Iwobi was the most obvious one. From the most hated player in the squad to one of the best in a few months. Holgate another who improved massively. Mykolenko was shaky at first but now it looks like LB is his for years.
But Duncan Ferguson would have been the wrong choice.
One of the big issues at Everton is the jobs for the boys culture. At all levels there are people to whom the ways of the club are ingrained. Keep on employing these people and nothing will change. We need fresh ideas from proven winners.
Whether Lampard is up to it remains to be seen, but he’s surrounded himself with good coaches and people with a winning mentality. The crowd has certainly helped over recent weeks but the players found a new level of determination too and I give credit to the coaches and back room staff for that. Some players have flourished - Iwobi most notably, but there are others.
I think the job turned out bigger than Lampard imagined, both with the task in-hand and the size of the club, and he couldn’t play the players and tactics he would have preferred. However, he showed willingness to change when it wasn’t working - something Benitez was unable to do.
As always, we look forward to next season optimistic that some of the deadwood will go, some good new signings will come in and with a pre-season to prepare the team in the way he wants, Lampard will prove to be the man.
Good to see you back!
Having taken a look at how the season has gone, I notice that all is not well at Everton. It looks much like the horror years of 90's, although it didn't go to the last game this time.
What is it that makes Everton – in many aspects a huge enterprise with very good and loyal worldwide following – such shambles of a football club? Why is this whole saga yet again turning into another Apotheosis of Underachievement?
I was extremely suspicious towards the Benitez recruiting, and was certain that he wouldn't last more than 16-18 months at max, but he overdid even that. Then why did we take Lampard as the new manager? Were there any signs that pointed out him being good enough? I doubt it. Why not go for DF?
To have six managers in six years tells the whole story. Obviously Moshiri doesn't have a clue.
A new season will always bring new hope, and football fans are often blind in their optimism, but I have a feeling that it can go from bad to worse, unless there's some stroke of luck.
To have ended the season in relegation would have been a terrible blow, as the gone year has been such a success to myself. Luckily there's some breathing space for another year.