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Everton and the four letter word: Work!

02/01/2015  Comments (8)  jump
David Prentice harks back to the 1995-96 season when the wheels came off Joe Royle's tenure and the parallels with this season

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Clarence Yurcan
1 Posted 02/01/2015 at 17:42:41
On the plus side, if the rumor mill is correct at least I'll soon be able to heckle Stevie G in person when his LA Galaxy visit my local NY Red Bulls. That's a silver lining, right? Anyone? (sound of crickets chirping)
Howard Parr
3 Posted 03/01/2015 at 10:33:58
We also have the lowest number of crosses from open play, despite having one of the highest possession percentages, passing accuracy and passes made stats in the Premier League.

Sticking to your guns can be admirable – but it's bending in the wind that gets you through tough times. So RM can still play a passing game – and, let's be honest, the GP boos are just as loud for a long ball when there's an easier option – but we MUST start putting crosses in the box.

When you HAVEN'T got the ball, press, block, tackle and run like mad to get it back. That's not anti-football – it fits in with RM's wish to play MORE football.

If he can't see this and get his team to enact it, then he won't be in charge by the derby.

Ant Summers
4 Posted 03/01/2015 at 10:47:53
Every player should be duty bound to give 100%, for the club who pays their millions a year, some at EFC take this covenant with a pinch of salt, and when you get 2-3 out of the 11 on a pitch with this attitude, the game is lost. Also 1 or 2 players are just over the hill to perform in a ever increasing young man's game.

All the best to you for the New Year.

Nick Entwistle
5 Posted 03/01/2015 at 11:30:30
My memory of Royle's failings is that he sold off the cup winners and 95-96 team too soon. By the end on 96-97, 8 or 9 had been shown the door.
Bobby Thomas
6 Posted 03/01/2015 at 12:16:37
I thought Joe had completely lost the plot by the end and was glad to see the back of him. It was the shocking handling of the next appointment that killed us.

The football was awful, we just lumped it to Fergie for the flick on, constantly. To be fair, the season before (minus Ferguson) the football had been very good at times. But that final season Joe had gone percentages. It was turgid.

Joe had ran the squad down and we had a about 15 players senior pros when he left. He also signed Barmby without any idea of what to do with him.

Ironically, I believe he would be ideal to steady things until the end of the season, strictly as a caretaker if Martinez went, in the face of no obvious candidate.

He is a very good man manager and would lift the place. He would also get Lukaku going again, with some actual service, and would definitely have us organised in a couple of training sessions.

It would be very similar situation to his initial appointment actually. That’s if the shit hits the fan in the next few games. Him and Alan Irvine number two to see out this dead season, steady it and then start again.

Kevin Tully
7 Posted 03/01/2015 at 12:43:49
The current malaise runs deeper than just players ’putting in a shift’ I’m afraid. After thinking about what has gone so wrong since last season, I believe it may be down to ’over coaching’.

We all know Martinez is a keen student of continental style tactics and formations, he’s certainly not a "4-5-1 man and that’s your lot" sort of coach. He has said publicly he expects his sides to be able to change formation, and players to be able to adapt to change position mid-game.

Instead of keeping it simple, and getting some results under our belt, he is desperately looking for something that works, a formation where players will suddenly come out of their shells. Watching Baines run down the ’keeper at Newcastle was just strange, the likes of Barkley and Eto’o almost stepping on each other’s toes tells it’s own story.

The players are confused, they are being asked not only to play keep-ball, which we struggle with, they are also being instructed to play in formations which they are uncomfortable with!

Maybe he hasn’t ’lost the dressing room,’ but he certainly has created an air of confusion as to where the players should be on the pitch. How did Baines end up trying to defend a cross against Hull, when this was a central defensive position?

We are on a losing streak, the changes due to injury, suspension and dropping under-performers are hampering us enough, this is now the time for settled tactics and formations, not experimental fucking 2-1-1-4-1-1 you’ve seen at the World Cup. (Okay, I made that last bit up)

You know what I mean though, the players don’t know where they are supposed to be when the ball is turned over, that is where we are being exposed. This is a time for every player to be drilled on defensive duties – not a 3-man defence, with Gareth Barry in the middle of it!

This is the most worrying aspect of all this, not how hard the players are running.

Steve Carse
8 Posted 03/01/2015 at 12:56:22
Joe's managerial record has a definite pattern to it. He's been great at taking over at a struggling club and massively improving then. But he's struggled to reverse fortunes at those same clubs once they've gone into decline again. His time at Everton exactly followed the pattern.

I suspect that, despite still watching a lot of football, he's out of touch with how you've got to manage players these days. I think he'd also struggle with the no-contact way football is played now – his revival of Everton could never have occurred under current tackling rules where every less-than-perfect, often well-intentioned, tackle results in a booking.

Harold Matthews
11 Posted 04/01/2015 at 00:45:22
Spot on Kevin. Their play is being bogged down by a mountain of complicated instructions and it shows. Their minds are in the wrong place. Just watch Mr Jones shoving a fistful of tactical maps into the faces of the oncoming subs. No wonder they look confused.

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