The great essayist Lord Macauley once wrote ?We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality?. Had he but lived another 150 years, and read the recent threads about the ?Yak Crisis? he might have felt yet again vindicated in his observation. The response has at times bordered on the hysterical. Let us please try and put it into some perspective.
Yakubu broke club rules and no doubt the terms of his contract of employment. He has, if the reports are correct, been duly punished. I am yet to read, in any report, what, if any explanation has been offered by him for these failures. But one report had him ?full of remorse?. It is, perhaps, a reasonable assumption that his absence owed something to Nigeria?s defeat. Whatever it was, it was wrong.
Other managers have had to deal with much worse this season. Big Sam in his temporary occupation of the barcodes hot seat, woke up one morning to the news that one of his big signings was in jail. Even Wenger has had to cope with players having a public barney on the pitch. And these are the ones we hear about. Any professional will tell you that ?injury picked up in training? is often no more than a coded description of a discreet exercise of managerial discipline together with a fine which does not hit the back pages of the Daily Mail.
But from this infringement, speedily ,effectively and fairly dealt with by David Moyes, some have tried to make great capital, and others have stood on high to make sweeping moral judgments. Thus those who balked at his signing, perhaps those who also wrote in to compare him unfavourably with ?Back of the Echo? in his early days, have leapt up with finger ?wagging ?I told you so pronouncements? One thread was even entitled ?Is this the end of Yak? suggesting ,when the bare bones of the story were out, that the Yak was another Lineker who ? already has another club to go to.? It is even questioned whether we Evertonians will ever be able to get behind him again.
Well perhaps we ought to remember Neville Southall?s famous half time protest against Leeds all those years ago. Some fans, no doubt doing what they thought best for the club, produced a banner which read ( if memory serves) ?Judas Southall- once a binman always a binman)?. Well, whatever drove Neville to do as he did was sorted and he came back to us .
Now of course Yakubu?s brief spell so far does not really entitle him to find his name in the same article as the greatest goalkeeper this club has ever known, but the Southall incident affords a lesson from history against jumping to hasty conclusions. Yakubu responded perfectly to being dropped early into his Everton career and, in the view of most fair-minded neutrals, adopted a much more team- orientated focus to his game.
If nothing else, having received his punishment, he deserves to be given the fullest possible chance to make amends and not be subject to the hysterical and far-reaching judgments which have characterised some of the contributions on these pages over the last couple of days.
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1 Posted 09/02/2008 at 03:19:13
2 Posted 09/02/2008 at 05:06:59
By the way Mike, Australias "meaningless friendly" against Qatar was actually a World Cup qualifier.
3 Posted 09/02/2008 at 05:13:10
"Let he who hasn’t sinned cast the first stone".
We all make mistakes and we don’t know all of ther circumstances. Let the management deal with it and when the Yak is back on the pitch lets get behind him 100%.
And Mike you have embarrasedyourself son. Get your facts right before you waste your time and ours posting drival based on wrong information. International call ups will aleays be required and unless the season runs for 12 months of the year it is innevitable that players will be required to play for their countries and as a result be unavailable for club duties. Tim Cahill is in the squad to face reading so he won’t miss a thing. Last time he flew back from Aus and played he was man of the match.
4 Posted 09/02/2008 at 07:56:16
5 Posted 09/02/2008 at 08:12:25
Lets get a good result tonight, C"MON YOU TOFFEES lets show these Reading boys a lesson and make amends for last time
6 Posted 09/02/2008 at 08:47:08
In case you hadn?t noticed we are currently engaged in a no holds barred battle with Liverpool for fourth place. Yakubu, with his antics has deprived us of a potent goal scoring threat, jeopardised team cohesion just at the time when it is most needed most and made Moyes? job just that little bit harder.
The guy is a professional footballer? professional ? does that word mean as little to you as it obviously does Yakubu?
Remember another point, the guy has got a history of these sorts of troubling acts? usually before his agent requests a move blaming personality clashes. (Portsmouth, Boro). The people who have picked on this are not being hysterical, they are reading the signs and probably reaching a realistic conclusion.
I?ll not boo him, I don’t feel angry at him, just a little let down, I hope he scores a shed-full when he is allowed back into the fold with the guys who relish the thought of playing for Everton ? but do me a favour, don?t try to dress legitimate criticism of a thoughtless act, potentially destructive to our ambitions as a hysterical reaction - it isn’t. It is the supporters who pay this clown’s wages and they have a right to voice criticism, especially when their ambitions for Everton seem at odds with a player who by has actions has demonstrated he doesn’t give a flying fuck for Everton
7 Posted 09/02/2008 at 09:18:48
Surely someone on £40k a week can afford his own travel costs to a tournament that is nothing to do with us!
The bloke is taking the pi$$. He has a lot of work to do to convince me that he is worthy of wearing royal blue. But I suspect he is not arsed eitherway as long as he gets fat pay checks and huge signing on fees.
8 Posted 09/02/2008 at 09:09:15
If that’s what happened then I can’t say I blame him, he’s on their doorstep, probably hasn’t seen them for a while and is not likely to get to see them again in the near future.
It’s what I’d do, wouldn’t you?
9 Posted 09/02/2008 at 10:05:44
10 Posted 09/02/2008 at 10:55:12
11 Posted 09/02/2008 at 11:03:10
12 Posted 09/02/2008 at 11:07:51
But, at the moment I’m fuming with what he’s done this week. We’ve been struggling desperately in the past few weeks for goals. Whilst he been away we’ve lost one of the biggest games we’ve had in the last 10yrs and dropped 4 valuable Premiership points, missing our chance to open a gap between ourselves and the chasing pack. None of this is the Yaks fault of course because he’s been respresenting his country in a major tournament, which is fair enough. But what is his fault is that he’s not in the squad for todays MUST win game against Reading. We’re already without a number of key players and having our record signing on the pitch might just of helped a tad. I would’ve thought after watching our recent results from afar he’d feel a sense of duty to his club to get back ASAP and help his teammates get back on track.
I just hope the lads pickup the 3pts today and that the Yak convinces Moyes enough he’s sorry enough and worthy enough of a place in the squad travelling to Brann, cos we need him back and firing!
13 Posted 09/02/2008 at 11:28:38
I would though have tried another approach. I would have said to Yak, OK, you’re late so I’ll make a deal with you.
You go out today and score 3 goals. If you don’t, and even if you only score 2 goals, I’ll still fine you two weeks wages.
OK not the best idea in the world, but if he wants to make amend, there is no better place than on the field. He can’t make amend from the bench.
14 Posted 09/02/2008 at 11:37:33
15 Posted 09/02/2008 at 11:54:38
The least Yak can do is now come out and apologise to the fans, his team mates and give everyone a reasonable explanation of his late arrival. He’s not paid 40k a week to bugger off without a word to his employers!!!
16 Posted 09/02/2008 at 12:30:07
He shits on the club from a great height at a crucial part of the season and everyone is preaching ’forgivness’.
Why don’t these overpaid lumps realise their first priority is to their team and fans.
If the circumstances were right, I would dump him, but then this is football isn’t it.
17 Posted 09/02/2008 at 12:14:33
18 Posted 09/02/2008 at 13:03:04
19 Posted 09/02/2008 at 13:26:20
20 Posted 09/02/2008 at 14:55:37
21 Posted 09/02/2008 at 17:35:07
We all take liberties, some big some small, but if it’s wrong it’s wrong, so everybody chill out!
22 Posted 09/02/2008 at 18:07:47
I like to think that Everton players are 100% committed to the cause, realize how blessed they are to be in this proffession and look forward to every day as an Everton player. Obviously in this age of football that isn’t always the case, but its still is a kick in the teeth when such disregard for the club is displayed so obviously. Playing for Everton should be an honour, a priveledge and a joy first and foremost and a way of earning a living only after that and it should never be regarded as a work dodge and easy money for doing nothing!
Also to be totaly honest, if you do want to compare being a premiership footballer with the job of us ’average joes’ then lets do so...I can tell you for a fact that if I didn’t turn up for work without any reason or warning I’d pretty much expect to be sacked and I bet alot of jobs would do the same. I don’t think the Yak should be ditched, far from it, but only because that would punish the club more than it would hurt the player himself, but how anyone can say he doesn’t deserve the criticism and punishment he’s received is beyond me.
23 Posted 09/02/2008 at 20:23:30
More to the point though, you somehow knew after just a month or so (and despite the goals), that Yakubu is not the kind of player who is going to last at Everton (the same kind of feeling that you had after watching James Beattie for a few weeks).
That being the case, let him pay his fine, get him back in the side after his rebuke from Moysey, and play him for the rest of the season. Hopefully his stock will still be high and we can move him on to his next paymaster for at least what we paid for him. We can then spend the (not inconsiderable) sum on someone who can hopefully score goals and who actually gives a toss for the club and the fans who pay his wages.
24 Posted 09/02/2008 at 21:05:42
25 Posted 10/02/2008 at 00:57:26
Leave the Yak alone , he was wrong he’s been fined and was axed from today’s win. Get over it !! All this talk of chasing champions league places is only a possibility because of HIS goals !! Anyone who was at the match today, and sometimes I do wonder, will have seen for themselves that he is the player we miss the most.
I’m not saying he wasn’t a wanker but all this disrespectful shit is a joke. Is it any worse than the disrespect shown to all us supporters who went to the Oldham FA Cup tie by our manager ? Not a chance. All his detractors will be singing his name again when he’s banging the goals in again !!
Lighten up we are 4th , the manager took a disciplined stance it paid off now lets forget about it and stuff Brann on wednesday.
26 Posted 10/02/2008 at 19:05:43
He was disrespectful yes, he let us down yes, he?s got a reputation yes. He also comes from a Africa where 6000 die of aids every day, who knows what issues he has, ............with friends and family. Seems that because he?s highly paid he should know better, be better, act better......can?t figure that one out!........He?s been punished, don?t judge him be the mistakes n
he?s made, judge by how he fixes them......
27 Posted 11/02/2008 at 05:29:51
Yes he didn’t return from Africa on time. Yes he did not abide by team rules. Yes he has let the fans, his team, and his manager down.
Should Yakubu be punished? Of course he should. Those calling for no punishment are as bad as those calling for him to be sacked. In addition, it should not matter whether we are challenging for the title itself, or plodding along in mid-table mediocrity. Team rules were broken, and assuming it was made clear there was punishment for doing so, punishment ought to follow.
David Moyes is the Manager and he is dealing with the situation as he sees fit. It has been reported that Yakubu expressed remorse, and that Moyes has imposed punishment. Yakubu has been fined two weeks wages, has already been omitted from the squad to play Reading, and may also be absent from the Brann game. If there are any further punishments Moyes intends to impose, then so be it.
I have heard nothing from Moyes to suggest his future at Everton is at risk, or that his lateness is due to something sinister which calls into question his integrity. If there has been something sinister, then I will stand with those who condemn.
Let Yakubu’s punishment take its course, and when Moyes decides to let him back into the team, let’s all celebrate the goals he brings us. As he demonstrated for Nigeria, and as he has done so for us in his brief time, he certainly knows how to put them away.
28 Posted 11/02/2008 at 09:38:21
We’ll see on that one.
As for the Yak, is it that much of a suprise that he went to see his family? Maybe he should have arranged it with the club before he left, or at least pad for them to come and see him here, he earns enough to pay for a family full of flights over here.
29 Posted 11/02/2008 at 10:02:03
If he had not turned up for 3 or 4 days and missed games as a result then I could understand all the fuss. As it was he was a day late. Punished - move on - end of story.
Oh and Mike Dolan - Tim Cahill was playing in a world cup qualifier against Qatar not a meaningless friendly!
30 Posted 11/02/2008 at 12:06:55
Actually, it has to be said, if you read my post again from Friday at 10.16, I didn’t actually advocate any punishment for Yakubu. In fact, ironically, I had a huge creosote stain down the back of my kecks on this one.
All’s I was saying was that the lad - in comparison to Yobo - has a bit of a sus-attitude. He has. But we knew we were getting "baggage" when we signed him.
Yer takes yer choice and pays yer money, in effect.
And, it has to be said, we missed the lad badly on Saturday and I believe that he would have slotted the chance that AJ put into the side-netting (not to mention sliding that one underneath the keeper in the Spurs game).
That’s the difference between the two players. AJ can huff-n-puff all he wants and we love him for it.
Meanwhile, the Yak just struts...but we know the end result.
31 Posted 11/02/2008 at 12:18:29
Yes, he broke club rules, yes he should be punished. But please stop this hysterical crap about "he only cares about himself and not the club, get rid" because that, I?m afraid to say, is the way football is. I don?t think I even saw this bad a treatment of Judas when he left for United, and what he did was a lot worse than what Yakubu?s done.
32 Posted 11/02/2008 at 12:35:50
Leaving him out of the team potentially makes the team and us suffer.
Moyes was wrong to drop him, and still doesn’t seem to have grasped that AJ needs to grow about a foot if he’s to play up front on his own.
33 Posted 11/02/2008 at 13:30:33
The ordinary match-going fan has never felt so disenfranchised from the game so it’s hardly any wonder the Yak’s been getting in the neck.
But let’s maintain some perspective. Leave it to the manager to manage and when you next get the opportunity either boo the Yak or applaud him. You pays your money after all. And then let’s finally put the thing to bed.
And for what it’s worth I’d have to say Yakubu’s biggest mistake was not being white not being called "Big Dunc" and not having an Everton Light tattoo.
34 Posted 11/02/2008 at 16:39:55
If this continues then there is only one solution...MOYES OUT!
35 Posted 11/02/2008 at 17:31:40
36 Posted 11/02/2008 at 17:52:12
37 Posted 11/02/2008 at 18:55:01
38 Posted 11/02/2008 at 20:08:47
39 Posted 11/02/2008 at 19:40:15
40 Posted 12/02/2008 at 09:09:08
41 Posted 12/02/2008 at 13:18:47
42 Posted 12/02/2008 at 16:52:28
Dowie has also become free over the last couple of days and I?m sure he would love the chance to work at a big club, and also with AJ again. He could sort out this stadium nonsense too, which Moyes just seems to be going along with.
43 Posted 12/02/2008 at 21:07:29
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