Up the Pace
First it was get the players super fit and close other teams down by really upping the pace of the game. That caught on and other teams,including some of the quality teams, copied thereby negating our advantage.
Not really new but he has engendered a team spirit and brought in players of a character that embrace this and that gave us a competitive edge. But again more teams are seeing this and attempting the same ? Advantage negated.
I know this is not necessarily an initiative but David Moyes is constantly on the touchline shouting and motivating the players the extra yard.Other managers are now more prone to do that too ? Advantage negated.
I know some fans criticise DM's tactical nous but we were one of the first teams to play 4-5-1. It then became fairly common ? Advantage negated.
We bought good championship players and they succeeded in the Premier League ? Others now feel more confident about copying that and there is now more competition for championship players e.g. Aaron Ramsey ? Advantage negated.
I believe this season will be a watershed for DM and EFC and if he is not given the support to buy the quality we need we will just fall back amongst the also rans.
I never used to believe that it was about spending loads of money buying big time Charlie's who would then piss and moan about not getting in the team and create cliques that undermined the team but now the whole climate of football has sadly changed and you've got to spend big and pay big to gain success. Villa, Portsmouth, Spurs, Newcastle and City all seem able and willing to do that and I hope that that will not now become their competitive edge. Depressing I know but it's the same in any walk of life. Compete or die. But there is hope. After all we've just finished 5th and improved our European standing. So what next?
The next initiative I would like to see is from the Board in improving our income from commercial activities (one of the poorest in the top 12) and to attract some investment by diluting their shareholding. The baton should be passed to the Board who need to improve their contribution or pas the baton on to somebody who can.
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1 Posted 25/06/2008 at 16:20:05
the lack of anything of substance from the board.My theory is that Moyes although I dont like his style of play or man management has steadied the club to such an extent that he has deflected all or any real flak away from Kenwright and co.
While most of our supporters seem to be happy with whats going on on the pitch the board gets away with doing fuck all off it. If we were struggling near the bottom with the same team and manager
then do we really think the board would be getting off so lightly? No chance.
2 Posted 25/06/2008 at 16:28:56
3 Posted 25/06/2008 at 16:55:09
4 Posted 25/06/2008 at 16:46:46
5 Posted 25/06/2008 at 17:10:57
If he manages to hang on to fifth place then he will get the plaudits. If he doesn’t then he will get loads of abuse.
But he is not in the same situation as many others in this league in that he is dealing with a Board that is making life very difficult for him.
The Board have constantly lied about Kirkby and it would appear that Moyes is going to suffer for it.
I can only hope that he sees fit to see his contract out as he has done a pretty good job with very limited resources.
Before anybody points out that we have broken our transfer record in each of the past three seasons may I suggest that this was on borrowed money !
Billy Bullshit and Wyness have a lot to answer for and the silence is deafening.
6 Posted 25/06/2008 at 19:02:51
If I remember correctly Man Utd are heavily in debt to the tune of somewhere between £250 - £350m and Liverpool are pretty heavily indebted also, where as Everton have a servicable debt of significantly less, so I’m not sure the borrowing money part is so much of an issue however I’m sure the resources are running dry as opposed to the availability of funds others appear to have.
Moyes is on a loser even before the season has started. If Everton do not finish in Europe, everyone will say he has failed. If the team finishes 5th, Moyes will have fallen short because he has not improved the team.
I think it was Wyness who pointed out that, for their resources, the Everton team are punching above their weight. I believe they are too however I also believe it’s deserved and because the team are good enough to do so - largely due to Moyes’ astuteness and managing.
Now, Moyes does need supporting beyond what has gone before. The same amount of money doesn’t go as far anymore with the team needing improvements and enlarging, steadying the ship is no longer adequate.
I’ve been disillusioned by the EFC board for a number of seasons and whilst I have been impressed with some of their dealings, many leave a foul taste in the mouth. The question as always tho is "who else is there?". It’s not just a Chairman or owner the club needs - it’s someone with money and also an interest in the game - and they are hard to come by.
7 Posted 25/06/2008 at 20:42:18
He?s hardly everyone?s cup of tea but Stuart Hall (for once not acting the goat) was recently on 5Live and was adamant that there isn?t a single Premiership club ,bar Chelsea naturally, that isn?t up to its ears in debt and being kept afloat on nothing but borrowed money and IOUs.
Furthermore, Hall believes sooner than later a Premier League club will go bankrupt.
Bill, Keith and the rest of our lot at are far from perfect but I think it?s time our fans realised what sort of financial climate 99% of Premier League clubs are working in.
8 Posted 25/06/2008 at 22:24:05
9 Posted 26/06/2008 at 03:17:40
I just don’t get it when fans don’t like so-and-so player because he’s a ’big charlie’ or ’mercenary’. Bloody hell it’s just a player not a marriage. In this day and age players come and go at a whim. So what’s the big deal? If we buy a player and he’s ’too good for us’, sell and profit. If he’s shit, well, he turned out not good enough for us anyway. How many Nevilles do we need as spokemans for EvertonTV? Give me a decent playing professional that can do the job on a Saturday.
10 Posted 26/06/2008 at 09:16:01
Ok - it would take more than one year, but I think that Stuart Hall has it right; most premier league clubs are up to their eyeballs in debt. Clubs life Villa and Pompey and Spurs are trying to spend big to break into the CL because at the end of the day only the CL can sustain that level of player, price etc. It Stands to reason with 4 clubs trying to break into the already installed 4 someone is going to lose out - and when they do, they will lose out in a BIG way.
11 Posted 26/06/2008 at 12:43:37
12 Posted 26/06/2008 at 23:10:54
The reason Moyes & others are successful at what they do is that they have the initiative to create new ways of doing things that the plebs like you & I can’t.
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