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By Fran Mitchell :  27/12/10 :  Comments (17) :
Out of curiosity, I had a look at the Everton backroom staff, and I was baffled (yet not in the least bit suprised) by what I found.

Everton FC Coaching Staff:

David Moyes
Steve Round
Jimmy Lumsden
Chris Woods
Andy Holden
Alan Stubbs

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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Gavin Ramejkis
1   Posted 27/12/2010 at 20:16:18

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The youth coaching side of things is a well-run ship from all account with the pity that Colin Harvey was ousted some time ago. Steve Round doesn't instill any excitement especially with his past of going down with clubs he has been at. I think we need an attack-minded coach but with two tickets to Blood Brothers and empty promises for wages who is going to come?
Alex Kociuba
2   Posted 27/12/2010 at 20:27:13

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It a good post. But surely there must be some attacking coach specialists for shooting/free kicks, CORNERS! (Although Baines has been doing alright with them since taking over from Arteta.)
Christopher McCullough
3   Posted 27/12/2010 at 20:48:18

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It's a very good post. Bring back Colin Harvey instead of Round, there's an idea. He's an Everton legend and could teach Rodwell a thing or two about becoming the Beckenbaur.

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.
Fran Mitchell
4   Posted 27/12/2010 at 20:56:39

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David Moyes: Defender
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...
Dick Fearon
5   Posted 27/12/2010 at 22:19:45

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It's good to know I am not a lone voice crying about our defensive throwbacks. Long have I expressed the wish for an addition to our coaching panel of someone who did not spend their entire playing career as a back-line player.

Welcome aboard Fran, Gavin, Alex and Christopher.

Leon Perrin
6   Posted 27/12/2010 at 22:35:48

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Although unlikely to get the best out of players, they're no threat to Moyes in either philosophy or ambition.

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.
Jimmy Hacking
7   Posted 28/12/2010 at 00:17:43

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Some interesting and fair points here but who did you expect Moyes to appoint? He has an enormous amount of sway at Everton, far more than afforded to other Premier League managers. and he was never going to appoint Ossie Ardilles and Diego Maradona as coaches, was he?

My point is, until Moyes leaves the club, things are never going to change.
John Daley
8   Posted 28/12/2010 at 04:05:58

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Is Kevin Sheedy still at the club as an Academy coach? He was probably the most naturally gifted player in Everton's most successful team. Great touch, technique and vision allied to unerringly accurate set-piece delivery. Surely he must have something to offer the first team, even if it's just showing Arteta how to actually beat the first man from a bloody corner.

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?
Norman Merrill
9   Posted 28/12/2010 at 10:49:27

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How can you get rid of a backroom staff, with all the trophies we have won?
Sam Hoare
10   Posted 28/12/2010 at 10:54:14

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It's a fair point: we could do with a more attack-minded coach with European experience. But I think we all know this isn't a regime prone to change!!
Stephen Kenny
11   Posted 28/12/2010 at 12:16:03

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Maradona = greatest attacking footballer of all time so, Maradona = Great coach??? I think we all know that's not how it works.

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.
Stephen Kenny
12   Posted 28/12/2010 at 12:59:02

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Apologies, thought you tipped Barkley on the youth thread, but you never.
Dave Lynch
13   Posted 28/12/2010 at 13:27:23

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Wasn't Stubbs a major player in the leaving of Rooney?
Paul Rimmer
14   Posted 28/12/2010 at 14:54:22

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Ste Kenny is right. Pep Guardiola was a centre half and I don't see them being too defensive. However, I agree with the sentiments here. It would be good for Everton to get in coaches with more attack-minded experience as players or coaches ? although I'm sure the ones we have have visited Ajax, Barcelona training camps to get some ideas.
Adam Bennett
15   Posted 28/12/2010 at 15:30:21

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Gavin (1) and Christopher (3):

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.

Fran Mitchell
16   Posted 28/12/2010 at 15:46:05

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Paul Rimmer:

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.
Alex Bonnar
17   Posted 29/12/2010 at 13:15:33

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There is someone already at EFC who is attack-minded, with a record of winning cups, league titles and a European cup with Everton. A proven International who knows how to win at LFC and has management experience. I think that with his knowledge of current players, he would make an ideal Number 2 to complement David Moyes. Have you guessed yet? Initials GS.....

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