Anyone who thinks that we aren’t playing better football has “last season amnesia”.
The football we played last season was dreadful. The management was equally dreadful. The quality of players we had at our disposal doesn’t even compare to this season.
The way of the world now is to want instant gratification, and instant success. People want things now, and in some cases, that is fair enough. We all want to read that Everton are contenders for the league or champions league, and we all want success as soon as possible.
But trying to achieve what Everton are trying to do requires a lot of patience, and a great long term strategy. Constantly chopping and changing things because we haven’t won much in the short term completely goes against this.
The way I see it with managers is that it is like an investment into a stock. You always have a rationale for buying the stock at the outset. If the stock falls in price, you only sell it if that rationale has fundamentally changed from the reason that you bought it in the first place. Why did we hire Marco Silva, and has the rationale changed? We hired him to play a better brand of football and get closer to the top 6, and to some extent, I believe come the end of the season, he will have partially achieved this. We might not get closer to the top 6 this season, but I do think his time will come and we have the right man in place.
I want to see Silva given at least 3 years before he is judged on whether he will succeed in bringing our goals as a club to fruition. I am very happy that Brands is now here for the long term, so that we stop making irresponsible and rash decisions that only set us back rather than stabilise/move us forward.