Moyes joined Everton on 14th March 2002 from Preston North End, and in his first full season in charge he had Everton in 7th place on 59 points in 2003, and we may add a full 10 points behind a Bobby Robson managed Newcastle United side, who were 3rd top behind only Manchester United and Arsenal.
Moyes and Pardew talk before a game
But then in David’s next season Everton basically battled relegation, and finished 4th bottom on 39 points in May of 2004, a full 20 points less than in the previous season, but the Toffees were till were 6 points clear of Leicester City , Leeds United and Wolves who all had 33 points and were relegated
But the Everton Board did not sack David after the 2003-2004 season or during it, and of course the next season, Moyes had them back up there in 4th position on 61 points.
And basically the rest is history -and david Moyes has been a fantastic manager for Everton Football Club, but how many clubs would have not sacked a manager who in his second full season had them 4th bottom of the league?
The answer is not many.
And we think Mike Ashley has tried to copy the Everton model, because the Merseyside club do not have much money to spend either – although they have a lot less than the Magpies to spend.
And that’s why Mike Ashley will be hoping (and praying?) that Alan Pardew can help the club escape relegation this season, and if we get our players back and some new players in before February rolls around, we should have a decent chance of avoiding the drop.
And as a second example the great Sir Bobby Robson did probably his best bit of management work ever, when he came in to manage Newcastle during early September of 1999, when Newcastle were second bottom, and Ruud Gullit having been shown the door.
Bobby did an amazing job, and we finished in mid-table in 2000.
But in the next season we had lots of injuries, including having a certain Alan Shearer out, and it turned out to be a very disappointing season, since expectations were very high (that’s strange!), and we finished 11th top – and worse off than we were in the season before, when we had also finished 11th with 52 points.
Newcastle had a lot of injuries that year and we think just before Christmas of 2001, we were top of the Premier League, as Bobby had us back running on all cylinders, and we finished 3rd top that season – and again the rest is history.
So history has shown that even the best managers find it tough when they have lots of injuries and their best players missing, – and to be fair to Alan Pardew, nobody can argue he’s not had it very tough with injuries this season, with our squad simply not equipped to play both in the Premier League and the Europa League.
End of history lesson. 😀
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