HOWARD KENDALL: Everton FC have no need to fear spending of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur
MANY fear that with Spurs qualifying for the Champions' League, and Manchester City set to spend big in the summer once again, the window of opportunity for Everton is shutting.
If you look at the amount of money spent on transfers this season, Spurs and City are only finishing where you would expect.
But it isn't all about just money. The top four should remain an objective for Everton next season, and they should not be deterred by the astron-omical cash that City are almost certainly ready to splash.
It's too easy to fall into the trap of worrying what other clubs do in the transfer market. What matters is what happens on the pitch during the season.
City can add more and more superstars, but like with Robinho they don't always work.
I believe Everton's squad can compete with almost anyone. More importantly, we have got a settled squad who have had time to knit and gel as players. They know each other, and that's better than just a collection of individuals.
Spurs' potential to recruit bigger due to finishing fourth is more of a danger. Harry Redknapp is canny and got where he has ended up by recruiting players he knows - the likes of Peter Crouch, Jermaine Defoe, and Niko Kranjcar. Yet, there aren't many more players left he'd want to sign who are versed in his methods so it won't be that case again.
If Everton can quietly carry on building, keep hold of the deserved player of the season Steven Pienaar, and enjoy a strong pre-season, there is nothing to fear for the next campaign.
Only reasons to be positive.
Portsmouth fans deserve respect
PORTSMOUTH on Sunday are an example of a club which has been so badly managed it is almost criminal.
The managers can take no blame when they have been spending, which has got them so badly in debt.
They should have been told to stop and warned the club never had the money, My old chief executive Jim Greenwood and I knew the finances of Everton inside out, but more often than not, managers aren't as clued-in these days.
They will spend until they are told not to.
Yet the fans have stuck with the club and they deserve immense credit for that.
I hope Pompey fans who make the long journey to Liverpool on Sunday are applauded by the Everton fans and not taunted with chants of 'Going Down'.
On the pitch, Everton can't afford any sentiment on Sunday though. End the season on a high with three points!
* CONGRATULATIONS to Southport on winning the Blue Square North.
They have been a real success story and it's nice to see them doing well. I like the way the Conference do things. I believe their play-off approach should be adopted by the Football League. The team which finishes second plays the fifth-placed team at home. The third-placed team play the fourth team at home. It gives the advantage to sides who have done better in the league over a whole season which is only fair.