Let me say up front that I am absolutely sick to death of writing missives about this horrendous season, but after the debacle at the Emirates, I’m afraid I’ve had to put fingers to keyboard again.
Ronald Koeman played a back three against Arsenal at Goodison, they scored five, we got destroyed and Koeman bit the dust.
Sam Allardyce made five changes to a winning team in order to accommodate a back three against Arsenal, they scored five, we got destroyed and I’m sorry Sam, but you too should be sacked.
— GrandOldTeam (@grandoldteam) February 3, 2018
Because Everton, the club, the players, the fans were utterly humiliated yesterday… and then Sam, you blamed everyone else without accepting any degree of responsibility for your decisions.
But you won’t be sacked, at least not just yet, and you and practically the entire Everton community know precisely why.
Because right now, Everton Football Club one of the founding members of the football league, the fourth most successful club in England appears ridiculously broken.
Yes, we have a brand new stadium project ongoing and one that hopefully we’ll grow to love and cherish as we do the Grand Old Lady. But right now, Bramley Moore Dock is a good four years away and Everton Football Club needs to prioritise a complete restructure of the Board of Directors, senior management and football operations.
The club has existed and operated for a generation on under investment, poor and weak management structure and implementation, and an acceptance that that survival is enough, when winning and being top dog is what matters, however it is achieved.
We’ve now got the investment, but the remainder of the problems remain absolutely in situ.
We need a winning mentality from top to bottom and we simply haven’t got it. Our greatest ever goalie, Neville Southall, has stated publicly that the fan base has been brainwashed into believing finishing top four is success when the only true measure of success is being number one – and he’s God damn right, on both counts.
I and no doubt thousands of Evertonians are still trying to figure out what on earth possessed Sam Allardyce to leave our leading scorer, most expensive player ever and recent £20million plus signing on the bench at the Emirates?
I and no doubt thousands of Evertonians are still trying to figure out why Phil Jagielka, who handled the pace threat of Jamie Vardy so well on Wednesday, was omitted from the squad for the Emirates in favour of the slower Ashley Williams?
I and no doubt thousands of Evertonians are still trying to figure out how Allardyce thought Morgan Schneiderlin was the right choice to combat Ozil, Xhaka and Ramsey in the midfield when he can’t tackle, doesn’t go forward and has a shocking work ethic this season? And if you don’t believe me Sam, check out the clips on social media of his half-arsed attempt to get back and prevent Mkhitaryan having a shot on target.
I and without a shadow of a doubt thousands of Evertonians are absolutely livid that Ademola Lookman, arguably our most exciting young prospect, was allowed to go to RB Leipzig on loan rather than be given a chance to show more of what he did against Liverpool in that substitute appearance?
Oh, and if you need evidence of a contrast in attitudes…
Ademola Lookman weighed up his situation, made his mind up and gave you, Sam, no wriggle room, he wanted out to go somewhere else to play, test himself and develop. He went and scored a debut winner in a league you suggested might be the wrong move for him at his age with language barriers etc… well, that analysis bit you straight in the ass didn’t it?
Morgan Schneiderlin on the other hand has played this season like he doesn’t care and doesn’t give a toss. Under Koeman he was poor, under Unsworth he and Mirallas disrespected the stand-in manager and the club, and since you’ve arrived, he still hasn’t shown any desire or intent to improve. His attitude and demeanour, in contrast to that of Ademola Lookman, stinks.
Sam, you said you prepared the team on the basis of what you saw Swansea achieve against Arsenal – are you kidding me/us?
Are you seriously saying that you couldn’t figure out what to do without modelling your game plan on that of a team eight places BELOW us?
Are you seriously suggesting that none of you, Walsh, Shakespeare, Lee or Ferguson had the gumption to devise an Everton game plan?
Because if the answer to any or all three of these questions is Yes, then you all need to pack your bags, clear your desks and get the hell out of Everton Football Club.
As we went into Christmas on a seven game unbeaten run and the threat of relegation largely dispelled, I hoped Sam, that you would seize the opportunity, the best you’ve ever had and now absolutely the last you’ll ever have, to actually do something with a ‘big’ club other than an annual escapologist act.
You’ve failed miserably and completely to seize the moment, the greatest opportunity of your career and after that Emirates performance alone, you along with Walsh, Shakespeare, Lee and Ferguson should hang your collective heads in shame.
Relegation was a terrible, terrible prospect but right now, I and maybe thousands of Evertonians are more sick of the humiliations we keep enduring.
Mr.Moshiri – if you’re not already searching for a new manager and support team, then you should be. Because if you’re not and you think the present manager, his team and DoF are the men for next season and beyond, then maybe you’re not the man for Everton Football Club either.
Mr.Moshiri, who is the skipper on the bridge of our ship?
Is anybody on the bridge steering our ship out of troubled waters?
Because right now, I and thousands of Evertonians see nothing but icebergs on the horizon !
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