It’s been the subject of much discussion on social media the past few weeks. No, not if that stupid dress was blue and black or white and gold... But is it time for Roberto to move on?

After the disastrous exit from Europe, there certainly is a split between the supporters. Some supporters (including myself) are of the thinking that – unless there is a drastic upturn in fortunes – there is sadly only one conclusion to his time at the club. Just 7 wins out of 29 league games is nothing short of embarrassing and the fact we find ourselves in a relegation battle in March is extremely disappointing considering the so called ‘top players’ he has at his disposal. These top players have been shocking and are part of the problem but Martinez continues to pick his favourites and they continue to let him down. Yes, there have been other factors, like injuries, suspensions and referees that have affected us getting more points, but there is no getting away from the fact that we should’ve accumulated more points with the strength of this squad.

The players' performances fall at Martinez’s door and his poor performances sit at Kenwright’s. For me, one of two things needs to happen: We cut or losses and move Martinez on... or Bill backs him and lets him clear out the deadwood in the squad and bring his own players in. The performance in Kiev screamed of a lack of freshness and highlighted the defensive frailties we possess. Alcaraz, Howard, Coleman, Atsu, Barry, McCarthy were all atrocious. I wouldn’t be opposed to accepting bids for any of our first team player bar Stones, Barkley and Lukaku. The squad needs a huge overhaul, either with or without Martinez.

It’s the million-dollar question: Who could we bring in and who could we attract? For argument's sake, let’s just say we avoided relegation but Martinez is moved on in the summer. Which candidates would be available or even interested in the job? Below is a tactical analysis of who (at home and abroad) may be available.

Domestically there are several young positive managers that I believe could come in and do well. The first manager who has had an excellent season is Eddie Howe at Bournemouth; yes, he’s operating at a lower level in the Championship but has all the makings of a very good manager. Eddie Howe is a modern-thinking football manager who encourages his teams to play attacking football with a fast tempo, pass and move. He is involved in all aspects of the football club from youth teams to the first team. He did have an unsuccessful spell at Burnley but brought in players such as Danny Ings, Sam Vokes, Kieran Tripper, Jason Shackell, Ben Mee and Charlie Austin who were all brought in for little or no money. It’s fair to say Burnley are now seeing Howe’s work coming to fruition. Howe favours a 4-4-2 formation with genuine pacey wide players, who get involved with the front two. At the time of writing this, his Bournemouth side currently sit two points off the top of the Championship in their second full season in the division. His contract expires in 2016 so wouldn’t cost much to break him from his contract. The last time we chose to take a manager from the Championship, it worked out pretty well but for me lacks the Premier League experience we crave at this time. Definitely he’s one to keep an eye on, if Bournemouth continue as they are, we might see Howe in the Premier League next year anyway!

Another manager currently working in the Championship who should be considered is Aitor Karanka at Middleborough. Similar to Howe he is also having a fantastic season with his club. Karanka’s Boro are joint top of the Championship, only second on goal difference. The Spaniard is in his first full season in charge of the North-East club. Currently they have the best defensive record in the division, only conceding 27 goals in 38 games, which considering what a competitive league it is down there is remarkable. The next best defensive record have conceded 13 more goals than Middlesbrough. Karanka's football tactics are closer to Mourinho's pragmatic style than Guardiola's tiki-taka, even though he likes to play a standard 4-4-2 formation rather than the 4-3-3 favoured by his former boss. The counter-attack, the pressure exerted by the forwards, the focus on quality of possession rather than possession for possession's sake, Middlesborough are a team full of pace. Boro have won more than double the amount of games that they have lost, something we would snatch anyone’s hands off for! As a classy centre-half he won everything as a player including three Champions Leagues. His contract also expires next summer and could be prized away quite easily. Similar to Howe, the only thing missing off his CV is experience is managing in the Premier League but, if Boro continue their success this year, we might well see him sooner rather than later. He is a manager to definitely keep an eye on.

A manager who interviewed for Martinez’s job before it was given to the Spaniard was Alan Stubbs. A true Evertonian who knows what it means to play for the club. Due to his Everton ties and the former Under-21 Manager, he will definitely be linked to the job. Also, due to the job he has done at Hibernian in Scotland’s second tier, he deserves a mention. Currently Stubbs’s Hibs sit 2nd in the Scottish Championship but 20 points adrift of leaders Hearts. Stubbs’s Edinburgh side have played well this season and the fact they are 20 points behind Hearts has been more to do with the good form of Hearts than the poor form of Hibs. Stubbs has just received Manager of the Month for February due to having an excellent month. The highlight beating Berwick Rangers 4-0 in the quarter final of the Scottish Cup and currently on a 13-match unbeaten run, stretching back to 6 December. Stubbs has dabbled with various formations but has since settled for a 4-4-2 diamond, similar to the one used by AC Milan in the mid-90s. His experience working with the Everton youngsters has stirred his passion of working with youth players as the nucleus of his team is made up with players aged 22 to 26 years of age. In fact they only have one player over the age of 29 in the squad, which is journeyman goalkeeper Alan Combe. I have no doubt that, if Stubbs continues developing within the Scottish game, one day he will have the experience required to be a future Everton manager; but, at present, with only 8 months of managerial experience as a head coach, I don’t believe he would be right for us right now, even though he does have huge ties to the club.

The bookies' favourite to replace Roberto at present is Michael Laudrup. As a player, he played for some of the biggest sides in Europe including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus. Winning the ultimate European prize in the European Cup with Barca in 1992. Previously managing Swansea in the Premier League he finished 8th and won the League Cup. They beat both Liverpool and Chelsea on their way to Wembley including beating League One Bradford 5-0 in the Final. His second season in charge didn’t go as well as his first. The Swans excelled in Europe but didn’t fare so well in the Premier League. Sound familiar?! This eventually led to Laudrup losing his job. In February 2014, he was sacked by the chairman and Gary Monk was brought in. That aside, Laudrup has huge pedigree and one I feel would certainly be akin to managing EFC. His record in the transfer market was excellent. Unearthing gems such as Michu, Wilfried Bony and Jonathan De Guzman, as well as getting the best out of seasoned regulars Ashley Williams, Leon Britton and Wayne Routledge. He favours a fluid 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation with a possession based approach with the full backs pushing up as well as a high tempo pressing game. Due to his connections across Europe generated as a player, Laudrup would certainly give EFC an advantage in the transfer market. Something we’ve not had since Walter Smith first arrived in 1998 when he managed to convince John Collins to swap Monte Carlo for Merseyside! Laudrup currently works in Qatar managing Lekhwiya SC. His contract runs out this summer so no compensation would be required to bring him to the club. He was initially linked to the EFC job prior to Martinez being offered it in 2013. Although Laudrup ruled himself out of the job back then I’m sure the lure of returning to the Premier League would certainly appeal to him now.

Another Manager who was linked to the club back in 2013 was Thomas Tuchel formerly of Mainz 05. A very forward-thinking manager who’s football management has been referred to as ‘ground breaking’. Tuchel is a student of the game who didn’t have much of a playing career. He retired at 25 due to a chronic cartilage injury. He began his coaching career in 2000 as head coach of the Under-19s of VfB Stuttgart. After five years, he returned to his former club FC Augsburg, where he worked as youth team coordinator for three years. He was named as the new Head Coach of Mainz 05 on 3 August 2009, after the club was promoted to the Bundesliga. During his time at Mainz, he finished 5th and 7th which included getting his team back into Europe this year. Tuchel's focus in training is based around ‘rhomb-training' with the pitch dimensions being cut to resemble a diamond-shape in order to cut out long-passes down the touchlines. The Mainz squad were accustomed to training in different shapes on pitch sizes varying from rhomb to circle. He calls it a “systematic approach” with his preferred formation on a match day mirroring – and countering – how the opposition line-up on the park. His philosophy is based on pressure on the ball. Something we have never done under Martinez. He gets his sides to play the ‘high block’ early on in games with players pushing up on teams and stopping them being able to bring the ball out and a ‘low block’ second half to soak up pressure to hit teams on the break. He is so tactically astute and forward-thinking, he is a must on any shortlist. Newcastle were sniffing around him in December so, if we did want him, we would have to act fast. He is unattached and currently without a club so he will no doubt have plenty of offers come the summer.

Staying in Germany and a manager who will be on plenty of shortlists will be Jurgen Klopp. A manager who comes with huge pedigree within the European game. Klopp’s managerial career also began at Mainz 05. Guiding them to Uefa Cup qualification in 2005-06. Unfortunately they were relegated in 2007 and although Klopp stayed to get them promoted, promotion wasn’t forthcoming and he was poached by Borussia Dortmund. His first two years at the club heralded 6th and 5th place finishes respectively, followed by back to back German Championships in 2010-11 and 2011-12. They also finished as losing finalist of the Champions League in 2013 losing to domestic rivals Bayern Munich. Klopp is a perfect fit for us and English football. He nurtures young talent and gives them opportunities, he plays attacking football and looks to stay at a club for a considerable amount of time. His teams are built around the ‘counter press’. Pressing the ball by swarming players in possession. Klopp favors a narrow and compact 4-2-3-1 formation which prefers to attack with a technical counter attack when the opposition is open and exposed. In defence, Dortmund attempts to limit the playing area that their opposition has to play through by playing a high defensive line, and compressing their wingers and fullbacks into central areas. Klopp has openly spoken out about his desire to manage in the Premier League one day so I think if we are looking to replace Martinez we should definitely ‘test the water’. He may be destined for a so called ‘top four job’ but we should show ambition and at least ask the question. As they say if you don’t ask…

Staying on the continent but moving North West into Holland, Current Ajax manager Frank De Boer is a manager who is also a perfect candidate for the Everton job. As a player he was part of the Ajax side that lifted the Champions League in 1995. Brought up through the famous Ajax Youth Academy De Boer learnt the core principles involved in playing football through the TIPS system. Technique, Insight, Personality and Speed, the basis of the Ajax philosophy. He has since taken that philosophy into coaching. Having worked with the youth system from 2007-2010 he was then given the opportunity to manage the first team from 2010. Since then he has guided Ajax to four successive Eredivise titles and one Johan Cruyff Shield (Charity Shield). As with all Ajax managers, they are expected to play 4-3-3. It’s embedded in their philosophy and De Boer is no different. Like Klopp and Tuchel he favours a high pressing game, attempting to win back the ball as early as possible as high up the pitch as possible. It is fair to say that De Boer’s philosophy is based on creating space and exploiting the space created. Another manager who has been linked to both Newcastle and Spurs in the last 12 months and one who would be in high demand if he became available. His name alone brings its own pedigree but what he’s achieved in Dutch football deserves an opportunity to manage in the Premier League. He has already been quoted as saying he won’t discuss his future until the summer. To me that’s code for come and get me once the season is over.

So there you have it Рa detailed list of potential candidates that I truly believe would be attracted to the opportunity of managing our beloved football club. I truly hope Se̱or Martinez pulls his finger out pretty soon and remembers what it means to manage Everton Football Club. Failing that, there are plenty of reputable candidates out there both at home and abroad.

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Phil Sammon
1 Posted 20/03/2015 at 06:08:53
The dress was clearly white and gold.
Terry Murphy
2 Posted 20/03/2015 at 06:30:22
You might be on the wrong thread Phil. Pardon the pun, but the OP is definitely food for thought.
Mike Price
3 Posted 20/03/2015 at 06:29:32
I really hope the management built break points into his new contract.

We need a motivator until the end of the season like Royle or Reid just to force us over the line and then assess what's out there. Bilic, Bielsa, Koemen whoever, but we need some steel to run from top to bottom of this pathetically soft club of ours.

James Hughes
4 Posted 20/03/2015 at 06:39:47
I want him gone, end of story. Too many people make excuses for Martinez, he has brought players in, most of them from Wigan.
Alcaraz last night was awful even Coleman was bawling him out.

He is a manager and he has a good squad but HE has them playing badly as HE sets them up. Just like his team you canÂ’t defend him.
I think itÂ’s like taking a fillet steak and turning it into mince, a waste of quality when available.

Stephen Brown
5 Posted 20/03/2015 at 06:38:11
Somebody said Gary Neville on another thread. That's a good shout IMO.
Mohammed Horoub
8 Posted 20/03/2015 at 06:53:20
Great article Jamie. Excellent research. My wish list would be:
1) Klopp
2) De Boer
3) Howe
If none of the 3 are available then the stability of Stubbs will do. It will be difficult to recruit players with him but at this point we need to salvage something from this wreckage. We gave the wheel to a madman and he drove us over the cliff in search of his utopian tiki taka rainbow.
Phil Walling
9 Posted 20/03/2015 at 07:13:03
I think we can take it for granted that the manager chosen to take us into next season will be.............. ROBERTO MARTINEZ!

BK loves the cut of his jib and greatly admires how he got us to fifth last season and so far in the Europa this.

And he's brilliant with the bullhorn having an explaination for every difficult situation.

A man after his own heart ,so to speak!

Micky Norman
10 Posted 20/03/2015 at 07:24:06
Just a year ago some other big clubs were having the same debate and RM would have been very highly ranking on their wanted list.
James Martin
11 Posted 20/03/2015 at 07:34:25
Not Howe, sadly this group of players just wouldn't respect him. Any young manager with a philisophy would just be completely ignored by this bunch of serial losers. We need a serial winner, someone with experience, a dictator to put his foot on the throats of this pathetic squad and whip them into shape.
Andrew Clare
12 Posted 20/03/2015 at 07:45:16
I see pressure is building on the Roma coach Rui Garcia after last night's defeat to Fiorentina. Roma are second in Serie A.
We are in a relegation battle and we have just been humiliated in the Europa league yet still our manager hasn't been sacked! What happened to Everton? With a board like ours we are forever doomed to be also rans.
Tony Hill
13 Posted 20/03/2015 at 07:54:34
Mike (3) and James (11). Yes, we need to develop some mental hardness. It's been our club's underlying problem for years. I have no idea who is going to provide it, I see no-one there now who will do so.

Phil Walling is right though. There is no chance of Martinez being sacked now.

Allan Barratt
14 Posted 20/03/2015 at 08:20:42
Mark Warburton at Brentford??
Trevor Peers
15 Posted 20/03/2015 at 08:09:35
There is only one issue left to discuss this season for Everton fans will Roberto keep his job. Strangely I still read posts backing the manager and insisting that after a clear out Roberto should be allowed to rebuild a new team next season.

That would be a disaster the worst of all options and would certainly end in relegation. I doubt though that BK will remove Roberto and the Doomsday scenario is already in place.

John Crawley
16 Posted 20/03/2015 at 08:23:08
Excellent article Jamie with a good analysis of the main candidates. We should have gone with someone who sets their teams up to press last time. if we could get one of Tuchel, Klopp or De Boer that would be an improvement on our current situation. At the minute I'd sack Martinez and bring in a caretaker manager (or Tuchel whose available now)
Ross Edwards
17 Posted 20/03/2015 at 08:50:55
Keep him until the end of the season, then get rid if Tuchel or someone else suitable becomes available.

Another suggestion, probably unlikely, Paul Clement? Ancelotti's assistant.

James Martin
18 Posted 20/03/2015 at 08:56:38
Phil you're right. Remember Tony Fernandes' interview saying hiw he admired Roberto and Kenwright loved him because he didnt complsin. Seems that rubbish chairmen seek iut rubbish managers and Roberto loves working for ribbish chsirmen because they are happy with the dross he serves up. Any other top half club would have fired him in January and I include Southampton West Ham Swansea and Stoke in that statement. Pulis, Adkins, Laudrup and most probably Allardyce all given the chop for doing better with Martinez. From top to bottom as a club we have zero ambition and I include the fans in that. They were singing his name after our third home win of the season. Unbelievable. If we fluke past QPR there won't even be a word at Goodison. So Kenwright sits there thinking 'great, I can get away with this for another season'
Andrew Ellams
19 Posted 20/03/2015 at 09:15:53
We need somebody with some experience on how to kick a team into line. No fancy tactitions who are light years ahead of the game etc. Just some good, old fashioned discipline. It worked for Alex Ferguson for two decades
Ian Glassey
20 Posted 20/03/2015 at 09:04:51
I have backed Martinez all the way but I have had enough, he has to go asap. Tuchel or De Boer for me somebody to get these player's going again.
Mark McDonald
21 Posted 20/03/2015 at 09:20:49
If it is discipline you want Andrew (19) then Bielsa is your man. He does not stand for any sh*te.
But Bielsa adds more than that. He is an astute tactician and knows how to get the best out of players. Comes with a lot of experience and is currently doing well at Olympique de Marseille. So no chance of getting him. I have said it on here before that Bielsa was my man before RM.

Another interesting point "and if you know your history", you shall see that our most successful managers and periods since the war have all been ex-players who have managed our great club to honours. Those being Harry Catterick, Howard Kendall and Joe Royle. All the rest have fallen short Bingham ( also ex-player), Lee, Walker, Smith and Moyes. Even Harvey won a Charity Shield.

So maybe there is a good shout for our next manager to be a ex-Blue either Peter Reid, Duncan Ferguson or Alan Stubbs to name just 3.

Jack Plant
22 Posted 20/03/2015 at 09:53:03
Am I the only one who thinks big Dunc should be in with a shout? Would it be madness? Possibly yes, but it would definitely be exciting.
Andrew Ellams
23 Posted 20/03/2015 at 09:54:21
Mark, Bielsa is perfect but as you say not much chance of that happening. I am refusing to be drawn into naming anybody just becuase they played for Everton though. I can't think of a single valid reason to give the job to Reid, Ferguson or Stubbs.

Colin Glassar
24 Posted 20/03/2015 at 09:55:32
If he was to go he would've (should've?) been sacked last night on the way home. But forget all these useless exercises regarding potential managers, BK will not sack him end of.
It's been done to death, countless times, on here but he WILL be given another season by Billy Bunter as he's not the sacking type. He gave OFM a second chance, he will give Martinez one as well. The only problem this time around is will Martinez be able to keep our key players I.e. Stones, McCarthy, Lukaku? The rest can fuck off as far as I'm concerned.
Sam Hoare
25 Posted 20/03/2015 at 09:46:41
A good article though Micky @10 makes an excellent point. All these managers go through ups and downs and it's always a risk. Having said that it's hard to see things going alot worse than this season which has been thoroughly depressing bar a few happy European moments.

De Boer would seem a good shout but then his feted Ajax team got beat in Europe by a worse Ukranian team than Kiev.

Klopp was hailed as a genius but his Dortmund are out of Europe and languishing in Bundesliga mid-table behind such giants as Fc Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Laudrup is by all accounts a massive tit.

Phil Walling is spot on. Martinez will be our manager next year. BK does not have the balls, cash or gumption to sack him and he will get another shot. If we cruise the start of next year and are sitting pretty then we will all commend him for showing faith and retaining stability. If we start like start stodgily and find ourselves in the lower echelons then I think the rip cord may finally be pulled.

Colin Glassar
26 Posted 20/03/2015 at 10:03:54
Oh, and just to join in the fun I'll put Conte's (Italian manager) name into the hat. The best manager in Europe right now.
Ray Roche
27 Posted 20/03/2015 at 09:57:30
Ferguson? Ridiculous. No experience, and his post as, what, attacking coach? Not going too well that one, is it? It's stupid to talk about possible replacements just because they were ex players. Kendall may have been the best but as Kendall MK111 he was also as bad as Walker. Might as well ask Brett Angell to have a go. He's an ex player..
If we need a new manager any time soon it MUST be someone still in the game and someone with experience, and not just experience in getting teams relegated.
Ray Roche
28 Posted 20/03/2015 at 10:07:58
Oh, and they must be able to set up a team to defend. ALL good sides have started with a great defence.
Philip Yensen
29 Posted 20/03/2015 at 09:39:26
If there is any person out there that know about football can see Martinez has not one ounce of football brain Mr Kenwright is not that far behind. The red shite have a crap manager, a couple of good players but great spirit, drive and energy, what have we got a fucking statue. Same stance, same coat, same reaction when we score a single dimensional man.

Atsu what is he, who is he, what does he do???? Is his name a synonym of Another Talentless Spare Utensil. Give me a break, give me Bernie the bolt, give me Rod Belfit or any crap players from our past, he hasnÂ’t got a clue.

McCarthy is a championship player. Barry is a luxury. Alcatraz (looks like heÂ’s been locked away there and is in a daze being out) useless. Howard why is he standing on the penalty spot leaving a huge space for any long shot to beat him easily. Naismith has gone backwards. Barkley no ball, no play. Jags, because of AlcarazÂ’s inability was drag all over the place. Coleman has lost the ability to defend and attack, its one or the other more and more, both. Baines, Garbutt no contest. Lukaku wanted it, wanted support, wanted an early decent pass, who from, where from, hard to tell, the way we play Tim Howard best bet. Having said all that, with a better manager/coach most of these player worth keeping (except Alcaraz & Atsu).

solution, easy, sack Martinez get some billionaire in and send Mr Kenwright back to his luvvy theatre.

Sam Morrison
30 Posted 20/03/2015 at 10:19:14
I've been wanting Martinez to come good this season but his team selection last night was the last straw. Gibson and Osman get us moving forward? On a night when we need a goal, let's go for McCarthy, Barry and Naismith, the latter out of position.

Right now I'd take Tony Pulis.

Denis Richardson
31 Posted 20/03/2015 at 10:18:02
Logged on today hoping to read a headline along the lines of 'EVERTON SACK MARTINEZ', allas not to be, today anyway.

Re new managers, my wish is for a European manager who as achieved notable success either as a player or manager. Someone like Koeman at Southampton. Someone who the players would instantly respect because he's already achieved a ton more in the game than any of them. Someone who knows what its like and what it take to win and has played/managed the best of them.

I would serioulsy think about jumping out of the window if anyone with the surname Neville came anywhere close to the managers' seat!

Suffice to say, a clear out is needed in the summer with the likes of Distin, Alcaraz, McGeady and probably Mirallas being moved on. Would be great if Howard went as well. We need a new face in the dugout and a complete overhaul of the squad. At least 4-5 players need to be shipped out and minimum 4-5 fresh faces brought in. Koeman managed it last summer, why can't we? Even if we have a smaller budget.

John Zapa
32 Posted 20/03/2015 at 09:25:48
Good analysis, however you left out the name which I feel is the best option.

Paulo Sousa.

He has excellent knowledge of the world game, having won league in a number of places.
His European exploits with Basel are not to be sniffed at. They way he has them playing is wonderful.
The biggest advantage he has is the experience of taking over a Martinez team, and taking them to the next level. Something badly needed now.

Joe Foster
33 Posted 20/03/2015 at 10:29:32
9 more games to go to secure us at least in the top flight or miss out on the biggest pay day ever for football. I wish I felt certain that we could do it but I don’t and god help us if we go down. He should never ever been picked for our manager it always felt like a lazy choice to me. Why why why would you ever pick a manager that has relegated a team there is no logic that could explain this to me.
Mark McDonald
34 Posted 20/03/2015 at 10:32:19
Remember this is Koeman's first season in the Premier League. Who knows he may suffer the same second season syndrome as RM!

We all have our particular favourites and the "new boss" whoever he is ( whenever it is) is never going to be everyone's cup of tea but we do not want to end up like Spurs, naming a new manager, on average, every 2 seasons.

Colin Glassar
35 Posted 20/03/2015 at 10:40:47
Mark, remember any manager who wins three games in a row is now touted as a potential manager on here. I can't wait until John Carver wins a couple
Brian Hill
36 Posted 20/03/2015 at 10:21:22
Why would any high profile manager come to Everton? Can you imagine any of those named above tolerating Kenwright for more than 10 seconds?

Klopp: "Hello Mr Kenwright, tell me about your vision and financial plan for the Club."

BSB: "Er, I used to go in the boys pen, and I have a cheque from the Fortress Sports Fund that I'll bank in the morning. It's been in my wallet for 11 years."

Klopp: Door slams, sound of receding footsteps.

Denis Richardson
37 Posted 20/03/2015 at 10:30:24
Sam 25 - I'm like you in thinking BK won't get rid, for me its the comp question. Simply too expensive to sack - looking a real tit for giving him a new 5 year contract after just one season.

In saying that however, the QPR game has now taken on massive proportions. With our confidence shot and playing away, if we were to lose I really cannot see how BK can shy away from showing him the door. The QPR game's importance is more mental than to do with points - we simply cannot lose this game, otherwise I fear another post Bucharest meltdown.

Villa already have the new manager effect, Sunderland will likely now get it as well, lose to QPR and I really will start to worry with the next game being Southampton. In saying that we're lucky that the likes of Burnley will probably not get anything away to West Ham.

10 days between games after QPR, lose that then surely that'll be the final straw - I really don't know what BK is waiting for.

I see that RMs not blaming the defence for yesterday's loss. I may be wrong but conceding 5 goals in ANY level of football surely points a massive finger at the defence! Would love to know what this guy smokes every day.

Joe Foster
38 Posted 20/03/2015 at 10:45:24
ha ha Fortress sports fund remember its been ring fenced
Sam Hoare
39 Posted 20/03/2015 at 10:48:38
Denis, even if we lose to Qpr i'm not sure he would necessarily be sacked. I don't think Bill would pull the trigger untill we are actually in the relegation zone...or possibly if we sunk to 17th.

Perhaps such blind faith should be lauded. We will only know in time but like many i'm slightly itching for a change.

Dan Hollingworth
40 Posted 20/03/2015 at 10:48:47
Gary Neville, talks a good game. Would be a good first job for him. Knows the game, wouldn't beat about the bush with stupid comments about playing when we let in 5.

Oh and he hates Liverpool.

Colin Glassar
41 Posted 20/03/2015 at 11:16:09
We have now become so insignificant that even the rs can't be bothered laughing at us. As for the media, well it seems we are not even worth mentioning.
The only positive that might come out of this is that we (prem) lose two CL places, and only the 3rd placed team makes the EL. The game in this country needs a massive overhaul.
Jay Wood
42 Posted 20/03/2015 at 11:14:29
Brian Hill @ "Why would any high profile manager come to Everton?"

Sunderland, in the dire situation they are in and at the arse end of the season and the very worst time to recruit a manager, appointed Dick Advocaat within 24 hours of sacking Poyet. His CV is pretty decent.

This single, most recent PL managerial appointment, makes a nonsense of your claim.

The PL is awash with money and a great attraction to players and managers alike.

Have no fear. If and when Everton recruit for a new manager, there will be quality candidates aplenty, both domestic and foreign.

Patrick Murphy
43 Posted 20/03/2015 at 10:48:46
I'm not defending Roberto, but does Bill Kenwright expect too much of his managers? Smith spent most of his time fire-fighting and trying to keep the wolf from the door although ultimately his teams got progressively worse before he faced the sack.

David Moyes was a dream boss for Kenwright as he produced hard working and effective if at times dull teams within the financial constraints that the club found itself in. Moyes biggest asset was that he could spot a talent and often turned a profit on that talent when they were sold on. He was also mindful of the need for his team to be difficult to beat in the shark-infested Premier League.

Now Roberto is being asked to carry on the tradition of modern Everton managers to keep within the budget and produce a team that can compete in the top half of the league. He has had money to spend but most of that money has come from the sales of players such as Jelavic, Fellaini et al.

Charisma is great for public relations but of little use in the day to day dealings with millionaire footballers and if they aren't convinced by the man management skills of whoever is in charge they will quickly fall into bad habits and produce insipid displays on a more regular basis. Martinez does not exude authority and at a club like Everton that is one of his biggest faults.

Roberto said in the summer that he needed six or seven additions to the squad and he was right but obviously the bean counters did their work and that put paid to that plan. That may well have had an adverse affect upon the dressing room as they thought they would be getting re-enforcements but found once again that they would have to soldier on with largely the same squad as the previous season.

The club is now in a transitional phase and it could be the most important phase of the modern era - the Europa League could have been the catalyst for better things ahead, alas that went out of the window due to some baffling decisions and dreadful defending.

Given that Martinez has bought in players such as Barry, Alcaraz, Kone, Robles, McGeady and Besic with Lennon and Atsu on loan it doesn't fill me with confidence that Roberto can do the job that Bill Kenwright wants him to do. Lukaku and McCarthy are the only two players who have improved the squad and who will easily maintain their value in the transfer market should they need to be sold. The rest are ten a penny players who most PL could sign.

The squad as a whole is past its sell by date, with good servants to the club such as Distin, Jags, Howard, Osman, Baines,Hibbert et al nearing the end of their careers, whilst the likes of Stones, Barkley, Coleman, Garbutt, Mirallas, Lukaku and McCarthy could be tempted to make moves to other clubs or may have to be sold to generate funds

Regardless of the style of play or even the results of the team whoever manages Everton FC will have their work cut out in trying to refresh the squad and improve the overall quality - I happen to believe that Roberto is not the man for that task and leaving him to his own devices could lead the club to ruin on and off the pitch.

If some people believe that David Moyes making a return to the club would be the answer - I bet if you asked the Scotsman to do so he would laugh in your face - been there done that - don't want to do it again.

The most likely candidates are Allardyce and Pulis not my choices but given what is expected by Bill Kenwright they are the only credible types of manager who would or could replace Roberto if he is dismissed. You gets what you pays for so I don't expect too much.

Andrew Ellams
44 Posted 20/03/2015 at 11:36:52
If I was a gambling man, my money would be on Laudrup if Martinez was to depart between now and August. I'm not saying he would be my choice though.
Gavin Johnson
45 Posted 20/03/2015 at 11:47:45
I can't see him going to be honest. We've got too much invested in him (unless we drop into the bottom 3) last night, I was wavering whether he'd go after QPR if we didn't get anything there. I think it would probably take a Damned United scenario where the likes of Baines, Jags and Ossie would have to approach BK and say they have no faith in Martnez nor methods.

If it happens my short list would be: Koeman or Howe, or maybe De Boar from Ajax. Laudrup was my first choice before Martinez, but Swansea sank like a stone under his watch in their 2nd season, so not so sure about him now.

Jim Hardin
46 Posted 20/03/2015 at 11:53:05
Thoughtful article but one error. Our last manager we took from the Championship was RM, having been officially relegated with Wigan.

If we were looking for good managers, what is wrong with Dyche at Burnley? He has done almost as much with less this season and his teams are organized disciplined, conditioned, and play a style that would appeal to Everton fans. His press conferences make sense and he is likely available at year’s end unless Burnley pull off a minor miracle.

Eddie Dunn
47 Posted 20/03/2015 at 12:03:16
I know he hasn't got any coaching experience but i'll say the name anyway...TIM CAHILL.
Jon Withey
48 Posted 20/03/2015 at 12:15:40
Great article.

Anybody whose 'philosophy' involves winning more than we lose or draw would be an improvement.

At the moment we just need to limp over the finish line.

My worry is that the fans get distracted by the Martinez issue which isn't going to be resolved this season - the team needs our support.

Nick Wall
49 Posted 20/03/2015 at 12:05:36
Let's assume that we finish somewhere around 42 points, 14th or 15th place.

I find it hard to believe that Martinez's job wouldn't be at risk. He'd have overseen a slump of 30 points from last season's high with basically the same group of players. If all the stats for games won, games thrown away etc weren't bad enough, there's the hard questions of exactly what has he achieved with one of the strongest squads of players in our history ? Key players like Baines, Barkley, Coleman and Howard have suffered alarming drops in form. Barry's 3 year contract is looking like a costly mistake. Several players brought in by Martinez - Kone, Alcaraz, McGeady, Atsu, Eto'o - have struggled to make any positive impact on the team.

The point is, it's not just a matter of individual opinion whether Martinez is making too many mistakes or getting his tactics wrong. Hard facts are stacking up against him. And these are things that Kenwright can't ignore. He's a businessman, he has shareholders to account to. Rebuilding the team is going to cost many millions of pounds and Kenwright & Co will have to think long and hard before entrusting Martinez with that money. Personally I think he's a goner.

Denis Richardson
50 Posted 20/03/2015 at 13:03:03
Nick 49 - just to add to your post. I would be amazed if we got to 42 points with our current form.

9 games left and I'm struggling to see where wins are going to come from. QPR will be scrapping for everything, S'ton will likely then beat us. On current form we'll also lose away to Swansea and home to manu. Burnley at home before the manu game then takes on monumental proportions - that is our real 6 pointer for the season. Trouble is Burnley know it too.

If we beat Burnley then we're pretty much safe, draw and the agony goes on. Also if spurs have nothing to play for last game of the season I can see us getting something.

We should be fine but it should never have even come into dicussion. The stats against the manager have been there most of the season - alarm bells were already ringing loudly in December.

Eddie Dunn
51 Posted 20/03/2015 at 13:23:10
The way we performed last night in the most important game this season suggests that we are not cut out for any relegation 6-pointers. Only 3 or 4 of the players seem to have any bottle.
The manager is such a fool, I wouldn't trust him to prepare them properly..he is in denial.
john wilson
52 Posted 20/03/2015 at 12:53:09
Excellent article if a little late in coming!

IMHO Kenwright should be working on 'who's next' already, but he's a notorious vacillator and unless RM resigns he won't even start the task until the best candidates are gone.

Frank de Boer is my first choice because he is 'Everton' in form and function, has a great coaching staff led by Dennis Bergkamp and selects winning teams every year!

Jay Harris
53 Posted 20/03/2015 at 13:48:28
The problem is "Lazy arse" Bill.

Moyes was recommended by Walter Smith on his way out of the exit door and Martinez was recommended by his buddy Whelan.

Bill cant even be bothered to question Martinez which should have been done when we lost every game over Xmas.

We should get agents working on going out and finding the best manager available.

When we were regular top six with a TV windfall on the way the task would have been much easier which is why it is so disappointing to have ended up with a manager who had just relegated his side but Everton still have some standing in the football community and NSNO should apply to finding the right manager.

The problem is this manager will never resign on principle because he is so deluded and I wonder will Bill have the balls to do it without massive pressure from the supporters.

Jay Wood
54 Posted 20/03/2015 at 13:54:56
And as a bit of distraction from today’s gloom, a very good piece on BBC Sport about how sport can impact on our happiness.

Link

One line in particular in the article could define to a T what it is to be an Evertonian:

"The best way to be as a fan is to have the maximum emotional investment in a team but the least expectation of success..."

Daniel A Johnson
55 Posted 20/03/2015 at 15:55:27
Klopp ha ha ha ha ha ha

70,000 at Dortmund week in week out champions league football.

No way in the world would he come here, no "Big" name manager would, the Klopp's of this world are on the Chelski and Madrid shopping lists not punchy little Everton.

We have to mingle with the Alan Stubbs, Steve McClaren's and Neil Lennon's of this world.

Big club my arse...............

We must be a small minded deluded bunch of idiots us Evertonians to sit and just take this. Were happy to sit on their arse and do nothing say nothing and accept mediocrity whilst it spoon fed in generous helpings from our chairman Blue Bill into our very mouths. Were over looked by sky for everything as were not winners, history is history. We've an aging squad, ana aging stadium, a chairmen/owner who year on year becomes more aloof more deluded and more entrenched in the club. We have zero business acumen or marketing ability, the whole club is held together by the sticky tape which is the premiership money train.

The whole club is approaching a cross roads; premiership mediocrity for the next 10 yrs or championship football and a free fall into the abyss of once big teams in the 80s who are no longer relevant and probably never will be (Blackburn, Leeds, Sheff Wed et al).

The Moye's legacy has gone, the players are aging at a vast rate of knots and our bright shiny young things (of which we don't have many) are underperforming and will likely seek pastures new. Our funds are limited and we simply will never be able to complete with the premiership elite. The romanticism that great coaching and a small strong squad can challenge is now pure fantasy.

To top it off we are led by a Spaniard masquerading as captain Ahab with his philosophy and rose tinted outlook who has no idea how to run/coach a premiership football club.

Sorry for the rant but as an Evertonian I'm feeling thoroughly pissed off its like the 90s all over again.

Tim Michael
56 Posted 20/03/2015 at 15:47:12
In late May 2013, Vitor Pereira was interviewed for the vacant job at Everton but wasn't considered up to the job by EFC. Despite taking his team to the last 16 of the Champions League, winning the Portuguese title and perhaps even more credibly benched James Rodriguez who claimed he was fit when obviously wasn't (no favourites there then) Pereira wasn't chosen to lead Everton into their post Moyes era. Because of these credentials, he was my choice at the time. He was controversial and still is but he had the success to back him up. Probably BK thought that Martinez was a safe pair of hands in comparison but it would have been an interesting time under Pereira. I doubt whether he would have stayed more than 3 years but that's not abnormal in todays managerial merry go-round. I think that EFC missed out there. Since January, he's been with Olympiacos in Greece but you never know. He may just become a free agent in the summer
Paul Kelly
57 Posted 20/03/2015 at 15:41:01
Well written thought invoking article Jamie. If Bullshit Bill had put in as much effort a couple of seasons ago looking for a new manager we wouldn't be in this mess we are today.

I think anyone in the main article would do better than the charlatan in charge, but then again I reckon anyone on here wouldn't manage Everton any worse than what he has.

Wouldn't go for Gary Neville, Andy Gray mark II, Sky studio, hindsight and all that. But would still have him before El Bob.

At this time of writing I am seething after that muppet has come out on SS talking shit about the Europa League. Idiot.

"It's been a phenomenal experience".

Arrgghh, going to smash the effing TV.

Kevin Tully
58 Posted 20/03/2015 at 16:00:52
1) No ex-players. Why we always want to follow this path as Evertonians never ceases to amaze me. The fact someone 'gets the club' does not in any way qualify them for the big chair.

2) A proven winner. Got to have some sort of track record of winning trophies.

3) European experience a must.

4) A top-half finish does not constitute success.

5) Do you think our 'board' have the first fucking clue how to find this man to take us forward?

Southampton have shown the way with two excellent managerial appointments in Pochettino & Koeman. They are a club with a plan - meanwhile, Bill & pals are prancing around the stage with the Topshop mogul advising from Monaco.

We could be heading for some very rough waters, and unlike all the other clubs in this division, our owners will not invest a single penny to rescue our fortunes.

Depressed to think what the future could hold.

Colin Glassar
59 Posted 20/03/2015 at 16:22:34
Tim, Pereira has hardly set the world alight at olympiakos has he? As you said, he was one of the many names thrown into the hat on here with the likes of Bielsa, Laudrup and my personal favourite, Glenn Hoddle.
Another decent shout would've been AVB but both Chelsea and Spurs decided not to show him any patience and now look at him with Zenit. So, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
Maybe this time next year we will all be saying, "thank god we stuck with Martinez" or........, maybe not.
Patrick Murphy
60 Posted 20/03/2015 at 16:23:20
Kevin #58 You and I and thousands of other Blues can see the pitfalls and how quickly a club without the necessary resources can slide into oblivion if the wrong person is in charge or the wrong people are recruited - Everton FC has little room for error but all of this seems lost on those who run the club - we will drift through the last quarter of the season hoping to retain our place in the division, but nothing will happen to address the deep rooted problems that have beset the club for going on two decades. NSNO should be shelved until or unless a new owner comes in to properly fund the club.
Phil Walling
62 Posted 20/03/2015 at 16:28:31
I believe that, all in all, BK believes Roberto has done a decent job. A very successful first season followed by a more than decent run in the Europa.

Every indication that the Catalan will continue to enjoy his chairman's support. But, if it all goes tits up and we get dragged into the Championship ( and we won't be ), I think you can take it as read that old pals, Stubbs and Weir will be heading the management team next season.

They were BK's fall-back duo in 2013 and I think he will want those he knows near him next time round.

Paul Hughes
63 Posted 20/03/2015 at 16:41:17
I think Conte the Italian manager is a great shout, but would he come?I know he had a fallout with the Italian FA a few months ago,
Jimmi James
64 Posted 20/03/2015 at 17:00:50
I agree with most on here and yes it has been "done to death" however it seems some are living in a dream world. We in reality know that RM will be the boss into next season and no "name" manager would come to Everton simply because they wouldnt work within the restrictions set out by Billy boy so should RM be shown the door Im afraid we are going to have to take a "punt" on a no name possibly up and coming manager who will no doubt end up as Martinez, sad but true and we know it don't we?.
Damian Braithwaite
65 Posted 20/03/2015 at 17:52:41
Fat Spanish waiter anyone ?????
Gavin Johnson
66 Posted 20/03/2015 at 17:57:33
I hope you're wrong about Stubbs & Weir, Phil.
Brent Stephens
67 Posted 20/03/2015 at 17:54:47
Neville was today appointed as interim head coach – that's Tracey Neville, sister of Gary and Pip, as head coach of England netball team. Any chance of having Gary as our guy?
Colin Glassar
68 Posted 20/03/2015 at 18:06:43
Jimmi, managers are just as much mercenaries as are most footballers. Offer someone ١-4m pa (what Everton pay) and they will be knocking the door down. That is the least of our problems.
Peter Jones
69 Posted 20/03/2015 at 18:55:02
Yep - Laudrup, please.
Andy Crooks
70 Posted 20/03/2015 at 18:44:57
I agree, Colin. We pay enough and will get a good coach if the work is put in. Sack him now and get an Evertonian to see us through to the end of the season.

Before the Martinez appointment I made a suggestion that was laughed at. Why not pay an experienced football man to start immediately to seek out a coach for the summer. We could not possibly get worse than we have now. Actually, Gary Neville's sister would be better till the end of the season.

Jay Harris
71 Posted 20/03/2015 at 19:17:46
Colin and Andy, I totally agree.

This should be taken out of Bill's hands and given to a "proper" agent to seek out the best and negotiate Roberto's exit or "gardening leave"..

In the meantime, I should quote Colin and say a cardboard cutout would do better.

Brian Hennessy
72 Posted 20/03/2015 at 19:09:57
I would take anyone rather than Roberto till the end of the season, but the obvious names for the last 10 games would be Reid or Royle.

That will give us time to look for the best permanent manager and might at least help us keep our best players, because if RM is still here in the summer I expect them to leave.

Oh, except for Howard, Barry and Alcaraz of course, they are here to stay I'm afraid.

Darren Hind
73 Posted 20/03/2015 at 18:42:02
Steve Clarke,

I know a lot of people will see the name and dismiss it out of hand but hear me out.

Clarke played with some fantastic players and won several trophies. He had clearly learned something in his time as a player, because he went on to win further honours as head coach – League, Three League cups, Two FA cups,
As a coach he worked for some of the games biggest names, Gullitt, Zola, Dalgliesh and Jose himself..

He decided to have a crack in the hotseat and at WBA he achieved their highest position and points tally for or thirty years -An impressive 8th with 49 points.

The West Brom Chairman is a bigger crank than ours. The cub was in complete Chaos at the start of last season with players being placed on Garden leave, players looking for big pay days by turning up at other clubs on deadline day . .the injury list didn't help, nor did the bizarre series of well publicised decisions that went against them. Their fans will never forget the way they where cheated out of their win at the Bridge. The Baggies found themselves at the wrong end of the table and "The Crank" pressed the panic button... but not before Clarke had recorded a famous victory at Old Trafford.

Given the standard of managers doing the rounds when half the Premier League chairmen lost their heads last season I was amazed nobody came in for Clarke.

There has been some fanciful names put forward to succeed Martinez, but the first thing we have to consider is if these guys are attainable, if not, forget em.

I think Clarke would be a good fit. I think he will succeed in doing what Reading appointed him to do (steer them clear of the drop) and he will build from there.

Go get him Kenwright – but not until he has guided The Royals to FA cup Glory and I collect on the 150/1 I took earlier in the competition.

Paul Hewitt
74 Posted 20/03/2015 at 19:37:07
Let Joe Royle and Alan Irvin take over till the end of the season then get Slaven Bilic in.
Sam Barrett
75 Posted 20/03/2015 at 20:10:03
I would get Peter Reid in until the end of the season. Just got back from Kiev and it was a totally passionless performance. Reid will, at least, get us competing/scrapping/fighting for every ball and we certainly have talent elsewhere to score the goals. IÂ’m quite sure he will keep us up. Then maybe Eddie Howe under Reid? Eddie Howe is an Evertonian by the way!
Kristian Boyce
76 Posted 20/03/2015 at 20:01:48
I wouldn't mind Gary Monk taking over. He's a bit of a Martinez disciple, but has the defensive nous to actually get a team to defend. His Swansea team reminds me a bit of us last year, the ability to do the pretty attacking stuff, but also able to defend. The remnants of Moyes's legacy was still in place last year, with the focused on being defensively minded, but with the added possession based stuff from Martinez.

Some of the names that have been banded around the last few months have left me scratching my head. As much as Ferguson is a legend to me, he's sitting 2 seats down from Martinez, and is very much part of this current mess we're in. Also Reid & Royle, this is Everton not Jurassic Park, a couple of football dinosaurs who have had absolute awful records in the last teams they were with. If we were to sack Martinez and bring in a caretaker, I'd promote Unsworth from the U21s. They are playing decent football, plus he could teach our defense how to defend again.

David Holroyd
77 Posted 20/03/2015 at 20:05:49
Me, I would get rid and let big Joe to manage till end of season. Kenwright will stick Martinez. I wouldn't have any of Stubbs, Reid, Weir, or Ferguson.

I for one am sick of Mr soundbite another bullshitter of the highest degree. But mark my words Kenwright will give him another chance. The pressure will be huge if any of the bottom four win this weekend.

ATSU should be sent back to Chelsea, Alcaraz should be paid off and sent to erm Paraquay. Howard has had his day, back to the USA, with our thanks,there is a few more to go.

Mirallas and Coleman will need to be sold cos they will bring money in for transfer funds. Next manager? Phew... one with experience and pedigree, not an up-and-coming manager. Bugger it, Benitez, he knows the Premier League and Europe. Or de Boer.

Waiting to be shot down.

Dave Duggan
78 Posted 20/03/2015 at 19:47:15
Honestly some of the names bandied about on here is more laughable than our defence. Fans wanting Reid, Royle, Stubbs or Big Dunc just because they are Everton? ItÂ’s absolute fucking bollocks!!

Dchye, Howe, Clarke and before him, some fans' favourite was Pulis... Tony fucking Pulis! And now Tim Cahill gets a mention? We are a tin pot club from top to bottom, fans included.

If that is the level of manager then IÂ’d rather stick with Martinez and hope this was second season syndrome. This season has been a write-off but it is not solely his fault.

People thinking Koeman or any other top manager would come is wrong. Southampton are likely to be in Europe so why would he leave to take over us? We donÂ’t have any money at all we rely on Sky and BT for any income, we always have to sell to buy, we have a shit stadium and and a board that just doesnÂ’t care or have any ambition at all. We are not as attractive as we like to think.

Everyone knows how our club is run so itÂ’s no surprise to see us linked with the usual rubbish by the bookies when everyone else gets a fancy foreign name linked to them. They know we will go basic. ItÂ’s Everton all over.

Most on here at the start of the season were saying how this is the best squad we have had in years and now everyone is saying it needs a complete over haul. Howard, Hibbert, Alcaraz, Distin, Barry, Osman, Pienaar all need replacing. Atsu and Lennon are on loan. Garbutt and Oviedo both out of contract this season.

Then we have basic squad players like Naismith, Kone, McGeady, so thatÂ’s most of our entire squad in need of replacing. How is Martinez or any new guy going to manage that in one summer? No manager worth his salt is going to want to clear someone elseÂ’s dead wood out without any money being generated from those sales.

So if itÂ’s down to a choice between Martinez or some past blue with absolutely no experience IÂ’d rather stick with Bobby. IÂ’ve lost so much faith in him this season which isnÂ’t something I thought would happen but still not enough for me to want to resort to fuckin Royle or Big Dunc.

Bill Gall
79 Posted 20/03/2015 at 21:16:12
Forget mentioning any manager with any sort of backbone. The dictator we have at the control of our club i.e. B.K. will not hire a manager who will stand up to him, as he considers himself a puppet master, that people will do and say what he wants when he pulls the strings. Any business that is not run correctly starts at the top and since BK took over Everton he has failed at every chance to improve the team and the Club at the crucial times it was needed.

In regards to the quote "he has shareholders to account to" – the shareholders that hold the majority of shares are all his buddies and, unless the price of these shares drops dramatically, he will not be worried.

As I have said, success starts at the top and having a chairman who is more interested in having a nice image instead of being a strict taskmaster when needed Everton are going to remain a mid-table club.

David Barks
80 Posted 20/03/2015 at 21:44:40
Bill (79),

At one point you call BK a dictator and later say he's only concerned with image and we need a strict taskmaster. Sort out what it is exactly that you're looking for, and maybe figure out what BK really is. You seem to be confused.

Bill Gall
81 Posted 20/03/2015 at 22:05:04
David, I am not confused at all; my statement is he is only concerned with having a "nice image" instead of being a strict taskmaster "when" needed – in other words, don't be afraid to make a decision if you "think" it makes you more unpopular.
Kunal Desai
82 Posted 20/03/2015 at 21:48:37
I think we will slowly start seeing BK come under real scrutiny. Moyes saved Bill's arse for a decade. We got to 5th last season purely down to the feel good factor of having a new manager and players playing for him. I don't foresee another top 6 finish under Martinez.

If there is someone who can steer Everton back to European football again then he won't come to Goodison or work under Bill. Any managerial appointment by him will be someone mediocre and trying to keep the club in the league.

The chickens are going to come home to roost for him. Bill is going to be fucked in the very near future. His lifelines are about to run out.

Gavin Johnson
83 Posted 20/03/2015 at 22:32:17
Sam Barrett, I didn't know Eddie Howe was an Evertonian. He'd actually be my choice now for a domestic manager. But I think Peter Reid would be better as his Number Two, only because Howe's stock is rising and I don't think he'd take an assistant job when it looks like Bournemouth are going up...
Ant Dwyer
84 Posted 20/03/2015 at 22:38:57
Bill has to man up and ditch Roberto: giving him our kitty for next season would be criminal.

Many managers would take our job if offered early enough and given the Moyes/Martinez-style control of the club.

Paul Hewitt
85 Posted 20/03/2015 at 22:55:17
Eddie Howe, the guy failed at Burnley.

No thanks.

Paul Kelly
86 Posted 20/03/2015 at 23:00:43
Kunal. I only hope your right mate, hopefully just not at the expense of Premier League footy.
Gavin Johnson
87 Posted 20/03/2015 at 23:08:06
I thought Howe was only at Burnley for 5 minutes before he left for a family reason. I've heard from some that it was he, who set the infrastructure for Dyche. Hasn't he pretty much taken Bournemouth from being lower league minnows to the cusp of the Premier League. If he does that and win the Championship, he's achieved more than Roberto and Moyes in their lower league careers.

My reservation would be whether he could command the respect of established Premier League players. Which is something that we'll only know if Bournemouth perform if they get promoted.

Colin Gee
88 Posted 20/03/2015 at 23:40:42
We need a clear out of the 'deadwood' that is certain.

We may as well start at the top with Kenwright, then Martinez.

Where is Bullshit Bill anyway? No doubt when the Season Ticket renewals aren't as high as expected he'll appear like magic with the Ground move is back on again bullshit , only to disappear for another twelve months once the season starts.

Trevor Peers
89 Posted 21/03/2015 at 00:01:02
BK can't hide forever Colin some time soon he'll have to offer an explanation maybe he's waiting till Roberto completely screws up at QPR.
Andy Crooks
90 Posted 21/03/2015 at 00:44:30
Gavin, the players should respect the Everton manager until he proves unworthy of it. Martinez is not worthy of respect but I believe a new coach would have full support.
Laurie Hartley
91 Posted 21/03/2015 at 04:50:30
Thanks for a well written OP, Jamie. Out of your candidates, I would go for Karanka.

My selection criteria for any new manager would be in this order:

Must want his squad to be the fittest in the Premier League.
Must have a winning mentality
Must set his teams up to play 4-4-2
Must speak English fluently
Must be a good man-manager

Karanka seems to be a good fit.

My major concern at the present time is what appears to be a complete lack of leadership throughout the club. Jagielka is trying to show some but it's too much to ask of him.

As Bill Gall at #79 says, the real problem seems to be at the top. However as Kunal also says at #82 the pressure is mounting on our chairman.

I feel really sorry for the wonderful fans that went to Kiev. For them, it's all about Everton Football Club. Sad to say it is not within their power to turn the current situation around. Having said that, surely the players must be influenced by their passion and loyalty if they have any principal whatsoever.

The thing that may stir our board into action is the possibility of them missing out on the huge financial windfall that they will receive next season IF we maintain our Premier League status.

In my life, I have noticed that the potential for financial loss or gain will motivate people "at the top" to act. I am not saying this is right – it is just the way of the world. If they are stirred into action and we live to fight another day the loyal supporters will get the spin off.

Given the money factor, I can see two possible scenarios if we start next season in the Premier League:

The current owners cash in – we will be a better commercial proposition and someone WILL come in with an offer. OR They will decide to invest in the future – unlikely but possible.

In the meantime, it's one game at a time and I just hope the fans who can get to the game can lift the team. Meanwhile, I think all people like myself (living in Oz) can do is hope for the best.

What I will say is that ToffeeWeb is great consolation. At the moment, if we can afford it, we can get the games on pay TV or, if we are tech savvy, over the internet. At least with ToffeeWeb we can hear other fans' points of view (whether we agree with them or not) and we can we have an outlet to vent our feelings.

One last thing – despite the shambles of this season and whatever the outcome, I will never give up on this club. I will always be and remain an Evertonian till the day I die – like my father was.

That feels better.

Andy Meighan
92 Posted 21/03/2015 at 06:36:54
Jack (#22),

Big Dunc – are you serious? I don't know if it's escaped your notice but he's sat on our bench every game this season and he's never moved... The so-called hard man who's meant to command respect? Well, he hasn't got the respect of this bunch of losers, has he?

Eddie Howe is doing a remarkable job at Bournemouth but James Martin got it spot on when he said he wouldn't get the respect off the players, especially the senior pros. Could you imagine the scenario in the dressing room after a defeat someone like, say, Mirallas? "Who the fuck have you played for?" etc. And believe me, it goes on.

No, save him for another era. It looks like we're stuck with the Spanish Mr Bean because as we all know Kenwright won't sack him... not a chance.

Chern Lee
93 Posted 21/03/2015 at 07:53:54
Pellegrini – if Man Shitty sack him in the summer!
Charles Brewer
94 Posted 21/03/2015 at 08:05:13
Martinez has overtaken Allardyce in the "Next manager to be sacked" stakes.
Sam Barrett
95 Posted 21/03/2015 at 08:37:22
Gavin, yes Eddie Howe is a blue! Paul @ 85, far from it mate. He brought most of their best players to Burnley – Austin, Ings, Vokes, and as Gavin says he did go back to Bournemouth for personal reasons.

I think he actually turned Burnley's fortunes around to which they gained promotion the following season. Me, personally would give him a go, surely he wouldn't send out a team as passionless as Roberto did on Thursday.

Jon O'Dell
96 Posted 23/03/2015 at 14:26:42
Has Riquelme got his foot on the managerial ladder yet???

I think a lot of us are panicking over nothing. I've not lost faith in RM yet and I'm just hoping this is just a case of second-seasonitis. Teams around us have just got their head around how to play us.

Let's not forget, Moyes's second full season was shite as well, but I'd argue that Roberto has already achieved more in a short spell than Davey did.

Roberto just needs to focus on the close-season and rebuild the aging members of the squad. Although I'm still fans of 'em, Distin, Howard and Hibbert need to be replaced.

Alcaraz goes without saying – every time I see his name in the teamsheet I get nervous. He simply has to go. And I know Robles put in a couple of decent performances before Tim came back from injury but he gives me the heebie-jeebies as well. Whenever he kicks away a back-pass, it's always rushed and ends up with the opposition.

I know he has his critics, but Osman is still useful to have as a squad player. So long as RM managed to keep hold of Barkley, Coleman, Baines, Garbutt, Lukaku, McCarthy and – to a lesser extent – Mirallas, I'll be happy. If things start going the way of the pear at the start of next season, though, I might just start calling for a new manager as well.

Eddie Howe would be great – really impressed with what he's achieved... Alan Stubbs would be like David Moyes (consistent but boring to watch)... Duncan Ferguson would be a bit like Alan Shearer's spell at Newcastle...

Another young manager I rate is Karl Robinson at MK Dons... Or how about Di Matteo? Or Bilic?


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