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Sport The Moyes conundrum: just what kind of club do Everton want to be?

13:10  11 december  2019
13:10  11 december  2019 Source:   fourfourtwo.com

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri heads to Liverpool with manager Marco Silva facing the axe and David Moyes ready to replace him

  Everton owner Farhad Moshiri heads to Liverpool with manager Marco Silva facing the axe and David Moyes ready to replace him A resounding 5-2 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night saw Everton drop into the relegation zone of the Premier League and it has prompted Moshiri to act. David Moyes is ready to make an incredible return to Everton and replace Silva as manager.

David Moyes returning to Everton after Marco Silva's sacking might be the "step back that is required" for the club , says ex-captain Leon Osman. "People say David Moyes is a step back - I'd argue a step back is good for Everton at the moment," Osman said.

Landon Donovan has enjoyed his second loan spell at Everton and although heading home on But Steven Pienaar came with a fresh perspective, so did Gibbo [Darron Gibson], and that kind of I just want to enjoy what I do and be successful. I suppose human nature is that you always want bigger

David Moyes wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera © Provided by FourFourTwo David Moyes

At the time of writing, David Moyes still seems the most likely candidate to replace Marco Silva at Everton and the wisdom of that decision was described - in blunt and unflattering terms - here last week.

A broader concern is being portrayed by the range of candidates apparently under consideration, though. Not all press reports are to be believed, of course, but in this instance the diversity of those options and the stylistic variation between them certainly makes a statement. Mikel Arteta is apparently in the running. Vitor Perreira, Rafa Benitez, Niko Kovac and Marcello Gallardo too. And Unai Emery. And, now that Napoli have sacked Carlo Ancelotti, they'd like to talk to him as well.

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Daniel Taylor: It is still unclear whether David Moyes is going to remain at Goodison after his contract winds down in a few weeks. The agent does not actually represent any players but any form of embarrassment will quickly pass. City are doing only what just about every other club does in their

The former Everton manager is keen to re-employ the methods which worked well for him through much Everton have changed since Moyes left for that infamous stint at Manchester United, though not But improving a club ’s infrastructure requires patience. “It takes a bit of time to get things going

Where is the rhyme or reason in that list? What, if anything, connects all of those head coaches?

It’s a pertinent question, because Everton’s identity as a side seems perilously vague. Marcel Brands was brought to the club to provide some clarity on that issue, to be the overarching continuity which created such permanence, but as yet – as that group of names suggests – that hasn’t really happened.

The idea was simple enough. The premise behind having a director of football – or any of its equivalents – is to prevent a club from moving back and forth between opposing philosophies and incurring all the costs and wastage associated with an oscillating strategy. Head-coaches still come and go with the same regularity, but those appointments are made with a specific criterion in mind. It prevents players from being made obsolete by dramatic ideological changes or squads becoming a hodgepodge of abilities through contradictory transfer policy. 

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Moyes is just the sixth United manager ever to be sacked. It is rare territory indeed for man who was prior to leaving Everton the second longest serving manager in the Premier League. If it is hard to see what he might do next then this is perhaps because there are so few precedents for this kind of

This question is particularly salient in light of the new Premier League era, where the competition at the top Still, though, counting on everything coming off just right—meaning Arsenal significantly improve their roster (it The club and even the squad do not appear all that far away from pushing up a level.

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But what is that criteria at Everton?

It’s the middle of the season and that has an effect on availability; there just aren’t many desirable head-coaches out of work. The club also finds itself in a mess and, because of its last few years, unable to recruit from the very top of the game.

So that excuses the randomness to an extent, but not entirely. While Silva’s sacking has only just been confirmed, it had been a possibility for nearly a year. That means that although his succession is only a pressing issue now, it has surely been an agenda item for much longer. What that should imply is the existence of a contingency. This process should be no more complicated than sending someone to open the big safe in Marcel Brands office and then retrieving and unrolling the plans made last January.

Carlo Ancelotti - a classic example of getting an appointment right

  Carlo Ancelotti - a classic example of getting an appointment right Carlo Ancelotti to Everton? I would never have predicted that in a million years. I would never disrespect the Toffees, but they’ve been lacklustre in recent years and that makes me wonder why Ancelotti would agree to manage a side who are currently 15th and four points off the relegation zone at the time of writing this. In all fairness, I guess the former Chelsea manager doesn’t have a lot to lose and potentially a lot to gain. Under hisI would never disrespect the Toffees, but they’ve been lacklustre in recent years and that makes me wonder why Ancelotti would agree to manage a side who are currently 15th and four points off the relegation zone at the time of writing this.

The Moyes -Rooney dynamic is certainly a complex one given that Everton 's manager employed At the same time, this is still a player who has scored 197 times for the club , making him fourth in their That, more than anything, has to be the starting point for Moyes : how seriously would it hurt United if

Vitor Pereira and David Moyes are on the shortlist, along with Marcelino, the former Valencia and Everton ’s win was not fuelled on passion alone. Ferguson’s decision to deploy two up top We wanted to press the ball. With two strikers you can shuffle across midfield and screen their midfield.

They would still need to be updated, clearly, but it would contain basic directions as to the way forward.

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And yet there’s no sense of order. Silva was sacked and Everton were plunged into a vacuum. They’ve been fortunate that Duncan Ferguson has delivered a quick, settling win, removing some of the urgency from the process, but that was little more than good luck. Yes, changing head-coach always creates uncertainty, but there are ways for clubs to limit their exposure – and yet, clearly, Everton haven’t proceeded with that kind of caution

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Everton 's plight was explained to Moyes at an end-of-season meeting with Kenwright in May. It will only be if Everton want to do it and I certainly don't want to do it." Despite the restrictions, the Everton manager said there is leeway for the club to improve Fellaini's contract, which has two years left to run.

Moyes was becoming disillusioned when her novel Me Before You took off. The full-page New York Times review of the book in 2013 – “the kind of review you dream about your whole life” I just want to say to them, ‘ Be part of the situation and then come back to me and tell me it’s black and white’.

That failure to plan describes a more general issue with the club. What are they? Or, at least, what do they aspire to be? Talk of specific league positions and European participation is too general. What is it that Everton want to stand for on the pitch? Do they want to be rugged and tough to beat, or exhilarating and easy on the eye? Do they want to play out from the back and into midfield, or to just send willing forwards scurrying after long balls for 90 minutes?

The honest answer – and one still being reflected by relatively orderless transfer policy – is that they themselves don’t seem to know. They want to be better, but they’re not committed to any particular pathway towards that improvement.

If they were, replacing Silva would be far easier. They would at least seem to know what they were looking for and where to find it.

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