March 2009 Archives
David Moyes and Everton recently celebrated 7 years together. Anyone following the blues prior to the 1990s, who remembers the days of legend of Ball, Young and the many other greats will have felt the uncertainty of that decade. An acceptance of generally unbroken decline: other than for the joy of survival of the blues on the final day of the season thanks to a Graham Stuart goal, the antics and passion of one Duncan Ferguson who kept Evertonians believing in the cause and finally that day at Wembley 1995 when the blues got their last hands on silverware. Any Evertonian would agree, the club began to think this was it, we would never compete again. We were wrong.
Prior to the arrival of Moyes, Everton's playing staff was ageing of mixed quality and the general decline of the giant continued unabated, with a club and fans becoming more and more despondent on the future and our ability to compete with other clubs. In came a young manager from Preston NE, who at the end of his first season culled the squad of 13 players he felt he couldn't take further at Everton and who in a more hard hearted mindset - draining the club of its resources to compete. Its no doubt in every case Moyes did his absolute best to get the players who left new clubs and contracts, because that is how Moyes works - with decency.
Moyes began a period of reorganising and rebuilding with minimal resources, putting the foundation of the club, the youth system as a critical cornerstone of the future whilst trying to locate players he could build a team around moving forward...