I lived in Glasgow for quite a few years. My preferred team was Clydebank. I spent some fine afternoons at Kilbowie. I also watched Motherwell, Partick, Killie, Dumbarton. Also, I was unusual in that I watched Rangers and Celtic. I just like football and had no allegiance to either.
The atmosphere at both grounds is electric. Anyone who succeeds there is special. It takes someone special. Jock Stein achieved, in my view, one of the greatest triumphs in British sport. Walter Smith coached the worst team that ever got to the Europa League final.
Brendan Rogers succeeded at Celtic and is doing it at Leicester City. At Celtic, now there is the admirable strong and underrated Neil Lennon. However, there is another success story in Glasgow. It is Steven Gerrard. What he has achieved is quite remarkable.
I have discussed what he has done with many friends who watch Scottish football. He has rejuvenated a failed club. He has restored respect. He has been innovate in his coaching. He has been strong, media astute and is revered by supporters. He will move on soon.
I have loathed him in the past but Steven Gerrard is a winner. Not Arteta, not, no never, Eddie Howe. Let us hurt Liverpool, let us be bold, let us forget the past. Let us show some vision. I know many will hate the idea. But, let us do what must be done to make Steven Gerrard our next coach.
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1 Posted 04/12/2019 at 14:05:06
It would be one in the eye for Liverpool, which is never a bad thing.
But are things really that bad? Answer me after the game.
2 Posted 04/12/2019 at 14:05:26
Let's also have Carragher as first team coach.
3 Posted 04/12/2019 at 14:08:54
He would never come to Everton. The kid pictured in an Everton kit all those years ago no longer exists.
No way will he sabotage his long-term ambition to manage Liverpool by managing Everton first.
4 Posted 04/12/2019 at 14:11:19
5 Posted 04/12/2019 at 14:16:16
6 Posted 04/12/2019 at 14:18:07
Let's put that to one side though. What about his coaching and tactics do you think could help him drag us up the table? I don't pay any attention to Scottish football, so I have no idea how he's doing other than to look at the table.
How do you envisage Gerard could turn things around here? What's he going to do different? What is it about his "innovative" coaching that can transfer to Everton?
Look forward to seeing your response, mate.
7 Posted 04/12/2019 at 14:21:59
8 Posted 04/12/2019 at 18:23:05
9 Posted 04/12/2019 at 22:44:06
Gerrard bases his tactics on the Klopp high press model. However, that is easy in Scottish football. 4-3-3works against Ross County and, well, against most Scottish teams. Against Celtic, it has taken a while. Early on he played 4-4-2. In the league Cup final on Sunday he will play 4-3-3 and Rangers will win.
He is fanatical about fitness. There is a very strict disciplinary regime. He is, and I know this from someone at the club,that he is a magnificent motivator. He is a winner;just look at the dejected figure on the touchline tonight.
This post will disappear among tonights deluge but we need a new coach. Silva will, rightly, be sacked. Gerrard would keep us up and take us forward.
Jay,Klopp will be at Liverpool long after Gerrard has left at Rangers. The lad in the blue kit will always be there. Anyway, Jay, would you have him? I suspect you are open minded enough to say yes.
10 Posted 05/12/2019 at 02:36:35
Plenty, it seems, would take Benitez, so the rs thing is not a total no-no.
Apart from his rs connections, his strengths seem to be... Strict on discipline and fitness and a good motivator, also switches tactics - thankfully or hopefully that rules out Moyes then...(but this is The Ev here)
About that winner bit though, there isn't much in the way of adversity except Celtic up there, so that's a bit moot.
Maybe a leopard can change his shorts, but surely there must be a none rs with some those qualities...even if he did or does keep pigeons.
That said, whoever you get in to kick the tea cups...if the players aren't arsed, then you're on a loser.
I've said Bielsa for months now, I'll stick with him...to misquote billy joel...he might just be the lunatic we're looking for.
11 Posted 05/12/2019 at 17:07:37
12 Posted 06/12/2019 at 04:59:27
I now live in Brisbane and a much more likeable Evertonian, who was signed by Liverpool as a kid.
One Robbie Fowler, manages Brisbane Roar, in the A-League here in Australia. Robbie Fowler lifting his shirt in a goal celebration to show, 'I support the Dockers.' A reference to Liverpool dockers who had been on strike for months. Incidentally, I'm not suggesting Robbie, just comparing personalities.
I watched the toffee tv 'Duncan Ferguson coaching years'. Duncan has all his badges, has worked with four different managers, loves, lives and breathes the club.
I'm not expecting miracles on Saturday against Chelsea. Depending on the timeline, Duncan may well have three tough games to navigate the team through.
We don't even know if Everton have anyone in mind, or even if anyone has been contacted. You would imagine Brands has been sounding potential managers out but we just don't know.
Winston Churchill, in 1939, said of Russia:
"I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma."
Love you Everton, unconditionally and always will.
14 Posted 07/12/2019 at 11:13:29
This fanciful thought should have been killed in its infancy.
15 Posted 07/12/2019 at 20:50:11
16 Posted 07/12/2019 at 23:48:10
17 Posted 08/12/2019 at 20:15:54
Yes, he has done well in basically his first Senior Management post and has got Rangers back almost on a par with Celtic, which is admirable in his first year.
As Rob @ 7, said he is just waiting in the wings for Klipperty to move on, all the signs are that Klopp will see his tenure out, and probably win the Premier League Title barring a disastrous run.
While the seat is still warm he will be back at Liverpool.
18 Posted 12/12/2019 at 12:52:00
I just now saw this post.
Stop sniffing bath salts.
All these calls for Benitez and Stevie Dickhead drive me crazy. They're both red, they've both shat (past tense of the oft used shit) on Everton, and showed outward contempt to the Club.
I understand, rewinding the clock to a week or so ago, that we were desperate. But always hold onto your pride. Don't sell your soul to the dark red side that promises wins and success. That road, for me, has an unhappy ending.
Benitez and Slippy can do one. I don't ever, ever want to see them anywhere near our Club.
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