Some managers got the January transfer window spot on, Steve Bruce take a bow, others got it wrong - Arsene Wenger we are looking at you.
But Roberto Martinez also has much to answer to.
Everton made just one move of note in the winter window - strengthening their striking options with a switch for Ivorian striker Lacina Traore of AS Monaco.
The giant striker had only just joined the French club from Anzhi Makhachkala - but they decided to send him out on loan until the end of the season.
And Everton got him after sneaking up on West Ham.
So we will allow Big Sam a Cheshire Cat grin this week - after Everton boss Roberto Martinez stated this to the official website:
“It is going to take a long period of time, which at this stage of the season will be a big miss. It will be weeks rather than months. It’s a really disappointing outcome. He was ready and had been working really hard since he arrived at the club. It is a soft tissue injury in the hamstring very similar to a previous injury he had."
Traore arrived at the club carrying a hamstring injury - so it was a surprise to see wither Premier League side showing considered interest in him.
Traore made a recovery - and went on to score against Swansea City in the FA Cup. But in the warm-up before the Chelsea game last weekend he tweaked it again - and fans won’t see him in action until the end of March.
Last January Everton pulled the plug on a deal to sign Leroy Fer over medical concerns. That decision was considered nanny-like by many - and over cautious.
This time round they took a risk and it has not paid off.
Meanwhile Big Sam will be happy counting the money he saved on what is looking like a dud deal.
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