I only recently finished reading Jimmy Armfield's autobiography in which he stated that he was offered the Everton manager's job by John Moores. I wasn't aware of this, as it was at the time when Armfield was managing Bolton. He made all the right noises, but indicated that he felt he wasnt quite ready for such a big club. Armfield then went on to manage Leeds, but I think was just at the point when Revie left for the England job, and Leeds were on the way down.
Would we have done better under Armfield (whom Leeds later sacked)? Or do you think he could have "done a job for us" given the players we had at the time? All speculation, I know, but I got the impression he had the right pedigree, both from playing and managing, to have done well with EFC.
I dont have the book anymore, as it was borrowed from a friend, but I guess this would have been around 1975-76??
John Brennan, Posted 14/10/2010 at 18:42:54
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1 Posted 14/10/2010 at 19:37:47
2 Posted 14/10/2010 at 20:15:45
In the end, Billy Bingham got the job. Just when we thought things could not get any worse, along came Gordon Lee. But I think sooner or later Howard Kendall was bound to get the job so history would eventually have got back on track.
3 Posted 14/10/2010 at 20:23:58
Nonetheless, he still got the team to the European Cup Final, where I recall the officials being so biased against Leeds, it was almost like watching a Derby match! However, after that, the mostly aging players of the Revie era needed to be phased out & the team rebuilt.
I always felt Armfield wasn't really given a fair crack, but then football is notoriously impatient as a managerial environment. I think I would have chosen him over either Bingham or Lee, but we can only speculate as to how he or any other manager would have fared instead.
Of course, Shankley quit (again) after winning the Cup in '74 ? I wonder whether the history of the two clubs would have been dramatically altered if we had poached Paisley the year before?!
4 Posted 14/10/2010 at 21:59:59
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