Everton FC Coaching Staff:
Hardly a list of names to get the best young players to develop their technical ability.
And some people honestly believe Rodwell would harm his potential by moving to another team such as Arsenal. And that Wayne Rooney would have been better had he stayed at Everton.
There has been much discussion into Everton's need to sign X, Y and Z while we need to drop A, B and C. In my opinion, with this set-up we will never progress beyond being a decent team. Look at photos of our backroom staff and it could be the characters from 12 Angry Men. Now while Moyes has been (rightly) praised for many things at his time here, he must be blamed for this 1970s style coaching staff.
Do you really see coaches like Lumsden or Stubbs (much as I like the man, technique wasn't exactly his strong point) getting the best out of players like Bily? Can you really see them making Rodwell into the best central midfielder in the country?
Why oh why don't we bring in someone with experience in European football? Someone with experience in training technique? This is one area that could be fixed without the billions of pounds of some oil barron.
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1 Posted 27/12/2010 at 20:16:18
2 Posted 27/12/2010 at 20:27:13
3 Posted 27/12/2010 at 20:48:18
Look at Dalgish across the park, always welcomed back with open arms.
I think even a lowly member of staff of a club like Barca or Ajax would be an improvement on the creative side of Everton's mentality today.
That's no disrespect to the people we've got now. They are just in the wrong role at the club at the minute.
4 Posted 27/12/2010 at 20:56:39
Steve Round: Defender
Alan Stubbs: Defender
Andy Holden: Defender
Jimmy Lumsden: Midfielder
Chris Woods: Goalkeeper
Can't work out why we struggle to score goals...
5 Posted 27/12/2010 at 22:19:45
Welcome aboard Fran, Gavin, Alex and Christopher.
6 Posted 27/12/2010 at 22:35:48
Contrast Alex Ferguson who, off the top of my head, has had coaches who went on to manage Blackburn, Boro, England and Real Madrid.
We're drowning in mediocrity.
7 Posted 28/12/2010 at 00:17:43
My point is, until Moyes leaves the club, things are never going to change.
8 Posted 28/12/2010 at 04:05:58
Also, I've never understood how Chris Woods ended up with such a cushy number. Surely he should have been shipped out when Walter Smith left. Every goalkeeper who's joined the club during his stint as coach (with the exception of Nigel Martyn) seems to have gone backwards at an alarming rate. What the hell does he do to them once he gets his hands on them?
9 Posted 28/12/2010 at 10:49:27
10 Posted 28/12/2010 at 10:54:14
11 Posted 28/12/2010 at 12:16:03
I don't see how you can denigrate any of our coaches without having a good understanding of what they are responsible for.
With regard to England's greatest youth players, the last great one came through our system, the probable next great one is halfway through and the one after him in your opinion (Barkley) will also come through? Surely they are doing something right. I don't think the position you played, which is largely based on your physical attributes and skill set, necessarily relates to your outlook on the game, which is what will count as a coach/manager.
12 Posted 28/12/2010 at 12:59:02
13 Posted 28/12/2010 at 13:27:23
14 Posted 28/12/2010 at 14:54:22
15 Posted 28/12/2010 at 15:30:21
Colin Harvey was forced into retirement from coaching in 2003 due to having to have 2 or 3 hip replacements, thus making it impossible for him to work. Soon after, we played Bologna at Goodison in a testimonial game for him.
16 Posted 28/12/2010 at 15:46:05
Guardiola was not a centre half. He was a deep lying, creative central midfielder. Xavi was Guardiola's replacement, and Guardiola played a big role developing Xavi when he was a young player.
But no, being a defensive player does not condemn one to being a defensive coach. However, years of watching Everton then looking at the coaches, you cannot dismiss the possibility that they are a tad defensive minded.
I believe too much is down to loyalty. For instance, Jimmy Lumsden. He played a big role for Moyes at Preston, and Moyes obviously likes him and brought him here. But surely, now we are no longer relegation fodder its time for a step-up in quality.
Doesnt need to be a big name, but someone with experience in the game and a different perspective. We have always had a problem with scoring goals. Our main goalscorer for 6 years has been Tim Cahill, 80% headers and 50% of those from corners.
I look at Osman, naturally gifted but essentially made into a work-horse type player. What is the future of Rodwell, or Barkley, or Baxter.
All are natural talents, but Baxter wont get experience because he cant rough it up. Wilshire is also small (tenacious too, but small) and gets a chance.
Guaye wont get a chance until he improves his work-rate, defensive side of game. Well, what about his attacking game? Is that not where we have struggled?
It seems players must have work rate and never ending running drilled into them before they get a game...and their natural technique and development of this area seems to be forgotton.
17 Posted 29/12/2010 at 13:15:33
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