Everton fans are today celebrating another landmark in the club’s illustrious history as Liverpool’s sacking of manager Brendan Rodgers ensured the Goodison Park side could boast the moral high ground in Merseyside for the fourteenth straight year.
Despite failing to win any trophies since their FA Cup success in 1995, a combination of careful management at both board and pitch level have helped the Toffeemen to remain competitive and consistently over-achieve in terms of final league placings in the last two decades.
In contrast, while Liverpool’s trophy haul has been impressive – despite failing to land a league title in the past twenty five years – the way the club has been run, with disastrous manager spells for the likes of Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers, as well as having owners who loaded the club with debt with no return on their investment, has seen them being viewed as a laughing stock desperately clinging on to ever-lengthening memories of a time when they were a dominant force at home and abroad.
Lifelong Everton season ticket holder Stan McMahon echoed the sentiments of many Evertonians when he said: ‘Our days of being amongst the elite English clubs may be over, but at least we know how to conduct ourselves here. The fact we’ve had just two managers since 2002 speaks volumes about us. As does our inability to keep hold of Wayne Rooney for more than five minutes, but that’s another matter all together’.
John Trewick, a loyal Gwladys Street ender for more than forty years, said: ‘When things are down, and Roberto Martínez isn’t getting the best out of Leon Osman, again, my mind always turns to how that lot across the park had to put up with George Gillett and Tom Hicks running them into the ground, and things don’t seem so bad after all.
‘We might not win the league any time soon, but we’ll always be better than them. In every way’, he added.
Everton held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw in the most recent Merseyside derby, a result which ultimately led to Rodgers’ dismissal, and Everton’s retention of the city’s philosophical bragging rights.