Chris Smith has a view on Moyesy:
"In March 2002, it began with a desperate 2-1 victory against Fulham at Goodison Park. 11 years and 517 games on, David Moyes' Everton career ends with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. With the outpouring of well-wishing for the departing manager largely poured out by now, fans were left to behold a performance which bore the wastefulness and frustration that has characterised Everton's initially promising season.
Bearded, Spanish teddy bear Juan Mata benefited from the sort of woeful howler Jan Mucha's impact appeared to have ironed out of Tim Howard's game to give Chelsea a seventh minute lead. In the blink of an eye however, Goodison folk devil Steven Naismith profited from an equally calamitous David Luiz mistake to play a nifty one-two with Victor Anichebe and finish neatly past Petr Cech.
The goal was the least Everton deserved but unforgivably all they added as the afternoon degenerated into the sort of promising-build-up-rubbish-finish annoyance that has cost the Toffees Europe this year. And so it proved again as sympathy-magnet turned born-again goalscorer Fernando Torres forced Naismith, Steven Pienaar and poor old Nikica Jelavic to rue missed chances as he walloped home to seal victory in the second half.
Starting Naismith, whilst on the surface a decision that rewarded Everton with a goal, was a poor selection. The time and space he occupied in front of Chelsea's back four was cut out for a genuine no. 10, and if a meaningless, end of season game isn't the match to give Ross Barkley that role, then I don't know when is. Victory would have affected Everton's league position the same way defeat would ie not at all. In terms of Everton's league position, this was as dead as dead rubbers get, and yet Moyes' 'game-changing' substitutions again displayed the tactical reservation that has blighted his Goodison career.
Negative as ever
Despite the fact Everton were easily passing through their opponents with short, quick one-twos, Moyes withdrew Naismith and Anichebe for Nikica Jelavic and Jonny Heitinga giving the Dutchman Marouane Fellaini's defensive-midfield role and pushing the Belgian further forward. Everton at once sacrificed their intricate approach for direct punts into the box, allowing Chelsea to impose their own passing game and take control. Consequently, Everton got deeper, deliveries became less accurate, Chelsea were able to clear, push out and eventually nick the winner. To preserve a meaningless draw for Christ's sake.
A win would have secured Moyes' best ever Premier League points haul. As it is, Everton finish sixth, 10 points off the Champions League, nine the Europa. Miles away. Poignantly, Moyes' Everton reign ends in the fashion which defines the limitations of his tenure. Another loss for the scrap book of misery that documents 45 games without a single league win away at Manchester Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Mention the words worked wonders and shoestring budget all you like, but that record is appalling. It exposes an inferiority complex which, once transmitted to the players, has forced them to accept escaping with a point is not only an accomplishment but an aim. He who dares wins in the Premier League. Moyes never dared. That sits well with no Evertonian. Whilst most Blues accept replacing Moyes is an enormously difficult task, any incoming manager should be aware fans would be receptive to anybody who shows more bottle in these fixtures."
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