This is a post I've wanted to write for three years. I've been critical of Moyes, based on the evidence of hoofball, one-dimensional tactics, a lack of pass and move, no cup runs and the constant references to running and effort.
Its great to see the evidence changing to passing and moving, players going forwards and looking like they're enjoying themselves, a genuine goalscorer who inspires confidence and belief. This is allied to the defensive organisation and spirit that we know Moyes for.
For the first time in ages, we have an Everton side that is playing in a way that makes me proud. Moyes has developed a pacy, passing team with a good spine and we are looking like winners every game. I can't remember the last time when I can't see us losing! And two cup runs!!!!
Why the transformation? Maybe Moyes has more confidence in this squad and finds it easier to let better players play? Who cares! It's always great being an Evertonian. Its bloody marvellous now!
Thanks Davey... and please keep this style of play, particularly when we have a setback. It's effective... and entertaining!
Paul Tran, Posted 14/12/2007 at 16:08:15
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1 Posted 14/12/2007 at 16:56:40
2 Posted 14/12/2007 at 17:28:39
I suspect David Moyes has finally found a way to be more confident about himself and following that terrible sterile set of tactics he used for the shameful defeat by perhaps the worst Liverpool side we have played in 30 years , he decided that the only way was up and gambled with a passing game that has been the making of our side.
We are actually worth watching now and with Yakubu doing what he has always done at all of his other clubs and Tiny Tim back fit , Blue Skies are here again.
3 Posted 14/12/2007 at 17:55:12
I?ll be remaining firmly reserved on Moyes for a good while yet. I am a long time critic and it will take a good deal more than this to turn me around.
You only need look at the league table to realise a few bad results could easily see us drift into the bottom half.
I am not saying that is going to happen but I have more sense than to be getting carried away at this current run, which has involved facing very few credible sides.
I fear this is the kind of reaction that gives us all the ?knee jerk? tag when Moyes deservedly comes in for criticism.
Calm yourself down lad.
4 Posted 14/12/2007 at 18:03:50
5 Posted 14/12/2007 at 21:37:19
I particularly wish all the best to a particular whipping post of mine,Leon Osman,
Little Leon has lately caused myself and many others to eat humble pie. Long may it continue.
I guess there is a small army of doom mongers, cynics and critics going into the festive season while carrying the burden of false witness. Now is the time lads to sooth your souls. Let there be a mass recanting of false witness.
In the words of Tiny Tim, ’God Bless Everyone’.
6 Posted 14/12/2007 at 23:18:26
Better thank Blue Bill for keeping faith. Oh, sorry I forgot you still want him out, don’t you?
7 Posted 14/12/2007 at 23:49:24
great article paul, thats exactly how most of us feel
8 Posted 15/12/2007 at 00:09:37
9 Posted 15/12/2007 at 00:20:31
10 Posted 15/12/2007 at 01:01:26
11 Posted 15/12/2007 at 01:36:43
Some people see 10 unbeaten games as being on good-form. Others see it that we are due a loss. Perspective, you call it?
And I suspect, Mr Jones, more people reading your posts than not think you ARE a moron.
12 Posted 15/12/2007 at 01:59:18
I am only asking you this as i would like to hear you perspective on this. I am interested in your opinion as i can not see (due to only being 22) why people are aganist Moysie. How does he compare to Kendall, and glory days of the 80’s?
13 Posted 15/12/2007 at 01:12:17
You say you won’t get on Moyes’ back after a 10 game run but I’m sure you’ll have a lot to say if we do end up in the bottom half in 3 or 4 games despite only being half way through the season. Surely this would be a ’knee-jerk’ reaction in comparison, but if it doesn’t match with your views then people are clueless?? Comments like this are a disgrace and to be honest I find it embarrassing.
Also in terms of mediocre teams, Chelsea, Pompey and Nuremberg away are not easy games and scoring 7 goals against any premiership team cannot be taken lightly!
You talk about perspective yet to seem to have very little yourself.
14 Posted 15/12/2007 at 02:28:36
15 Posted 15/12/2007 at 04:40:19
During the poor games, and there were many, we spoke as we found, the evidence of our own eyes, etc etc.
There is no flip flop on a whim, joining the fashionable bandwagon.
It’s called giving credit where it is due and long may it continue.
And we have STILL to beat a team above us.
Mr. Moyes has raised expectations and then failed to fully deliver a number of times, this is as high as he has raised the bar... ever.
If, given the choice, I would prefer to pass our way to 6th pos. rather than huff and puff it
Coincidence or not, don’t let Irvine within 10 miles of the place.
However you add it up..eg 04-05 first half good results second half poor(er) Moyes has yet to put in more than a half a decent season and this one has miles to go before we sleep. So it’s early days yet to be praising Moyes the renaissance man.
If it all turns to custard due to the African Nations Cup and other factors after Christmas, I (we/) won’t be too hard on him...After all ’ It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it ’...
Ahh, Funboy 3 where are you now??
16 Posted 15/12/2007 at 08:43:07
Stuart - sorry that my honest opinion ?makes you sick?. I?ve never advocated a ?no mark? manager like Jewell, Allardyce or Bruce, so if you want a debate, please debate what I actually say.
After watching our success of 1970 and 1985-87 disintegrate due to the club?s complacency, I will never have blind faith in any manager or chairman. When it?s shite, I?ll say so, when it?s good I?ll say so.
17 Posted 15/12/2007 at 09:57:27
18 Posted 15/12/2007 at 18:45:08
19 Posted 15/12/2007 at 20:29:07
This is arrogance in the extreme. So arrogant in fact that I am tempted to declare a Redshite alert.
The fact is that we, as Evertonians are watching the best football and the best run of results that any of us have seen in decades and if David Jones (assuming he is not a Redshite) cannot take enough pleasure from that to enable him to refrain from calling fellow Evertonians ’clueless’ (just because they are happier than him)and to enjoy the moment, then he really must be a miserable bastard. I would advise his family to make sure that the Paracetemol are well stashed away and to keep any sharp objects out of his reach. He obviously has a problem and I doubt it is restricted to his opinion of Everton Football Club and it’s manager. />
I agree with the Manager he is so negative about when he (DM) said (in so may words) ’Calm down we aint won nowt yet’. But we are a damn sight nearer doing just that than we were before he took charge and that applies whether we win anything or not.
20 Posted 15/12/2007 at 21:06:19
Two seasons ago we scored our lowest ever tally of top-flight goals and Moyes said he was going to do something about it. This season, 16 games in, we have scored more goals than we did in the whole of that season.
More recently he declared we needed more craft in midfield and that he was going to do something about it. Has anybody taken note of our midfield recently? !!
If these two examples are not sufficient evidence of effective and astute football management then I don’t know what is.
21 Posted 15/12/2007 at 21:14:00
SIGN PIENAAR IN JANUARY BEFORE ANYTHING GOES WRONG!
Over to you Davey!
22 Posted 15/12/2007 at 23:37:24
23 Posted 16/12/2007 at 13:08:30