Mike Walker's 'What if' Moment

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Everton came into the game against Norwich caught up in a relegation battle but hoping to build on a win last time out. In the absence of their injured "playmaker", a young English midfielder struggled to make an impression. He was criticized on the Toffeeweb match day review for having "too much hustle and not enough brain... he completely missed ~3 tackles."

The 30-year-old former Arsenal winger was described as "pointless". The young expensive striker signed in the summer failed to make the matchday squad while his replacement was described by some posters on ToffeeWeb as "crap." After the game, the board held a meeting to discuss the future of the manager.

No, I am not talking about last weekend and Gomes being injured, Tom struggling, Walcott doing nothing, Kean being omitted, and Tosun being crap. I am talking about November 1994 and Samways, Parkinson, Limpar, Amokachi, Ferguson… and above all — Mike Walker.

On that occasion, the board decided to sack the manager after the Norwich game. Walker claimed they fired him then as they were afraid that, if he won the upcoming Merseyside derby, he would be "bombproof". Here we are again, only this time the board seem to have decided not to drop a new permanent or interim manager into the hot seat ahead of the derby.

After 25 years of wondering, now we get to see the Mike Walker "what if?" scenario play out. What if Everton win the derby? Does it make Marco "bombproof"? And how long does that status last? I suspect the Mike Walker theory will be blown out of the water — as it would have been if he had stayed. I see no reason to think Everton will turn it around versus Leicester or in the derby. Nonetheless, I find myself praying for a miracle… unlikely as that may seem.

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John P McFarlane
1 Posted 29/11/2019 at 20:28:48
Kieran I can see why you might compare the current situation to that of Mike Walker's travails with Everton in 1994, however, he was a rank bad manager and Joe Royle proved that to be the case, immediately upon his arrival as Joe's management produced 9 points in his first three matches in charge of the Blues - compared to Walker's 8 points from 14 games.

I would also argue that the players in the squad at that time were far better than the results under Walker had shown them to be. The current Everton squad lacks character and characters, it may have better quality in certain areas, but we've yet to see the team spirit of the 'dogs of war' era.

Too often with this current squad of players we see disjointed patterns of play, bad errors in crucial areas of the pitch and a lack of appetite to roll up their sleeves when things aren't going well.

How much of this is down to Silva's tactics and methodolgy is open to debate but i'd wager that finding a manager to knit together this particular bunch of players will be more difficult than we'd like to think.

We might need a bigger miracle than that which happened in 1994 to turn our fortunes around, and a change of manager may not help to achieve that. The current league is so tight, save three or four teams, we can if results improve rapidly still make a success of the season - for now I would take being in the Premier League for the 2020-21 campaign and I wouldn't care how we do it with or without Silva.

Ray Jacques
2 Posted 01/12/2019 at 08:51:39
Big problem with this. We wont win the derby.
Steve Ferns
3 Posted 03/12/2019 at 12:39:40
Kieran, the other big problem with this is the players were not at all impressed with Mike Walker. Listen to the likes of Paul Rideout. He hravily criticised Mike Walker's coaching and said "you could tell he used to be a goalkeeper!".

If Silva's coaching was as bad as Walker's, then Brands would have kicked him into touch well before now. I can't see the parallels.

The what if moments I wonder is not Walker, but Martinez and Koeman. Both of them have started this ridiculous cycle of hiring managers and sacking them after 18 months or so. So what if we had given Martinez the Moshiri money as he spent well on McCarthy and Lukaku and Barry. What would have happened if he had real money to spend?

What if Koeman had worked with Brands and not Walsh or what if he'd been given more time to turn things around?

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