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David Moyes ? the Canny Scot?

By Christine Foster :  29/08/2008 :  Comments (55) :
Perhaps... just perhaps Moyes has a cunning plan. Let's face it, financially we are where we are.

Just how much he has, when he got access to it and which transfer targets where real are all just speculation. But how we got there at this moment is not going to make a great deal of difference to how the team plays this week. It?s certainly not worth going over the reasons for why and who is to blame, they?re well documented and commented on already.

I picked up on a post that made me think about how we break into the top 4, how we fund players, how Moyes appears to be approaching the challenge of finding players to break the top 4 and what then?

As already stated in a previous post, I believe Moyes is a very shrewd cookie. He has managed to consistently get the most out of good players who have been close but no cigar. His next step is to break the hold on 4th spot and qualify for the CL because that opens the door to finance and the affordability of high quality players

So let's just say for arguments sake he is on pretty limited funds, somewhere between £10-20M; this allows him one, possibly two established players who have the pedigree to raise the team in key areas of midfield and a forward. In the meantime he picks up two or three good prospects of the Cahill, Lescott ilk and hopefully they have the ability to raise their game as well as bringing on one or two younger prospects.

The real objective is get to the Champions League that?s where the money is from gate, television and the higher we go the more we get. I agree that the likes of Spurs, Newcastle, Man City are spending considerable amounts using a bring in and players of high quality for a fast route to the CL. Except as stated previously it hasn?t worked for any team outside the top four because quality players still need a good team to link in with. Bring in to many players and it will take time to knit and therefore does not guarantee success unless you have more money than sense and do a Chelsea but at what cost?

So Moyes may well be a canny Scot and his strategy is based more on punch above your weight until you can afford the quality in depth. It's not a bad strategy and his track record of doing so has been good so far, so why abandon it? We are likely to have a stronger squad than last season if he gets it right. I can?t help think he would have loved a few class players but I think the events of the summer meant he has to build with what he had available. Irrespective of the management issues of the club in general, I think Moyes may well deliver again despite the BS, raised expectations and showmanship of BK.

Living with Moyes as a manager means a few leaps of faith but on average he has got it right more than he gets it wrong. As for me, I am praying he gets it right this year, I suspect the board are never off their knees praying for miracles to take them to the ?promised land?. I for one am hoping they get carted off sooner rather later whilst the fans, the players and David Moyes play for a miracle. The Champions League; Here?s to the team ? keep punching guys.

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Andy Crooks
1   Posted 29/08/2008 at 14:34:56

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DM has left it too late Christine. Any chance of the Champions League disappeared weeks ago. If DM is as shrewd as you think the cheap deals he has just made should have been done some time ago. If the new guys are any good it?ll be Christmas at least before they settle. By which time even a Uefa Cup spot will be long gone. A shrewd cookie would have had the pressure on Kenwright by the end of May.
Gavin Wadeson
2   Posted 29/08/2008 at 14:41:51

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To be fair, IF everything goes to plan, he’s not done too bad this summer

Carsley for Castillo
Jacobsen for Stubbs
Saha for AJ
Obinna for McFadden (IF they win the appeal)
...IF Moutinho replaces Fernandes, we’ll have a much stronger squad than last season
Mike Cheshire
3   Posted 29/08/2008 at 14:45:23

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Christine,

Bang on as usual. I was beginning to despair but it looks like we will tie up Saha and Obinna this weekend which will take us up to four decent, if not earth shattering signings.

Lets hope DM has one rather large rabbit to pull out of a very cunningly concealed hat on the last day and we?re all set.

Come On You Blues

ps: Can?t Believe we got Standard Liege in the Uefa Cup Draw!
Richey Swip
4   Posted 29/08/2008 at 14:49:25

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So you think that the players the "Canny Scot" has picked up are part of a plan to beak into the top four then? Right with you Andy - if they are so shrewd why weren?t they sorted weeks ago to avoid them smacking of desperation.
Anthony Newell
5   Posted 29/08/2008 at 14:49:46

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When I first saw the title of this article I thought it was going to suggest that the rationale for Moyes snapping up obscure names on loan and being linked with all and sundry was to level the bargaining tables with the likes of Athletico and Rennes to make them think EFC are not that desperate after all, and cannot be squeezed for every penny. I doubt this is to be the case unless Moutinho and Mbia are pulled out of the bag at the eleventh hour. The fact is, we shouldn?t be thinking about bedding players in with two games of the season gone. Preparations for an assault on fourth place should have began at the end of May.
Philip A Martin
6   Posted 29/08/2008 at 14:49:16

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Andy Crooks, "A shrewd cookie would have had the pressure on Kenwright by the end of May"

...does refusing to sign a new contract class as putting pressure on BK?

I think it does. I quite firmly believe he wanted 3 to 4 real quality players to push us on to "the next level". However the confusion over (or lack of) funds and transfer kitty has meant a drastic change of strategy. He’s basically back to where he was 3-4 years ago...filling squad numbers and hoping to strike gold on a bargain purchase.
The question is: How long will Moyes want to do this before another big club offer him the chance to spend big and match his personal ambitions?
Ric Wallace
7   Posted 29/08/2008 at 15:02:54

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Andy Crooks..

"If the new guys are any good it?ll be Christmas at least before they settle."

Do you make this up as you go along Andy?

Yakubu came this late in the window and settled easily last year towards the end of September.

Sometimes I really think people ought to stop looking at the negative side of EVERYTHING. The difference between realism and negativity is a fine line, but usually common sense helps you to choose the right one. Here Andy I’m afraid you’re completely wrong.
Simon Skinner
8   Posted 29/08/2008 at 14:55:51

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Why does it seem only Scots are described as canny?

Anyway, I basically agree with the article. I think what’s going on at the moment is Moyes is trying to get as many decent players in on the cheap as possible before say Sunday, and then see where he stands. Then he’ll spend his (limited) transfer budget in the last couple of days, but on whom depends on where the remaining gaps are. If the squad is still small, it’ll be 2 or 3 signings around £3m to £4m, while if it’s bigger then maybe one big signing.

We won’t be able to judge the success until Tuesday. These cheap but decent players will look like good signings if accompanied by at least one quality signing, and will look bad if theres nothing else.
Phil Chappell
9   Posted 29/08/2008 at 15:08:22

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DAVID MOYES... A CANNY SCOT plus a man of integrity!! He gave us our pride in our club (playing wise-no room for non-triers) He has not had the money to make too many mistakes transfer wise like the RS!! He resisted spending it buying shares in thier new stadium.... now sinking faster than the TITANIC did!! I believe he will sign a new contract & win us something (so close lst season) finally with the extra signings... OBG
Peter Laverty
10   Posted 29/08/2008 at 15:12:25

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Gavin,

When will people give some credit where credit is due? We needed a right back, got one; needed to replace carsley, did it; needed to replace AJ - looks like we?ve done it. Needed a bit more depth in midfield / out wide and I will bet my last fiver we pick up another couple of players by Monday.

If we can squeeze out a hard fought win on Saturday, there is a break for internationals when the players will have a few days before and after to sit down, watch vidoes, train together and start to gel. It's not like we will be radically changing the style of play, just putting round pegs in round holes.
Andy Herbert
11   Posted 29/08/2008 at 15:14:19

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Good Article!

I agree Moyes is shrewd. This summer wil have been as ball aching for him as the rest of us. The players we are signing this week will not have been his first, second or even third choices. But that said from what I’ve seen the Nigerian looks to be one hell of a player.

The plus is were not looking as desparate now and that will help negotiations with Rennes and Lisbon. Come on give us Mbia and Moutinho!
Steve Edwards
12   Posted 29/08/2008 at 15:13:16

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Simon - I agree very much with your last paragraph. Its sink or swim time for us come Tuesday. Good strategy or desperation? Time will tell.
Richard Murray
13   Posted 29/08/2008 at 15:35:40

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http://www.evertonfc.com/news/archive/moyes-on-new-boys.html

Rubbish.

Well here we go boys. Moyes hasn’t even seen Castillo play.. Nev is going back into midfield.. and there’s only a ’little’ money available..

At least Saha has cost nothing so far.. It’s about how much the glass man is worth!


Dan McKie
14   Posted 29/08/2008 at 15:28:33

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Andy Crooks: "Any chance of the Champions League disappeared weeks ago"

What are you going on about? We are 2 games in with 3 points and are now getting a few decent players in to add to what we already have! We just need to get past Portsmouth tomorrow! The likes of Spurs and Portsmouth got their extremely expensive signings in ages ago, what good has it done them?
Andy Crooks
15   Posted 29/08/2008 at 15:40:23

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Philip, if DM?s failure to sign a contract was an effort to put pressure on BK, then it failed miserably.
Ric, if we have three or four players settled into the side by the end of September I?ll be very surprised but delighted.
Andy Myers
16   Posted 29/08/2008 at 15:58:47

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Interesting reading the official everton web site just now under the heading " Moyes on new boys" he sounds less then knowledgeable about Castillo "He’s an Ecuador international and we’ve seen him on the tapes. We have been looking for a midfielder and this has become available to us so here we are."
It is also stated that we got Saha for "no cost" what ever that means. Obviously Man U know he cannot play more than a few games a year and it reduces their wage bill and physio bill!The final telling statement is as follows, when referring to more transfers:
"I don’t think we are finished yet," he declared. "There is a little bit of cash there to spend."
Note the "little bit of cash"
As we have spent almost nothing to-date it is clear that we have and never have had more than about £10 million tops to spend, so any dream of a last minute "rabbit out of a hat" forget it!!!Finally, the whole tone of the article, in my humble opinion, is one of someone totally pissed off.
Tony Sinclair
17   Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:19:53

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He wont sign a new contract either. And the way he moves around answering the question about it everytime its asked is his most canny move of all.
Daniel Mcloughlin
18   Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:22:52

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Don?t know why you are even thinking about the champions league we have no chance we definately punched above our weight last year an fell away quite considerably and I don?t no how you are coming to the assumption we may have a stronger squad. Last season we had McFadden Carsley and Johnson all quality on their day. They've been replaced by an unknown injury prone right back, a player who failed a trial with Blackburn, and an injury prone Man U reject striker.
Denis Richardson
19   Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:38:26

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Don’t know why people are so hung up on DMs contract not being signed. Signed or not signed if a bigger/better offer came from another club he could leave anyway - the other club would just have to buy out his contract, which they easily could if they were a bigger club than EFC. So I don’t see the point in moaning about his new contract not being signed.

Signings smack a bit of desperation but at least there are fresh legs in. Needed a RB, ST and DCM most of all and these are now covered. If Saha could get fit that would be a quality signing - damn sight better than AJ anyway.

Is DM being "canny" saying we only have a little money left - what’s happened to the £10m we got for AJ, we haven’t spent a penny yet!
Colin Grierson
20   Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:47:19

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To be blunt none of us, including Doddy, have any fuckin clue as to what transfer fund has been available and as to whom Moyes has ’realistically’ targetted this summer.
He may have a valuation in mind for players such as Moutinho and M’Bia as other clubs have had for Arshevin et al. and maybe in the current ’stupid money’ climate, chairmen and outside investors are beginning to think "Fuck off you cheeky bastards!" when dealing with agents and greedy selling clubs, not to mention the often ridiculously exorbitant wage claims of the players themselves.

Now I don’t know whether that is what has happened at Everton or not but FFS the price of success is getting out of hand and as much as I think Billy Bullshitter is a twat, he does have a point when he says it is now clubs who have billionaire owners (who are willing to part with cash) who will come out on top. After all its not fuckin rocket science!!!
Be pissed off, speculate etc but dont pretend you know what is happening or that you could do better. The only thing we can do as supporters is get behind whoever pulls on the shirt of a weekend! End of fuckin story!
Trevor Lynes
21   Posted 29/08/2008 at 17:00:30

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If you were English you would be clever.. anyway, we have spent zilch so far and Man Utd let Saha go when they are already short up front... this seems a bit odd to me !!!! We DO have money but these ?Smoke Screen signings? are a ruse to allow BK to get to sainsbury?s without having to wear a balaclava...SPEND THE BUDGET and get MOUTINHO !!!! You tight fisted Bastards!
Colin Grierson
22   Posted 29/08/2008 at 17:03:37

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Incidentally, I know Doddy hasn’t posted on this particular article but his insider knowledge and the educated speculation of his ilk make my fuckin blood boil!
Graham Brandwood
23   Posted 29/08/2008 at 16:59:39

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I understand the concern about Castillo, but I would not be concerned about Jackobson. Moyes nearly bought him 18 months ago, he has played in a good Gothenburg side in the Champions league, he is a regular Danish international and Danes usually adapt well to our league, and we needed a right back.
Marlon Wilson
24   Posted 29/08/2008 at 17:08:53

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Well I for one am feeling alot more optimimistic this week, Whilst our recent activity in the transfer market doesn?t diguise what was a wholly disappointing summer but, I?m clinging to the hope that DM still has one (Large) rabbit to pull out of the hat before the window slams shut. I for one think it?s time to put the (various) gripes on the backburner and get behind the "People's Club" and be that 12th man Moysie and the boys need. Oh and let's show the Red Shower how to deal with Liege!!!

C.O.Y.B
Gary dos Santos
25   Posted 29/08/2008 at 18:00:19

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Let's be honest, we are desperate at present and anyone goes. No brainer needed as clubs offload excess and beggars pay their salaries. If clubs really rebuild they sell early and buy early so they can race for points from the start as the object is to win the league and not aim for top four spots, that's why you play the game and support your team as winning is do all and die all of the whole thing. How canny is that???
Jason Broome
26   Posted 29/08/2008 at 18:19:15

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Trever Lynes you are a funny man!

If you were knew you were about to sign Berbatov wouldn’t you want to free up some extra wages to ensure his arrival. Manchester united are operating in a financial blackhole so letting Saha go makes perfect sense.
Jason Broome
27   Posted 29/08/2008 at 18:27:02

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The modern day manager knows that everything he says is under scrutiny. Although they control their own official sites, they cannot control the media.

As a result a wealth of up-to-the-minute information is made readily available for managers and supporters alike resulting in deals being made or broken in an uploaded.

If we have the money to bid for SWP/Milner and enough to also bid for M’Bia, then logic suggests that we have at least £18m (otherwise we would look stupid had the clubs and players agreed to the transfers).

Rival managers are like used car salesman and unlike Rafa, Moyes knows how to play a hand. Therefore the "We have a little money" quote should really read we have the money to buy Moutinho on our terms, and we won?t be held to ransom by Sporting!

Read between the lines guys! Possibly three, 1 year deals which cover key positions from adequate players. Louis Saha arrives for free and gets paid a lot less than the wages left over by Johnson, Gravesen and Fernandes. Neville to be moved centrally could mean that the M?bia deal is also dead.

Everything this past week has been geared around a massive cash splash on 1 or 2 players!

Are we about to sign Moutinho and/or another??? Canny Scot indeed Christine!
Andy Crooks
28   Posted 29/08/2008 at 18:11:33

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Dan McKie,
This is what I’m on about:
We ended last season with a threadbare squad which hung onto fifth place on thelast day of the season.To make the step up to champions league we needed to sign at least two quality,proven players and three squad players.Instead we sold AJ,a committed Evertonian whose career was blighted by chasing no hope balls to the corner flag punted there by solid defenders who cannot play the ball out of defence.
Weeks ago it was pretty obvious that quality players were not coming our way.At that stage,not after the opening game of the season,it was clear to me that any dream of the champions league was dead.
Now,we have signed the journeymen and the season will be ok but we are not going to move forward.This is not negativity,it is living in the real world.Is there any Evertonian out there who truly believes that we have a champions league squad?
Come Christmas,I will be happy to eat the largest helping of humble pie ever served but I cannot see it happening.I support Everton 100% and always will but will not pretend all is well when I genuinely believe that this has been a poor summer.
lee rogers
29   Posted 29/08/2008 at 18:31:16

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so any one wanna bet victor annichebe is going to preston on loan
Jason Broome
30   Posted 29/08/2008 at 18:34:55

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His methods are frustrating (as some of my own entries have illustrated) but I can see his vision again - and I like it. As Christine says... a leap of faith is required.

The market is still open and we haven’t spent a meaningful penny in anger yet... but when we do it will be good!
Darren Dempsey
31   Posted 29/08/2008 at 19:23:13

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Has the money from fortress sport come through yet?
George Bethell
32   Posted 29/08/2008 at 19:06:33

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Re Moutinho
Apart from Everton,I dont know of interest from any other club,wonder why, is it just the price Sporting are asking?
Matthew Lovekin
33   Posted 29/08/2008 at 19:36:31

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How many of the 4 that have/will sign, would Moyes have bought at the start of the summer?

None, I reckon. Although not bad signings, not the quality of players that Moyes wanted. They have signed now just to bolster numbers only.
Dan McKie
34   Posted 29/08/2008 at 19:38:20

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Andy, the year we finished 4th, we were favourites to go down, nobody knows what will happen but saying we have no chance after 2 games is very defeatist and melo-dramatic (actually, you gave us no hope before the season started)! Saha had a bad time at Utd but could be great for us with a fresh start. We dont know much about Castillo, Lars or Obinna but that doesnt mean they are crap, what did we know about Yobo, Cahill etc? We may get a couple of big names, for big money, but what does that guarantee? Mouthino could come here and be shite, bigger names than him have tried and failed over here! How great are 16 million pound Modric and 20 million pound Robbie Keane lookin in the early stages?
Darren Dempsey
35   Posted 29/08/2008 at 21:10:47

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Dan your right when you say big fee players doesnt mean there going to be great,but we should of had 1 major big money signing in ages ago just 1 to make our intentions clear and then maybe more talent would have followed,im not saying the freebees and loans we have brought in dont have talent but weve got to ask ourselves why hasnt any money been spent? I dont think there is any!
Chris Jones
36   Posted 29/08/2008 at 22:20:20

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A few facts for you:

We’ve signed 3 players and have so far not paid a penny for them. They are all low risk gambles. But they are gambles 2 of them played 18 games between them last season due to injury and the other player the manager has only seen on video!

But the question you should ask are low risk gambles good enough for EFC? Moyes has admitted himself that he wanted the players in easy - it’s a risky strategy waiting so late. But I suppose if we pull Moutinho and the Nigerian kid out of the bag a lot of us will be pleased.

Nil Satis Nisi Optimum? Well, I suppose we’ll only know after 10 or 11 games when we know who we’ve actually got and how they are performing. We defo need Tim and Pienaar back asap though.
Nathan Snell
37   Posted 29/08/2008 at 22:49:24

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Just because money is avaiable why spend it on expensive players? look at wenger?!
Steve Jones
38   Posted 29/08/2008 at 22:33:26

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Its fairly clear to me that Moyes is building steadily by adding 1 quality player a year and trying to talent spot cheaper players with potential and develop them further.supplemented bu loan signings this can produce a good side.
He hasnt the finances to buy a cluster of £8 - £12 Million players like Villa and City are doing.
We are at a decent level following this strategy - its frustrating but we have to cut our cloth accordingly. I just hope his brinkmanship works out and we get Moutinho - you can see the stress in Moysie and he looks knackered.
Get ready for the ride !
Craig Walsh
39   Posted 29/08/2008 at 22:59:43

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DM prefered 11 last season:- Howard, Neville, Yobo, Jags, Lescott, Carsley, Pienaar, Osman, Cahill, Arteta and the Yak up front on his own. There’s only one player who is no longer with us, get Cahill and Pienaar back from injury and get Castillo settled in we should win plenty of games with that team, whilst still developing the youth and using whatever back up players we have just bought / loaned as cover. The shite are scaping results, Utd aren’t looking too hot and The gunners have lost also, Chelseas game agains’t Wigan wasn’t a classic!!1 I think its gonna be one open season this year and if we can keep our key players fit there’s no reason we can’t challenge for a Champs league place and decent cup run whatever Tony Marsh might say. Its time to get behind the boys tomorrow.....................feed the yak
Lee Jamieson
40   Posted 29/08/2008 at 22:57:16

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I think what we need here is realism before Moyes come we were a club in crisis with crippling financial problems who had an alcoholic midfielder with mental issues and an overweight frenchman who couldnt be arsed to kick a ball. We started every season looking at the bottom three and if we ended the season fourth from bottom it was greeted with euphoria. Since moyes has come we have become a top six team we have reduced the squad from a bunch of OAPs to one which has a lot of young raw talent.
off the pitch we have smashed the club transfer record a number off times we have located our training ground to a much larger purpose built facility which is a pleasure to walk around and we are currently in the process of moving grounds for the first time over 100 years. All this has been achieved in less time than it has taken taken Leeds to sink to obscurity. I do not think things are rosy in the garden but i am realistic enough to realise that two decades of poor management and a forty million deficit do not go away overnight. Do the pessimists really think that kenwright is creaming the profit away from Goodison and that moyes is completely unaware of what Everton have been through in the last twenty years.
I only know one thing for sure David Moyes loves Everton and will do everything in his power to improve us and Kenwright also loves Everton and from a different position will do everything to improve us . So if its Castillo and Saha brought in by Kenwright and Moyes lets just remember where the F*** we have come from and where we could be !
Kevin Fitsimons
41   Posted 29/08/2008 at 23:03:45

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When we had signed nowt the calls were for BK(and some DM) OUT... we are now seeing a trickle of signings that, as Gavin rightly says, are filling the gaps that we all said need filled.
Now people are talking about DESPERATION BUYS..... Consider this?.

DM buys nobody, blames funds or availability... whatever... DM sees out his time and is snapped up by some other ambitious club, down on their luck with a few bob to spend. Wan?t DM?s fault after all

Or

DM looks at the pot, looks at what players are available? gets what he can and IS JUDGED ON THAT?.. if DM falls flat on his face after doing that?. Other ambitious club LOOKS ELSEWHERE

DM is not burying his head and is bringing in the ?value? that is available to him

What I am saying is that Premier League Management is not some game where you can completely screw up out of desperation and then walk smugly into another high profile job?. Every penny spent is a measure of the man and he knows it? His future depends on what he can achieve in the following season and I, for one, believe that every decision made (that is within DM?s control) is based on sound football and economic judgement.

I would have loved SWP at Goodison? but 80k a week ? I don?t think so, I lapped up all the press reports about M?bia .. and his heartfelt desire to come to Everton?. er?unless anybody else would pay what he thought Everton would pay?

We finished 5th last year, we can all list a number of Prattenburg moments that, on another day, would have secured 4th. Our team is at least as good as last year and hopefully getting better.

Lets get behind them, COYB IMWT?.. and, come December, we can all do this again and see if our opinions remain the same.
Kevin Tonks
42   Posted 29/08/2008 at 23:30:18

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Lee Jamieson......


At last a post that actually feels like it came from a fan of a team i also support ...Everton....and i should underline support!!

So negative on here at times ...no wonder we dont win cups etc
Karl Masters
43   Posted 29/08/2008 at 23:30:04

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Personally, I think if we end up spending £20m I would not be too disappointed.

You only have to look at Newcastle or Liverpool to see teams who throw money around, but don’t achieve what they set out to.

Moyesie has always done best bringing players on when little was expected - not just Cahill and Lescott, but people like Pienaar, Tim Howard, and even the likes of Bent, Martyn and Kilbane produced far more than we expected.

There’s some potential, some experience in the player signed, a couple of whom are insurance in case we don’t get Moutinho or M’bia.

Of course he won’t be saying we’ve got loadsto spend. He’s keeping his cards close to his chest. IMWT.
Lee Jamieson
44   Posted 29/08/2008 at 23:49:13

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Also what I forgot to add was that Moyes looks totally destroyed on sky sports tonight. He looks like someone coming off the end of the worst week of his life so lets give him some support and act like a club who are behind their team or I fear that he will feel it is not worth all the effort and move on. COYB
Ped Pearl
45   Posted 30/08/2008 at 01:28:17

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Well Christine, I think the post was spot on. The year we finished 4th was unbelievable.. Moyes got the best out of those players. Now if he gets the same out of these players lets see what happens. Anyone doubting Moyes should remember that year.. is there another manager around that could of achieved what he did? I dont think so. In Moyes we trust. End of.
tom maher
46   Posted 30/08/2008 at 03:50:22

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I agree with Lee Jamieson, Moyes deserves support from fans and club alike. The biggest loss from last season was Irvine. After leaving Everton he got Preston out of a relegation position to mid table. This year they are undefeated after 3 games.
So the most crucial signing for this season may be Steve Round.
Drew Phelps
47   Posted 30/08/2008 at 04:06:29

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Darren:

’1 major signing to announce our intentions’? Come on!?! Who gives a f*$k what people think our intentions are? (they are to finish top 4 / win a cup by the way)

Have you seen Bull Durham? ’I want to announce my presence with authority!’ You must be making a joke and I’m taking the bait here. Are you saying you want the club to take a huge (possibly fatal) risk just to look tough? It’s the definition of being a blowhard.

It’s only at the end of the season that we will be able to START to evaluate the success/failure of this transfer window. Moyes trails only Wenger in transfer fees paid / points won, and that’s enough to give me faith.

Blair Johnson
48   Posted 30/08/2008 at 04:20:12

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Last minute desperate-Dave signings... not quality at all.
It worked with Pienaar though so the jury is out a little.
How long before Saha and Jacobsen get on the pitch with their trcak records of being injury-prone.
This stinks a bit of... let’s get anyone in to appease the fans (but make them bloody cheap!)
Moutinho would have been great... I think we have a good SIZED squad now.... but the quality hasn’t been improved much at all... another creative central midfielder would have been great... oh well, nevermind, get well soon Peanuts and Tiny Tim! You are needed!
Phil Chappell
49   Posted 30/08/2008 at 07:31:29

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Dear Andy Crooks...I appreciate the reply to DM’s contract suitation & prepared to listen & take on boarfd other TRUE BLUE opinions.Not an ideal suituation amittedlyBUT..I believe he’s human & does care for the club he’s built up like a brooding nursing father.He’s just a realist & has alot more integrity than most .He could have walked before but has’nt.I honestly believe he has something to prove before he moves on.Most definitely the credit crunch has affected most clubs apart from Chelski(pots of it) AV & Manc(crooks) city.Most have had to budget & buy like us(Pompey/L’pool-thier Titanic flagship stadia sinking as it hit the ICEBERG of the credit crunch!!)Yes I believe he will stay but needs just one or two quality signings before Tuesday.So come on BK ’squeeze’ the board & give him something to work with,please...Phil..OBG
Andy Crooks
50   Posted 30/08/2008 at 08:12:21

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Phil,I agree with you about David Moyes,in fact I believe we would not be a premiership club without him,but...I feel he has not got the support he needs from the board and I believe that in May he was in a strong enough position to demand support.
Philip Chappell
51   Posted 30/08/2008 at 09:53:52

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Agree with you wholeheartedly Blue brother!!...Hope they put thier money down to sign 2 top quality players....although a little late. Wyness leaving did it help??...Was he the obstacle to the signings??...might seem that way.The board would probably like us to think it...??But...we may never know...So IMWT
Damian Wilde
52   Posted 30/08/2008 at 11:01:41

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Andy Crooks,

Fair enough about the Champions League, that will be very tough, but in your first post you basically say even the Uefa Cup is out of reach. Do you think this is a slight over reaction two games in to the season? I think it will be tough to get into the Uefa Cup too, but let’s not give up before we have started. Letr’s have a go, see how it goes. Let’s get behind the boys. Here’s hoping for a win today.
Andy Crooks
53   Posted 30/08/2008 at 11:34:12

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Fair enough Damian,lets stick it to Portsmouth today.
Thom Coleman
54   Posted 30/08/2008 at 15:42:14

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What utter drivvel this piece is. It?s the sort of thing I would expect somebody who has no knowledge of football prior to sky screening it to say.

You think that morale being at a ridiculous low is all part of a canny plan? Have you not seen the man in his recent interviews? He looks like he is about to top himself!!

And if it is a plan (which as we have just gone 2-0 down at home to Portsmouth and looks like a second home defeat in August) it look a bit of a stinker and somebody needs to be answerable.

Christine, I have played football. I can assure you that the sale of 2 likeable players such as Carsley and Johnson, as well as the non arrival of any replacements, will have done its damage already.

And please stop clinging to the players we have signed as being the answer, at least until we have seen them play.

It?s bad management at both board and on hands level.

Well done to the people running Everton Football Club. You are getting everything you deserve.
Andy Crooks
55   Posted 30/08/2008 at 17:52:24

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Thom,thank God someone else has responded appropriately to Christine’s post.You will see that I have had quite a bit of negative comment when I dared to be realistic.I wasn’t at the game today so I will make no comment other than to say that the team fielded today will struggle to beat any other club in the premiership.
The new signings are too little too late.I believe that Bill Kenwright is not fit to be the custodian of our club.Anyone still fancy us for a eufa cup place?


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