David Moyes is the difference.
No doubt without him we would be struggling permanently at the wrong end of the table the way we did under Walter Smith. Moyesy has performed miracles with the same amount of limited money.
Yet whenever we hit a bad patch you can still hear some people saying he's too defensive or he should be sacked. It's no consolation that all clubs have such jeremiahs who moan about their manager at the drop of a few points.
Let's hope Moyesy signs a new contract when he sits down to negotiate. Let's hope the club can find a few quid for transfers. Let's hope he doesn't think the grass is greener elsewhere, because he might get a shock the way others have in the Premier League. He would be losing what it took him ten years of stability to build. He won't get that chance again not even if he has all the money in the world.
His class was there for everyone to see after Felli got caught nutting the Stoke hacker Shawcross. He admitted the offence openly and said we'd take any punishment.
He didn't say, like Wenger at Arsenal has so often, "I didn't see it." Or like Ferguson at Manchester United, "I was looking at my watch." Or like whoever is at Chelsea, "I'm only passing through." Or like whoever is at Tottenham, "We deserve better even though we're crap." Or like Pulis at Stoke, "What's that on the roof?" Or like mad Brenda at the redshite, "I'm organising the players to wear tee shirts while I count the passes."
This season and the second half of last season Everton have played their best football for two decades. They did it in patches in other seasons before, the best being when we finished fourth against all the odds.
He may not be Guardiola of Barcelona, but what would Guardiola have done in Moyesy's financial situation? What would Mourinho of Real Madrid have done? Without a lot of money they would run a mile from the challenge.
What do you think?
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