I would argue the Everton job is the easiest in the Premier League. We have the budget of an aspiring top 6 club but without the real expectation, currently the best academy for youth development in the division, 2/3 of the league are pretty shite and you're judged really on 12 games a year against the sides above you as a benchmark of your progress which, as long as you actually manage a shot on target, should see you avoid the sack and finishing 7th regardless of those results.
I'm not sure why we panicked and gave a limited bloke in the twilight of his career £6m a year to have a go at the above. On that basis we should have the best young, talented managers around Europe dying for a crack at this job as a stepping stone in their career. We need a radical rethink in the summer to re-position ourselves and get it right from top down.
I agree with the second para.
Re the first one I think people constantly underestimate the expectations here.
Look at the reaction to the West Brom game.
We were awful but got a 0-0 where outside of the top 6 would that be met with the kind of meltdowns that we get?
If we donít win away from home against anyone that isnít top 6, everyone gets really angry.
There is an expectation, based I think on the last 25 years grinding everyone down rather than individuals, that we should be playing more exciting football (see complaints re Koeman even when we were scoring lots of (home) goals). Thereís no way that SA wouldnít have defended with everyone behind the ball at Spurs if there hadnít been the widespread criticism of the preceding performances, which is born out of that expectation.
You can finish 7th but if you have a bad first quarter of the next season, youíre out.
Itís not an easy job but thatís exactly why we should have been after a better manager more in line with those pressures.