Posted 22 Aug 2008 - 20:51
Here is a snippet of the press interview with Moyes today. Very scary. Very Shocking. the first line alone will stop you sleeping.
'There is a good possibility we won't get anyone, and if that happens I don't think we could get through to January,' he said.
'We'll keep striving to sign players but it's not open season, like it was six or eight weeks ago.
'The shutters on the shops are halfway down, and it is becoming more difficult all the time. The plain fact is we may have to change what we're looking for. When we finished fifth last May, I knew the level of players we would have to get in to challenge the teams above us, and I knew how much they would cost.
That was the situation on May 14, but it looks now as though, if we do get players in, it won't be the quality ones I was looking at to begin with.
'We are possibly going to have to stick kids in before they are ready, and we could be in trouble if we have so much as one injury. If we have five or six, as has happened often enough before, we could be struggling to field a team.
'It has taken six years to reach the situation we were in at the end of last season, and I thought the days of being a yo-yo club had gone. We had 14 or 15 senior players I thought were good enough, and I simply wanted to add four or five to make sure we could at least think about challenging those elite few above us.
'I still hope I can put out a winning side, whatever happens. That is a measure of the belief I have in myself. But it does look like we may end up bringing in five or six players who cost nothing. That's what we might need to do now, because we simply have to get numbers in. We have to make sure our season isn't over before it has even started.
'I want to compete against the top sides and really challenge them, but the signs are we might finish up taking a backward step this season. This time last year, people were tipping Everton to be the ones to emerge from the pack and have a right go at the top four. I'm not hearing any of that this time, and you have to ask yourself why?
'There is still a week and a bit to go, and you keep hoping, but it has been frustrating.'