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No More Team GB
Radio City's Alan Irwin, 15th August 2008 - 10:31
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If, like me, you're already fed up of "Team GB" and our rather feeble attempt at climbing the Olympic medal table, then the first Saturday of the new football season is welcome relief.............or as a Toffee, is it???
The summer of discontent is almost over (No not the British weather!), the massive cloud that hangs over Goodison Park, the air of doom and gloom that's blighted our close season. The leaving of Wyness, the lack of investment, the never ending ground debate and more pertinently our inactivity in the transfer market.
It feels like we've been here before........we have....and come through.
In the face of adversity boys can become men, leaders can become winners.
Let's not write off Everton's season before a ball is kicked. The nucleus of David Moyes' squad remains. Good players do not lose their ability to perform from one season to the next, our manager will not morph into David O'Leary overnight.
Yes, I am surprised by the fact no new players have, as yet, walked through the door of Goodison Park, to a club that's come closest over the last two seasons to challenging the so called "big four", but rest assured there will be fresh faces at Goodison prior to the 31st August. Much needed faces too. A club trying to compete in Europe simply cannot do so with 16 senior pro's (and that includes Vaughan, Anichebe and van der Meyde!!!! )
On the bright side youth will be given a chance early in this campaign (as many fans have called for), Moyes has no alternative. Rodwell, Gosling, Jutkiewicz and Baxter will all become valuable squad members, gaining a wealth of experience along the way.
Saturday is our chance to lift all the aforementioned doom and gloom, perform as we know we can, as a Team and the three points are ours. My sources tell me all is not rosy in the Blackburn garden either.
Confidence and attitude can be King in football. Get behind the lads (boys even!), a good start will underpin all that follows in 2008/09.
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