Everton & Farhad Moshiri
Today, February 27, is the two year anniversary of Farhad Moshiri at Everton.
The Guardian’s Andy Hunter has used the occasion to look at how the Moshiri revolution is progressing at Goodison Park.
Looking at the Premier League table, Everton are ninth in the division with 34 points from 28 games.
Currently in rather patchy form, Everton are unlikely to be playing European football next season.
But considering how they got on in the Europa League this year, maybe that’s a good thing.
‘Everton have failed to follow Tottenham’
Overall, the Guardian paint a negative picture for what’s happened at Everton since Moshiri joined.
Summing up the main achievements since Moshiri invested in the club, the Guardian report:
Tentative progress on a new stadium, deeply disillusioned fans and what in many respects is the worst Everton team this century represents a meagre return for his money.
The knife is stuck into Everton as they are compared to Tottenham.
Financial wealth has ushered in an era of woeful mis-spending and recruitment at various levels. Far from following the Tottenham Hotspur model and challenging the established elite for Champions League qualification, Everton have slipped into reverse.
The case is made that Everton have only made four good signings out of 18 under Moshiri. Those successful recruits have been Idrissa Gana Gueye, Jordan Pickford, Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott.
At the same time, the Guardian believe there is “disenchantment” amongst fans over manager Sam Allardyce.
It remains unclear whether Big Sam will still be in charge of the Toffees next season, or whether Everton will try to appoint another manager in the summer.
For the record, Allardyce’s stats at Goodison Park leave plenty to be desired:
Allardyce is fond of favourable statistics but the Watford defeat left him with an average return of 1.37 points from his 16 matches in charge. Koeman averaged 1.48 points per game and Martínez 1.56 points, although both had more time to construct a team in their image.