David Moyes at Blackpool
TODAY might mark his 400th game in charge at Everton, but David Moyes is in no mood for nostalgia.
The Blues boss is hurting. Hurting because this supposedly special season is in danger of becoming especially awful, hurting because his side were humiliated at home by West Brom, and hurting because the doubters who whispered negativity at him when he arrived on Merseyside in 2002 are yet to be shut up once and for all.
But the Scot’s zeal and belief in hard work, the one thing he can control entirely which is unconnected to worries about finance, can still lead to success.
It is something he will demand, as ever, at Stamford Bridge today, as he calls for his players to show that they too are hurting at the club’s perilous league position.
“I really want to be successful with Everton,” he says.
“That has been my goal, I have been driven.
“Lots of people said when I arrived that I wouldn’t be able to turn Everton around and that drove me on.
“My inspiration was to prove them wrong. I started this season thinking this was my best ever chance – even better than the year we qualified – to get into the top four, so you can imagine how disappointed I feel.
“I thought this was the one. I now have to change and make sure I get a team that goes back to showing we have a bit of fire in our belly.”
Last season, Everton achieved a morale-boosting 3-3 draw against Carlo Ancelotti’s side who were en route to the title.