Sky Sports claim that contact has been made with the Spaniard who was himself sacked recently for a sub-par run of results that, combined with Freddie Ljungberg's two matches in charge constitutes the Gunners' worst run since 1977.
Emery made his name with his cup success at Seville and took the reins at Paris St Germain before joining Arsenal.
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1 Posted 09/12/2019 at 14:46:24
2 Posted 09/12/2019 at 14:53:54
3 Posted 09/12/2019 at 14:55:32
4 Posted 09/12/2019 at 14:57:48
He had an undistinguished playing career and fought his way to the top by taking a 3rd tier side to the 2nd tier for the first time ever, then jumped clubs to a bigger second tier side (Almeria) and got them up and promoted, then took over Valencia from Koeman. They were in a right mess financially and he made them competitive (as in qualified for Europe) regardless. He took them to 3rd twice. Then he moved to Russia where he was sacked.
He returned to Spain and Seville where he did very well, winning 3 consecutive Europa League titles. Then he went to PSG where he won every trophy going (all 4 trophies in one season) except finishing 2nd to Leo Jardim's Monaco in his first season (but still won both Cup, League Cup, and Super Cup). His career win % is well over 50% and he's never dropped below 46% at any club, even in Russia and his win % for arsenal was 55%.
I agree with you though Jay. Despite his credentials saying what a great manager he is. We just need a more forceful personality.
5 Posted 09/12/2019 at 14:58:00
I get he didnt do well at Arsenal and he has some part to blame with that. He was good at Sevilla and still achieved success at PSG.
Expectations arent as high here and to be fair he probably has centre backs to work with here than at Arsenal!!
Not my first choice but Id take him.
6 Posted 09/12/2019 at 14:58:54
7 Posted 09/12/2019 at 14:59:30
8 Posted 09/12/2019 at 15:05:10
Tell Duncan to go buy Keiffer Moore from Wigan??? He's going to the Euro's. He was a handfull for top defenders, they couldn't play him.
Take a look at Pickfords bombs he drops in the opposition's box from the deck or hand. Him and Calvert-Lewin up front with Richarlison going where he wants.
Tell me what a torrid time Man Utd would have, any side in the Premier League, if we go away from home and make it a physical ariel battle when we choose to?
But we have also got quality on the deck. I watched this lad, he's got quality playing a particular way. Options, we got physical up top Saturday, nowt wrong with that. Play on the deck against Man Utd next Sunday, they will kill us. Make it a part aerial battle, two up top. Sidibe is physical to.
So go get Keiffer Moore, on a contract, give us options even if it's away from home if we don't fancy the aerial route. But play up to him it sticks and he is a bit of a Crouch, remember him, yes please.
Oh, get us a Gravesen for the middle and a Jags for the back and see what Dunc can do. I bet we are better than mid table.
9 Posted 09/12/2019 at 15:06:24
I think we need a strong personality who will stand up to Kenwright and Brands and take no shit from the players.
I believe this was Silva's main undoing He was too nice a guy and did not stand up for himself enough.
10 Posted 09/12/2019 at 15:13:42
so maybe you are right. Maybe he did not get through to the players or could not get them to buy in, maybe he needed more time to get players that would and rid of the players that wouldn't. Who knows? Maybe he is just not cut out for the big egos? The fact that no one ever has a bad word to say about him might be down to just that.
So, maybe someone like Pereira, who lacks Silva's coaching, and can get done on tactics, has the balls to just force his will on the players. So maybe, whilst Leo Jardim is perfect for Everton in nearly every way, is not the man for the job as he lacks the big personality?
11 Posted 09/12/2019 at 15:20:32
Even though he's a big bully and has been working for the last three unsuccessful managers, we all saw spirit in the team vs Chelsea. Perhaps there is more to Dunc than what I imagined. I don't care how he did it, but he surely made Our players play With an aim to win.
Give Dunc some time, and then we can look somewhere else if it does not turn out. But for now, I say Dunc has earned himself a chance to be Our manager on a regular basis.
12 Posted 09/12/2019 at 15:28:46
Give me a name of someone with the equivalent animal magnetism of Big Dunc, and I'll consider his appointment. That person isn't out there.
13 Posted 09/12/2019 at 15:29:37
14 Posted 09/12/2019 at 15:39:02
I would be a lot happier if the Express was saying that Brands rather than Moshiri was looking at the above candidates.
15 Posted 09/12/2019 at 15:55:21
16 Posted 09/12/2019 at 16:12:25
17 Posted 09/12/2019 at 16:24:45
I'd not do a single thing until the Big Dunc momentum wears off. It will, and when it does, make the switch then.
18 Posted 09/12/2019 at 16:32:31
19 Posted 09/12/2019 at 16:35:43
A definite no!
20 Posted 09/12/2019 at 16:37:50
If Gallardo is told this, he might sign a new deal with River and we can't get him. Marcelino might be ready to come but chooses Arsenal. Pereira might sign the deal with Shanghai or the Chinese national side. So for this folly, we might lose out on the candidates we have lined up.
This "caretaker bounce" was evidence for Solksjaer, and United wish they'd not been so premature now. If we can appoint a real quality candidate we should do so.
21 Posted 09/12/2019 at 16:38:16
22 Posted 09/12/2019 at 16:39:52
It's no more ridiculous than some of the managers the media are suggesting. I also note Phil McNulty has gone quiet on the BBC website.
23 Posted 09/12/2019 at 16:44:12
Closest I've seen to Gravesen and a better player than him. Gets up and down, creative. We have to start buying players in the Everton mould and getting a manager to fit that. High energy, passionate, all-action football.
I'm on the fence on whether Ferguson is ready but by god I love him and he took us all back to what the heart and soul of our club is ALL ABOUT. No more passengers, half-baked, half-arsed appointments.
24 Posted 09/12/2019 at 16:49:50
25 Posted 09/12/2019 at 16:50:54
People are living in a fantasy world about the potential of these managers who's names always crop up on here. The latest Great Latin Hope is Gallardo. That's a new one, not heard that name before. All of a sudden, he's the man though.
After the broadcast of that massively over-rated and actually quite backward in standard, Copa Libertadores. All of a sudden, a guy whose name has never been mentioned on here before, he's the man to save us is he? He'd struggle to adapt, just like any manager we appoint would. Even Klopp had a hard time over there at first.
Duncan is the right man at the right time, see how the next five games go and then appoint him till May, no need to over think this, it's the right move.
26 Posted 09/12/2019 at 16:59:01
I would not attach any credibility to any speculation at the moment. If we see a similar performance against Man Utd and a positive result then the Board will have to look more closely at Duncan.
Personally I would much prefer him over yet another foreigner who has had some success in a smaller league but hasn't a clue about the Premier League. Build a decent team of people around him. I can't imagine he wouldn't be better than Silva, Sam or Koeman.
As for the comments about OGS at Man Utd, he is starting to improve them but he lacks the motivational abilities of Duncan. What makes people think a bloke from overseas with no Premier League experience and possibly a limited grasp of English will be any better than Silva? I can see a few reasons why Duncan could be a lot better!
27 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:09:45
I absolutely agree with every word, guys come on this site making all sorts of claims about different foreign managers, wonderful thing this Wikipedia. On Saturday I saw a man who got this team playing in the style that the fans love to see. No centre backs inside the area for goal kicks, or not each centre back either side of the 18 yard box. Ferguson realised what Silva and Koeman failed to recognise in Mina and Keane they are not capable or comfortable playing out from the back.
One of DCLs strengths is in the air so it makes perfect sense to try and hit him from a goal kick, also were our previous managers played with DCL up on his own Ferguson knew he needed help to get the best out of him, and it worked by playing Richarlison next to him.
I have no idea if Duncan Ferguson is the answer for the long term, but seeing Unsworth was given a run of games to see if he was up to the job, surely after Saturday Ferguson should be a given a chance to see if he can make it work. At least it seems he can motivate this lot and that is more than Silva or Koeman seemed to manage. Yes I know they both won games but not with the same passion as we did on Saturday.
28 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:09:47
He basically did the bare minimum with a ridiculously loaded PSG side (i.e. losing the title to Monaco one year and making no in-roads in the Champions League) and ultimately flopped at Arsenal while barely moving the needle with the fanbase and falling out with several high-profile players.
What's more, if you're looking for what Ferguson brought on Saturday, he's basically the complete opposite - less charismatic than Silva, he wouldn't connect with the fans at all.
29 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:10:38
30 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:14:44
31 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:17:34
There are some positives considering he fits are play style. But he cant speak fluent English and thats not good in a very foreign Everton team.
If he gets the job we need to forget his past at Arsenal and really get behind him and the team.
32 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:19:01
33 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:26:25
34 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:27:08
35 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:29:14
His personality and energy made the difference on Saturday (ably assisted by some Kamikaze defending by Chelsea) but Dunc doesn't have the experience or the tactical maturity that is necessary to build a team for the top 6.
I know we are a million miles off that now but a resurgence of confidence will help the players.
Uncertainty does nobody any good and therefore the club needs to come out with a statement this week announcing the new manager or confirming Someone as interim manager until the "right" man is available.
My shortlist would have Ancellotti, Ten Hag, Marcelino, Gallardo and Rangnick in it and I would prefer to wait until a manager of this calibre is available than knee jerk.
I think it is also important for Brands to do a thorough analysis of the suitability of the man and is listened to by the board.
36 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:34:41
I just pray we win this weekend and keep Duncan in the job.
Not felt like this for ages. We don't need to temper these feelings and be realistic about the situation. We need to go with the momentum Big Dunc has sparked into life, out of nowhere, out of the Blues, if you will. Sorry.
If this feels so good, why fight it? Go with it.
37 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:41:14
He has accumulated some decent experience working under four quite different managers and is no youngster- he is on his way up whereas a lot of the guys mentioned in the media look like they may be on their way down.
I'm not saying he is the man at this stage but if he does it again at Old Trafford, then he warrants serious consideration on the lines you quite rightly suggest in your last paragraph.
38 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:42:48
I think it was tactically astute to play two strikers up front. Brendan Rogers did it against Villa, was praised widely. I think Duncan can see that two strikers playing up front could be coming back into fashion in the Premier League, it's so refreshing, and it clearly works!
39 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:45:14
40 Posted 09/12/2019 at 17:56:50
41 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:01:17
Marco Silva did what it said on the tin, 3 PL clubs, 3 fails.
42 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:02:04
I have no problem in letting Dunc run things until another candidate is found.
43 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:12:41
Problem we have here is that Dunc let us, match day going blues, have a taste of what is possible.
Players tackling, passion, pride and crowd enticement by both Duncan and the Everton players on the pitch. We mopped it up and for me, I want it again and again and again, I want it at every game at Goodison.
The next manager MUST be able to galvanize the players and get the crowd to support the team from the 1st minute to the 90th minute. For me, I just don't see European managers doing that.
44 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:20:48
Unless it is Pochettino or Nuno Espirito Santo, stick with Duncan until the summer. What the team needs now is what he brought to the table on Saturday. Simplicity, understanding, teamwork and passion the 4-4-2, Richarlison playing off Calvert-Lewin worked very well and will get better still. The players were running through brick walls for him, Moshiri and Brands should not dismiss that connection quickly and also the ability of Duncan to exploit it.
There is no need to take risks on Emery or Pereira, and most certainly no need for Moyes.
45 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:22:30
Or did it all change on Satrurday? Was it a magical, mystical transformation or an emotional one-off when we caught CFC on an off day?
Don't get me wrong, I hope Big Dunc gets the job and we return EFC to the 1990s. I can think of nothing else that will finally bring Evertonians to their senses.
46 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:24:49
47 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:26:05
48 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:27:48
49 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:34:33
That being said, I think at the bare minimum, we have to see how he copes with a tough road fixture against United, where he won't have the energy of the crowd to fall back on. This weekend will tell us a lot.
50 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:37:05
Another clever dick poor communicator who confuses and demotivates players. That's nothing to do with being 'foreign' by the way.
Big swerve from me.
51 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:43:20
His down to earthness was echoed in his post match interview on the club site.
When asked about playing 2 strikers together up front, he answered with a two word question of his own:
Why not indeed, unless you insist on strictly adhering to some modern day football mantra that dictates it's 'old hat' and no longer works.
52 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:43:42
53 Posted 09/12/2019 at 18:48:52
I suspect Big Dunc has made preemptive calls to them to let them know he knows where they live.
54 Posted 09/12/2019 at 19:00:28
Not only do we get their worst rejects ie Walcott and Iwobi, now we are linked to their former manager who was even more useless, and unintelligible, than Silva!!
55 Posted 09/12/2019 at 19:04:00
But Dunc has given them a breathing space, so that the Board can actually start a proper process, which they should have been working on months ago.
56 Posted 09/12/2019 at 19:08:03
57 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:01:37
I hope the board do take their time and if required wait for the right manager, to be recruited by the Everton board.
I'd take Ancellotti, Borrussias Manager, but the manager must be a good people manager, which I see as a failing with Marco Silva, being too timid and polite to be a premier league manager.
Onwards and upwards and let's see who available for Sunday. Nice to focus on a match, not been this relaxed for some time.
Surely this time the board must consult with God, and get the right manager, as the club's future is at stake.
58 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:08:02
59 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:12:28
60 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:16:14
61 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:21:32
62 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:29:04
63 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:33:23
Fair play, let's see how those players cope with the cauldron of Old Trafford on Sunday. I would also say that when that third goal went in, the crowd reaction was just like that marvel of a goal the Best Little Spaniard scored at home to Fiorentina, the ground crackled with excitement.
As for Emery, he is not cut from the same cloth as Duncan, and I think he would rub the players up the wrong way.
64 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:36:43
The FSW just ruled himself out?
Thank every God - mainstream, pagan or otherwise - for that uplifting news, Rob!
65 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:41:54
66 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:42:59
67 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:44:02
68 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:47:07
Christy, Silva and Pereira are happy for there to be a Brands. They prefer it. As does Marcelino. They want to concentrate on the first team, not fielding calls from agents and spending lots of time watching players. They expect Brands to deliver the players of the type they want though.
69 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:47:13
I saw more passion and sheer will on Saturday than I have done in the last 5 years. In fact, I never seen Iwobi put a shift like that either in an Everton or Arsenal shirt, don't think the former Arsenal man will get that sort of performance out this current crop of players.
It would be interesting to know what Nico Kovac thought of the game and the tremendous atmosphere at Goodison, I know he not everyone's cup of tea but there's no doubting his credentials.
For me I think it's best if we hold off until the board are 110% sure they have the right man it's such an important decision, they simply have to get this appointment right and for now leave the big man in charge although he is going to have to be a bit more savvy than 4-4-2 Chelsea went though our midfield as if it weren't there do that against Man Utd and surely they will punish us.
70 Posted 09/12/2019 at 20:49:06
71 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:01:40
Annnddd...as quickly as Rob's news about the FSW fills me with euphoria, you come along and burst my elation, Steve!
I share Paul Tran's lack of enthusiasm at the news.
It reminds me of the tale a Scottish mate told me about the appointments of first Andy Roxburgh then Craig Brown as Scotland's national manager back in the1980-90s.
The newspaper headline for the first was 'Andy WHO?'
For the second it was 'Craig WHY?'
Vitor Pereira as possible Everton manager stirs a similar response in me today.
72 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:01:52
73 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:02:51
Jay, the reports are conflicting, so don't get too concerned here.
74 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:21:29
Its one or two of the very top class players (yeah, I know that's a pipe dream) we need more than another iffy foreign manager.
75 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:23:54
As a team, I always liked the Arsenal and their football philosophy, which Wenger partly distorted with a weaker attitude to defence. It going to take some doing to get them back on track and Emery wasn't the man.
They don't seem to have the Old school back up Everton have, which has been a surprising blessing to me, haven't had my doubts about the Old school at Finch Farm for so long. There where some good people there, who have been long suffering like ourselves.
Last thing Everton need is Emery.
76 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:27:35
In the "Derby of the eternal enemies" a more violent Derby than you might think. Pereira approached the home fans, the ultras, before the game kicked off. They're all in place and building the atmosphere. They watch him approach and start shouting and swearing at him. He then makes a "come and have a go" gesture before waling off. Well they do try and have a go and riot police are deployed.
Pereira got an 8 month suspended prison sentence (after he left Greece and given in his absence) for this incident!
I think Jay Wood said Jorge Jesus might be the lunatic we need. Maybe Vitor Pereira is that lunatic and whilst he may not be the best candidate in terms of his technical ability, perhaps he's the one with the best mentality?
Edit: as a bonus, who wouldn't to see this in front of the kop: Link
Or conducting the crowd: Link
And this is bound to come out, a Martinez moment:
77 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:30:27
78 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:35:31
79 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:38:03
I know what you're saying about Brands dealing with agents etc, but do you not agree, the manager, who's in charge of the first team, picks the players, and tells Brands to get the deals done.
80 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:40:22
The famous Porto celebration link got messed up: Link
81 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:42:55
82 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:45:54
He won the Greek Olympo league... yawn! He won the Porto league yawn. Worked in Saudi Arabia and China... yawn yawn... snoooooozes
Wake me up when someone who could do better than Duncan is linked.
83 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:47:08
84 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:48:31
85 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:49:09
86 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:50:27
87 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:54:12
88 Posted 09/12/2019 at 21:55:22
89 Posted 09/12/2019 at 22:29:58
90 Posted 09/12/2019 at 22:35:42
91 Posted 09/12/2019 at 22:36:50
We have a quarter final cup tie next week, Goodison under the lights, with Ferguson on the touchline will be rocking.
Whatever happens Sunday, I would certainly give Dunc the cup tie.
92 Posted 09/12/2019 at 22:40:10
Personally, I'd keep Ferguson for the time being and see how he can do over a run of games.
93 Posted 09/12/2019 at 22:45:40
Total journeyman who appears to like moving around for some reason. Won a few “Mickey mouse” competitions in Greece & Portugal. If this bloke was any good he wouldn't be managing in China.
Leave Dunc there for the present & scratch Periera off the list.
94 Posted 09/12/2019 at 22:46:49
95 Posted 09/12/2019 at 22:47:25
96 Posted 09/12/2019 at 22:53:01
They may be technically brilliant, but if they haven't got that certain fire in their belly and are "up for the fight" then it's unlikely that it's going to work out here.
Our last trophy was achieved with the "dogs of war". Our most successful managers were those who loved and "got" the club.
I'm not sure if Big Dunc is ready for the hot seat full time. But I truly believe that whoever we get, needs to have his guts and passion over some fancy technician of the game.
I think we all fell back in love with the club a little more on Saturday. Hopefully this is just the beginning.
I really fear that Emery or similar could be the end.
97 Posted 09/12/2019 at 23:03:23
Everton should stick with Ferguson at the moment because he has got the blues organised and playing with passion and enthusiasm again. That were lacking under the previous 4 managers.
98 Posted 09/12/2019 at 23:17:02
Pereira, as I have said elsewhere, I'm revising my opinion on. Technically, of all the coaches mentioned, he might not be the most gifted. Tactically, too, although he has made some memorable changes in games that one matches for Benfica. But why I changed my mind is that I remembered why I don't like him. He's a proper arrogant nark. He winds the opposition fans up, he is very animated on the sidelines and he does not sit still. His hands are forever waving. And he celebrates every goal.
Please see the links in post 76 of this thread for examples of what he is like. Also see here: Link for that video again of him in Saudi Arabia not taking too kindly to the guy trying to control his press conference. Bearing in mind the laws of that country, I don't think many would be too keen to object! The sheer brass balls of him walking up to the Panathinaikos ultras in their own stadium and telling them to come and get him, the guy is a complete lunatic. It's that sheer strength of personality that might be what we need right now. Someone to completely break the cliques in the dressing room and to get through to the players, and if he can't, to have the brass balls to just sack them off and go with an academy player instead.
Word of warning though, the football for Porto was tappy-tappy. He favours the high-press but everyone in Portugal sat too deep to really press them and he had a lot of lazy players like Hulk who didn't press, when he demanded it in Europe. He was not afraid to drop them though, and to make the big decisions.
99 Posted 09/12/2019 at 23:29:31
100 Posted 09/12/2019 at 23:33:02
Maybe Saturday changed things for Brands and instead of nice guys like Jardim, Silva, Emery and Howe, he now things he needs a nark, and Pereira is just that.
Who knows its all speculation. All of them are decent experienced coaches who have won stuff. They all have something to offer. We just have to hope its Brands choice and he selects the right one.
101 Posted 09/12/2019 at 23:37:37
102 Posted 09/12/2019 at 23:39:20
Ferguson played with 2 upfront and Everton were rewarded with 3 goals. Which proves football is a simple game made complicated by managers who have forgotten how football can be played, by getting the ball into the box with as many strikers as possible.
103 Posted 09/12/2019 at 23:46:14
I have no idea how good he is on bringing in new players, but I don't think he can do much worse than the recent managers.
104 Posted 09/12/2019 at 23:47:46
Read this tactical appraisal from a title deciding match in Portugal, where Pereira excelled. Link
Kieran, did you watch that video in the Athens Derby? I think Di Canio would have crapped his kecks.
105 Posted 09/12/2019 at 23:48:53
Not for me as manager of our club.
(Not very scientific I know.)
106 Posted 09/12/2019 at 00:01:03
Watch this video though guys, this is one of the greatest games in Portuguese league history. It's full of drama and is their version of the Arsenal win over Liverpool.
107 Posted 09/12/2019 at 00:02:45
I felt sure he'd never hire a guy with a big ego, someone more established (bigger) than him, like Benitez. Who was veiled but clear for me he'd take the job if Everton went after him.
Let's hope he has re-evaluated things.
108 Posted 10/12/2019 at 00:11:02
109 Posted 10/12/2019 at 00:21:44
4-4-2 is more flexible, when in the ascendancy, 6 or 8 players can get forward, but when on the defensive there is at least 2 players upfront when the ball is cleared instead of coming straight back when there is only a lone striker.
110 Posted 09/12/2019 at 00:33:52
Catterick had the personality of a lamp-post. He abhorred the media. Kendall was the epitome of the "quiet man" too.
Of the rest only Moyes, with his one memorably positive line "The People's Club", has had any sort of claim to being a media personality, and that one line is woefully inadequate, forever doomed to irrelevance when compared to his "knives to a gunfight" comment.
The rest of our managers were even more rubbish in terms of representing the club to the media and wider public.
Just for once, Farhad, can we not just find an enigmatic, successful manager to create the business environment you, and we, surely crave?
That means paying for a maverick, with funds being given him for signings, and fuck Bramley-Moore Dock for now (as you are doing given we have only a mere three weeks, on your terms, to submit a planning application).
For some reason, the word "Simeone" keeps coming to my mind.
111 Posted 10/12/2019 at 00:34:12
As for the 4-4-2, Duncan's side was cut apart time and again and desperate defending saved us. That game showed why 4-4-2 does not work, rather than prove the opposite. We were completely overrun and it was like we had 10 men. We needed Davies on the pitch to be able to get some balance.
Sure, if we swapped Kante for one of our two, it'd have been different. But our two were slow and, when the ball moved quickly, there was so much space in the middle of midfield for Chelsea.
112 Posted 10/12/2019 at 00:37:05
113 Posted 10/12/2019 at 00:51:43
114 Posted 10/12/2019 at 01:30:16
For every two shots of curly, larry and moe in the stands, we got one of Brands down somewhere on the touch line looking Isolated...and this problem is still with us.
Brands is piggy in the middle, between Kenwright who may not believe in the DoF model...and maybe even thinks He's been the DoF for 20yrs and Moshiri who, we suppose does believe in the D oF model (that somebody told him this is what you do now Mosh, is neither here nor there) but won't let him totally Direct Football.
Ferguson was a compromise candidate, but as he knocked it out of the ground, he has put him self in the fame - he's the leader in the clubhouse and all the other candidates are still hacking and chopping their way round the back nine.
All the candidates have question marks of one sort or another.
But Ferguson Does know the premier league, he Does know the Club. He's P 1, W 1 and Nobody can match what he did on Sat.
IF he plays a par round at Old Trafford, well the cat is really amongst his racing pigeons.
What a week ago seemed a daunting row of fixtures now seems like a nice run in.
Leicester under the Bear Pit lights - do-able.
Arsenal at Home; managerless, sometimes noted for not performing north of Watford - again do-able.
But no, I'll reign it in for now, lets stick with one game at a time, lets stick with Ferguson for that one game at a time.
115 Posted 10/12/2019 at 02:52:19
116 Posted 10/12/2019 at 03:29:54
I hadn't really thought of a power struggle, but you could be right. The role of Director of Football, even with Board representation is an enigma regarding the Management position at Everton.
I think rather than be a compromise selection, Big Dunc was put in place, following Arsenal doing the same thing. It seemed like a good idea, which has had surprising results. Looking at both Kenwright and Moshiri, they both looked relieved and surprised on Saturday.
For some reason, a replacement for Silva had not been thought of, prior to the departure of Silva. In my opinion, Big Dunc, on Saturday's performance, has put himself in the frame, as you suggest. If Everton put a good enough performance against Man Utd and get a result, they will stick with him on a game-by-game basis. To do so, Big Dunc will have to show tactical nuance.
The extent of his tactical nuance in Saturday's game is now known, and teams will be prepared in future games. Also, the ability of his teams to break down 'set-up shop 'sides will also become apparent. Midfield, as Steve has pointed out, is still a question mark.
The other question mark is the ability of the present Board to successfully select a Manager.
117 Posted 10/12/2019 at 04:11:31
Then absolutely install their man. A little xmas miracle.
118 Posted 10/12/2019 at 05:59:33
119 Posted 10/12/2019 at 06:20:14
120 Posted 10/12/2019 at 06:33:47
121 Posted 10/12/2019 at 06:42:52
122 Posted 10/12/2019 at 07:24:14
4-4-2 worked. We defended deep, limiting the amount of space behind the defence. We had 2 midfielders sitting deep and made sure we covered the central areas with the full backs defending more centrally. We played on the counter and used 4 pacy players from the wings and up front to utilise this.
Chelsea had all the position, however they created a similar number of big chances that we did. You mention expected goals frequently, ours was 1.9, theres 1.1. Calvert Lewin and Richarlison both flourished with a partner up front.
Also - you say 4-4-2 doesnt work, however, under Silva, when we defended against a top team we defended in a 4-4-2 formation.
4-4-2 worked and can continue working against the right opposition. 4-2-3-1 hasnt worked since we had Ross Barkley playing regularly.
123 Posted 10/12/2019 at 08:26:02
Big Dunc can do it with his choice of backroom staff, and maybe former players as advisors. Peter Reid, Trevor Steven etc.
I want Everton to restore it historical identity and not have our great club trashed by blithering yappers who have no passion for our great club.
124 Posted 10/12/2019 at 12:07:10
125 Posted 10/12/2019 at 18:18:33
126 Posted 10/12/2019 at 19:12:39
127 Posted 14/12/2019 at 00:24:33
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