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Psychology of Everton

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Here's one way to cure our early season wows: why don't the team say "Bollox to all this pre-season training and singing Karaoke in American bars... Let's have a good old Christmas party along with fancy dress, turkey, Christmas pud and exotic dancers in AUGUST?"

That might just guarantee that they start playing to potential at the start of the season! I bet they won't find that idea in the training manual!

And hows about Moyesie only having 16 players to choose from? ? that would help too... and what about the players pretending they are playing Man City EVERY week? Home and away. Everton must be a sports psychologist's wet dream.
Col Wills, Litherland     Posted 22/06/2011 at 13:37:05

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Adam Trotario
1   Posted 22/06/2011 at 15:54:15

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I am pretty sure that the reason they go to the US every year is that those friendlies are big money makers for the club. It may be that Moyes thinks the US trips are a terrible idea but he cannot stop doing them because BK needs the revenue to keep the club out of administration.
Trevor Lynes
2   Posted 22/06/2011 at 16:28:55

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I reckon its to allow Howards visit to his family....same as Timmy's jaunts to Oz.......Maybe Howard will be on loan over there soon to get him off the wage bill !!
Alex Kociuba
3   Posted 22/06/2011 at 16:41:48

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I doubt very much they are big money makers? Or was that a joke?
Karl Masters
4   Posted 22/06/2011 at 19:53:35

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Just logged on here to find the usual Summer moans and groans, but just thought I'd let you know why Moyes likes the US so much.

Back in Summer 2004, we had just finished 17th, beaten 5-1 by Man City ,who finished 16th, in the last game and the players got a real mauling in the press. Additionally Rooney was refusing to commit, we had a Boardroom feud going on between Kenwright and Gregg, Jermaine Wright of Ipswich turned us down and went to Leeds, we signed Marcus Bent for £400k and Tomas Radzinski left telling all the other players they should get out too. We had no money, big debts and even our promising signing Tim Cahill was going to miss the first games due to the Olympics. A very miserable time.

But, Moyes took the team to the US ( Florida I think ) a lot of team bonding went on and we enjoyed the famous 2004/5 season finishing 4th.

I think he sees the US as a great place to go pre-season and actually I wouldn't disagree - just want better opponents when we return to England.

Dan Parker
5   Posted 22/06/2011 at 21:24:54

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Moyes mentioned recently that the training facilities were second-to-none and that was largely the reason. No doubt decent accomodation, weather and a break from the English press too.
Peter Bourke
6   Posted 23/06/2011 at 00:16:26

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Hilarious. I like your thinking col....we have nothing to lose if we try it.
James Flynn
7   Posted 23/06/2011 at 01:06:31

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Wet dream ?!?!?!?! I certainly don't want to interact with a psychologist who's constantly masturbating about sports.

Who does that (Rhetorically -speaking)?
Jason Lam
8   Posted 23/06/2011 at 04:54:01

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It'll only work if we also fund the other 19 clubs' Xmas parties. We're so skint it's probably why we perform better after Xmas - we're the only club that's sober.
Si Harwood
9   Posted 23/06/2011 at 13:58:17

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Love it - mad enough it just might work!!
Jeremy Benson
10   Posted 23/06/2011 at 14:55:51

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Here's another idea, on the same theme.

Only give players 6 months contracts. That way, they'll always be playing at the top of their game, in the shop window/for a new contract, just like after xmas...
Jon Cox
11   Posted 23/06/2011 at 18:48:01

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"Wow" enjoyed that Col,

Good stuff !!
Stephen Kenny
12   Posted 24/06/2011 at 07:50:39

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James, Youv'e obviously never watched womens tennis!

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