By Alan Myers
The reaction emanating from the Everton fan base following Friday morning’s news conference with Sam Allardyce has sent supporters into a frenzy of disbelief, bewilderment and, in a lot of cases, anger.
Firstly, I have to say I’m not 100% sure exactly how the comments were meant. It could be that the manager was saying that fans at the two clubs he mentioned had the same expectations as Evertonians, which may well be correct and probably is. Along with this he does say, rightly so, that Everton have won more.
If, however, he meant how most fans have interpreted it to be, and that is that expectations at Everton are the same as at the other clubs then the fan’s reaction is understandable.
That alternative view on the club’s expectations would be worrying with regards to the future direction, but my first reaction was to wonder why an experienced manager would offer up such an assumption.
Sam is intelligent enough to understand the furore such words would create, and he will have enough experience to know that he could avoid the subject should he not want to go there, even if it is what he truly believes. If it is I respect his opinion but at the same time vehemently disagree.
So with that said, it begs the question why? If he believes that expectations at Everton are those of a club that doesn’t boast 9 League titles, 5 FA Cups, a European Cup Winners’ Cup and a whole raft of pioneering and credited firsts in the history of the game, then he’s wrong. And to those who say “that’s in the past” I say that you have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going.
What I do find intriguing however, is how he arrives at the assumption; is it his experience having now spent time at the Club? Is it a long held opinion? Maybe it’s how he compares the clubs having managed all three?
Whatever it is it may well lead us to understand with greater accuracy where we are as a club, what our aims are and what we aspire to be.
I cannot and do not believe that this is the assumption that is held by Farhad Moshiri, at least from his one or two interviews it isn’t. Surely it’s inconceivable to believe after the investment and intention we’ve already witnessed in his brief tenure that this is the aim?
In fairness, in a season which has managed to confuse and confound every summer-induced, excited Evertonian, it comes as no surprise that we find ourselves once again walking around in a daydream wondering what we’ve done to deserve this nebulous state of affairs.
I also wonder how the players would react, if, and only if, any are looking for excuses – they may have found one. For those who aren’t, I’d suggest they may reassess their own aims and ambitions.
One thing is for sure though: the Evertonians and all those who have lived through its glorious and at times less so, history will never accept anything less than Nil Satis Nisi Optimum, whatever any of those yet untouched by the Club may believe.