By Joe Ellis

23rd Jan, 2022 | 5:32pm

Everton must 'find clarity' in order to move forward - BBC pundit

A 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa hasn’t helped Everton in their bid to stay away from a relegation fight this season after sacking Rafael Benitez last weekend [16 January].

Duncan Ferguson took temporary charge of the game and despite improved work ethic and fight, the Toffees came unstuck to Emiliano Buendia’s front post header moments before half-time.

Former Scotland international Gary Caldwell thinks Everton needs a complete rethink of how they make their decisions in order to move forward as a club.

“The club, over the years, have made big mistakes in terms of the recruitment and the staff structure,” Caldwell said on the BBC’s Football Daily Podcast.

“They’ve jumped from one style of play to another and that leaves a backlog of players that then have to get sold and you have to reinvest. It’s just been a mess for years.

“I think what they need to do is find clarity in what they want to be as a football club.”

Ferguson needs to stay

The 55-time Scottish international is bang on here, the club needs to have a proper talk and decide what they want the future of Everton Football Club to look like.

There is a brand new stadium in the works and the last thing fans want is to go into their new home in dire straights.

The style of football, the key staff, the budgets, everything needs to be discussed before they can move forward with anything else.

That is exactly why Ferguson has to stay in charge until the end of the season because another mid-season appointment will simply end in a sacking 12 months on.

But they are still continuing their search for a new boss and they want to hire whoever that may be as soon as possible to try and sneak through a transfer or two before the deadline comes on 31 Janaury.

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