On my personal list of terrible managers, Mike Walker tops it for me.
He is the reason I was horrified that Spurs were going to come in for Moyes and we would get Lambert in charge. I can't handle bringing in anything Norwich related after this man.
Despite a memorable debut game for the new manager – the 6-2 hammering of hapless Swindon Town – Everton were soon paying their own price for this bold move as a relegation battle crept up on them. It left Everton needing to win their last match of the season, at home to Wimbledon. And the rest, as they say, is history...
After that miraculous survival, the only way was up... but not for Walker's charges. One of Everton's worst-ever starts to the season saw them go 12 matches without a win, and the hounds were being readied to chase the Silver Fox out of his Goodison lair. A solitary win against West Ham had many claiming that the corner had been turned, but it was too little too late. In November 1994, Walker was unceremoniously sacked by Peter Johnson – one of the few good acts of the much despised Chairman.
Walker was nicknamed the 'Silver Fox' during his time at Goodison, and one of the more positive aspects of his reign was his decision to bring the controversial Rangers striker Duncan Ferguson to Everton on loan, a gamble which ultimately paid off after Walker's departure with Joe Royle signing the Scot on a permanent basis.
After Walker's dismissal, Everton went on that season to not only successfully avoid relegation but also win the FA Cup under Royle.