I was wrong…

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Months ago, Lyndon and Michael were kind enough to publish an article I wrote called Back to the Future, drunk on optimism following a (then) recent four-game winning run.

It has not aged well.

We are in a greater death spiral than the one which claimed the jobs of Rafael Benitez and Frank Lampard, with arguably a worse squad, and facing another points deduction. In any case, mea culpa.

I was wrong. Sean Dyche's job circumstances might be unkind, but his job performance in the past three months have been unforgivable.

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But... we can't afford to fire him, and there's nobody who can fire him.

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Mike Hayes
1 Posted 03/04/2024 at 10:42:52
By the looks of it Moshiri is far too engrossed trying to dump his financial cock up Everton FC as quickly as possible. He appears to have little to no interest in what is happening on the pitch or in the dressing room, leaving the fans angry and frustrated at the way Dyche picks the same squad who then let him down week in week out but he insists on them playing.

Only yesterday against Newcastle did he make changes but still left Godfrey in.

So without a firm hand giving him a slap to sort it out he’s left to his own devices- much like Moshiri letting Bullshit Bill keep ahold of his train set and look where we are 🤷💙

Jeff Spiers
2 Posted 03/04/2024 at 15:57:05
Mike, has Moshiri ever been interested?
Mike Hayes
3 Posted 03/04/2024 at 16:03:14
Jeff - well…..
Phil Friedman
4 Posted 03/04/2024 at 17:55:59
I just don't understand the stick Dyche gets on here… what do people expect of him?

He's fashioned a more-than-competent back five (check out the goals against), and an adequate midfield, but is saddled with incompetent losers up front — Calvert-Lewin, Beto, McNeil, Harrison, Young — none of whom are Premier League standard players.

What's he supposed to do, given the financial shape the club is in — suit up himself? Yeesh.

Barry Rathbone
5 Posted 03/04/2024 at 18:29:56
I don't see what supporters expect – the game is won or lost on player quality and our entire squad is bereft in that department; as most are not Dyche acquisitions, what can he do? What can any manager do? (Did you nod there, Frank, Rafa?)

It's like thinking the performance of your pimped-up Escort van will be improved by replacing the bog standard 1,300 cc lump with another bog standard 1,300 cc lump – it won't!!

Needs a remap or Uncle Dave to do a bit of fabrication to shoehorn a Cosworth engine in – and don't forget the Recaro front seats. All costs of course.

John Raftery
6 Posted 03/04/2024 at 18:53:05
Phil (4),

I think it's because fans cling to the notion of the infallible manager, all-seeing, all-knowing, perfect in every decision, and above all capable of making any group of players perform like champions whatever the circumstances. It's rubbish of course. Such managers do not exist in any walk of life.

Without the points deduction, we would be 14th in the table. Where did fans expect us to be this season with this squad? I suggest most of us would have predicted somewhere in the mid-section of the table.

That points deduction piled the pressure on the club, manager and squad. Then we ran into injuries which reduced the options available to the manager. We are coming out of that and I believe we are in a position to finish the season strongly.

Tony Abrahams
7 Posted 03/04/2024 at 19:31:57
Whisper it, John, and let everyone save their voices for Saturday afternoon!
Jamie Sweet
8 Posted 03/04/2024 at 22:29:20
If it wasn't for the incompetent people running the club, Dyche would have us 9 points off the Bottom 3, one game in hand, and a far superior goal difference. At the same stage last season, we were 0 points off the Bottom 3, sitting in 17th on goal difference (a negative goal difference twice what it is this season).

Of course we should demand better, but considering everything that has been going on at the club, I would say that improvement is at least worthy of a small amount of credit.

We are without doubt a club in crisis, and Dyche has at least steadied the ship a little. The off-the-field stuff has absolutely nothing to do with him and therefore shouldn't affect our judgement of him.

John Raftery
9 Posted 03/04/2024 at 22:46:42
Tony (7) Quite right.

Fans and players need to turn up on Saturday. The moans and groans for every misplaced pass need to be stifled.

The supporters who disappear to the bar 10 minutes before half-time need to stay in their seats and support the team.

Jerome Shields
10 Posted 04/04/2024 at 15:34:22
Dyche was going well to start with, he galvanised the squad, and utilised tem in fully ensuring survival in the Premier league. His improving stats approach got more from the players and he got Calvert-Lewin back into reckoning with a thoughtful approach.

This was a great achievement with a threadbare squad and the threat of a points deduction. It was before and after the Xmas period in the full effort in the Caroboa Cup and the FA Cup that he put too much pressure on the threadbare squad and lost key players due to injury.

I put it down to Dyche and his hard way to success attitude, with no let-up. This put the rest of the players under pressure, who were questionable anyway. The recovery did not come fast enough in January and February and his stats approach fell apart.

The focus of the squad always dips at this part of the season and International breaks never help. The game after the recent break was typical Everton, not helped by Dyche's lack of change.

Against Newcastle, he had no choice. Hopefully he has learn't something. There is no doubt with another team and such a run of results, he would be sacked. But maybe he will be able to get back on track by fully utilising the squad, taking a 2-point deduction, and making a bit more variation in tactics.

Everton will survive. It is going to be brutal both on and off the pitch and it is going to be different than we all expect.

Neil Halliwell
11 Posted 06/04/2024 at 19:45:23
I can't believe the negative comments about Dyche. The words silk purse and sow's ear come to mind.

For fuck's sake, give the bloke a break and get real with the players he has to deal with and did not choose.

Dale Self
12 Posted 12/04/2024 at 01:16:24
Rob, forgive me but it looks like you are just hitting the punchline without really expanding on the circumstances. Expressing an opinion or reversal of an opinion is fine but after drinking my big cup of shut the fuck up I would like to see some reasoning rather than simply citing results.

Laying 100% responsibility on Dyche is a shallow criticism. Additionally, not accounting for the devastation of player morale in a withered squad is somewhat offensive to those who support Dyche. He deserves better treatment of this and yes it is a valid debate.

I will wait for round 2 just so I don’t get on more nerves than usual. I know English gentlemen who frequent TW don’t consider ‘told you so’ to be good behavior. For this reason I am playing the lowly yank card to say I did. This is far worse than the Carlo Wars but is entirely a continuation of that episode.

Niall McIlhone
14 Posted 13/04/2024 at 13:34:26
Dyche exhumes stoicism and self-belief, and these are not always qualities that are admired in Premier League managers: there are aspects of his approach that frustrate me as much as anyone, however, he performed a minor miracle keeping us in the Premier League last season, and may well repeat it this season.

This summer will likely see the early departure of at least one of Onana or Branthwaite out of necessity, and those out of contract on high wages. Dyche and Thelwell will have very little “wiggle room” as to spending on players, but I feel the very least that Dyche ought to be afforded is a season with his rebuilt squad in the final year at Goodison.

Niall McIlhone
15 Posted 13/04/2024 at 14:01:43
Meant to say “exhudes” stoicism, but the verb “exhume” is relevant to how Dyche pulled us out of the grave we had dug for ourselves last season!
Rob Jones
16 Posted 13/04/2024 at 14:38:29
Dale, to be honest, I wrote this when I was pretty irate. I've gone back and forth on Sean Dyche for a while now, and still do. You probably recognise my name enough from Live Forum to recognise that generally, I'll be pretty reasonable.

The day I wrote this, though... not one of the better moments.

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