Time for Moyes to call it a day

by admin

Monday, February 14th, 2011

A forlorn David Moyes described it as the “worst performance” he had ever seen in his 9 years in charge of Everton as his side limped to a 2-0 defeat against Bolton yesterday. The performance in the defeat went someway to explaining the current predicament Everton find themselves in, but it was Moyes, slumped and stony-faced, looking tired and haggard that betrayed the trouble the Merseyside club are in.

The day began with promise. The prospect of moving beyond Bolton into eight meant Everton could look to begin their season finally and escape the clutches of their traditional bad start. Had Everton won the game, then Moyes wouldn’t find himself in the position he is at the moment. But, football is fickle by nature, and a tight league with clubs able to hurl themselves up the league with a single win shouldn’t be able to paper over the deep cuts on the blue half of the north-west.

Currently three points above the relegation zone, Everton fans may find the next batch of their latest football kits with a Championship badge rather than a Premier League badge attached to the sleeve if they continue in this fashion for the rest of the season.

History will look back on the wonderful job Moyes has done at the club. Four top 6 finishes with a squad reliant upon an eclectic mix of the experienced, the young, and the unknown; players like Jack Rodwell, Leon Osman, Leighton Baines,  Mikel Arteta and Marouane Fellaini, players nobody had heard of or given much of a chance before Everton gave them a chance to strut their stuff. But therein lies the problem; Every time the Scot has gone in for a fight, he has done so with one arm tied behind his back.

The clubs record signing remains the £15 million the club paid for Fellaini from Standard Liege. A glance at the likes of Aston Villa who have paid upwards of £23 million for Darren Bent, Sunderland who have spent consistently on the likes of Asamoah Gyan and Craig Gordon, and Tottenham who are amongst the biggest spenders in the league. Moyes’s task at Everton is to get the club in and amongst the pack just outside the Champions League places, waiting to pounce if any of the traditional top-four slipped up. There once was a time when this was the case, not any more.

Unable to add to his squad in the January transfer window and the loss of Steven Pienaar have left him with a skeleton squad.

Rumours surrounding the former Preston manager’s time at the club have circulated before, and will likely follow him around for the remainder of the season. Having shown the heart for a fight, only a fool would write Moyes off based on what has gone before.  After finishing a disappointing 11th having finished in the Champions League places in 2004/05, Everton went on to finish 6th, and 5th twice in the next three seasons. He has been down before, and come back stronger, but this time is different.

While Bolton’s new striker Daniel Sturridge scored his third goal in the third game, Moyes had the injury prone Louis Saha out and Jermaine Beckford squabbling with Fellaini over a misplaced past, and a team who looked lethargic at best. A better snapshot of Everton’s current predicament you couldn’t ask for.

Moyes may be able to turn it around as he has done before, but the performance against Bolton doesn’t bode well. A man who personifies passion and fire in football was flat and laconic as he sat clueless on the bench, watching his side not show an inkling of the heart their manager has shown over the past nine years. Everton fans should be worried, their best manager in recent memory looks to have lost his fight.

Be Sociable, Share!
  • robinson

    i have to agree with it is a very sad day for all everton fans this match that was showing on sunday it was boys again men it look as they had lost there wages and found a bone they where lifeless they should pay these everton fans back the money they pay out to wacth this sh++e

  • Andy Watkins

    I can’t see Moyes going anytime soon, well not being sacked anyway. He has performed wonders at Everton during his time there on a fairly shoestring budget compared to those around him.

    The Premiership is so up and down this year that a couple of results can send you into the top half, looking upwards and everything looking rosey. On the other hand, it works the other way and as in Everton’s position, people decide to look downwards and how close they are to the bottom three.

    They are a small squad but are a class above the likes of West Brom, Wigan, West Ham and Wolves. The past few seasons under Moyes in similar circumstances has proven that.

Previous post:

Next post: