Those who defend David Moyes often do so by counter-attacking Bill Kenwright. The argument is usually framed as Kenwright?s having ?closed the cheque book? or ?failed to find investors.? Moyes is often said to have been ?deprived? of a transfer kitty, or sometimes Moyes has ?failed to insist on being given more cash to spend.?
This argument reflects a commonly held view that Everton is run on the cheap, that Moyes is actually a great manager but he has been prevented by lack of funds from signing all the top players he wishes he could sign. The underlying assumption is that if he did have enough money, he would sign the top class players he really wants and everything would be fine.
On the surface, it would appear to be true. The current squad was assembled with players most of whom by any standard have to be viewed as bargains. Tim Howard was signed for just £3M, Leighton Baines for £6M, Steve Pienaar and Tim Cahill just £2M or so each, Mikel Arteta £3M. The whole squad, in fact, was assembled for about £73M in transfer fees.
However, if you look closer, you find that David Moyes HAS been given significant funds and when he has, he has not spent well. Nearly half of the money spent on the current squad was spent buying three players: Yakubu, (£11M) Bilyaletdinov, (£9M) and Fellaini, (£13M). No-one can say any of those players have really justified those price tags. Some would add Heitinga (£6M) to that list. What if that almost £40M had been spent on one or two world class players who really can get the job done?
The fact is that there?s no point having big money to spend if you don?t know how to spend big money.
Moyes has a pattern in the marketplace. He?s very, very, very good at discovering undervalued talent like Cahill and Pienaar. He?s much less effective at the other end of the market. You only have to go to Andy Johnson (£8.6M) James Beattie (£6.5M) and Per Krøldrup (£5M) ? those figures were much more impressive at the time the deals were made ? to see that Moyes?s judgment seems to become weaker as the price gets higher. I'm not going to diagnose it but it is his potentially fatal flaw.
I would add to that a poor record at developing young talent at the club. I think Dan Gosling?s career was mishandled. I think James Vaughan?s development is being stalled, and not just by his injuries. Victor Anichebe has not developed as he should. I worry that the potential of Seamus Coleman, Jack Rodwell and Jose Baxter may not be realized under David Moyes?s stewardship.
Now obviously, any manager, Moyes included, who can potentially buy himself out of trouble the way someone like Mancini can is in a much better position than someone working on a tighter budget. But to put David Moyes's failures down almost exclusively to lack of cash as some do, is to obscure what is really happening. He has hit a brick wall and much more important, so has his team. When players start to want away, as Pienaar and Heitinga do, when others grasp at opportunities to leave with both hands, as Lescott, Yobo and Gosling did, and others suffer inexplicable lapses in form, it says to me that there are serious hidden tensions within the club.
Add to that Moyes's own apparent forlorn lack of answers to what is going down ? he keeps moving the pieces around the board but nothing seems to work ? and you have a real crisis of management that goes well beyond a transfer budget.
There?s no quick fix here. There?s no patient waiting out a lapse in form. We are in a spiral that only radical changes can solve. Even if there were to be good results from some very difficult upcoming fixtures ? Chelsea, a relegation six pointer with Wigan (it?s an indictment even to have to write that phrase) and Manchester City ? the underlying crisis would still remain. IMWT? No. DMMG.
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1 Posted 29/11/2010 at 07:22:35
2 Posted 29/11/2010 at 07:46:50
There are many onfield problems that Moyes does not seem able to fix. To mention just a few, our slow and predictable setting up; throw-ins; Howard's over use of long clearances, although in fairness he often has no alternative when none of your team mates make themselves available for short balls; our reliance on a packed defence that only encourages opponents to bring extra men forward making it impossible to keep track of them all, ecspecially late arrivals into the danger zone.
Those things and others can or should be solved at Finch Farm but the most important problem is our totally useless central strikers and there is nothing short of shooting them that Moyes can do about them.
I don't know much about our reserves but surely one of them has a pair of shooting boots.
3 Posted 29/11/2010 at 09:03:28
I think when Moyes came to Everton he had a better knowledge of the bargain basement. He could find these gems like Cahill and Lescott. Now, he seems to have lost this ability. I've been saying it for a while that Moyes is no longer willing to operate in the situation he's in. If he has to sell to buy then that is what he should have done in the summer. Everyone goes on about the money 'Arry has had to spend but he did raise £50 million one summer selling Berbatov and Keane.
When we had Distin, Yobo, Heitinga, Jagielka, Rodwell and Duffy as well as Neville who could play centre half and Arsenal were bidding £14 million for Jagielka, did it make sense to let Yobo go pretty much for free but keep Jagielka?
If Moyes has this ability to find cheaper talent could he not have sold Jagielka and bought a cheaper but potentially better centre half from lower down the divisions? Moyes would then have had a spare £9 million to buy a striker.
It's all very well pointing the finger at Kenwright but Moyes knows the situation. Instead of crying poverty he should have worked the transfer market better. I have no time for Kenwright but us being 2 points off relegation with only 3 wins going into December is all Moyes' fault.
4 Posted 29/11/2010 at 09:20:27
Moyes s time is up, and the decent thing to do is to resign, to save us paying out compo, he's been on a nice little earner since coming here, considering he hasn't won us anything
5 Posted 29/11/2010 at 09:52:24
Peter covered the downside of Moyes to which I mostly agreed with. I merely pointed out there also was an upside.
6 Posted 29/11/2010 at 09:55:44
What we have is a mediocre bunch of players who sometimes play well but on not enough occasions and must be one of the least consistent outfits in the league. I reckon our tactics are suited to away games and not to home games where we are expected to attack and entertain the fans.
We are resilient and hard working normally but lack guile and real ability going forward. This reflects DM's demeanour as a dour, boring type of person who is difficult to fathom.
Walter Smith was another quiet, boring, defensive type. Both managers are best described as survivors and that relects our ambitions I'm afraid.
7 Posted 29/11/2010 at 10:05:58
But yes, you're right, it's not down to funds. After all... this is the same team that swept all before them in the second half of last season. What has changed since then?
8 Posted 29/11/2010 at 10:22:07
The fact of the matter is simple. Bowlers win you cricket matches, strikers win you football matches. The strikers ain't scoring and well, what else can the man do from the sidelines. Some would say that is down to management, and perhaps Beckford is out of his depth in the PL, but he is a typical Moyes buy, plucked out of the Championship.
Football is fickle and at the moment, our forward line is simply not producing the goods. End of. Whether this is down to Moyes or not is debatable, but 2 goals from our forward line heading into December is simply not good enough. Management can only go so far, either you motivate them to perform or ship them out and replace them. We will see.
9 Posted 29/11/2010 at 10:51:47
We all can see that JH is not a midfielder. He could have started with Rodwell.
Instead of playing a striker, who has just come back from injury on the right wing, he could have played Coleman, who was just starting to look decent.
Saha and the Yak have been woeful, he could have started with Beckford, who has missed a few I know, but at least he is getting in positions to be missing them. He needs a run of games to build up his confidence, and I bet you he starts putting them away.
He could of played Arteta further forward, instead of having him playing so deep.
He could stop being so negative, and playing defensively.
Hows that for starters Scott?
10 Posted 29/11/2010 at 10:55:04
We can debate on here until the cows come home what players should play where and what formation the team should take, - i'm sorry, the time is up. It's time for a change and a fresh manager to try and salvage this club, this team before it's too late.
It's so disappointing but I have to agree 100% with the original authors comments.
11 Posted 29/11/2010 at 10:52:46
Bily will never be a winger whilst he has an arsehole, has DM ever scouted a player or does he know what youtube is? Bily's best performances/goals have never come from the wing, wonder why? Beckford has something we don't have throughout the team with the possible exception of Rodwell and Coleman and thats pace and a willing to run at and past players ? why else do we try and walk the ball into the net?
12 Posted 29/11/2010 at 10:53:04
In almost any other business this would have been seen as gross mismanagement of a company asset and the manager sacked.
We could possibly have got £8-10m for Peinaar, a massive amount for this club, instead he will walk away from the club for zilch, unless someone makes a derisory offer in January.
N'Zogbia was available last summer, was on the point of joining Birmingham, but wanted £50k/wk, less than we have offered Pienaar, I think, he would have been a real asset for us, strong, fast and scores goals against all types of defences.
There were and still are several potential deals that could have been done to raise revenue (Heitinga, Anichebe, Vaughan, dare I say it, Arteta, Jagielka, but most certainly Saha and Yakubu) but we did nothing as usual.
I have always thought that Joe Royle was a good wheeler dealer and could have been a great help to Mr Moyes in an advisory capacity regarding transfers, swaps, trades etc.
The guy who took over at Liverpool, Mr Hodgson, completed several ins and outs in just a few short weeks, we don't seem to have the nouse required to do any trading or revenue generating deals, except when a big deal such as the Lescott situation happens, then we leave it too late to bring in players with the cash.
13 Posted 29/11/2010 at 11:18:35
I don't think necessarily slamming an under performing player in the media is the right solution but he is never the less, spot on.
Btw Brian, he tried starting with Beckford and look what that got him.
Gavin, I do recall that Beattie was toast once Johnson arrived. Before long, he was on his way..
14 Posted 29/11/2010 at 11:40:40
Everton received bids for both Yakubu and Saha during the summer but the stubborn cunt Moyes didn't want to sell them to prove a point that other clubs didn't match his valuation. Can anyone seriously say they wouldn't accept a bid now for Yakubu for £6 million? Also, I think most of us would say Saha could go on a free just to free up his spot on the wage bill.
It is not just the tactics that demonstrate Moyes's ineptitude. He runs the club like a non-league outfit.
15 Posted 29/11/2010 at 12:37:20
Yes, Bily has been ineffective, but how many chances has he been given to play in his favored position? Not as many as muppet Hibbert, or waste of space Osman.
As for Beckford, don't even get me started, you get what you pay for in this modern world we paid fuck all and have got back fuck all.
16 Posted 29/11/2010 at 13:21:10
I remember a lot of posters said we should snap up Arshavin, there was absolutely no chance we could have signed him, he wanted £80k a week and CL football, as well as playing for a great team.
We have to face facts that we are not really an attractive proposition. We have a shite ground, a ridgid wage structure, and Liverpool as a location is not as attractive as say London or Manchester.
History means nothing to the majority of players today. Agents will inevitebly encourage their clients to go for the best wage, that's why they exist. We can't even hold on to Pienaar, so forget about any superstars pulling on the blue shirt.
17 Posted 29/11/2010 at 14:28:51
or can any of you lot name a manager who has done better? Cahill, Pienaar and Arteta cost less than £7 million COLLECTIVELY for fucks sake.
Its a rather tired point but EVERY manager buys their fair share of duffers. this isn't championship-manager, its real life. get a bloody grip!
18 Posted 29/11/2010 at 15:12:02
If David Moyes's transfer deals really were the best on the planet, we would have at least one striker by now who scores goals better than just rarely ? and we would hardly be in the position we are in right now.
19 Posted 29/11/2010 at 18:26:04
A great post.
20 Posted 29/11/2010 at 19:04:38
21 Posted 29/11/2010 at 18:47:43
I wonder what Tottenham or Villa have spent in the past six or seven years? They are the only teams who have a comparable Premier League record in that period. So have they got similar value for money as Moyes? We know Spurs have started to spend big, I'm not sure about Villa over recent years.
You can't criticise Moyes for his spending without comparing like with like. What has Moyes achieved with his cash as compared to those others outside of the Sky four? He's actually done better than anyone else in the Premier League.
I don't see the problem being Moyes out of his depth, he's already proven he can compete. He now needs to start again, like everyone he expected us to just continue from the end of last season ? good form, nice football. In reality, he needed to sell Yak (a big mistake not doing so) and Saha who even on form had games where he did less than nothing. He's cut his nose off, and now we're skint.
There's no question, however, that he has difficulty learning from his mistakes. Johnny H is out of position, full stop. It was worth a try and persevering for a time but how many more games and poor performance do we need before he is either dropped or preferably returned to centre half.
No-one can blame him for Arteta's performances. We're all at a loss there, but I can't understand the idiocy of some fans who are already calling Moyes for paying him £70 grand. Talk about being wise after the event. Arteta's lack of form combined with with a non-existent forward line are the main reasons we're where we are. But this can be put right.
22 Posted 29/11/2010 at 21:20:54
Take David Bentley, looked a class act at Blackburn, then this London boy gets a transfer to Spurs and has sunk without a trace. And you could set up a website listing transfers that didn't work out.
I think at the moment we have two highly priced, well paid strikers, with good track records who for one reason or another are not playing to their potential, either because old father time has caught up with them or they've fallen out of love with the game.
You cam blame DM for many things but players not putting a shift in ? surely those players must look at themselves.
23 Posted 30/11/2010 at 01:18:52
Check it out by team, season or manager.
For some reason, our Davie is not on the list though?
24 Posted 30/11/2010 at 02:31:53
But Moyes's problem is his inability to adjust. His formation and much more importantly his team selections hurt the Club. As so many have pointed out ? ineffectual Arteta, Howard with no competition behind him (apparently), Osman out wide, Heitinga in the CDM role, Beckford up top alone as an introduction to the PL, Coleman sitting ? then starting finally adding much needed pace ? then inexplicably sitting again, Bily out wide, starting ineffectual Saha, the Yak yo-yoing in and out of the line up, etc, etc. All Moyes decisions that are putting square pegs into round holes.
He has to be bold and make some severe changes and play the boys in their natural positions.
Does anyone feel like he'll shake it up and stray from his donkey-like approach? No.
And therein lies the problem of David Moyes.
I like the man and I hope he finds his nuggets and makes some bold, and dare I say pretty obvious changes.
He won't. And that is exactly why no one who calls for him to move on should be slated.
25 Posted 30/11/2010 at 11:53:51
26 Posted 30/11/2010 at 13:51:26
27 Posted 01/12/2010 at 02:45:01
Yeah, you're right. But I'd still maintain his focus was on keeping the squad intact because he believed he'd assembled a team that could challenge for a top 4 spot. Hence, keeping his current players and increasing wages to hold them was his priority, not signing new ones.
If you have fuck all to spend, and what little you do have goes to increased wages... well I'm no economics guru but I'd think that blows the wad ? hence no posibility of signing a soul in the summer.
I just want a damn answer to how we ended up at this point.
28 Posted 02/12/2010 at 13:15:59
I am getting bored of spelling out the facts but here goes AGAIN:
Over David Moyes's time in charge only 4 clubs have won more points than us in the league, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. Collectively these clubs have spent an additional £2 billion over that period on wages and fees.
Only 5 clubs have scored more goals than us over the last 4 years ? the previous 4 plus Tottenham.
Tottenham by the way average less than 3 goals more than Everton per season over that time period.
Our goal difference over the last 4 years is +67. Tottenhams is +34 and Villa +41.
In the time Moyes has been in charge we have the 15th highest net spend on transfers.
In Moyes' time in charge we have averaged the 11th biggest wage bill.
What more do people expect?
29 Posted 02/12/2010 at 15:38:48
I'm bored of reading the statistics of Moyes's reign as justification for the dreadful state we are in now... with the best squad assembled for at least 20 years. And you pull the classic statisticians trick of mixing and matching to suit ? is it the full 8½ years or just the last 4 years ? be consistent!
In fact, a much more meaningful analysis, relevant to the here and now, would be to take the wonderful parameters you cite and calculate them for this season. That should bring it home to you just how far we have sunk under this wonderful manager.
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