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We Don't Do Cup Ties!

By Glen Strachan :  14/07/2007 :  Comments (6) :
Still the complaints flow in about our present squad being too small to handle two games a week, UEFA Cup ties, League Cup ties, FA Cup ties and of course the richest league in the whole wide world.

Sure, in theory, we will start the season with four targets but can anybody remember when we last won a cup tie against anybody who was then considered a difficult assignment and did Paul Rideout score the only goal that afternoon.

Europe ? Last win against a decent team ? Would that be that night of nights when Andy Gray and Sharpy found Bayern Munich very much to their liking ?

League Cup? Don't even go there !

So does that not simply leave us 38 Premier League games to complete with the players we have right now together with anybody who joins up before the season proper begins ?

In all of the time that Walter and David have been in charge of Everton , can anybody remember a Cup Tie that they honestly looked forward to and were they disappointed to find out once again that we don't do cup ties ?

The big four will snaffle both domestic cups and does anybody remember when the UEFA Cup last came to England... let's forget about 'the adventure of Europe' and how 'that will help Everton to attract a better standard of player in the transfer market' and remember the truth of today's market place. Players today will move for money and the glory and bonus payments that follow winning competitions.

A couple of weeks ago somebody in Holland sent in some 'hot information' about two young Dutch players who had agreed terms with Everton. His piece ended with a price of £10 million for the pair being quoted.

He was ridiculed and the point was made that Everton 'would be daft' to spend that amount on a couple of un-proven foreign players. Did anybody follow that story and see where that pair went and for how much ?

I agree that it makes Everton look bad to hear DM bleating about inflated prices but today money talks and sadly for Everton we've been mute for a long time now.

I still cannot see all these teams in the next Premier who are going to take us apart and send us rattling down the table. If we can get out of all three cups quickly enough , fifth in the Premier is still very much up for grabs. Good luck Blues !

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Lyndon Lloyd
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1   Posted 14/07/2007 at 04:56:28

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What was Rupert Sullivan saying about the End of Ambition? I know what you?re saying but what?s the point in even entering the cup competitions if we have no ambition to win them? (By the same token, when was the last time we won the League...?) It's certainly not a reason to excuse the lack of investment in the team.
David Barks
2   Posted 14/07/2007 at 05:09:20

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That was just ridiculous. And Lyndon, that does not represent most of us. We have not lost ambition, we just see a different reality than Marsh and the late Toffeeweb contributor Yussef. We think that we do have a team that can compete and will compete. I think that our team is talented, and I for one wouldn’t want to have a bunch of players sign for huge amounts of money, such as Wright Phillips, just to sit on the bench, if they’re lucky to get that far.

It is funny though that there had been so many complaints about the club being silent and this indicating that we have no money. But now Moyes has come out and said we do have the money to make one more big signing and get a couple of players on loan, but the talk is about lack of ambition. The point is that he was damned either way. He told the truth, you may not like it but it’s the truth. It’s not that he doesn’t have ambition, it’s that other clubs are spending stupidly. Wigan spending 5.5 Million on Koumas and Villa spending 8.5 on Reo Coker is just stupid, I’m sorry.
Eric Myles
3   Posted 14/07/2007 at 06:02:31

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David I think that ’damned either way’ sums up the whole attitude of some of the posters on here who say DM has got no ambition going for the likes of Koumas and then saying it’s pathetic we get outbid by the likes of Wigan while he ’dithers’.

There’s no pleasing some folk who will use both sides of the argument to further their cause.
Paul Atress
4   Posted 14/07/2007 at 10:01:13

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Everton don’t do Cup ties, except the last team outside ’the big 4’ to actually win the FA Cup was Everton.

If we are the last team to win the FA Cup and we don’t do cup ties what does that say about the competition?
Lee Yomoto
5   Posted 14/07/2007 at 11:34:48

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I personal think DM is right, I?m so glad he didn?t pay 5m for the like of Koumas, and drop the rubbish from the current side the likes of wright and Naysmith drop Beattie, get one top player and two loans the likes of Fernandes in the squad then we have a very strong team.
come on blues!!
Glen Strachan
6   Posted 14/07/2007 at 13:55:05

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We were indeed the last side outside the four ?money outfits? to win the FA Cup and that is a record - a proud record - that may run for as long again as the twelve years that it has stood.

That year Blackburn won the premier title - also the last of the regular clubs to lift that.
They have even been relegated since then !

That Premier winning record too could stand for a long time.

It is an irony that we won the FA Cup with a side where the chairman , manager and skipper were all born in Liverpool at a time when there is a real chance that our beloved Blues will not even play our home games there much longer.

So back to the question.....what does that say about the FA Cup......it says that only the big guys win it in this age.

Hell ...I so wish it was different but it isn?t !

Living in the present day..........FINISHING FIFTH IN 2008 AFTER 6TH (BY A WHISKER) THIS TIME IS NOT SOMETHING TO BE SCOFFED AT AND DOES NOT REPRESENT ANY SENSE OF LACK OF AMBITION.

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