January to November 1994
Inheriting a poor side suffering from a run of discouraging defeats, Mike Walker’s time at Goodison lasted just under 12 months.
The third of three managers in charge of the team in the 1993-1994 season, it is perhaps unsurprising that Walker’s first season in charge ended badly. With the club saved from relegation with only nine minutes to spare, Walker was left in no doubts that a new direction was necessary.
With the new season fast approaching, cash began flowing once more, and Walker’s solution to the club’s problems was to hit the transfer market hard. Acquiring players such as Amokachi, Samways and Limpar, Walker changed the line up of the side dramatically. The new men were gifted players, undoubtedly, but again the cohesiveness and consistency of the team as a whole suffered.
With a team not given chance to gel together, the 1994-1995 season began badly, and after an Autumn that demonstrated Walker’s misplaced faith in a passing game, Everton acquired only eight points from a possible forty two.
A surprise three-game winning streak was not enough to save Mike Walker, and despite a supportive fan-base that never faltered, he was sacked in November of the same year.