It's a Sam Butty for me

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As this season draws to a welcome end, and, by general consensus we will remain in the Premier League next season, our thoughts will automatically turn to what happens now? Many supporters who contribute to these pages have advocated that, as soon as the season is over, we should say bye-bye to Big Sam and his backroom staff and appoint a more 'suitable' manager.

Clearly there is some appeal to this option; however, we know from experience that managerial changes are expensive and often less than successful. Whilst our current manager comes with excessive baggage and little apparent humility, he has appointed a big and experienced backroom staff and just maybe they are the best we can expect.My concern would be that having another change of management will simply delay the planning for next season when it is essential to get some of this work done as soon as possible.

Critical for Everton during the next few months is to sort out the high numbers of players in both the first team and youth team squads who appear to have no first team potential. The squads need to be trimmed to manageable numbers, and a preferred playing formation adopted throughout the club. Every effort should then be made to finally address the left-hand side deficiencies. This will be the third attempt at confronting this problem, so the earlier we begin, the better chance we have of bringing in the right players.

All this means that some difficult and maybe unpopular decisions will have to be made regarding players' contracts, but at present too many players are enjoying generous terms whilst contributing very little.

So let's clear the decks, deal with the shortcomings, and move forward. We may need to ruffle a few feathers, but it is not a popularity contest and we may have the right man in place? Step forward – Mr Allardyce!

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Steve Hogan
1 Posted 22/02/2018 at 19:01:00
Interesting article, David. I certainly agree with your sentiments on having 'too many managerial changes' in such a short space of time. It simply very rarely works out for those clubs involved.

The problem is, I fear too many Evertonian's have already made up their mind about 'Big Sam' and simply want him gone. I'm in the 'not sure' bracket to be honest; can he improve the team sufficiently in the close season to effect real change?

In hindsight, last year's recruitment strategy has been nothing short of disastrous, and someone or the individuals involved in the process, have to be held responsible.

Since Koeman's departure, we can only presume he took the main role in selecting player's to purchase, how much say did Walsh have? – another grey area.

Another question to answer, if our Turkish centre forward finally gets his act together, and turns out to be the player we all think he could be, along with the capture of Walcott (who I think is the most intelligent forward we've had for years), should Allardyce be given a full season to prove his worth? And also an opportunity to rid the club in the close season of the 'deadwood' like Schneiderlin, Mirallas, Besic etc who will now never improve sufficiently to make it as a first team regulars. There's a massive pruning job to take place, and the club can expect to incur some substantial losses.

Finally, if you look around, there are probably only six to eight managers in Europe (Brits aside),who possess the necessary credentials, who we would like to have at Goodison next season.

We've heard all the names: Tuchel, Simeone, Anchelloti etc, but honestly, we have to ask ourselves, do we as a football club have the current status in European circles to attract the calibre of manager we all want?

Sadly, I don't think we have; at some stage, we may have to gamble on a promising, but yet unknown individual elsewhere.

Interesting times ahead...

Chad Schofield
2 Posted 22/02/2018 at 23:00:26
I know where you're coming from. Unfortunately I think Sam has struggled to meet his basic mission, which was to sure us up.

Outside of the first games (excluding West Ham which he unashamedly takes credit for), where we largely treated weaker teams as though they were Brazil, he's made many of the same mistakes as Koeman and Unsworth. Yet somehow, simply because he's in place we should now set him arguably the most important role in decades – rebuilding a squad and transitioning us into a club that genuinely competes and attracts players.

We've had a massive false start under Koeman, we've shat our pants and now look like a nouveau riche kid which soiled underwear crying because the world's not fair while a seedy uncle tells us it'll all be okay. We might attract people who are mercenary and want some money, but we're not going to be taken seriously by the sort of players who'll take us to 'the next level'.

Frankly, though, letting Sam lead the way on this project is not only risky – it will undoubtedly send us backwards. I'd rather have Mike Walker, The Pied Piper, or a child in charge rather than slippery Sam.

Paul Smith
3 Posted 22/02/2018 at 23:47:34
The rest of the season will be a job interview for Sam Allardyce. Get us 7th and he'll be in the dugout come August.
Andrew James
4 Posted 22/02/2018 at 00:06:27
No sorry.

His job interview was done in North London. Too many poor decisions and tactical errors.

See us through to May then bye, thanks.

Our squad doesn't suit Allardyce long term. Our fan base doesn't like him and he's also quite old and we need a younger manager with some vision.

Eddie Howe for me.

Don Alexander
5 Posted 23/02/2018 at 00:38:54
"Is it the board, or is it the manager?"

"Is it the players, or is it the coaches?"

"Is it the board, or is it the owner?"

"Is it the manager, or is it the coaches?"

"Is it the players, or is it the manager?"

"Is it the manager, or is it the owner?"

Question-after-question, year-after-year, manager-after-manager, squad-after-squad, the riddles continue.

But one, only one, main character permeates it all down the decades,

Wonder if he's the problem, Farhad?

Just saying...

Phillip Warrington
6 Posted 23/02/2018 at 04:42:41
Surely a club of Everton's stature can attract a good manager... to me, Sam Allardyce is not the answer. I agree with the culling of players (U23 and seniors) but letting a defensive-minded manager do that will kill what future this club has. Sam Allardyce will sacrifice any player with flair who is not prepared to boot the ball up field and chase it.

To me, we need a youth policy and a technical coach to bring out the best in them. Surely if Everton said "Okay, for the next three years, we are going to pay a manager £10 mill a year to really put this club back on the map, surely one of the top managers would re-think – after all, that would be better than buying another has-been for £30 mill.

What do people think of Ostersunds FK boss Graham Potter whose teams have come from the lower leagues and more than matched some of the big teams in Europe? He is well credentialed in technical coaching badges.

Darren Hind
7 Posted 23/02/2018 at 05:22:39
After serving up the most obscene anti-football ever seen, the guy told us (after a battering) that he thought we should become even more boring... Just think about that.

I sincerely hope somebody at the club is on the look-out for an enormous cannon. One big enough to send this fat-headed buffoon over the walls of Goodison Park.

Calls for Allardyce to be brought here were bad enough; calls for him to stay defy belief.

Ian Burns
8 Posted 23/02/2018 at 09:37:40
Moshiri needs to clear out the board and management immediately the season ends to allow a new and hopefully decent new management team to start again. Some of the players might just be motivated to get off their collective arses and give a damn.

The lack of modern football nous and motivation this manager has shown along with his most depressing press interviews makes Moshiri's decision a no-brainer.

We won't finish 7th (Leicester will), so Moshiri has no excuses.

Paul Birmingham
9 Posted 23/02/2018 at 14:09:17
I;m not sure if the club has a plan to avoid this car crash of a season repeating itself next season.

None of us know who selects, sanctions and approves the players now and those that were brought in, last summer, but Farhad will no doubt be doing his due diligence next preseason on any transfer and perhaps even a new manager or coaching staff.

The club can't repeat this disaster again... but the mould of abject hopelessness and failure must be broken and we start fresh with a proper business plan for the club on and off the park.

I don't think this pre-season we'll have the same funds to buy, and any sales will be at a loss and won't bring a return..

Will Farhad be looking to his Russian ally, Usmanov for a push to another level in terms of spending power?

Paul Kossoff
10 Posted 23/02/2018 at 15:35:52
"Step forward – Mr Allardyce!" Our manager next season? Not for me! He's here for the pay, and is just as likely to walk when he feels like it without a backward glance. Mancini I would like.
Martin Nicholls
11 Posted 23/02/2018 at 16:40:28
Darren (#7) – I couldn't agree more. The appointment of Allardyce was a shameful embarrassment that it will take years for most of us supporters to live down – in the longer term, he'll always be a stain on the history of this Club.

To those wanting him to see out his contract, do you not think that before we're long into next season the players will start to see him as a lame duck in much the same way as they did with Unsy and that the likes of Schneiderlin and Mirallas will start to take the piss like they did at that widely reported training session?

For me, keeping him until THIS May is too long.

Dennis Stevens
12 Posted 24/02/2018 at 13:43:03
End of the season? I want rid of Allardyce as soon as we hit the 40-point mark, he should never have been appointed as manager of Everton.

Ideally, he should be replaced promptly by the man the Board have already got lined up for next season – whether that be Fonseca or whoever. That would give the new man a few matches to work with this squad before they all piss off for the summer.

Si Cooper
13 Posted 24/02/2018 at 20:42:45
My biggest problem with the appointment of Allardyce was always the huge doubt about whether he would ever attract the sort of players we need to improve on the players we need to move on.

I can't fault the recruitment of Theo Walcott who has added quality and pace without any indication that he will prove to be fragile (mentally or physically). Unfortunately, he is the single bright spark from another ultimately disappointing transfer window during which we apparently failed to get business done with a number of targets.

Conversely, I expected him to be pragmatic and work on the basics, making us harder to beat at least. I'm not convinced you can wholly rule out some sort of slow-burning ‘Unsworth' factor in the apparent improvement in the team's performance when Allardyce started, so I think he has failed to prove himself in that regard.

Overall, for me, he remains an uninspiring figurehead for a recruiting drive and has not shown he can get anything out of the players he will, therefore, be forced to carry on with.

Therefore, I would still prefer we try to get in a manager that a large range of players will be very interested to work with, and hope that they have the sense not to neglect the fundamental attributes of any successful team.

I didn't want him for certain specific reasons; I haven't seen enough in the transfer dealings he has had the opportunity to influence to change my pre-conceptions. Alarmingly, he has not even produced a team capable of sustained moderate-level performances. He will not walk, though, will he? He would (presumably) forfeit his pay off if he does. I see no reason why he won't simply wait until he is invited to depart with his contract paid in full.

Alex Fox
15 Posted 27/02/2018 at 13:58:49
Allardyce should be handed his P45 at 4:50 pm on the final day of the season.

I don't even feel he's done a particularly bad job. He has done exactly the job he was asked to do (avoid relegation), and he's done so in exactly the manner that the last 20 years of his managerial career suggested he would (with abject mediocrity). But the simple truth is that he never should have held the position in the first place. Moshiri and Walsh panicked, and this shambles of a season is the inevitable result.

That said, I'm in full agreement that we shouldn't be chopping and changing the manager every five minutes. The events of the last two years have left us with a Franken-squad of mismatched parts pulling in opposite directions. We need to hire a manager – the right manager – with a long-term vision that marries with the club's own, and hand him the time to go about the process of team-building, with incremental improvements to the squad, season by season, even if there are bumps in the road along the way.

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