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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 10/02/2019 at 08:27:19
Forget talk of the top four.

The days when we could even finish top 7 look a distant memory now and next season will be equally as hard as this.

There are no pushovers in this league anymore and teams are regularly coming up from promotion and finishing in strong positions.

Everton have lost too many reliable players and characters between 2012 and 2017 and replaced them with lesser men that’s why we can no longer reach consistency or produce higher finishes.

The sales of Lukaku, Barkley and Stones haven’t seen them replaced with better players.

The sales of squad players like Deulofeu and Lennon haven’t seen drastic improvements in their place.

We replaced Gareth Barry with Schneiderlin enough said.

We have sat and watch Coleman go downhill with no idea of a top class long term replacement for him.

Baines has been replaced by a fairly competent Lucas Digne although still question marks over his defensive capabilities.

Have we replaced goals in midfield that we once got from the likes of Fellaini, Cahill or Osman?

No we haven’t.

Have we got a variety of striking options capable of sticking the ball in the net?

No we haven’t.

I think talk of top fours is just premature and you are talking about something years and years off now.

We can’t even win a game against a top four club.

Stan Schofield
2 Posted 10/02/2019 at 10:19:39
It would require someone with the wealth of Usmanov, otherwise it's difficult to see us getting higher than mid-table.

So on the face of it, given what Moshiri has said, we're going to continue in mid-table for the moment. If we want true glory at the very top, we need someone like Usmanov. I think it really is that simple.

Paul Birmingham
3 Posted 10/02/2019 at 20:59:00
Jim and Stan, well pitched and ever so true.

Right now the decline of the first team and its impact on investment, makes progress, with out heavy weight backing, look impossible.

I hope I’m miles off, and the road to recovery will be found, but this is the reality of the mess, the club is in.

Anthony A Hughes
4 Posted 10/02/2019 at 21:31:52
How much has Moshirii actually contributed to transfers from his own personal wealth though?

We've had huge income from the television deals and from out going transfers. I'm pretty sure all of our buys have come from these sources and not from the Moshiri's pockets.

Tony Everan
5 Posted 11/02/2019 at 16:40:14
Aguero, Salah, Kane, Lukaku, Hazard, Aubameyang, etc, etc...


James Hughes
6 Posted 11/02/2019 at 18:20:21
I have just read Aaron Ramsey has signed a £400k per week deal with Juve.

£400k PER WEEK!!! FOR RAMSEY... C'MON!?!?!

Brands needs to be a fucken genius to get us back to the top of the pile.

Jay Harris
7 Posted 11/02/2019 at 18:36:20
Good post, Mike, and I can't disagree with a word Jim has said.

I think we can safely say Silva is no Pocchetino so I don't know where we go from here but ever more depressing after a wave of euphoria when Moshiri took over.

Steve Ferns
8 Posted 11/02/2019 at 18:42:44
Why can you safely say that, Jay? Not every season Pochettino has had has been a stroll in the park. He had some difficult times himself. All managers do.

Back on topic, FFP prevents us copying what Man City and Chelsea did anyway. FFP is closing the door on the “big 6” so no-one else can break in by spending their way there. The only way is by a smart young coach and astute signings and development of young players.

You know, the strategy that takes time, is prone to downturns in form, and can be a bumpy road requiring lots of patience.

Ross Edwards
9 Posted 11/02/2019 at 20:04:51
Not every new foreign manager that comes to England will be as good as Pochettino. Silva is nowhere near his level.

Pochettino got the Spurs job 'cos of what he did at Southampton. I'm still wondering why Silva was deemed good enough to come here? His record in the Premier League is dreadful — he's been relegated and sacked.

Saying we should give Silva time 'cos it took Pochettino a season or two to turn Spurs into what they are is wishful thinking. Pochettino is a world-class manager; Silva is vastly overrated and is lucky to be at a club of our size.

Marios Alexandrou
10 Posted 13/02/2019 at 04:43:46
Football games are won on the field by players who are determined not to allow their opposition to play their game, who have the passion to win, who give 100% of their ability and many others.

If Everton want to be a Top Six Premier League Club, they need a Top Class Manager who will be able to make Everton great again and make its players believe in themselves. It's time to be professional.

Andrew James
11 Posted 18/02/2019 at 15:31:11
Regarding Chelsea, Ranieri did only get a year under RA but the FA Cup winners in 2002 and 2003 were Arsenal and in 2004 Manchester Utd. RA let him go because he wasn’t his man. I’m not sure where the stuff about the FA Cup comes from?

The timelines and trophies won for Man City are also incorrect. Hughes was sacked after 18 months and it was Mancini who won their first Premier League title in 2012 not Pellegrini.

Henry Lloyd
12 Posted 19/02/2019 at 00:22:23

Thank you for pointing out the correct facts as I find it amazing that anyone would write an article without actually checking the facts and figures of what he is saying!

If you are going to write an article that encourages opinion, at least check you have your facts correct!!!

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