After the game Moyes was insistent the result only happened due to players being unsettled over the Lescott situation. This brings me to his own contract situation. We all knew Moyes was out of contract at the end of last season & his future was uncertain. I believe if he knew he was staying he would have signed a new deal before the season had started to save the players feeling 'unsettled' during the course of the season so he could get the best our of them. This leads me to believe he knew a long time before about Sir Alex's plans.
Going on the theory Moyes knew more than we are led to believe about Fergie's retirement, I believe he started to play it safe at Everton with the Old Trafford hot seat always in the back of his mind. He played on the 'plucky little Everton' tag the last few years of his reign & I for one fell for it. The reason I believe he done this was simple... to keep the media onside! If he was perceived in the media as the underdog who was always punching above his weight the publicity would always be 'what a great job David Moyes is doing'. In reality we were stalling. This constant impression of Moyes kept him in contention for the United job throughout whereas other candidates fell away. The reason I'm now thinking like this though is down to one man... Roberto!
Moyes was always using Everton as a stepping stone to 'bigger things', Martinez believes it doesn't get much bigger. I'm well aware he has only been in the job 6 months & has a long, long way to go, but the starting signs are incredible. He's already blew Moyes' mentality out of the water coming out with quotes such as...
'The mentality at this football club needed to change. Why can't we go to Old Trafford & win? Why can't we go to the Emirates & dominate possession?'
The Moyes mentality to such games was always 'lucky to get out alive'. After such losses Moyes would play the 'finance' card re-affirming the point Everton were underdogs & any points from such matches were a bonus, with Roberto it's different!
He has changed the mentality of not only the players, but the fans alike. He's gave us all a belief that no matter whom the team or wherever the location the School of Science is coming... 4th round at Stevenage or an Wembley Cup Final we are turning up & playing our own style & brand of football. It's a known fact there are 6 clubs (at least!) operating in a different financial bracket to ourselves which Mr Moyes pointed out many a time. When Martinez was brought up on the same subject here was the response...
'I felt that the players didn't know they were representing Everton, a club that has won the league 9 times. You can't look away from it, we have to embrace it & win titles. Money is obviously a big part of the game but I always felt that as a football club you need to find a way to make up for the money & be creative so we can challenge for titles'
He has had photos put up around the training ground of past title winning sides saying we should embrace the history & players should be looking at these photos wanting to be on one themselves some day. This seemed to be something Moyes tried to hide as it never fit in with his plucky Everton tag.
My motivation to write this blog comes from visiting Goodison a few nights ago for Alan Myers 'tea party'. It wasn't so much hearing what Roberto had to say though, it's what others had to say about him. After listening to ex-players who know what it takes to make it at this football club it's clear to me the man in brown shoes is quite unique! He told Swansea he would get them Premier League football... With his foundations they did! He told Wigan he'd get them in to Europe... By winning the FA Cup he did! With Roberto Martinez at the helm, special things are going to happen at this football club... & I wouldn't bet against him one day bringing a league title back home to Goodison Park. The sleeping giant is waking up!
Danny Bostock. Follow Danny on twitter @Bozzy18