Everton are a team who could have in theory been relegated a few times in the last 20 years and yet they remain one of the longest serving clubs in top flight history in England. They have been consistently in the top league for almost 70 years and that says a lot.
Under coach Marco Silva no one is expecting the club to be relegated next season, they have a quality team but the problem is that the club have not been very active in the transfer market, and there is just 30 days to go until the window slams shut.
Everton have only brought in 3 new players and one of them was from the academy in promising defender Sebastian Kristensen who has also been playing for Danish side Lyngby.
The other player is Jonas Lossl a goal keeper who was with Huddersfield who were of course relegated last season and he will be clearly seen as a back up to Jordan Pickford. The one transfer everyone has been focused on is Andre Gomes, who was on loan at the club last season. Now Everton have made that move permanent after sealing a deal with Barcelona in the region of £22m. That’s all very well but a player who was already at the club is hardly an exciting buy.
Everton really need to bolster their squad with 2 or 3 more quality signings and given the TV money involved with football now fans should expect this. The problem for Everton of course is that they are looking to move away from Goodison Park and are probably making that a number 1 concern when it comes to their finances. Just look at how it has affected both Arsenal and Tottenham when trying to buy players, Tottenham went 2 windows with no buys. It’s unsure if a club like Everton could afford to do that.
Next season will be okay for Everton but it is a question of what do the team want? Do they want to improve on last season, reach the Europa League? Right now with their transfer policy all the team needs is a key injury to the likes of Sigurdssson or Richarlison and they could get into trouble if they have not brought in any quality. At best Everton could be finishing mid table and that would signal a step backwards.
The long suffering fans should expect more investment whether they will get it is quite another thing.
Marco Silva was supposed to be the second coming for Everton after he was appointed in the summer, but it hasn’t always been a season for Everton to remember. Fans have been vocal and club owner Farhad Moshiri has been critical but the recent upturn at the club is set to give Silva a lot more respect.
The argument for Silva’s sacking almost seemed justified a few months ago, when Everton seemingly couldn’t buy a win. It all seemed to start when they lost at home to West Ham last November, this was at a time when the Hammers were really struggling in the league. The Toffee men were soon knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Southampton again at home and everything fell apart. All of a sudden players like Richarlison were not performing and the clubs home form and away form could not be told apart. It was a harsh almost embarrassing winter for the club.
An inevitable FA Cup exit to Millwall followed and that was by and large Everton’s season over- and at that point it could have been Silva’s short reign with the club too. There were still the odd results to get excited about, like beating Burnley who had found form themselves 5-1, but all in all it felt as if Everton were destined for 16th position.
Everyone realised and surely Silva did too that the derby match against Liverpool at the beginning of March could save his job. Liverpool have been superb this season and could win their first league title since 1990, obviously it is something that Everton would want to stop. While they couldn’t beat their eternal rivals they did salvage a 0-0 draw and at least took 2 points from them. This ensured that Manchester City would go back to the top of the standings.
A 3-2 loss at Newcastle followed but Silva gained sympathy given that Newcastle’s winner was a clear off side, the jury was still out, but the execution was awaiting trial. Having to play the 2017 champions next was the big one for Everton and they passed with flying colours beating Chelsea 2-0 at Goodison Park. And then the club finally won back to back games when they avenged their defeat earlier in the season by travelling to West Ham and beating them 2-0.
And it is those results that have ultimately saved Silva’s job. He will be Everton’s manager next season, and whilst some of his playing decisions have been odd and results in general not good enough surely he deserves another summer transfer window and another season to push Everton into Europe.
As months go Everton won’t have looked back on theirs fondly. December 2018 turned out to be a write off for Marco Silva and his squad.
A 1-0 loss to Liverpool at the beginning of the month, courtesy of Jordan Pickford’s moment of madness, set the tone for what was to come. Losses to Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton, coupled with home draws against Watford and Newcastle, made it a miserable end to a miserable year.
Even a 5-1 hammering of Burnley on Boxing Day did little to raise the spirits at Goodison Park. While it was the perfect response to the drubbing by Spurs, it turned out to be little more than a small rise in an otherwise rapid decline. Continue reading
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has piled the pressure onto manager Marco Silva by claiming that Everton’s league standing is ‘not good enough’ at a recent club AGM meeting.
It was quite a bold statement but one could say a right one but it will leave Silva under immense pressure to pick up more than the 27 points gained in the first half of the season. The problem for Silva is quite evident, Everton are on course to have a worse season under him than Sam Allardyce from last season and Silva has spent upwards of £50m more than Allardyce in bringing in players.
Moshiri was blunt and to the point and it was easy to see the frustration in his face as he spoke about the club. He said: “We are very serious about what we want to do. I know, I am a fan myself. I look at the table and it is just not good enough, I think we know that. We need to go up the table. We need to utilise the fans’ impatience to drive the club but we need to be patient for development.”
Everton have been on a poor run of form where they have won just 1 game from their past 8 and have fallen off the radar. There was a lot of hope this season that Silva who had come from Watford was the right man for the Mersey siders, but that doesn’t seem to have been the case. Whilst the club have not gone backwards under his leadership they have not moved forward either and that will be the main concern. The only good news is that the team are playing their best attacking football in perhaps a decade but still results are not forthcoming.
In the FA Cup Everton could only squeeze past Lincoln 2-1 at Goodison Park and they could face a potential banana skin when they play Millwall away in the fourth round. This weekend the Premier League is back and the Toffee men will be favourites to beat Bournemouth at home, lose that and serious issues could begin to circle Siva’s future at the club.
Everton will not face a top six side until February 23rd when they will take on the champions Manchester City at home and so all eyes will be on the club who will be expected to start picking up points between now and then.
So far Everton under Silva have looked good on the eye but at the end of the day it is results of course that matter and for that Silva’s team once we throw in the money spent in the summer have looked very average.
Roberto Martinez has been sacked as manager of Everton after 3 seasons in charge of the Blues. The Spaniard was given his marching orders after the Toffee men recorded a poor season in the Premier League.
It is believed that new club co owner Farhad Moshiri made the decision to terminate Martinez’s contract. Moshiri has a 49.9% stake in the club and after joining the club’s board in February, the Persian will want to put his own stamp on what road the club will be going down this summer when, as expected, the club will invest in new players.
Martinez who took over from long standing manager David Moyes looked to be the perfect choice for the club. In his debut season at Goodison Park Everton finished in 5th place and earned their greatest haul of points in the Premier League with 72. But since then things for the club have gone steadily down. In his second season the club finished mid table in an unremarkable effort.
But it has been season number 3 which put the writing on the wall for Martinez. The Blues are currently in 12th place and a loss in their last game of the season this weekend against Norwich City could see the club finish as low as 16th. Even a win would only give the club a total haul of 47 points, 25 points less than what Martinez achieved just two seasons ago.
Everton have won just 10 games this season, but it has been their home form which could have been Martinez’s downfall. At Goodison the Toffees won just 5 games all season, this form would have relegated the team had the league been based solely on points earned at home. Only Aston Villa with 2 wins had won fewer games and the club as we know finished rock bottom of the Premier League.
Everton will now be on the hunt for a new manager but just who will take over at a club who have seen just 19 managers in their history?
Frank De Boer has emerged as the favourite candidate. The Dutchman has had a brilliant career as a player and as a manager has won 4 Ervedisie titles with Ajax in six years. Mark Hughes is another candidate whose name has been thrown about in the past few weeks.
Or could it be David Moyes returning to a club he managed for over a decade? We should know the successor by the end of the month.