I read some tosh last week after the draw with Wigan, I'm sure the Samaritans did some good business after 4.45, with some people seriously needing to be placed on suicide watch.
Everything was dissected from the somewhat reasonable to the outrageously ludicrous, many questioning the manager's perseverance with Louis Saha rather than Yakubu or Jermaine Beckford, which is somewhat reasonable but one article I stumbled across on an unnamed "fansite", was beyond outrageously ludicrous, the blogger felt the real reason for Everton poor form so far this season lay solely at the feet of the Assistant Manager Steve Round? I don't know the individual who penned that drivel but I would imagine they walk around with a pile of straws, clutching them very tightly.
Many are going to read this and maybe not like what I am about to say, but as I trawled through blogs and forum comments something became quite apparent to me, no one had identified one major problem, the fans. I'm a strong believer that nothing good comes from negativity, so constant jeering and booing of the players will not help them to perform. Do not forget these are highly paid, overprotected athletes, who have been told by everyone from an early age how special they are, this being brought into question is not something they understand. In someways, it's our responsibility as supporters to pander to their needs and ego's, to show encouragement whether we deem their performance sufficient or not. Phil Jagielka said in an interview last week that players are not finding Goodison a nice place at the moment, the atmosphere is clearly affecting them and this problem needs to be addressed as soon as possible. I'm a Season Ticket holder and have had to watch a lot dross this year but never once have I done anything other than support this team.
Moyes is definitely a victim of his own success, with expectations at all time high going into this year. I have my gripes with Davey, but he's one of the top managers in the country, I'm sure Manchester United fans will have things Sir Alex does that they don't agree with, but it doesn't mean they want him to leave his post. Those using Football moan-ins calling for Moyes' dismissal should remember what that man has done for this club. The argument I enjoy most is that "he has reached his managerial limits", what does that even mean? David is only limited by what he has at his disposal, both financially and in current personnel, even Jose Mourinho would struggle with an empty pot for new signings, one person suggested they would like to see Guus Hiddink at the helm, because he loves managing sides with no cash, doesn't he?
With the Christmas period upon us it is imperative that we get behind the team, the next 3 weeks can make or break seasons, especially in a league like this year, one or 2 wins on the trot could see us riding on the crest of a European place before the FA Cup 3rd round trip to Scunthorpe.
I'd like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and thanks again for reading.
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