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Is second season syndrome looming for Everton?

Date: 29th May 2014 at 6:44pm
Written by Christy Malyan

It's been a stellar season for Everton. Although the Toffees missed out on their ultimate aim of Champions League football by seven points, you'll find few Goodison goers disappointed with the progress made since David Moyes' resignation last summer. Roberto Martinez has hit Merseyside like a swirling wind of hot-yet-crisp Iberian-Peninsulan air, bringing in his gust a brand of intoxicatingly aesthetic football that will leave Evertonians feeling only positive about future endeavours.  That all-important unique identity is the kind of footballing phenomena that can breach any lack of finance or resources - just take a gander to the other side of Stanley Park. But could second season syndrome - that Premier League cliché previously used to describe the plights of Reading and Hull City to name a few - be looming in for the Toffees and their manager? Their first recording was a chart topper, but will they struggle when it comes to that notoriously difficult second album? My immediate concern is that three key members of the Everton band will most likely not be at Goodison next season. For example, although Martinez has already announced his attentions to use the full powers of Bill Kenwright's purse this summer to ... Read More

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