Don't get me wrong: I am a huge fan of David Moyes and we owe him a debt for being the man who finally rescued Everton from their seemingly perpetual fight with relegation, which lasted from the nighties until the early noughties. However, despite the fantastic qualities he has brought to the Everton side, recently his flaws have became more and more apparent.
His flaws? His backbone... or lack of thereof.
Despite constant pleas from the loyal Evertonians who pay with their hard earned cash to follow and support the team both home and away, Mr Moyes categorically refuses to drop the weaker players and play more positively. Players such as Leon Osman, Sylvain Distin (my opinion) and Tony Hibbert who consistently retain their jersey's without justification. For too long now, players such as these three have simply been handed a starting shirt no matter how bad their performances in games previous (Leon Osman in particular).
Newcastle United are a small club with ambitions that outstretch their abilities. Yes, their team features some solid, experienced players but these players have been playing against Championship opposition for a year where they were, by rights, superior. Never in million years should they have been able to come to the ground of a side supposedly pushing for the Top Four and completely boss the game. Yet this was what happened, and it was all down to Moyes's carelessness and lack of initiative.
Instead of choosing to do what nearly every fan would have done, which was play Seamus Coleman on the right-wing, Marouane Fellaini in defensive midfield and Jermaine Beckford up front to partner the improving Yakubu, he instead chose a negative and, fair to say, idiotic team featuring Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert down the right with playing Fellaini and Johnny Heitinga out of their best positions. Jermaine Beckford was again left isolated and chasing shadows due to having no one partner for him and ended up taking an unfair amount of flak from fans and the press. This team was out-fought and and out-thought easily by Newcastle who went on the take all three points, leaving Evertonains everywhere scratching their heads and venting their frustration at yet again seeing weak players being given a free pass into our starting XI.
Then came Brentford in the League Cup, a game we all saw as a perfect oppurtunity for Everton to re-group and finally get a much needed win to boost confidence. However, the mistakes made against Newcastle were not learned from and once again David Moyes selected a team which we all knew just wouldn't get the job done easily. In a game which went all the way to a penalty shot-out, there was Everton guts or killer instinct. Of course we had chances to win the game but we didn't have the arsenal (no pun intended) we needed on the pitch to truly put what should have been a cake walk of a game to bed.
Leon Osman yet again left everybody wondering what on Earth he does on the training ground to be awarded a starting position every week. Phil Neville was placed in defensive midfield despite not shining in that role since two seasons ago. Marouane Fellaini was again placed behind the striker despite proving last season he is better in his natural position of defensive midfield. Yakubu, who to be fair to him, played well, was pushed up front all alone and had little support.
The game unbeliveably went into extra time, something which should have made David Moyes come to his senses and realise Everton needed to finish this game once and for all and place Jermaine Beckford up alongside Yakubu. Did he do this? No. He did exactly what didn't work against Newcastle yet again and substituted a striker for a striker. Jermaine Beckford played up front alone again, you know the rest.
We inevitably lost on penalties, something you just can't help because a shoot-out, as we all know, can go either way. What could have been helped was the terrible team selection. What could have been helped were the idiotic decisions made for the substitutions. What could have been helped was the way the players were positioned. What could have been helped was the carelessness which put us in that position in the first place
So, now let's look at the whole picture: Everton have only 2 points from their opening 5 league games; Everton are now already out of a cup competition fans desperately wanted to win. Everton are now looking like they're so low on confidence they couldn't beat a Sunday League team, which essentially what Brentford are.
So now we're on the brink: on the brink of seeing our Top Four ambitions vanishing so early into the season. On the brink of once again being forced to play catch-up with the other top-half teams during the second half of the season. On the brink of becoming the Premier League whipping boys probably up until Christmas...
And yes, David Moyes, unless you start using your common sense and stop choosing your favourites, then you'll lose the faith of Evertonians everywhere, because, right now... you are on the brink.
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1 Posted 22/09/2010 at 04:38:07
This is one humiliation too far. Pack your bags and sod off.
2 Posted 22/09/2010 at 04:39:16
I personally feel his mind-boggling tactic of 4-5-1 "let's not lose first" is becoming increasingly predictable and non-productive. He seems to not have a clue what his best team is even though he's been here for 8½ years.
I'm unsure if he can't seem to recognise key positions that need filling or... well I don't know. It reminds me of the Howard Kendall situation in the 80s except I don't see an FA Cup win and league title ahead.
Seriously, Moyes, you've turned us from a joke to a respectable team back to a joke again. Time to go.
3 Posted 22/09/2010 at 07:23:24
.. And people call us deluded! Pushing top 4? - Thats Hillarious.
I really do hope you sack moyles. It'll be the biggest mistake you'll make and those flirtations with relegation will soon become reality. Then you and your antiquated ground can be in the division that matches your stature.
4 Posted 22/09/2010 at 07:31:39
There's a couple of things in your article I must take issue with though mate,ambitions that outstrech our ability...our only ambition is to survive which I think we will.Man Utd apart we have been the better team in every game this season(yes even Blackpool) only Chelsea and Arsenal have had more shots on target than us.So is survival beyond our ability,I don't think so.Don't believe everything you read in the press about us being deluded,most of us are realistic and always have been.We have a few idiots like everyone.
Small club(bit of bitterness from you there I think mate)..unsuccessful club since '69 yes but trophys alone don't make a big club otherwise Pompey are bigger than Arsenal having won one more recently.
There are and were before the season started probably 6 safe clubs,any of the rest could feasibly be involved in a relegation battle,I'm afraid that includes you.
Having said that I'm sure you'll be ok so good luck for the rest of the season......just one more thing reading some of the posts on your site over the last few days I think you have far more many deluded fans than us.Again good luck and I'll be back there next year as a prem fan.
5 Posted 22/09/2010 at 08:05:11
I don't know that Moyes has it in him to change, adapt or even learn any longer. I worry that if he loses the dressing room we really are genuine relegation candidates. Whilst I am letting go of a little of this frsustration let me comment on the BK/Moyes link. Now I don't find it easy to warm to BK and I personally believe that we are a long way from knowing the reality behind his relationshiops and the proposed move out of Goodison - that said I think he has done by and large a decent job as chairman and we are (were?) in a lot better shape now than under his predecessor. I don't expect a chairman to be obliged to bankroll a club in the way that some fans seem to but lets get something in perspective here. Moyes splashed out £15m on Fellaini - he's had some decent moments but is there any one of us that would argue he was worth £15m? How much would we get for him in the present market? In addition he has spent something in the region of £24million from the sale of Lescott. What do we have on the pitch to show for £39million of Moyes spending? Lets not blame BK for that.
Lets back off the insults to other clubs supporters. Writing stuff such as accusing Newcastle as being a small club with ideas bove themselves is deserving of the response of being bitter and deluded. They aren't our problem and good luck to them - We would be a lot happier if Everton made the attempt to play flowing attacking football in the way they do.
6 Posted 22/09/2010 at 08:22:57
We are playing shite and our manager has gone AWOL.
But some advice; slagging off other clubs when your club is at a low ebb will only make things worse. I mean these toon fans can obviously sense a "slagging off" and aided with the internet they will respond, with gusto.
Stick to the issues of EFC, which are fucking numerous, and vent your anger at our players and manager. Newcastle came to GP, played well and took the points. End of. Labelling them a small club makes you sound bitter.
7 Posted 22/09/2010 at 08:58:59
8 Posted 22/09/2010 at 08:57:21
I guess Moyes could be defended before as he had had no access to significant transfer funds. He appears to have squandered vast fortunes on average players and he has failed to purchase a decent striker.
9 Posted 22/09/2010 at 09:18:47
We are the biggest fish in only our own pond and its time we stopped acting like koppites!
I wrote in a response to another mail that Toon fans probably wouldnt swap their midfield for ours and they quite understandably think as highly of their team as we do of ours (or did, actually, in my case - right now I fuckin envy them!)
Travelling to Fulham and belittling their "shitty" ground and singing who the fuckinell are yous at Wolves and Villa has always smacked of embarassing small mindedness to me and Mike Gwyer is right, we should focus on our own shortcomings rather than be sore losers when beaten by a better team and manager (on the day).
For me the manager is now the problem and he needs to grow some and make changes to his favoured personell and line up. We have very good players (not top four, but very good) sitting on the bench or playing out of position to accommodate favourites and its costing us big time!
Its time for a change.
10 Posted 22/09/2010 at 09:18:28
De Kuip - by all means sack Moyles
( He's that fat boring twat on the radio ), but we talk football on this site, Just proves you lot don't what you're on about !
As to Moyes, I've always felt he'd end up at Newcastle, so to paraphrase your
Talisman/shaman/local raving nutter ..."IF THAT HAPPENS, I'D LOVE IT, JUST LOVE IT"
11 Posted 22/09/2010 at 09:40:40
12 Posted 22/09/2010 at 09:40:50
What I don't get is the defence that Moyes has managed Everton on a shoestring. He's 8th in the spending league. This season he's been beaten by Blackburn, Newcastle and Brentford. He's only managed a draw at home with Wolves. He has out spent all of those clubs.
Okay Moyes has not had a lot to spend but he did raise funds by selling the family silver (Rooney). No other manager at Everton has been able to raise that money from a youth product. The fact is Moyes has spent badly. I don't think he has bought bad players but he has bought the wrong players. Did we need Bily and Heitinga? Could that £14 million have been better spent? Why didn't Moyes admit his mistake and look to sell Bily this summer? I would love to have that Ben Arfa in our side, he'd be perfect for us.
Moyes' 'best ever squad' has no balance and no direction and is just a mish mash of the wrong sorts of players. Moyes should now fall on his sword.
13 Posted 22/09/2010 at 09:45:47
14 Posted 22/09/2010 at 09:37:52
Thank goodness your not the manager Paul-how on earth do you think Yak could play 120 mins of football when he can hardly play 90-wise up !
15 Posted 22/09/2010 at 10:05:47
16 Posted 22/09/2010 at 10:05:47
17 Posted 22/09/2010 at 10:10:03
18 Posted 22/09/2010 at 10:48:40
We are currently playing in form and getting some great performances out of a few people who will no doubt disappear later in the season. I imagine you will finish top half and qualify for that European cup with a bit of luck. You are certainly not the only top team struggling for form right now.
Console yourself in the fact that Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea and Man City will at some point implode. I really hope that the new FIFA rules put an end to them. One day it might be Arsenal, Everton and Fulham vying for the titles.
19 Posted 22/09/2010 at 10:55:20
Well who knows, if you sack Moyes perhaps our former 'messiah' will come and show your lot how to attack.
He may just save you from relgation.
Now let us pray;
Our King Kev who art on ESPN,hallowed be thy name.Thy SJP come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily Shearer, and forgive us our trespasses...etc.
20 Posted 22/09/2010 at 11:00:15
Before DM arrived this start to the season was the norm so you could say he has turned the club around and the reason you're so angry is that HE has raised your and the clubs expectations.
Some of you conviently forget the blatantly obvious - its all about MONEY these days, this isn't the sixties anymore with a level playing field. Everton can't afford to dine at the top table just like you can't afford a mansion in suburbia or you would be living in one. Unless the finances change a la Citeh, we are only also-rans and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.
21 Posted 22/09/2010 at 12:46:06
Fellaini is NOT an attacking midfielder and Heitinga is NOT a midfielder full stop.
Anyway I will wait until Fulham at the weekend, where other than once I think we've lost there everytime for the last decade.
22 Posted 22/09/2010 at 13:24:26
But it appears so simple to me:
Get Coleman in at right back, or in the 'troublesome' right wing spot.
Play the Dutch World Cup finalist centre half... at centre half!
Play the defensive midfielder Fellaini, in defensive midfield.
Give whoever plays up front a fellow striker to play alongside.
Stop finding a place for Osman - and wake up to the fact that it's on the bench!
I simply canot understand why he persitsts with a system that is clearly malfunctioning.
We have the players. Play them in the correct positions and drop your teacher's pets.
If you do, we're all right behind you and only the players can be blamed if it doesn't work.
23 Posted 22/09/2010 at 13:55:51
One way or another, David Moyes and his team need to sort out this mess they find themselves in over the next 5 games.
If they don't take 10 points from the next 15 available then the season that promised so much will be effectively over before Christmas.
Should it come to that then the simple fact will be that the manager and the players do not deserve the money that we pay them.
It doesn't matter who they're against in the next games or how they do it, they need to pull things around before they truly alienate the supporters who had so much faith in them before the season began.
No more talk, just fucking do it.
24 Posted 22/09/2010 at 14:07:35
Spot on. Could not have
put it better myself.
The media knives are being sharpened for Moyes. He needs to get back to basics and take 3 points on Saturday against a team hardly playing that well themselves.
25 Posted 22/09/2010 at 14:36:35
The point I was making is todays players are mercenarys and go where the most money is so the richer clubs will always get the better players.
Even if DM had money would you trust him to spend it wisely?
Then again everyone bangs on about Martin O'Neill being a great manager and even though he had more money to spend than DM they consistently finished below us for a few seasons.
I think DM has taken the club as far as it can go at present and I'm not sure anyone else could take it further due to the lack of funds.
26 Posted 22/09/2010 at 14:59:30
To me he has lost the respect of the players,watch thier body language. He is at last being found out, his tactics have always been wierd but the team spirit band of brothers attitude of the players has always pulled us through.
His rteam selections in the past have been made for him usually caused by injuries or suspensions to our small squad. NOW he has to stop dithering over who to pick ? PICK THE BEST PLAYERS IN THEIR PROPER POSITIONS. We all think we know whta that team would be.
PREDICTION: IF HE DOESN'T GET IT RIGHT AND WE LOSE THE NEXT 3 GAMES HE SHOULD WALK. Phil Neville would be my choice to take over in the short term as long as he doesn't pick himself.
27 Posted 22/09/2010 at 15:00:28
As the head of 3 generations of season ticket holders, and myself a fan since 57, it is time for me to pack it in, as I can take no more shit football, very poor management, and a chairman who will take us down even further.
So Kenwright, Moyes and Round, join me in my retirement, and fuck off now please, for my kids' sake!!!
28 Posted 22/09/2010 at 15:01:24
Fast-forward to September 2010. I am now 41 and we haven?t won anything since that happy drunken day back in 1995. We?ve seen possibly the most negative football the Premier League has ever seen played by two negative dour managers. Over 8 years with Moyes at the helm. Some say he hasn?t had any money, well Yakubu was £11.5 million, The Fro ?15 million, Bily £9.5 million and a 31-year-old CB was £5 million. What are they worth now?
One cup final since 1995, failure in Europe every time we face a team we?ve heard of. And some good thrashings too, Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Arsenal (more than once), Bolton, Blackburn (yes Bolton & Blackburn), losing to Shrewsbury (the year they were relegated to non league), Oldham and now Brentford. I have lived from my mid-twenties to early 40s without seeing us win anything (not even the League Cup). I don?t expect us to win every game, I just want to be entertained a little, Ian Holloway, Roberto Di Matteo and Owen Coyle can play attack-attack (on their budgets) why can?t we? All we get is defend-defend.
I am sick to death of it now, David ? you ain?t going to change your ways, please do the honourable thing and give someone else a chance. Managers don?t get over 8 years these days without anything to show for it, why should you be any different?
On another thread someone put down Newcastle, why? Look at ourselves first as I?d rather be in Newcastle?s position than ours.
29 Posted 22/09/2010 at 15:01:58
30 Posted 22/09/2010 at 16:02:52
I have defended the Blues in numerous arguments over the years, we have soul,we are a proper football club, passionate and loyal unlike many others. I have now lost the will to carry on and will be going into hibernation until spring next year when the sun may shine and things will be rosy again (doubt it). Until that time "WHATS THE POINT?", Brentford give me strengh. !!!
31 Posted 22/09/2010 at 16:07:32
We certainly need someone to show us how to attack as Moyes & Round are as boring as they come.
32 Posted 22/09/2010 at 17:13:12
This has been a truly awful start to the season and, whatever happens from
here, we will always be recovering from this dreadful start. This is
becoming something of a habit, recovering, fighting against the odds.
I am no longer happy with this... but, hey ? this appears to be what makes Moyes shine, and what appears to show why he will never be a ´winner´. Fact is, Moyes ain't going anywhere. We can´t afford to sack him, even if Blue Bill wanted to (which he doesn´t) and, unless things get really messy, he ain't going to resign as it would do his reputation (not to mention his bank balance) no good.
For Moyes, it would be better to have a spirited fightback up the table; for that he will get praised. Moyes will be seen as the man who lifted the players after a poor start and even got the team in contention for Europe ? he won't be seen as the man who was unprepared to manage a team that is expected to control and win a game.
What I don't get ? beyond all the talk of training, lack of wide players/forwards, 4-5-1 etc ? is the obvious flaws in the teams he is putting out... Consider these basic errors:
No. 1: tthe main one: Fellaini. Moyes stated last season he believed him to be one of the best midfielders in the country. His form last season backed this up. Yet, for some reason, one I really do not understand, he plays him off the striker. He plays one of the best defensive midfielders (when the team is shipping goals) in the league in an attacking midfield position, because he's tall. This is ridiculous, and shows Moyes's intention is to play percentage football, even if it is proving not to work. Stick Fellaini in his position, Everton will play better... FACT!
No 2: Osman on the wing. I like Ossie, but he is not a winger. He is a midfielder in the same mould as Arteta, but not as good. He is a central midfielder, not a winger. He doesn't have pace, not a great dribbler and is quite weak at crossing. This may be due to a lack of options, but at least Coleman has pace or Gueye has pace, or Beckford. They may not be ideal, but Osman is proven failure on the wing, why persist?
No 3: Heitinga in midfield. If Fellaini is injured, ok I understand... but, if not, why play him there? His passing is sub-standard for a midfield player and thus the team is worse off for it. Stick him in central defence, it seems so obvious, why is Moyes persisting with Distin? If it's for balance, then drop Heitinga all together. Something doesn't make sense.
No. 4. Playing Bily on the wing. He's not a winger, like Osman isn't a winger. The fact we have a defensive midfielder in Bily's position (when Cahill is not fit) then Moyes ponders "Why ain't we scoring?" It really makes no sense.
These are fundamental flaws in Moyes's team selection, ones that anyone can see a mile off, yet the man who is paid £65k a week cannot see it... or does and refuses to budge; this is seriously damaging our team.
33 Posted 22/09/2010 at 17:28:20
The potential soultions to our 'problems' are so blindingly obvious - and all the players required are fit.
Why can virtually every Evertonian see this - and not David Moyes?
This is worse than Capello's England: shoehorning in players who are woefully out of position (and sometimes playing in each other's preferred places), to accommodate favourites and undroppables.
Your reputation's on the line here Moysie. For goodness' sake pick 11 square pegs in square holes this weekend. And with all due respect to Leon, stop making Osman and Distin the first names on your teamsheet.
If you don't, and we lose again, you are seriously in danger of undoing all you've patiently built over the last eight years and finding yourself with (many) more critics than supporters.
Once you reach that tipping point, despite all the fightbacks to form you've engineered in recent years, I don't think you'll ever recover.
This wasn't supposed to happen this season.
The fact that it is, and you apear to be determinedly oblivious to the state we're in, is very worrying.
Nothing less than a trophy and/or a Europa League place will do this season, of all seasons
Starting on Saturday, if you can't do it with the players you've got, then I doubt you'll ever do it at all.
34 Posted 22/09/2010 at 18:35:53
35 Posted 22/09/2010 at 19:19:53
We've heard different players talk of improvement and kicking on after every single disappointment this season.
Their talk holds no weight at this point, what I'm interested in is when they'll start doing their talking on the pitch.
36 Posted 22/09/2010 at 19:58:27
Still, at least they talk more sense than Richard Dodd (who i always imagine talking in the voice of gay George from 'Rainbow' for some reason) who suceeds in sounding more deluded by the day.
37 Posted 22/09/2010 at 20:41:16
On another note however, with regard to our illustrious leader - it might be that he's not the Moyesiah just a very naughty boy.
38 Posted 22/09/2010 at 21:24:03
Who would be deemed a better option that Everton could get in or prize away from another club?? Would Owen Coyle leave Bolton so soon after taking charge? Is Zola good enough? Is O'Neill what we want or need? Is Eriksson affordable or again what we want and need? Martin Jol?!
I'm not sure getting rid of Moyes would be wise, so who do Evertonians who do think should be brought in if Moyes did walk, because we all know he'll never be sacked!!
39 Posted 22/09/2010 at 21:14:05
I wonder if the techno's at Toffeeweb Towers could put up a "George" graphic every time he posts, at least then we'd have something to chear us all up.
40 Posted 22/09/2010 at 21:14:05
I wonder if the techno's at Toffeeweb Towers could put up a "George" graphic every time he posts, at least then we'd have something to chear us all up.
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