Given the general feel of stagnation, gloom, boredom (take your pick) overhanging the club for the last 6-7 years (Martinez's first season a possible exception) this should be a period of real excitement for most blues. However, this doesn't seem to be coming through in the ToffeeWeb threads and general discussions as I think we're concentrating a little too much on the near term. Try and peel away the disappointment of the semi -final, the derby defeat and the generally disappointing Premier League campaigns and look at the bigger picture, however hard. In the next couple of months we could have a scenario of;
- no more Martinez,
- no more Kenwright (in charge at least),
- a 'decent' manager,
- a massive wage bill and transfer kitty to invest in the playing squad.
For the best part of 15 years, most of us would have gladly accepted just one or two of these 4 things and been very happy – we could now have all 4 within a few weeks. And dare I say it, a plan for Goodison Park that actually exists, is realistic and achievable rather than pie in the sky.
Big times potentially lie ahead for Everton and the next few months will have a massive impact on the performance of the club, on and off the field, for at least the next 5-10 years if not more. Just on the playing staff alone, we have no less than 5 senior players leaving as their contracts expire (or in Howard's case transfer). Added to this I'm struggling to picture either Stones or Lukaku with us come August – personally I'm fine if they both go as long as we receive decent money and it's reinvested wisely. For his own sanity I think Stones needs pastures new and Lukaku has been half out the door since Easter (he may be shocked though at a lack of 'Champions League' clubs queuing up for him after his recent performances). Add in others such as McGeady, Niasse (will he ever play again?) and Mirallas and that's a good 10 members of the senior squad potentially gone this summer. So whatever happens, there will be a huge overhaul of the squad this summer, which brings us onto the appointment of a new managerâ€¦
The next managerial appointment is simply HUGE. This is not just someone to 'steady the ship', this is going to be someone who needs / has to replace half the senior squad in a very short space of time whilst putting his ideas in place. Advantages for the new man is that the funds are there to get the players he wants and most of the deadwood are already half out the door, disadvantage is that the squad is going to be completely new come seasons start. Can he get them to 'gel' in time, especially with the distraction of the Euros?
Lots of ifs and buts, but there is going to be a massive amount of change in the coming months whether we like it or not and most of it will surely be for the better. So let's make our feelings known re Martinez in the last few games to ensure he's gone (may be unnecessary if the board take action before) and then enjoy what's to come.
It may not feel like it now but these are very good times to be a Blueâ€¦ finally!