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No Pressure

By Nick Toye :  22/01/2011 :  Comments (17) :
Pressure I believe is what makes people pull things out of the bag at the right moment.

Great things happen when you know you have to make great things happen. When you know that failure is not an accepted option.

This kind of pressure is not very prevalent at Everton Football Club. I don't believe many members of staff are under that much pressure.

They should only have to look at the club motto and instantly feel that pressure from those who formulated the club and set down the benchmark for which that motto was penned.

Now David Moyes is a very good manager. He's passionate about Everton, he loves football and he has the patience of a saint. He is working under strict guidelines and although this season has been a let down, he's not doing a bad job, considering.

However, I don't believe he is under any pressure at all from the board to succeed in his role and to do the best job he can. I don't believe that Bill Kenwright is demanding better results at home for example.

Now I'm not saying that Moyes should be sacked, but I do believe he should have that pressure. He is not going to be sacked by Kenwright, regardless of what happens at that club. Bill Kenwright loves David Moyes, and David Moyes loves Kenwright. Well if I had a boss who paid me £65k a week with no pressure to get the job right, I'd love him too.

Now lets move on to the players. Certain individuals from Spain, Holland, and a couple of older heads from England (ie Neville and Osman) will always play regardless of form. Maybe not Heitinga, but Arteta will play regardless of how well he is playing. Now I don't think he has been at his best for a long time, but there is no pressure from Billy, or Rodwell to move into that central midfield role.

Mainly because the manager will always pick his favourites regardless of form, so you have a bad game, play better next week. Arteta on this form wouldn't get into many teams in the Premier League, so why is he getting into this side? At a time when we need players firing on all cylinders.

Now finally I come to the fans, and this is probably the sensitive issue, but its not aimed at one group of people, it's all Evertonians. We don't put pressure on our manager, players or board to get the results. We just pay our money, buy the shirts, drink the Chang and buy the programmes. We complain to our mates next door, on the train, in the boozers, or on the forums. The forums where all hell breaks loose.

Is that enough? Is the message getting across to the players? managers, coaching staff and board? It's muffled to say the least. Everyone on a forum is a warrior, who would have it known that he/she is able to rustle up a protest at will, yet nothing happens. Partly because the hippy culture on certain forums hates to see members of Everton criticised regardless of what has happened. Some will flatly refuse to allow any criticism of the chairman, citing the David Moyes appointment as evidence. Unfortunately as many of us know, that is the only good thing he seems to have done.

So any kind of canter becomes a slow trot, and then the horse just slowly beds down and goes to sleep. Twitter campaigns, Facebook campaigns all get shot down before anything is even conceived. It's almost like this is the way it is, this is the Everton way, and we all need to be happy that Walter Smith is not in charge and that we are in the Championship.

So all that boils down to is no pressure from any part of this illustrious club to get the job done right. Instead we have breeded an army of altruistic people who are happy with floating along the mediocrity highway.

A successful company is a company that puts it's neck on the line in order to go that next step. It's the difference between being there and existing, or people knowing that you are there and existing because of you.

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Ryan Holroyd
1   Posted 23/01/2011 at 00:04:41

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So any kind of canter becomes a slow trot, and then the horse just slowly beds down and goes to sleep. Twitter campaigns, Facebook campaigns all get shot down before anything is even conceived. It's almost like this is the way it is, this is the Everton way, and we all need to be happy that Walter Smith is not in charge and that we are in the Championship.

I agree with this. I know a few words from Bill Kenwright about how his uncle Cyril gave him a piggyback to Goodison and into the boys pen will leave the majourity of the 'sheep' at Everton in a deep trace and it will go quiet again.

Bill Kenwright can play Evertonians like a harp.
Nick Toye
2   Posted 23/01/2011 at 00:37:15

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This is true Ryan, Everton fans seem to be happy to just survive.

It's not enough for me.
Tony J Williams
3   Posted 23/01/2011 at 00:56:59

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I'm not too sure it's about lack of pressure but more to do with lack of decent players to pick from.
James Stewart
4   Posted 23/01/2011 at 01:05:12

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Under 34,000 in the ground according to the bbc today. I think a few are starting to follow my lead.
John Ford
5   Posted 23/01/2011 at 01:09:49

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Quote - 'Great things happen when you know you have to make great things happen'

Hmm, actually they dont, really they dont! Thats just too simplistic.Im not disagreeing that players and staff need to be driven, but as Tony #3 says its fundamentally about having a good set of players.

Key issues for me this year 1/ we thought we'd be ok with our current squad and paid extra in the summer to retain them (reasonable given our form end of last season) 2/ Weve lost Piennar and Arteta (in any meaningful sense) 3/ We've sod all up front - Saha and Yak have been basically impotent, Beckford yet to reach the required standard.

Points 2 and 3 werent forseeable, and as a result we're right in the mire. We now have to start again.
Nick Toye
6   Posted 23/01/2011 at 01:36:13

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Right, well then Moyes isn't putting enough pressure on the board to get him the better players, is he?

Tony Stanley
7   Posted 23/01/2011 at 02:44:55

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Nick, your piece is spot on, we are being brainwashed into accepting that all the other clubs can acheive things, we are told that we cannot compete fiancially with Wolves Stoke etc etc... don't insult our intelligence.

I think I speak for 100% of the supporters when I say we are not just another club in the Premier League, we are Everton Football Club and, as such, it would be nice if the custodians of our club took a course in basic latin.

Dale Hathaway
8   Posted 23/01/2011 at 08:46:55

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So Nick Toye, what do you suggest? Or are you one of those forum warriors you mention?

Me personally, I think the problem is Moyes and not the players. He is too defensive/ negative to take us to the next level. The 4-5-1 system he loves is not suitable for winning games at this level, consistently. Yet it is his favourite system. I listened to a radio debate yesterday which raised a fantastic point, being successful is not just about defending well, you have to be able to attack also. Moyes sets out not to lose and that separates him from the likes of Fergie/ Wneger etc... We need to win games. I am sick and tired of listening to him in after match reports saying he is disappointed we didnt win.

I think he has to go.

Good article Nick.
Dale Hathaway
9   Posted 23/01/2011 at 08:58:02

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Please let us not get into a debate about who do we get? We dont have money. There would be a huge application list for managing Everton!
Dick Fearon
10   Posted 23/01/2011 at 09:32:56

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Whoever is resposible for getting the team fit for the start of the season should already have been sacked.
Whoever at Finch farm is resposible for improving Beckfords first touch or Arteta's corner kicks should lift his game or ship out.
In a home game against the cellar dwellers a manager who picks Osman before Rodwell or Bily should hang his head in shame.
Tony J Williams
11   Posted 23/01/2011 at 11:46:40

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Dale, you say the 4-5-1 is not suitable, yet when we were playing 4-4-2 we were getting beat. Moyes switched it to 4-5-1 and we scored.

He can't win on here sometimes, play 4-4-2 some scream....he does but yet he is still negative. The best one was last week when he did play 4--4-2, someone criticised him for not playing 4-3-3.

We simply do not have the players to be successful with a 4-4-2 against a solid defensive side. We need the extra midfielder to break the "lesser" side's 11 men defence down.
Nick Toye
12   Posted 23/01/2011 at 12:09:36

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The 442 is widely accepted by all the leading pundits across the world as being an archaic system. It's dead, finished. 451 is the system, it affords you the opportunity to have flexibility in defence and attack. It's not a lone striker system.

Right. Why would I personally not start a protest or pressure group? Because there would be 50 forum members who would instantly call you a Kopite and say that this is not the Everton way. You may well receive threats, abuse and from what I have heard this also may well spread to your friends, businesses and family members.

So while I would be all up for supporting a pressure group, there is no way the 2 major forums are going to support it, because they are too closely affiliated with the club.

Bottom line is majority of the fans won't ever turn on the board unless we are relegated, they won't hop down from the fence until the end of the season, or the end of next season, and so on.

Far too many fans have accepted survival as the benchmark for success at this club, and until these fans wake up and realise that it's not acceptable and that it's not the Everton way, then unfortunately 1 voice will never be heard.
Mike Gwyer
13   Posted 23/01/2011 at 12:20:47

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Nick #12.

Your last two paragraph's are nowhere near the mark. Yesterday's game was awash with fans spewing their anger - mainly aimed at Neville in the first half and then Osman in the 2nd. But believe me BK took his fair share.

BK took abuse from about the 5th minute onwards, and with GP now becoming a ghost town, you can hear it. FFS I could hear fans in the paddock and main stand and I was in the lower Gwladys.

Have no fear, there is nowhere to hide in GP and with Chelsea coming to inflict more pain next weekend, BK will know he's in for "abuse" round 2.

Nelaj Behajiha
14   Posted 23/01/2011 at 12:59:49

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Totally agree our fans are far too passive. Moyes seems to react to pressure quite well as do the players.
Nick Toye
15   Posted 23/01/2011 at 12:57:44

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It's not just the fans in the stadium though mate, it's those commenting post match.

I used to feel sorry for Kenwright, but now his positon is becoming a joke, it's obvious that he's not selling, and it's obvious that he's not able to do anything to improve this club.

Problem about doing it during the game is that the players need our support, its catch 22.
Daniel Johnson
16   Posted 23/01/2011 at 22:38:41

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I'm not saying we should go all Sarah Palin and start posting pictures of Moyes and Kenwright with targets over their heads but enough is enough.
Bad management at every level of our Club is sending us only one way.
There is a massive inferiority complex at Everton FC, its starts with the Chairman and then the board and even filters down on to the pitch. Were happy just to survive, happy to exist, to rub shoulders with the prem leagues best. Even a draw with our hated neighbours is considered fantastic and amazing.....................for fucks sake. We act and even more gallingly accept that were inferior to Liverpool FC it makes me so fucking angry.
Maybe I have an inflated/biased opinion of the football club I've supported since I was 4 yrs old but teams are now passing us by, which with respect to their fans are smaller clubs than us. The harsh reality is financially clubs such as Blackburn, Stoke, Newcastle, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Bolton, Man City, and Tottenham have left us trailing in their wake.
Football has changed its a cut throat business led environment. Its not about football clubs anymore but a premier league of businesses. As a club/business we continue to do things the traditional "Everton way", which is effectively drag our knuckles and do nothing. Our sponsorship deal with Chang compared to similar sized clubs is one of the weakest in the premiership. We now can't even afford the wages of loan signings in the transfer window. A clear message is coming out of our club at the moment and our own players and opposition players are listening.............were fucked. Our current business model isn't breaking even anymore.
When do way say we've had enough. The current owner and management have had long enough to sort it out. If Kenwright was a chief Executive of a company he would have been fired a long long time ago.
Kenwright will remain safely in power because as fans we politely say NOTHING. Moyes remains safe because as fans we say and do NOTHING.
As a fan I use Toffeeweb to vent my growing frustrations, at times I have over stepped the mark and to Michael Kenrick and fellow toffee-webbers I apologise for that. But to be honest I'm fucking pissed. Match day we need to start letting Kenwright and Moyes know how we feel, when their safe positions get so uncomfortable they will eventually have to act and actually fucking do something.
It amazes me people on here still defend Blue bill and David Moyes, everyone has their own opinion but Jesus Christ barring relegation its about as bad as it gets at the moment.

David Cornmell
17   Posted 24/01/2011 at 02:56:06

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@ Daniel Johnson.

Easy on the Red Bull fella; it's clearly knocking you about.
In all seriousness though, the reason Kenwright remains in power is not because the fans politely say nothing. It's because he owns a huge chunk of the club, and his mates own enough of the rest to prop him up.
I said eleven years ago that Kenwright was the Doug Ellis for the new millenium. Except even Doug realised the jig was up and got out while the going was good.
Kenwright couldn't even do that; leading the clubs fanbase down the garden path whenever needed and staying shtum the rest of the time.
Moyes will go sooner or later - my guess is at the end of this season as he's got that "carry a bag of shite so far" look happening. Even he must be bored and shackled by the obvious limitations of the job. It's time for bigger and better things.
Except I fear that Moyes and Everton are the Curbishley and Charlton for the new decade. What happened to both parties when they parte company?
In a league as tight as this one - with limitations as obvious as ours - I'm not sure the club could afford a re-adjustment period for a new gaffer. And I'm damn sure it couldn't survive another Mike Walker style appointment.

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