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Everton FC – The Real Post-Moyes Era

This is my first story on these forums so I hope you guys will enjoy it. I’ve read quite a few of the stories already posted on here and thoroughly enjoyed most of them so I’ve decided to write one of my own and share it with the FM community.
Started on 10 January 2014 by Tremenator
Latest Reply on 6 February 2014 by baronia
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2014-01-31 16:02#157837 TylerK : Unlucky at Burnley

It was a wake up call really because we went in at half time 0-0 despite me dominating the game then were 2-0 down with 15 mins to go and despite a good effort to draw level we lost it at the death. Should of been 2 or 3 up at the break.

After this game though I realised Magaye Gueye just isn't up to the standard I need and he'll be transfer listed in January along with Arouna Kone who just wants to leave anyway.

2014-01-31 21:45#157905 The 510 Series : 4-1 at Arsenal? That, my friends, is what we're capable of!

I couldn't believe what I was watching in this game. I expected to be defending attack after attack and hitting them on the break but it was more one sided in my favour than that. Despite them having nearly 60% possession it was mainly just them passing it around the defenders which I was happy for them to do.

I'm currently in the international break in November on this game so I have 4 more league games to write up which I'll do when I get some screenshots sorted. Thanks for reading.
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Brave Everton Finally Lose
Monday Night Football came from Goodison Park as Everton welcomed Man Utd and former boss David Moyes. Pienaar was out injured but Mirallas was fit enough to reclaim his spot in the line up so there was just the single change from the side that beat West Brom giving me a match squad of:

GK - T.Howard
DR - S.Coleman
DC - P.Jagielka
DC - S.Distin
DL - L.Baines
MCR - M.Essien
MCL - D.Gibson
AMR - G.Deulofeu
AMC - R.Barkley
AML - K.Mirallas
ST - N.Jelavic

Subs
J.Robles
J.Heitinga
B.Oviedo
G.Barry
S.Naismith
L.Osman
R.Lukaku



Everton 0-1 Manchester United (Premier League)
There was nothing at all to separate these two sides as this match got underway. Everton were the only Premier League team still with a 100% record but United were just two points behind and were yet to concede a goal in their opening six games, clearly something had to give in this match and it could of went either way. It was the visitors who started off the better pressing Everton really deep and creating a couple of openings but the final product was lacking fortunately for me as Kagawa shot wide narrowly wide after being played in by Hernandez. There was also a good chance for Rooney who was being jeered every time he touched the ball but his effort was comfortable for Howard. I adjusted my tactics slightly and ordered my players to just keep hold of the ball for a bit to get confidence up and around the 15 minute mark we started to create some good opportunities ourselves as Mirallas shot over from outside of the box and Gibson wasn’t too far away with a strike himself. Mirallas was unfortunately going to have his evening cut short though as on 20 minutes he took a knock from a challenge by Evra that he would not recover from. Just what I needed after he has just returned from an injury lay off. He was replaced by Naismith who was unlucky not to start after a goal in his last match. Following the Mirallas injury I asked my team to make harder challenges mainly to win the ball back more often but also as a bonus I hoped to injure one of their players too in the process. Distin picked up a booking before the break but there was little else to comment on as the teams went in at the break goalless with no signs that they could be separated. I just mentioned to my team at the break that they need to win this game for the fans and sent them back out. The response I got was good as we were able to retain possession really well and pushed United really deep towards their own goal. Barkley, Deulofeu and Jelavic all had shots that were saved by an in-form De Gea. United responded by changing their set up which again seemed to cancel out the teams. With about 20 minutes to go I got my best opportunity to score as Barkley escaped from Ferdinand and drove a shot towards the corner that De Gea could only parry away into the path of Deulofeu who’s first time shot was again blocked by De Gea before Vidic was able to clear. As the game edges towards the 90th minute I made a double substitution in an attempt to steal the win but the best that substitute Lukaku could do was to shoot wide from the edge of the area. United had a chance late on through Rooney but his curling shot was pushed aside by Howard and cleared by Baines. Heading into stoppage time it seemed both teams would be unable to break the others defence and both sides would have to settle for a point when Darron Gibson lost possession cheaply in his own half which allowed Valencia to take the ball up field and float in a cross which found Rooney unmarked who headed past a helpless Howard to give United the win with a 90th minute goal. I had no time and no options left to change the game as the referee blew for time as soon as the game kicked off again bringing an end to a very tight game which handed me my first league loss as Everton manager. It was no surprise that De Gea was voted man of the match as his performance particularly in the second half kept the scores level.
Everton Scorers - None
Man Utd Scorers - Wayne Rooney
Man of the Match - David De Gea (Man Utd)

Following the game I did get two bits of good news. The first being that Mirallas would only miss a couple of days after his knock and would be available for the next match against Sunderland and secondly James McCarthy came to talk to me privately and apologised for his outburst at the start of the season stating he was prepared to fight for his place.

Everton's Reaction To their First Defeat
I had no intention of allowing the defeat to Man Utd become the start of a decline in fortunes, instead I fully intended to get back to winning ways against Sunderland. I decided to risk Mirallas from the start despite only being 85% fit meaning there was only one change from the side that lost to Utd with James McCarthy returned to the starting line up in place of Gibson who's error lead to Utd's winning goal. A little harsh perhaps but it should hopefully teach him to concentrate more in future. Steven Pienaar was still a week or so away from a return therefore my starting line up to play Sunderland was:

GK - T.Howard
DR - S.Coleman
DC - P.Jagielka
DC - S.Distin
DL - L.Baines
MCR - M.Essien
MCL - J.McCarthy
AMR - K.Mirallas
AMC - R.Barkley
AML - G.Deulofeu
ST - N.Jelavic

Subs
J.Robles
J.Heitinga
B.Oviedo
G.Barry
S.Naismith
L.Osman
R.Lukaku



Sunderland 0-2 Everton (Premier League)
Hoping to bounce back from the defeat on Monday night I sent the team out to attack from the off. Sunderland were doing well in 6th position but I was hoping to hit them quickly and put them on the back foot for most of the game. My tactics brought a positive result straight away as in just the 2nd minute a long ball from Barkley allowed Jelavic to race against O’Shea for the ball which the Croatian was able to do and he controlled the ball beautifully with his first touch taking it away from an advancing Mannone before taping it home with his second touch to give Everton an early lead the striker his 4th of the season. (If you remember Suarez scoring against Newcastle a few seasons back, this goal was almost identical). Sunderland were shell shocked as struggled to get themselves into the game conceding foul after foul as my boys just knocked it around the park not allowing them any time on the ball. Even when Sunderland did have possession their main tactic seemed to be knock it long for Steven Fletcher which initially worked by once I asked Jagielka to man mark the centre forward Sunderland could not create anything of any real meaning. Everton had a few chances to increase the lead before the break in particular a long range effort from Coleman who had raced forward but his shot was just a little too high. Half time arrived and in all honesty I was a little disappointed to go in only a goal up so I told the team it wasn’t won yet and they needed to keep playing as they were which to my relief they did. After an early attempt by Adam Johnson which was gathered at the second attempt by Howard Sunderland were again spending the majority of the half in their own half of the field. Mirallas lasted an hour before coming off as he was still feeling the effects of the injury suffered against United. His replacement Naismith made an impact almost immediately as he received the ball from a pass down the line by Baines, he turned the defender before drilling a cross towards the back post which found Deulofeu completely unmarked who hit the ball on the half volley right into the corner of the net giving Mannone no chance. It was a sublime finish from the Spaniard that hopefully made the game safe. Sunderland brought Borini on to try and salvage something from the game but with Distin man marking him I could of counted the number of times he touched the ball on one hand. The game fizzled out toward the conclusion and it was back to winning ways for me with an away clean sheet as well.
Sunderland Scorers - None
Everton Scorers - Nikica Jelavic, Gerard Deulofeu
Man of the Match - Gerard Deulofeu

I was pleased to get back to winning ways and was also pleased to come out of a game with no new injury worries for once. I had a week off before the next match which was away to struggling Cardiff so I had a chance to get Pienaar fit again but also start to plan for January to see who would be available and where I need to strengthen.
Nice update, not a good result with Manchester UTD, but I know you can better.
I'm going to have to bring this story to an early end I'm afraid. Basically I got to the start of December and was sacked for challenging the board over them employing a director of football to oversee transfer activity. I made an ultimatum because they had taken back the remaining transfer fund I had to pay debts and I was frustrated with the on field results which took a turn for the worse and Leighton Baines handing in a transfer request. A quick timeline of events following my last post goes something like...

- Cardiff City 0-0 Everton
- Everton 4-0 Hull City
- West Ham 3-1 Everton
- Baines hands in transfer request
- Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
- Board announce administration likely and take back available transfer funds
- Director of football appointed against my initial protests
- Everton 2-3 Chelsea
- Team unhappy with criticism of recent performances
- Southampton 2-0 Everton
- Administration, entire squad up for sale
- Demanded transfer funds
- Sacked

Thanks for reading
Tremenator
unfortunate but you could carry on with the story and maybe find another job vacancy?
Ah, sad times! I didn't have to go through that.. Such a promising start too.

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