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24 Sep 2017 00:45:49
Now it gets interesting. We will know what kind of manager Koeman is in the next week or so. Davies and Niasse saved his bacon. I think he would have been out of the door if we had been beaten 1-0 today. We will see if he has learnt anything from today. He should have already learnt that we can't play 4 slow no. 10s. It will also be interesting to see if he can swallow his pride and start Niasse in the next PL game. If he starts with the same team on Thurs as today then I will happily give him a lift to the airport myself.

However so made up for Niasse. He's become a cult hero because he's the underdog, and because he is a model professional with a great attitude when faced with a difficult situation.

Blue Tommy

1.) 24 Sep 2017 02:32:52
Niasse can't play Thursday anyway. Not in Europa squad. Kenny needs to play as does Davies. using Kenny as a sub is a waste of a substitution. He should be starting. today we could of had extra attack with Lookman or Vlasic on as sub if Kenny was played from the start.

2.) 24 Sep 2017 05:48:52
I agree. The fact that Niasse can't play Thurs is more of a reason to start him against Burnley as he also has fresh legs. Koeman has some big decisions to make. IMO he can't play both Rooney and Sigurdsson unless he ditches the 2 defensive midfielders (which for me means benching Schneiderlin, who has been awful this season) .

3.) 24 Sep 2017 10:56:38
Delighted with Niasse but imho it is too early to start him. Around the 55-60th minute I'd introduce him. Get him more established and confident for a few more games before starting him.

I'm for one second saying he doesn't deserve to start. Simply saying that I think it would better for him and less pressure if it was left a couple of more games before starting him.

4.) 24 Sep 2017 10:58:22
Agree blue Tommy, Schneiderlin is liability every game he has got himself booked within 20 mins with a ridiculous tackle. Niasse is a credit to the club and his profession with his professional attitude and behaviour despite the way he has been treated. Hope Koeman has a ounce of Niasse's claass and admits he was wrong and that he is going to give Niasse a chance, because in my opinion he is what we have been missing. Thought we looked a better when Rooney went off, far to much going through him.

5.) 25 Sep 2017 09:52:48
Only problem with starting Kenny is that we become very susceptible to diagonal ball due to his size. That is only reason i can see that Koeman went for Cuco who is far taller. Kenny offers a lot more pace and quality in his crossing but bottom line is that he is first and foremost a defender.

6.) 25 Sep 2017 12:26:35
Coleman is no giant dave.

7.) 25 Sep 2017 19:46:57
I don't think size matters where full backs are concerned. Baines ain'y massive and neither is Coleman, and they've not done to bad!



31 Aug 2017 11:01:41
I take everything with a pinch of salt but according to the rags Niasse is joining Palace for £10m. Good business if true and may leave the door open for Benteke to move to us if we don't get our top targets.

Blue Tommy

1.) 31 Aug 2017 13:29:33
That's Everton paying Palace £10m?

2.) 31 Aug 2017 13:51:47
Good luck to him. Hope he gets game time there and is successful, albeit not against us.

3.) 31 Aug 2017 18:27:02
I really hope he does well. Not really his fault what has happened and has stayed professional and respectful.



07 Jul 2017 23:31:56
According to Jim White, Man Utd have outbid Chelsea.

Blue Tommy



08 May 2017 10:20:06
It is interesting that we have been reported recently scouting Sandro Ramirez (£6.9m release clause) and Klaasen (£20m) . Are we looking for value for money because we don't have as much money to spend as we all think? Or is it that we are planning as if Rom is staying? Or possibly even that we are saving money for a marquee signing? Either way, exciting and/ or worrying times ahead for us Blues this Summer!

Blue Tommy

1.) 08 May 2017 11:36:09
I wouldn't get hung up on money. Walsh's strength is finding quality at a good price. Sandro us only that cheap because of his buy out clause. personally think 20m is a good amount for klaasen.

2.) 08 May 2017 11:45:29
Yea that's right let's not worry that there both good additions let's worry that they don't cost enough, c'mon ay lad sort ya priorities out, I don't care if we sign 6 out of contract players spend nothing but wages as long as them players improve the squad but am sure some of our fans just want to spend 200m on 3 players just to "make a statement" haha most pathetic line in football that, who are we making these statements to exactly, ad rather improve the team and make real statements on the pitch, sorry haha rant over.

3.) 08 May 2017 13:09:21
Couldnt agree more cropper and johny. Load of bollocks how people just want us to go out an spaff 50 + mill on a player.

What is the point of doing that, when you can go and get top value for money.

Sandro is a player, he was never going to get through at Barca, not many players do. You only have to look at his record for Malaga this season. The goals he is scoring are class as well. Look at his FK against Madrid - you can't teach that type of technique, its just pure talent.

Klaasen looks a buy as well. Reminds me of Tim Cahill but technically more astute.

Cant wait for this summer me, just hope we deliver on promises, its certainly time to.

4.) 08 May 2017 14:28:49
Marquee signings are not always a good thing. For every success there at least one failure. let's stick to properly scouted players that don't cost the earth.

5.) 08 May 2017 16:49:28
What is a marquee signing? I've never heard so much rubbish, how many big money signings have been successful in last 5 years even recently can't think of many.

6.) 08 May 2017 18:16:04
I don't take this as a sign that we don't have money to spend. Looking at the squad we definitely need a new number 1, at least one first 11 center back, a new number 10 regardless of wether Ross leaves, cover for our full backs, a new winger, and a new striker (2 if Rom leaves) . If we were to spend 35 mil on a couple of players then it will be difficult to make all of the squad upgrades Koeman will want. We have the right people leading the club and the future is bright. Onwards and upwards.

7.) 08 May 2017 18:18:39
I think many of you have misunderstood the post. I have never been all for spending loads of money, nor do I actually think we need a marquee signing, providing we improve the squad in the positions that need strengthening the most.

I was just asking a series of questions for my fellow blues to ponder, so I don't really see what there is to disagree with.

If we are talking about the two players I mentioned, I think that they would both be bargains, and I personally rate Davy Klaasen highly (not that my opinion counts for much! )



12 Apr 2017 21:35:15
Just a quick question for Ed002. I know you have discussed this at length so I'll keep it as brief as I can. Do you see any situation in which Lukaku stays at Everton this summer? e. g. no-one who he wants to go to wants him or we offer him a £200k per week contract. Just interested to see how far this situation has gone. Apologies if you have already answered this, I didn't see anything below except for Lukaku wanting CL football and Everton not offering the best terms to him.

Blue Tommy

{Ed002's Note - I think it unlikely but possible. The issue with the contract was not the wages but the value of a termination clause. His agent is figuring out what interest there is and trying to persuade Chelsea he is a viable option and there won't be any further issues. Manchester United are a little stuck until they can sort out the situation with ZI. PSG never really replaced ZI and are interested - but they might just change managers this summer if things don't turn around. Bayern could suddenly appear as an interested party if MM leaves. Atletico could be a player if they win their appeal. Milan has an issue to resolve but could alos stick their head above water. Wolfsburg and Arsenal cannot be discounted as options.}

1.) 13 Apr 2017 06:01:20
Ed2 who do you mean when you say MM from Bayern? Is it Muller? Or is it Mandzukic and you meant Juve. Just a bit confused.

{Ed002's Note - Sorry, Lewandowski.}

2.) 13 Apr 2017 10:01:44
Surely some of the above contradicts his 'alleged' need for CL.
Man Utd certainly not a shoe in to be playing in CL next year and at the moment there is as much chance of Everton being CL as there is Arsenal, ie very little.

I personally think he will go but will be on Evertons terms, at a price agreeable to us - not to him, his agent or Didier Drogba.
And if he does he is going to miss out on a very bright future at Goodison / Bramley Moore.

Good player, very good goalscorer - but in my opinion poor atitude.

{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what you are talking about Dave - again this obsession with money and all of this nonsense "not to him, his agent or Didier Drogba".}

3.) 13 Apr 2017 12:30:17
Wolfsburg are just above the relegation zone.

What on earth would he go there for?

{Ed002's Note - They are simply having a bad season - they have the money, a desire for the player and a plan for the club going forward.}

4.) 13 Apr 2017 14:15:31
O my god Ed002. As far as I know Everton have no plan to go southwards in the premiership. Wolfsburg are in no better position than us. Load of codswallop where he's going to go. I'd imagine there is very few places he will go to but nonetheless he will leave.

Sadly Everton are viewed inferior to the likes of Wolfsburg no matter how bad a season they have. I see a lot of people say he won't go to Utd because we are in as good a position to get into champions league. This can be viewed as true but sadly people outside Everton view us as inferior and that Utd would be a step up for him.

Possibly it is but I'm very happy with developments at Everton. People seem to still view us as inferior club and won't give us a chance of improving. I believe we will improve. Again sadly imho that will come too late for Lukaku to stay.

Doesn't bother me. Sick of Lukaku talking about his ambition. We have plenty of other players who are willing to devote themselves to Everton and not continually be talking about their own ambitions. Rather achieve their ambitions with and through Everton.

The likes of Coleman who comes across as someone who is totally devoted. Nothing against Lukaku. At this stage imho its better for everyone if he goes. Then everyone can move on. Far too much unnecessary hype in relation to it.

{Ed002's Note - Nobody said he was going to Wolfsburg.}

5.) 13 Apr 2017 14:31:01
Appreciate those points Ed.

But to elaborate on "What on earth would he go there for? ".

Why would he go there as we have money, a desire to keep him and a plan for the club going forward as well e. g. stadium, personnel, sponsorship deals improving, not to mention Europe (nearly) next season. Surely the Bundesliga is seen as a step down as well?

Just doesn't make any sense to me that he would consider going to them.

{Ed002's Note - Nobody has said he is going there. The point is that they have the money to buy him. Everton had their chance at a contract and Everton blew it - not the player, Everton.}

6.) 13 Apr 2017 14:46:24
To be fair Ed 02 Everton also have the money, the desire and a plan for the club to go forward. I think it's highly unlikely a move to Wolfsburg will be taken, but that being said the list of suitors is still long enough to see him leaving in the summer. And as you say, if past issues can be resolved then for me it will be Chelsea should a deal materialise.

{Ed002's Note - Everton do not have the money Wolfburg has, and are not regulars in Europe. Everton have had their chance with the contract and really screwed it up. I think he wants to move on this summer and Everton will get a good fee.}

7.) 13 Apr 2017 17:57:46
He is still on a contract with 2 years remaining - so very much up to the club as to whether he leaves. If the club wanted to put a release clause in then that is their prerogative - particularly after the numerous times Lukaku or anyone else has spoken of his desire to move on.

He sees us as beneath him, just a stepping stone. Well that's fine but he will get off the stepping stone when we want him to - ie at the right price this summer or if not no doubt next summer.

But if not about money and all about his ambition to play CL - then Arsenal, Wolfsburg and even maybe Man Utd are hardly a step upwards at this time.

8.) 13 Apr 2017 20:19:56
I don't really understand the "he'll go on our terms" argument. It seems a little spiteful.

I agree that him having 2 years left to run on his contract will probably put us in a better bargaining position, when it comes to selling him though the question should still be why would the club keep a player who doesn't want to be here. It seems completely counter productive from a squad harmony perspective and if he sulks then the club get no real benefit out of keeping him and his value depreciates.

Surely we are better off selling him when he wants to go, albeit for a good fee. The guy wants to play CL football. We cannot offer that at the moment and it seems like he is tired of waiting around. Fair enough.

9.) 13 Apr 2017 19:43:55
With respect ed. Wolfsburg are backed by Volkswagen? They had to fork out a huge fine over diesel emmisions I think so may not have the money you suggest.
I believe you are more knowledgable than us mere mortals but even you can't know the financial details of every club.
At the end of the day, que se ra, se ra. What will be, will be and we will all move on to moan and praise someone and something else, but it will all revolve around Everton fc and our players, whoever they be.
We coped without Dixie, young, Kendall, lineker, Rooney and we will survive without lukaku too.

{Ed002's Note - Wolfsburg as a club has a far higher value than Everton, and I have no idea why you are embarrassing yourself over this over and over. You can bleat about me all that you want - if you don't want any more input from me on this site until after the summer just say so.}

10.) 13 Apr 2017 21:38:32
I've never said that ed. And I'm not 'bleating' about you as you say. Just stating that Wolfsburg 'owners' lost a lot of money so maybe they wouldn't fancy backing their side with huge sums of money and maybe that's why they are struggling in the league?

Apart from our early exchanges, I've repeatedly said I value your insight and input. But, I can guarantee that a lot of our fans will be pushing your buttons quite tough over the summer, possibly myself included. Just hope you ready for it.

{Ed002's Note - Nobody is talking about backing clubs with owners money - the regulations limit that. I really don't think you understand finances at all. The Everton fans are naive regarding money - the expectation of £200M per window or whatever. Everton can spend what they earn and a little more injected by the owners - and that is it. It also seems that they have been invaded by some real trash who look like they wish to spoil the site for others. I will let it run for a while and then all threads being abused will be deleted.}

11.) 13 Apr 2017 21:42:40
Ed002, your .............

{Ed002's Note - Another piece of retromingent trash removed.}

12.) 14 Apr 2017 12:41:12
I understand some of the finances, but obviously Wolfsburg couldn't buy players if they were owned by Joe bloggs with a fiver in his pocket. I know there is ffp but would it be possible for clubs to get loans either from owners or using owners name (credit rating) as collateral, similar to us and the new stadium and the council and use this to buy players?

Everton always had loans we had to service until Mr moshiri took over. What were they taken out for?

P.s. don't think many of us expect £200 million per window but we hope for more than the £250 we used to see getting spent.

13.) 14 Apr 2017 20:10:15
If the bloke does not want to play for Everton or rather the current situation, Club prospects and contract are not right then he will simply move on and so will the Club. When I worked (my kids/ grown ups have a different viewpoint of my definition) , I was sufficiently endowed with the skills and knowledge in my particular discipline that I was able to pick and choose (up to a point and financial ceiling) . Players have a very short career and of course with the wages and incentives on offer those with the characteristics most in demand can also to some extent pick and choose. Who are we to blame them or demand loyalty.

{Ed025's Note - good point BCT..




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17 Oct 2017 08:23:43
The way I see it, we only have two good, realistic options should we sack Koeman. One of them is Unsworth. He knows the club and would bring stability. Maybe we give it to him interim until Christmas and see where we are then.

If we got the likes of Howe or Dyche, they would still represent a risk and they have as much experience as Unsworth at managing a club of our stature and with our lofty ambitions: zero. If we go for the likes of Fonseca or Favre, then theh could end up being a Mourinho or a Pochettino, but could also potentially be a Villas Boas or a Van Gaal. The likes of Ancelotti will not come to us.

The second realistic option is Benitez. He would jump at the chance to come here, still has his house on the Wirral, has experience of winning, managing top teams and of the Premier League.

So for me it's a choice of two (although I do quite like Marco Silva if I had to pick a third, despite him not fitting the criteria I set above) .

Blue Tommy

1.) 17 Oct 2017 09:50:03
Unsworth hasn't been given a chance because we had just been taken over (49.9 percent worth) and needed a big name in order to extend our profile. But actually I profile at the moment has been damaged. I don't think the board are going to knee jerk and see them giving Koeman until January, unless of course the unthinkable happens and we continue with this downward trend, then he will be off.

2.) 17 Oct 2017 10:03:41
Unsworth is doing a great job with the U23's, its becoming a great development centre for young talent, if he takes over the first team, crashes and burns we have lost a great servant, he does not have the experience at this time and will need to develop elsewhere first.
Even experienced managers are struggling here, most were really excited at the prospect of Koeman, it also shows that the extra money does not always add success straight away!

3.) 17 Oct 2017 10:50:12
Well Unsworth could not do a worse job than Koeman.

4.) 17 Oct 2017 11:57:08
We could have an agreement that if it doesn't work out then Unsworth can have his old job back. I'm led to believe that Craig Shakespeare had the same at Leicester (not sure if it's still valid now he's permanent though) . And I agree, anything has to be better than at the moment.

5.) 17 Oct 2017 15:47:25
shakespears just been sacked.



30 Sep 2017 12:22:27
It's quite interesting when comparing the current feeling about Koeman with the feeling about Martinez this time 18 months ago.

For the record I personally believe Koeman to be a better manager. They are worlds apart in personality (Martinez being overly positive and pandering to his players vs Koeman being overly critical of his players) .

They do however share a stubborness, being unwilling to change a system/ personnel that clearly are not working. They also both love square pegs in round holes (Koeman with his 3 no.10s, Bobby with lots of strikers/ cms playing left wing) , and they love to play their favourites whether they are in form or not.

The fact is, unless Koeman adapts and changes the system, he will have to go, and I doubt he will have as long as Martinez had because of the amount of money he has been given.

Blue Tommy



29 Sep 2017 11:05:04
I tend to err on the side of caution with these things but I just can't see Koeman turning this around now. He's blaming everyone else for his tactical failings (although last night I think our u23s could have beaten Limassol, so the players do shoulder some of the blame of course) . He is as stubborn as Martinez and that will be his downfall just as it was for Bobby Brown Shoes. I reckon on Sunday we should play the following team:

Kenny Holgate Keane (if fit) Baines
Mirallas Sigurdsson Vlasic
Calvert-Lewin Niasse

But Koeman will probably go for:
Martina Holgate Williams Baines
Schneiderlin Gueye
Rooney Klaassen Sigurdsson

Blue Tommy

{Ed025's Note - i dont know your employment status tommy but we could do with you taking over from koeman mate..

1.) 29 Sep 2017 11:39:32
I'd take that team Tommy. Maybe lookman over mirallas if kevs head is not right.



18 Sep 2017 10:39:27
Who would everyone like to see against Sunderland?

Personally I would give all of the fringe players a chance.

My team would be:
Kenny Holgate Keane Baines
Besic Davies
Lennon Klaassen Lookman

You could possibly interchange Sandro and Niasse and Lennon with Mirallas or Vlasic but I think it would be nice to play those two for a run out and gives a better youth/ experience balance.

Blue Tommy

{Ed025's Note - i like the look of that tommy..

1.) 18 Sep 2017 10:56:50
like that maybe vlasic in for lennon give him some english opposition then bring lennon on.

2.) 18 Sep 2017 11:47:08
Kenny Keane Jags Baines
Vlasic Gueye Sigurdsson Mirallas
Sandro Calvert-Lewin

For me 442 against Sunderland, but would try and give lookman and klassen a run out from the bench.

3.) 18 Sep 2017 15:24:16
Kenny Keane Holgate Baines
Martina Gueye Davies Vlasic
Niasse DCL.

Bench Gylfi Klassen Kev Jags Lookman Morgan Sandro.

4.) 18 Sep 2017 18:00:41

5.) 18 Sep 2017 18:21:08
Not one person with Rooney on
I'd go for
Kenny Keane holgate baines
Lookman gylfi vlasic
Sandro. Dcl
Subs sambou niasse Klaassen jags stek Lennon martina.



10 Sep 2017 15:16:35
I haven't a clue why everyone is losing their heads. We have been very poor in the last 2 games and for me in both instances Koeman's tactics and team selection has been the mahor failing. He will hopefully have learned lessons from this in time for the next 2 games.

To put things into perspective we have played the top 3 teams from last season in our last 3 games. I would have taken 4 points at this stage if you had asked me a month ago. The team will improve as the players gel and Koeman finds out what his best team actually is. We just need a little patience.

Blue Tommy

1.) 10 Sep 2017 18:09:29
I agree Tommy I think Koeman was massively at fault with his tactics and hopefully he has learnt because we have a big week starting on Thursday surely he must of knew where he was going to play all these attacking players.




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30 Sep 2017 12:02:19
I have been moaning about the poor support for a few years now. Goodison has become toxic, for me it has happened since our attendances have risen. I think it's due to a new generation of fans who have never seen us win anything. (For a reference point I have only seen us win the FA Cup, and I was 7 back then) . However, you can't blame the fans for being quiet when you take into account the performances recently, even considering the additional expectation. For me the buck stops with Koeman and his stubborn tactics, and of course the players.

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30 Sep 2017 00:16:16
But Pierre, Moyes didn't spend £150m on players. We should at least be comfortably beating the likes of Limassol with the money we've spent.

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25 Sep 2017 09:31:11
Would Cavani not simply cost way too much for us? We haven't got a limitless pot of money. I like the idea of an old school Bill rocking up with an offer of £3m, a bag of Space Raiders and a Freddo.

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24 Sep 2017 05:48:52
I agree. The fact that Niasse can't play Thurs is more of a reason to start him against Burnley as he also has fresh legs. Koeman has some big decisions to make. IMO he can't play both Rooney and Sigurdsson unless he ditches the 2 defensive midfielders (which for me means benching Schneiderlin, who has been awful this season) .

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17 Sep 2017 13:33:19
I doubt it's true. If you google 'Koeman Ellesmere Port' (where it's supposed to have happened) there's another identical rumour from June last year. Just twitter nonsense until it's reported by reputable newspapers.

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17 Oct 2017 11:57:08
We could have an agreement that if it doesn't work out then Unsworth can have his old job back. I'm led to believe that Craig Shakespeare had the same at Leicester (not sure if it's still valid now he's permanent though) . And I agree, anything has to be better than at the moment.

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16 Oct 2017 23:22:53
Don't think Garbutt needs to play. Baines isn't doing that bad. The whole team is awful so you can't really single him out. The only two players worth a mention are Schneiderlin, who considering that he is one of our top earners needs to buck his ideas up, and Williams, who at least needs a few games rest and at worst may be past it.

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15 Oct 2017 18:31:34
I hope he goes before his tactics guarantee us an early exit from Europe this Thursday.

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12 Oct 2017 05:09:23
Usually I'm sceptical of fans going on about team selection (although I do it myself all the time) . However when every single fan is saying the same thing, every single pundit is saying the same thing, every single journalist is saying the same thing, the manager is obviously getting it wrong. Also take into account that we are playing woefully, and for me Koeman is the number one culprit. I'm not even sure that a top striker could drag us out of this slump tbh.

Blue Tommy