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The last couple of weeks have made for interesting reading if you've been online and have searched 'Everton'.
Following the West Brom game, some of the things i've read have been causing all sorts of debate to say the least! Don't get me wrong, that result and performance were shocking, but to see some individuals screaming for Moyes to be sacked or to resign stunned me. The fact that in the following days Chris Hughton and then Sam Allardyce were, in my opinion, unfairly dismissed only added weight to my belief that what we have at this club is something to hold on to.
David Moyes is coming up for 9 years in charge - if he had been anywhere else, he would have lasted two because most would have sacked him at the end of 03-04! We didn't and look what happened the following season... Also, look at how far we've come in terms of how we play. We've got some proper footballers in our side now, the like of Arteta, Baines, Pienaar, Rodwell, Fellaini and we do try and play the ball around, even if we do tend to over elaborate at times. Think back ten years and ask yourself what would you rather watch?
To finish in the top six in four out of five years is some achievement the way the Premier League is now, but to do it with the resources we've had is remarkable. One of my biggest fears with how well we'd done is that the expectation levels would rise, and rightly so. However, with that I think its fair to say that some people tend to lose their sense of realism. Don't get me wrong, i'd love us to be in the top four year after year and winning things, but with the budget we have and the money being spent by others, this gets harder and harder.
One of the biggest gripes that has come out after the West Brom game is that there was no money spent in the summer, which in theory is true - only Magaye Gueye cost a fee - but the likes of Cahill, Arteta, Baines, Rodwell, Hibbert and Osman have all signed new deals. I seem to remember Moyes also saying at the back end of last season that his priority was to tie down the key members of the current squad on long term deals rather than get new blood in and i'd imagine the vast majority of fans would have agreed with this line of thought?
I strongly believe this is the best squad we've had under Moyes - it's probably also the best we've had in a generation! Yes the start to the season has been frustrating, there is no denying that, but knee jerk reactions are not what is needed, leave those to the likes of the Geordies!
Those that were calling for Moyes' head that I tried to have a conversation with, when I asked who would you replace him with that could do the job he has or better, I was met by silence and that, for me, proves my point! The other thing that made me laugh was that all those who had been so vocal about getting rid of the manager in the build-up to Chelsea were incredibly quiet after the result at Stamford Bridge - I’m sure I wasn't the only one with a wry smile...
Speaking of Chelsea, I was absolutely made up for Jermaine Beckford getting the equaliser. He too got pelters after his misses against West Brom, but the one thing he definately doesn't appear to lack is self belief and he should have had another against Wigan too, but for an awful offside decision. Now, if Santa could get him and the other strikers to hit the back of the net on a regular basis, happy days!
Finally, I’d just like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy Blue Year!
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