: We've got time on our side, for now.
: Appointing a new manager is the biggest
: decision a club has to make, why not take
: your time and weigh up all the available
: I don't understand the criticism of having a
: short list of managers that use different
: styles, surely that's the right thing to do.
: And criticizing Moshiri's pursuit of
: Simeone, good ####ing grief. If we appointed
: Big Sam, he'd probably be the first to cry
: about our lack of ambition and the negative
: message Big Sam's appointment sends.
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: There was a time not so long ago when Farhad
: Moshiri, Everton’s major shareholder,
: remained relatively anonymous and could
: simply sit back with his business associate
: Alisher Usmanov and pick apart Stan
: Kroenke’s running of Arsenal. How they must
: miss those days now.
: This year, the pantomime season has come
: early for Everton. The club’s search for a
: new manager - a search being headed by
: Moshiri - is creating even more mess at a
: club that spent £140 million last summer
: only to find themselves sixth from bottom in
: the Premier League.
: To recap, Ronald Koeman was sacked on
: October 23 after a two-month downturn in
: results in which Everton won only two
: matches. David Unsworth was put in charge
: (losing three games and winning one) until
: the international break, when Everton were
: expected to roll out the masterplan to
: restabilise the club.
: It has become obvious, however, that when
: Koeman was dismissed there was no clear
: succession plan. The timing of Koeman’s
: sacking was especially ironic given that it
: came after a 5-2 defeat by Arsenal, the club
: in which Moshiri sold his shares in 2016 and
: bought a 49.9 per cent stake in Everton
: because he wanted more of a say in the
: running of a Premier League club.
: It seems there is no coherent, joined-up
: strategy. So far there has been a meeting
: with Sam Allardyce, a courtship of Diego
: Simeone with a view to a summer appointment
: and, belatedly yesterday, a pile of money
: waved at Watford in the hope that they would
: release Marco Silva and take on the problem
: of finding a manager themselves.
: Predictably, they said no.
: Silva has come round to the idea of moving
: to Goodison Park — just as Koeman was
: persuaded by Moshiri’s millions to quit
: Southampton in the summer of 2016 — having
: initially not wanted to appear disloyal and
: walk out on Watford after only 11 matches.
: As for Atletico Madrid coach Simeone,
: goodness knows what he is thinking
: That will give Everton encouragement but,
: equally, Moshiri’s compensation package of
: about £8.5 million was hardly likely to
: heads at Watford, who cleverly did not allow
: Silva a break clause in his contract.
: Even in the modern game, where clubs happily
: pay tens of millions for players but try to
: secure managers on the cheap, the maths did
: not add up.
: If Silva is as good as Everton think, and
: don’t forget that Unsworth’s sole victory
: involved coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2
: against, then he is the difference between
: staying in the top flight or not. That
: difference is worth in the region of £100
: million and in that context, Everton’s offer
: can hardly be described as enticing.
: That said, it also feels like the beginning
: of the end for Silva at Watford and perhaps
: it is a matter of when, and to where, he
: eventually moves. The Portuguese has shown
: that he views the club as a stepping stone
: and that in itself could have ramifications
: for their season given that early momentum
: has been stalled by three successive
: In the meantime, Allardyce — whose presence
: as a candidate has polarised opinion — has
: grown frustrated at the lack of progress,
: while Burnley’s Sean Dyche knows he is at
: least fourth choice if the wheel of fortune
: ever comes spinning back in his direction.
: As for the Atletico Madrid coach Simeone,
: goodness knows what he is thinking, but the
: internet spoofs that have circulated since
: his name was mentioned may offer a gauge.
: It is hard not to feel sympathy for
: Unsworth, who stepped into the breach and
: continues to take training daily while
: unsure if he will be in charge for
: Saturday’s game at Crystal Palace — a match
: which feels crucial at the lower end of the
: His hand has been weakened further by the
: way Everton have gone about their business
: and yet he could be asked to rouse a set of
: players who know that he is not the club’s
: preferred permanent manager.
: Kevin Mirallas and Morgan Schneiderlin have
: already chosen to walk off the training
: pitch when challenged by the interim
: backroom staff over a perceived lack of
: effort rather than display the humility
: required to drag the club out of the mire.
: Unless Silva agitates and Watford cave in —
: and there is no sign of the latter —
: Everton, increasingly, appear to have two
: options: go cap in hand to Allardyce,
: massage his ego and offer him a big bonus if
: he keeps them up, or back Unsworth.
: Whatever way Moshiri goes, it is time for
: some clarity of thought.
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: Thought he was club mouthpiece? Is bill
: criticising Mosh via PJ? Havent read full
: article though.