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Bravo, David Moyes

By Dutch Schaffer :  13/07/2007 :  Comments (10) :
So basically David Moyes has confirmed that Everton do not have the money to waste in the current inflated transfer market. Moyes is correct, it's a pity other managers don't take a similar stand and refuse to pay silly money. Unfortunately for Everton, too many second-rate sides (Portsmouth, West Ham, Man City) have the money and are willing to pay whatever it takes with no regard to how that will effect the other clubs who don't the fat sweaty corporation money.

Moyes to his credit hasn't claimed that making Everton a regular Top 5 side is impossible. In fact he's quite confident that he can get there, he'll just have to work harder then the others. The Premier League is a mountain to be climbed and the likes of Curbishley, Eriksson, Redknapp and O'Neill have been given helicopters which can fly them most of the way but David Moyes only has a rope and his own detirmination. While the others are toying around with their helicopters it wouldn't surprise me if Moyes reached the summit first.

Moyes is taking a stand; he will not get Everton in debt, he will not complain about having no money, he will not pay over the odds for players even if it means he losses out on that player and it doesn't matter what the other teams have because he is detirmined to just get on with the job and beat them. No fuss, no moaning, no contributing to silly money transfers, just the ambition of winning on a modest budget.

The Premier League is full of teams, owned by foreign investors, equiped with players only at the club because of that money and here's Moyes building a successfull, appropriately priced, largely British side, which he believes will be just as good as all the others if not better.

In 5 years we may look back at this time and think Moyes was crazy to attempt such a feat, that it really was mission impossible and Moyes should have given up and forced the Board to pay silly money regardless of the damage to the league. But right here and now I couldn't be fucking prouder.

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Rupert Sullivan
1   Posted 13/07/2007 at 14:21:17

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You make a strong case Dutch, and you have every right to be proud of the man’s principals, but, and it is rather a large but I’m afraid to say - one man, nay, one team cannot buck the system in that way. DM refusing to pay the prices will not drop the prices. If all the EPL teams were to do it then yes, the market would swing, but for as long as there are West Hams and Tottenhams willing to pay stupid money for such players then the market will bear the costs. In addition to which, if DM does not make a success of EFC and does not climb his rope, then where will they be - you can be as proud as you like in the Championship, but you will still be in the Championship.

I would rather, just like you that DM did it his way and only paid what hethought was reasonable, I would rather not be in debt, I would rather not ’buy’ success - but I wonder how that weighs up against how much I would rather be in the Premier League, and Europe.
Rupert Sullivan
2   Posted 13/07/2007 at 14:38:04

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Sorry - I meant ’principles’ not ’principals’ - although...
John Cottee
3   Posted 13/07/2007 at 14:33:44

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You don’t need big money to get good players, just look at how much Arteta cost.

Let the others waste money on overpriced players, it certainly doesn’t mean they will better Everton.

Look at all the money Spurs have spent in recent years. For all that money have they finished 4th? Have they fuck.

Moyes may end up being proved deluded in his quest but the man has morales, dignity and a code which we should all be proud of.

If he gets to the mountain top ahead of the others just using his rope and detirmination then it will be the most amazing feat. I for one will not bet against him doing it.
Tony Ainscough
4   Posted 13/07/2007 at 14:50:38

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This is crap from moyes does anyone honestly believe if Kenwright gave him 50 million to spend he wouldnt be doing the same. Its about time Moyes asked the board if they share the same ambitions
Ronan McGinley
5   Posted 13/07/2007 at 15:39:16

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Should we be proud of moyes? Yes. Is he full of crap? Yes. Tony Ainscough is dead right. Give moyes money and his attitude will change. If he was managing Man Utd do you think he would flinch at paying £30m for tevez? I agree that we shouldnt get into debt, but it is the managers job to complain about not having money, he should beg and harrass the board for money. It is the board’s job not to give it to him if it isnt there. It is also the board’s job to bloody well get cash in!! Kenwright had to go!!
Adam S
6   Posted 13/07/2007 at 16:07:16

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Just wanted to say that I have found the last two Fan Articles by Mr Dutch Schaffer to be excellent pieces.

His previous article about this team being better then the last Everton Euro side was a real eye opener and this latest piece about Moyes climbing his mountain was also very interesting and very passionate even though I don’t completely agree with it.

Toffeeweb at times can be hard reading with so many moaners. Its nice to hear a positive point of view.

I notice that the ever moaning Tony Marsh is listed as a Toffeeweb columnist, it would be cool if Mr Dutch Schaffer could join that list as kind of an optimistic columnist.

How about it Michael?
Lucas M
7   Posted 14/07/2007 at 01:46:13

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I cant remember any time in the Moyesiah’s history where he has had a decent wad of cash to spend. And yet he has got Cahill, Arteta, Howard and Lescott for $10m.

In my opinion theyre some of the shrewdist investments of the millenium. But... for every Lescott there is a Krodlup and for every Cahill there is a VDM.

Having less cash means he must take more risks, so far its been paying off mainly due to the successes of Cahill and Arteta. But you have to wonder... if Moyes had had $20m this summer whether players like Babel or Baines wouldnt be here, and Beattie and VDM would not.

Its all about the long-term plan, but when is Moyesy gonna get his chance?

I cant wait till one of these summers Moyes gets some serious dough and buys some serious players to take EFC to that next level that everyone moans about.

On a side note. The big 4 plus spurs have spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the years on players under 18. And yet we cant even get Svetala from the USA! things have gotta change, cos now its like throwing a dice (a die has six sides) for a uefa cup spot and having to roll a six. we did it last year, but you gotta wonder when the Hammers, Villa, Blackburn, Spurs and Citeh are gonna roll their lucky numbers again.
Eric Myles
8   Posted 14/07/2007 at 05:39:54

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Has anyone else noticed the ?new? Dutch?s inability to correctly spell his nom de guerre? I?ve seen 3 different spellings of it so far.

Has the real good old Dutch really reappeared or has Michael not been taking his schizophrenia medication again and let Mr Hyde run loose for a while again?
Eric Myles
9   Posted 14/07/2007 at 05:50:14

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Or maybe ’Dutch’ is Michael’s Dr Jekyl???
Brian Gault
10   Posted 14/07/2007 at 13:51:07

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Firstly, I think that was a really good piece. There are so many people moaning at the board. I agree that Kenwright should go, because he is meant to pump money into us and is not, and hasn?t for the time he?s been here. He is only worth 7million if that, that isn?t enough for a Chairman nowadays, you need in access of 100 million at least.

However there may be a case that, Moyes has discussed with Wyness or the board that, in 4 years time we haven?t invested but nearly every other teams have well they will be in serious debt, now some teams like Portsmouth or City or Fulham or West Ham could turn into Leeds, they will not be bought out and etc.
Now Moyes has brought in 7 or so youngsters over the past 1 and a half years and there are several youngsters coming through like Agard,Kissock,Boyle etc. Now Moyes may bring in 3 or so experienced ones, and you have Arteta and Cahill and Lescott and Yobo etc. We have Vaughan also.
Now There is a gamble right there about taking this strategy, but it could be the smartest thing in the world! If we spent 10 million or a bit more now and again with the youngsters you would have a great team.
Now I would love Moyes to get 2o-25 million plus to spend and would be interested how we would spend it. Now if you had about 7 or 8 experienced players in your starting team and the rest young lads that is a very good base. You would also have 2 or 3 amazing players maybe like Fernandes, Arteta etc.

Lets just wait and see how it goes but have faith. KENWRIGHT MUST GO THOUGH!

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