The fixture against Manchester City at Goodison Park tossed up an interesting dilemma for Everton fans, with supporters of the club unsure as to whether they wanted the Toffees to win. Quite a few Evertonians who were making their way around the city centre were interviewed in the build-up to the game and asked if they wanted Everton to lose to Manchester City. The answer was a resounding yes from the majority, which must prompt the question, should you ever hope your team loses?
Let’s have a look at why Blues fans may want the Toffees to come unstuck against the Citizens. The main reason has originated from the fact that an Everton defeat will send City to the summit of the league at the expense of Liverpool who - it must be said - will still have a game in hand to right the situation again.
🔴 Liverpool fan: "Do you want Everton to get beat tonight?"
🔵 Everton fan: "Yeah I do."
🔴 Liverpool fan: "I have NEVER been that bitter!"
🔵 Everton fan: "I bet you have!"
🔴 Liverpool fan: "I bet I haven't!"February 6, 2019
The relationship between Liverpool and Everton fans is complex but ultimately quite unique. With the two clubs being separated by only 400m it’s easy to see why the derby is dubbed the 'friendly derby.' Many households across the city are divided by their support of either the Reds or the Blues but not in a way that breaks them up or causes irreparable damage. We have seen that when it truly matters this city comes together and closes ranks in a powerful display of unity.
Hearing Everton fans say they want to lose because it will dent Liverpool’s chances of winning the league is the type of spiteful attitude that you could only associate with sibling rivalry. It is enough to make you chuckle out loud and, if any fans have earned the right to say that, then it is the Everton ones.
The more sinister reason could be to do with manager Marco Silva and his plummeting popularity at Goodison Park. The 41-year-old is under increasing pressure at Everton to keep the fan base on his side and on current form it looks like he may have lost it. In the eyes of some fans losing could force the hand of owner Farhad Moshiri despite the billionaire giving the Portuguese manager his full backing. Football fans who have been around long enough will know that shortly after the dreaded vote of confidence is given the sack normally follows.
Farhad Moshiri on Everton: “It’s a project. The fans quite rightly demand good football. We want young players to develop. They need to play. Marco Silva is a talented coach, but he’s planning long-term. In this business, you have to hold your nerve.” (Source: talkSPORT) pic.twitter.com/BwGcDORMAH— Everton Blue Army (@EvertonBlueArmy) February 5, 2019
Losing to Pep Guardiola’s City side will never be the final straw for a manager managing a team out of the top four, regardless of how bad a run they are on. It’s the defeats to the teams towards the bottom that may finally prompt change, which would suggest Everton’s trip to Cardiff on the 26th of February should be closely monitored. Silva’s men will be tipped to win in the Betfair Premier League predictions but should they slip up, it could be all she wrote for Silva.
Based on the two explanations that Everton fans have given as to why they want their team to lose it is the reason that Liverpool will be aided in their quest to win the league title for the first time in 29 years that is the more palatable one. There are serious questions though that need to be asked when a section of the supporters don’t want to back the team for 90 minutes because of an agenda against the manager - regardless of whether he is deserving of it or not.
It’s just not what being a fan is about regardless of how tempting it may be to do so. Voicing displeasure at the end of a game like in the case of what happened after the defeat to Wolves is a different matter and much more acceptable, in some case it's also condoned during a game but at least go into the game with the right intentions of supporting the team.
It’s important to remember that what will be will be. Winning is the only cure that will help to fix any confidence issues and confidence is what a team needs in order to get itself out of a slump. You could say without fear of being at all wrong that Silva has made mistakes and could have made better acquisitions in the transfer market but that doesn't seem enough to wish defeat on a team that is representing a proud club that will be around long after the manager has gone.
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1 Posted 28/02/2019 at 14:20:43
2 Posted 28/02/2019 at 15:07:05
Let the rest take care of themselves!
I'm in this game to see Everton Football Club achieve something worthwhile, not other clubs.
3 Posted 28/02/2019 at 15:17:16
4 Posted 04/03/2019 at 15:46:18
You must balance the result of a match that doesn't particularly matter, and will be forgotten in a few weeks time, with the consequences of the RS winning the League. That would be more detrimental to us, as a club, than losing one match.
Having said that I'd much rather not be in that position and that means we should be at the top.
No, I'm not a fair weather supporter. I go to every game home and away.
5 Posted 06/03/2019 at 13:57:37
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