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The uncertainty surrounding Everton

Tuesday 31st May 2016
It has been a hugely disappointing campaign for Everton, the players under-performed in the league, causing the supporters to feel increasingly frustrated, manager Roberto Martinez had no answer to the perceived crisis at the club, which ultimately cost him his job. There are many issues which are still to be resolved. So where do Everton go from here?

Everton will start next season with a new manager in charge, a new majority shareholder at the club, and the future of key players still unresolved. The squad had the potential to achieve big things this season, but for whatever reason they failed to perform in the Premier League. Now is the time to start rebuilding, on and off the pitch. It is imperative that they make the correct appointment when choosing their next manager, the future of the club could well depend on what happens over the summer.

Everton Finished the season in 11th position, mid-table was a huge disappointment considering the talent and potential in the squad. Roberto Martinez took a lot of criticism for the club's poor results, style of play, and at times atrocious defending. By May, the pressure on the Spaniard proved to be too much, he was dismissed by the club after almost three years in charge.

The general opinion was that Martinez had failed to deliver what was required. At times, Martinez looked clueless as to what was happening, the only resistance he could offer to the ongoing criticism was a flurry of excuses. However, patience finally ran out, which resulted in Martinez losing his job.
Martinez is a good manager, I think he deserved one more season at the club to try to get the best out of his team. After all, why are the expectations of Everton supporters so high to begin with? Is it not because of the talented team Martinez has built during his time there?

The decision of who to appoint as manager for next season is a crucial one. Numerous names have been linked with the job. Current favourites for the position are: Frank de Boer, Manuel Pellegrini, and Unai Emery. The priority should be to obtain a manager who will develop the existing squad. Pellegrini would be a fantastic choice, his style would suit Everton perfectly. He also has experience of working in the Premier League.

We have witnessed over recent years the importance of having a rich owner in the Premier League. You only have to look at Roman Abramovich at Chelsea, and Sheikh Mansour at Manchester City to realise what can be achieved by the influx of huge sums of money. Although having a wealthy owner doesn't always bring success. Randy Lerner is a testament to that during his time with Aston Villa. So the arrival of Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri to Goodison Park should be met by equal measure of excitement, and trepidation. Until his intentions are made clear, the future of Everton will remain uncertain.

Everton are at risk of losing some of their star names during this summer's transfer window. Speculation continues to mount surrounding the future of England international John Stones, with a whole host of top clubs lining up a bid for the promising centre-back. The future of top goalscorer Romelu Lukaku is also in some doubt. The Belgian striker was recently quoted in the Mirror as saying that he wants to leave Everton this summer, in order to move to a bigger club and compete for titles. If Everton are to lose two of their most important players, what kind of message will that send out to their fans?
Long-serving number one goalkeeper Tim Howard has already left the club, which is yet another departure which signifies the change that is currently taking place at Everton. It's important for the club to hold on to as many key players as they can for next season, building for the future should be the priority, losing their best players would only add to the uncertainty at the club.

With no manager in charge, a new owner at the helm, key players possibly leaving the club, and the memories of their recent poor campaign still fresh in the mind of the supporters, Everton currently find themselves in a precarious situation. But all is not doom and gloom in the blue half of Merseyside. If the club can make the correct managerial appointment, find a way to keep hold of some of their best players, bring some fresh faces to the club in the summer, and continue to build on the positives that are already at the club, there is a chance of success in the near future. Although things at the club look uncertain now, there are still reasons for Everton supporters to be optimistic. The club's activity over the summer will be crucial.
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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