Keep Your Nerve
Mike Iddon believes David Moyes remains the
key to Everton's future
6 May 2004
It's been interesting in the last few days reading the fans' response
to a season of under-achievement — notice I do not say another season;last
season we achieved something towards what EFC should do. This is the key
point here. Following Moyes' introduction to the club where he galvanised the team and players like Unsworth (remember the Fulham &
Derby games?), he carried this on into last season where up until March/April
we were in dreamland!
"And yet, here we are with the manager still not ruling
out winning the Premiership outright — while nice to hear, he surely can't
believe we'll finish higher than either Arsenal or United — and the fans
dreaming of maybe sneaking into the Champions League instead of the Uefa
Cup. There are no more ways left to describe the transformation Everton
have undergone under Moyes with next to no budget and essentially the
same squad he inherited from Smith" — Lyndon Lloyd, 24th
The facts are these:
Let's not throw away what we started last year. This year has been crap
and some of the players have not performed as they should and some must
go, but let's not get it out of the perspective of a 3-5 year project.
If the strikers had done their job in the first half on Saturday against
Wolves we would have gone in at least 3-0 up with the game in the bag
— a regular failing this year.
To lose Moyes now would be A DISASTER.
Not least because who else could we attract? What other young manager
with Moyes credentials and market desirability would come? Remember Man
U wanted him as assistant to Fergie. If we attract new players and they
all perform then we will not be in the position we are this year; if we
are then — and only then — should we consider Moyes' position.
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