I have just read that Marcel Brands is suggesting that the club should start recruiting more ex-players into coaching positions. Various names have been mentioned including Neville Southall, Paul Gasgoine, Phil Jagielka and others.
Not long ago, there was discussion about the merits of a 'bootroom' mentality at Goodison Park; some were in favour but, at that particular time when the club's fortunes were at a low point, many were pointing a finger at too much old-boy involvement.
There is no doubt that today's Everton, under the ownership of Farhad Moshiri, is a long way removed from what we had before. There certainly appears to be more business nouse about and the whole backroom team seem to be working well, with a common goal.
I have no particular feelings whether we need more ex-players at Finch Farm or not. Some have already described the club as a rest or retirement home for past-it players. What I am certain about, though, is that nearly every Evertonian I speak to is absolutely fed up with the lack of representation as media commentators.
Football – whatever your stance about VAR, a contactless future, and a no-heading game – is nevertheless big business and nowhere is this more apparent than in the £Millions being spent by the likes of Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime, BBC and whoever else has the pennies to air matches.
Granted, there are one or two ex-players that come to mind who have managed to squeeze into the mould. There is no indication that the mould has been cracked, never mind broken. To have any media influence at all, Everton must start a programme of training a new breed of commentators and promote them to do an 'unbiased' job of work for Everton, just as the likes of Carragher, Neville, and Owen regularly give the world their own brand of 'unbiased' views.
In my opinion, this is the area the club should be targeting; ex-players should not be considered too old for the job, look at St John, Thompson, McManamman, Souness and a myriad of other Golden Oldies that our dear neighbours manage to role out on a regular basis.
I read that Everton should copy the Liverpool financial blueprint… Everton are the Blues, we should establish our own blueprint and start a programme of indoctrinating the next generations into what it means to be a Blue – through the words and experiences of its former players.
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1 Posted 17/01/2021 at 21:59:27
Lets all get behind our club and players, past and present! COYB!!
2 Posted 18/01/2021 at 17:46:52
Ferguson is a different case volunteering to start with. Eventually getting a role in the lowest run of the coaching ladder. Taking years of keeping his nose clean, mouth shut, carrying the kit bag, staying in the background and slowly but surely learning his trade getting his badges, wanting the best for Everton. He was loyal to every Manager he worked under, though I am sure he had his own opinions.
If this is the best that Brands can come out with at a Board meeting, my advice would be to shut his mouth, just in case' Pretty Polly' slips out.
3 Posted 18/01/2021 at 17:52:19
4 Posted 18/01/2021 at 17:52:41
5 Posted 18/01/2021 at 18:11:47
6 Posted 18/01/2021 at 18:14:41
Off topic but on topic if you know what I mean.
Ive been following this young mans progress.
7 Posted 18/01/2021 at 18:33:01
8 Posted 18/01/2021 at 18:37:38
9 Posted 18/01/2021 at 19:00:56
Baines is already on staff as well -- player development coach for the U23's and U18s.
I seem to remember reading somewhere that Peanuts got his UEFA A coaching license and is working with the youngsters at Ajax.
10 Posted 18/01/2021 at 19:18:00
First interview with the pair today Link
11 Posted 18/01/2021 at 19:33:09
12 Posted 18/01/2021 at 19:37:11
The Ancelottis wont allow ex players to be appointed unless they are capable, in my opinion.
13 Posted 18/01/2021 at 19:59:34
14 Posted 18/01/2021 at 21:46:48
Joe, you say you can't buy into The People's Club bollox and the Everton Family... why? And why would you even mention it?
Everton in the Community do an incredible job in our City and help so many people. I take it you don't live in the city?
Stop being so negative about our great Club. Let's support our community work, and, we are the People's Club. Big Dunc and Tim Cahill would be a great manager and assistant in the future. Let's get behind our great team.
15 Posted 20/01/2021 at 05:50:36
Is Cahill already with us, better as a pundit? Maybe he is now a failed pundit. Haven't come across him for a while. I wasn't in favour of Baines either. This ex-player stuff smells of Blue Bill and Barrett-Baxendale, rather than a professional Director of Football. At least Pienaar is making an effort if that is true.
As for Ancelotti, even he has to keep in, that's what Baines's appointment is about IMO.
After years of observation, there are different opinions with some truth in them.
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