Time waits for no man and Everton know that better than most clubs. Once dominant in English football, the Premier League left the Toffees behind. Since the arrival of Farhad Moshiri just over a year ago, things have quickly improved in that regard.
A top manager now in place, a new stadium on the banks of the Mersey just days away from being announced and quick changes elsewhere have left Evertonians an impatient bunch.
After more than two decades of waiting for things to turn around, you can hardly blame them. After all, opportunities have been missed before now. The King’s Dock anyone?
They want instant success before something comes along to take it away or worse, Everton ‘do an Everton’.
Unfortunately, though, patience is what will be needed most.
Instant success does not tend to breed long-term success in modern football and so patience is a requisite.
There are plans afoot at the club now and things are being put into place to ensure the future will be very bright, first at Goodison Park and then Bramley Moore Dock.
In Moshiri, the Blues have a man who knows what he’s doing and the work he’s done over the past year should ensure he has every Evertonians’ utmost faith. Nobody should be concerned he’s a fraud anymore.
But he is not a miracle worker and time will be needed. Just look at Tottenham Hotspur. Their project has been a long-term one and they are reaping the rewards right now.
A young team, a top manager and a new stadium on the way, they sit second in the table behind Chelsea and look likely to be a force in the years to come.
The parallels between themselves and Everton are clear for all to see.
They did things with patience and the Blues must follow that route. This is a long-term project and the rough must be taken with the smooth.
Luckily 2017 has been very smooth as Koeman and his team have topped the Premier League form charts and made a concerted effort to secure European football for next season.
The future is bright but it will take time before everything comes to fruition. Evertonians must remember that patience is a virtue.
It looks like it will be richly rewarded.