ALL I can say is there has been no contact from Spurs,” said David Moyes in Poland this week. Again.
He emphasised the point. “There has been no contact and that is how it is. I'm the Everton manager.”
So if there has been no contact – and clearly there hasn’t – it looks increasingly like there will not be any.
Which begs the question – Why?
The Independent’s Kevin Garside offered a thought provoking view this week.
A long and detailed argument was essentially boiled down to three salient points.
David Moyes is a pragmatist rather than a fantasist, with his teams failing to make the heart sing.
He still hasn’t won anything.
And he could only beat Manchester United on penalties in the 2009 FA Cup semi-final.
The article inspired a spirited response.
Comments from Indie readers were largely critical – of the author – and defensive of Moyes.
Wide ranging comments on independent Everton fan sites ranged from “At last a journalist telling it how it is about Moyes” to “So when virtually every journo in the UK praises Moyes they don’t have a clue about Everton, but when one criticises him . . .he’s an expert? Lol.”
(Laugh out loud!)
Kevin Garside is a perceptive and imaginative boxing writer.
But his imagination’s run away with him on this one.
And it is his assessment of Everton’s FA Cup run of 2009 which is most baffling.
“Chairmen looking to appoint, like fans, are children at heart,” he explained. “They do not care how hard the job is, they want excitement, thrills, fantasy and at least the hope of winning a pot.
“Three years ago the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, against a weakened Manchester United, presented Moyes with an ideal opportunity to put his stamp on a showpiece occasion.
“The Everton support easily outperformed the red half of the stadium, which, a little like Ferguson, could not quite drum up enough interest in the day.
“Everton did indeed get home on penalties after 120 minutes of mind-numbing attrition. Moyes saw vindication in the result.
“In the final against Chelsea, circumstances could not have been more favourable.
“Louis Saha gave Everton the lead within seconds. The hour had surely come; a first major trophy since 1995 was there to be claimed. Seize the day... Not a bit of it.
“The opposite occurred. Everton seized up behind the same defensive tactics that prevailed against United, lumping long balls from deeper and deeper positions. Chelsea couldn't miss in the end.
“The big occasion defines and separates. In both semi and final Moyes revealed a defensive reflex that ultimately proved Everton's undoing.
“Not only did they fail, they failed to inspire in defeat. Harsh as it sounds, that is perhaps why, in this period of management opportunity, Moyes is going nowhere.”
I disagree. Vehemently. Apart from the going nowhere quip which actually reassures me.
Alex Ferguson’s demented antics on the Wembley touchline in 2009 hardly hinted at a manager disinterested in the occasion.
And as for the cup final, Everton were missing the spine of their team in the injured Jagielka, Arteta and Yakubu, while Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman were back in after injury and struggled on the day.
Everton didn’t bottle it. They were beaten by a superior side with superior players – a team which had outplayed Barcelona a month earlier and been robbed by a pitiful refereeing performance.
When David Moyes has had resources and players, the Blues have, on occasions, produced football “to make the heart sing.”
The truly thrilling team goal against Larissa, a memorable dismantling of Manchester City, a 3-1 defeat of Manchester United, or the 7-1 hiding of Sunderland which saw Stuart Hall opining: “Classic, inspirational football that demolished Sunderland, reduced Mr Keane to impotence and apoplexy and brought priapic joy unconfined . . . Sunderland were simply overwhelmed by the beautiful game. Arteta, the artful dodger, several sublime sleight of foot. Cahill the assassin, lethal, incisive. Pienaar flitting like a dragonfly, linking play. Yakubu the bludgeon. Keats – ex School of Science – once said 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever.' This was his day."
Incidentally, Kevin Garside once wrote: “Cristiano Ronaldo could learn a lot from Albert Riera, who has made a huge difference to Liverpool in attack. As well as a great left foot Riera resists any temptation to over-complicate things, unlike Ronaldo who rarely wastes an opportunity to over-elaborate.”
Journalists are paid to offer their opinions. It doesn’t mean they’re always right.