Everton FC manager David Moyes
EVERTON stand very much at a crossroads. And I get the feeling we may now be seeing the end of an era at Goodison.
The reverberations from the FA Cup defeat to Wigan Athletic will be felt for a long time to come.
David Moyes will be beating himself up over the result. He’s normally bad when Everton lose, so we can only guess what state he was in on Saturday evening.
It will be interesting to see what happens now, with the players, the manager and, yes, the board of directors.
Every time Everton bring in good players, you know the board will ultimately end up selling them at a profit.
Great for the bank balance, but look where that philosophy has got Arsenal; no trophies in eight years and this is for a club that has about £50million in the bank rather than being nearly £50m in debt.
The big thing for Moyes is what direction the club is heading. That’s why he has delayed contract talks until the end of the season, and I honestly believe he will now be seeing if there are other options available.
And if Moyes thinks it’s time to go after 11 years, what about Roberto Martinez becoming the new Everton manager?
I still can’t quite fathom what happened on Saturday.
Being so close to the semi-finals, I expected that snarling, in-your-face Everton that makes the opposition play with their heads down and not given any time.
In fact, it was the complete opposite.
Even if Everton had played poorly and still managed those basics, you’d have expected them to at least get a draw.
But they had nothing. Absolutely nothing. They were not at it in any department.
Everton knew how big the game was, they knew if they could get through they may end up drawing Blackburn Rovers or Millwall for a place in the final. For Wigan to now be playing against the pair at Wembley will be incredibly galling.