Discussion in 'General Football & Other Sport' started by Clive_ofthe_Kremlin, Aug 6, 2018.
Yep. Top 4 form since we beat them. Heavy investment in the summer and they'll be a force.
I imagine this will come across the wrong way, but I assure you I mean zero disrespect by it...
Surely Everton *should* be finishing above Watford? By virtue of the amount of money there is between the respective budgets of the two sides. What I mean by that is that Everton finishing a place or two above Watford shouldn't necessarily be any reflection of the job that either Silva or Gracia has done. Silva has done ok, lots of positives but some areas of concern too. Gracia appears (from the outside looking in) to have done a cracking job. And let's not overlook the fact that he's given you the first realistic sniff of silverware that you've had in 35 years.
Yes we've finished above you. Do I take any sort of smug pleasure in it? Nope - for a number of reasons, but above all because I don't think we have anything to be particularly smug about.
The overall point is that we smarmily spent the season pointing and laughing at Everton for being below us only to find ourselves below.
And no, 7th place was there. In our own hands. Thrown away by poor management. This season will go down as a bang average one.
It won't be *that* heavy. Still loads of players who are borderline impossible to sell because of their daft wages. The list would shock you.
Incomings will be partially dependent on who we can get rid of, but I'd expect half a dozen or so signings. Maybe two or three of them might be "big" signings by our standard, but nothing like the sort of stuff we've been doing for the last few years.
If you win the cup (and I appreciate you are big underdogs), I doubt the term 'bang average' will ever be uttered in association with this season at any point in the future
We won't. No Watford fan remembers anything other about the 83-84 season other than the cup run and defeat.
It'll be the same about this season.
Unfortunately then there was none of this "...7th place might mean European football..." stuff. It's a shame that getting to final means nothing.
I remember following Watford in Europe.
I don't think it was a coincidence that Everton's form picked up after we settled our differences over Silva. I think it was playing on his mind, a real distraction.