Fair point - agreed. I feel like we have 7 or 8 players that need to be moved or on who need to be replaced by 4 or 5 real difference makers when it comes to the playing staff. As I said, a top drawer centerback, a clear successor to Baines, a striker with more pace than Tosun but also who has goals in them, and it would be nice to see someone in central midfield with ball playing ability who is also a pacey and physical presence (Doucoure?).
Again, I'm not attacking this forum - this forum relative to other Everton forums has top drawer posts and people who are genuinely interested in learning/teaching as much about the game as possible , to which I've been a huge beneficiary. I just think there's a "Burn it all down" segment out there (check twitter) that can be quite vocal and could harm the club they love
Just some food for thought - it's easy to judge players and the manager. We all know football some and can sufficiently judge the performance of those positions. It's much harder to judge executive roles, whether it be DoF or the more commercially oriented positions. While Walsh certainly hasn't played his cards super well given how woefully unbalanced the squad was at the beginning of the year lacking 1) pace 2) clear cover at fullback 3) two capable centerbacks to serve as a pair 4) a replacement goalscorer for Lukaku - I also see the clear lack of clarity on who was a Walsh signing vs Koeman and what their responsibilities were... Martina and Klaassen scream Koeman signings while Rooney screams as a board level signing -
Walsh can clearly be accountable for 1) not being able to sign a #9 in the window (though we just needed Giroud to have a better spouse) 2) Needing to sign the RIGHT centerback and then signing Keane, who on his best days has been mediocre and appears physically incapable of being a defender in an expansive team and 3) paying an insane fee for Sigurdsson, though you could argue we got our man and a quality player, just not at the right price (Just as you could argue Sandro was worth a punt at $5m). I don't know if Walsh is grossly incompetent as a DoF and meant to stay a scout, or if he just didn't get it right this time and work well with Koeman - unlike managers, who need to maintain the confidence of the players, scouts and DoF's ability to recruit talent/have an eye for a player should remain more stagnant where as a manager's relevance more or less come and goes, and is dependent on their relationship with their players as well as the modernity of their training methods and tactics. That's why I'm not 100% Walsh out - he didn't get it right this time, but I'm not entirely sure that he's a waste of space and wouldn't be capable of doing a better job going forward.
I understand having high standards (NSNO), but we should all be cognizant of the deck being stacked against us financially relative to the "Big 6" (Spurs, City, and Chelsea dwarf us financially, what a fucking joke) - I just don't want us to be getting in another vicious cycle of getting super excited by heads rolling/changing of the guard/new faces and then being disappointed because results aren't immediately as good as they were in the 80's. I'm cautiously optimistic regarding the stadium and all the new changes, and I'm anxiously awaiting the managerial appointment. I think more faces need to leave than need to come in this summer with the squad, we're bloated in terms of numbers, so let's build back up slowly but correctly rather than bringing in loads of players without a clear plan for them.
As for Mr. Moshiri, Koeman and Walsh were good appointments on paper, they just lacked a plan/structure/didn't end up as good as advertised - Moshiri has put his money where his mouth is repeatedly and now has acted swiftly and decisively to try and improve his project. You can criticize the outcome, but the will and effort has been there.
While we are miles off the top 4, I think with the right manager and the right signings this summer, and with some luck with injuries, we could very well be back around the 60 point mark (Maybe a bit above it) and take it to the big 6 in some matches in that Cavalier manner we love our blues for. Remember, Koeman signed Ashley Williams, Gueye, Bolasie, Stek, and Schneiderlin (in January), as well as young players DCL and Lookman (January), but was able to take a squad that finished on 47 points and in 11th the prior two seasons up to 61 points and 7th place - the complete lack of individual and team defending that killed us for a few years was rectified, as I believe a few good signings and the right man could restore some footballing identity to us now. We're never as good as we think we are, and it's never as bad as we think.
This restoration of status would refill me with the pride that I have from being an Evertonian, and make me recognize the club I know - from there, we build. Onwards and Upwards.