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12 Nov 2018 19:03:18
What a difference the right people make to a football club.

Steve Walsh and Ronald Koeman where such a disaster but I wonder who was more culpable.

Was it Koeman with his negative tactics in his second season. In his first he played attacking and fluid fast football that saw us have one of our best periods in the second half of that season that we've had in the EPL era.

Or was it Walsh with his purchase of three no10's and not one player to come in and replace the departing Lukaku.

Looking at the players Walsh brought in and the massive increase in quality of what Brands has brought in, with clear input from Silva (Richarlson), and the difference to what the right people can make to a football club is clear to see.

I honestly trust these two with the future of this club and do so more than anyone brought in over the last few years.

Long may this continue.


1.) 12 Nov 2018 21:12:00
Chalk and cheese mate.



07 Aug 2018 08:13:37
So sky have their sources tell them we have a deal with Barcelona for Mina. Their sources also say he's involved with a bid for Pogba.

I'd maybe want to have a word with them sources and tell them to make their mind up!


1.) 07 Aug 2018 09:17:12
He could be involved in both lol.

Clubs don’t usually put all of their eggs in one basket and it doesn’t look like Mina wants to join us so they should be looking to offload him elsewhere.

2.) 07 Aug 2018 10:03:26
Highly unlikely a deal involving 2 players plus cash sounds very complicated with so many players to agree terms etc.

3.) 07 Aug 2018 10:06:13
I also feel like their “sources” are just people in an office trawling through other people’s social media accounts.



05 Aug 2018 20:21:23
Just coming out now we've signed Mina!


1.) 05 Aug 2018 21:25:45
I hope so after yesterday! Jags been a good servant to the club but sadly his legs have gone. No leader on the pitch yesterday. Gueye should be the captain in my opinion. Attacking midfielder needed now.

2.) 05 Aug 2018 21:27:20
Where u hear that from bluejohn I don't see it anywhere plus no mention of medical been taken.

3.) 05 Aug 2018 21:30:34
Coleman is surely the new captain in waiting?

4.) 05 Aug 2018 21:38:03
I know it was only a friendly but he was poor and didn't seem to be shouting at his fellow players. Only players with credit yesterday was Gueye, Tosan, Walcott. Rest of the team CBA!

5.) 05 Aug 2018 21:38:19
And fully agree with the Coleman shout.

6.) 05 Aug 2018 21:38:44
Sorry missed Richarlison.

7.) 05 Aug 2018 22:28:41
A fee was agreed weeks ago. There is no ‘news’ here, just SKY scratching around for headlines.

8.) 05 Aug 2018 22:59:47
Personal terms were agreed ages ago. There was an “understanding” a few days ago that they were to agree a few. However today, the complete fee (add on, etc) has been agreed today!

How reliable this is I do not know. It is only what I know from usually a very reliable source.

9.) 06 Aug 2018 21:35:15
Where did you see this?

10.) 06 Aug 2018 21:37:33
bookies have cut odds to 1/10.



28 Jul 2018 22:07:34
Where we have the right personel we look good and can see it's only going to get better. That's upfront.

At the back Jags and Baines are far too slow and I think they both new it today. Jags looked totally dejected after one of the goals and had a look of resignation.

Now the good news and the massive difference to last year. Brand and Silva know it and are doing something about it.

Digne has pretty much done and they've been trying most of the summer for mina.

There's no buying 3 No.10 or someone because he has one good game against us.

I would though if I was them look for another CB making it two and a good no8 who adds real drive in that centre of midfield.

Pickford, Digne and Mina will add pace and aggression this defence needs.


1.) 29 Jul 2018 11:30:25
Spot on mate. Sneiderlin is not our answer. Would rather have Beni in there.

{Ed025's Note - i would rater have "miss diane" in there tit.. :)



21 Jan 2018 20:33:41
Got my fingers crossed Onyekuru gets a, work permit for next year. He looks a real talent but his attitude and humility makes him a perfect fit for us. Seems to be made from a different cloth to the other players from Belgium we've had.


1.) 21 Jan 2018 21:27:34
I've got my fingers crossed aswell BJU, since we signed him I've kept an eye on his performances yes he's gotten some criticism about his tracking back and defending and to be fair he doesn't seem to do much of it. But going forward he's a very skillful, quick player Anderlecht have used him down the left where he likes to cut in onto his right foot, he seems eager to have the ball and try and make things happen (something we are missing atm) I just hope next season we see him in a Everton kit I think the fans will really take to him.




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25 Nov 2018 11:19:45
We never seem to catch a break with these derbies. Henderson is banned after his red yesterday. 😂.


1.) 25 Nov 2018 13:53:17
I think we should put an appeal in to get it over turned :-)

2.) 25 Nov 2018 16:56:25
They have a tough game coming up against PSG in midweek, hopefully later in the Derby we have Lookman, Calvert Lewin, Touson and the likes to come off the bench.

Although I agree Lookman deserves a start, this could be the game for Walcott to make his mark early doors, then Lookmans pace and trickery to make the difference in the second half.

3.) 25 Nov 2018 19:43:39
Agree bignev mate Theo he will be up for this game, and to start can't beat his experience for first half and Lookmans pace for the second, very tricky for them.

4.) 25 Nov 2018 22:34:17
Tbf Theo should be up for it every game, not just against the big teams and his performances this season show that even if HE is up for it, his performances aren't. He needs to turn it round and quick sharp.

5.) 25 Nov 2018 22:50:21
He hasn't been playing well but he is giving everything he can on the pitch. It might be best to take him out of the firing line for a bit and take the pressure off him.

{Ed025's Note - i think you may be right john..



05 Nov 2018 18:57:33
Just been trying to think who our managers were last season.

Can anyone remember? 😁.


1.) 05 Nov 2018 23:54:57
Rhino at one point, the others escape me lol.

2.) 06 Nov 2018 01:24:02
Can't remember last season, one advantage of getting older.

3.) 06 Nov 2018 08:34:31
Koeman, Rhino, Alardyce. We finished 8th. Playing much better football this Season and will be a good achievement to finish top 7. Still not beaten any of the big boys, although we certainly have a stronger Team and Squad. Transition (seems every season since Mr Moshri's arrival - but seems finally to have got it right) means, in my opinion and even with this Squad, that we will probably start to see how good we are towards the end of next season. Anything before that I will take as a bonus.

4.) 06 Nov 2018 12:11:13
I've got a spare funny bone if you need one Billy. 😉😂.

5.) 06 Nov 2018 13:44:43
Keep your funny bone for the Southampton fans blue because there's rumours Big Sam is on his way there when Mark Hughes gets the sack.

6.) 08 Nov 2018 18:22:24
Please let this be true!

{Ed025's Note - i would not wish alardyce on my worst enemy john...well maybe liverpool.. :)



06 Oct 2018 23:40:36
Anyone else falling in love with Everton all over again?!

We're 10th and I'm not complaining one bit about it. Just to see us play football again and go for the win is such a contrast to last year. Plus the system we are playing is the Everton I know.

Tricky wingers using the full width and over lapping wing backs. Also the ability to mix it up with a fluid front four that must be a nightmare to pick up.

At the back we are getting better each game but we need to be careful when over committing, especially at corners. Three games on the bounce we've been caught out on the break from them and been lucky to have not conceded more than the one today.

However, good today and can't wait until. Palace now.



1.) 07 Oct 2018 02:10:31
Agree fully BJU. Early days but the signs are good and it's nice to watch.

2.) 07 Oct 2018 11:09:12
Funny ain't it BJU. Earlier in the season we were conceding at set pieces all the time. and last season. Yet now we seem to have sorted that out and we have started conceding on the break. Schneids (previously Barry) were good at stopping that with constant fouls. But like you I prefer the open football. What we need now is a Rat. A defender with incredible acceleration and pace to get the tackle in just as the forward is pulling the trigger. Perhaps Holgate will improve and be that guy with Mina being the set piece stopper? Certainly Keane was nearly caught out by Vardy a couple of times but Vardy is one of the quickest. Wow I am enjoying Everton again! Options. that is what this manager now has!



17 Sep 2018 12:32:34
Stating the obvious. It was a bad game yesterday.

The 5 men in defence were all to blame and maybe too many changes at the back this season is not helping them gel.

Zouma should have been inline with the other three defenders to put Anoutavic offside. Instead he played him on with headless chicken Holgate over committing.

Kenny constantly was out of position and had to make numerous last ditch tackles. He's not managing his position well. Digne on the other side had no help and was constantly caught between marking two players.

Pickford has not started this season well. His kicking which is usually excellent cost us the second goal and is putting us back under pressure as he is not reaching his target.

In the middle for me yesterday Silva should have left Snids on and took Gana off. Gana goes roaming and it was him not covering the middle the cost us the third goal. Snids has been much better this season but what his does do is hold the middle and keeps protecting the back four.

Upfront was really good in creating chances but terrible for taking them. Tosun needs taking off and I'd put Theo upfront. You can put Ricky there but he is much better running from deep. If we do change it we can't put hopeful balls up and need to pass our way forward as they are not target men.

I said we would get beat and badly and playing badly. It happened yesterday but I believe we will learn and get better.

It's not Ricky that has been the missing link though it's the individual mistakes that are costing us. The players are at fault nothing more than that. Maybe Mina is the solution as CB. Definitely Keane is being missed. However, hopefully, soon we will have a full team to choose from and we can finally start to see a true idea of what this team can do.


1.) 17 Sep 2018 16:47:23
I think Tosun scores 9/ 10 with that header just not happening for him at moment but at least he is getting chances. The fact we are creating chances is a good sign as we weren’t creating anything last season.

2.) 17 Sep 2018 17:06:27
Had he put his neck muscles into it he would have scored.

3.) 17 Sep 2018 22:41:21
He probably wasn't expecting such a great cross from digne and caught him out. It was a flimsy header. He can finish tho and needs a goal or two to get his confidence back. God even Harry kane went goalless in first month until this season. We still have to see what Mina and Gomes can bring to the party.

4.) 18 Sep 2018 18:19:47
I like Tosun don't get me wrong but he is struggling and sometimes coming off the bench has less pressure. Give him a bit of a rest and change it up a little.

we would also do better in bringing Hornby on instead of Niasse. Let's give him a chance to see what he can do. Off the bench there is no expectation.

5.) 18 Sep 2018 23:36:11
Hornsby was poor for the u23s Monday night, nows not the time to bring the lad in, send him out on loan, toughen the kid up.

Personally I would go all out to try and get Bas Dost in, a giant of a forward who scored 45 concecative goals with just one touch, looks a beast at 6ft 5 and plenty of goals in the guy.

Digmi, Kenny floating the balls in and link up play with Walcott, Richarlison and Siggerson. Cannot think of a better option to bring in.

6.) 19 Sep 2018 08:08:08
It might not be nev and that's why, like with DCL you bring him into the squad and off the bench now and again.

However, Niasse is a complete waste of space. You may as well just take the player off and play with ten men.



02 Sep 2018 09:29:19
Well yesterday was not a great performance.

I like DCL and think he's got a great career ahead of him as a centre forward. However, as a winger he is absolutely shocking and should never be played out there.

We played yesterday like we had one arm tied behind our back with him constantly passing the ball back when he picked it up on the left. There was also no overlapping runs and he constaly wasted the runs of Digne.

On the right hand side Coleman and Theo failed to link up properly and Coleman seemed rather static. So down both flanks it all stopped working.

Sig was also off yesterday and failed to join the left and right attacks and stayed mainly central. One of the real highlights of Wednesday was how he linked up with Digne. There was none of that yesterday.

The big difference though yesterday from the other games was pace. Where did it all go. No one seemed brave enough to take hold of the ball and run at them.

Personally, I would have played Dowell in the no10 and moved Sig out left and drop Davies to the bench. Or make that change in the second half instead of the like for like sub of Digne and Baines. This sub didn't offer anything new.

Lookman came on and showed why he is still a long way off starting for the first team. His positional sense is a huge liability. He failed to track back on a number of occasions and going forward he was almost moving into the no10 than giving support wide on the right and attacking the flank. Sandro for me would have been the better option to stay. He at least attempts to run the flank and help Coleman going forward.

He has got potential and it's one game but it's the same as what I saw last season. In a league dominated by one and a lot of teams more Chamionship and less intense as the EPL maybe Germany is the best place for him. If he wants to succeed here then he needs to up his work rate and use and help his team mates.

We are still struggling with Zonal but from open play again we looked dominant. I would be so much more worried if it was the other way around. Zuma has come in and looks a good player. I think he could be a regular for Chelsea in the next season or so.

However, Holgate drives me insane at the moment. He constantly gave the ball away and never used Davies properly at all. There were times he needed to give a simple pass to him but instead tried going directly to the no10 only to never find him. He didn't succeed once.

As for the zonal marking. For some reason on the goal we had a huge amount of players at the front post but completely neglected the middle. That didn't look like zonal marking for me and there seemed to be players not setting up right at all.

This has been the best game to assess where we are going to end up this season so far for me and I stand by that 10th to 7th is the most realistic. I'll be happy with that and I think there is plenty to be positive about.

People see what they want to see. I personally see a defense that is brilliant in open play and light years ahead of last year. We look strong, quick and alert. We are stopping attacks more from the front and we are set up really well to stop the ball over the top. However, we are a long way off on corners and utilising zonal marking correctly.

Going forward, when the more direct wingers are not on the pitch we lack the ability to play Silvas style of play which is all about pace and quick movement. Lookman needs training on his work rate, positional sense and to use and help the players around him if he to get anywhere near starting in the first team.

Well done to Huddersfield but to learn on how to deal with this type of team.


{Ed025's Note - good well balanced summary there john..

1.) 02 Sep 2018 10:14:23
Can’t disagree with a lot of that BJU I think it’s more a case of a bad day at the office, but we need to stay positive and remember we have players to come in that have been injured and missed a lot of pre season as well as Richarlison back from suspension.
I agree on Holgate he is also guilty of ball watching a lot of the time, I’m sure we have potential targets for January but until then he will need to find a way to get the best from the current players.

2.) 02 Sep 2018 10:20:05
Brilliant objective post bluejohn. spot on mate. just to add. Huddersfield came to spoil and make it as difficult as possible. credit to them it worked.

3.) 02 Sep 2018 12:40:19
Unbeaten, new manager, new tactics, players not ready or injuried, players suspended, 4 games in, not lost, same team as last year at the moment aparts from zouma and signe yesterday, playing better, not quite getting the result, it's all positive and we shouldn't start being negative, look at West ham, bet they would change places with us .

4.) 02 Sep 2018 13:06:30
Simon, Thanks man I think we needed that :)

5.) 02 Sep 2018 14:08:32
Agree with most. Thought Lookman did okay, confidence bound to be low, see if Mr Silvas reputed man management prowess can have an affect. Zonal marking nor easy to see live but on motd look at young Davis for their goal resulting corner. The lad is literally looking at the area he is in, not at the corner or ball coming in, then as bluejohn says they were either static or 3 or 4 bunched blue shirts in a 'zone' yards away from the opposing threats. After 4 games we are 5 points behind that is the reality. Under Martinez first season we romped the first few games. Against teams we should quite frankly beat in particular when 2 goals up, it was same old. I agree Mr Silva needs time, he was not my first choice (not second either to be fair) , but as always he is 'our' Manager so should be supported.

6.) 02 Sep 2018 16:53:38
Hope people realise I'm not being negative here and just pointing out what went wrong yesterday. Overall, I'm chuffed to bits this season.

However, I like to try and give a fair assessment of the match. I'll praise to the hilt when we win and talk about the positives but if we've had a stinker I'll give a view on that as well. The manager seems to be aware of the same things we are all seeing and that's a good start.

We're doing well boys and loads to be proud of so far. 😉.

7.) 02 Sep 2018 14:00:25
I think it has a lot to do with the zonal marking where we are having teething problems at the moment, do we stick with this and hope sooner or later it will click with the players or do we go back to man marking.

Once we get this sorted and some of the players back, we can move forward and turn draws into wins.

Welcome back Ed25, just wondering if Everton let Ed02 down on his Accra yesterday.

{Ed025's Note - i dont know abut that bignev :), cheers mate and i think zonal marking will take a while to get used to, im not a fan of it myself but it seems silva is set on it..

8.) 02 Sep 2018 17:38:46
Bluejohnus, had this conversation with Ed002 when we were having the robust debate about Lookman. My take was that DcL is not suited to the LW role whereas Ed002 thought he would be an adequate alternative to Richarlison during his suspension. I say at this point always respected the Eds point of view and in particular Ed002 and his somewhat informed insight (although disagree on many occasions) . I have also read on some comments that a season finish somewhere between 7th and 10th is respectable and acceptable. I have to say that if that is a given what was wrong with Alardyce and finishing 8th from the starting position he was given. I am of similar, perhaps older age as Keen17. Us old uns know stuff, perhaps not put over now a days as these edumacated young un's, but we do.

9.) 02 Sep 2018 18:31:01
There you go Ed025 I am not a fan of Zonal either. I think Mr Silva needs his ears wiping. Your comment of him being set on it, does sound like the obstinance of a certain Mr Martinez. I love this Team, I love this Club and I am absolutely certain to have supported them for longer than the majority on this board. To come out after the game againt Huddersfield and come out with the platitude 'we need to improve' is quite frankly an embarrassment.

{Ed025's Note - it was poor fayre ktf thats for sure, a blip im hoping and i still have faith that things will improve mate..

10.) 02 Sep 2018 19:26:21
Hope so Ed, somehow I think your fellow Ed hit the nail on the head with this one, someone at the Club is taking or has taken very poor advice on who to bring in as Manager. This is a Club supposedly going places with a long term vision, we have brought in a head coach/ Manager who is a nomad. Who seriously hand on heart and cold day view can say these 4 results are better than Martinez first season. The reality is with our start we should be up there 4 played 4 won and to draw a game with our supposed quality after being 2 nil up is quite frankly deplorable, you won't like it but even Alardyce would have rubbed his hands with glee at our first 4 fixtures (few more mill in the bank thanks lads - thoughts! ) You have read my comments and of course whoever the Coach/ Manager it is he will have my support even though I do not agree with it.

{Ed025's Note - silva has had a bad press ktf and the fact is that he is far from nomadic its just that he has not found the right club up until now, he has high aspirations and only now will he have the chance to fulfill them, we are still a work in progress and although our start could have been better we are unbeaten and the football has been a great improvement on last year, we still have the likes of mina, bernard and gomez to come in and richarlison will be back very soon, the future is bright my friend...the future is blue..

11.) 02 Sep 2018 19:46:13
Don't think he has had a bad press at all Ed025 in fact I think the opposite and that has been the problem. Hark back to the end of May and the big build up and 'press leaks' we all knew what was happening. Perhaps nomadic was a touch harsh, but the guy does not stay long, he is certainly ambitious and does not see us as his long stay Club. I am far more impressed with the acquisition of Brands, that is where our future at ground level will be built (if we can keep hold of him) he genuinely has contacts everywhere and is very well respected. I hope I am wrong about Silva, I really do.

{Ed025's Note - so do i mate, he has been at unambitious clubs before and now he has brands who seems to be singing off the same hymn sheet and a backer in moshiri who believes in him, thats my take on things anyway..

12.) 02 Sep 2018 22:41:56
Martinez didn't come into the same situation and your comparison is like chalk and cheese.

We had a very stable period that Martinez inherited and he added attacking flair (and a 90mil striker) into the equation.

Silva has come into a team in chaos for the last 12 months with no confidence, poor performances, poor management and practising terrible football.

He's having to truly build a team from the ground up instead of having one handed to him on a plate.

As for the football. Just because he likes attacking football it doesn't mean they play the same football. They are a million miles apart.

Martinez plays slow and controlling football. Whereas, Silva likes the high press with fluid fast pace attacks. The other difference is defence in that Silva has utilised a quick backline and a robust sweeper keeper to make us solid in open play. However, Martinez played a very high line with little work done in almost three years to stop us being vulnerable against counter attacking and deep lying teams. It's why we got beat in games like the 4nil loss in the derby.

Having a go at him, questioning his management, commitment but then saying "He's our manager" is not supporting him. If you don't like him and want someone else just say it and be honest with yourself. I'd probably respect your comments more KTF.

13.) 03 Sep 2018 10:21:59
Said from the beginning I did not want him nothing to do with like, I don't do personal. And nothing wrong with the statement 'but he is our manager, so he has my support' Over the years (many of them) We have had players and Managers I would not have signed, does that mean I should not support the Team? wouldn't that make me a bigot.




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24 Oct 2017 17:07:45
In the same interview he spoke about not wanting the Leicester job but when asked about the Everton job refused to talk.

Might be nothing and hope it that's the case.




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24 Jun 2017 21:08:24
I don't rate him myself. However, Koeman and Walsh haven't let us down so far so I will back him 100%.




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17 Mar 2017 16:09:45
Shut me up! It's Leicester we need to lose.




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02 Nov 2016 22:26:37
It's alright him getting his fire and passion back but I don't see him getting his pace and acceleration back at his age to play in Barkley or Roms position.

Either way I'd rather have Brahimi or Strootman and longevity than a short term fix that is not guaranteed on current form.

If he does come fine but hopefully not at the expense of players that will improve our squad and more importantly the first 11 and show ambition from the club.




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14 Oct 2016 10:55:16
I totally agree TP. I think that Stoney is the more sensible location due to costs and potential. However, the prestige of having it on the waterfront of one of the most iconic views on earth could put us on a different level in terms of marketability.

Either way it if this happens we are moving into an era that is as exciting as we have ever had it at Everton and we can start dreaming again of being at the pinnacle of world football.





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25 Nov 2018 22:50:21
He hasn't been playing well but he is giving everything he can on the pitch. It might be best to take him out of the firing line for a bit and take the pressure off him.


{Ed025's Note - i think you may be right john..



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08 Nov 2018 18:22:24
Please let this be true!


{Ed025's Note - i would not wish alardyce on my worst enemy john...well maybe liverpool.. :)



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06 Nov 2018 12:11:13
I've got a spare funny bone if you need one Billy. 😉😂.




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04 Nov 2018 19:06:07
Pickford is exactly the same height as Neville Southall!

We should absolutely want to be in the Champions league EVERY season, in fact we should want to win EVERY trophy we are involved in. However, if we don't make it, accept it and recognise that the players have given their all.

It's this part we get wrong. Nothing is wrong with having high, even unrealistic expectations just don't be blind when we are trying all we can to achieve it.

The negativity last year was nothing to do with where we finished it was because we played bloody awful football.

This year we are playing like the Everton I know and as long as we give our all, like we are doing, then wherever we finish will be enough.

But I still want to win the league😁.




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24 Oct 2018 22:53:44
I still think 7th to 10th is a good season. The new players will be even better next year plus a couple of other additions and I expect us to really push 5th/ 6th and the season after kick on again.

It's going to be tough but if we get some consistency and continue the improvements in the playing areas we can achieve something.

I'm with both of you with needing another RB and CF but it has to be the right ones coming in and if it's not there in Jan have a plan for the summer.