: moneymen, conflicting egos in the boardroom, highly rewarded players, and the real heroes of the story – a community of passionate Everton fans whose spirit, devotion and frustration, we hope, run through the chronology of an era that promised so much but which has brought this grand old team to the brink of disaster.

With the British-Iranian businessman seemingly about to exit stage left, we thought it was time to take stock and examine what really happened after the club’s ‘messiah’ owner arrived on the scene. 

Over 600-odd pages, we try to answer some big questions:

  • What assumptions did Farhad Moshiri make before and after becoming the club's major shareholder?
  • Why did things not work out the way he meant them to  – not for the club and its fans, nor too for Moshiri?
  • Would Moshiri ultimately achieve his goals and make a tidy return on his investment, or would he suffer a massive write-off and retire from this chapter of his life with his reputation in football circles in ruins?
  • Most importantly, in what condition would Everton FC be at the end of the Moshiri era?

In short, we update the Everton Timeline. It's the unofficial version of events – the version guaranteed never to be included on the club's website, or on the walls of the stadium.

We know you'll already know the answers to some of these questions – after all, you've lived it through eight rollercoaster years – and some of them still had no resolution by the time we went to print!

But we hope you're moved to buy what I feel is part reference book, part historical narrative of one of the most turbulent and drama-filled periods in Everton history and stay with us from start to finish. It's a fascinating story, after all.

Grab your copy today!

 


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Lyndon Lloyd
1 Posted 07/02/2024 at 06:30:43
With apologies for the shameless plug... but there is plenty of the stuff I've written on these pages in the book. My thanks, also, to David France for writing the foreword.
Paul Hewitt
2 Posted 07/02/2024 at 06:53:35
Probably a very good book. But I don't think I've got the stomach to read it.
Paul Ferry
3 Posted 07/02/2024 at 07:45:31
Congratulations, Lyndon. Just ordered the book on Amazon.com. It's available on both sides of the ocean.

Lyndon, you're well known to us. Can you tell us something about your co-author please?

Ian Jones
4 Posted 07/02/2024 at 07:58:06
Lyndon, looks an interesting read. When I get a few pounds spare, I'll get a copy.

Also, having clicked on the link it was interesting to learn a bit about your own background.

Paul Ferry, click on the link in the post and you can find info about Steve, the co-author.

Ben King
5 Posted 07/02/2024 at 08:02:20
Lyndon you're one of the best writers I've come across and I'm eager to support anything you do.

As Paul #2 says above, the wounds are currently too raw to live through again in the short term.

However, I think this will go on to be a really really important record of one of the most difficult and tumultuous periods in our entire history. When (let's be positive eh!!!) we start to achieve our medium/term and long-term aims and start to achieve success again, your book will help fans understand the wreckage from which a successful team arose.

You do so so much for us long suffering Evertonians. You're one of the best of us.

Good luck, pal.

Peter Mills
6 Posted 07/02/2024 at 08:09:21
In the past I’ve worked my way through “Don Quixote”, “A Confederacy of Dunces” and “King Lear”, so do have previous for this kind of madness.

I’m up for the challenge, although it might tip me over the brink.

Andy Riley
7 Posted 07/02/2024 at 08:36:30
Just got the Kindle version on Amazon so looking forward to reading it. It was free for some reason 😀
Ray Roche
8 Posted 07/02/2024 at 09:08:32
Peter, as you’ve read A Confederacy Of Dunces you must already have an insight into the Everton boardroom shenanigans…..👍🏻
Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 07/02/2024 at 09:12:25
Is there anything about Kenwright in the book that we don’t already know of?
Brent Stephens
10 Posted 07/02/2024 at 09:13:25
Ordered. Looking forward to this bringing together much of what has been written previously but also more than that.
John Daley
11 Posted 07/02/2024 at 09:34:40
Well done, Lyndon, I'll be having a read of that (and probably mumbling ‘fuck me' to myself more times than Sean Dyche does during matchday as I relive the ‘good times').

The only problem with your timeline is….you're going to be ending on one hell of a cliffhanger: the club facing a points deduction, further sanctions and the threat of relegation, the 'Fraggle Rock'-eyed financially frivolous fruitloop responsible for most of the mess in hiding and desperately seeking a way out, prospective new owners with way more question marks around them than the Riddler in a lime green romper suit, the shadow of Bill Kenwright finally being lifted by virtue of being laid to rest, the nerve-shredding never-ending wait to see if Dominic Calvert-Lewin can net again before the ‘Doomsday Clock' signalling nuclear Armageddon strikes midnight, the last season at Goodison Park straight ahead and the uncharted ground of a brand spanking new stadium on the horizon.

Shit, I smell a sequel here, Sir.

Eugene Stalker
12 Posted 07/02/2024 at 10:02:03
I will buy the book since I am sure it will be an excellent read but would it not have been better to have written the book after Moshiri finally sells up and leaves the club?

God knows when that will be but then the book would have been the definitive account of his time at Everton. I just think there are a lot more twists and turns ahead while he is still here…

Danny O’Neill
13 Posted 07/02/2024 at 10:05:18
Thank you Lyndon.

We've been through a lot of emotions in our Everton lives and no doubt there will more.

Growing up on stories of Labone, the Angel Gabriel, the Holy Trinity and the often not mentioned Derek Temple and Gordon West, who looking at historical footage could seemingly throw further than Pickford can kick.

From my earliest memories through the '70s. Bob Latchford, Andy King, that green flag and Duncan McKenzie is magic. Into the Gordon Lee years. A difficult time to be a young Evertonian who had been told tales of greatness.

In comes Howard Kendall. The initial dark days but then the sheer joy of the mid-'80s that will live me forever. They need no explanation.

The decline in the '90s with two last day escapes from relegation.

The Moyes era, which I still debate with my brother as we have different opinions.

Surprising hope with Martinez's first season. Any other year, that is Champion's League qualification on 72 points compared to the oddity of qualifying on 50 points. Correct me if I'm a few out.

Further hope when we finally landed a billionaire only for reckless and incoherent uncoordinated spending and the managerial revolving door that has taken us to the brink. But we are still here.

That Palace match and another last-gasp escape.

Our defiance and fight with the Premier League (self-proclaimed 'best in the world').

I could probably write a book myself, which I've been considering.

We march on. We always have. We shall not be moved.

Eddie Dunn
14 Posted 07/02/2024 at 10:15:06
I am sure this will be a fascinating read, but perhaps they should have waited till the end of this season to publish, when Moshiri's and EFC's fate has been decided?
Steve Dickinson
15 Posted 07/02/2024 at 10:30:45
Paul @3, let me introduce myself. I'm an occasional poster on ToffeeWeb, but not as prolific here as most of you guys.

I hail from Liverpool (born at Broadgreen Hospital in 1957). At the age of three, my grandad 'introduced me to the Blues' with a walk around Goodison.

My first memories of watching the Blues on TV was the 1966 FA Cup Final. My first live match at Goodison Park was a 2-0 win against West Ham, during the league-winning season of 1969-70. Life for the Toffees was sweet back then.

Between then and now, I graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Liverpool and spent a 40-year career in the world of construction and manufacturing: running projects and businesses, and restructuring companies in the UK and overseas.

Now I'm an author, publisher and season ticket holder in TB1.

Lyndon and I have been working on this book together since May 2023.

Jerome Shields
16 Posted 07/02/2024 at 10:31:36
Good Luck with the book Lyndon.
Jerome Shields
17 Posted 07/02/2024 at 11:18:54
Good Luck Steve as well.
Christine Foster
18 Posted 07/02/2024 at 11:34:27
Got it... well in, Lyndon and Steve.
Barry Rathbone
19 Posted 07/02/2024 at 11:36:02
In some respects, I feel sorry for Moshiri he was totally clueless about football and needed the right man to spend his money – Martinez was the man. But they were ships that passed in the night.

We would be Champions League winners by now if the Moshiri cash had arrived half-way through Martinez first season but then we would have missed out on McGeady, Tarashaj, Atsu and all the other big money buys he indulged. 🙄

Niall McIlhone
20 Posted 07/02/2024 at 11:46:53
Thanks to Lyndon and Steve, I will be asking Mrs Mac to buy this book for me as a Valentine's Day present. As you can tell, I am a hopeless romantic, otherwise, why support Everton?

I see other posters have made reference to the timing of the book.

David West
21 Posted 07/02/2024 at 11:51:40
This must read like some Stephen King horror story!!!

In wasting all the money, jeopardising the very existence of our club, Moshiri not only wasted our moment, he showed all the other new rich owners that have come along since, how not to go about revitalising a football club, even futher reducing our chances of competing anytime soon now the gap between the top clubs gets wider every year, as other clubs have sustainably invested and grown.

It's going to get even harder as the new Champions League format kicks in and the likes of Liverpool, Man Utd, Man City etc are given spots for their wins in bygone years.

Going forward, hopefully we have cut our cloth accordingly, putting us in a healthier position for new owners to take advantage of the opportunity the stadium represents, and it isn't another wasted chance to compete.

Dave Cashen
22 Posted 07/02/2024 at 12:14:58
You old softie, Niall.

I can just imagine the sort of sweet nothings you whisper into your dear wife's ear: "Anyway, we got a free kick just outside the box and..."

No such thing as a "shameless" plug, Lyndon. Nobody orders books they don't know about. And thanks for the brief background, Steve.

Looking forward to reading it.

Niall McIlhone
23 Posted 07/02/2024 at 12:24:14
Sorry, I meant to add that the events that will be unfolding in the coming weeks and months will, in many ways, write the postscript to the book, and, in my view, will serve as the epilogue to what will be a decade of absolute turmoil.

Should our management team steer the club to safety this season – and next – I firmly believe that this would prove to be a monumental achievement given all of the barriers to progress facing Everton FC.

James Hughes
24 Posted 07/02/2024 at 12:38:50
Just looked at this on Amazon and strangely it says when purchased, people also bought Leonard Cohen album

That is no reflection on the book, just the way the club has been run.

Craig Walker
25 Posted 07/02/2024 at 12:52:13
Ordered. It looks superb.
Dave Abrahams
26 Posted 07/02/2024 at 13:30:20
Steve (15),

Thanks for the profile of your career and how you started following the Blues.

Good luck to you and Lyndon with the book, I hope it sells well.

Jim Bennings
27 Posted 07/02/2024 at 13:42:38
Worst thing he ever did was, as soon as he walked in the door and forced Martinez to sign Oumar Niasse, absolutely awful football player even though the effort was there.

Second of all was actually sacking and not backing Martinez.

He should have given him at least half a season with the money he gave Koeman and someone should have made certain large chunks were spent on signing quality defenders and Pickford of course came in anyway.

We had the attacking threat with Lukaku, Barkley, amongst others and I think it would have bought us another year to then carefully choose what manager was out there.

The appointment of Koeman wasn't smooth running and it's now widely known that they had reservations about him before he even took the job.

Little did we know then that the brave new dawn of the Moshiri era was quite simply only ever going to be the most expensive managerial merry-go-round ever.

Niall McIlhone
28 Posted 07/02/2024 at 14:14:54
Dave (#22),

I do recall Mrs Mac telling me that I'd had a restless night after the imposed sale of Richarlison, and I was simpering "Dey sold Richy" in my sleep.

I will look forward to references to the sale of our iconic Brazilian in the book: if ever there was a totem for Everton's self-destruction, it is the sale of our (then) best player and crowd favourite for the price of a third-choice Chelsea defender!

Phil Grayston
29 Posted 07/02/2024 at 14:34:33
I've got my copy on Kindle and am eager to read it, as it promises to give us a broad perspective on the Moshiri era.

Having come to the Everton party at roughly the same time as one of the authors (Steve), I've seen the best and worst times.

When Moshiri arrived, it seemed like the days of treading water and taking knives to gunfights were over. No longer would we have to listen to other teams' fans and football journalists asking "What exactly is the point of Everton? They'll never go down or win a trophy?", or the smarmy people on the Guardian's Football Weekly Podcast predicting pre-season who would win 'The Everton Cup' (finishing 7th, in case you're wondering).

Instead, we now find ourselves worrying about possible extinction.

How did it come to this? What I can't decide is whether Moshiri was capable of finally getting things right and leading us to a bright new future, or the pandemic and Putin left us once again on the wrong side of a sliding door moment in history.

What I am sure about is that the love felt by so many for our great club will keep us going one way or another.

And as they say in my neck of the woods, "Odi etern al futbol modern!" (Eternal hatred for modern football).
UTFT!

John de Frece
30 Posted 07/02/2024 at 14:52:22
Well I bought it. Masochist to the end.
Jerome Shields
31 Posted 07/02/2024 at 17:31:56
His anyone opened a book on the appeal?
Paul Ferry
32 Posted 07/02/2024 at 17:49:05
Nice to "meet" you, Steve. I'm looking forward to getting the book.

Ah Pete Mills - 6 - A Confederacy of Dunces, the smartest funniest book ever written. I got thrown out of bed once for laughing too much reading it while Ruth was trying to sleep.

That first physical description of Ignatius still has me roaring. How sad that John Kennedy Toole never saw a copy of it.

Barry Rathbone
33 Posted 07/02/2024 at 18:08:51
Jim @27, Spot on.

Problem is, until the ship was half-way under water and Moshiri thought Benitez a good lifeboat. he was too sensitive to loud-mouth fan screaming.

Consequently, managers of every stripe have been tried and all failed (or ran knowing they were failing). But it's all too late; there's no coming back unless a sheikh turns up. We had the right man at the wrong time and ran him out of town.

Christy Ring
34 Posted 07/02/2024 at 19:10:49
I'll get it on Kindle, depressing reading, but well done, Lyndon.

Moshiri hadn't a clue about football, we can guess who he listened to, but if he had backed Martinez, who was down to the bare bones in defence and no money to spend, he brought in Alcaraz on a free, that's how bad it was.

Sadly he sacked Bob and brought in Koeman, a total disaster, got rid of Lukaku, bought 3 No 10s instead, and other mediocre players for massive money, on big contracts, used Barkley as his scapegoat, paying the price ever since, in my opinion.

Brian Wilkinson
35 Posted 07/02/2024 at 19:25:46
I will look into getting this book, I like a good read.

I've heard daft things in my time, one being if you play Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon to The Wizard Of Oz film, it all blends into the film, the music.

So if an audio book is available, I might try playing the audio while having One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest on at the same time.

I will have a look on Amazon tomorrow for a copy.

Brendan McLaughlin
36 Posted 07/02/2024 at 19:30:33
Christy #34

So who did Moshiri listen to?

It was generally reported at the time that Blue Bill wanted to keep Martinez. It was also reported that Blue Bill was behind moves to bring Martinez back to Everton a few seasons back until the Belgium FA blocked the proposal.

It will be interesting if this new book can shed light on issues like these and others often discussed at length on ToffeeWeb.

Tony Abrahams
37 Posted 07/02/2024 at 20:05:37
If Jim @27 was spot on, Barry @33, then this could only be after his first paragraph, because Niasse had already been signed before Moshiri arrived at Everton.

£13.5 million for Niasse who was totally gash, and the rumour was he couldn't make his debut because he had broken his wrist, although it soon became very apparent it was because he was absolutely pony.

Martinez started well and gave us a very enjoyable first season but it went quickly downhill from then. I preferred him to Moyes because he definitely tried harder to win a cup (all about opinions) but Roberto was taking us down, and I genuinely don't think he recovered from the crowd turning on the players when Everton were cantering to a victory against QPR.

I say I don't think he recovered because he never really changed, although people might argue differently when you consider he once took off a midfielder (who was doing the work of two men) and replaced him with a forward, when Everton were winning 2-0, but down to 10 men, and ended up losing 3-2.

I wasn't aware Kenwright wanted to keep Martinez but, with him being sacked only a couple of months after the start of the Moshiri regime, then maybe it was already ominous what was coming Everton Football Club's way?

Lyndon Lloyd
38 Posted 07/02/2024 at 20:12:10
Many thanks for the nice comments and, of course, to those who have bought the book or intend to.

Eugene (12), I think you answered your question when you said, "God knows when that will be..." but technically, Moshiri sold the club in last September. That's if 777 are approved the by PL, of course.

We had originally planned to publish it in early November but were probably fortunate to have missed that deadline given what has transpired since.

The book does end on a bit of a cliffhanger in terms of 777 Partners and PSR but it could be a few months before anything definitive happens on either front so we made the decision to go ahead and publish now.

It's print-on-demand so we can always update it with a revised version down the road. It's all very fluid at Everton right now as we all know too well!

Chris Leyland
39 Posted 07/02/2024 at 20:24:22
Tony A - it was West Ham not QPR and it was actually Niasse who he brought on when we were 2-0 up too!
Tony Abrahams
40 Posted 07/02/2024 at 20:30:33
I knew it was Niasse he brought on in that game, Chris, but I was thinking about the time the crowd got totally exasperated with the players one Monday night, which I'm sure was against QPR.
Chris Leyland
41 Posted 07/02/2024 at 20:48:53
Tony, it was 5 March 2016. Mirallas had been sent off after 35 minutes and we then led 2-0 courtesy of Lukaku and Lennon.

Lukaku also missed a penalty to make it 3-0 and they then scored 3 times in the last 12 minutes after Niasse had come on 2 minutes earlier.

Lyndon Lloyd
42 Posted 07/02/2024 at 20:56:50
Tony, it was against QPR in December 2014. The crowd started booing when the players were passing it back to Tim Howard rather than going for more goals
Ian Burns
43 Posted 07/02/2024 at 20:57:13
Just ordered the book from Amazon. Do I have to read from behind the sofa Lyndon?

Question, just a question out of curiosity. Where would it leave EFC's financial situation if somebody purchased the stadium and leased it back to the club for 50 years?

Mike Morgan
44 Posted 07/02/2024 at 21:01:20
I can't help but think the window where we bought Niasse and sold Naismith was a turning point. Niasse seemed a decent bloke and tried hard but was not good enough. (I hope Beto isn't the new Niasse…)

Naismith after a poor start (Moyes playing him on the wing) became a very useful player, as a No 10 or even leading the line. Plus some useful goals and great attitude.

I never understood why Moyes didn't play Naismith and Jelavic as a two (given their success at Rangers). Appreciate that Naismith wasn't the long-term future. But in that window, we wasted money and made the team worse!!

Joe McMahon
45 Posted 07/02/2024 at 21:19:18
Mike, I agree with you, but for some reason, when he left, Naismith wasn't a success at Norwich. I don't know why.
Tony Abrahams
46 Posted 07/02/2024 at 21:19:21
Thanks, Lyndon. I was thinking it was a Monday night live game, and with Everton cruising into a 3-0 lead, everyone was rubbing their hands in anticipation of a few more goals.

Not for the first time, Martinez's Everton took their foot off the pedal and started playing like they were trying to conserve energy, and they ended up finishing a game they were absolutely strolling, playing on the back foot, and the exasperated crowd let him and his players know they were not happy.

The crowd took a bit of stick in the media ("What do Evertonians actually want?" amongst the patronising headlines). But it was the shell-shocked players and manager, who showed us exactly what we didn't want when they never had the heart needed in the next fixture and we got totally annihilated by Koeman's Southampton the following Saturday (if my memory is correct).

The day we lost to West Ham, I thought Aaron Lennon was outstanding because he was doing the work of two men, but Martinez often made some strange substitutions which often had me thinking he would have been outstanding as the head of our academy rather than the head of the first team squad.

Football is all about opinions, and I'm sure my views will have a few scratching their heads. 🤷‍♂️

Brendan McLaughlin
47 Posted 07/02/2024 at 22:19:58
Mike #44

Very rarely does a team collapse because of letting one player go, especially a player as limited as Naismith, even if we compounded the issue by signing Niasse.

"Magic Martinez" simply was never cut out to be a successful club manager. To be fair, he acknowledged his limitations and opted for the "partial retirement" option that is international football after his time at Everton.

Somewhat predictably, he hasn't returned to club football and I suspect he never will.

Brian Wilkinson
48 Posted 07/02/2024 at 22:34:51
I thought Martizez in his first season did very well, but at the same time was fortunate to have a well-drilled and fit team from Moyes.

Moyes had them train hard and did very well against the best of the rest; Martinez to his credit went to games against the big boys and attacked them.

After the first season, he then had a squad that wasn't as fit and never practiced set-pieces. Yes, we had some great games under Roberto, but we also had a lot of tippy-tappy sideways football as well.

I never faulted the fitness of a Moyes team who won a lot of games late on, just a shame Moyes bottled it against the top teams, instead of going for it like Martinez's first season.

Don Alexander
49 Posted 08/02/2024 at 01:44:22
Shit, any shade of wistful thinking for the likes of Martinez as manager, never mind the decades of decline overseen by the bizarrely self-promoted "greatest ever Evertonian", just shows me how far my club has fallen as a serious trophy-winning entity.

We are in deep shit, likely to get deeper in terms of winning trophies, on account of those in charge.

Yes, a stadium is rising from the ashes but guess who's going to pay for it for years to come, to the cost of having a hope of squad improvement? It won't be a millionaire or billionaire, no. It'll be "ordinary" fans, the sort of people who those in charge exploit as thick, addicted muppets.

Jonathan Oppenheimer
50 Posted 08/02/2024 at 04:15:52
Congrats, Lyndon and Steve, on the book. Hopefully knowing and understanding this bleak part of our history means we're less likely to repeat it.

I look forward to better understanding the crazy arms race among Premier League owners as the money got out of control this past decade, pushing us to the brink of destruction. As depressing as it all may be to read.

It's no small feat to write a book of this magnitude, and we all know what a top writer you are, Lyndon. Steve, great to learn more about your story and history as an Evertonian.

Bill Hawker
51 Posted 08/02/2024 at 04:16:38
Ordered. Usually get on Kindle but wanted the hard copy of this one.
Jerome Shields
52 Posted 08/02/2024 at 09:19:37
Marinez, with his plan A and nothing else, wasn't going to do any better. He did have a spell when it took the Premier League sides to cop on to the tactics to counter. With Belgium, he was lucky with Kompany who organised the defence for him. With Jagielka, there was never going to be any hope of that.

Martinez did bring in some great forward players on a budget, which probably kept Everton going on sales over the next 5 years, but nothing was brought in of that level since. The burden fell on Calvert-Lewin, under-prepared as he was. I am hopeful of Beto and Chermiti, at least they have the basics.

I find it enlightening that there were doubts about the appointment of Koeman. Someone must have read the Spanish newspapers after all. My Valencia friend did assure me that Barcelona could read Spanish newspapers but wanted to wind up Valcenia anyway.

The holidaying Koeman was a disaster. I can see this Russian connection with Niasse but Koeman was Bill, true and true.

Barry Rathbone
53 Posted 08/02/2024 at 14:54:02
Brendan @47,

Martinez transformed Swansea from a bankrupt outfit to promotion Champions, laying the foundation work that saw them in the Premier League and win the League Cup.

I know it upsets people to say he kept Wigan up as Chairman Whelan went for a controlled descent to the lower leagues but he did. His parting gift was the most incredible FA Cup win ever, knocking over Man City in the final.

Dare we mention giving this club its best ever Premier League points total?

Not sure how that equates to not being cut out to be a successful club manager…

David West
54 Posted 08/02/2024 at 18:08:47
Barry 53. I always thought if Martinez had a go with the big bucks Moshiri had it could have been different.

Moshiri's transformed Everton from a near bankrupt Champions League chasing team, to a bankrupt relegation fighting team, all for the price of £500M — what a bargain!!!

I don't think he'll be getting any accounting work from now on.

He was basically staring in his own football version of Bruster's Millions, the Richard Prior movie, where the guy had to get rid of millions of pounds without having anything to show for it at the end.

Plot sound familiar?

Peter Mills
55 Posted 08/02/2024 at 21:28:36
I've started reading the book, and already I'm starting to rock backwards and forwards muttering to myself “How, HOW, can a financier and accountant allow his money, his asset, to be so badly managed?”
Brendan McLaughlin
56 Posted 08/02/2024 at 22:58:18
Barry #53

If only Liverpool had been more astute and appointed Martinez instead of Brendan Rodgers who delivered actual success to Swansea. If only...eh?

There's a reason that it upsets people to say he kept Wigan up...it's because he didn't.

But perhaps I wasn't being objective...I wasn't ruling out a Swansea/Wigan type return.

Steve Dickinson
57 Posted 08/02/2024 at 23:38:43
For everyone who’s bought the book, please remember to leave a review on Amazon. Reviews really help with the Amazon algorithm, and help us reach more readers.

Great to see we’ve already reached the top spot on the Amazon best sellers for books about British Football. Ahead of two books about Liverpool FC.

Thanks for your support, Blues. Please keep spreading the word.

Paul Kossoff
58 Posted 08/02/2024 at 00:06:18
Andy 7, It's not free, they give you a thirty day trial then take £9.00 a month out of you, just check.
Paul Kossoff
59 Posted 09/02/2024 at 00:21:08
Jerome 52, "At least Beto has the basics," After the woeful attempt at putting a simple left footed seven yard shot at goal but deciding to try with his right foot and sent a pass back to the Spurs keeper, I doubt he's got the basics. And his heading is below basic. To not be good enough to dislodge a very poor DLC should tell you a lot about him, another dud I think. What's more laughable about our forwards inability to hit a barn door with a banjo from six inches is Dyche saying extra training is up to the players individually, unbelievable.
Mike Owen
60 Posted 09/02/2024 at 10:01:26
Well done, Lyndon and Steve, on putting this together. I shall be ordering over the weekend.
Christine Foster
61 Posted 09/02/2024 at 12:21:45
Just got past the Koeman era.. it's pretty factual, but there are so many lines to read in-between, so many things not said. revelations not so many, but it's a jigsaw without having a picture to work from. The detail and background is laid out but it's still a painful read.
Danny O’Neill
62 Posted 09/02/2024 at 13:11:00
Christine,

I always had the impression that Koeman was reluctant and didn't want to be at Everton. He almost had to be coaxed.

I was excited but have admitted since I probably got carried away with my memories of Koeman the player and central defender with the cannonball shot.

He just didn't seem to connect with Everton.

Barry Rathbone
63 Posted 09/02/2024 at 14:08:32
Brendan 56

If you don't think Martinez brought success to Swansea you really need to expand your research.

Ditto his relegation escapes with Wigan till absolutely unavoidable but at least unshackled from his death grip Wigan sprung right back to the Prem. Oh sorry, that's bollocks - they're back where they want to be.

Lovely to see you swerving his cup win and record Prem points total here. Almost like you want to prove facts not matching an argument should be ignored - scintillating stuff

Peter Mills
64 Posted 09/02/2024 at 14:23:57
It’s quite a page-turner. No spoilers, but I’m just up to the bit where Dominic Calvert-Lewin has struggled at wing back and has been replaced by Cuco Martina.

Notwithstanding some of the horrific content it’s an excellent read. Well done to the co-authors.

John Raftery
65 Posted 09/02/2024 at 15:00:56
Just received it in this morning’s post. A weighty tome. It will make excellent reading on many long coach trips to away matches.
Jay Harris
66 Posted 09/02/2024 at 16:15:11
Cant wait for the Prequel "The smoke and mirror years"

On the subject of Martinez people have a short memory.

In his first season he managed to transform a solid defense inherited from Moyes into a total sieve meaning we lost out on a nailed in 4th place and the following season he would have taken us down with his "tippy tappy shit"

His pedigree was that his record at Wigan was worse than Steve Bruce's and he ultimately got them relegated.

Even with the supposed best players in the world he struggled to win anything relevant with the Belgian national side despite the support of Henri.

Lee Courtliff
67 Posted 09/02/2024 at 17:09:38
Received my copy today, I'll look forward to reading it...even though it will no doubt infuriate me!
Dave Abrahams
68 Posted 09/02/2024 at 20:30:45
Peter (64),

”Not withstanding some of the horrific content.”

Jesus, Peter, mentioning Cuco Martina in the previous paragraph was horrific enough for me, he was on £30,000 per week as well, unbleedinbelievable.

Tom Hughes
69 Posted 10/02/2024 at 11:03:23
I'm really looking forward to reading this. Obviously, a sequel (or updated revision) is inevitable..... but (without yet reading a word of the book) would've thought a prequel might be too. I don't think the Moshiri years can be totally isolated, Kenwright's tenure influenced the whole process and the various issues and decisions, before during and after Moshiri's take over. The hollowed out shell of a debt-ridden club that was handed over by BK, was already on the trajectory of unsustainability before spending spree started. That culture was never severed.

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