Farhad Moshiri will introduce himself to Everton’s supporters with a message in the matchday programme for tomorrow’s FA Cup Quarter Final clash with Chelsea.
The Iranian-born billionaire will take his seat at Goodison Park for the first time when the Blues take on the reigning Premier League champions looking to secure a place in the final four after his purchase of a 49.9% stake in Everton was ratified by the Premier League this week.
Moshiri, a former shareholder in Arsenal Football Club, is not expected to make any high-profile television appearances in connection with his arrival at Everton so his introduction in the programme will be his first indication of his plans for the club now that he is in place as majority stakeholder.
As expected, he pledges to back an expanded transfer fund this summer for adding to the team while also committing to examine Everton’s options with regard to the stadium issue and Goodison Park.
I am delighted to join you here today at Goodison Park for my first match as a shareholder in Everton Football Club. I also felt it was fitting that my first message was in the matchday programme, with Everton being the first ever club to regularly produce one for home games. Indeed, it is this strong sense of tradition which appealed to me as I discussed the opportunity with Bill Kenwright.
It is testament to the enduring quality and consistency of the Club that Everton has remained in the top flight of English football since 1954. In more recent times this has been achieved under the stewardship of Bill, Robert Elstone and all the team behind the scenes at the Club.
I am here to support them as required to ensure that the Club recaptures the glory days of the past and builds sustained success in the future.
I know a lot of you want to know what my plans are. There is much to be done and things for me to learn, but I can confirm that I have committed to providing additional funds for transfers and retaining our key players to ensure that we have a strong core to build on for the future.
We will also be looking at options in relation to our stadium. Goodison Park has served the Club extremely well but we need to make sure the Club has a suitable stage to perform on for the future. We will review the best options and how to finance, especially as it is likely to costs a little more than the £3,000 it apparently did back in 1892.
Finally, and most importantly, Everton is about great football and winning matches. Good luck to Roberto and the boys against Chelsea today.
Quotes sourced from Everton FC matchday programme
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1 Posted 11/03/2016 at 14:43:51
The first sniff of what he is bringing to the table ...
* A desire to recapture the glory days of the past ...
* Build sustained success for the future ...
* A commitment to provide funds for transfers and to retain key players ...
* A need to ensure the club has a suitable stage to perform on and a review of the best options and how to finance a stadium ...
And - as you mentioned - "Everton is about great football and WINNING football matches!"
Reading his opening, he will be at the game tomorrow. Let's make it a memorable one!
3 Posted 11/03/2016 at 15:12:50
4 Posted 11/03/2016 at 15:20:22
No more excuses now Bob you have everything you need..
5 Posted 11/03/2016 at 15:23:43
Though he says he's here to support Bill etc his 'I know a lot of you want to know what my plans are..." says one thing only -
"I'm the boss..."
Good luck Mr Moshiri.
6 Posted 11/03/2016 at 15:23:58
I don't think he'll do anything in a rush unless he has to. Lots of ifs; but if we win tomorrow, then what a boost for the club. If we go on to win the FA Cup, then what a massive boost.
I think though, that Mr Moshiri will have already given a lot of thought and gone some way to making his mind up regarding the manager's position.
Before we start buying players, he would want to hold a number of in depth discussions with Martinez and possibly set targets. So my view is that Roberto Martinez is more than likely to stay until at least the end of the season. But I also think he will be asked to explain in great detail, his plans for reducing the number of goals we've shipped and the points that we've dropped. And his plans for getting us into the top six...at least!
As for tomorrow, I'll be like most in the crowd (I sincerely hope!) Roaring our team on till me voice goes
7 Posted 11/03/2016 at 15:28:58
9 Posted 11/03/2016 at 15:38:51
Liverpool have Klopp,
Man City have Guardiola,
Spurs have Pochettino,
Man Utd will get Mourinho
Newcastle have just got Benitez!
Martinez has proven that his first season in charge was a fluke; last season and this season are a true level of his Wigan managerial skills (relegated). Please, Mr Moshiri, keep the players and replace the manager.
10 Posted 11/03/2016 at 15:42:23
11 Posted 11/03/2016 at 15:46:19
Welcome Mr Moshiri.
12 Posted 11/03/2016 at 15:47:01
13 Posted 11/03/2016 at 15:52:23
14 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:06:53
Bring it on... starting with Chelsea Saturday. COYB
15 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:14:09
16 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:14:31
Now I'm excited again, after a miserable week at GP and on TW. As Homer (Simpson, not the original one) might say, "Life goes up, life goes down; life goes up, life goes down; life goes up, life goes down".
17 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:15:35
18 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:16:47
I only hope we can now give the new man the welcome he deserves with a resounding victory tomorrow, and a trip to Wembley for our loyal fans.
19 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:18:01
I hope Lyndon's not put a photocopy of the actual programme notes because there is an 'e' missing before ver!
20 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:18:11
The 'Roberto' bit to me means Bobby's definitely staying until the end of the season and maybe beyond. I think if he had the knife out already it would have been a good luck to 'Mr Martinez'.
The vagaries of the English language are of course open to lots of interpretations. Perhaps he's a ruthless bastard and smiles as he plunges it into the spine?
21 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:21:33
This really is great news... in other words, Bobby, you win games as that's what's needed at this club, you keep your job; if not, me thinks Bobby will be out the door...
22 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:22:11
23 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:27:01
24 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:30:21
25 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:32:25
26 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:35:56
But very, very early days. A good opening statement, and a welcome development for our club.
27 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:40:52
I can still hardly believe that we've got a major shareholder who has a fair old pot of lolly!... but also comes here an says
"I am here to support them as required, to recapture the glory days of the past and build sustained success in the future."
Ooh Ooh Ooh, I love it!
28 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:51:18
29 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:52:23
30 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:53:10
31 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:57:12
32 Posted 11/03/2016 at 16:57:29
33 Posted 11/03/2016 at 17:00:21
34 Posted 11/03/2016 at 17:21:01
35 Posted 11/03/2016 at 17:22:52
Let's hope for a win tomorrow and that feel good factor.
36 Posted 11/03/2016 at 17:24:17
I sincerely hope we work it up Chelsea tomorrow but the realist in me says otherwise. I don't fancy us against anyone at home these days... Hopefully Mr Moshiri is one ruthless bastard and sees what we are seeing but I'm not holding my breath.
37 Posted 11/03/2016 at 17:25:06
"Everton's history? - Hoc-THOOO! - I spit on your history! And by the way, it is now my history as I own it and you don't. As for my plans, haven't given it much thought. I might not make any plans and just be a dead rich, big mad boss-type who does stuff as the mood takes me, because I can. I might throw cakes at supporters as they come through the turnstiles, or ban Z-Cars because the tune is similar to 'My Well Has Run Dry', a 1970s Iranian pop song that gets on my tits. So just..y'know...watch it!"
I jest of course, it's a carefully-worded, considered introduction that says the right things (ie: the things we want to hear).
He'll (obviously) need to be given time to make real change but with any luck, interesting (and hopefully exciting) times are ahead.
Let's hope five years from now, he'll be known as 'Farhad Moshiri, The King Of Buttered Parsnips,'
38 Posted 11/03/2016 at 17:26:10
But, like everyone else, I hope that he is the man to lead us to bigger and better things. The plus points are he has been involved with another top flight club, where non of the above had any knowledge of the workings of a Premier League club.
So good luck, Mr Moshiri, and we hope your tenure turns out to be happy and successful.
39 Posted 11/03/2016 at 17:32:41
40 Posted 11/03/2016 at 17:39:46
I have read and re-read the above but it doesn't move beyond a general lukewarm introduction to the fans. I'm not bemoaning anything he's come out with but I wonder if some people are so desperate for progress that they're weaving in a lot of their own wishes into what has been said (or not said!).
Onwards and upwards!
41 Posted 11/03/2016 at 17:54:43
I guess you could argue it could of come from anyone new coming into a club. But considering we haven't heard from the board for quite awhile, I think the optimism is justified. Delivering it, becomes the next step.
42 Posted 11/03/2016 at 17:58:28
Seriously... sounds like what we wanted. To moan now would just be churlish or evidence of mental health problems!
43 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:02:33
44 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:04:35
The whistle has just been blown, and I trust those who have ears to hear are listening.
47 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:10:43
There certainly won't be anymore £37m bids for him!
48 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:12:27
49 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:15:16
However, we all have to give this guy our full support and be optimistic that he can get us a new stadium, some top quality players and get us back to where we should be.
We have a great squad of players that just need some proper direction, whether that is by RM or the next man. I welcome Mr Moshiri with open arms and look forward to EFC's fortunes turning for the better. COYB!!!
50 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:15:51
I noticed again RM tried to deflect criticism from himself from the West Ham substitution debacle by insinuating it was "trauma of a young team" whatever that means...
51 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:15:52
Mind you, we could go back to Cosy Ken's corner caff and be safe in our drudgery. I'm not expecting him to slap as much cash down, or anything like it, as Abramovitch or the feller at City. Nor supply a brand spanking new stadium like Arsenal have got, in the next couple of years. We might end up staying at Goodison (that'd do for me).
He has laid out a vey basic vision of what he sees needs doing and how to go about doing it, that's a decent start as far as I'm concerned.
We've been stuck in the £ Store for God knows how long. It seems reasonable to think he means what he says.
And if he looks across the park and sees what the other lot have achieved, admittedly from higher starting point, and begins to emulate their progress, that'd be great.
He's said in a few words, what he's aiming for, in broad outline. He'll need time to achieve anything like all what he wants to do. But, for now, it looks good for starters.
52 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:15:54
53 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:17:54
My guess is that he already knows where he's going and when.
54 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:22:40
55 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:23:19
Seems like a good general hello. There is none of the big headed 'I am' that you get from some who buy into or own clubs which is good.
Also. Like most managers who take on senior roles at clubs, his hair has already changed... Grey on one pic; black on another.
56 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:25:06
57 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:26:29
58 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:28:38
Maybe he should have said we're currently crap and he intends to learn from that, push on and at least maintain the same level of crapness, or ideally increase the crapness. What do we want? Litotes!
59 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:31:36
Reading your postings sucks the very life out of me.
60 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:31:49
Great intro to our club by Mr Moshiri, hope you don't witness what we have all season! and not wanting to sound too much like Hughie Green, but, 'I mean that sincerely.'
61 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:32:22
62 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:33:02
63 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:33:25
64 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:34:41
65 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:35:41
We need a class manager. Other clubs are shuffling their packs and recruiting the best we can't miss the boat this time.
Its imperative Martinez is moved on.
But there is something about Moshiri he oozes class and he know what he's talking about. I just hope he has the bottle to make the correct decision in moving Martinez on to pastures new.
66 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:42:27
Steve, I hope not, since Mos (can I call him Mos?) has said retaining our top stars as his priority. I still think his best place to be is here. He will benefit from a coach who can juggle defence and offence better than our current mess.
67 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:49:10
What would you see as exciting?
68 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:49:21
To me the difference is, that, he has the wherewithal to achieve some of the goals that he sets out to achieve, without having to go cap in hand to A.N.Other. I have been trying to find out what Bluer than Blue Mr Kenwright said when he took the reigns of the club, but as yet I'm struggling to find anything, because of time pressures it will have to wait for now - but I will endeavour to find it at a later date.
Besides which as we all know to our cost, statements of intent are meaningless, it's what is actually done that counts, but my gut reaction is that this man will progress us further in the next 16 months than we have seen for the past 16 years, that may not be such a difficult achievement but it's far better than lurching from one year to the next, keeping the wolf from the door and being unable to progress off the field in any meaningful way.
The opportunity is here if this man truly wants to see a successful football club, if he puts his money where his mouth is and appoints the right people in the right positions, there is no reason he can't achieve his aims with and for Everton FC, If it all goes pear-shaped we can do nothing about it, but let's at least enjoy the moment before putting the black caps on.
70 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:50:32
71 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:52:57
72 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:53:40
If I was Martinez I would be somewhat concerned.
It sounds like (guessing) they haven't had a meeting yet. You would think that that would be a priority!
Not getting carried away, but Bye-Bye, Martinez!!!
73 Posted 11/03/2016 at 18:56:44
Yes, you MAY have been right about Bobbie... but I think Moshiri is a man of substance as well as substantial wealth. At least give him some time, please!
74 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:01:14
I just hope he recruits a bastard manager and a bastard centre half or midfielder: someone like Terry or Gerrard, or going back a bit Ron Yeats or Jack Charlton... I can't remember many of these, apart from Duncan of course.
75 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:02:18
"Acquiring Peter Johnson's shares is only the first step to restoring a great club to where it belongs – to where it should be. If you are going to run a successful football club you need two qualities: you need to be realistic and you need a plan. I'm realistic and I have a plan."
16 years on and the plan is finally revealed ...
76 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:04:18
His statement was a diplomatic masterpiece and a massive statement of intent, why must some even find negativity in this where none exists. On the face of it we are a perfect match and if we can achieve our potential as a team with a couple of good buys and increase revenue organically, we may get our new stadium and Mr Moshiri may make from his investment. Heady days indeed, all he needs to do now is relocate the club to West London and life would be perfect. :-)
77 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:06:52
78 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:09:56
79 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:12:54
80 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:13:43
The planning was hardly realistic when it came to improving the ground or building a new stadium. More castles in the air than anything else, but that's what happens when you don't have much dosh big dreams and low expectations.
81 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:15:32
82 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:17:51
Here's hoping our new man keeps his word and ushers in a new era. Exciting times ahead!
83 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:25:53
84 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:28:42
85 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:30:41
86 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:32:33
Moshiri, when Chelsea knock us out tomorrow please lay the smackdown on RM and get your reign off to the best start.
87 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:33:29
88 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:35:41
We're moving in the right direction.
89 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:37:07
90 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:37:50
But just hope your imagination in better tuned than mine!
92 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:42:04
93 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:53:17
Phil, I'm expecting Moshiri to be the silent arm twisting type. Surely he won't spell out all his intentions right away given his seat isn't even warm yet.
94 Posted 11/03/2016 at 19:54:16
I posted in January I would take the money for him.
He may develop into a top class defender, at the moment he is the third best centre half at Everton.
95 Posted 11/03/2016 at 20:00:43
Be like going back to an ex-girlfriend after she fired you off for supposedly someone better which didn't work out which you took great delight in and she has been around the block a bit now, offering herself to anyone who'll take the slightest bit of interest and is now on her own, wishing she hadn't fired you off and she just happens to keep turning up everywhere you go....
96 Posted 11/03/2016 at 20:12:59
I definitely do not want Moyes back. Way too negative for us. His motto seemed to be try and not lose as opposed to try to win. Dennis (#94) what managers are you thinking when you say the quality of managers out there at the moment?
I would love to find a gem like what Spurs found, also, it would be class to tempt Simone from Atletico Madrid... tall order, tho...
97 Posted 11/03/2016 at 20:13:06
98 Posted 11/03/2016 at 20:17:29
100 Posted 11/03/2016 at 20:40:54
As for the new boss, welcome. Nothing but the best is good enough.
101 Posted 11/03/2016 at 20:53:41
102 Posted 11/03/2016 at 20:55:40
103 Posted 11/03/2016 at 21:07:58
104 Posted 11/03/2016 at 21:12:57
What a breath of fresh air.
105 Posted 11/03/2016 at 21:23:41
I suppose it's one way of getting the doubters on board.
106 Posted 11/03/2016 at 21:29:04
After three seasons, does he inspire confidence that he will be able to reverse the poor trend of inept defence in this squad, even if the new guy's money allows him to buy new players?
It will remain interesting to see what happens after tomorrow's game.
107 Posted 11/03/2016 at 21:31:29
109 Posted 11/03/2016 at 21:38:30
Marcelino Garcia Toral
To name just four... why not aim big? The commercial benefits of a manager like Mourinho are obvious, plus he's a winner. The circus that follows him is dubious though. I could take his comments over RM any day of the week though!
In terms of Moshiri, think this is a positive opening statement. We can only wait and see if he follows up with his intent, but the signs are good. There can only be positives to take so far...
110 Posted 11/03/2016 at 21:50:38
112 Posted 11/03/2016 at 22:43:43
First, the squad has been renewed with youthful talent by Moyes and then Martinez; also the management investment in youth has been done with guile and class.
Second is the search for a solid investor with respect to continuity, history and success.
Third is the Premier League surge in finances spread evenly.
We as fans now need to get behind the club and with a 5:30pm kick off, with a few bevvies and an afternoon of build-up and a dirty enemy arriving and a Wembley visit as the prize Goodison should rock... or we don't deserve all this. COYBs!!
113 Posted 11/03/2016 at 22:45:30
114 Posted 11/03/2016 at 22:52:39
As for Moshiri, the proof of the pudding will be in the eating. He has said nothing so far that promises any actual financial commitment.
Tomorrow, we're all part of Bobby's army and that will do me for the moment.
115 Posted 11/03/2016 at 23:19:00
The references to our history smacks of going to a job interview and showing that you have read up on the company.
Bill and now Moshiri have gone to great lengths to say that we will continue to hold our history dear and keep to our principles.
In reality there's nothing too ground-breaking in this to say we should expect a step change. But it's early days and most of us would have treated grand promises with a dose of skepticism anyway!
116 Posted 11/03/2016 at 23:36:18
117 Posted 11/03/2016 at 23:42:47
I get the feeling that Moshiri is not in this just to be an owner of a football club. He comes across as a winner and I think the club will be held to higher standards once he gets his feet under him.
As far as RM goes, I hope he gets one more year. He's built a nice team and I'd like to give him a chance to manage these players in their second year together. Then the results be the judge.
118 Posted 11/03/2016 at 23:45:40
119 Posted 11/03/2016 at 23:58:15
With regard to your claim that Moshiri will be judged according to the old adage "the proof of the pudding is in the eating of it", I should point out that these things are not as easy to assess as they seem.
Before being incarcerated in a mental institution for murdering his wife, the Marxist philosopher, Louis Althusser, attacked such empiricist defences of Engels' work with the retort "How do I know I'm eating a pudding and not a poached baby elephant?"
This was the moment in time (1970s) when I gave up reading Das Kapital and started to take an obsessive interest in conspiracy theories a perspective given credibility by attending Main Road in 1977
Let's just hope that tomorrow history does not repeat itself... Marx had something to say about that too.
120 Posted 11/03/2016 at 00:10:04
Phil (#56) Farhad Moshiri does not strike me as the sort of businessman who would let anyone write anything on his behalf and rubber stamp it. Just can't see it.
I feel change is in the air.
I hope Farhad Moshiri gets a warm welcome today at Goodison and that the team give the fans something to roar about.
Up the Blues!!!
121 Posted 12/03/2016 at 02:12:49
Anyone going to the match today should welcome our new half-owner but voice your dissatisfaction about Martinez.
No thanks to a return of Moyes, if this new guy understands our history, he will know that Moyes is not a winner.
122 Posted 12/03/2016 at 07:19:00
Welcome, sir, and please deliver.
Got a feeling his presence this evening will give all at the club a boost, players and fans alike, and I can see his next statement reading "I enjoyed my first visit to Goodison, the atmosphere was terrific and I'm looking forward to Wembley."
123 Posted 12/03/2016 at 08:18:16
GK - Butland or Forster
MF - Gundogan or Goetze
In attack, Griezman or Embolo
Three of these lads would cost between £50-60m but it would be a huge statement of intent.
124 Posted 12/03/2016 at 08:43:54
I hope there's some significance in the fact that Mr Moshiri makes no mention of Martinez in his article apart from wishing him and the team good luck for tonight as you would expect.
Surely he can't be blind to the growing fan resentment against Martinez, his 'non-tactics' as stated in his latest diatribe, his ineffective game management, senseless substitutions, and his totally inadequate coaching skills which now sees us with only three wins more than Newcastle who just sacked their manager. I'm pretty sure that two more home defeats would make this our worst ever home campaign since we were relegated in the early fifties. And Roberto still won't admit we have any problems?
If he (Moshiri) really wants to make a massive statement of his intent to make Everton great once more, he should take Martinez aside after tonight's game and either dispense with his services immediately or at the very least, inform him he will not be required after the season ends. He's had almost three years and is taking us down, down, down.
McClaren got nine months at Newcastle, they saw it wasn't working and acted. Everton being Everton, we've allowed the ship to drift helplessly towards the rocks with a Captain Ahab style of leader in charge, so obsessed with his own deluded 'mission' that he simply won't change course, even to save his sinking ship.
Man Utd got rid of Moyes after nine months, even though they were in the top six at the time, and that lot across the park dispensed with Brenda while still in the top half at the time.
In the collective words of the House of Commons to Neville Chamberlain as he tried to appease Hitler and made us false promises of 'peace in our time', For God's sake go, go now" or something like that. He did, Churchill took over, and the rest, as they say, is history.
125 Posted 12/03/2016 at 09:01:07
But with regard to us, I think the man has plans. Plans he was frustrated that he couldn't implement at Arsenal and now he's motivated to succeed at Everton so he can stick two fingers up at the Arsenal lot and say "You should have listened to me....DOH!"
Ok.....he might not say the 'DOH!' bit.
126 Posted 12/03/2016 at 09:31:08
127 Posted 12/03/2016 at 09:37:34
Yes, this new guy might throw some money at it but, believe me, it won't be enough to tempt the likes of them. Now I know Man Utd and Chelsea probably won't be in the Champions League but, whoever goes in, them jobs are getting serious cash to rebuild.
No, we 'll be in for the likes of Koeman or his ilk. Still, it's nice to dream....
128 Posted 12/03/2016 at 10:11:41
129 Posted 12/03/2016 at 10:27:37
130 Posted 12/03/2016 at 10:32:41
There's more to being a 'team' than just putting eleven talented players on a football pitch. As we have witnessed so often under RM we lack that cohesion that a true 'team' possesses, with little leadership on the pitch and a collective lack of responsibility in situations like last Saturday and many others.
It may sound cruel but also, I don't want people to see Everton as a 'nice team,' as neutrals do at present. I want to see Everton as a tough, hard to beat team of winners, with a ruthless streak and the will to win every ball, every game. Nice teams might be good to watch but in general, they sure as hell don't win anything as a rule.
Another year of RM's inept and flawed leadership might just make us the 'nicest' team ever to be relegated from the Premier League. After supporting this great club for 57 years that is not a scenario I relish or a risk I want to see us taking.
We need a quality manager with the ability to get these talented players of ours actually playing 'as a team' and not as a collection of decent players without true direction or strong leadership, a manager who has not only a Plan A and a Plan B, but maybe even a Plan C, and the ability to think on his feet and make game-changing substitutions that actually help to win games rather than lose them.
131 Posted 12/03/2016 at 10:42:41
Yet, ultimately, he will be judged by the same criteria as Kenwright. Trophies, infrastructure and commercial deals. BK was a failure in all 3 departments. We are playing catch up left, right and centre.
I suspect Moshiri will hit the ground running. I'd like to think we will have made up a lot of lost ground within about 3 years. But, as with all these things, time will tell.
Up The Toffees!
132 Posted 12/03/2016 at 10:43:08
This Marx bloke.... was he something to do with Marx and Spencers?
This is ToffeeWeb FFS. You're here to slag Hibbert and Osman off, not pontificate on Marxist philosophy ;-)
133 Posted 12/03/2016 at 11:48:02
I hope not as it will be moving from one unproven manager to another.
134 Posted 12/03/2016 at 12:06:16
135 Posted 12/03/2016 at 12:17:49
'Be careful what you wish for' relating to wanting Moyes to go has turned out to be a wise statement. We are now far less competitive in the league, a Martinez trait.
'Martinez will be good for us because he's a winner unlike Moyes' Afraid not, see above.
'Bill will never sell'. Nope.
'Bill won't find a billionaire' Wrong.
'Moshiri has only bought shares it means nothing'. Moshiri's statement shoots that down too.
In summary Moyes was a good manager (there are better out there though) certainly better than the gambler we have in charge now. Bill delivered what he promised and as a consequence we are now in the best position we have been in for 40 years in terms of potential. Martinez will obviously be let go (never should have been appointed) and hopefully under Moshiri's leadership we will get a class manager in, Koemann, Laudrup, Pellegrini? That will help retain players and attract new ones.
Next 6 months will be very exciting I suspect, as things will change. Expect further equity to be purchased by Moshiri so he becomes the major shareholder, probably via a placing, maybe other new significant shareholders to come in too. Can't believe what's happening, this is massive.
136 Posted 12/03/2016 at 13:18:36
This may be some spurious speculation on my part but could this be a thinly veiled message to our Catalan Clown? Seeing as Martinez seems to believe that possession and style matters more than wins, could the new fella's words be a warning to the manager that he had better start winning?
I would certainly like to think so at least. Remember the club's motto: Nothing but the best is good enough. Now ask yourself if Martinez fits in with that moto. He has to go.
137 Posted 12/03/2016 at 22:39:30
Don't get me wrong, I'm as sick as anyone of having the weekend ruined by throwing it away Ã‚â€“ but we have the best squad for 30 years, at least 4 players who should be in the Premier league Team of the Season, and we play more football in an hour than Moyes's teams did in 11 years.
Can we now relax and recognise that Roberto Martinez is building a squad and a team for the long-term and there are bound to be teething troubles? Yes, I know he's had 2Ã‚Â½ seasons Ã‚â€“ and look at the difference Ã‚â€“ we have a team that can beat anyone, a squad with cover in every position and we play attacking football that everyone can be proud of. And Martinez built it.
Let's hope he ignores the short-termists and finishes the job.
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