24/04/2024 1comment  |  Jump to last

In a sobering dissertation on how we got to where we are,  Miguel Delaney analyses the many intertwining factors that have come together to create the current plight of one of England’s most successful clubs, which has come to sum up every major issue in the modern game.

"Given their history, Everton understandably felt they should be competing at the elite level. The problem was that they couldn’t pay the same wages, but kept trying to play the same game. Everton made a lot of decisions that seemed befitting of a 'big club' – right up to hiring names like Ronald Koeman and even Carlo Ancelotti, to then bringing in James Rodriguez – but they could never go to the scale required.

"There’s an argument that it was the most self-defeating and frustrating pursuit in English football history, which inevitably led to common criticisms that Everton have been 'the worst run club in the country'. Even when they admittedly got close, such as with Romelu Lukaku under Roberto Martinez, it just meant that wealthier clubs immediately took their best players."

» Read the full article at The Independent

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Ian Pilkington
1 Posted 24/04/2024 at 15:05:25
Zero criticism of Kenwright and the description of Liverpool as “a medium sized northern city” cancelled out some good points in this article.

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