IF Everton supporters thought last weekend’s dramatic victory over Blackpool neatly encapsulated a rollercoaster campaign, then they hadn’t reckoned for the following few days.
From the high of that success over the Seasiders came the slap in the face of the latest set of club accounts that underlined why David Moyes will once again be working within tight financial restraints in the summer transfer window.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, no sooner had Jack Rodwell been ruled out for a month then Louis Saha, four-goal marksman against Blackpool and the Premier League’s in-form striker, joined the young midfielder on the sidelines.
Such is the topsy-turvy life of an Evertonian. And while a section of the support is beginning to grumble at those behind the scenes, more than 38,000 turned up for last weekend’s game – a sign for Moyes that the Goodison crowd will not lose their own faith in the club.
“If you really support a football club, your patience never runs out,” he says. “You stick with it.
“Some clubs go into administration, others have to go down to come back up. You don’t turn your back on them.”
Everton can expect a large following when they make the short trip to Bolton Wanderers for tomorrow’s Premier League encounter aiming for back-to-back league wins for only the second time this season.
The Goodison outfit have a decent record against the Trotters having lost just three of 10 visits since providing the opposition in the first game at the Reebok Stadium back in September 1997.
However, it took a fine last-gasp strike from substitute Jermaine Beckford to seal a 1-1 draw against Owen Coyle’s side in November.
And having crossed swords with the Bolton manager as a player, Moyes is effusive in his praise of his fellow Scot.
“Owen was a good player and really proved it in England,” says the Everton manager. “He was from a great breed of Scottish centre forwards like John McGinlay, Andy Walker, Charlie Nicholas, and him.