Premier League: The Everton of the 118 seasons! in First you already see the abyss of Second

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 Premier League: The Everton of the 118 seasons!  in First you already see the abyss of Second

Liverpool can keep only one team in the Premier League. “I will miss Everton if they go down. I hope they stay. The Merseyside derby is a game you look forward to every season,” Jürgen Klopp confessed to ‘Football Daily’. The enormous rivalry between ‘reds’ and ‘toffees’ did not prevent the German coach from conveying the feelings of a city in which the blue is in trouble. At Anfield, the ‘Pool’ is fighting for the Premier, the FA Cup and the Champions League in a campaign in which they have already lifted the Carabao Cup. And less than two kilometers away, crossing Stanley Park, Everton’s crisis is shaking the foundations of Goodison Park.

Nothing has changed for me. We have six games left and Burnley five and we will try to win as many points as we can. We will play it with them and maybe also with Leeds. We should not think about others, we depend on ourselves

Frank Lampard, Everton manager

“Nothing has changed for me. We have six games left and Burnley five and we will try to win as many points as we can. We will play it with them and maybe also with Leeds. We must not think about others, we depend on ourselves,” he said Frank Lampard after lose (2-0) the derby against Liverpool. The English coach, who arrived on January 31 after the dismissal of Rafa Benítez, has not managed to reverse the progress of a team that was sixteenth, six points from relegationwhen a Spanish coach who only won one game in 13 games after starting adding 13 points out of 18 was struck down.

‘Frankie’, who landed after the defeat (0-1) against Aston Villa led by ‘interim’ Duncan Ferguson, has worsened Benítez’s numbers. He has only won three games out of 12, achieving 10 points that have put Everton, for the first time this season, in relegation places. They are third from bottom, two points behind a Burnley team that has one more game to play with only five games to play. Since December 2019 they have not finished a day in a red zone that they did not step on with the campaign so advanced since 1998-99. Going down to the Championship is already a real threat for some ‘toffees’ that are a classic of ‘football’

Everton has been in the First Division for 118 seasons, more than any other English club. Since 1954 they have not set foot in a Second Division that they have only ‘suffered’ four times (1930-31, 1951-52, 1952-53 and 1953-54) in their 144-year history. They have not been relegated since 1951. Only Arsenal (96) has had more consecutive seasons in the elite than the ‘toffees’ (68). They are a ‘big’. Only Manchester United (20), Liverpool (19) and the ‘Gunners’ (13) have won more Leagues (nine) than a team that in the 80s sang the alirón twice (1985 and 1987) and raised a Recopa (1985). However, since winning the FA Cup and the Community Shield in 1995, they have not added a single title to a showcase of 24 trophies.

The instability of the ‘Moshiri era’

The departure of Roberto Martínez, who relieved David Moyes (2002-13) and touched the Champions League positions in his three courses at Goodison Park (2013-16), ended the stability of a club full of ups and downs since Farhad Moshiri bought in 2016. Since the landing of the British-Iranian businessman they have spent 624 million euros on transfers! and some of them (Sigurdsson (49.4), Iwobi (30.4), Bolasie (28.9…) have failed. In addition, they have had seven coaches (Martínez, Koeman, Allardyce, Marco Silva, Ancelotti, Benítez and Lampard) and they have only played the Europa League once (2017-18). “They presented me with a project with a large economic investment… which involved selling players. Many of them, with large contracts, stayed and I could only spending two million euros on five footballers. It was very difficult to change the situation”, Rafa told ‘The Athletic’.

They presented me with a project with a large financial investment… that involved selling players. Many of them, with big contracts, stayed and I was only able to spend two million euros on five players. It was very difficult to change the situation

Rafa Benitez, former Everton manager

The summer signings of Gray, Rondón, Begovic, Lonergan and Townsend did not give a plus to a team that they have ‘killed’ the injuries and the continuous absences of the strikers Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison and of the central defender Yerry Mina. They are the third team with the fewest clean sheets (six) in the entire Premier after Watford (three) and Norwich (four) and the sixth fewest scorers (34 goals). In addition, the winter additions of Mykolenko (23.5 ‘kilos’), Patterson (14), Alli (free), Van de Beek (on loan) and El Ghazi (on loan) have not had the necessary effect.

The results have been dire, but the problems run deeper than the coach. If you look at the number of coaches they’ve had and the money they’ve invested in players… It’s crazy!

Alan Shearer, former player and analyst

“The results have been appalling, but the problems are deeper than the coach. If you look at the number of coaches they’ve had and the money they’ve invested in players… It’s crazy!” former soccer player Alan Shearer. “Everton is a big team with big problems.” the former player Danny Murphy analyzed in the same medium. The impossibility of approaching the ‘Big Six’ and its irregularity to enter Europe are already a lesser evil. Survival is your goal. They are sinking.

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