DEC
01
2011
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Cheer Up Moysie
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Cheer Up Moysie By Azzurri Gio

 
When talking about our manager, usually as a future United or Spurs boss, a lot of journalists use the expression "Dour Scot".
While even his keenest supporters would be hard pushed to describe him as happy-go-lucky I think the last few months have left him looking distraught. I suppose with the form we've shown this season that's understandable, I mean I haven't witnessed  thousands of grinning Evertonians leaving matches as they head for the pubs to drown their sorrows. The only difference between us and Moysie is that he has it in his power to actually do something about our performances, but I really worry he could be losing his enthusiasm for the job.
 
As fans we put our trust in the players who are lucky enough to wear those blue shirts, and also in the manager who selects the team, but recently more and more of the radio moan ins and sports letters pages have been filled with increasingly disillusioned fans. The most commonly used phrase I keep hearing is "Moyes has taken us as far as he can". This is where my lack of intelligence kicks in as I don't understand what that means, and so far none of the people using it have been able to explain it to me, or come up with a realistic solution to this "problem".
 
I am a Moyes fan, pleased that he still our boss, but I can't claim that he's perfect, and am still arrogant enough to sometimes think I would make better choices in certain situations. Quite a claim from someone who only rose as high as manager of a team in the Liverpool Sunday League Division 8 for one season, against a man who has made a career in football and gets paid thousands of pounds for doing it.
 
As far as I can see there are two main gripes with Moysie.
 
The 4-4-2 argument.
The majority of people have been complaining that we should adopt this system for every game, and use his reliance on the 4-5-1 set up as a stick to beat him with. They claim it's too defensive and we're never going to win games playing like that. 

Maybe my memory is playing tricks on me but I think we went through a recent season playing that system, winning lots of games 1 nil, and ending up with one of our highest premiership finishes in recent history. 

I agree that in many games, especially at home to the so called weaker teams, we should be going 4-4-2 and really having a go at them as many fans and, I suggest, the players would prefer. I think that when things aren't going right for us, and the pressure of our league position becomes a concern, there is still a place for the 4-5-1 set up, used as a kind of safety net to try not to lose, (although this should only be for certain games, and not as a permanent feature).
 
Substitutions.
How many games see us 1 nil down or going nowhere with 30 minutes left only for no changes to be made until inside the last 10 minutes? It's like a safety first attitude where he's thinking "it's only 1 nil, we might snatch an equaliser with what I've got out there, but if I make a change we could concede a second goal". Screw safety, no one cares about conceding a second if we don't even look like scoring ourselves. How many times have you heard "Get Maggie on", "Get Velli on", or the exasperated "Do Something". Ask any fan if they'd prefer to lose quietly 1 nil or lose by more goals because we were actually trying something different to win the game.


Substitutions can be used to transform a game, give the team and the fans a boost, but not if they're made in the 92nd minute when you've just conceded a second goal.
 
That's the two rants out of the way and, although you may be doubting it, I promise you I am a Moysie fan but can understand those two arguments.
However, if we're going to point out his faults let's try and balance it up with some positives.
 
Transfers.
People say we've got no money but I don't believe that. We might not have a lot, but I'm sure there is some, and whatever there is will be given to Moysie to spend. In the majority of cases he spends it well on players like Howard. Lescott, Cahill, and when he's given a large amount he's bought the likes of Yakubu or Fellaini. All of these players, plus others you can list yourselves, have had successful spells at Everton. Obviously you will be furiously scribbling down the few bad buys he has made, but even Fergie, arguably the best British manager of all time, has bought a Veron, Taibi, or Djemba Djemba. On the whole I think Moysie gets the best value players for the money available, and in the majority of cases moulds them into an Everton player.
 
 
Stability.
Not an exciting word I grant you but certainly one that the likes of Leeds or West Ham would love to have used to describe them. In the majority of seasons we've been in the running for, and in some cases getting, a European place. Despite lack of funds, a small squad, and untimely injuries somehow Moysie continually keeps our hopes up until the last weeks of the season.
 
Youth.
We keep producing young players that other clubs are envious of. I'm not saying Moysie is responsible for developing these players, as that would do a great disservice to the academy and reserve staff who have a massive influence on bringing them along, but ultimately he's the one who decides when they are ready to get a chance with the first team. Sometimes he's forced into using them due to injuries or suspensions to first teamers, but more often than not he will introduce them slowly, letting them train and travel with the first team, and giving them brief cameo substitute appearances when the time is right. He does this for the benefit of the team, but, more importantly, for the benefit and protection of the players.
 
The Peoples Club.
The first thing Moysie ever gave to us, and the legacy he will leave when he eventually departs. Such a simple thing, almost a throwaway comment at a press conference, but something that summed up Everton in an instant and a title which I'm very proud of.
 
 
Before the Bolton game on Saturday Moysie wandered onto the pitch as he always does, but this time he looked different. He was mooching around, not getting involved with the warm up, not even talking to his staff or players. He looked like the speccy kid at school, made to join a team to make up the numbers but standing with his hands in his pockets, looking at the ground and desperately hoping the ball never came anywhere near him. He looked like a man who's mind was elsewhere or had fallen out of love with football.
 
I'm no expert in body language, and hope I read him completely wrong, because I fear for the club without him in charge.
I've already stated he's got faults, same as every one of us but, apart from after a few pints when we all claim it's true, could any of us really do it better ?
 
Keep your chin up Moysie and remember, when you were smiling in your post match interview there were thousands of Evertonians smiling along with you, and it felt great. Gio
 

Comments about Cheer Up Moysie
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Good article. Also worth stating that Barcelona and Spain play 4-5-1 as well as most other to teams. Clearly there are different players in those teams but the same basic formation - except strangley Spain and Barcelona play more defensive players in their midfield 5, yet manage to attack more!
Jim, Leeds, 10:39 PM 1/12/2011
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Even I know that teams should play to their strengths! Q: Is Cahill banging them in lately? A: No and it’s not his fault either! With the amount of extractions we’ve had over the years, we can’t expect the “Once successful formation” to work its same magic year in year out! Having said that! Seeing how we’re playing Drenther on the right for some wacky reason, why not throw him behind Vellios and Maggie in a 4-3-3 just for shits and giggles!? I can dream can’t I!?
Doug, Liverpool, 1:43 PM 1/12/2011
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