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:
What impact do you think Ancelotti will have on Everton? He has a reputation for getting the most out of his players, rather than revolutionising and changing the way a whole club works, what do you think about this? Is this the time he changes his ways?
VOTT: I actually think Ancelotti’s biggest advantage with Everton is his CV. With all previous managers since David Moyes, the players knew the manager would get the blame if the team performed badly. With Ancelotti, though, he has more trophies than the entire team put together. As a result the players know that this time if the team perform badly, Ancelotti won’t be fired, the players will be moved on. So I actually see a massive clear out happening as the squad is not good enough, and if a player isn’t good enough he’ll get rid of them as well as those who don’t put a shift in.
Yes he’ll get the best out of our players, but for some that still wont make them good enough and they’ll be moved on in time, he knows the standard required to be a Top 4 club and a lot of our players aren’t of that quality.
Is this the time he changes his ways? I sure hope not, look at the success he’s had, what he needs to change is the players in the team and the mentality of the team, as they don’t have the mentality of winners.
I’m sure Everton fans will be disappointed at a 12th place finish in the Premier League, especially when Europe was rather close at one point, what did you think of how the season ended?
VOTT: To put it bluntly, I thought they ended the season in a pathetic manner, where was the desire to win? They looked like they were in holiday mode as soon as qualifying for Europe looked beyond them. If only they would see that the lower you finish the less chance you have of attracting top players. Europe or not, if they had pushed on and finished higher up, we’d be able to attract better players and therefore finish higher next season. Unfortunately, modern players don’t think like that though.
And now, onto next season, what are your expectations of the team? Do you think you can break top 6 with Ancelotti in charge?
VOTT: To be honest, I think finishing 12th has harmed our chances in the transfer market, and there are a lot of good teams buying very good players, so I think a Top 6 finish is actually highly unlikely, even with one of the best managers in the game. I would hope to be challenging for a Top 8 finish but what I want to see more than anything next season is desire, passion, and commitment. I want players giving 100% every single game, pressing hard, not just getting to within a yard and then stopping but actually keep going and put the tackle in, let teams know they are in for a hard match. I don’t care if our players have less quality than other teams, there is no excuse for having less passion, or work rate, or desire to win. I want them to not fear the big teams, attack them, rough them up a bit if you have to, but don’t just let them walk right by you. This team needs to start believing they can beat any team, they currently have a small club mentality and that needs to change before any success will come.
So, that concludes the third part of the interview, thank you very much for reading and stay tuned for part four. There, we talk about Everton’s transfer window dealings, who they’re looking for and who they might lose. 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.