Everton revolution will take time

Thursday 29 December 2016  28 Comments  [Jump to last]

Gareth Barry has experienced a similar changing of the guard at Manchester City and has asked all those connected with Everton to be patient as the ambitious Farhad Moshiri seeks to make the club a force in English football.

Gareth Barry one of Everton's most senior professionals has called for patience from everybody connected to Everton FC as the club hopes to move forward on all fronts under the guidance of the ambitious majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri. As a person who experienced a similar situation at Manchester City during the first few seasons of the Sheikh Mansour takeover in 2008 Barry is well placed to give his views.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Barry said “Ultimately, everyone needs to be slightly patient for this season, new manager. new takeover. the manager needs to time to assess everything - the squad. the players."

“Having experienced it at Man City, the first few years of a new manager and takeover, it does take time so give everyone a chance, certainly the manager. “He needs to get his eye in on the players he needs and you go from there because the new owner seems really keen and is desperate to achieve something.”

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Eddie Dunn
1 Posted 29/12/2016 at 11:39:29
Seems like Gareth is heading into the coaching team.
Ian McDowell
2 Posted 29/12/2016 at 11:43:40
I agree, but it's not easy to be patient in football, especially for us Blues fans.

Didn't Barry recently sign a new contract? Could he be a possible coach in the future?

Tony Hill
3 Posted 29/12/2016 at 12:25:55
I think he'd be an excellent influence in the club at a coaching level now that his playing career is winding down. In fairness to Martinez, he has been a very sound acquisition indeed despite a few poor passages.
Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 29/12/2016 at 12:28:27
Seems like a no-brainier to me with regards to Barry stepping up onto the coaching side of the game. Koeman, like Martinez before, have both commented on Barry being one of the most intelligent footballers, have ever worked with, so it seems like a natural progression for him to take?
Mark Gardiner
5 Posted 29/12/2016 at 12:34:37
I think that this upcoming transfer window is one of the most important ever.

We have had so many disasters in trying to sign players over the years, either because of a lack of money or because of incompetent people at the club who have been in charge of our transfer dealings.

With the new money man at the club, many people were upset that it was a case of the same old story in the summer with missed targets and the usual last second scrambling to get players. However, that transfer window came too early for Moshiri and his new regime to change things.

Amazingly some Everton fans actually attacked Walsh and suggested that signing him up was a waste of time and money despite the fact that he had only been in the job for a couple of weeks. Now with the upcoming window that should have changed. Koeman and Walsh have had time to formulate their transfer plans and the money should be in place.

So, this window is incredibly important because of the signal that it will send out to us fans. Will we end up with continuing incompetence or will we have more concise plans and move on the players that we want with confidence?

If we still have the same old fools bumbling through our deals and waiting until five minutes before the window closes then we will know that Mr Moshiri may not be bringing about the changes that we so desperately need.

Jeff Armstrong
6 Posted 29/12/2016 at 12:48:01
Barry's recent performances make that contract extension a tad premature.
Charles McCann
7 Posted 29/12/2016 at 12:57:39
The sooner Barry takes the step into coaching, the better. He is well past his best and the time has come for Gana, McCarthy and Davies to take the centre midfield positions. Yes, Gareth, I will be patient and see how Koeman and Walsh get on with the continual building of our squad... but I'm afraid your time is up.
Mark Daley
8 Posted 29/12/2016 at 13:08:08
Barry added that Moshiri was on Captain Donnelly's ship, which had been sighted off Wallasey (just below where those pigs were flying) and once Donnelly had docked he would announce the new EFC stadium too.
Ed Fitzgerald
9 Posted 29/12/2016 at 13:19:38
Yeah, we lack patience...

21 years without a trophy – we should have been protesting long ago

Chris Corn
10 Posted 29/12/2016 at 13:38:57
Fans bring on their own woes during the transfer window by expecting the world and then wailing and moaning when the players they want, or indeed any players, are not bought in. All clubs below the usual suspects struggle in transfer markets, and it's a myth to suggest otherwise.

Like always on here, any club who is having a semblance of a decent season should be aspired to. Last year it was West Ham, yet a couple of weeks ago I heard a Hammers fan slaughter Bilic and the board for their transfer activity.

Everton have had as much success as failure in the transfer market as the majority of clubs.

Bill Gall
11 Posted 29/12/2016 at 14:09:27
Please, please get your transfer dealings done early and do not end up haggling for someone who is no better than what we have at 11:55 on January 31st.

It will not matter who we sign, there will be people who complain, but let's give the manager a chance before complaining, to see what the new "if any" players can do, and what direction the new regime are going.

We have practically been stagnant for over 20 seasons, so let's give the new management team a chance for at least 2 seasons, where there should be significant signs that we are either remaining stagnant, or hopefully the signs are of gradual improvements from top to bottom.

Alasdair Mackay
13 Posted 29/12/2016 at 14:28:57
Barry was our best player for about 5 weeks at the start of this season, so I think it is a little early to call him past it.

He will probably have another purple patch before the end of the season - he just needs a rest.

Gordon White
14 Posted 29/12/2016 at 14:37:53
The first match I can remember watching was the 65-66 FA Cup Final. A memorable game thanks to a certain Cornishman from Gunnislake. (Thank you Mr Trebilcock, sir).

Between times then there have been highs and lows. The mid eighties were an amazing time for Everton, and me! Nothing felt impossible. But since then, I have often asked myself why I put myself through the torture of supporting Everton (and England). I guess it must be something in the blood.

When Mr Moshiri took over the reigns, the feeling of expectancy returned. I've waited so long, I can hardly wait any longer!! But Gareth Barry is right. Rome wasn't built overnight.

I was 7 in 1966. 50 years later and I'll have to wait a while longer for my glorious team to be "mixing it with the best again – a force to be reckoned with".

I'm hoping to watch Everton in a new stadium on the banks of the Mersey. And watch them/us rise to triumph again. The school of soccer science. And if that happens, I will have answered my question.

Hope has been restored. It will take more than one transfer window. But patience will be rewarded.

Incidentally, somewhere tucked away in my mum's loft, there lies a very old bobble hat, scarf and rattle. They're waiting for a special occasion. Hopefully it won't be too long!

Roger Helm
16 Posted 29/12/2016 at 14:56:44
One of our most senior professionals? You mean we have players even older?
Alan J Thompson
17 Posted 29/12/2016 at 15:02:57
"It does take time so give everyone a chance."

Tarashaj, Niasse, Galloway, Garbutt.... I suppose the chances are bigger higher up the ladder.

Jim Harrison
18 Posted 29/12/2016 at 15:12:17
Alan (#20),

Players out on loan are being given a chance. Neither Galloway or Garbutt were likely to get game time, but both have future potential. Do you think no one checks in on them?

Also, if they are so good, why can they not get game time at clubs most posters on this site would deem to be smaller?

I suppose the other take is... he just doesn't think they are any good – perhaps he is right!

Gerry Quinn
19 Posted 29/12/2016 at 15:27:21
Before the transfer window opens, fellow ToffeeWebbers, can you please read through this article and take it all in – that way, you are guaranteed not be too disappointed... :)


Alan J Thompson
20 Posted 29/12/2016 at 15:33:16
Jim (#21); Does that also apply to results?
Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 29/12/2016 at 15:46:20
Gerry, great link and interesting article. Imagine the amount of research required, and how much pure shite the writer had to wade through.

But I'd say the writer is holding the rumour mill to a very high standard – rumour actually turning into a deal. By that standard, the summer rumour about our trying to buy Sissoko wasn't accurate, but we know that it was true because all sides confirmed an offer was made and even accepted.

We also know for the same reasons that the club tabled offers for Kone, Brahimi, Yarmolenko and others, but by the author's standards the rumours weren't accurate.

Tom Bowers
23 Posted 29/12/2016 at 15:59:30
Everton have lots of talent on the books, more so I believe than at any time over the last 10 years. The trick is as we all know having the right manager with the smarts and motivational skills to get the best squad together on the field. Sometimes a miracle happens (Mancini last season) but very rarely.

Patience is what we all have to practice but can be very difficult for us long suffering Evertonians especially when the RedShite are doing better. There hasn't been a lot happening much different than the last 3 seasons under Martinez and I suppose that is why we are all getting antsy. Getting one or two new signings in January may start to make a difference but, with injuries and Gana going away, there are no guarantees.

Obviously, starting to win more games is the priority but how they win may be the pointer to next season's outlook. The progress of the youngsters is the key in my opinion to the rest of this season.

Patrick Murphy
24 Posted 29/12/2016 at 16:01:43
There is a link to the BBC's value of gossip on this site guys.

Value of gossip

Colin Metcalfe
26 Posted 29/12/2016 at 19:07:11
What happened to the rumor of Usmanov jumping ship? I remember some posters convinced it would happen before the end of the year.
John Pierce
27 Posted 29/12/2016 at 19:13:22
Put it this way: If Moshiri is not forthcoming with transfer funds, Koeman will leave sharpish. Not the sort of fella to let others' mistakes reflect on him.

He has walked before at previous jobs so the money had better be there. That, despite my own misgivings on the man, is a source for encouragement.

Patience is very much contextual; the club deserves little patience as I have been so for the best part of 20 odd years. Perhaps Koeman needs some and so does the new regime but I really need to see something tangible both on and off the field to get me to relinquish my hard-earned trust and forbearance.

I posted a week or so back on the transfer window, definitely a clear test of how far the club has progressed in how successful and how smoothly any deals are handled. In the year of 2016 speak perhaps a referendum on the new investor?

20 & 17 are my lucky numbers to have both occur next year, 2017, here is to hoping.

Colin Glassar
28 Posted 29/12/2016 at 19:25:47
There's still a few more days to go Colin. Remember, the Russian bear moves slowly before he pounces.
Tony Hill
29 Posted 29/12/2016 at 19:36:10
Still a believer, Colin?
Colin Glassar
30 Posted 29/12/2016 at 20:02:27
Like ABBA, I believe in angels, Tony.
Peter Howard
32 Posted 30/12/2016 at 11:48:10
Or, Colin, in Kenwright's case... 'The winner takes it all'.
Geoff Evans
34 Posted 30/12/2016 at 22:13:39
The kind of comments I'd expect from a good player way past his best, who had just been given an extended contract on an exhorbitant wage, thank you very much.

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