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22 Apr 2018 11:10:58
Other articles I've seen say that Marcel Brands has agreed to join us as DOF. He has already identified two players to bring in, Hirving Lozano and Hakim Ziyech.

Still all unconfirmed at the moment so I'll believe it when I see it officially announced if that's the case.


1.) 23 Apr 2018 09:14:05
Lozano meant to be very good linked with arsenal as of late but with united before the psv move.



07 Apr 2018 09:47:22
Eds any truth in a few articles I've seen today saying we are trying to sign Steven Defour from Burnley? I try not to read too many because usually they are untrue. A case of recycling old news as he was a former target of Marcel Brands allegedly as was Ozyakup too. I'm not sure if Defour would really be needed plus he is currently injured I believe.


{Ed001's Note - I have not heard of anyone trying to sign him right now.}




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22 Apr 2018 11:22:10
I do think it's an odd time to sack him if talk about a board meeting is true. I don't want him as our manager as much as the next guy but I'd have thought they'd let him see the last 4 games out at the very least. Sam Allardyce has done what was expected of him but now we need to move forward. It's obviously not going to happen under his reign. The club already knows that the vast majority of fans aren't happy and I know you can't please everyone but I'm sure this news would please lots. If they are going to sack him then surely they've got a replacement lined up and it's not a repeat of earlier in the season, otherwise the club has learnt nothing.


1.) 22 Apr 2018 11:51:13
You think they will actually say that's it Sam see you someone else is taking charge the last 4 games, ridiculous. If there is a Board meeting and I stress 'if', then it will be about a lot more than Sam Allardyce and on Allardyce there will be no announcement until the end of the Season, even Everton are not that stupid.

2.) 22 Apr 2018 11:57:20
I do not want him in charge next season but I also don't want him sacked. He hasn't done enough to continue next season but he has done enough to not be sacked mid season.
They should part company in the summer with a handshake.

3.) 22 Apr 2018 12:45:19
As long as there’s a big fat brown envelope in that hand then I’m sure he would be happy to go Smit.

4.) 22 Apr 2018 13:08:16
I share your opinion there smit.



12 Apr 2018 18:14:34
RIP Grumpy Toffee.

Really saddened to hear of his passing and my condolences to his family.

From what I've seen in my time here he was a great contributor to the site and loved a debate. Always nice to hear from another opinion even if it's different to your own. He will be greatly missed.


1.) 12 Apr 2018 19:50:31
RIP grumpy.

2.) 12 Apr 2018 20:18:28
RIP grumpy my thoughts are with all your family xx.

3.) 12 Apr 2018 20:35:36
No way! Ah that's a gutter.
Hopefully upstairs has a good sports bundle so you don't miss any of the games.

4.) 12 Apr 2018 21:41:56
Very saddened to hear this, RIP GRUMPY.

5.) 12 Apr 2018 22:18:51
Absolutely stunned! My favourite poster. Will miss him. RIP to the man that thought outside the box. One in a million.

6.) 12 Apr 2018 22:32:53
This is so sad. GT, you will be missed.

7.) 12 Apr 2018 22:56:25
Summed up well NBTB he will be missed and with so much other stuff going on in his life it’s amazing the way he conducted himself and the opinion he brought to us all on here. One to be missed take care GT.

8.) 12 Apr 2018 23:27:41
Really sad news. Very popular on here. Would have loved to have shared a pint with him at a game!

9.) 13 Apr 2018 00:01:28
RIP Grumpy from a red who comes on this site mainly to read the debates you were normally in the middle of. A passionate blue, my prayers are with you. YNWA.

10.) 13 Apr 2018 00:06:19
R. I. P Grumpy. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.

11.) 13 Apr 2018 01:05:46
Very sad news. RIP Grumoy.

12.) 13 Apr 2018 07:37:09
So sad to hear this news rip grumpy my thoughts and prayers are with your family the post from his son actually brought a tear to my eye the place won't be the same without him.



12 Apr 2018 10:01:12
I'm not 100% convinced about us signing Jack Wilshere. My doubt isn't with his footballing ability, more to do with all the injuries he's had. He undoubtedly has quality but I'm not sure how many games a season you would get Wilshere to feature in. He has had a number of long injuries in the past few years. Whether he would leave Arsenal permanently is another question.

I think I saw us linked with Watfords Richarlison on Sky Sports as well.


1.) 12 Apr 2018 17:05:34
Cracking player and I really hope he can have 6 or so seasons injury free but let's be honest, the history of players like him isn't good.

Free but he'd demand a sign on fee and huge wages. But if fit he'd be exactly what we need.



01 Apr 2018 18:18:49
I know loads of fans are upset with the lack of effort/ result in yesterday's game but as I said in the games live chat I anticipated a 1-3 loss. The gulf in class is there for all to see, City are just better. I just couldn't see us getting anything from the game beforehand. That's me being realistic although you never know in football and I would have loved to have been wrong. We earned another unwanted premier league record with regards to the possession percentage too which to be honest was woeful.

Like in the game and a lot of the games this season we haven't been good enough and deserve to be where we are. The table doesn't lie. Performances have been nowhere near the levels expected. Even after this season is over I'm still hopeful of a better one next time.


{Ed025's Note - i can take a loss howie, what i cant take is apathy and the players looking disinterested, yes city are excellent but do you think a peter reid or a mick lyons would have just rolled over?..no they would have rolled their sleeves up and battled, i dont see t5hat from this side mate..

1.) 01 Apr 2018 18:30:50
Good shout Ed mate teams used to scared of Reidy and the rest what team in those days eh.

{Ed025's Note - it was always part of our make up GB...once upon a time mate..

2.) 01 Apr 2018 18:38:35
Spot on and I totally agree Ed025. What I'd give to wear the shirt.
I'd probably be subbed off after 5 minutes though due to an over enthusiastic slide tackle. Man City have done it to many teams this season and I am in no way making excuses for our side, it simply isn't good enough. Our heads dropped after the first goal conceded and we never got going at all. You could say that about a few of our games this season though. Honestly for me (I'm like a broken record) the end of the season can't come soon enough.

{Ed025's Note - its the same for me howie..

3.) 01 Apr 2018 18:45:39
Blimey Ed we can all dream eh, men were men.

{Ed025's Note - a long time ago mate..

4.) 01 Apr 2018 19:23:37
I have always tried to be positive, but after yesterday’s game I am struggling to see how we can raise our game for the local derby on Saturday, I know the form book goes out of the window, but I just do not see any fight in this team, if we use the same starting 11 and same set up there is only going to be one outcome.

What’s worse is Williams ban has ended and knowing Sam, he will put him straight back into the squad.

Struggling to find a positive.

{Ed025's Note - the only positive for me bignev is that they will be in the middle of a CL battle with city, if they rest all their team and play their U14s then we could well get a draw.. :)

5.) 02 Apr 2018 08:48:20
I doubt Klopp resting too many, he will want to have momentum going into the second leg, what better incentive than winning a local Derby and a chance to finish runners up, nope klopp will go for the kill I am afraid.

{Ed025's Note - if your right then i fear for us nev..

6.) 02 Apr 2018 08:56:18
If we get done good and proper Saturday, I would relieve big Sam and bring Unsworth back in until the end of the season to give some of our youngsters a chance, or try to get abit of confidence in the first team by being a bit more attack minded, give the likes of Vlasic, Klassen, Beningame and some others a run out, I know some will say Unsworth was out of his depth but not an easy task coming in during the latter Europa games, seemed to do ok once we were out of that, all be it one game, but at least that one game we looked decent and attacked.

7.) 02 Apr 2018 11:27:18
Another big compensation pay out? I doubt he will be going anywhere until the end of the season so we will have to grin and bear it and keep supporting the team!

8.) 02 Apr 2018 12:29:39
Not sure about the grin and bear it, my hairs turned grey, I’ve no finger nails left, I’ve doubled up on diacalm and Andrex, I really do not think I can hold out on another 7 games, since following the Blues late sixties, I have never doubted the form book going out of the window in the Derby, even when times were tough, I had that hope we could get a result, this is the first time ever that I cannot see any hope what so ever on Saturday, will be the same set up, really not looking forward to Saturday with Sams tactical set up.

9.) 02 Apr 2018 11:23:14
Ed025 Joe Royle had the dogs of war but Sam Allardyce has a bunch of whimpering pups!

{Ed025's Note - your right wakka and the players have a lot to answer for as well as the manager, i just want this season over now so we can make a new start mate..

10.) 02 Apr 2018 14:49:52
Bignev, I think most of us thought unsworth was out his depth but looking back he came in at the toughest time and it was him who turned it around for me Sam came in and wrote unsys wave then we came crashing back down to earth Sam has only showed me in 1 game that he could be the right man and that was the fa cup game away to them lot in that game we had a go and were very unlucky to lose but then back to the league and his tactics and press conferences baffle me I'm with you get shut and give it back to unsworth again and wakka57 it doesn't make a difference if he goes now or in the summer he will get a nice fat wedge.

11.) 02 Apr 2018 15:50:36
After the season starting with such promise for everybody I've never seen so many dis-spirited supporters. I'm hoping that the scousers in the squad remind the others of how important this game is to all of us and we see passion from everyone - management, team and supporters.
I'm not looking forward to Saturday but if we show bottle and fight then anything can happen

12.) 02 Apr 2018 18:51:06
That’s the problem though bw, we know he will stick with Rooney and Schnids, might even bring Williams back into the team, need more than bottle, we need a bloody flue epidemic running through Anfield, only a Salah, Mane suspension or rest will give us even a glimmer of hope, but sadly, our team selection and set up will still struggle with zero confidence running through the team.

Call me a doom merchant by all means but I just do not see us turning in a performance on Saturday on past showings, and that’s an honest assessment on our team.

13.) 02 Apr 2018 20:13:13
I've got to say we have more of a chance against lpool than we're giving credit here.
They were abysmal against palace and only for the fact benteke is absolutely woeful they Wouldve been beaten.
If bolassie had scored that header then maybe the first half Wouldve took a different turn.
C'mon lads we are a terrible side but anything can happen. It's just wether our luck is in. For once ha.



12 Feb 2018 20:39:21
I see a few posts mentioning the possibility of finishing in seventh place which is achievable but I personally think our achilles heel is our woeful goal difference. After our disappointing shall we say season I'd be more than happy with a top ten finish especially after being in the bottom half.

In regards to Sam Allardyce I think he will be in charge until at the very least the end of the season. He has done what was expected of him. Although the football style has been less than stellar (I myself am very critical) we have had decent results and much needed points. It's hard on the eye to watch but if it gets results then it will have to do for now.
If (as other people have said) he secures us a better than expected league finish then it probably will be a case of him seeing out his 18 month contract.

I think the main complaint with most fans is the boring play style and team selection. I don't think we know what our best eleven is at the moment and we certainly can play a lot more attractive attacking football.


{Ed025's Note - i must say i feel exactly the same howie..

1.) 12 Feb 2018 21:06:08
good post Howie. Thumbs up from me.

2.) 12 Feb 2018 21:06:57
The next 2 away games will be pivotal to Sam's tenure. We need away performances and wins. If we switch back to 2 defensive mids or go 5 at the back again, I don't think the fans will stomach it.

3.) 12 Feb 2018 21:09:50
Our best 11 (Sam thought) for now started on Saturday, Martina was a revelation, haven't seen that performance all Season, there is a player in there. The rest apart from Mangala (a walking mistake) pick themselves on that form. So that just leaves a choice of Holgate, Williams or Jags to partner Keane. We shall see if Sam reverts to type in our next away game or gives it a right go for the rest of the season.

{Ed025's Note - dont hold your breath DFS..

4.) 12 Feb 2018 21:21:17
Mori played well today looked fit maybe he is in contention for the left cb spot also.

5.) 12 Feb 2018 21:59:39
forgot about Mori johny1989. I am somewhat of a maverick in players that I like and Mori comes into that category, Besic is/ was another. The problem is with these types of player; you will not get a full season out of them and particularly so in the Premiership. Catch22 situation, try to temper their style of play so they get less injuries and you remove some of the player and form.

6.) 13 Feb 2018 07:19:27
mori injury record isn't that bad this last injury was just an unfortunate accident he will be back strong on the left in the next couple weeks, he could be the answer to the lb problem.

7.) 13 Feb 2018 09:30:21
mori has one unfortunate injury, should be nowhere near the besic category.




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01 Apr 2018 18:38:35
Spot on and I totally agree Ed025. What I'd give to wear the shirt.
I'd probably be subbed off after 5 minutes though due to an over enthusiastic slide tackle. Man City have done it to many teams this season and I am in no way making excuses for our side, it simply isn't good enough. Our heads dropped after the first goal conceded and we never got going at all. You could say that about a few of our games this season though. Honestly for me (I'm like a broken record) the end of the season can't come soon enough.


{Ed025's Note - its the same for me howie..



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12 Feb 2018 21:06:03
Many players find coming to the Premier League a bit more demanding and faster paced than what they are used to. It's early days yet with Cenk Tosun and we've not really seen anything of him yet so I'm relatively hopeful. Time will tell whether it will be a decent transfer or not. As for Davy Klaassen, well he hasn't had a look in all season apart from the European games, in which he wasn't really impressive. He seems to be overlooked all the time and I think we'll try and move him on in the summer.




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01 Jan 2018 21:28:39
Ok my apologies Ed002, I'll have a look through when I can. Cheers for the input anyway.




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23 Dec 2017 21:11:01
My view is that if he wants out then the sensible thing to do business wise is sell him on. A lot of disappointed Evertonians probably but loyalty in football has disappeared these days. Best example of a player that idolises their club and showed unquestionable loyalty (even when better and bigger clubs came calling, no disrespect intended) that I can think of was Matthew Le Tissier. Fabulous player and could have done so much more but stuck with Southampton rightly or wrongly. Money is king these days with the ludicrous wages on offer. It's a short career but I'd wish him well if he did go.




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23 Dec 2017 20:59:10
Ok yes it wasn't the best football to watch but a dogged performance.
We were resolute at the back and seem to be doing the basics right again. Reminiscent of the dogs of war era in some RESPECTS granted.
Credit where it's due though, Big Sam has transformed us in a matter of weeks. Still lots of potential points on offer and with the January transfer window imminent, I'd imagine we are going to bolster our attack and defence plus offload the players Sam deems surplus to requirements. Proud to be a toffee!