Everton are a very good team, and never easy to beat on any given day, whoever they have playing for them.
David Moyes – fantastic job at Everton
And David Moyes is one of the unsung heroes in management, because over the last 6 years he has built the Merseyside club into a top six team on very little money, but when his team comes out on the field, they give 100% every single game, and can never be counted out.
Everton is a success story, in that the club have stuck by their manager through some difficult times, and if David had come to Newcastle six years ago, and had the same record, he would have been fired within a couple of years.
In David’s first full season, Everton finished 7th top in 2002-2003, but then in their next season they fought tooth and nail against relegation, and finished 4th bottom in 17th place.
As far as Moyes goes, that would have been it if he was Newcastle manager, because there would have been such an uproar from the fans, that David would have been fired in the summer of 2004, and somebody else would have been brought in. That’s a fact.
By the way, in 2004, Newcastle finished in a very disappointing 5th place, after being 3rd in the previous season, and that eventually cost Bobby Robson his job in late August of that year. How times have changed.
But Everton stuck with Moyes and he’s since had seasons of 4th, 11th, 6th and they were 5th last season. He’s got them into Europe almost every season and they have become a consistently good team.
That’s a very good case study for a club like Newcastle, who have had four managers in the last 21 months, and quite a few fans would now like to see Kinnear leave, because he’s just not good enough. When was the last time we heard that?
Of course patience was never going to be something that was in great supply on Tyneside, after 40 years of winning absolutely nothing, and under-performing more than any other team in England.
Everton are probably the best team out of the top four over the last 3 seasons, but they have none of the big money that Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool have at their disposal.
But they have shown with a good manager in place, and some patience, and a good plan to rebuild, success is indeed possible.
We’ll see the results of 6 years of that planning and growth from Everton on Sunday afternoon, and maybe their path to success is one Newcastle should be following.