Bar a minor miracle, Everton should avoid relegation this season. Even the harshest of critics of the Blues summer spending tactics would never have dreamt that we would be sweating on getting to the hallowed 40 point mark in the later stages of the most disappointing of seasons. But that’s the grim reality that we have found of ourselves after Koeman’s demise, Unsworth’s efforts and Big Sam’s boring but apparently not boring enough football. The summer transfers have by and large been a dud, and the Blues face another summer splashing Moshiri’s moolash. So what’s next?
It would be a massive surprise if Allardyce is still manager next season, given how quickly the fans have started to ask questions of his long term ambitions and style of play, not to mention his dismissive attitude towards crowd opinion. The situation has the potential to turn even uglier than it did in the latter stages of Koeman’s reign. For all concerned, it’s probably best to call it a day once summer comes. The same can probably be said for Steve Walsh, who entered on the wave of praise from his time at Leicester. If his job is player recruitment, the Blues summer signings are a damning indictment of his ability as Director of Football. I can’t imagine Moshiri will trust him with another £100 millions worth of decision making.
It’s hard to believe that Moshiri won’t make another approach for the now jobless Marco Silva, who had fans and pundits purring with the swagger in which his Watford went about their business early doors, only to see a mid season slide render his services obsolete. It’s a massive gamble seen as though he’s not yet completed a full season in English football, but the temptation will be there given how stylish he gets so called lesser players playing. Another name linked is Paulo Fonseca, who according to many was extremely close to coming before Allardyce’s arrival. His Shakhtar side’s performance in the Champions League against Man City drew nearly as much praise as his post match outfit, in which he turned up dressed as Zorro in order to fulfil a promise made if his side reached the knockout stages. It would again prove to be a big gamble, given his managerial experience is limited to Portugal and Ukraine, but Everton can capitalise on the ambitions of a young, hungry manager who seems keen to prove himself against the very best.
Either way Everton need a change in mentality both on and off the pitch. This season needs to be a lesson that blindly lashing money in any direction isn’t necessarily going to bring success. The signs were there for Man City and Chelsea who fell at the first couple of hurdles, but Everton can ill afford to spend a couple of seasons learning the hard way, given that the gulf between the top 6 and the rest of the league threatens to widen to ridiculous levels. Another fire sale at the end of the season is needed, some tough decisions on ageing players who have served the club admirably may have to be made, and the process of putting this wretched season behind can truly begin.