"I am from a city (Glasgow) that is not unlike Liverpool. I am joining the people's football club. The majority of people you meet on the street are Everton fans.
If ever there was a collection of words that would well Evertonians with pride, an opportunity to make dejected fans sit up and take notice, a chance to reinstall the hope lost under the previous regime - then Moyes coined his words to a tee. It was a statement of intent and since, David Moyes has set about keeping his promise.
It took barely thirty seconds to spark the Moyes revolution when David Unsworth powered home into the Park End net against Fulham back in 2002, but it has taken seven years to construct, assemble and deliver a squad capable of finally living up to the Everton motto displayed on the club crest, that for too long has been neglected: Nil Satis Nisi Optimum.
There have been unbridled highs, catastrophic lows and frustrating mediocrity, but generally, David Moyes has retained the backing of most level-headed Evertonians throughout his spell as Everton manager. It?s easy to see why really. The reign of Walter Smith tested a lot of Evertonians, some more so than others. Evertonians never really connected with Smith, not properly anyway. He wasn?t ?one of us?. Whether he was alluding to the endless issues he faced or shirking liability for the unfolding disasters, Smith proved his own worst enemy. He had been the beneficiary of such prolonged patience from the majority of our supporters, but he threw it all back in our faces. He just wasn?t Everton.
David Moyes, on the other hand, was very much what we looked for in a manager. He was passionate, he was ambitious, he was proud. He had that winning mentality about him. We had been told the Everton job was unachievable because of the financial restrains. The fact David Moyes has since proved that hackneyed Sky-four fan one-liner to be unqualified rubbish probably shows how far we?ve come under his headship. Expectation has risen ? massively. Whether David Moyes can handle the weight of expectation of guiding a club of Everton?s size, stature and history back to where we as supporters feel we need to be ? the forefront ? remains to be seen. He?s certainly going about it in the right way, though. The oil tanker is certainly turning.
Some supporters have often criticised the Glaswegian, citing negative tactics and hoof-ball mentality as legitimate reasons for grievance. Fair cop: Evertonians have been treated to a certain style of football over the years, proper football. It would be nigh on impossible then, to deceive them when it comes to passing the ball to feet. David Moyes, in the last few months in particular, seems to have grasped this concept. Prior to that, could we really have said the style of play was acceptable? It wasn?t to me...
Great teams have great players, but they also have great dressing-rooms. Would you swap the spirit and togetherness ? something that seems to be shoved in our faces at every given opportunity ? of our squad of Everton players right now? I know I wouldn?t. David Moyes has engendered this special team spirit and willingness to fight for each other. In doing this, at times, he has had to make a stand and root out the bad apples. Ask Victor Anichebe.
David Moyes has consistently picked up players for next to nothing, or from the Championship and turned them into much coveted Premier League performers and internationals. I don?t think anyone could argue that Everton are now an established top-10 team and Goodison Park is a place that all clubs fear. We are also a team that every manager seems to respect, there are no ?easy? points to be taken from a David Moyes side.
To truly progress though, has his philosophy changed sufficiently to allow us to truly challenge for major honours? One of the keys to this is calmness under pressure, which, whilst we have improved vastly in recent times, is still something I feel is lacking. Can he spend the big money wisely and bring in the ?football? players to take us to that next level? The jury remains out on record-buy Marouane Fellaini and to be fair, David Moyes has a history of big money disasters in the past. Yakubu however, has been an unmitigated success on the flip side.
Most importantly though, with Bill Kenwright at the helm, and all the challenges that in itself presents, can David Moyes maintain his focus and desire, can he continue to motivate himself and work miracles with so little tangible support?
David Moyes: "Everton is one of the biggest clubs in the land. There's only three or four clubs in the country who could even consider themselves bigger."
I believe he can.
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1 Posted 13/02/2009 at 02:43:56
This time of the year it all gets a bit Macbeth.
2 Posted 13/02/2009 at 06:13:49
Thank god we?ve moved up a gear from that to the point where most of us would be a bit disappointed if we "only" made the Uefa Cup again this year..... Reach for the stars lads!
3 Posted 13/02/2009 at 07:22:45
But while Kenwright is at the helm this is NEVER gonna happen. He is holding Everton as a club back and has attracted NO INVESTMENT since his fat arse has been in the hot seat.
Big big letdown he is.
4 Posted 13/02/2009 at 09:46:18
OK, I like it and long may it continue ? but watch how quickly the tone of these posts changes if we go out to Villa on Sunday. Get a grip lads and save it for the end of the season IF we actually achieve something...
5 Posted 13/02/2009 at 10:48:09
Perry, for me, it will depend very much on the manner of the game if we go out on Sunday. We already know that Villa are a good side in top form, pressing hard for a CL place, possibly automatic if they continue as they are. Equally we also know that we have the beating of them; dominating the league game at Goodison as we did despite the final score.
If we take the field on Sunday, play good football, with commitment and passion and still lose then so be it ? I won?t be happy but I?ll get over it. What?ll get my goat is if we go out with a whimper but, since this season has turned for us, when did we last play with a whimper? Exactly!
6 Posted 13/02/2009 at 10:48:54
It's a broad generalisation, a flimsy over view on the Moyes years... I think the article could have gained weight had you mentioned that we play in blue, but that?s just me.
I don?t like to critisise as it's not my website, but wait till you have something specific to say before wiriting an article... or become Tony Marsh and crank up the hyperbole and frow in some F words... that always gets people going. But hey, what do I know...
7 Posted 13/02/2009 at 10:49:31
Do you come on and have a go at the posters when it is the opposite way around or do you revel in the misery? Do you tell them then to get a grip?
"David Moyes has a history of big money disasters "
We have only had two, Yakubu and Felliani, "big" money buys, one scored over 20 goals last season and the other has almost become a cult hero overnight for his daft hair and dodgy tackling. There was uproar when Moyes didn?t take him off at half time the other week, so I would say that the "big" money buys so far have been ok.
8 Posted 13/02/2009 at 11:43:53
What utter tosh! One performance? How about every bloody performance since losing to Villa (only losing once since then) or as far back as the Man Utd tied game... only losing 3 times total since then! And advancing in the FA Cup and playing the so-called top four repeatedly!
As to the Bolton game... I would love for all of us to gush away... it wasn?t that it was "just Bolton", it was a bloody fantastic display of football by 11 tired men in blue.
Nick... I will take Joe?s "broad generalisations" any day over a lot that gets said on here. How?s about you making your point instead of having a go at somebody else?s post merely for the sake of just having a go instead of making a point!
My point >> COYB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let's stuff the Villa on Sunday!!
9 Posted 13/02/2009 at 12:07:33
I was thinking what an excellent article this was.
Then I cam across the "history of big money disasters in the past" ? what on earth are you talking about? Fellaini is a young kid & full international who will just get better. Despite the price tag, he?s one for the future. Every manager makes mistakes on players, just ask Benitez. Moyes?s record is second to none.
And then you throw in the (standard, boring, traditional) Kenwright dig just before the end. Under Kenwright we have broken our transfer record year on year, upped our wages to attract & keep our best players and finished top 6 almost every year. We have a good, strong & young team that can now challenge the top teams.
We also have a state-of-the-art training complex for our first team and academy. Why do people like yourself feel the need to blight an otherwise decent article with such pointless nonsense? Perhaps we should revert to Peter Johnson?
10 Posted 13/02/2009 at 12:15:59
11 Posted 13/02/2009 at 12:59:47
Fact of the matter is he has posted a pro David Moyes piece, which I mainly agree with. He was talking as a Glaswegian about another one.
We all come on here to read about all things Everton, whether a literary masterclass, negative dross or pointless.
Bring on Villa on Sunday. They?ve been frauding the world in recent weeks. No more of it I tells ya!!
12 Posted 13/02/2009 at 13:20:54
13 Posted 13/02/2009 at 13:50:01
14 Posted 13/02/2009 at 13:14:06
Nick Entwistle, your spelling doesn?t bother me ? it is the shite you write that bothers me!
Joe, nice article ? COYB
15 Posted 13/02/2009 at 14:19:10
We all feel the passion, and long may it continue, and I think that was the general point of the article.
16 Posted 13/02/2009 at 14:12:50
The way we have been playing for 2 months now is what we have been clamouring for years on a consistent basis. Even when we started to play some neat stuff last season, as soon as something went wrong, panic stations hit and hoofball made its return. Even if Villa do beat us Sunday i wouldn?t change the way we play because it has been serving us well and we are adapting to it very well.
I think if we win Sunday (and god do I hope we do) then I don't see why the Cup can't be ours this year. We have the momentum to break our long duck and if we do win it this year then surely we must push on this time. But as an Evertonian, I know I shouldn't get too excited yet as we?ve had plently of kicks in the bullocks throughout not just my life but our history in general. But there?s always hope.
17 Posted 13/02/2009 at 15:01:34
It would be nice if I could write an article each week just ?to massage one?s own self-depracating ego? but never do unless I have a point and a read worthy of the reader?s time.
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19 Posted 13/02/2009 at 17:18:30
Perhaps he should start his own website and then never write any articles for it? That would be great.
20 Posted 13/02/2009 at 18:01:19
AT THE TIME, which is key, Simon Davies, James Beattie and Per Krøldrup WERE big money signings. They were, without doubt, bad signings. They hurt us even more with money being so sparse at the time. It is again to Moyes's credit though that he has been big enough to admit his mistakes and move them on. Let's not re-write history though, he has certainly made some mistakes along the way.
Keep it up Joe, great stuff.
21 Posted 13/02/2009 at 21:55:40
I know Blue Bill is holding the club back but if he can't find an investor why do him down (he has allowed Moyesey to break the transfer record over 3 consecutive seasons now). I?m sure he would be delighted to sell to Russian/Saudi or whoever millionaire, maybe a decent finish in the league (again) may make EFC an attractive buy.
I reckon this season is our season for the FA Cup (especially if beat Villa).
So only one thing for it then COME ON YOU BLUES ? we're all behind you!
22 Posted 13/02/2009 at 23:07:13
The conversations at work, in the pub and on the chat shows about the good football, the resilience, the camaraderie, the spirit ?.. even on Five Live earlier today 2 or 3 of the punters put Everton in the FA Cup final? the only discussion there was who would they face??
And I know it?s all talk, but it?s good talk? it?s positive talk and it?s what I want to hear until the final whistle of the final match of a season that I thought was going to seed but might just be about to flower??
So for now COYB?.. and I hope to re-print this when the post mortems begin?..
23 Posted 13/02/2009 at 23:44:51
24 Posted 14/02/2009 at 01:28:06
But let's face it, everything is in our own hands now, with the Cup, and especially with the league, we have a decent run in for a change, 5th is a fair cop. And big money transfer flops, Big Per is a yes and so is Simon Davies... but that's about it.
25 Posted 14/02/2009 at 03:16:09
So Moyes has done well and by association, Kenwright.
All these positives are why we are where we are and, as nobody is perfect, It is the negatives that come with both men (you can?t have one without the other) that may well stop us going much further.
Nothing lasts for ever, circumstances, people can and do sometimes change. Bill might end his search for investment. There is though, still much left to do that is doable with what we have now.
The hard part is going out week-in, week-out ? and doing it.
26 Posted 14/02/2009 at 07:48:14
For me, DM can take us further, he is still in a learning curve. His best mate Alex Ferguson, if we remember, was on the verge of being sacked after his first 5/6 years at Old trafford.
Team spirit and motivation are elements in any industry that managers strive to achieve and can not be bought; DM has without doubt instilled this in the majority of players (apart from Anichebe).
Providing we can keep him ? watch this space.
27 Posted 14/02/2009 at 09:22:15
Yes I agree, too many peole have been too harsh on the guy and he will be the 20-goal a season player to propel us onto the next level starting tomorrow!
28 Posted 14/02/2009 at 10:26:59
It’s clear from the amount of responses that Joe IS making a point...
29 Posted 14/02/2009 at 15:20:13
30 Posted 14/02/2009 at 16:27:16
31 Posted 14/02/2009 at 21:14:08
32 Posted 14/02/2009 at 21:46:52
I also think what started off as a front two of Cahill and Fellaini playing just behind him has turned into two out-and-out strikers. One must play deeper and get some graft in the midfield. As for the Yak, he?s to lazy.
33 Posted 15/02/2009 at 20:18:13
34 Posted 17/02/2009 at 00:44:06
And it should be noted that even the best managers in the world make mistakes. Wenger paid near on £10mil for Jeffers and approaching £17mil for Reyes; Ferguson brought Kleberson, Miller, Smith, Djemba Djemba etc ? and don?t get me started on Liverpool.
Looking at the transfers Moyes has made lately, they?ve been top notch. I love this sudden pro-Moyes stance, I've been advocating it since the start of the season despite the idiotic pessimism of some on here and I honestly believe that given money to spend Moyes would make us a top four side.
I think we need to get some perspective as this form can?t continue indefinitely but at the moment what we are doing is incredible and it bodes well for now and in the future.