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Summer of frustration

By Jamie Newton :  20/08/2009 :  Comments (9) :
Summer is always a massively frustrating time to be an Evertonian. The pre/post season break for most fans is a time to sit back and see what developments there squads are undergoing. A string of transfers to right the wrongs of the previous campaigns, ready to start the season with a renewed enthusiasm of what is to follow.

I remember back in the mid nineties the signings of Andrei Kanchelskis, Gary Speed and all Walter Smiths signings in his first season and feeling excited about what was to follow albeit a lot of the time to no avail.

Being and Evertonian these days though does not provide this feeling of elation. Every pre season has a painfully frustrating feeling of déjà vu surrounding it. Failed transfer after failed transfer whilst seeing our rivals building on their squads left right and centre, having to sell players to finance any new signings we might be linked with and worst of all even seeing relegation candidates along with newly promoted teams out making more signings than we are.

However, after starting to get used to this trip through the emotions summer after summer this season a particularly strong sense of apprehension seems to pervade the Everton fan base, further exacerbated by the mauling at the hands of Arsenal on the opening day. Not only have we not signed any first team players but we have had to watch the teams around with more spending power than ever.

Missing out on the signing of Kyle Naughton to Spurs and the saga surrounding Joleon Lescott are prime examples of our complete financial inferiority and that when it comes to running a Premier League club in this day and age Bill Kenwright could not be further out of his depth.

When Kenwright brought the club all those years ago even then he was not seen as a saviour. It was a similar sell to buy approach with the odd free transfer thrown in here and there and nowdays as the game becomes more and more lucrative and with likes of Manchester City and Chelsea single-handedly raising the going rate with ludicrous transfer fees. What chance do Everton have under Kenwright?

On the upside, I guess we do still have a great manager. Not a lot of that’s based on our opening day performance but for all our cussing of Kenwright at least he did employ David Moyes and although I talk about the days when we signed more players, I also recognise the fact that we have been much more successful in terms of league position in recent years.

The last few years in finishing fifth above the big spending power of Villa, Manchester City and Tottenham has always given me a huge sense of pride. I just fear now that that financial gap has widened far to much and Europa League qualification is no longer a realistic target.

Kenwright says that he’ll sell the club to the right bidder. Let’s hope that bidder comes along sooner rather than later. Otherwise I see Everton slipping back to mid table mediocrity and as an ambitious manager is David Moyes really going to be happy with his limited opportunities here?

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Steven Jones
1   Posted 20/08/2009 at 22:54:40

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With Rodders coming of age ... Gosling looking as though he will make adifference (biased as I saw him play every game in the Euro tournee and he was special); Saha getting back to his healthy best, felli a pre-season, Baxter et al looking shapely — I feel the squad is much better placed than last year at this stage. With the pacy winger Bistro, Benega, a right back coming from somewkere in the next week we will be fine... if Joleon stays or goes then that is just in the mix ...

Oh and we get Yak, Jags and Arteta back... I have a wonderfullly warm feeling about this year... and future years!
Kunal Desai
2   Posted 20/08/2009 at 22:58:50

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I don’t buy this ’ Kenwright did employ Moyes’...have we ever wondered who else he possibly could appointed had he bent over backwards at that time.
Who’s to say a Mourinho/Hiddink or someone of that ilk wouldn’t have also been interested and perhaps taken us to greater heights over the last seven years?
Steven Jones
3   Posted 20/08/2009 at 23:08:17

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You cannot blaim someone for not achieving what you can dream up ..
that is even worse than hind sight ...

Bill has his weaknesses and all the spin but he has manufactured a great strategy to get us where we are ... I still remember being down with a few minutes to go ... and we are now a long way from that.
Steven Jones
4   Posted 20/08/2009 at 23:12:26

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By the way Mourinho or Hiddink are not in Moyes class ...
Steve Edwards
5   Posted 21/08/2009 at 09:30:02

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Do really think that Mourinho or Hiddink would come to a club with no money to spend or any other top established manager for that matter? The first question they would have asked would be, "How much money have I got to spend?" I’ll tell you now, that would be Rednaps first question. Very few if any could have achieved the results that Moyes has with our limited resources at their disposal.
Peter McHugh
6   Posted 21/08/2009 at 13:46:46

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Mr. Jones, you are correct Moyes is not in Mourinho’s or Hiddnik’s class. Let’s keep playing Hibbert at right back and Neville in Midfield - what a great idea Moyes.
Andy Crooks
7   Posted 22/08/2009 at 18:35:46

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Steven,I think Kunai made an excellent point.Also, I agree that Mourinho and Hddink are not in Moyes class,Thety are in the class of proven winners.A class that I fear David Motes will never be in.
Alex Garnett
8   Posted 22/08/2009 at 21:02:52

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Good article, Jamie. I too remember the days of Walter Smith's purchases, especially Dacourt, Bakayoko and Materazzi!! Then compare to the signings of Scot Gemmill!

I think it's part and parcel of being an Evertonian to have your heart permanently in your mouth! Blue Bill tries his best but, as you say, he is way out of his depth. I know he would never intentionally harm Everton Football Club but he does need to find a buyer with financial clout sooner rather than later or we will start to fall behind.

Still, if you look how far we have come over the last decade, more importantly since we have been under the rudder of the Ginger One, I cannot help but feel a huge sense of pride. We now need to take the next step up. I am sure we are the envy of many club boards with the management style but how long will that last if we continue to have many more trophy-less years? Oh and clear off, Lescott... and good riddance!! COYB

John Andrews
9   Posted 24/08/2009 at 00:25:13

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Alex, So he would never intentionally harm Everton Football Club. Then why is he hell bent on the Kirkby move? I would imagine it is to line his own pockets?

The sooner we get rid of Billy Bullshit the better.

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