Light at the End of the Tunnel?

by   |   04/07/2017  4 Comments  [Jump to last]

All of a sudden, there's a plan, that's pretty obvious. Where as before, it was plainly evident that a clear lack of funding was instrumental in almost everything the club attempted to do; in fact, it wasn't just stopping us moving forward, it was sending us into reverse, both on and off the pitch!!

Perhaps more importantly, there has been a massive change of culture within Goodison. How much of this is due to the influence of the'quiet man', Farhad Moshiri? Or has the injection of additional funding simply allowed the club to totally restructure its business plan accordingly.

Everton signing four, yes four players, before 4 July in any summer transfer window is practically unheard of, certainly in the last 25 years.

However, what I find even more encouraging, is the club's longer term strategy of recruiting some of Europe's best young talent and paying significant sums of money to do so; again, more evidence that our senior managerial staff are looking for long-term sustainability and not just buying 'ready made' established players.

More than ever, this new-found resolve from within the club, encourages me to believe that the Bramley-Moore stadium project WILL happen over the next four or five years, a move that will ensure the long term future of our club.

Like all organisations undergoing massive change, there will of course be setbacks along the way. Integrating five or six new players into a team at short notice, will take time, but what cannot be doubted is the manager's absolute determination to bring in technically superior players to what he inherited, and he ain't wasting any time in doing it!

On the subject of Koeman, clearly his influence as a top european player has been a factor in persuading players to come to Goodison, but his past history at clubs suggests he doesn't stick around longer than three to four years. In fairness, not many do these days... but success at Everton will, in some way, possibly be a factor in luring him elsewhere – that's a price we have to pay.

We are in for an interesting season, I think.

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David Metcalf
1 Posted 04/07/2017 at 22:33:16
This is a really good piece Steve. Like you, and quite a lot of others, I suspect our club is now being run in a more professional, even more ruthless way, than it has been for a long time.

We seem to have been run in a "corner shop" fashion ever since the advent of the Premier League...possibly even longer than that. But we now appear to have the kind of personalities running Operation Goodison who are used to running supermarkets,and NOT corner shops!!

We appear to be actually acting and thinking like a big club again, and it's great to see!!
Charlie Lloyd
2 Posted 05/07/2017 at 00:39:12
Excellent piece that sums up an incredible summer so far.

Plus if it all goes to plan what will become of Koeman.

It's make or break for many elements around the new Everton.

David Ellis
3 Posted 07/07/2017 at 03:47:07
It's all very encouraging and a real sea change. We've dominated the transfer news this pre-season so far and everyone in the league will be looking at our results as the season starts, especially against the big boys.

Outsiders will also look to see if and how we re-invest the Lukaku money or whether it has already been spent. If we spend it they will know we are not a sell to buy club anymore and the Mersey Millionaires are back.

A good start and a couple more big signings post- Lukaku departure will see the wider world view us very differently. It's no longer the "Sky 4" or the "top 6" it's now the "Big 7".

Actually, the "Big 7" is the traditional pre-Premier League big 5 plus new money City and Chelsea.

Paul Birmingham
4 Posted 07/07/2017 at 23:28:44
Let's hope there are good times soon at EFC.

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