Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Positive noises coming out of Everton

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 6 Jun 2018

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Last summer was one of optimism for Everton fans, as the Blues spent wildly on the likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

However, by October that optimism had turned to disbelief as a vastly imbalanced team struggled near the foot of the table. The less said about Sam Allardyce’s reign the better too. Last season left a sour taste in the mouth of most Everton fans, who were glad to see the campaign end.

Positive appointments

The clubs new boss Marco Silva and maybe even more importantly the clubs new director of football Marcel Brands are already making a positive impact on the Evertonian’s.

While Rome was not built in a day, at least the pair have shown ambition and an understanding of the club, something former boss Allardyce never seemed to grasp.

Silva has talked about always wanting to win games, which is a step up from Allardyce, who just seemed happy to avoid defeat at times. The new men’s positive approach is helping to change the mood amongst Everton fans. It seems Silva will have less power than the previous bosses have had at the club. However, he will consult closely with Brands on new signings and football matters.

According to reports, Silva had Brands seal of approval, so hopefully the pair can enjoy a positive long-term working relationship.

Talk about cutting the wage bill

Some Evertonian’s have took the talk of cutting the wage bill from Brands as a sign that majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is not prepared to invest any money in the club.

However, the Dutchman is right the Toffees have the likes of Yannick Bolasie, Ashley Williams and Morgan Schneiderlin on big wages, which they are simply not justifying with their performances on the pitch.

Frankly, most Evertonian’s would volunteer to drive any of the trio to a new club this summer. It would not harsh to suggest they would not be missed on blue half of Merseyside next season.

Brands is known as a shrewd operator and a guy who gets good value for money. He knows that if the club invests money it has to bring some tangible reward on the pitch.

Everton spent far too much money last some on mediocre players, while they also had the aforementioned trio on the books, who produced some shocking performances. Farhad Moshiri is a clever businessman, so the appointment of Marcel Brands makes perfect sense, as he wants the club to be clever with transfer dealings.

The exit of Steve Walsh from the club is not surprising as he oversaw the massive spending that gave Everton very little reward.

Silva appointment could really go either way

The Marco Silva appointment is a gamble, just like every managerial appointment really. It could really go either way. However, Silva seems to have a point to prove on Merseyside after his exit from Watford. Silva has stated he is in the job for the long-term. If everybody connected with the club see the team moving in the right direction they will  get behind the former Hull boss.

The ultimate aim for Everton is a return to the top-four. The Toffees are currently miles away from that objective, illustrated by the fact they are odds of 20/1 to finish in the Champions League spots next season.

In truth, the squad needs an overhaul and the men responsible need time to rebuild. A lot of the current squad need moving on and replacing, which does not happen overnight.

The major positive from the appointments of Silva and Brands is the fact that the previous toxic atmosphere surrounding the club caused by Sam Allardyce’s presence at the club seems to have disappeared. The Everton fans are now looking forward to a highly interesting summer, hopefully, followed by a successful campaign on the pitch next season.

Will Marco Silva be a good appointment for Everton?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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