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04 Feb 2018 15:47:14
Rumour Utd looking at Pickford if they lose degea. Well if Sam is still here in the summer he will probably sell him.
Allardyce is a Championship manager at best, and is clearly out of his depth with us.
If we are going to spend big in the summer, then we need to do it on a manager. One with a history of winning, and who has a history of winning.
Not one who has a history of keeping teams up, and believes a draw is a good result.


1.) 04 Feb 2018 22:22:00
Who could blame PIckford for moving to a club that wins trophies and regularly plays Champions League football?

2.) 05 Feb 2018 06:41:33
We will probably lose Lookman, Davies and Vlasic as well. Especially if SA stays.

3.) 05 Feb 2018 11:25:07
Vlasic can go along with B.S.
Pair of charlatans.

4.) 05 Feb 2018 19:34:18
Don't get Vlasic know he's young but light years behind lookman and defensively exposes our fullbacks.

5.) 06 Feb 2018 14:59:37
Vlasic exposes the fullbacks because he isn't a winger, he plays central and that is why he drifts inside all the time. The lad has talent but again is being mismanaged.



15 Aug 2017 23:38:02
Sigurdsson, Rooney, Keane, Klassen, Pickford and Ramirez so far. How can anybody complain about any of that. A striker and a centre back now would finish it off nicely. Oh and don't forget we have Coleman and Bolasie coming back. 👍👍.


1.) 16 Aug 2017 07:28:42
It's been a really good window for me WB. Even if we don't get another striker, I think the squad looks good.

2.) 16 Aug 2017 07:35:35
It nicely put there Woburnblue.

3.) 16 Aug 2017 14:32:02
Need a striker without a shadow of doubt, at the moment we can cope with Williams and Keane in the backline, but for me a striker is a must.



15 Aug 2017 20:14:51
Yes Gareth Barry has been a good player for the club. But he is getting too slow now, and in an area of the pitch where you need pace he is getting found out. Hence the bookings. I wish him all the best at West Brom, but him leaving opens the door for someone else.


1.) 15 Aug 2017 21:16:23
You should probably study his career history and realise he was always liable to a bunch of bookings and a suspension most seasons. It was his game to break it up anyway he could. Being slower only made the fouls a bit more obvious ;) Good luck Gareth Barry, I wasnt keen but I remember a Villa fan saying that only fans who see him week in week out, get what he was all about. Now go and smash Giggs and put that yellow card record out of sight.

2.) 15 Aug 2017 21:27:18
Finally we have our man! Sad to see GB go, I would have liked him to stay for another season, quality - but Gyfi is pure class. just need some bolstering up front now and maybe the left sided defender - but all in all a very good transfer window! Happy days.

3.) 15 Aug 2017 21:34:03
An area of the pitch you need pace? For real? His job is, and always was, to break up the flow of opposition midfield, stop their forward breaks and keep our line steady. He's a defensive enforcer in my view, someone who always puts his body on the line to make the defence job a little easier. Yes he gets a lot of bookings but because he is brave in any situation and knows the tactical advantage of when committing a foul is more of a benefit to the team. I think he would have been a real asset for us in the last half hour of any game where we are under pressure and need to stop such attacking threats. I wil miss him and wish him nothing but the best at West Brom.

4.) 15 Aug 2017 21:57:44
Pace is a quality worth having regardless of your position on the pitch. Having pace when trying to beat players to the ball and break up play is certainly worthwhile. I'd like to have kept him - but it was right to let him go and play games. Good luck GB!

5.) 15 Aug 2017 22:23:03
Anyone saying pace isn't important clearly didn't see the Goodison derby last year. We were on top until Jimmy Mc went off but Gareth B couldn't deal with the pace.

Good luck to him and thanks very much.
But time to move on.

6.) 15 Aug 2017 22:57:58
Thanks Dave, it would appear sentiment is ruling people's heads at the minute. As I said good player in his time but time catches up with us all, and now was Gareth's time.

7.) 16 Aug 2017 05:53:00
Agree Woburn.
At the match you constantly hear people having a go at him because of lack of pace. But as soon as he is moving the sentiment starts.

Alex Ferguson - and dare I say the reds teams of the eighties knew when to move people on before their performance dipped.
For me Gaz Baz could have gone 12 months ago.

Model pro, very respectful other two others I could mention - but we are aiming higher now.




11 Aug 2017 23:31:05
Don't be surprised if EFC have a go for Leeds Chris Woods. Big lad who can hold the ball up and is not to shabby in the air.
Just saying is all.


1.) 12 Aug 2017 00:31:37
Height of ambition there.

2.) 12 Aug 2017 07:16:05
Worcester why doesn't it show ambition just because he is from a championship team doesn't mean he wouldn't be a good signing let's have a look Lescott Cahill jags lookman all bought from lower leagues and have turned out ok in my eyes if Walsh and koeman think he can do a job that's fine by me and as for showing ambition I think we are showing more ambition now than at any point since the 80's remember it's not all about fee size or where the player cones from.

3.) 12 Aug 2017 08:20:01
Bluey u forgot Coleman in that.

4.) 12 Aug 2017 08:46:07
Perhaps we are the unknown Premiership club that bid for him 🤷🏻‍♂️.

5.) 12 Aug 2017 09:08:26
He fits the bill but was kinda hoping we'd get kalinic.

6.) 12 Aug 2017 10:23:12
He is a very good player would love Woods he is strong, hard working and know where the goal is.

7.) 12 Aug 2017 11:04:02
shakey good shout with Coleman forgot to add him in.

8.) 12 Aug 2017 11:30:49
Kalinic struggled at Blackburn, Woods would be worth a punt. Big and strong, holds ball up, decent in the air and most importantly, gets the ball in the net.

9.) 12 Aug 2017 12:05:30
Leading goal scorer in the championship last year, hardly see how it lacks ambition signing him.

10.) 13 Aug 2017 00:23:25
He is not premier league quality at all. i'm not surprised you forget this because he was pathetic when he had his chance at both West Brom and Leicester. He is another Jordan Rhodes, great in the Championship but will not succeed in the top division. If anybody honestly wants to say they think he is an adequate replacement for Lukaku then i'm baffled. I think far too many on here just want us to spend for the sake of it, and a select few just like to argue against any point made because you like the drama. I maintain my stance that signing players of the quality of Woods is something that would see us move backwards in the league!

11.) 13 Aug 2017 11:10:17
i think people have to realise that we have apparently been chasing a striker since we sold the belgian and while we have been linked with a few people the season has begun but we are no closer to one. altho we have targeted kalinic who is about to say no according to reports, i mean really no one sounded him out before approaching him, so it is probs the same for welbeck or anyone else we may be attempting to sign, no matter how positive you try to be this is a bad position to be in with less of the window remaining each day. it is kind of going back to the moyes era of transfers he couldn't sign a quality striker either. good defensive start yesterday good in the middle as usual, we need a striker the quality we bring into this position could define our season cause we looked good yesterday, albeit we weren't great in attack. people are right to be negative about a striker coming from the lower league cause one from the prem or europe could propel us higher in the table, imo, we have a striker in the u23 who's better than this guy your talking about, so why buy him. after all the links and all the waiting and hope of good quality strikers he is a bit of an anti climax for sure no matter how good he is or isn't.



07 May 2017 22:51:49
Any great team needs a strong spine. Goalkeeper, centre half, strong number 10 and a striker. This is what we need to target, not 9 or 10. But 4 maybe 5 if you want to replace both centre halves. Get this and you have the base to build around it. We have Baines, Coleman (when recovered) . Gana, Scneiderlin and Davies in midfield. Think Lookman will feature more next season so there's six. Bring in a new spine and we have the makings of a very strong team.


1.) 07 May 2017 23:04:40
More or less what I said in a post on the banter page Woburnblue. Strengthen those 4 positions and we will be a force to be reckoned with.

2.) 08 May 2017 01:30:00
Be nice to see any of Keane, Van Dyke, Koulibaly, Sigurdson, Willan Jose, Butland, Pickford, Trippier and Ghezzal at the club. Not all together, but a couple from that list.

3.) 08 May 2017 07:50:14
If Lukaku and Barkley go, we will need the number 10 and number 9 positions filling. Whilst I agree totally about the spine bit and all the points you make, I would add that if those 2 leave, we will lose our top 2 goalscorers. We will also be losing the 2 players with most assists. So we really need to find out asap what Barkley's plan actually is. We also need to make a decision on Lukaku and let him know that under no circumstances is he leaving the club until a replacement is sorted. Same goes for Barkley if he is not signing a new deal. Then we need to get the replacement in ASAP! All the good work done this season needs to be a foundation for next. My fear is the club may suffer unless plans are in place over the next few weeks. Of course as much as Lukaku wants to leave, he still has 2 years contract and most clubs will only sell a player on with 12 months left. It sometimes causes problems keeping an unhappy player (Berahino for example) but I would guess Barkley will be sold quickly because he only has 1 year left. if he does not sign in the next few weeks. Lukaku may prove to be a more drawn out saga. That's my feelings anyway.

4.) 08 May 2017 08:20:36
Lukaku= willian jose, dolberg, possibly that Villarreal striker.

Barkley=gylfi, klassen

Then a gk=pickford or any of the 100 others linked

2 cb=keane, van dijk


Winger= grey or ghezzel.

5.) 08 May 2017 09:02:34
Berkshireblue2, if we were to buy the cheapest options from your list, circa £25 million each that would be £150 million. Add to that you want VVD also so that's £200 million. Naturally it would mean replacing Lukaku and Ross who would get us £100 million at least. So realistically we would still have to spen £100 million. I can't see that happening despite our new spending power. I have to say though, your list is very exciting and what a summer that would be.

6.) 08 May 2017 11:58:23
Dont forget we already have a small squad compared to others around the top 7 (forget 6 now) . We will also likely lose McCarthy, McGeady, Kone and Valencia plus obviously Lennon for some time. wouldn't be surprised to see Jags move on, Mirallas and maybe even Barry.

So an already small squad needs 8 replacements just to stand still. Add to that losing Rom and Barkley and at least one of our keepers and its 11 to stand still with squad size.

For me, Butland, Keane, VVD, Tielamns, Gylfi, Klaasen, and 3 strikers - don't know enough about them to say who. Would also love Redmond to give us some width / pace and a couple more youngsters.

I think the cash is there - we had some spare last year - its just how much we can spend with FFP. Exciting and interesting times regardless.




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18 May 2018 09:56:36
Really hope we have a good clearout of "players" now. Get rid of all that negativity that's been around the club. And sorry but Rooney has to go, far to slow now for this level. Need pace in the midfield with at least two attacking players in there.
Would like to see a four, four, two formation, and would have Gana as the holding midfielder. Oh and Lookman has to be brought back, kids going to be massive talent.


1.) 18 May 2018 11:10:23
442 far too old school in order to play fast pressing game like top teams to defend from the front you need to have either 3 or 4 players up front to close down opposition.

2.) 18 May 2018 11:16:46
why is everybody so desperate to stick it to Rooney? Yes he's not the superstar he once was, and if he stays then it's best that he's an impact sub. But he showed such passion last season, got a decent amount of goals including the stunner against West Ham, and let's be honest, without his contribution we very well could have been in a squeaky bum situation at the end of the season.
I do think he should move to USA yes, but please give him a little respect.

3.) 18 May 2018 16:38:13
It's not having a lack of respect, its reality. He is to slow and his best days are behind him sadly.

4.) 18 May 2018 23:40:55
He was a our best player in the stats. But that's hardly a bench mark that's fair to him or us as fans or the club.

But he is doing exactly what he did at Utd for 3 years. Mostly getting in the way and giving the opposition as many goals -shots as he makes the other end.

He's a game thrower waiting to happen. It's not that he's slow (He is, I actually never credited him with any pace) but he sort of intimidates the younger players and I think it's just an emotional decision that clouds lots of fans.

He isn't good enough. I'd like him to stay as a coach or something but he wants to play still. Let him go I say. Especially if we can make a few quid too.



16 May 2018 17:12:34
You know if we give the new man time to build a good team, say two to three years. Then we could be moving into our new home at just the right time. How good would that be.


{Ed025's Note - it would be great mate..

1.) 16 May 2018 17:27:57
Exciting times alright. I'd like to thank our new owner for showing faith in our great club. Also to Bill for finding what appears to be a very good fit for the taking our club forward. He has his doubters but FM can't be faulted for effort. He is pulling out all the stops at the moment. Looks like he really wants to make things work.

2.) 16 May 2018 17:47:05
Hear Hear mate.

3.) 16 May 2018 17:48:30
He keeps pulling out his wallet too NBTB.
onwards and upwards now Brands has been confirmed.
Emery in next.

4.) 16 May 2018 18:00:49
Now that would be music to my ears.



14 May 2018 17:12:30
131 million pounds for being on telly. No wonder football is so messed up. Mind you we will earn sod all next season, who would want to watch that again.


{Ed025's Note - certainly not me woburn..

1.) 14 May 2018 18:03:45
I will not spend another Penney on them till fat Sam and fat ken have gone? But wait a minute a got a lot for free, 🐒.

2.) 14 May 2018 19:44:26
Me too, Son is getting married close season and as he is the one that purchases my season ticket for me I foresee Dad/ Grandad slipping even further down the ladder of Family Love LOL. He may surprise me but I doubt (quite right to) if I am currently at the fore of his priorities.

{Ed025's Note - well i you should be DFS..

3.) 14 May 2018 20:18:31
He's probably doing you a favour DFS.

{Ed025's Note - love it smit..



24 Apr 2018 17:43:33
Seeing a lot of comments about how people would rather see a boring one nil win than an attacking one nil loss.
I really don't get this, have Man C not just shown us all that you can play attacking exciting football and still win games.
This after all is supposed to be an entertainment buisness.
SA had the perfect opportunity last night to play an attacking formation, and dump the two holding players. However he stuck to what he knows, and would probably have been happy with a draw.
If he is here next season then expect more of the same, because he won't change.


1.) 24 Apr 2018 18:14:16
I said on Twitter last night Newcastle fans were the best I have seen at goodison this season but their team was the worst I have seen it was like watching us 10 men behind the ball hoping a long punt or a set piece comes off and that's why we beat them Sam plays the same team as he always does and again 36500 homes fans were bored stiff.

2.) 24 Apr 2018 19:24:36
The problem with playing defensively for the majority of the match, a bit like Burnley. It is a very small margin between winning, drawing and losing a game. Burnley have shown that when things are going your way they accumulate points but they are also prone to prolonged bad spells when things aren't.
We were similar under moyes where we drew far too many games. If you have a go you're much more likely to go on a good winning run home and away. Something I can't remember us doing for many a year.

3.) 24 Apr 2018 21:01:47
I have no idea where this thought that you can only win if you play defensively. To think this you must be an absolute idiot!

Take a look at the top 6 or 7 teams in every league in the world and 99% will be teams that go out to play football and score goals. Take a look at the bottom and a massive majority will be your Stokes, WBA and the like.

With Sam's style of play we will always be below the top six but with a manager looking to play football and go for the win we may just challenge the top six.

4.) 24 Apr 2018 21:28:17
BJU you have not grasped the thread of the posts we are not saying you can only win if you play defensively but we would rather win than loose. If you ask any of us if we can win playing great football we would take that over boring football any day of the week we just want to see a winning team.

5.) 25 Apr 2018 06:08:34
SA90 I think it is you that is misunderstanding if you think for one minute we will be a top 6 club the way Big Sam plays.
We will be at best mid table until all our best players have left or retired and then we will become another Sunderland as we will not be able to attract good replacements, even with Moshiri's millions as who, apart from mercenaries, will want to be associated with playing like we have
Big Sam has squeezed the enthusiasm/ life out of the majority of the fans and the team/ club will soon follow.

6.) 25 Apr 2018 10:28:00
bw2412 still not grasped the point. I have never stated we would be a top 6 side the way SA plays. I am not defending SA in any shape or form what I am saying is for me results are more important than the style of play his methods have bought reasonable results and that's more important than defensive tactics crap media statements and belligerent attitude towards any criticism. If you are still unsure I don't particularly like SA being our manager I don't really like the way we are playing football under his stewards ship I am not a great fan to say the least of his interactions with the media. However, if he continues to win or draw and not loose fixtures, which meant we won trophies achieved a CL place I would be okay to have him in charge.

7.) 25 Apr 2018 12:08:00
you had me until your last sentence 'which meant we won trophies achieved a CL place.
Even you in the start of your post said 'I never said we would be a top 6 side the way he plays'
As a club we are at a crossroads. Sam is going to go into a meeting with Farhad and say one year contract not enough and I need an extension to give clarity to everyone. If we give him what he wants we are resigned to mid table, dire football, be on the decline for a couple of more years.
If we let him see out his current contract what guarantee do we have that any players he buys are players any new manager will want, any players we sell are players a new manager would want to lose.
Sam, to my mind has shown no inclination to develop the club, motivate the players or do anything other than stroke his ego and elevate his own opinion of himself.
I am convinced he doesn't want to stay, he wants his payoff and will then go on holiday until the next club panics and requires his services.
Keeping him on would be one of the biggest mistakes we could make.



16 Apr 2018 19:05:39
Have they sacked him yet?
Oh come on what are they waiting for?
The season is over. We may not even finish in the top ten, and are the dullest footballing team in the league.
Give the fans a break, something to hold on to, something to believe.
Or we could just plod on as we are I suppose.


1.) 16 Apr 2018 22:19:30
he should be sacked but this is Everton and he will not be sacked til the summer.

2.) 17 Apr 2018 01:11:51
What is to be gained by waiting?
Maybe the club hasn’t yet received a firm “yes” from the new DoF and new manager (first-team coach) they really want.
Does that mean - if we don’t secure those - that the club will make a pathetic “damp squib” announcement in the Summer that Walsh, Allardyce, etc., are staying?

3.) 17 Apr 2018 07:34:56
We're virtually guaranteed Premier League next season. West Brom and Stoke can't catch us. If Southampton won all their last 5 games we only need 2 points to be above them. NOW is the time to start planning for next season and we need a new manager, new DOF and new players in several positions
Let's get started!

4.) 17 Apr 2018 07:45:36
I think if Silva was in the running then Sam would have been sacked by now. It might mean that if Sam is to be sacked then the man we want his still in a job and therefore sacking Sam would gain nothing except for our sanity being restored.

I would suspect that once seasons are over then movement will be made. Brands sounds like a done deal for me. Saying it will be hard to leave are the right sound bites for his current employers but also not a dismissal of his potential new ones.

Fonseca too has not denied the fact he will probably leave Shaktar. Along with him wanting to manager over here and with little chance he will get the financial backing from anyone outside the top six then we may be his destination.

I suppose we just need to be patient and see what happens.

5.) 17 Apr 2018 08:51:59
BlueJohnUs: it is strange that if Silva - who is clearly available and was tipped for it before Allardyce came in - was first choice, then why isn’t his appointment being more strongly rumoured in the media. Maybe Moshiri has cooled his interest (due to the influence of a super-agent? ) and is instead waiting for his current preference (Fonseca? ) to become officially available.




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17 May 2018 16:18:28
He could give himself a private berth next to the new ground. His boats as big as the Isle of Man ferry.




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16 May 2018 17:07:46
Hopefully Brands will now have a big say in who the new man will be, and it won’t be Moyes.


{Ed025's Note - lets hope not woburn..



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04 May 2018 19:52:35
We won’t be ok with this brick in charge. Doesn’t matter who we buy his style of football won’t change.




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02 May 2018 09:54:57
Look if we had got to this position playing decent football then I don’t think this would even be an issue. The fact is the football is awful, and some of those wins could easily have been losses. We don’t dominate teams we bore them into submission. Now if people are happy to see us play like this all next season, then fine. But I will give it a miss thanks.
All the best.




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24 Apr 2018 20:36:08
I think Sam will try sweet talking him into believing he is doing a wonderful job, and that if we buy four more defensive midfielders for next season, then we will win the league.





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19 May 2018 10:11:09
Sorry Jags has been a good defiant to the club, but filling the coaching staff with ex players who have one nothing does not work. We need new blood in with new ideas, and a winning mentality.
Who would I get rid of. Jags, Mori, Williams, Pennington, and Galloway. Need one centre back and a left back, two attacking midfielders. Oh and bring back Lookman.




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18 May 2018 16:38:13
It's not having a lack of respect, its reality. He is to slow and his best days are behind him sadly.




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18 May 2018 07:11:19
👏👏👏👏👏 well said mate, totally agree.




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17 May 2018 06:38:17
Does that mean that Bill will be going on a little boat to do some fishing?




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