After listening to 'Blue Watch' tonight the vibes that are coming from Moyes don't sound good at all. The comments from George Orr sum up what a lot of Blues are feeling right at this moment — completely and utterly pissed off. I get the impression that Moyes is already contemplating the crisis scenario of us not being able to get to January with a playing eleven should injuries take their toll. It also sounds like we will be relying on inexperienced youngsters for the foreseeable future, what with Cahill at least another four weeks away.
I see no evidence or indeed positivity from Moyes that players will be arriving before the deadline, so, depressingly I am accepting that they won?t be. That means we are a side with no central midfield and therefore fair game for every side in the division. West Brom will be licking their lips in anticipation
We aren?t far off a tipping point when things will go to shit very quickly if we're not careful and I think what is needed now is reality management. No, in fact, call it crisis management. Should reinforcements not arrive — and let's assume not — our immediate priorities should be staying in the Premier League this season. Unfortunately this means fielding our weakest eleven possible (that wouldn't be too hard) in the first round of the UEFA Cup and going out as quickly as possible.
The money generated from this competition just doesn?t justify the possible drain on playing resources. Same goes for the Carling Cup. What a turnaround to be saying these things when May wasn?t so long back and we were all eagerly anctipating new transfers and kicking on.
With all of this in mind, my question is: how, in any other form of business, would this situation be allowed to develop without heads rolling at top level? There has been gross negligence to allow us to reach this point and as Tony Marsh points out, if it?s not Kenwright?s fault then it must be Moyes?s due to his dithering It?s simply either one or the other.
To blame it all on difficulties with agents just doesn't ring true when other clubs have been getting on with their transfer business. The money has either been there to spend or it hasn?t. If you can?t bring in players from transfer shortlist A then you move to transfer shortlist B or C. As someone else has correctly pointed out, why dick around trying to sign a player without first getting an indication that he wants to come to us at all in the first place (Tiago). If the likes of Sunderland can bring in Chimbonda, Malbranque et al and Hull the likes of Boateng and Geovanni then where the fuck are we? There are simply no excuses.
I detect a blasé acceptance of the inevitable from Moyes and that worries me a lot. It?s as if, ?well if things go down the pan, it?s not my fault, I tried.? Bollocks. My personal suspicion is that there has been money available to sign players but through our own manager?s steadfast refusal to be flexible in his thinking when it comes to transfers we have reached the current crisis point. It wouldn?t be the first time that it has taken the glaringly obvious to make our manager realise the shortcomings of his limited way of thinking.
SOMEBODY within Everton FC needs to take a firm grip of the reins right now because we are currently a Titanic heading for the iceberg. As we have seen in those relegation seasons that we thought we?d turned our back on, a bad run of results can soon have us staring down the barrel. A losing mentality can take a grip just as a winning one can. Hopefully, we can get through this crisis and then the inquisitions can come later. Maybe at the point, the person at fault for leading us to the edge of the abyss can be identified and then bum rushed out of our great club as quickly as possible.
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1 Posted 23/08/2008 at 05:14:29
2 Posted 23/08/2008 at 06:46:05
3 Posted 23/08/2008 at 06:52:18
If things do go pear shaped in the run up to January, who will want to join Everton then? If we can’t attract players after finishing 5th, how can we expect to draw in the players that DM wants when we are (maybe) struggling in mid table?
The other worry is that our main assets Lescott and Arteta will be tempted away in that same period because of the lack of forward progress.
Now was the time to kick on and build on the squad, not just with numbers and not just with big names but we have done niether and the clock is still ticking. This morning there’s talk of ’breaking our transfer record today’. I will fly my (clean) undergarments from the nearest lampost if we sign anyone, tranfer record or not, in the next 24 hours.
4 Posted 23/08/2008 at 06:31:21
Moyes may still leave as far as we and any prospective new signings know. We are a club in crisis and nobody in their right mind would choose to sign for us at present. The manager wont pledge his future to the club so why should anyone else? Why cant he see this? Make your mind up Moyes!!!
As for Kenwright, I dont doubt that he is a fan but his stewardship of our club has brought us to this juncture and for that he must shoulder the blame. The commercial side of EFC is a disgrace and has been for a long, long time.
The stadium issue has divided the fan base over the last 12 months and still hangs in the balance. People talk on here of possible investment! If there are any eccentric, stupid billionaires out there we may stand a chance of investment! We are simply NOT viable for investment END OF.
On the pitch we were useless for the last third of last season and managed 5th because of other clubs slip ups in the run in. We are weaker now than we were then!
I want us to win games and play with style and passion. I also want to win the lottery. The problem is I dont buy lottery tickets and neither do Everton! You’ve got to be in it to win it.
After watching last weeks debacle my fears were confirmed. Hoof ball returns! We made Blackburn look like Brazil in the first half, while we looked like England!
Its gonna be a long old season.
Why do we do it to ourselves?
5 Posted 23/08/2008 at 07:32:11
6 Posted 23/08/2008 at 08:48:24
7 Posted 23/08/2008 at 08:48:28
8 Posted 23/08/2008 at 09:54:14
Come on boys
9 Posted 23/08/2008 at 10:24:17
We haven’t gone after Bullard, he may not be Mouthino but he’s proven in the EPL and he’s available as well as being a bundle of energy he’d lift the squad. We won’t go for him we won’t get anyone thats realism, bitter isn’t it.
Moyes is already preparing his exit by his statement that we may not have a team to field in January, we seems broken by events off the field and his heart wasn’t in the Blackburn game.
I hope that I’m wrong on this and that I’m dancing around the room after the WBA result comes through...and that we sign some good players scratch that just some players.
(PS does the rumour of the player the RS were after smack of BK spin to anyone else?)
10 Posted 23/08/2008 at 11:43:10
11 Posted 23/08/2008 at 11:45:08
If we pass up the dream opening fixtures list it’s a long, long road.
12 Posted 23/08/2008 at 13:34:45
Paul Gregg who only got involved with EFC because he was a friend of Kenwrights saw through him over the KD fiasco.
Then BK had the temerity to generate a campaign to discredit Gregg and "pretend" that he had investment (Fortress Sports fund)coming.
I have no doubt that he told Moyes we would make "BIG" signings he said as much to the supporters only 2 weeks ago with his "watch this space routine" and "I have seen the Dvd’s of players we’re looking to buy and I say wow".
Those supporters blaming Moyes and excusing Kenwright have very short memories.
Kenwright is a lying,deceitful disaster waiting to happen and now EFC is suffering because of it.
If he doesnt resign soon he’s an absolute disgrace of a man.
13 Posted 23/08/2008 at 14:04:12
The problem is that none of us know what’s happening behind the scenes, but Richard Dodd (who seems to have some information on Everton affairs) informs us that the money for transfers was released one week ago.
Yes, ONE WEEK AGO.
If this is true, then our transfer policy, regardless of what quality of player we wanted to sign, disappeared completely and any prepatory work on transfers was wasted effort.
I know DM has taken the blame, but I see that as working as part of the "management team" and actually accepting that he should not have allowed the situation to reach this sorry state, deflecting the blame from the whole management structure.
But I detect that, at long last, he has realised that he has been allowed to take the flak and others with the real responsibility have, once agian, disappeared into the background.
14 Posted 23/08/2008 at 15:08:36
15 Posted 23/08/2008 at 21:42:51
16 Posted 24/08/2008 at 01:04:40