After the recent 'lynch mob' vs 'apologists' wrestling match it was reassuring to come across an interview with Blues legend Kevin Sheedy, now working in Saudi Arabia. He explains that he left the Blues on very good terms, had not fallen out with anybody but just wanted to experience life abroad which he had never done as a player.
He also made the following statement throwing his support behind Everton boss Ronald Koeman and his squad to bounce back from a tricky few weeks that has included some heavy defeats and criticism from the club’s supporters.
“It is still very early in the season and you cannot make judgements after a handful of games,” Sheedy stressed. “Everton may have sold a great player in Romelu Lukaku this summer, but I look at the overall squad now and it is the best Everton have had for a long time.
“They have strength in depth in every position and a great manager in Ronald Koeman, who is hugely ambitious and will push the club forward.
“It will not be easy to break into the top six, but I believe Everton have the right manager in place to get to that next level.
“You will get periods where results go against you, but this is a manager with a good track record and, from what I saw working at Everton last season, he will get our club to where we want to be.”
For someone with top-level experience who has worked inside the club for a number of years, that is good enough for me. If we can get some enthusiasm behind the manager and the team over the next few weeks, it will go a long way to rebuilding the confidence and status of the club.
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1 Posted 21/09/2017 at 20:13:56
2 Posted 21/09/2017 at 20:54:09
3 Posted 21/09/2017 at 20:54:35
From a genius of a player like yourself, that will do me.
4 Posted 21/09/2017 at 21:04:28
Similar to the interview of a newly signed player.
5 Posted 21/09/2017 at 21:06:48
Unless that's the Championship (ahem). Still, I suppose he couldn't really turn round and say "I had iron girder with him and he bombed me out." They have to toe the party line, don't they.
6 Posted 21/09/2017 at 21:08:14
One is a new employee; one is an ex-employee.
7 Posted 21/09/2017 at 21:11:46
He seems a genuinely nice man. I can remember him saying some very nice things about Martinez too.
8 Posted 21/09/2017 at 21:17:51
9 Posted 21/09/2017 at 21:18:20
He was a gentleman when he praised Martinez (it was in Roberto's first season when he had us playing some great football and achieving our record highest Premier League points). He's still a gentleman now.
10 Posted 21/09/2017 at 21:21:31
We can only guess at the truth.
11 Posted 21/09/2017 at 21:28:24
At the end of the day, we all believe what we want to.
12 Posted 21/09/2017 at 21:30:19
Sheedy lying, or Sheedy truthful.
13 Posted 21/09/2017 at 21:34:22
John, after the few weeks we've had, I just don't know anymore mate. To be honest, I don't care either as long as we get back to winning ways and see some positivity back. Last few weeks have been murder!
14 Posted 21/09/2017 at 21:34:25
And Darren, due respect, you alone sussed Koeman as a duffer from the get-go but I think you'll find Sheedy praised Martinez in his first season before he destroyed what he and we had, leaving it up to our current duffer to improve everything, which he admittedly only did by four places and European qualification with a squad that largely wasn't his own.
15 Posted 21/09/2017 at 21:36:46
He's got nothing to gain. If he criticised Ronald, there's no damage to him. Even if it went tits up and he comes home looking for another job, chances are Ronald is gone and he'd get it.
So truthful Sheedy for me. I only question the "track record" part, as that's a matter for debate.
16 Posted 21/09/2017 at 21:38:59
Don, Very good.
Steve, me too.
17 Posted 21/09/2017 at 22:17:34
Maybe Sheedy will be right about Koeman. Personally, I don't see it.
18 Posted 21/09/2017 at 22:22:07
19 Posted 21/09/2017 at 22:31:33
20 Posted 21/09/2017 at 23:54:55
Sorry, Darren for using you as an example but I agree with some of your stuff and am against some of it. It is like being a supporter; I will change my mind and, yes, be fickle.
I will not come on and defend the shite that has been too often served up but it is too soon to fire the coach. It is never going to happen soon.
21 Posted 22/09/2017 at 02:55:39
I don't think any of us are happy with what we're seeing right now, even Sunderland last night, but I think we need to look beyond that and see what answers the manager comes up with until the next window.
To my mind, we needed a total rebuilding exercise from the frail mentality that we witnessed over the last few years and the aging legs of the likes of Barry, Jags and even Baines.
I see us as a work in progress and will not judge the manager just yet.
22 Posted 22/09/2017 at 04:35:38
23 Posted 22/09/2017 at 05:59:58
Maybe this new marvellous scout has no atlas and wears blinkers. There again, he fits in nicely with the whole club really. Oh and Sheeds was a great player but in the Jags mould. Nice guy but never a leader of men.
24 Posted 22/09/2017 at 07:38:29
If he does that, we will go to Anfield and laugh at their Gerry Marsden bullshit song before kick-off then overwhelm them bigtime. No fear... be proud, or do one, Ron.
25 Posted 22/09/2017 at 09:58:27
26 Posted 23/09/2017 at 11:07:03
Exactly right Brian opinions are like arseholes, everybody has got one and Sheeds is entitled to his.
I know us mere TW peasants are supposed to doff our caps at the 'football' men when they express theirs but I remember Koeman is a football man, Martinez is a football man, and even Robbie Savage is a football man so I go with my own gut and brains (conveniently co-located) more often than not.
27 Posted 26/09/2017 at 08:43:36
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