It's amazing what one result can do. When David Moyes took over he said that we must no longer be referred to as "crisis club Everton". He achieved that. In the last month, the phrase has come back again. It seems that we have turned full circle and the years of hope have ended.
The comments today seem to suggest that Mr Moyes is aware of this, he wants events on the field to deflect from what is wrong off it. I admire his thinking and attitude but have concerns about what the outcome of this might be.
I believe we are about to have a decent run which will move us up the table, earn us more money and once more rescue Bill Kenwright. I'm seriously in two minds over this. Of course I want us to win, I want us to get to Wembley, I want us to finish top six. However, it seems to me that we are postponing our hangover... David Moyes to the rescue once again?
What is wrong at Everton must be confronted, it won't be if David Moyes pulls the rabbit out of the hat one more time.
Andy Crooks, Posted 28/02/2011 at 18:58:26
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1 Posted 28/02/2011 at 20:19:45
2 Posted 28/02/2011 at 20:31:21
If we go on an unbeaten run from now to the end of the season, then it will just piss me off thinking of what might have been if Moyes had managed the team well.
In my opinion, he put the rabbit in the hat, lost the little bastard, and has been fumbling around looking for him for too long. If his little twitchy nose appears over the rim before the end of the season, then it's only what we should expect of this team.
3 Posted 28/02/2011 at 21:16:05
4 Posted 28/02/2011 at 21:18:12
5 Posted 28/02/2011 at 21:21:58
More importantly (from my perspective), if we can navigate past Reading then we have a good shout at the FA Cup. Either Arsenal or United will knock the other giant out. We are likely to face City, on the surface a very tough game but we have a great record at Eastlands and the fixture will come in the middle of a heavy Europa Cup schedule and City desperate not to drop points in the race to finish in the top 4. This gives me hope we can also get past them. I am desperate for silverware, but even if we only get to the final I still believe it's a Europa League position for getting to the final.
Being in Europe is essential for attracting any top players and, even if we continue with our current business model, we have the potential to generate funds from sales. Selling Yakubu, Vaughan, Bilyaletdinov (who I don't think has been given a fair chance), Heitinga and Yobo. We could get over £20 million from those sales. That could buy us a striker and a winger, and possibly a squad player of two, still leave us with our stars and create some room for some youngsters to develop into.
I would love some investment, but it is (for whatever reason, pro- or anti-Kenwright) unlikely to happen anytime soon. Until the last few weeks, I will admit to being depressed at the season... but the irony is that, despite all the setbacks and false promise (and worst of all, the turning points), the season still has the potential to be our best in 15 years.
Maybe I?m an over optimist (it doesn?t feel like it on a Saturday afternoon at Goodison) but I still have faith in our future, with or without a buyer.
6 Posted 28/02/2011 at 22:28:19
But that said, we're in a place where it is almost impossible not to mention the awful financial situation.
7 Posted 28/02/2011 at 23:06:31
If Osman can maintain the form that was shown against Sunderland, he will be well worth keeping too; however, we do need another striker as Beckford cannot play up front on his own and Saha is over 30 years old and injury-prone.
We also need cover for Baines desperately... it's a shame we couldn't get Lescott back as he was decent at left back and also cover at centre back.
8 Posted 01/03/2011 at 01:42:01
Left back isn't Lescott's position, it was left centre back and cover as left back.
9 Posted 01/03/2011 at 01:20:11
10 Posted 01/03/2011 at 01:55:16
11 Posted 01/03/2011 at 02:43:20
Do I detect a poke in the eye in particular for Billy the Benevolent.
12 Posted 01/03/2011 at 02:37:55
Lescott left as he tripled his wages, you would do the same if your competitor offered the same.
13 Posted 01/03/2011 at 03:32:25
Agree with John #12. He left for the moolah.
14 Posted 01/03/2011 at 05:35:42
15 Posted 01/03/2011 at 05:54:22
16 Posted 01/03/2011 at 08:16:04
17 Posted 01/03/2011 at 10:13:37
There's no if's and maybe's supporting your team, they cross the line tonight and we mentally kick and head every ball for them.
Must win, have to win, will win. That's the attitude needed from all of us.
18 Posted 01/03/2011 at 14:25:18
19 Posted 01/03/2011 at 15:41:38
This is a very odd post considering you're his biggest critic on this site.
He won't really be pulling a rabbit out of the hat should we win a few and get through into the quarters or even semis, he will be getting a group of players to perform to the standard that they should have all season.
The majority of our coming games look winnable because, in terms of players, we will have a better standard than the opposition (bar Man City).
If we climb the table and end up 6th-8th, which is possible, it still doesn't excuse what a poor 2/3 of the season we have had. In my eyes, Moyes is as culpable as Kenwright for this and once again we will talk of what might have been?
20 Posted 01/03/2011 at 15:32:26
That's not a contradictory position is it?
Anyway, while I am on here... KENWRIGHT OUT!
21 Posted 01/03/2011 at 17:23:00
I just hope that this summer Evertonians will take a more cynical view than in previous years. I agree with Alan Clarke that Moyes and Kenwright are not separate entities. Actually they remind me of Little and Large. Eddie Large was a journeyman comedian with some talent who threatened to but never quite became great. Syd Little, well his contribution was, err nothing. Well, nothing but standing in the limelight. Didn't they fall out in the end?
22 Posted 01/03/2011 at 18:43:44
I also agree with Alan that they are one and the same.
As Ste Traverse pointed out, Moyes has publicly backed Kenwright throughout, even at our lowest ebb. For me, I want them both to leave at the end of this season, regardless of whether he leaves with a cup.
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