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1 Posted 28/09/2019 at 13:16:39
2 Posted 28/09/2019 at 13:18:53
3 Posted 28/09/2019 at 13:18:54
4 Posted 28/09/2019 at 13:20:39
5 Posted 28/09/2019 at 13:29:21
6 Posted 28/09/2019 at 13:59:44
7 Posted 28/09/2019 at 14:21:40
8 Posted 28/09/2019 at 15:40:45
I just love his no-nonsense approach, clearly designed to harden up his team.
These are his comments post-match about his keeper Dean Henderson who let in a howler to gift t'other lot the win:
"If he wants to be a professional footballer, these things are going to happen. But if he wants to play for the top teams, he wants to play for England then he needs to do better, he needs to concentrate more, it's a disappointing day for him. I am not going to put my arms around him, simply he needs to do better."
Too much molly-coddling or stroking players' egos potentially makes them soft. Professional sport is cut-throat. Wilder seems intent on instilling a winning mentality in his players, rather than play the gallant 'woe-is-me' loser.
9 Posted 28/09/2019 at 16:34:45
10 Posted 28/09/2019 at 21:28:18
11 Posted 28/09/2019 at 21:38:03
12 Posted 28/09/2019 at 21:39:53
The same point when all the Liverpool players supported Suarez by wearing those t-shirts in a show of solidarity!
Manager's do it when their players cheat and commit career threatening tackles etc. etc.
Very depressing/distressing to be frank!
13 Posted 28/09/2019 at 23:49:39
It is just fucking hateful. It slows down the game, it destroys spontaneity, it creates utterly false mini-dramas. It makes what is flesh and blood become lines on a screen. It makes referees look like nobs, where previously that was just a matter of opinion.
Football, for me, is not about the letter of the law, about getting it right, about perfection. It is emotional and VAR destroys that. To me, the worst innovation in the history of football.
14 Posted 29/09/2019 at 16:58:16
15 Posted 29/09/2019 at 17:57:56
16 Posted 29/09/2019 at 18:06:49
17 Posted 29/09/2019 at 18:39:20
Forget club size, they have achieved far more than Everton have in the last 20 years, they've played in the Champions League and also won two League Cups (since our last trophy back in ‘95).
It just makes a mockery of idiots that keep on saying “Everton are in transition”.
Well, since we last did anything remotely worthwhile, Leicester have won two promotions, a league title, and had numerous really exciting teams in the time we have spent in transition.
Transition at Everton seems to last for eternity.
18 Posted 29/09/2019 at 18:41:57
Oh to ever see an Everton team again that looked just a little bit exciting and capable of out-scoring opponents.
19 Posted 29/09/2019 at 19:02:40
Our squad is in transition for sure. The way we play is... erm, well I am stuck. Seems that Silva is too concerned with having 2 wide players covering defensively to go for it.
It is refreshing to see the likes of Leicester have 4 or 5 players waiting in the box for a cross while we will have 1 or 2 so the cross doesn't go in at all.
I'm in the minority that wouldve kept Martinez, our last real coach. Sure, he had his faults but we should have given him more time. Walsh then came in and put us back a good few years.
Silva doesn't have any excuses left. (Okay, maybe Gbamin and Gomes.) Once again, we are underperforming and if we don't turn it around in the next couple games, its another league season virtually written off. We should be ahead of Leicester and West Ham but they have a better manager, not necessarily better players.
20 Posted 29/09/2019 at 19:18:52
I'd say Leicester definitely and probably West Ham too have better players than us currently. How many of our XI would get into Leicester's currently? Two or three max, I reckon.
21 Posted 29/09/2019 at 19:23:42
I would argue that they have much better players. If we had Maddison and/or Vardy, it would transform our squad.
West Ham with Haller, Rice, Lanzini, Anderson – all better players than ours in their respective positions.
Our midfield is like a paper bag – you could punch a hole through it – and many do – and as for up front, enough has already been said about that for the last 2 years.
22 Posted 29/09/2019 at 19:34:50
23 Posted 29/09/2019 at 19:42:42
Do you think they would be in the same position with Silva in charge? Definitely take Schmeichel, Maddison, Vardy and Anderson, possibly Lanzini. You could ask how many Villa, Palace, Sheff Utd players would get in our team also.
We are underperforming with this manager... on the road to nowhere. Iwobi, Bernard, Sigurdsson, Richarlison, Digne, Gomes, Coleman. Maybe its just a matter of time before we click... you never know.
24 Posted 29/09/2019 at 20:11:10
Everton just ain't a big club anymore, guys.
25 Posted 29/09/2019 at 20:28:52
26 Posted 29/09/2019 at 20:58:31
27 Posted 01/10/2019 at 16:56:03
28 Posted 03/10/2019 at 13:13:20
Agreed on VAR, unless real reason comes into play it will just turn fans away from the once beautiful game.
As for the Blues... jeez, it seems that we'll be hanging by a thread for most of the season, fooling ourselves that we've finally turned another corner, one step forward and three steps back, oh for a simple set up, players that shoot on sight, can pass a ball, beat the first man with a simple cross, British players from lower leagues with a brave Manager with real bottle and street smarts that can also wow the press with a few killer one-liners and not bore them or the Goodison faithful shitless.
That's my EVERTON folks... and it CAN be achieved.
29 Posted 04/10/2019 at 22:29:09
30 Posted 14/10/2019 at 13:51:52
He learned his trade in the lower leagues, fell out with the Norwich Chairman over player sales, if memory serves, and the rot set in, but I always liked the way his Norwich side played: quick incisive passes on the floor type footy I love. He used wingers too and his midfielders always loved a pot-shot from range. He talks plain and simple about the game, doesn't waffle, baffle or bullshit neither. For me, he's the man... only up the road as well. We always had a good relationship with Preston too, a proper old-fashioned historic club, but we need their Gaffer big time to sort out our shower of shite or we will just sink further into the mire... I know though Brands will pick another foreign failure for sure... sigh.
We plod on, Blues.
31 Posted 14/10/2019 at 14:02:17
Anyway Mathew where have you been, if you don't mind me asking, you took a long time to answer my question!!!
32 Posted 14/10/2019 at 14:13:52
The scary thing is that we are being beaten by teams not even rated as top-six material except Man City. Usually, it's the manager who gets it in the neck first and, along with Pochettino and Solksjaer, Silva looks like being the first to get fired.
It would mean another big compensation package by Moshiri but the alternative is more of the same and the bottom three struggle. That would seem a pretty dismal outlook for a squad which, on paper looks decent but doesn't seem to know a way forward this season.
33 Posted 16/10/2019 at 13:35:36
I will give Silva till the end of October as the League Cup is to me vital for the club's return to greatness. My priority is for my club to start winning trophies it has NEVER won first and foremost...
As for a new gaffer, at least my fellow Blues know where I stand and I back "my man" Alex Neil, but know that I stand alone on that score.
34 Posted 16/10/2019 at 13:51:09
He looks like he is worth watching,but it is doubtful if any premier league club would take a chance on him, although he might provide his own chance with PNE, thanks for the tip on him Mathew.
35 Posted 17/10/2019 at 14:50:33
As for Saturday,jeez...looking like every Blue on the planet will be waiting the the team sheet to drop at about 11:30 am GMT...this weekend could prove very pivitol indeed,try and enjoy it Dave !.
36 Posted 17/10/2019 at 15:33:56
I will be at Goodison on Saturday hoping we win and relieve some pressure on the club and players.
37 Posted 20/10/2019 at 15:57:11
We played great and won. My horses won and the rugby has been very dramatic.
So I'm going to push my luck and watch the Sky match today. I've have my fingers crossed that we see lots of pain, lots of misery and lots of frustration for both sides, with neither one of them getting what they need.
Two clubs who really deserve each other.
Oh... and a little bit of claret wouldn't go amiss either.
38 Posted 20/10/2019 at 17:18:15
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