I normally express my views on Everton via twitter but it is impossible to some up my feeling in 140 characters after the Semi final so here I am writing this...
I am not going to rant and rave about the performance, I just want to make a few points to see if people agree with me or not and also give my suggestions for what I think should happen in the future regarding our football club. Here it goes...
This time last week I voted for this man as my player of the season. If I had the vote now... it would be exactly the same! I am not going to talk about his playing ability as we have seen all season he's been a rock in the Everton defence. I want to talk about the man himself. He replies to 90% of fans on twitter whether they are negative or positive comments about himself or the team. In recent interviews we have seen he is honest and straight to the point but yesterday I saw something that not many other footballers would have done. Yes we all make mistakes and unfortunately for Sylvain his was on one of the biggest stages of all but the way he ended the game was a credit to the man himself. 99% of players would have slopped off the pitch trying to avoid everyone and everything. Sylvain - No. He shook hands with everyone of those Liverpool players and waited for all Everton players to go and applaud the fans before coming over to us himself and holding his hands up to us all. I can't think of many a player who would have done the same. After that he also took part in numerous post-match interviews so anyone who reads this (As I am posting this through twitter) just give him a tweet showing your support for him as it's the least you can do as it seems to have hit him quite hard. The man is a credit to the club.
I seriously underestimated how much we missed him. We all know he's a quality player and one of the best in the team but it really sank in how he gets the best out of the other players around him also! Baines looks twice the player when linking up with him... Jelavic gets more chances... The central midfielders can push forward more when he is on the ball as they know he's not going to lose it cheaply... He is a class act and we must sign him in the summer. I don't want to make us sound like a 1 man team as we have a lot of really good players but Pienaar is instrumental in bringing the best out of them also.
I think we all would agree the gaffer has been nothing short of magnificent over the past 10 years. Yes we have no silverware but just think from where we have come from! Also he has done all that on a net spend of just over £2mil a season. It's exceptional. My thoughts are now has he taken us as far as he can?
For me the answer lies with the man himself. Over the last 10 years he has had two 5 year plans. 1st was to lower the average age of the squad and make us a secure premier league team which he has done at a canter. The 2nd... Get European football regularly and win that elusive trophy. We have made 3 appearances in Europe in the last 5 years, reached 1 cup final and 2 Semi's so you would probably have to say he's failed but boy has he come close. With the money being spent in today's game he's gave it a bloody good go and I don't think any other manager including Alex Ferguson would have done as well.
So has he took us as far as he can? Does he bottle it in the big games? With more and more money being pumped in to the game and the stats in the bigger games against him you could be tempted to say yes and get someone else in to give it a go? Slaven Bilic? Brendan Rodgers? Paul Lambert? Who knows how they would get on but I trust David Moyes to know when he has taken us as far as he can.
It looks like 'Arry is off to manage England so would the Spurs job tempt him? Maybe but for me the decision will all be down to Moyes. He and Bill will sit down and set out the plan for the next 5 years... If Moyes thinks it's realistic and achievable then I am behind him all the way!
5 Year Plan
I would think the plan would be along the lines of win a trophy or two and compete in the Europa League regularly while trying to push for a Top 4 finish. To do this we all know what we need... Money!
I'm not one who is going to get on Bill's back. For me it's as simple as if someone wanted the club we would have heard about it in the Media. If people are interested and being put off as the price is to high or he still wants to be Chairman it would have been leaked as these people know the fans would like a sale and would get the media on side but let's not get in to that. For me Moyes needs about £25mil to spend in the summer for us to improve again next season. I can't tell you how much he is going to be given in the summer but I reasonably confident he could make that money by selling players and doing some wheeling and dealing.
For me he is average. Could he become a top player? Maybe... I seem little glimpses at times and think he could be class but he doesn't show it often enough. He has had a few injuries over the past few years and not really had a regular run in the team but earlier in the season he played a good 8/9 games in the middle of the park with Fellaini and on paper it looked a great partnership but for me it didn't work out. Moyes obviously sees him everyday in training but with Gibson doing well at the moment and the cover we have with Neville, Osman & Cahill who can play in that position as well as the emerging Francisco Junior who looks a very good player I would let him go for anything over £10mil as I think other teams rate him very highly and I think he could flourish at another club. I just don't think Everton is right for him.
My final point is Tim Cahill. One of Moyes' best but is he past it? This season I think we all know he has been poor. He has had a few games where he has played well but we all know him for his goalscoring. I know a lot of Blues are saying sell him in the summer but realistically with his age I don't think we would get much more than £5/6mil for him and for me he still has a lot to offer. Will he get back to his brilliant best? Maybe not but all teams need a Tim Cahill. A fighter, warrior, battler! He will always give 100%. The young lads coming up through the ranks have someone to look up too. A great ambassador for the club and footballing wise he could make a massive impact coming off the bench like Big Dunc in 04 but what I would say is don't write the Blue Kangaroo off just yet! With Jelavic with him I think they will both flourish next season if we get Pienaar tied down or get another creative midfielder in so for me Tim's best season is yet to come!
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