08 Feb 2018 00:11:17
For a moment, just put tactics, formations, selections, etc., to one side.
Instead, consider how the players have underperformed, how confidence has nosedived, and how the players are not "carrying out instructions".
There is a clearly a lack of effective leadership from above - and players need/ want that direction, especially a genuine trust/ belief (not just meaningless soundbites) in what the manager is doing.
Our players lack mental strength - they have a "loser's mentality" - and Allardyce is the latest Everton manager that hasn't shown the man-management skills to improve that in the players.
I don't think anyone would suggest that David Moyes (for all his faults) - and certainly Howard Kendall (despite his problems just before the successful years) - didn't build team spirit or didn't work at overcoming setbacks. Their players, by and large, all bought into what they were doing. I haven't seen that under Martinez, Koeman or Allardyce.

1.) 08 Feb 2018
08 Feb 2018 08:33:27
I agree 100% BobbyC1878. However, Martinez had enough time to change the squad and add his ownplayers in. Koeman also had sufficient years to change the squad round. Both these managers then seem to"lose" the dressing room. When Allergy came in, some fans had a pre-conceived idea of how he would manage. There was talk about "hoof it" football. I believe that was a bit unfair on the bloke. I am not a huge fan and nor do I really think that tag is fair. But I do know that the ink isn't dry on his contract yet. Added to which, he inherited a squad that in my view was crumbling. Koeman had spent a load of money, but created a squad that was unbalanced. ie only onenatural left footed player and missing players in their prime age group. between say 23 to 28. Yes there are some brilliant kids. Yes there are still great players coming to the end of their careers. But the ones Koeman signed within their prime. have just not performed. There have also been lengthy injuries to certain key players who would have made a difference. Bolasie, Coleman and Mori and McCarthy have all been out a long time and McCarthy is out again. We all saw what a difference Coleman made. I guess what I am saying is that I agree with what you say but my view on it is that Allergy inherited something that was already doomed due to many factors and he is trying to turn things round. Unfortunately there seems to be some supporters who just don't want him here. Evertonians are a proud bunch and loyal to the club. However, sometimes I look at what is going on and despair a bit at how impatient they are. How critical of certain people within the club. For years Kenwright was accused of taking money out of the club. That he was doing it for selfish reasons. But anyone who has ever spoken with him and listened to him talk will know like I do that when he bleeds, it is blue blood that comes out. His appointment of Moshiri and the stadium and funding in general show that he just wants what all Evertonians want. I do wonder if our own passion is sometimes so big that it puts added pressure on players rather than helping the situation. My 8 year old Grandson went for the 1st time this season and he was scared by the anger and shouting that some Evertonians were displaying (Arsenal at home) . I remember that same feeling as a kid. The noise of hatred and abuse shouted at players and manager alike can sometimes be overwhelming at Goodison. When we are winning and looking good it is a great atmosphere. But when we look poor and players lose confidence, it is vicious and quite horrible. This is the atmosphere that Allergy has inherited and he has only been here a handful of games. Still has other managers players and has managed to scrape a few wins. but the squad he has is from previous managers and I don't believe there is a manager in the world who would have got that squad to gel and perform in a different way. Reality check is that it is a very poor, unbalanced squad with few players in their prime.

2.) 08 Feb 2018
08 Feb 2018 09:15:00
How did Koeman have sufficient years to change the squad around he was only at the club 14 months?

3.) 08 Feb 2018
08 Feb 2018 09:38:39
Got to love degsyp calling him Allergy, I'm certainly allergic to the dross he passes off as football.

4.) 08 Feb 2018
08 Feb 2018 10:17:24
degsyp: good reply.