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December 31, 2017, 07:31:56 PM
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I remember Allardyce saying he doesn't like to see players constantly passing sideways and backwards. That was some weeks ago and I thought, "At last! A manager who talks sense." However, talking about it is one thing - on the pitch and in selections I don't see any attempt to change this sorry style of play.

The defensive lineup against Bournemouth left fans bewildered. You just know the ball is going to keep coming back to the Everton box like a yo-yo. Then, when we finally have players on the pitch to contribute to attacking football and looking like they will win, what does the manager do? He takes off Gana and puts Rooney to defend in his place. Bolasie, completely off the pace and out of form contributes little and the inevitable happens. We become unbalanced, lose team cohesion and lose the match. His managerial decisions over the last two games have been bizarre. His luck ran out.

Let's face it. Everton have been massively lucky in recent games. He continued with the players that beat West Ham 4-0 and made few changes in the first few matches. He has a lot still to prove and many are not impressed with what they see or with his comments concerning players such as Niasse.

He made massive mistakes in his management against Bournemouth, so he will need to do exceptionally well from here on to bring the fans back on side.

February 10, 2018, 05:29:49 PM
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Has there ever been a case of an interim-manager getting the duties twice in the same season?

The early success that Alardyce enjoyed was mostly down to the Unsworth set-up that he established for the West Ham game.

Then he began to swap and change with disastrous results. All the players needed was continuity in a winning system and team selection. Unsworth finally made it happen and then in walked our 'saviour'. So far, what he says and what he does appear to be two different things.

Time for experiments are over. Spit out the gum. It's time to reset.

February 11, 2018, 03:12:53 AM
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Apart from today and about 30 mins against Leicester the performances have been truly dire.

On a par or worse than Koeman dire, and that is saying something.

400 minutes without a shot on target dire.

To be fair, the set-up he inherited from Unsworth's last game against West Ham worked well and had good results ...until he started swapping and changing. Thankfully, there are still leaders on the pitch, like Sigs, Jags, Rooney and Coleman. Everton needs continuity with team selections and formations. The set-up against Arsenal invited trouble from the off - too many changes and players with little form or confidence being asked to play in unfamiliar roles alongside each other. The manager just blaming the players and not himself was not acceptable. Today was better, but Keene alongside Mangala was a recipe for trouble - and so it proved. It was a relief to see him limp off (sorry to say) because he needs time to adjust.