Another former Everton star, Billy Bingham had left the club after the 1963 Championship triumph, electing to move into management with an employment history including Southport and the Greek National Team. Inheriting the club ten years later, the likeable and charismatic Bingham took over a team disillusioned by sliding fortunes and overshadowed by an increasingly victorious Liverpool squad under the leadership of Bill Shankly.
With the club finishing seventh in his first season, Bingham was well aware that more was expected of a side so recently leading the league. With the 1974-1975 season seeing the debuts of new acquisitions Jim Pearson, Martin Dobson and Bob Latchford, and the departure of crowd favourites Colin Harvey and Joe Royle, Bingham’s side seemed to experience a return to form. For long periods, fan optimism was rekindled as it looked like Everton might once again experience the success of Carrick’s reign. Unfortunately, early promise sank into mediocrity, and saw the team slip into a dissatisfying fourth place.
Adding talents like Bruce Rioch, Duncan McKenzie, and Andy King to the line-up in a desperate attempt to revitalise a once again disheartened team, Bingham saw Everton suffer two defeats and two draws in quick succession, balanced with only a single win. High pressure and increasing demands for success from fans and the board surfaced once more: the series of poor matches saw Everton slide to thirteenth place, and saw Bingham sacked in January 1977.
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