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1 Posted 16/08/2021 at 16:33:14
Gotta love Dr Everton! :-)
2 Posted 16/08/2021 at 16:45:30
What a great man Dr France is.
3 Posted 16/08/2021 at 16:47:00
4 Posted 16/08/2021 at 16:56:11
5 Posted 16/08/2021 at 17:11:36
Only time will tell how good a manager Benitez turns out to be for us, so lets see what happens. David Frances article is simply another fans premature positivity over yet another managerial appointment, whilst criticising the old manager in terms of betrayal when in fact none of us fans knows the full details behind his departure.
6 Posted 16/08/2021 at 17:45:45
He is entitled to have his view and, if making the comment several times he wanted to lead the team to Bramley-Moore Dock, then doing one quickly a week or so later, is not a violation of supporters trust, I don't know what is. I for one am happy with Dr France's phraseology.
7 Posted 16/08/2021 at 17:56:51
8 Posted 16/08/2021 at 18:28:40
9 Posted 16/08/2021 at 18:34:58
Dale, what makes you say that as I couldn't find evidence of that anywhere in the article?
but at the same time its pushing things too much to imply someone (Ancelotti) is guilty of betrayal without actually knowing the facts.
Stan, maybe he does know the facts.
10 Posted 16/08/2021 at 18:47:09
I think his comments on good players but having a thin squad replicate what many of us said last season. I certainly did many times. Regardless of manager, we need more better players. I don't need to be a Doctor to recognise or have recognised that and our manager and squad suffered from that ultimately.
Bang on the money (excuse the pun) with the lottery winning squandering of money. We have behaved like a punch drunk Danny from Speke spending irresponsibly on the back of a good win over the past few years.
I get his point about the irony around the current Barcelona and Real Madrid managers not being able to turn Everton around. But then back to the original point. Better players and more of them. Then it almost, and within reason, becomes less important who the manager is for most teams.
Considering what I've heard and read about the guy, I felt very indifferent about that interview personally.
When are the Norwich home tickets on sale? I'm still punch drunk from Saturday!
11 Posted 16/08/2021 at 18:49:55
12 Posted 16/08/2021 at 18:51:12
13 Posted 16/08/2021 at 19:34:45
Be interesting to see where he washes up and doubly interesting to see who replaces him at Everton given where we are in the stadium build.
14 Posted 16/08/2021 at 21:30:14
𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗮 𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗳𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱."
Patently they not good players and every year some club or other flatters to deceive and falls away. We were that team that season.
Carlo couldn't get out quick enough, no doubt about that, but we really don't know the whole story.
For what it's worth I think he thought he was joining the new Man City and realised half way through the season it was a sham and shit himself but I DON'T KNOW.
Dr Everton having a mare I'm afraid.
15 Posted 16/08/2021 at 22:02:18
Pickford is Englands best keeper. Coleman and Digne are decent full backs. Like it or not, we have 4 Premier league centre backs. Allan, Doucoure and Davies are decent midfielders and James, Richarlison and DCL are all very good players.
Id say its more about a manager playing to players strengths than labelling them all as not good.
16 Posted 16/08/2021 at 22:19:08
17 Posted 16/08/2021 at 00:37:25
Everton supporter cliché-speak all the way thru.
18 Posted 17/08/2021 at 01:14:43
But he say what most already have in their minds now...
No, it can't go on.
Yes, we have to trim the fat etc, what there is...and its not just us either (Barca £1.15B in debt for instance).
No, it won't happen over night and Benetiz is here for the long haul...or what passes for the long haul in football.
What remains now is - has "The inebriated lottery winner" sat, morning hangover head in hands on the edge of the bed and thought through his misery...shit I've got a stadium to build, I'd better get a grip.
One can o not hope so.
We've had two halfs of real football, the 2nd much better than the first, if the season goes on to contain more good halfs than bad - well we can live with it...and Benitez.
Like we have a choice.
19 Posted 17/08/2021 at 04:33:32
Played the ugliest football in the world.
Very publicly threw his players under a bus to mask his own shortcomings
Ushered his devoted fans up the garden path with promises of leading them to BMD.
Repaid Moshiri for throwing him a career lifeline by relieving him of around seventeen million quid. offering only a season and a half of cowardly zombie football in return.
Why do we need to know the whole story ? The stuff we know is painful enough.
Rafa must be pinching himself. Seven million quid a year and all he has to do is be better than Carlotakethepissio
20 Posted 17/08/2021 at 06:21:30
As for the present incumbent being the best applicant, can anyone name all the others who applied or were considered and approached to take the job? As for being the best man for the job, well, the position at the end of the season may be the best way to judge followed by next season's improvement.
21 Posted 17/08/2021 at 06:53:35
22 Posted 17/08/2021 at 10:40:19
He says he wished Rafa was appointed after Koeman. After Koeman, seriously! That's like deciding to go on the pill after getting pregnant.
23 Posted 17/08/2021 at 13:57:45
24 Posted 17/08/2021 at 14:57:29
25 Posted 17/08/2021 at 15:06:01
26 Posted 17/08/2021 at 20:02:19
27 Posted 17/08/2021 at 20:45:39
We really have become a mess. I just hope that Rafa is given time now. Its easy to support him when we are winning games. He will need support when we have a bad run. Weve moved on from Ancelotti - lets get behind Rafa and the team.
28 Posted 17/08/2021 at 21:09:32
The comment I made is a dig at Dr France's observation that Carlo had the team sitting in 2nd mid-season and slipped to 10th without any mention of whether the squad justified a 2nd place. Additionally, neglecting to comment on our transfer window not helping an effort to finish higher than 10th was irresponsible.
I understand Dr France deserves a good deal of respect but when I hear talking points that could've been written by Moshiri to duck his responsibility, there will be words.
29 Posted 17/08/2021 at 21:11:32
I don't recall many objecting to James, Allan and Doucouré being signed and they transformed the team to the benefit of Calvert-Lewin.
I have seen statistics which seem to show that James' injury record was no worse than others in the squad and would you really prefer the likes of Gomes and Delph to him?
I think the jury is out on Iwobi but only just!
I confess that it will take a lot to convince me that Benitez is a better option, but over the past 60 years of supporting Everton (I'm 70 but admit not following them until around my 10th birthday) I have experienced lots of ups and downs and so far on balance the ups exceed the downs but it is essential to keep the faith!
30 Posted 19/08/2021 at 11:34:34
Well, my young daughter said, of Carlo:
'Dad, why are your lot so upset, about losing a guy who achieved less than Sam Allardyce?' Err....
31 Posted 29/08/2021 at 23:17:07
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