I write this the morning after yet another embarrassing home defeat in the Europa League.
It pains me to say it, but i’ve joined the side which chooses to be trigger happy and now believe Ronald Koeman should go. When you put your views in print, you are in danger of being proved massively wrong, this time more than ever I hope I am. I commented earlier in the year that I thought Rooney shouldn’t return. While it was nice to see him back and he’s scored most of our goals so far, i’ve seen nothing to persuade me that he’s improved the team, surely the aim of an incoming transfer. In fact the opposite could be said. It all rests on the manager though and what we have at the moment is nothing short of a shambles. The Rooney transfer and the subsequent influx of number 10’s highlights this in a big way. I hope i’m wrong but I think he may be given more time and he could be presiding over a relegation fight.
We have had worse teams and players in the past, of course we have? Immediately springing to mind i’m reminded of the sad end of the Harry Catterick years, with his failing health and failing team. I was 11 years old then and started each season expecting Everton to win the league (was that just a kid thing?) but the team, like Harrys health was deteriorating. 1980, a cup semi final apart, we were dire, and it signalled the end of the Gordon Lee era. 1994 and 1998-2000 need no explanation yet we were still able to out out a team in 1997 who were in the bottom three to win a derby match, as did both Joe Royle in 1994 and Howard Kendall in December 1992.
I’ve come to the conclusion that Ronald must go to prevent the unthinkable. I’m against removing managers too quickly. I disagree with recent sackings by Crystal Palace and Leicester as the managers have had little time to build a team. Craig Shakespeare having only 21 games to turn around a team on the slide, but Frank De Boer had just 4 games. But maybe they have just reacted to the modern game? Ronald is halfway through his three year contract and there are no signs at all of progress. In fact theres a good argument to say we are worse than we were when Roberto was sacked. That’s a matter of opinion. In the last few weeks, the only goal I have genuinely celebrated was Oumar Niasses late winner against Bournemouth and that was probably more about his personal circumstances than the game situation. I’m not enjoying the football, the match day anticipation or the weekends any more, and I don’t think i’m alone.
If there was just a sign, then just maybe we could hold on until things improve, but theres nothing. The match day feeling has been replaced by anger. I don’t get upset anymore just angry. We saved ourselves in 1994 and 1998 with a little luck to help us out, but this time i’m struggling to think of three teams worse than us. Even Palace, who lost their first 7 games without scoring beat Chelsea. Can you imagine us doing that? Two years ago, we were witness to Leicester City inconceivably, winning the league. We were told it wouldn’t happen and that the ‘haves’ have so much more than the ‘have nots’ that it wouldn’t happen, but it did. This is why I think we need to get shut now, because I believe the dreaded ‘R’ word could actually happen as things have changed. Maybe i’m being over emotional? But this club makes me that way. I could mention the lack of pace, width, cohesion, centre forward but they have been done to death. Pre season promise has been replaced by individual players being singled out for blame, the players and crowd losing it in a European match and we are now a figure of fun to fans of other clubs.
If we did get shut, we still wouldn’t have a striker until at least January. Who would replace Koeman? Unsworth? Not sure, but we would get passion; Ancelotti? would he even come? Dyche or Howe? I’m really not sure but could they do any worse than what we have now? The whole thing is a bloody mess and my fear is it could end in tears. Not like the 1994 tears v Wimbledon of relief and certainly not like 1998 v Coventry because tears were replaced by anger, but those tears we see every May on ‘other’ clubs fans faces.
As someone once said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” Does that ring a bell?