Everton is a club with plenty of history. Their success is close enough in time to still be valid enough to argue that they are a big club.
But I don't think many Evertonians would argue that the club hasn't been in a slow decline for quite a few years now.
My own club, Manchester City, is very similar to Everton in many ways (or at least until the Abu Dhabi takeover), and so I feel the pain of the fans.
But the question I am asking is whether David Moyes, the current manager, is good or bad for Everton?
There is no doubt that Moyes has earned respect from the fans for what he has done, but there are now some murmurings that perhaps it's a time for a change.
Moyes has had a good stint at one of the countries biggest teams, but success—real, tangible success—seems to be as far away as ever.
This season has been poor so far and again, with little or no money to spend, things are going to be tough.
No doubt supporters would settle for comfortable survival in the Premier League, as there are already signs that a struggle for survival in the top division could also be on the cards.
When Moyes took over the club in 2002, that same scenario was on the cards and a 15th place finish was met with praise.
But Moyes is no longer working with what he was left by Walter Smith, and perhaps more is expected.
There have been some bright moments since that first half season, the highlight being qualification for the Champions League in '04-'05. But even that turned out badly, with failure to get past the early rounds and qualification for the group stage.
To date, David Moyes has managed to get Everton into fourth place just that once and fifth twice.
His full list of final standings in the Premier League is: 15th, seventh, 17th, fourth, 11th, sixth, fifth, fifth, eighth—a definite lack of consistency and no real sign that Everton is improving.
Moyes works within some tough financial constraints and perhaps these league positions are as much as could be managed under the circumstances.
But other clubs have also offered their fans more hope by changing the manager.
As it stands, the attendances at Goodison has held up well in spite of "the awful football on offer"—that is a direct quote from an Everton fan site—but perhaps that may change for the worse if the league position remains where it is?
Sometimes a new manager can be the catalyst for better football and a positive in terms of attendances as well.
What is almost certain is that there won't be any big name signings this season, but Moyes broke the clubs transfer record on a number of occasions, with limited returns on that investment it would seem.
My personal opinion is that David Moyes is a good manager who should be given the rest of this season to prove he can inspire a team he built into the top half of the table. If he manages that, then he may be worth one more season.
If he doesn't get Everton into the top half, then he should definitely go.
But the chances of that happening are slimmer now that Pienaar has left for Spurs for a paltry £3m.
I also worry that Moyes isn't able to attract quality players. As Everton are a long established top division club, but with a poor stadium, it really falls to the manager to make the difference in whether players sign for a club or not.
And I don't think Moyes can do that.
If Everton sticks by Moyes, they may never get relegated, but could go close on occasion. They may never quite manage to get into Europe, but, again, could get close.
But surely that isn't good enough for Everton, is it?