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I never usually listen to TalkSport, prefering to use the analoogy of TalkShite.

But for some reason I had it on whilst driving home tonight and Stan Collymoor made a statement that struck home. Whilst talking about Spurs he stated: "Harry's philosophy is a simple one, buy the best player you can afford for the position you want and play him there."

Wish Moyes had the same mentality...
Dave Lynch, Merseyside     Posted 19/12/2010 at 19:05:59

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Jon Davies
1   Posted 20/12/2010 at 06:48:50

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Sure Moyes would love to... but who can he afford??
Aiden Doyle
2   Posted 20/12/2010 at 07:08:46

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And there was me thinking that ?Arry?s philosophy was to con his employers into paying excessive transfer fees and ludicrous wages, enabling a brief moment of relative success that allows him to jump ship with his reputation intact moments before the financial realities begin to bite.
Ste Traverse
3   Posted 20/12/2010 at 07:06:48

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I'm a Talksport listener and Collymore is an excellent pundit. For an Ex-red he always has a good word to say about the Blues.

Yesterday he said something he's said many times on the radio, he said it was "very strange that a club like Everton, who had spent more time in the top flight than anyone, can't get big money backers".

It something we all think is strange, Stan.

He is auctually the one pundit that will criticise the useless Kenwright.
Shaun Brennan
4   Posted 20/12/2010 at 08:00:53

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Listening to TalkSport last night and a point was made about the sole use of a lone striker. The speaker made a interesting point, that teams that usually play with one striker are not setting up to win a game but so afraid to loose it.

Then he went to talk on about Everton and Liverpool to back up the point. They even went onto say that Moyes's hand is turned when we go down by a goal and he is almost forced to do something. Whilst agreeing that neither set of fans pretty much enjoys what is on offer.

Alan Clarke
5   Posted 20/12/2010 at 08:04:18

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He also made the point about playing players in their best position. Instead of playing a more talented footballer in the wrong position, play a less talented player there who is a actually suited to that position. It's a simple policy that leads to a more balanced team and a more cohesive unit. How many times does Moyes play players out of position? Anichebe on the right or left wing, Heitinga in midfield, Rodwell on the right, Fellaini up front, Jagielka in midfield. These awful selections were not injury dictated all the time.
Norman Merrill
6   Posted 20/12/2010 at 08:35:58

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Like Ste, comm 3, I find Stan Collymore a good pundit. For an ex-Red he talks sense when relating to matches concerning us.

The fact that we have a good record against City, in recent seasons, will just be in the supporters minds, and not the players, as we really need a result.

Let's hope that we show some real aggression, and whoever is playing up front, breaks this horrible drought in front of goal. And start giving the fans our Xmas prezzies early.

Ian McDowell
7   Posted 20/12/2010 at 08:47:51

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It?s an excellent point actually. I think back to the Newcastle at home game and they had a 5-man midfield the same as us. We both had Cahill/Nolan supporting the front man, where we had Heitinga a centre half in midfield they had 2 centre midfielders in Barton and Tiote. We had Osman and Pienaar out wide and they had 2 wingers Ben Arfa and Routledge who both had pace.

Now I wouldn?t say that Routledge is particularly talented but he is a winger and performs well there.
KPR Williams
8   Posted 20/12/2010 at 08:41:10

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We dont have the squad depth of Arry. From Day 1, Moyes has been playing players out of their 'best position'. Didn't do Lescott any harm or Coleman for that matter.

Rodwell is apparently a centre half, we're covered for that position, Heitinga allegedly a right back in his Athletico Madrid time, actually listed as defender/defensive midfielder on Wiki. Fellaini would be the one to push up front in an emergency for obvious reasons, Jags was also a versatile play anywhere kind of player in his Sheffield Untied days. Moyes does like a versatile player.

And I'm right there with Aiden Doyle at (#2)... Watch what happens if they don't get 4th this year.

Kunal Desai
9   Posted 20/12/2010 at 09:10:43

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Whilst assessing all 20 Premier League teams at nearly the half way stage, Collymore made two points:

He's in the market for 2-3 loan signings in Jan, does he really deserve that for what he has done over the years. He should be getting between £10-15M to spend. Without saying it, you could tell he was having a dig at the Everton board.

Secondly he believes there will be a parting of ways either end of this season or next season where DM feels he has reached he can no longer take the club any forward.

He ended by saying a top ten finish is still on the cards for us this season.
Dick Fearon
10   Posted 20/12/2010 at 09:13:44

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Spitits lifted at the news that the City game is almost certain to be played. Spirits sink at the news that Osman is likely to play. One bone shaker from Colo and that's his lot.
Alan Clarke
11   Posted 20/12/2010 at 09:16:32

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KPR, Rodwell has always played in midfield for us so he isn't "apparently a centre half". Heitinga had an excellent run for us last year at centre half and reached the World Cup Final playing there. Jags was useless in midfield for both Sheffield Utd (who got relegated) and us whenever he's played there.

I still think Coleman would be better suited to playing right back where, similar to Baines, he can come from deep. Lescott is the exception as he played better at left back.

This utility player nonsense is exactly that. As a player, you find more consistency in your performances and gain more confidence from playing regularly in your best position.

Andrew Flanagan
12   Posted 20/12/2010 at 09:26:35

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As much as the entire Redknapp family irritate me (okay, maybe not Louise) you cannot knock the job 'Arry has done at Spurs. Yes he has had money from day one but that doesn't always bring success and I would give my left arm to see Everton giving Inter Milan a game home and away.

We consistently finished above Spurs over the past five or so seasons and the difference is they have pushed on, invested and bought well. Part of me would just love Kenright to walk in one morning after some 'Christmas Carol' type revelation the night before and start forging cheques left, right and centre.

The other part of me just accepts the inevitable slog that being an Evertonian has become!
Paul Gladwell
13   Posted 20/12/2010 at 10:03:14

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Jon (1), He spent close to £10M on a player whom he has never played in his correct position in Bily. He also spent £15M on Fellaini and for a whole season played him out of his correct position, plus £6M on Heitinga who for most of his Everton appearances has played out of position.
Jimmy Hacking
14   Posted 20/12/2010 at 10:18:56

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Moyes and Redknapp are like chalk and cheese. I do grudgingly respect Redknapp and believe he is a good manager, but if he were in charge of Everton it would be a complete disaster ? as would be Wenger or Ancelotti or Pep Guardiola.

Moyes is beligerent, blinkered and overly-cautious to a ridiculous degree, sure, but he is undoubtedly the right sort of manager for a perenially skint team like ours.

Moyes has always reminded me of Brian Clough in many ways, nabbing unfashionable players on the cheap and refusing to see the wood for the trees a lot of the time. My point is there are positives and negatives to a fella like DM but I do think he is the right man for the job.
KPR Williams
15   Posted 20/12/2010 at 10:45:59

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I have no respect at all for Redknapp if I'm honest. He has left every team he's been at in financial ruin whilst jumping ship at the iceberg moment.

Spurs fans beware...

Dave Lynch
16   Posted 20/12/2010 at 10:43:54

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I really don't understand posters who state that we are skint and don't have the depth of squad. Moyes has had ten years to build a squad and, after all that time, we are still lacking in certain areas. The same areas that have been troubling us for seasons. Instead of buying a player for a certain position, he constantly buys square pegs for round holes.
Paul Gladwell
17   Posted 20/12/2010 at 10:55:19

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Cannot stand Redknapp but his attitude seems to be about letting people worry about what his team can do instead of the Moyes attitude which seems to be the opposite.
KPR Williams
18   Posted 20/12/2010 at 10:49:47

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Alan? Wiki and the odd pundit quoting 'he was regarded as having the potential to become a top centre back early in his professional career' ? knew I hadn't dreamt it.

Jags was tried in mid and right back in desperate times as was Heitinga (no Rodwell/Fellaini, Hibbert, Neville). Moyes probably left him in a bit too long but, since he has come back from the World Cup, he has been fluttering his lashes in a 'come and get me, anybody' way and playing shite so I reckon he's not worth the risk at centre half. Same with Coleman at right back. He's lucky not to have given two or three penalties away this season.

Baines, his defending is probably the weakest element of his game. A lot of the goals we have conceeded this season have come down that side.

You say utility, I say versatile ? We don't have strength in depth so versatility is the key.

Kevin Gillen
19   Posted 20/12/2010 at 11:34:36

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Agree with Jimmy Hacking. I admire but don't like Harry Redknapp. I have never forgiven him for selling us Bilic and Williamson, that put us back a long way. I don't think he is a good tactical manager. You tend to think he is good in the transfer market but after what has been revealed about Portsmouth you have to wonder.

His teams do play attacking football so you have to also admire that. I can't see his way of operating working at a club like Everton. When you look at the paltry investment we have had, it's a miracle we're still in this league.

Mark Murphy
20   Posted 20/12/2010 at 11:38:14

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My name is Mark Murphy and I listen to Talksport! I dont want to ? it drives me round the twist, especially that prick Darren Cough and Adrian Durham (who used to slaughter us until Moyes rang him up and scared him shitless!).

Most topics are shamelessly designed to wind people up so that they call in, wait 40 minutes on a premium rate line whilst the presenter, especially Alan Brazil, talks bollocks, then get cut off if the point is not to their liking! Last week, Adrian Durham commented that the fans of Man Utd, Liverpool and Newcastle all want their owners out whilst Everton, Spurs and Villa love their owners "with a passion"!

TalkShite more like! But I can't ignore it! I hate my weakness!

David Hallwood
21   Posted 20/12/2010 at 11:46:39

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I stopped listening to TalkShite a while ago, because they just regurgitate shite. The worst one is Mike Parry who's 'one of our own' (FFS) but he's like the uncle from hell who you'd like to disown because he always embarrasses the fuck out of you wherever he goes. Collymore?s accent grates on me after about, oooo 3 seconds, plus he?s considereablee richer than yow.

But back to melted rubber face man; I think because Moyes has got to squeeze every £-worth of value from transfers he goes for players and he invariably goes for players that can play in a number of positions ? hence no specialist wide players: jack of all trades and all that.
Thomas James
22   Posted 20/12/2010 at 12:20:51

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Jamie (#13) ? with all due respect, doesn't Pep Guardiola actually use players from his youth academy??
Steve Pugh
23   Posted 20/12/2010 at 12:21:41

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Harry Redknap only plays players in their proper position. Can you imagine what would happen if he played Gareth Bale as a left midfield/winger instead of in his proper position of Left back. Heaven Forbid.
Tony J Williams
24   Posted 20/12/2010 at 12:49:37

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When you have money to burn, you can get good players in all positions. What happened to the two Kyles he pinched from under our noses? One had a few games then disappeared.

As above with Bale, the lad was almost out of the door until he was put on the wing due to lack of numbers. Yeah and eye for talent that fella and don't start on the Van der Vaart transfer, stinks to high Heaven that one.... allegedly.
Dave Wilson
25   Posted 20/12/2010 at 12:48:11

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Redknapp's a prick; when he isn't taking clubs to the wall, he has his horrible face all over my telly. His treatment of Darren Bent was cowardly and disgraceful.

He inherited Modric, Lennon, Huddlestone, King, Dawson and Bale. He left Bale out for nearly a year, then stumbled on his real position through injuries ? ring any bells?

Ramos was never able to get his team on the pitch and Orrible Arry was able to step in and take the glory.

Can't argue with the fact that he plays his signings in their correct positions though. He signed a lighthouse and he plays him as a fucken lighthouse.
Gavin Ramejkis
26   Posted 20/12/2010 at 13:05:47

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David (#20), I can't stand listening to Parry, am surprised he's not choked on Bill's length or been suffocated from the time he spends with his head up Bill's arse. I have never heard a more cringe-worthy pro-Bill pundit on a radio station.
Jimmy Hacking
27   Posted 20/12/2010 at 13:07:45

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Thomas (#21) ? I'm not saying Guardiola isn't a good manager, I'm saying he would not achieve any success if he were in charge of Everton. Round peg/square hole and all that.

Unless we miraculously get bought out by Colonel Gaddafi or someone, then Fancy Dan managers would never prosper here.
Dave Lynch
28   Posted 20/12/2010 at 13:23:13

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What's a Fancy Dan manager? ? Someone who lets a player express himself or actually encourages open attacking football?

Sorry mate, I just don't get it. Would you rather watch negative hoofball than players actually passing, dribbling etc.....

KPR Williams
29   Posted 20/12/2010 at 13:05:07

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You wouldn't buy a used car off him, would you...
Gavin Ramejkis
30   Posted 20/12/2010 at 13:37:42

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KPR (#27) ? if you did, it wouldn't have any tax...
Helikaon Bow
31   Posted 20/12/2010 at 13:53:22

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Basically, we're skint and we know we are! That's the way it's going to stay until we get relegated in 5-10 years time when Moyes and the excellent players we have give up on the dream!
KPR Williams
32   Posted 20/12/2010 at 13:55:19

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If it got off the lot, it'd be sure to break down soon after... See Bilic and Williamson.
Helikaon Bow
33   Posted 20/12/2010 at 13:55:24

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Oh and the on matter of TalkSport, it's all fucking London football and Man Utd-centric!!!

Nothing is said about other sports except football and cricket; nothing is said about teams other than the top 4 plus Spurs... its a joke! If you are a Welsh Evertonian into rugby then you're fucked!

Anyways, that's my rant over! :-) Hope TalkSport are listening.

Danny Burke
34   Posted 20/12/2010 at 14:02:51

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Talkshite is nicknamed thus for a reason. They talk shite!

Thomas (#21) ? with all due respect, doesn't Pep Guardiola actually use players from his youth academy??

It's a lot easier to do that when the players that have come through that acadamy are Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Puyol, Pique (via Utd), Pedro, Bojan, Busquests, et al.
Rodwell, Coleman, Anichebe, Vaughan, Hibbert, Osman, Baxter, Wallace, Duffy don't quite compare ? although I believe most are decent players.
Helikaon Bow
35   Posted 20/12/2010 at 15:46:59

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Coleman came from Ireland ? not from our youth academy.
Terry Downes
36   Posted 20/12/2010 at 15:48:42

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Gavin (#25) ? Brilliant, love it... ha ha!
Charles King
37   Posted 20/12/2010 at 17:08:28

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I like Harry Redknapp, he gets the best out players, plays attacking football, can wheel and deal, gets money out of the board and has the media eating out of his hand.

If any of those traits described our manager we'd be delighted.

As for financially ruining clubs, nonsense. He did'nt sign the cheques
Thomas James
38   Posted 20/12/2010 at 18:51:54

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Danny 34# either way, Pep is in charge of one the best teams in Europe, expectation is super high and dropping a youth player into it is much more of a risk. Pep does it, he doesn't ask players to play out of position. I take your point that the quality of the players but that is more of a strategic things.

Which possibly highlights another tactical flaw. In the 8 years that Moyes is in charge he should have been able to force a footballing ethos onto the club in such that our youth system creates players to slot into the 1st team. Top managers like Wenger, Ferguson and Huiddink do it... Spending huge sums is not sustainable, youth systems will be more important in the coming years.
Dick Fearon
39   Posted 20/12/2010 at 19:42:21

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By leaking hints that he would like the England managership Appy Arry is already clearing the decks for when his current bubble bursts.
Marcus Kendall
40   Posted 20/12/2010 at 22:48:41

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Hiddink is NOT a top manager, check his managerial record for proof.
Peter Hall
41   Posted 20/12/2010 at 23:04:07

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'Arry is a top manager with a great strategy.

Buy players (often ageing) on long expensive contracts, win something, move on leaving your old club holding the baby, and watch them go bust.

Bye bye West Ham, Southanpton, Portsmouth ? hello Tottenham.

Of course he's great ? look how badly they've done after they lost him.
KPR Williams
42   Posted 21/12/2010 at 09:10:16

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Harry Redknapp certainly does wheel and deal... ask Portsmouth... Sol Campbell ? £100k a week ???
Tim Keen
43   Posted 21/12/2010 at 10:30:15

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So let me get this straight: Stan Collymore said some cliche about Redknapp buying the "best player he can and playing him in his best position" and we get 40+ posts hailing the genius of Harry versus Moyes.

We then look at the facts and see that Moyes's teams almost always finish higher, spend less on wages and less on transfer fees.

We then look at Redknapp's transfer dealings for Spurs and see Robbie Keane for £12M, and 3 right backs (Walker, Naughton and Chimbonda) signed for a combined £12M none of whom ever play. Hardly a fautless operator....

Jason Lam
44   Posted 22/12/2010 at 06:39:18

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Fellaini didn't look out of place playing up front last season and scored some goals. Arteta is more than competent on the right mid.

Bellamy is actually quite useful on the wings for listed striker.

It's playing players in their 'natural' position to keep them happy. Like their fat wages is not enough already.

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