The Blue Union has observed the on-going saga at Goodison Park over the past 48 hours or so with a mixture bewilderment, frustration and anger.
We would like to take the opportunity to wish David Moyes every success for the future and thank him for his 12 years at the helm. Evertonians will always afford a warm welcome to you. No player, manager or individual are bigger than our great club and we will move forward.
The departure of David Moyes will not have come as a shock to those Evertonians who have been following our campaign. For the past couple of months it’s almost been as if a giant clock has been counting down to the time of Moyes’ contract expiration. The silence coming from Goodison has spoke volumes.
For us at The Blue Union, and many like minded Blues, Moyes time with Everton will always be tinged with a “what if”? Not many would argue that under the constraints imposed on him by an impotent Board of Directors and an equally pointless Executive Team, David Moyes work at Everton Football Club is nothing short of miraculous. However some of the squads that Moyes has assembled during his 12 years at Everton, often heralded “the best since the 80’s” have been found to be wanting at the final hurdle. It has often been pointed out that we have been “1 or 2 players away” from having a team that could compete with the “Top 4”, however due to lack of resources and a lack of investment we have failed to bridge that gap and that responsibility has to fall at the door of the Boardroom.
Under the stewardship of our Chairman, Bill Kenwright we have experienced very little or no investment in the playing squad or within the fabric and surrounding infrastructure. We have endured two failed attempts to remedy the long outstanding “Stadium Issue.”
The 24/7 searches for investment has been a fruitless one. However, in spite of the many failures the one success story of Kenwright’s stewardship has been the appointment of David Moyes. After the wasted years under the tutelage of Walker & Smith, of constantly looking over our shoulder, fearful of the abyss in the form of the relegation trap door.
Under the Board Moyes had to operate a “buy to sell” policy. With a shrewd eye for a bargain (and yes the odd bad apple or Per) this allowed us to enjoy a degree of success, albeit via the odd European excursion or a trip to Wembley. In these years the phrases “Plucky little Everton” or “Punching above our Weight” seem to be associated more with the Club than our beloved “Nil Satis Nisi Optimum”.
Unrest amongst our supporters is currently running at record levels, with Shareholders and Supporters groups often facing the wrath of the Board and senior Management team for challenging their methods and ideologies.
In what is sure to be one of the biggest seasons of our recent history we face the prospect of losing our manager, a shareholders rebellion and adding to an already depleted and aging squad without the financial resources that would allow us to compete with our peers.
We would urge the Directors and/or the decision makers at Everton Football Club to remove the shroud of secrecy that currently engulfs the Club and engage with all of its stakeholders, players, staff, and shareholders and supporters groups.
The alternative does not bear thinking about. Ignore your biggest sponsors, your supporters at your peril.