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Improvement needs to start with Moyes

By John Charles :  30/12/2010 :  Comments (12) :
I am a big Moyes fan but, as the whistle blew at Upton Park, I turned to my brother and said "Maybe it is time for a change".

In the cool light of day, obviously it's inpractical even if I still thought that. You look at paying Moyes's contract off for the next three years (£3M/yr) and then paying someone like Bolton compensation for (for arguement's sake) Owen Coyle ? and it's not going to happen, nor probably should it. Moyes has many many positives and is a great manager but right now he needs to have a good look at himself.

I'd like to see him improve... as with some players he too has a weakness in his game:

I can understand him starting with Cahill upfront ? really I can. The logic was there with the strikers not scoring etc. But, after 25 minutes clearly it wasn't working. Why not change it there and then? Or at the very least, change it at half time??

After 25 minutes I thought he should have subbed Hibbert for Saha or Beckford and put Rodwell into central defense. Hibbert's too small and not strong enough for the center and clearly Cahill is less effective uptop. The Hammers were looking dangerous as Hibbo wasn't clearing the danger from crosses in his central berth.

Now, after that tactical ineptitude I find it incredable to give Beckford all of 3½ minutes and totally scandalous to then give Bilyaletdinov all of 90 seconds. Not only was it unfair on the two players to think they can contribute in that time, but way more worrying the fact they were so late ? and not made simultaneously ? suggest's he was running the clock out for a point. A frigging point.... Running the clock out? Are you serious??

Attitudes need to change and it starts at the top. It seems medicrocity or just doing 'average' is acceptable. That was 2 points PISSED away at West Ham ? along with countless others. A point isn't good enough from that game yet, at the end, he's playing out time for one when we should be going for three?

Moyes obviously has many strong points but I wish he would be more positive ? not necersarily with his starting tactics ? as I say, I could see the logic in Cahill up-top, but more positive in making a change when it clearly isnt working. I'll bet you Mourinho would have made a substitution after 25 minutes as soon as he saw it ar at least at half-time. Personally I would have re-subbed Yakubu too as he is one lazy bastard when he doesn't care.

I don't believe Moyes would not have been thinking the same problems and issues, so why not have some courage and make substitutions early and have time to put it right? We're a way better team than mid-table but not if we keep being so rigid and so predictable from the bench.

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Marcus Kendall
1   Posted 30/12/2010 at 20:27:53

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Mourinho wouldn't've made a sub after 25 minutes, no manager would. Mourinho though would never start with that kind of line-up.

Moyes Isn't a great manager, he's like O'Neill ? decent yet vastly overrated and is helped by managing in what I think is a poor-standard league. When Moyes comes up against good continental sides, his failings as a manager are there for all to see and, unfortunately (as I like the man), he will never develop into a manager who'll be anything more than 'decent'.

The subs in the last minute were scandalous and his general lack of reading how a game is panning out is his ultimate failing.
James Stewart
2   Posted 30/12/2010 at 20:35:59

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He has had 9 years to improve; I'm sorry... time is up.
Marcus Kendall
3   Posted 30/12/2010 at 20:37:48

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I agree, James, but Holloway isn't the answer.
Rob Hollis
4   Posted 30/12/2010 at 21:07:24

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Cahill has been brilliant as our most forward midfield player so what does he do!? Change his position.

Moyes has turned into a complete idiot.
Dick Fearon
5   Posted 30/12/2010 at 21:21:07

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We all assume that Moyes is working on a daily basis with our strikers but is that really the case? Could it be that Beckford, Yakubu and Saha are so utterly inept that Davey can do nothing to make a difference?

It is all well and good for Moyes to complain about their performance yet maybe it is his own ineptitude as a coach that is at fault. All three have proved unsuitable for 4-5-1, thus Moyes has to either change tactics or get rid of them.

Brian Lloyd
6   Posted 30/12/2010 at 23:01:23

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Marcus. Agree with everything you say, but I do remember Mourinho making 3 subs after 30 mins when he was Chelsea manager, now that shows balls. Unfortunately Mr Moyes was somewhere near the back of the queue when balls were given out.
Tommy Byrne
7   Posted 31/12/2010 at 01:08:20

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Dave Jones seems to be doing alright with Cardiff, sitting nicely in 2nd place. He has been around a while and of course is ex-Everton. I remember him scoring against Newcastle many years ago. I think he would be my choice as the next Everton manager.

I think we can all see that DM has gone stale and needs a new challenge elsewhere. DM has had some sucess but we still ain't won anything. When we went up 1-0 up in the FA Cup Final, we tried to defend that lead for the next 90 mins whereas a more positive approach may have been the order of the day.

This season, 4 wins and 10 draws is not good enough. As I said, what about Dave Jones???

Dave Charles
8   Posted 31/12/2010 at 09:00:18

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I'd love to know how the players feel about this. After the City game, they must have felt that they'd beat anyone so West Ham in their current position would be a lot easier than City, you would think. How did they feel or what did they think when Moyes read out the team and tactics to be played at West Ham? It's obvious from reading on this site that the fans were appalled by his selections, so what did the players think?

Please, no 'greedy mercenaries who couldn't care' views. I'd just like to know as they are the ones who have to play this system.
Sam Hoare
9   Posted 31/12/2010 at 09:35:53

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For what it's worth, I thought Cahill up front with Arteta was an interesting experiment... clearly none of our current 'strikers' deserve on merit to be starting so why not tinker?

It didn't gel but, having said that, even when we went behind I genuinely thought we were the only team that was going to win that match and a lot of managers would be worried to change things up when it looks like their team is shading it.

My biggest concerns are:

Phil Neville ? love the guy as a captain and warrior but he is simply lacking as a complete modern full back, hence imbalancing our team.

Tony Hibbert ? Again, love the spirit but he is now technically below the standard that i believe is required.

Mikel Arteta ? A shadow of his former self at the moment. Not sure whether he needs playing or resting.

Strikers ? or lack thereof. Yak looks unfit again, Saha seems totally ineffectual. Though also lacking required technical skill, I believe Beckford has looked most likely to make something happen.
David Holroyd
10   Posted 31/12/2010 at 10:45:57

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Moyes IS reactive not Proactive for the most. The only way Moyes will go is by the fans' reactions at games ? even Kenwright might have to listen.

Bill "Mr 24/7" Kenwright... that's another issue.

James Stewart
11   Posted 31/12/2010 at 15:16:08

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Dave Jones... no way. The Everton old boys need to be given a wide berth! Exactly the kind of sentimental appointment we don't want. We need to evolve ? not regress.
Dennis Stevens
12   Posted 31/12/2010 at 17:21:32

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James, if you look back over the post-war decades you'll see that our only successes have come when managed by a former player, although I note that they were all also English ? so you may be right about Jones. However, it does explain why the 24-year rule looks set to come to an end this season ? Moyes just isn't qualified.

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