Continuing our series at the end of the season, in which Everton legends give us their thoughts on the last season, FA Cup winner Derek Temple talks about his reactions to the action on the pitch over the last 10 months.
“It’s not been a great season by anyone’s standards,” he told NSNO. “Especially after the expectation we all had going into it, but I think that we did well after a bad start to pull ourselves out of the mire and stay up. As it was looking very bleak at the end of 2005.
Losing in those European games was obviously a very big upset for everyone, and I think it must have been very hard for the players to get themselves motivated after going out of both competitions so early.
But, on reflection, it’s not been a bad season from the point of view of league position, but it perhaps failed to live up to the expectations of the fans.
There needs to be major investment in the squad, and a worry for me is that we will need to sell players before we can bring any real quality in, as we have three or four quality players that could well attract the attention of bigger clubs, which is always a worry.”
Over the next seven days we will bring you the reactions to the previous season from many other Everton legends, and hope to have the thoughts of those within the club on the past 10 months.