Everton is a club that is unsure of itself and its time for a change.
With every flash of brilliance or piece of technical excellence, it is dogged down by a constant lack of ambition either at board or managerial level, failing to make the most of a chance for actual success whenever the opportunity arises and a clear lack of any sort of winning mentality.
Change at boardroom level has already happened with the wealthy Iranian Farhad Moshiri purchasing a 49.9% stake in the club whilst the presence of the likes of Bill Kenwright and Jon Woods remains of a regime I wasn’t a fan of to say the least.
Time will tell on how Everton perform as a club with Farhad arriving, I find myself cautious about the whole situation.
Some fans were/are thinking a Manchester City takeover situation here, it isn’t but having said that, this could still be a very interesting summer for the Blues.
Then we have the manager and the players. One of the most telling things about the defeat to West Ham was the body language of the players. Down to ten men, thanks to Kevin Mirallas, Everton were seemingly on the way to a 2-0 win over a West Ham side that have done well this season compared to their usual standards and if it wasn’t for an unimpressive penalty attempt by Romelu Lukaku, 3-0 looked to be the final score.
Once the penalty miss occurred, the body language and the mentality of the players was alarming. It deteriorated further when the Hammers pulled a goal back. Roberto Martinez, described Lukaku’s penalty miss as a “big psychological blow” which for me is ludicrous and a very weak excuse to portray to fans. 2-0 up with ten minutes to go, eleven or ten men, Everton should not be losing that game 2-3.
Evertonians only had to look at the attitude of the two captains on the day, one was in the face of the referee, urging his players on to victory and saw how weak the opposition were when a penalty miss was put on them .
The other captain was a quiet, innocuous figure who seemed to offer no leadership or the kind of attitude a leader on the pitch should have and it was the latter who saw his side throw away another lead resulting in another defeat at Goodison Park. It is not good enough and most of his fellow team mates could do with questioning themselves too.
The manager himself needs to stop spreading an unhealthy persecution complex that surrounds the club when anything goes wrong.
Sure, I can understand being infuriated by situations such as John Terry’s “late” off side equaliser in the 3-3 draw at Chelsea, we were all infuriated but just for once, I would like Roberto Martinez to look at himself.
A persecution complex does more and more damage the longer it resides, it totally dismisses the problems at hand and only satisfies the individual who portrays it.
Martinez is a man who, like any Everton manager, I would like to see do well, bring real success to the club with league and cup trophies and bring genuine joy to all Evertonians.
The longer his reign continues the more unlikely I see it happening. Despite his teams playing some excellent attacking football at times, his attitude to defensive duties, set pieces, substitution making and unwillingness to recognise clear problems are really starting to grate.
Languishing in the bottom half of the table with one of the worst home records in the clubs recent history, the Spaniards denial over the team under achieving despite him singing constantly over how “incredible” or “phenomenal” his players are just baffles the mind.
Could he be a behind closed doors man, defend his players publicly but tell them straight privately? Sir Alex Ferguson had that tact but Sir Alex was a winner, his club desired trophies each season, he installed a winning mentality into his players and he was also far superior to Martinez tactically.
Roberto still can’t recognise our inability to defend crosses, the opposition see it, why can’t he?
There has to be a time when Everton asks itself what it wants, does it want to be the best or one of the best or is it still content with a few respectable league finishes every so often?
With the new investor aboard will he be the start of something actually ambitious and successful or will he sit back like others before him and see a sixth place finish as the pinnacle of the clubs fortunes?
For me, I want Everton to change its mentality to a winning one, nothing but the best is good is enough and I hope any new investors start to implement that too.
Will that mean replacing the current manager? As disappointed as I am to say it, I think it has to.