I know we are only a few matches into what I always refer to as "a Marathon, not a sprint" but the realisation is starting to hit home that all those doubts in my mind were true. A lot of fans including myself felt we were lacking a top goalscorer, a quality right mid and, certainly for me, a quality centre back. So, while 'Appy 'Arry and Co were shopping at Harrods and even Woy, with a late burst of spending, Davey boy got all of £1 million to buy a couple of promising kids.
Now we all have our opinions on tactics and team selection and whether Moyes is the right man to take us forward but enough has been said on those subjects already. My point is that, if we'd have had a slightly bigger kitty, then it might have brought Donovan and/ or Bellamy and just think of the difference their skill, enthusiasm and goalscoring ability would have brought to the squad.
Now I don't criticise Kenwright for being potless but I do feel that the club is being totally mismanaged when we have a succession of top 6 finishes and can't even generate the finances to build on those achievements, despite the Rooney and Lescott money. Our net spend as a club since Moyes has been manager is estimated as amongst the lowest in the Premier league.
Do any of us really believe that a better manager than Moyes would settle for inheriting that squad and no money to spend? Liverpool, despite all their debts and claimed lack of support from the American version of the Two Ronnies still go out and buy top quality players. I am starting to worry that Kenwright and his buddies' poor fiscal management will come home to roost this season and the good feeling that many of us had in our hearts pre-season will come to nothing.
I just hope and pray that we can put some form together before January and then take that opportunity to get the players we should have got pre-season without a sell-to-buy policy!! In the meantime, I dont think "Scrooge" should escape the criticism that is flying around right now.
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1 Posted 22/09/2010 at 04:53:27
Now we aren't just poor by Premier League standards, most of the Championship have more dough to spend than us! We are falling behind further every year but, as long as investment is being looked for 24/7, I am sure we will be ok... in fact, I will watch the countdown until then.
2 Posted 22/09/2010 at 06:19:19
3 Posted 22/09/2010 at 08:18:01
Also, I would like to know why we didn't go in for Ben Arfa, who on Saturday was superb - fast, skillful, direct and a great goal to boot. He's 21, a French international and Newcastle got him ON LOAN.
4 Posted 22/09/2010 at 09:36:32
5 Posted 22/09/2010 at 10:56:23
6 Posted 22/09/2010 at 11:29:21
7 Posted 22/09/2010 at 10:53:41
We play with one striker because our coaching panel is comprised soley of ex defenders who have no idea of what a strikers job is. We play a supposedly creative right midfielder who creates next to nothing, he has no presence, can't tackle, head, shoot or sprint. He falls over at the slightest of nudges and hears footsteps. Of our three centre forwards, one seems permanently injured and uses witchcraft for his problem. Another is ridiculously out of his depth and the third is obviously very much overweight.
Who is responsible for fitness at Finch Farm? Against Spurs not that long ago a vociferous crowd demonstration forced Moyes to change tactics. It is time to publicly and loudly let him know that his methods are unnacceptable.
8 Posted 22/09/2010 at 11:41:20
9 Posted 22/09/2010 at 11:05:46
10 Posted 22/09/2010 at 11:54:16
11 Posted 22/09/2010 at 12:10:41
12 Posted 22/09/2010 at 11:48:13
However I do think our manager is now playing a game of politics in media. I suspect the continous reference to the fact that we don't have a scorer and cannot score goals and it not being Moyes' failure or the fault of our players being used out of position. I think his repeatative post match rants is his way of digging at the board for failure to sign either Bellamy and Donovan.
After all wasn't his stand-off with the board at the beginning of last season, over signing his contract, his way of getting commitment from them to plough money into the club...Perhaps this plays a part in what he says.
Also, although it came to nothing, it was very interesting to read / hear that Moyes was RED HOT favourite for the Villa job!! Well where did that come - I cannot actually remember Moyes coming out and saying...'no no no' as soon as the odds were slashed. Granted he did say he had unfinished business here, but that was days after we all got wind of it.
If the board fail to bring in the reinforcements Moyes wants in January this might be his last with us - and I suspect he will walk.
13 Posted 22/09/2010 at 12:32:46
Also, Bellamy was NEVER EVER going to sign for Everton. Take it from me, honestly as a local, he was going to stay at City if he couldnt go to Cardiff.
14 Posted 22/09/2010 at 12:32:01
If we were playing players in their proper positions (Osman should not be in the starting 11 so I count him on the right as not being in his proper position) and we then keep losing, then the no cash argument works.
15 Posted 22/09/2010 at 12:48:30
If the lazy bastard had the same sort of vision as Andrew Lloyd Webber then maybe he would have £10billion in the bank!
16 Posted 22/09/2010 at 13:44:07
The problem is Richard, while we have fans like you, who won't for one sec take of their blue tinted specs, Moyes will always be untouchable.
17 Posted 22/09/2010 at 13:44:49
you do come out and make a fool of yourself at times.
Of course I am a malcontent and right now any Evertonian who is content with "the best squad we've ever had" who cant even put out a right sided MF player, who relies an a 3rd Division inexperienced striker for goals and who cant keep a clean sheet against poor opposition is an absolute idiot but there again you know that already.
18 Posted 22/09/2010 at 15:49:55
19 Posted 22/09/2010 at 15:59:15
20 Posted 22/09/2010 at 16:32:51
you may have touched on a few home truths there.
The thought crossed my mind that Moyes is playing cat and mouse with the board to ensure squad reinforcement in January which if true is a big disappointment as I thought he was more principled than that.
21 Posted 22/09/2010 at 16:38:23
22 Posted 22/09/2010 at 16:39:19
I am really disheartened by the failure to invest over the Summer. Removed from the wage bill this Summer are Gosling, Nash, Ruddy, Jutkiewicz, Donovan, Yobo, Senderos, Peterlin, Vaughan and Arnoux. Added are Beckford, Silva, Gueye and Mucha. That is ten out and four in and no significant transfer fees invoked.
I was very optimistic about our season but I did think that we have been conservative even by our own standards in recruiting this Summer. Other clubs are moving ahead whilst we stand still. Why is it that we have players who still appear unwilling to commit to us? These issues need urgent resolution.
23 Posted 22/09/2010 at 17:04:00
maybe we'd have three or four points instead of 2, big deal.
To challenge for a top four place we needed five or six new players, at a cost of 80-100 million.
I mean, does it really matter all that much if we finish 8th or 17th? It isn't good enough. The only thing to take this club forward is the sort of substantial cash injection which would require BK winning a Euromillions quadruple-rollover.
24 Posted 22/09/2010 at 19:35:17
I still think people are dwelling too much on the lack of money point. We have a good squad of players when most are fit (and yes it IS one of the best squads we've had for ages). However it all means f all if the manager cannot bring himself to play the players in their best positions.
How about: Baines, Jags, Heitinga, Coleman in defence. LM Billy, DM Fellaini, AM Arteta, RM Pienaar. Up front Beckford and the Yak. Even if not all are fully match fit, the above can still start.
Anwway, theres no chance that DM will play 2 up front so why am I even bothering.
25 Posted 22/09/2010 at 21:43:30
Read in the press that Ben Arfa claimed a number of clubs were after him, one of whom were Everton. As an enticing sweetener, Bill supposedly sent him theatre tickets to watch his missus 'perform'. How the lad could ever resist such a tempting perk I'll never know.
26 Posted 22/09/2010 at 22:36:05
27 Posted 23/09/2010 at 05:52:32
However, after the first 6 games of this season, I am no longer willing to go without / make myself skint to go to the game. Why should I ? I love Everton, same as you all do, but I am no longer willing to shell out my hard earned to watch a team with so many players being played out of position, the same negative tactics no matter who we are playing and constant "hoofball".
Until there is a drastic change in Moyes's mindset, I for one shall be voting with my feet. The last time I did this was under the reign of MIke Walker and I am starting to get a similar feeling again ? despair.
28 Posted 23/09/2010 at 12:57:23
29 Posted 23/09/2010 at 20:02:25
30 Posted 23/09/2010 at 20:29:28
As i said on a previous post anyone who has watched Coleman play live when he has started at right back will tell you he has been a complete liability. He is good going forward but got skinned all night long at Brentford with regards defending. At premiership level he is not good enough defensively.
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