As an Evertonian, I like to think I appreciate good football, good skill and a passion to win. Today, we are served a fare that is often devoid of the all of them and that?s simply not good enough. Perhaps we are arrogant in believing we have a god-given right to have the best players available playing for us, but we have fallen so far down the pecking order that few names seriously consider us. We are the poor relations of the Premier League to many prospective players. Moving to Kirkby won?t solve that. What will is finding players with inspiration, self-confidence, passion and a desire to play football. We may have them but in short supply and let's face it, we hardly ever see it. Too often do we fall back on hoofball, an indictment on the manager, tactics and the lack of confidence the players have in themselves and in the tactics.
For too long, this club has bounced on the bottom, rebounded for a couple of seasons and fallen back. We are better than that and we deserve better than that. What we need is a manager who can inspire, players with confidence playing to their best ability. But most of all as fans we need to be inspired with the brand of football we are trying to play; we want to see the passion and excitement of young players coming through, of yes, even those who both infuriate us at times, but also excite us with skills (Duncan MacKenzie springs to mind.)
The recent anger over Moyes's contract on this site is I believe, more to do with the ?way? Moyes sets out his stall. Despite all of us knowing that he has given stability and raised the game overall in the past few years, we are mostly of the opinion that going forward we have to improve, we have to be inspired, we have to believe and have something to look forward to. Sadly, we seem to have lost the impetus and the inspiration. It's not even the end of October and we are talking about salvaging a season already. That?s quite shameful after last season, but in my stomach I can?t help agreeing with those who think we are in for a hard year. I wish I could have the optimism of Richard Dodd but I don?t. Why? Because I look for the inspiration in the team and I can?t see it anywhere, too many players out of form, hiding on the pitch. No one stepping up and taking responsibility.
I don?t look forward to each game as I used to because we don?t play good football often enough to make it encouraging about the future. It?s like the bad old days when there was silence on the terraces or you dreaded turning on the game and watching in some morbid fascination because the result was inevitable.
What we need is Moyes to accept that improvement requires better tactics, better use of the players and the need for him to change. Football is about winning, but as an Evertonian it?s still important to me that we play in a way that gives us hope for this season ? never mind the future.
Change it, Moyes. Inspire us... Inspire the team... Go on... I dare you.
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1 Posted 18/10/2008 at 06:47:39
Moyes has signed on the dotted, so there's very little point in speculating who will take us to the promised land, If we are to get there sometime soon, he has to be the one to take us. He is a very proud man and having only ever experienced hero worship, he will have been stung by the way Evertonians everywhere are suddenly voicing their disatisfaction of the way we play.
Make no mistake, Moyes has got the message. He knows the hoofball has to stop, he knows he has to start playing a more expansive game. Many people believe he is incapable of producing an exciting team... We are about to find out
My lift's here, I?m off to the game and guess what?
I really can't wait!
2 Posted 18/10/2008 at 07:33:33
I take issue with two things while agreeing with the main thrust. Why are we "better than that" and why do "we deserve better"? Aren?t these remarks indicative of the delusion that surrounds the fans? We play hoofball quite a lot because the players, by and large, are of modest ability in EPL terms. Whilst I loath it, as a professional, Moyes will be acutely aware of the limitations of his players and use his tactics accordingly. In public, of course, he "bigs them up" for PR reasons ? but the hard truth of it is, they?re an OK team which occasionally gets good results, occasionally plays decent stuff, usually gets whacked by the big 4 and can?t be expected to do a lot more. Passion is lacking and that is a crime and the players and Moyes should reflect very seriously on that.
3 Posted 18/10/2008 at 07:31:27
Look at his purchases of £30 mil over the last 2 seasons: Felllaini, Baines, Yak all very different type players and this is where you have to decide how you want to play and go purchase that type of player. Take the Arse, for example: all young quick talented players brought in and structured in their exciting way of football.
So the moral of the story is Moyes has no clue as to how he wants to play and have to agree with TM: time for change.
4 Posted 18/10/2008 at 09:12:46
Why after 6½ yrs, do we still continue to play the same dire football, under Moyes? Surely that?s long enough to get a team to gel, and play the game as it should be? Keeping the ball, and passing it round, has nothing to do with money, etc, it?s what you are supposed to coach on the training ground.
If you were to give this team to Wenger, Ferguson, even the fat spanish waiter, I would put my house and life savings on it, that within 6 months, they would have us playing football, so why can?t Moyes do it? Maybe Mike, it?s not the ability of the players that holds us back, maybe it is because Moyes is just so negative?
5 Posted 18/10/2008 at 08:58:06
Now if he had signed these players to fit into a vision of how he wanted his team to play, he would have known about their supposed faults and avoided them. In the case of the Yak, he was able ? for last season at least ? to persuade the player to ?put himself about? a bit more, but he can hardly make Baines bigger or turn Fellaini into Lyndford Christie!
He has also failed to mold ?big money? signings like Beattie, Krøldrup and Johnson into effective contributors to his preferred style of play and been forced to move them on. That, of course, is why he feels so comfortable with automatons like Neville, Jagielka and Hibbert who are just happy to clear their lines and have absolutely no vision.
The stark truth is that Moyes?s vision is exactly that of his ?shot-stopping? goalkeeper Howard, who can only stop twitching when the ball is down the other end of the field. Down there, somebody could always nick one!
6 Posted 18/10/2008 at 09:01:07
7 Posted 18/10/2008 at 10:31:09
If the quality of football has not always been to your liking, it is purely because of the need to substitute style for efficiency and in case it has escaped you it?s points that earn money and not EVER ?classy? football.
Needs must, lass, needs must!
8 Posted 18/10/2008 at 10:46:04
9 Posted 18/10/2008 at 12:35:46
10 Posted 18/10/2008 at 13:37:32
I have mentioned in previous posts that some of the players we have today are of the same class (rubbish) as players we had in the late seventies, early eighties but today they are alot fitter. Take your pick at the players I am talking about and I am sure between us all we could make a full team. We are all a bit foolish really by supporting this dross with the money they recieve and we sometime need to question our own mentality and morality by putting up with it.
The blame lies at DM's feet with Everton but at the feet of caoching standards in general for not allowing youngsters to show their individual flair.
11 Posted 18/10/2008 at 17:00:53
A better performance for half a game, Fellini was good, Areteta wasn't. The team seems better balanced with no Neville.
Man U any one?
12 Posted 18/10/2008 at 17:23:27
"it?s points that earn money and not EVER ?classy? football."
Erm...have you watched Utd or Arsenal play in the last few years??
13 Posted 18/10/2008 at 19:53:17
The problem we now have is that the Prem league is so boring and predictable.
Take today for example.
Chelsea win 5-0 away at Boro without the following players
Cech, A Cole, J Cole, Carvalho, Deco, Essien, Drogba, Ballack.
Thats? 8 players, all of whom would walk into our side.
Man Utd won 4-0 without Brown, Scholes, Hargreaves, Tevez, Anderson, Carrick, and had Gary Neville and Nani come off the bench. Most of those would walk into our side.
The RS won 3-2 without Torres.
Arsenal were supposedly suffering from injuries, had no Gallas, and rested Walcott and still beat us 3-1.
There is a huge gap between the top 4 and the rest. We could finish anywhere between 5th and 17th as evidenced by our yo-yo last few years. Until the league come up with a way of evening things out, then this situation will only get worse.
Next week Man Utd at home. I would love us to win and kick start our season, but if I am being honest (not to be confused with negative), I fear defeat.
14 Posted 19/10/2008 at 00:14:00
When I started to support Everton we had just won the league in 1963, which ushered in the great Catterick era. Although we stumbled through the mid sixties, league wise, the decade culminated in what I believe was the greatest ever Everton side that won the league in 69/70. A team universally hailed as the team destined to dominate the next decade. What the hell happened?
One could argue Gordon Lee had the makings of a great team, but he was limited. We missed another opportunity to build a lasting dynasty.
We did it again in the mid 80’s with Kendall’s team, only to fail miserably, albeit with the help of LFC fans at Heysyl.
Fast forward to the Moyes era. The 90?s was a sad era, notwithstanding the FA Cup win in 1995. He builds a team that looks like it can push on, only to see it painfully evaporate in a summer of utter ineptitude.
Frankly, with the set up we have at the moment we should not expect anything more than mid table mediocrity. Although a relegation dogfight is beckoning if we don?t get our butts into gear!
The common denominator in all of this is the leadership, or lack of it. Like all great businesses, and make no mistake that is what football is today, we have lacked a great leader and visionary at the helm. We haven?t had one since Moores. Kenwright is a fan, not a leader, and this is where we have consistently failed.
I am absolutely convinced that our great club will ultimately find that leader. Don?t be too harsh on Bill. He knows it?s not him. I believe he will move over once that person materializes.
In the meantime keep all these posts coming, the positive and the negative. It?s great reading and in a weird way reassuring to know that we have a fanatical but honest bunch of fans who exercise their right to say what they feel.
15 Posted 19/10/2008 at 02:59:34
I?ve said it before but it still rings true. I live and Australia and can?t stand Aussie Rules but they have a system here which means any team can win their Premiership. The recent winners, Hawthorn were at the bottom a couple of seasons ago. It actually means their supporters can have a bit of hope at the start of the season.
If we have an OUTSTANDING season, it means we finish 5th. Think about it for a moment ? how sad is that? We have just become conditioned to it. That HAS to get to players and management of teams like ours and was obvious as I watched a bit of Middlesborough last night as they stood and watched Chelsea play.
I feel venting our spleen on Everton players and management is a bit like my wife slapping me round if I walk off the tennis court having lost to Nadal. The playing field is not so much not level at the moment as upside down.
I know there are huge holes in what I have said here but what I am really trying to convey is that I?m very close to losing all interest. I was born, not created, so what the heck is going on when my first question upon waking this morning was, not how did the boys get on but did Andy Murray beat Federer?
I think I have a bit of an answer ? Murray actually stood a chance of winning.
16 Posted 19/10/2008 at 07:44:52
I can count on the fingers of one hand how many times we have played teams off the park by using ability and not just workrate and spoiling tactics. I cannot believe that any player enjoys playing the way we do. Tactically we have disintegrated and almost all our players have lost confidence and form. Arteta is a shadow of the player he was last season: Howard is fragile, Lescott is uncertain, Osman is weak and lacks stamina, Fellaini is too slow for the pace of the Premier League.
This is not just a minor criticism ? it is a FACT! Teams around us have all improved and really strengthened their squads whilst we have not. Only Stoke play football as dire as us and the basic skills of any pro footballer ? eg, passing ability and ball control ? is alarmingly absent in our team. When I watch any other team in the Premier League, their players control and pass better than we do.
How can the likes of Yakubu enjoy playing as a lone striker? It is not his natural game. He is a goal poacher primarily and needs support ? not hoofs to the corner flags to be chased down... 'm afraid that we are serving up the worst football and I cannot see it ending without a dramatic change in tactics and personnel.
17 Posted 19/10/2008 at 14:58:18
18 Posted 19/10/2008 at 16:56:18