Tag: Everton

Everton’s Eventful Summer

The Premier League is largely having a quiet summer, but the times are a-changing at one club which has been in a position of stasis for the last ten years.

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David Moyes May Need To Be Given A Chance To Have A Chance

By the time that the announcement had been made, it was starting to feel as if the appointment of David Moyes as the successor to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United was old news already. There had been an outside chance that the Glazers might held a sudden press conference at which they suddenly and unexpectedly announce that, contrary to all reporting over the previous couple of days, Dean Saunders was exactly the man that they had been looking for and that they were relieved that Wolves relieved him from his duties when they did, but the truth generally acknowledged became fact this afternoon with the confirmation that Moyes is the new manager of the club, on a six year contract. The right platitudes were given, tributes were all present and correct, and now a newish era can begin at Old Trafford. Continuity is probably the key behind this decision. After all, Moyes is Scottish, has been in one job for a considerable amount of time, and is, you rather get the impression, not the sort of person that you would want to make angry. Times, however, are a-changing at Old Trafford and the fact remains that stepping into Alex Ferguson’s shoes is not going to be an easy task. Ferguson lasted as long as he did in the job because he was the best. He kept winning, relentlessly, and...

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Rivalries & Hatred

There was always something that left an uneasy feeling in the pit of the stomach about the post-Olympic craze for slating ‘football’ for its attitudes and behaviour, and there is still discomfort whenever anyone starts to discuss ‘decency’ with regard to the moral vacuum that is a professional sport-cum-business. Last night at Goodison Park, however, we saw a perfectly pitched tribute to the dead of Hillsborough which left barely a dry eye in the house and reminded all watching that if this game and its institutions can be described as having a soul, then that soul is worth hanging onto. The fulsome tribute from Everton FC was a timely reminder that we are capable of setting aside our tribalism out of respect to the dead and that yes, there are some things in life that are more important than our allegiances, loves and hates. Perhaps, though, this was merely the hors d’oeuvre ahead of the main event on the subject of whether attitudes have changed with regard to English football’s worst disaster. This weekend, all eyes will be fixed on Anfield as Liverpool play Manchester United in a fixture that will, whether rightly or wrongly, be treated as a litmus test for whether supporters can be entrusted with the task of behaving themselves under such a glare. The reaction to the behaviour of some during Saturdays match between Manchester...

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Cups Half Empty & Half Full At Goodison Park Last Night

In some respects, the fixture compilers had been a little unkind to Alex Ferguson. A trip to Goodison Park seldom feels like a guaranteed three points, and this year’s Everton vintage is one that looks upwardly mobile rather than one beset by the shadow of stagnation for the first time in several years, after all. Yet if last night’s single goal defeat demonstrated anything, it was that there was perhaps a grain of truth to be acknowledged from those that have argued over the summer months that the club might have been better served by bringing in a new midfield player as opposed to another striker. Still, as is commonly heard in the red portion of Manchester, in Fergie they trust. None of this, however, should detract from a fine Everton performance last night. The possession statistics indicated that Manchester United dominated ownership of the ball, but the visitors seemed to hit a brick wall once they got to within forty yards of goal, and it is a tribute to Evertons obstinacy that this match seldom took on the siege-like feel that so many Manchester United defeats do. Indeed, much as they improved as the match wore on, it still felt as though there would be no way through a well organised defence, and an equalising goal in the closing stages – which probably should have come after a...

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