By Dave Downie
Another degrading Merseyside derby humiliation, another pitiful effort at ending 20 years of embarrassment at the home of Everton’s bitter rivals, yet the result and performance pale into insignificance, dwarfed by the consequences of what might follow.
18th place in the Premier League table, 14 points from 15 games, 9 defeats, 27 goals conceded with just 17 scored, yet Marco Silva remains the Everton manager, despite statistically the easiest start of the 20 clubs in the division in regards to fixtures.
Everton take on Arsenal next in a crucial match at Goodison Park, you can see the great offers on this game with bethard. A win for the Blues would be boost ahead of Christmas.
Every minute the club’s board fails to act adds to the concern that not one person among them is capable of leading the Blues out of yet another sorry mess.
Blind faith appears to be order of the day and has led them to believing, like a minority of fans, that everything will work itself out if everybody has some patience and just gets behind the team in a difficult situation.
Communication? Apart from a short and very lukewarm video on social media from the now lesser seen Marcel Brands, the wall of silence enshrouding the Everton hierarchy is painfully deafening.
The Dutchman’s appointment was seen as a watershed moment at Goodison 18 months ago and the recruitment that followed was hailed as the change of direction which would bring about better days.
The details and minutiae of the players acquired by Everton in Brands’ time is probably for another day, but what is becoming clear is his role since being appointed to the club’s board is certainly a cause for concern.
Brands was appointed to the board in January of this year. CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale said: “We have conducted a full review of this model, learning lessons from the last two seasons and identifying a structure that will ensure stability and success. Our approach now is to have a Director of Football with a broader remit, responsible for the whole footballing strategy at the Club, rather than just player recruitment.
This appointment further cements the importance, and permanence, of the position of Director of Football within our structure.”
Several conclusions can be drawn from that statement when comparing it with a staggering the lack of accountability from anybody within the Everton boardroom.
One would be to question how broad the remit of which the CEO speaks actually is, and if that remit at any time can be usurped by other members of the board.
If those quotes are to be believed and have been carried out, then the failure to act by Brands given how dreadful the season has quickly become raises serious questions about his judgement.
However, this is a man with vast and successful experience in the role of Director of Football and his silence doesn’t make sense when the facets of the club under his apparent control have hit crisis point.
Furthermore, simply doing nothing other than to tepidly reaffirm the club’s togetherness and backing of Marco Silva in recent weeks looks like a startling error of judgement on his part.
Either Brands isn’t the mastermind he’s been billed as, or his efforts have been constrained by those above him, in Bill Kenwright and Farhad Moshiri.
The silence would indicate the three main protagonists in this depressing and now very worrying saga are at odds with which direction they believe the club should be moving towards, and whilst the stalemate continues, the team continues to plummet to new depths.
If Denise Barrett-Baxendale’s comments at the beginning of the year are correct, then Marcel Brands should be under as much scrutiny as anyone. Conversely, if he hasn’t been given free reign over footballing decisions, then why?
In short, it’s patently obvious Marco Silva shouldn’t be the club’s manager, but the fact he remains in his position is also a damning indictment of those above him.
It’s a situation that’s almost become routine, but this time the board’s failure to act and for nobody to show any semblance of leadership and accountability could lead to Everton paying the ultimate price.
Many cite the lack of alternatives if and when Marco Silva is sacked, but surely when a situation is as perilous as this is now starting to look, then allowing it to continue isn’t a viable option.
People at boardroom level are handsomely paid for their supposed credentials to make these decisions. Claiming there’s a lack of options is simply not good enough.