We are rotten. Like an old boat where rot creeps into the wooden panels designed to keep water out, it soon spreads and eventually the boat sinks. I am positing the theory that since Mr. Moshiri became our major shareholder and significant financial backer we have become rotten.
The chase for and ultimate failure of Marco Silva is a shining example of everything that is wrong with us as a club. We pursued a manager solely on the whim of the majority shareholder who it has to be said is not a football man and appointment him before we made the appointment of the new Director of Football in Mr. Brands after we terminated the experiment of asking a fantastic head scout (Mr. Walsh) to run our football affairs. So if you’re Marcel Brands walking in on day one, the person running the first team would not have been your choice and maybe wouldn’t have worked in the way you wanted. It smacks of disorganisation and chaos. In business, any business this is not a good way to proceed if you wish to be successful.
Sadly this has been the pattern since he first arrived. To caveat the criticism I am laying at his door, when he did pump circa £90m into the club I was one of those people jumping for joy as we had been starved of cash and investment for the best part of 25 years. So to have a billionaire who had a mate in Usmanov, who is unbelievably wealthy, meant we could compete at the top end again certainly financially. What has followed since is an absolute embarrassment and farce.
Like a spoilt kid given too much money and having no idea what to do with is Moshiri has lashed hundreds of millions at at least 3 different philosophies in the last 4 years. First there was the title winning scout and the big European name in Koeman and Walsh. After the first season things looked positive. Gana looked an excellent buy and Lukaku was rattling them in. Then came the ill-fated summer where we bought Klaassen, Rooney and Sigurdsson for circa £80m to help replace Lukaku who was a totally different type of player to all three. The failure to land a striker was much lamented. However, we Evertonians felt it was the dawn of a new age as we spent lots of money and bought Keane, Pickford and Sigurdsson. Players we would never have previously afforded.
We all know what went wrong then…. in comes Sam Allardyce to keep us up. The total antithesis of the type of manager we needed and craved. Two new players, both of whom were bought on Moshiri instruction and on his whim in Tosun and Walcott were signed. Neither have been successful. Sam goes because Farhad now wants a young exciting manager. There were plenty to choose from but he dispenses of Walsh who, to be fair, had a mixed record of success with signings but if his latest interviews are to be believed he had some fantastic players lined up and wasn’t supported by the club in Maguire, Evans, Haaland etc.
In come Marco Silva, then. If he was English he wouldn’t have even been on Farhad’s radar but because he had done OK in less competitive leagues his name was in lights and in he comes. He had his players that he wanted and Brands had his players. Just like with Koeman and Walsh, both seemed to get one signing each with no thought for building a squad that could play in a number of different ways. We were mocked for having three No. 10s in our squad but how many forward (but crucially not strikers) do we have now? Richi, Bernard, Iwobi, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bolasie to name just 6.
I could list all of Silva failings here but I won’t, needless to say he want up to the mark of a club with ambitious to be at the top end of the table and one would could only play one way with often very naive tactics. In Moyes’s last season we finished 6th. In Martinez’s first season we finished 5th. Then Mr. Moshiri came in and we have finished 8th twice and 11th twice with this season still to pan out. If you look at clubs doing well like Leicester and Wolves both have a clear strategy of types of players to recruit and all work towards that strategy.
We have a majority owner making all big decisions, a DOF buying some players, Bill on the side pushing his agenda and a head coach who is trying to make a silk purse out of a pigs ear. It is a totally dysfunctional and chaotic operation. We are rotten. A serious slate clean and start again approach is needed. Let the football people make the football decisions and just write the cheques Moshiri otherwise we are going nowhere and very very quickly.
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1 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:47:37
The mission to rapidly transform things pitchside occurs via a mountain of money (City and Chelsea) or a huge dollop of luck (Leicester). We clearly haven't the loot of the above two and we don't do luck.
Beyond the conviction we simply must not appoint another philosophy merchant I have no idea what the answer is
2 Posted 10/12/2019 at 09:33:13
3 Posted 13/12/2019 at 20:14:13
Under Moshiri, we've finished 7th, 8th and 8th.
4 Posted 13/12/2019 at 20:34:52
5 Posted 13/12/2019 at 20:43:44
6 Posted 13/12/2019 at 20:47:23
7 Posted 14/12/2019 at 19:41:54
He's improved our sponsorship deals and building us a beautiful stadium. My only worry is that he sticks with us for the duration. He must be getting a little frustrated with how difficult things have been.
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