Moyes hopes to turn back time

The Goodison Park club memorably finished fourth in the Premier

League in the 2004/05 campaign after winning seven of their opening

10 matches. But since that time Everton have perennially made slow

starts to their seasons to leave them playing catch-up. Prior to

2004/05, Moyes took his squad on a pre-season tour of the USA and

he will repeat that formula this season, with a game against DC

United scheduled on 23 July, in the hope that it is a basis for

success in 2011/12. “I am going to try and follow as close as

possible the path we took in pre-season in the year we qualified

for the Champions League as far as preparation is concerned,” Moyes

told the Liverpool Echo. “That was our first year in America, we

will go there again. That is the one year we got off to a really

good start. “Last year I changed it. The order in which I do the

work, we took games early, we did the work in the middle, I changed

to somehow see if I could find a solution and you couldn’t say it

didn’t work we just didn’t score the goals. The lack of goals in

the first six to eight games cost us. “So maybe how we start has

nothing to do with our preparations and sometimes for all the

things you change, it is down to personnel. Most of our problems

have been down to not having personnel in early enough.” Moyes

therefore recognises the importance of increasing the size of his

squad this summer and he hopes to complete his activity in the

opening months of the transfer window. “If we are going to have any

business I will try and get it done and in place as quickly as

possible,” he said. “But we’ll try to go back to what we did in

2004/05 as well. “Our record at the end of seasons is a good thing

in as much that if we can get a good start, get in a good position,

then Everton look as though they are someone who finishes the

season strongly. “But every year I say, ‘can we get this good

start?’ and we haven’t.”