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Team Spirit ? Is it lost over money?

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Over last few seasons, we have always said what great team spirit the team has, and how the team works for each other.... and the the big green monster: MONEY.

Tim signs a new contract for around £40k per week; then Arteta comes in and holds out for £70k... Now your likes of Osman, Bily, Hibbert earn a lot less ? so are we getting a "them and us" in the dressing room and the team starts to divide? Maybe... just a thought.

Regarding our totally overpaid manager... but the problem is he has given us expectation which we have never had since the 80s.


Mike Hargreaves, MORECAMBE     Posted 27/09/2010 at 10:50:30

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Tony J Williams
1   Posted 27/09/2010 at 13:50:21

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I reckon it all started with Heitinga.
Jamie Tulacz
2   Posted 27/09/2010 at 14:23:18

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Yes, footballers' wages nowadays are obscene, but I doubt that we're paying any more than most other clubs. Unfortunately you have to pay ridiculous wages these days to attract/retain decent players.

I don't think money is a valid reason for the (lack of) performance this season.
James Marshall
3   Posted 27/09/2010 at 14:38:21

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Money has nothing to do with it. Every club/business etc pays different wages to different employees - football is no different.

Our problem is a very simple one - we don't put the ball in the net. The games I've seen have been good from a performance point of view, and all those I've not been to point to good performances barring goal scoring.

Yakubu couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo and nor can the rest of them it would seem. We don't concede many but we don't score any = no points = bottom of the league. It's very straightforward.
Andrew McGreavy
4   Posted 27/09/2010 at 14:32:37

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I think money is the root of most of football's problems, not just Everton's. If I was Arteta on say £75k a week for the next five years, that's £19.5 million pounds. Win, lose or draw he still gets £75k a week.

The same goes for the rest of the clowns, they are on money beyond our wildest dreams, unimaginable money for showing no commitment or passion, I'll show passion and commitment for one week's wages of Arteta paid to me over the next two years. It is incredible amounts of money. Now if all footballers where on a basic wage of say £5k per week, still a truly amazing salary, with a win bonus of £50k a week, do you think they would try harder, do you think their passion would increase, their hunger get stronger? Too right it would!

Money is destroying the game we love, a working class guy paying £500 for a season ticket contributes 0.00012% to Arteta's annual salary.

All football clubs have to come to there senses and stop this madness, before it's to late. This pre-season has seen hardly anyone spend any money, because it's all going in the players' back pockets.

Onwards and upwards with the insanity.
Dave Whitwell
5   Posted 27/09/2010 at 14:54:36

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Couldn't agree more Andrew, I hate it when you see comments from the players and manager along the lines of were all really hurting, it hurts when we lose etc, I'm sure £40k a week soon heals the pain while the rest of us maintain that hurt until the following weekend when it all starts again.

Does make you wonder why we do it really, does anyone know of a rehab clinic for football fans!
Richard Dodd
6   Posted 27/09/2010 at 15:11:43

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Let`s face it ? at even 10K a bleeding week-our manager and players are taking the piss! But it`s football, ain`t it? So everything`s all right, init? Sooner the whole bloody game goes skint the better, then we might see some sanity prevail!
Charles King
7   Posted 27/09/2010 at 15:08:51

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You only have to look at the England team post World Cup, cigars on, feet up, laughing and joking. The emotional tie-up to the game is diluted immensely by the mansion, Bentley, racehorse and model girlfriend.

Greedy bastards, I'd be happy with the mansion and model girlfriend... yeah, fuck the fans, moaning gits.
Chris Keightley
8   Posted 27/09/2010 at 15:25:53

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I agree players wages and greed has often been a reason for dressing room fall-outs but I genuinely believe this has had no effect on this bunch of players.

However, money in the game has and, as we are not one of the bank-rolled teams, we need to re-evaluate our goals and ambitions. I remember some kopite shite saying you can't win anything with kids .....well you can't win anything without money!

I love seeing posts saying we should do this, top four this year, we have a fantastic squad, we can win a cup etc... c'mon, get real, face facts. We were a great club with an amazing history, we are now a mid table side with amazing history, with very little to shout about for 15+ years unless we get bank-rolled and, to be honest, I couldn't care if they are Arab, Greek, Mexican, or Dutch, we will slip further away from the rest, that's the facts.

Dave Lynch
9   Posted 27/09/2010 at 15:41:59

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Dave @5.
The only rehab clinic for fans is called a pub.
Swallow copios amounts of chosen medicine, usually in the form of a large glass with a frothy head, moan like fuck to anyone within earshot and then stagger home chunnering to self like a schizophrenic with an inner ear problem.
When home throw a couple of well aimed boots in the cats direction and retire to bed.
Hope this helps.
Nick Entwistle
10   Posted 27/09/2010 at 16:13:00

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Shouldn't wages be done on a pro rata basis on TV revenue and league position rewards come the end of the season with say everyone on a basic £5g per week?
Now there's your incentive.

Eugene Ruane
11   Posted 27/09/2010 at 15:59:48

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Andrew McGreavy - agree completely, but the chances of anyone involved coming to their senses are slim to none.

The Premier League, short-sighted greed.

And for me, the ludicrous amounts players are paid is just part of the problem.

Personally I'd love to see the whole rotten fucking mess implode.

Sky, Chelsea, The 'Premier' League, Murdoch, Man City, £150,000 a week to fellers who need 6 touches to get the ball under control, Sir Alex and Rafa, Harry Redknapp...

The whole thing makes me spew.

We all got mugged.

We all fell for it.

One big fucking con.

If the 15 or 16 teams who have NO chance of winning the title (like us) had any nuts, they'd threaten to fuck off and form their own league.

I'd love to see that.

Love to see one chairman say "How can a League be fair if a couple of teams can outspend most of the others by half a billion? I have spoken to my fellow chairmen and we are in agreement..."

But they won't, because they're like those lab rats that get a little pellet each time they do something right.

"Here's you Sky money, now shut the fuck up and back on your wheel".

Do we REALLY have no bargaining power?

See how the top four would like it having to play each other every week?

Super Sunday wouldn't be so super that's for sure.



Andrew McGreavy
12   Posted 27/09/2010 at 16:21:20

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@ Nick 9

Pro Rata maybe, but players want it all upfront and like sheep, we give them it. Artetea ( I am picking on him, sorry) has just been given a new £20 million pound contract for what is in real terms failure, we have won nothing.

I would love performance related pay, as they would all be struggling to pay the mortgage at the moment, maybe one less Bentley in the drive.

I really worry about the game, in real terms Everton have never had so much money, but we supposedly have none, maybe stand firm against the players, and stop paying them so much money, ok we may loose some in the process, but they are mercenaries and do not want to play for the shirt, look at the past, and the people who would die for the club, against these highly overpaid fairies who now disrespect our pitch.

Arteta in a week probably earns the same as Dixie Dean in his career, I know which one was better value.
Dominic Bobadilla
13   Posted 27/09/2010 at 16:31:49

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Everyone wants to to solve the mystery: WHAT IS THE CAUSE of our calamities. I personally think it's Moyes's personality. I have in mind his mood-swings, his airing his defeatist viewpoints in public, and his over-cautious nature. A manager is like a military commander. Can you imagine a Napoleon or Zhukov expressing such opinions in front of their soldiers? Moyes has exhausted his possibilties.
David Price
14   Posted 28/09/2010 at 16:32:06

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We've had players who would die for the club, it guarantees nothing.
I remeber Mick Lyons and Terry Darracott for example, but we invested and replaced them with Mike Pejic and Colin Todd then beat Liverpool for the first time in 7 years.
The best little spaniard we know is now copping for some awful stick here. I could have more respect for some of the negative opions if i'd read them before, say after winning at Man City or stuffing Utd 3-1, but strangely i didn't.
This side has beaten some bloody good sides and will do again.
Yes were are in the middle of a premiership con where the rich get richer, which makes it all the more amazing our improvement as a team.
I've total confidence in the players and Manager.
Matteo Rosingana
15   Posted 27/09/2010 at 17:12:21

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I cannot begin to comprehend the amount of money earned by the men who play football in the Premier League. Yes, it is obscene. Yes, it sickens and angers me that it is happening, and that players from long ago and actually not so long ago, who worked just as hard and maybe won something for their club, got peanuts in return, relatively speaking. Yes, big money should go to schools and hospitals and communities rather than lucky individuals. But you know what? It won't, and until the game goes bust it will carry on like this. It saddens me greatly, and so my way of coping is to ignore it. Defeatist attitude perhaps, but I prefer to think of it as a survival technique. Yaya Toure, £200,000 a WEEK! Nobody can do anything to be said to be deservedly earning these amounts. Therefore, how can we continue to support a team, when it is beyond a player or manager to justify their salary? Market values blah blah blah, yeah whatever, but this is the national game, the international game, the people's game. It is in danger of losing its basis in reality.

Sorry Toffeewebbers, rant over.

Dave Lynch
16   Posted 27/09/2010 at 18:27:04

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Iv'e posted this before.
The FANS HOLD ALL THE POWER.
You just don't realise it.
If fans across the country stopped attending games in droves they would force a change. Without fans the game is worthless and doesn't work as a spectacle. If you want to facillitate change then the only way is to vote with your feet.
But it will not happen.
Andrew McGreavy
17   Posted 27/09/2010 at 19:01:05

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I am not sure we do hold the power, if you look at EFC, most of there money comes from SKY and the Premier League, gate receipts are but a fraction of the cake.

We as a family gave up with Sky Sports a few years ago, in fact it was free on Sunday and we still did not watch it. Would I like it, yes, am I going to pay £61 a month for it, NO, like everything connected with football, it's a fan rip off.

Football is the current fad, but when it bursts, and it will, the REAL fans, who turn up on a cold wet night in December may not be there, priced out of the working mans game by prawn sandwich munchers, who will move onto the next fad.

Dark days for football, unless someone sees the light and turns it on.
Jon Cox
18   Posted 27/09/2010 at 17:51:23

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Eugene (11) That post sir, belongs in the true football supporters bible.

Take a bow, completely spot on.

When the meeja goes on about Jamie fucking twatface Redknapps suit then we nkow dam well all is lost.

We should let sky take their little three or four teams and piss off into Europe. We'd be best rid of them and England could do what it does best and thats produce our teams with our lads who dont get paid the Earth and, I'll wager we would have a much better England side for it.

But dont you just know they would have to come back crawling in the end. Why because fans would soon get bored shitless of European games with 500 passes before the halfway line.

Jon Cox
19   Posted 27/09/2010 at 19:18:40

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Dave (16) with that advent of Sky footy, the way it works, when was the last time you ever met anyone who admited that they were brainwashed.

Sadly, that's why your plan would never work.
Nick Entwistle
20   Posted 27/09/2010 at 19:34:17

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I was quite happy with Sky in around 1995 when I started going the pubs. There would always be a Wednesday night game on, even if the teams were still playing at the weekends (Saturdays 3pm), and it would be an event.

Still, I'm sure if it wasn't for travelling fans they'd have games every day of the week like in baseball etc.
Dave Lynch
21   Posted 27/09/2010 at 20:42:53

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John @ 19.
That's exactly what i was alluding too.
David Hallwood
22   Posted 27/09/2010 at 23:33:58

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Has money changed team spirit and therefore become the reason why we've had a bad start to the season? Well it hasn't stopped Man U, Chelsea & Arsenal winning everything despite doling out mega contracts.
Jason Lam
23   Posted 28/09/2010 at 08:57:01

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Jon Cox #18, "..because fans would soon get bored shitless of European games with 500 passes before the halfway line.."

That's what is truly unique about the Premiership product. No other place on earth plays football like a boxing match, taking turns at hoofing the ball, taking turns at shooting and crossing the ball, taking turns at counter attacking at 140mph.

The European style football has become so advanced in ball possession I'm surprise the 24 sec shot clock is not introduced. Fucking bored shitless sitting through them 'games'. Spain could literally score 1 goal and pass for 89+ minutes.

The Premiership will therefore always have it's viewer fans. It's entertainment, not winning football.

Which is also why England will never win the World Cup.

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