Post by Everton News. on Jan 14, 2023 13:02:18 GMT
CEO Programme Notes
As I shared in my notes for the Wolves games, there has been ongoing work over the past year to reset the strategic direction of our footballing operations for the long-term stability and benefit of our football club.
The key appointments of new staff across all levels of our football operations over the past nine months are linked to our roadmap, which ensures there is appropriate succession planning in place and objectives to work toward that will deliver that long-term stability. Changes in our footballing strategy, culture and approach were needed and required - and are being implemented.
I appreciate, though, insight into the work being done across Finch Farm to modernise and enhance our footballing structure does not ease the pain of poor results this season. The Club is working hard to ensure we make the right additions to improve the attacking options in the squad in this transfer window. The principles we are following for the identification, recruitment, development, and retention of not just gifted players, but also staff across all areas of football operations, are clearly set out and will be sustained by a clear succession strategy. It is also important to state that all the work being undertaken is with appropriate financial prudence.
Whilst there are aspects of our football strategy that will need to remain confidential, we will share further details of our Director of Football’s plan to provide a greater level of insight – an overview of which was shared with our Fan Advisory Board in October.
As a club we welcome structured and constructive dialogue and look forward to convening with a representative of the FAB in the coming days following their in-person and online sessions with fans. We have clear communication pathways at Everton through several very active supporters’ and stakeholder groups, although I appreciate that regular and meaningful dialogue doesn’t compensate for the frustration of not winning football matches.
As part of the Club strategy laid out by me and my executive to all Club staff, maximising the opportunities the new stadium offers us is a key part of our footballing and commercial future. It is the most significant undertaking in the history of our club and we have remained steadfast despite the local, national and global challenges we have faced. Achieving cost certainty for construction was a really important part of the project and as we move forward we have a clearly defined budget for the wider development, having invested considerable sums in the planning and development phase to ensure the stadium we build fits perfectly with the expectations of our fans.
Our new stadium is at the heart of this club’s future - and crucial to the on-field success we must achieve.
As a Premier League football club we are not immune to the financial reality that global economic challenges have created. It means hard decisions are having to be made everyday to protect the Club. Our 2021/22 accounts will show that we have considerably reduced losses when compared to recent seasons. Those accounts will be published and available prior to the accounting deadline, as normal. And, as always, notable updates relating to commercial deals and stadium milestones will also be shared.
In addition to growing revenues, we are committed to managing our costs prudently, and that balance will aid the sustainable development of our playing squad in the long term.
Everybody at the Club is aligned with our fans in terms of where our club needs to be. And the passion of every Evertonian is valued in giving the manager and players the edge they need when they take to the field at Goodison.
Post by Everton News. on Jan 14, 2023 13:04:04 GMT
Lampard Programme Notes
We know the importance of today’s game against Southampton to give us a chance to get back to winning ways at Goodison, earn three points and move up the Premier League table.
For our players, though, the objectives remain the same as every other time they pull on an Everton shirt: to show great work-ethic, passion and play with an intensity that ignites our supporters.
To represent this club is a huge privilege and with it comes a great responsibility. I’m a big believer that success can only be earned by how you work and behave every day. That is the attitude I demand from the players and it is something that has to remain consistent to get us the results we want.
I understood the challenges that lay ahead after our incredible night against Crystal Palace last May. Personally, for me, it felt like only the beginning. The battle against relegation was real and we have to understand the reasons that got us into that situation. Of course, it takes time to progress and nobody gives you anything in football. Everything has to be earned.
We have to find every way possible to improve on and off the pitch to bring the Club to where we all want it to be. That means taking on every challenge and working even harder in difficult moments.
I will be the first person to give everything in my role as Everton manager. It’s the only way I have known throughout my playing and managerial career.
We saw how strong we were last season when the Club comes together in the way that we did. We, as staff and players, have to focus on only our personal responsibilities in our jobs every day. Once we do that, I know you as fans will be with us on the pitch.
There is a collective effort from everyone at the Club to improve and get better. I have a strong working relationship each day at Finch Farm with our CEO, Denise, and Director of Football, Kevin, along with the support of the Owner and Board. Together with the players, staff and fans, we are eager for success for Everton.
Our players can take a lot of encouragement from our previous two away matches against top quality teams in Manchester City and Manchester United.
In both games, we displayed character, togetherness and discipline mixed with attacking quality. We got our rewards with a deserved point against the reigning Premier League champions and, while the result did not go our way in the FA Cup at Old Trafford last Friday, there was a lot to like about the performance against a strong, in-form United side.
We showed resilience to respond to going behind early on and, like against City, we were brave on the ball, organised and dangerous going forward, with the speed of our attacks and decision-making in our passing much sharper. We can get better at that but we got into a lot of dangerous areas which gives us a platform to build on.
The challenge now is to take confidence from those displays and treat every game with the same spirit and focus, starting with Southampton this afternoon.
We welcome Nathan Jones and the staff and players of Southampton.
Nathan is still new to his role but showed what a quality manager he is with the fantastic job he did at Luton Town. Southampton will be just as eager as us to secure three points and they showed the talent and threat they have in their team with victory away to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup last weekend and their Carabao Cup win over Manchester City on Wednesday night.
There is no such thing as an easy game in the Premier League. You have to give everything in every game and that’s something we know is the absolute minimum required from an Everton player: to stand up and play for this club.
Our fans respect when their team shows bravery and spirit. You saw how our superb travelling support at Old Trafford applauded the players’ efforts after the Cup tie last week. If we match the qualities on show against Manchester United, we hope to have 40,000 Evertonians clapping us off the park at the end of the game today.
Post by Everton News. on Jan 14, 2023 14:06:51 GMT
Alex Iwobi starts and Dominic Calvert-Lewin returns to the XI for Everton's Premier League clash against Southampton at Goodison Park this afternoon.
Iwobi was taken off on a stretcher early into the second half at Manchester United last Friday with an ankle ligament injury but has recovered in time to take his place in midfield with Amadou Onana and Idrisss Gana Gueye.
Calvert-Lewin is the only change to the side that started at Old Trafford, coming in for Neal Maupay, meaning the England international leads the attack, with in-form Demarai Gray close by.
Frank Lampard is set to stick with a three-man central defence of Ben Godfrey, Conor Coady and James Tarkowski, with captain Seamus Coleman and Vitalli Mykolenko as wing-backs and Jordan Pickford in goal.