Everton unable to replicate West Ham success - Gary Neville
Gary Neville has backed Everton to avoid relegation this season, but questioned whether they’re capable of having a good season.
The Toffees avoided the drop last season with just one game to spare after a horror season, and currently sit just two points above the drop zone with one game remaining before the World Cup break.
That has led to speculation that Lampard could be under pressure, but Neville believes told The Overlap Fan debate (8 November) that he sympathised with the fans as they approach ten years since they had anything like a “good” season.
“I think they’ll stay up but it’s just frustrating isn’t it?” he said.
“It’s a bit like Newcastle was for many years. Not as bad because the situation with the ownership at Newcastle was toxic, but that rot where it’s just there. They can’t even have that one good season like West Ham have.
“When was the last time you had a good season where you think, ‘that was a really exciting season’. Roberto Martinez? So it’s like nine or ten years since you’ve had a really good season.”
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We’ve had some great times at Goodison Park as fans, winning trophies in the past and competing with the top clubs for European places.
But the last decade has been hard to watch as we’ve run through managers and players like no-man’s business and really struggled to establish ourselves once again.
At different times we’ve had the great players or good managers, but it’s been a long time since we’ve had both and have been that thorn in the side of the super-rich clubs that are always in that conversation.
Avoiding relegation is obviously a good thing for Everton Football Club, but it’s not success. This club is too big to just be surviving and should be pushing up the table.
The owner has done better in the last 12 months, but there are still a lot of things that need to change to get us back to our former glory.