There is no doubt, he has had many high points whilst in charge, but his tenure has been marred by inconsistency. He got his tactics badly wrong in the FA Cup Final against Chelsea, and this, coupled with loss of our most influential players, robbed him and the faithful of his first trophy as a manager.
On the flipside, his record of turning lower-league players into Internationals is astonishing. Lescott, Jagielka, Baines and Cahill, alongside youngsters such as Rodwell all point to a manager with supreme talent. We have also witnessed players low on confidence, at clubs who don't rate them, turned into stars worth millions more than we paid for them. Arteta, Pienaar, Howard, Saha, and even Marcus Bent! To balance this point, we have also seen some awful purchases along the way: Linderoth, Shandy Andy, Simon Davies, and James "Titanic" Beattie.
For the first time in many a season, we kick off with minimal injuries and perhaps the best side since we last won the Title. Davey has even gone on record stating that this is the year Everton should win a trophy, and the players believe this as well. After the wins over Man U & Chelsea last season, and playing Arsenal off the park at the Emirates, the fans are sensing something special this season.
Spurs have broken the Sky four myth that was being hyped every year, and spending is being reined in by the big boys. If you are not on the Champions League gravy train, you will feel the pinch... Our lovable neighbours are in it up their necks, thanks Tom & George.
We all realise we are held back in our development through lack of funds, and no new ground. My concern is that Davey will call it a day, when he realises it is impossible to take us any further. This would be a crying shame, because we deserve more. If one of the Manchester clubs come calling, will he realise his dreams with endless cash to build a team. More to the point, would you blame him?
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1 Posted 30/07/2010 at 14:14:41
2 Posted 30/07/2010 at 14:33:12
3 Posted 30/07/2010 at 14:52:15
4 Posted 30/07/2010 at 14:59:30
But it IS possible to take us further.
5 Posted 30/07/2010 at 15:11:01
Professionals with ambition, vision and intellect at executive level would help move us on; God knows how/why Moyes copes with what he's saddled with...
6 Posted 30/07/2010 at 15:16:12
This season is seen as make or break, we could finish 2nd and lose two cup finals, no trophy but hands up for taking that now. If that is our next step then great, bring it on.
7 Posted 30/07/2010 at 16:58:14
8 Posted 30/07/2010 at 17:34:21
9 Posted 30/07/2010 at 18:08:07
10 Posted 30/07/2010 at 17:33:07
11 Posted 30/07/2010 at 18:28:38
This is a big season for Moyes and for the Club as I believe if we don't win something or qualify for the CL we will be losing a lot of our established talent to other clubs.
I think if we can Land(on) Donovan then this could really give us the impetus to push on, especially as we're not the only ones after him.
Good piece Kevin and some very good points.
12 Posted 30/07/2010 at 19:20:31
13 Posted 30/07/2010 at 19:39:02
"We are the ones we have been waiting for."
Sounds good to me. COYB.
14 Posted 30/07/2010 at 20:41:16
Being one of the highest paid managers in the prem and where the chairman seems in awe of you why go to another club, very silly idea.
15 Posted 30/07/2010 at 22:20:48
Try the majority of Evertonians and most of the knowledgable people in football.
16 Posted 30/07/2010 at 23:02:25
Put another way, all he has to fear is fear itself.
The teams performance is a reflection of his over careful approach when playing against sides we are expected to beat. Then there is our nothing to lose gung ho attitude when faced with top class opposition.
I would also like him to be more pro-active with timely and needed substitutions, Too often he seems to be the last to realise when a player is having a stinker.
That fault could be caused by an arrogant belief that his first choice was the best or blind faith that player X will come good or his potential replacement is not good enough.
It is good that last fault will not be the case in the coming season
17 Posted 31/07/2010 at 00:39:27
Would wining the Carling Cup with a top six finish be enough, or are you expecting our team to do a lot better?
I for one expect us to finish in the top 4 and have good cup runs, even make it to a Wembley final. Winning silverware would icing on the cake. So what do you expect?
18 Posted 31/07/2010 at 09:53:23
May I ask who this someone else might realistically be? Moyes is a great manager and by all accounts a top bloke. Yes he is stubborn, but I think it will be his stubbornness that will keep him at Goodison ? he will want to stay and finish the job he has started by winning something and getting the recognition he deserves in the history books. Why would he walk away and let someone else take the glory of leading Everton to their first trophy in years with HIS team? NSNO
19 Posted 31/07/2010 at 11:25:58
Last season we turned most of the top sides over at some point and hopefully that has given Moyes and the players the belief we can do it regularly.
If this happens who knows where we will finish, a bit of luck with injuries and we could be looking at champions league football or a cup. I'd love to see Barcelona playing at Goodison. I think this would be enough for David Moyes to start asking himself if he could win the title with us?
Personally I don't think either of the Manchester jobs appeal to Moyes. He has already stated that buying trophies doesn't appeal to him, and taking over someone else's dynasty isn't much of a challenge either. Moyes like Pienaar and one or two other players is good for Everton, but also we are good for them.
20 Posted 31/07/2010 at 12:32:52
21 Posted 31/07/2010 at 13:34:33
Bu we're reaching a vital stage. The team and squad is in place, our football is good, and we have had consistent decent finishes in the league.
Is it now or never? If this season isn't a real success then I could see the team dismantling itself from the top down. For me, I would like to see a sign that we are capable of pushing top spot - at least for part of the season. 5th and cup runs isn't success any more - it's the minimum.
Moyes has learnt throughout his tenure... hopefully he's got more development to come. COYB!
22 Posted 04/08/2010 at 14:56:32
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