Not Again — What next?

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It seems like every year of late we reach a point or two when we hit the same old problems. We seemingly implode and start a losing run which leads to the departure of the manager.

From the years under Moyes, when I personally felt we moved forward slowly with small improvements to the squad, my expectations as a fan were being met as I understood the financials and the long term plan to build a team and develop a new ground, to the post Martinez period, when we have bought big and failed big. We have Moshiri’s money of course, but time seems to ultimately bring us to the same outcome. Big money signings who either look out of place or simply can’t perform. God knows how much spent, but we are going nowhere!

The definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. We must break this cycle or face the possibility of becoming a Leeds with decades in the wilderness when the finances dictate what happens next.

Moshiri is a very successful businessman. Nobody invests in football clubs as a sound commercial venture and so Everton is his investment hobby and, like all hobbies, when you find it not so much fun and the expense outweighs the enjoyment or kudos, it’s time for us all to worry.

Not least because even if he stays his majority shareholding increases the one-dimensional view of what is needed — despite the introduction of Marcel Brands.

Picture painted, but what next?

I know from personal experience that business success comes from having the right people, right management, and the right long-term plan mixed with confidence and consistent day-to-day processes to achieve required outcomes. Most important is change needs to be little and time-related. Too much too quickly rarely works out. If I am honest I don’t think Everton tick too many of these boxes currently.

I think Silva was an emotional appointment. He had done ok with a hopeless Hull and started well at Watford — with his subsequent demise blamed on Everton’s interest. I don’t buy that because a strong manager would put the disappointment to one side and stick to the plan. Moshiri got his man, but I have big doubts he is the right man. The pre-Liverpool games and the game itself showed that just perhaps we were on the right path but, since then, it has been simply not acceptable. Something has changed in the dressing room. What that is is crucial to understanding what is needed next.

I know my football as well as any fan. Six decades of supporting Everton have proved interesting as the journey has always been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. So what do I see?

Basics of not being able to defend set pieces, but am I the only one who thinks Pickford’s positioning is poor and his ability to command crosses is equally poor? Is this a factor in confidence to defend?

We desperately need a leader in the middle to hold the line and take us forward. To bring team cohesion when it goes wrong and direction as required. At the moment, we lack this.

Oddly, I have focused a lot on throw-ins lately. Is it just me or do Everton make nothing of them and usually give the ball away due to lack of movement or failure to create space? Whilst defending, they don’t close down the opposition who seem to take the advantage.

The obvious one is the failure to replace Lukaku. We have no aerial threat, no-one who is in the right place at the right time, and no one confident to stick the ball away. In other words who fears playing Everton? No imminent plans to change this so I'm not sure what will improve in terms of goals until we do.

What next is the big question?

Do we stick or twist on the manager? I would like to say stick, but little about Silva gives me any confidence. We need a new Moyes or, maybe dare I say, the old Moyes until such time as the long term manager can be found. I know this won’t be popular with many, but we used to be able to defend in his day and we did play decent football despite a lack of options. Silva is proving tactically inept and a bit of a one option pony!

I believe we need a period of stability. A fresh set of eyes to reassess the total squad. Time to be able to move on the misfits who no longer seem to have a role and whose salaries and price tags make them hard to move on. Under Financial Fair Play rules unless we address this with some urgency we will be restricted on new recruitment.

Alternatively not playing them or farming them out to usually unsuccessful loan arrangements is not helping values or our ability to get them off the books. We did not buy bad players, but they have all lost something at Everton and have become so. Finding out why is important; finding some form to play or sell them is crucial.

The only thing I am sure of is that each year and with each change we sink deeper into the abyss. I appreciate all that Moshiri has brought to the club and the new club management structure looks great but, for all that money has brought, we have lost our more valuable team spirit.

Another lesson I have learned is that sometimes managers or owners have to be brave, go back to basics, and start afresh. Building on sand will never give you the foundation to build a future.

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Pat Kelly
1 Posted 28/01/2019 at 13:23:54
Silva doesn't come across as a leader or have any sense of a strong character who can boss his team. He looks lost and bewildered. This is fuelling the lack of confidence on the pitch.

A strong, confident, tactically astute manager is required. Does that sound like Silva?

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