During this off-season, I thought it would be good for me to go out there and talk to a fan of every Premier League club. I wanted to get their insight on how things went last season, what they are looking forward to in the transfer market and how they thought next season was going to go for them. This whole series, you will be able to find here.
For this interview , I “sat down” with The Voice of The Toffees, they are a life long Everton fan, and “one of the many who find supporting them so frustrating at times. They get frustrated with who they sign, who they sell, who they start or don’t start in games, what formation they play, the list goes on” (and we go into a little bit of that in the interview).
“I often think the real fans love their club so much they would often make better decisions if given the chance. So I had this grand idea (totally unrealistic) that if I started a twitter page that conducted fan polls, which I started in May of this year, if I managed to get a big enough following, I could send the results of these polls to the club, and if they saw how many people feel about certain topics they might actually take it on board. However, it turns out it’s really hard getting the thousands of followers I would need to even have a chance of being listened to, so now it’s more a fan page to ask questions, chat, debate, run polls (for the sake of general interest), provide news etc.”
So, with that said, let’s get on with the interview:
And then, the legendary Big Dunc took the hot seat, even if only temporarily, how did it feel to see him managing from the touchline? And how do you think he did? Did you think at the time that he should he have gotten the job?
VOTT: I think it was just what the club needed. Someone to get the passion back into the players, and he did that in bucket loads. However, it does also show how little the players were giving for Marco Silva, which is pretty disgusting when you consider what these guys are paid, the least they can do is give 100% for the fans, if nothing else.
He did a good job during that brief stint, got some valuable points on the board and made Everton very difficult to beat if nothing else, teams knew they were in for a battle with him in charge.
Seeing Big Dunc running down the touchline celebrating with the ball boys, wearing his Everton wristband with pride was a great sight, and I would be happy to see him given a chance at the job after Ancelotti, as he’s going to learn an awful lot from him.
I wouldn’t have objected to Ferguson getting the job permanently, however I think at the time he would have needed a very experienced assistant manager, a bit like how Man Utd brought in Mike Phelan to help Solskjaer.
My one criticism was the early subbing of substitute Moise Kean, it was a risky move that could really backfire and turn a player against you. Having said that, maybe today’s players need a bit of that, someone to show them who is boss, and to make them fearful if they don’t give 100%. Maybe with enough time he would be able to sort the men from the boys, and sell on the boys who can’t take it. That sure would produce a team with a strong mentality.
So, moving on, Carlo Ancelotti was then named manager, a name I don’t think anyone had in mind for the job! Would you agree with this?
VOTT: I don’t actually agree, I think Everton were determined to get a big name, and when he became available you just knew they would stop at nothing to try and get him to the club. And lets face it, Everton haven’t had success for quite some time, but their ambitions are high and they have decent money behind them, it should be seen as an exciting project to a lot of managers, those who have the courage to try and build a team anyway.
How do you think the style of play at Everton has changed since he came in?
VOTT: Well I guess the obvious change was formation. Two up front in a 4-4-2, and it paid off in terms of DCL, who was scoring goals for fun at one point. Marco Silva was all about high pressing no matter what, Ancelotti, however, still wants to have control of the game, but his tactics are far more adaptable depending on the opponent and the players he has to work with. This gave Everton’s defence more stability, as a back line lacking pace is never going to work pressing high against Liverpool for example. So, when the team needs to sit back and be patient, that’s what they do, waiting for counter opportunities. However, when they are up against slower strikers, they tend to push up more. Also, Ancelotti seems very adaptable mid-game, often changing tactic/formation during the game to affect how the game is going, this is something that probably comes with experience, and you can see he has it in bucket loads. He knows possession alone doesn’t win you the game, it’s not about having more possession than the other team, it’s about using what possession you have in a better way than the other team.
So, that concludes the second part of the interview, thank you very much for reading and stay tuned for part three. There, we go into a final review of the Premier League season and talk about Everton’s transfer window dealings. If you enjoyed reading it, you can find all other fan interviews conducted this post-season here, to check out what The Voice of The Toffees are up to, you can visit their Twitter page here.
To see the rest of my interviews with Premier League fans, you can visit the page here.