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15 May 2018 22:44:01
So it looks like the majority of us will have some good news tomorrow! But who should be the man to take the hot seat? Silva seems to be the main name being bandied around but I'm not convinced he is the right man for the job. He took Hull out of the relegation zone only for them to plummet back down and, eventually get relegated.

He started well with Watford but then went on a bad run and was sacked. The 'official' Watford reason was that he had his head turned by us wanting permission to speak to us. If that's true then would this happen again if he comes and does well enough for other clubs to want to talk to him? Reminds me of Martinez so, with all the above considered, I'd rather he wasn't given the job.

After thinking long and hard, there is only one man with the experience of the league and that would probably have a bit of pulling power. It pains me to say it, believe me, but that man is Benitez. I know ed25 won't be happy but is there a better qualified man out there?

It's all hyperthetical as I don't even know if he would be interested but we need a strong character in charge, if only to stabilise the club and create a base from where we can grow from over the next few seasons.
The board have to be decisive and get this appointment right. If we install a new manager and it all goes wrong, maybe fireman Sam the gravy guzzler can come back for a few games and get us out of trouble!




09 May 2018 21:50:10
This summer is going to be an interesting one for us blues. There are players to be moved on and some to join but the turnover of players isn't as important to our future as the DoF role and, obviously, that of the manager.

The entire saga regarding SA, although getting a bit tedious, should be made clear after our last league game. There will be a considerable amount of the fanbase up in arms if he is allowed to continue, me included, but we will have to bite our tongues and get behind the team regardless. If the board decide to give him the boot, their next appointment is vitally important to our future and they HAVE to get it right.

We have wasted a lot of cash since Moshiri came in and there have been many lessons learnt, fingers crossed these mistakes will never be repeated. We need somebody who is willing to be here for more than two seasons, someone who will buy into Moshiri's project and hit the ground running. Someone to lay down the foundations for his eventual successor, moving the club forwards. Haven't a clue as to who this could be!

The DoF role is almost as important. We got it wrong by bringing in Walsh to be the first ever DoF that our club had. He is one of the best in the country at what he does, or so I'm told, so we bring him in and put him in an entirely different job! The man is a Head Scout not a DoF. I wouldn't buy a toaster to make a cup of tea, they are two entirely different things. If the club relieve him of his post then I hope they retain him within the scouting team as that is where he has more to offer. Just because that toaster can't make a cup of tea shouldn't mean you discard it completely. Use it for the job it's meant to do!

It looks like Brands has agreed to join, according to a few media outlets online, which means we will be getting a DoF who knows that particular job inside out. That, for me, is a giant step in the right direction.


1.) 09 May 2018 23:13:41
Good post blue.

2.) 09 May 2018 23:19:27
Brilliant post BP a sentiment that probably all us blues feel couldn't agree with you more.

3.) 09 May 2018 23:36:41
The “will he, won’t he stay” saga surrounding SA is an emotional roller coaster. Reports seem to change daily with no journalist seeming to have any real idea about whether or not he is going, which probably means that the club have no really idea (which is incredibly worrying) .

4.) 10 May 2018 01:47:59
Hopefully the latest news regarding Brands is correct and the snowball has started to roll down the mountain.

The lack of any firm reports of an Allardyce replacement though is worrying to me. We are linked with dozens of replacements but none seem to be done deals.

With the World cup interfering with the close season we need to jump out of the starting blocks straight after our last match. I just hope all the dominos are set up


5.) 10 May 2018 11:25:45
I can understand the club waiting until new appointments are signed and sealed - I can even accept waiting until after the final match of the season before officially making the changes - BUT if the announcements don’t come thick and fast next week, then I’ll wonder if there’s any clear plan - let alone any leadership of that plan.



04 Nov 2017 14:28:43
Just read a brief article (Telegraph online) that says Panarama are doing a two part investigation over who actually owns Everton. They are questioning whether Moshiri is doing the bidding of Usmanov, breaking the league rules of having a stake in two clubs. Any eds heard anything on this? Should be interesting to watch.





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12 May 2018 23:08:58
This ones for degsy!
In 999 premier league matches, we have won 362 games, scoring 1302 times. Tim Howard has made the most appearances at 354 and the most wins, at 156, goes to Leon Osman!


1.) 13 May 2018 08:42:31
Nice stat bluepotato. I know I went on and on and on and on about Leon Osman, but I never understood how fellow Blues could knock one of our own who joined the club as a kid, never made a fuss about anything in a career that lasted 16 years at one club (other than loan outs) . He finally got an England cap at 31 years old and scored 43 goals in 352 appearances for us. I know he slowed up at the end and we should have had a replacement for him. but that is the club's fault not his. I remember many vociferous posts on here making him out to be some sort of rubbish player who had done nothing for EFC. How we could do with an attacking midfielder like him now!

{Ed025's Note - i always liked him degsy ..

2.) 13 May 2018 09:23:14
Never mind his attacking capability Degsy. We could do with some of his heart and passion in this squad.
Maybe if he had come from spain he may have got more plaudits from some on here.

{Ed025's Note - your right smit..

3.) 13 May 2018 11:08:06
I used to get annoyed with the repetitive Osman posts. However I thought Osman was terribly underrated. His first touch was magic. I've never understood why the terraces have to have one player as a scapegoat, and it's usually one of our own, yet a lot of the flair players like Mirallas and Bolasie get away with loads of awful games. First it was Hibbo, then Osman, then Barkley, now Davies.

4.) 13 May 2018 13:42:02
Naturally Gentlemen, I agree with all your comments. And just to prove his worth (shown before I know) look at the technique in these goals. Outside of both feet. Instep of both feet. Laces through it. Heading too. If he was available today he would be a £40 mill player!



28 Jan 2018 13:24:18
Question for any of the eds, who takes charge loaning out our youngsters? I'd imagine that it is a combination of people, possibly Rhino as U23 manager, maybe even Sam and then Walsh having an input.
If that is the case then how have none of them realised that Connor Grant had already played for two teams this season yet still loaned him out to a team he isn't allowed to play for? Whichever way you look at it, it is a bit sloppy from behind the scenes. Too many cooks springs to mind and is indicative of where are troubles have stemmed over the last few months. Someone needs a rollicking over this but who will carry the can?


{Ed002's Note - Ultimately Walsh.}

1.) 28 Jan 2018 13:40:13
cheers ed002.

2.) 28 Jan 2018 14:49:47
If that's true bluepotato it's one of the most idiotic things we've ever done, and I've seen some stupid stuff in my 30+ years being a blue.

{Ed001's Note - it is true, though Plymouth tried to take the blame for not checking it out. Obviously didn't want to upset their chances of taking players on loan in the future by upsetting Everton as the blame has to reside at the door of Everton for not realising. He is their player, they should keep track of these things, not Argyle.}

3.) 28 Jan 2018 17:12:52
bluepotato, this whole debacle became worse because as oft commented EFC (Mr Moshri/ Koeman) really wanted Mr Walsh - the Scout - I have no firm idea of the ins and outs but I suspect Mr Walsh would not come unless he got a job upgrade. Again in my view that upgrade has proven to much. If we wish (ed) to go down the DoF route, isn't it commonsense to appoint someone with experience and knowledge of that role. You just cannot sanction or bring in 7, 8, 9, players and shoehorn them into a consistent winning Team overnight. It should have been a patient and gradual process. It is truly a very sad situation, we are not going to finish higher than 9th unless something miraculous happens and unless things improve dramatically I fear for us sliding back down again.



30 Oct 2017 00:08:25
What has happened to us? Since the premier league began, we have been the poor relations. We had little cash to spend the moment millionaire owners became paupers as the billionaires rolled into town. As soon as we get decent financial backing behind us we implode spectacularly. We all looked at the previous manager but it seems that there is more than meets the eye.
We have a team low on confidence. A team that doesn't look like they know how to score, rarely working the ball into the box and taking pot shots from 30yards+. A team that keeps less clean sheets than the pontins in Southport. I hated the way RK hooked a player at half-time nearly every week, for me this just shows that he got his tactics wrong in the first place. Rhino subbed two today! I'm not bashing the latter here but surely we should be getting the team, shape and tactics sorted before the game? Without a decent out and out striker, we will continue to struggle but this can be rectified in January. Fingers crossed that we haven't fell too far behind the pack by then. Defensively we are shocking, more so than I can remember. Under DM, we were quite solid at the back but Roberto came in and took 12 months to undo that ethic. We have struggled ever since but it is more noticeable now that Rom has left. I think it is too big a job for Rhino to be expected to take on, especially with his limited experience. Get in a manager for the short-term and put DU as his assistant to learn the ropes. The club needs to be decisive over the next manager and sort this mess out before it becomes a fully fledged crisis.


1.) 30 Oct 2017 04:04:32
Well said Blue Potato
If you look at our home fixtures from now to Xmas the hardest game is this next one against Watford .
Yes the next few are now hard games but would have been games we would expected to have won comfortably before our present crisis .
We must ensure we give ourselves a fighting chance once January comes and look to make Goodison a fortress and try not to see a big gap open up by then .
Incidentally I think and it won’t help us this year that the fixtures we started with should not be allowed in future .
Yes I know you have to play evryone in the end BUT if you have such a start and loose them it is much harder than if they were spread out evenly from a psychological point of view
We need a minimum of 17 points at halfway and then hope we massively improve from January.



22 Oct 2017 20:12:17
Where do you start with regards to that today without going over old ground? 5 at the back just doesn't seem to work for us but, if he stays and goes with that formation again, can he please put Keane in the middle of the 3 cb's? There was far too much space between him and Kenny in the first half, the senior pro's should be protecting the younger ones a bit more. I'm seriously worried if no change is made, we lack desire, spirit and any sense of attacking threat. Players don't seem to know where they should be, players are out of position and it shows. There is no passion and any confidence they did have has been sucked out of them in the last month or so. The only positive I could take today was Vlasic, when out wide, looks like he will be a good player for us.
I've seen some bad managers come and go over the years but none of them have ever made me leave the ground early, not Walker not Smith and not Martinez. But two home games on the bounce have seen me leave the ground with ten minutes to go, it's just too painful to watch. The club has serious problems on the pitch and behind the scenes and it needs to be sorted before we become embroiled in a relegation dog fight. We are lucky that, if we go on a run under this manager or his replacement, there isn't too much of a gap between the bottom and the top half of the league. I can't see where the win is going to come from though at this minute but we can only hope. The fans showed the board how disappointed and angry they are by leaving the ground in droves before the game ended, let's hope that they got the message.


1.) 22 Oct 2017 21:07:32
We all fell into the trap of Koeman the player v Koeman the Manager being the same, myself included. A simple search on his managerial cv would reveal mediocracy and walk outs. Unfortunately I believe in Mr Kenwright and his sidekick Mr Elstone we have instability caused by reaction and an inability to be proactive. This will result in Mr Koeman staying in post until the Fat Lady has returned to bed.

2.) 22 Oct 2017 21:28:13
The only thing I was certain of when we got him was anything has to be better than RM. His walking out of clubs was a negative but I'd be happy if he did that now! I have to disagree with the BK RE comment if only because I've heard it is Moshiri himself who is backing Koeman, up until today anyway. It seems there is friction between RK and Walsh too, he has certainly done himself no favours by alienating his players and staff. It can only be a matter of time before he falls on his sword. Hopefully the Dutch FA will step in so we don't have to pay him millions in compensation.

3.) 23 Oct 2017 03:43:40
Blue potato that's the first time in 20 odd years of having a season ticket that me an me dad have left on the 80th minute. Couldn't bare to watch us get carved open so easily. Going the match has become a chore, I actually hate going now, I grew up through the terrible times of of relegation battles but I enjoyed going the match then, now I just dread it mate.

4.) 23 Oct 2017 07:00:11
I'm with you there OB, seen some terrible teams and bad managers in my time but this is some of the worst football I have witnessed. At least the bad teams of the past had a bit of fight and tenacity about them. I was lucky to be around to see the success of the 80's and I thought we could actually kick on this year with more cash than we had seen in the prem era. I dread it too mate, RK is ruining it for me at the minute.



03 Oct 2017 20:55:08
Trying to escape the entire RK debate, is anyone else sick of Roy Keane's bleating every time Jimmy Mac gets called up to the Irish squad? He always seems to have cheap shots at EFC over this issue when his Association need to take responsibility over the players welfare as well. He's been out for a while now so it is irresponsible to call him up in the first place, surely they only want a fit JMc in their squad? Keane himself admitted the player was only 70% fit but I'd bet they still give him minutes on the pitch. It's a never ending cycle of him getting injured, going through rehabilitation to get fit, called up to national team, gets injured. Instead of this constant sniping in the press, the club and the Irish FA need their heads banging together over this issue.





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22 May 2018 19:52:38
I think he could still have a role to play next season but, if reports are true, I wish him nothing but the best and thank him for his years of great service. If this is the case then there must be a couple of left backs on the way in already as we are particularly weak in this position as it stands.




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16 May 2018 00:06:04
It's not as if people are preaching doom and gloom about a possible manager but we are all entitled to have an opinion on Silva or whoever else is linked with the job. It's the same at every club, look at the gunners. Some fans want Arteta and some want Enrique. Same here, some want Silva, some want Benitez ans some want Fonseca. We will see plenty of opinions on all of them if, as expected, Sam leaves after tomorrow.




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12 May 2018 14:14:04
To be honest, ed001, I've always thought that around ten goals would be a realistic target for WR to hit. Without them goals, we would be 7 or 8 points worse off so I think he has been successful in his return. I agree he is definitely not the same player that he has been in previous years and, if he ends up staying, I think next season he will be spending more time on the bench.
The entire squad has been below par this season and there have been worse players getting game time than Wayne, Williams and Martina spring to mind. I wouldn't be unhappy if he ends up staying but I would wish him well if he moved on.




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14 Feb 2018 23:06:50
Grumpy, I think you are being a bit too forceful with your views and there is really no need to try and make out others have inferior intellect than yourself just because their opinions don't match your own. I believe Sa will be gone come the summer because the majority of fans who go the game have had enough of the insipid, dull, defensive football that this man serves up for us.

I have not been this disillusioned with the team since the walker days, we might have steadied the ship a bit but can you honestly see him kicking us on to challenge the top six teams? We only have two of the top teams to play so I expect him to win us more points ts but that doesn't mean he is the right man for the job. If he is in charge then I will happily not renew my season ticket as I can't sit through such dire, defensive football. It's not good viewing at all.

Can you explain why you really believe the board would let him build a squad for another man? It looks to me like the DoF has more say than any manager on who is brought in so I don't think Sa has much say on targets, he just names a position, maybe a specific player, and then the transfer team goes out and find targets. Our problem, as a club, is having Walsh as DoF when it is apparent to every man and his dog that his strengths lie in being a chief scout.




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06 Feb 2018 16:37:19
It was more the way he went about things to be honest johny1989, he held us to ransom for a while over a new deal which would have smashed our wage structure at the time. So to take a pay cut in the 11th hour giving us no time to replace him is a bit naughty imo. It just goes to show how fickle fans can be. Rooney left to win trophies but was castigated for many years, Arteta does it and there is nothing really said!





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22 May 2018 19:54:53
Just read something similar, DFS, and I'm thinking the same thing as yourself. Why, with Silvas record in the premier league, would you offer such a big contract? Especially with the cash FM has already splurged on managers since he came in. Crazy but it's his money I suppose!




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20 May 2018 19:55:03
I will if you take your own advice, Stig. I just don't see the logic in attacking BK like some do. I remember the PJ saga as it played out so, despite your refusal to admit it, BK saved us from the inevitable plummet that we were heading for. He has given us a new man to lead us forwards and will soon step down, why keep beating the 'I hate BK drum'?
If there has been some posters that have had a personal dig at you then that is below the belt but your original post was always going to bring about an adverse reaction. Can't really moan if you was wound up by the very people you was trying to wind up!




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20 May 2018 16:29:42
Totally agree with ed25 and the other posts here. Stig, you need to move away from the cult-like groups mentioned, they do not represent me as an Evertonian, they are a group of misguided fools who seem intent on destroying our club despite proclaiming that they have its best interests at heart.

Believe me, if BK had not managed to oust PJ 20+ years ago then we would have fallen out of the premier league well before now. He could have given you your wish and sold up years ago when groups like that who purchased Blackburn were sniffing around. Is that what you and them groups wanted? The likes of the Venkies haven't done much good for that particular club have they? And, if reports are to be believed, they wanted to buy us before settling on Rovers.

Bill might have his faults, like the rest of us he is only human, but he has steered the Goodison ship and kept it on course for the premier league for many, many years. In the very least you and those who criticise, for the sake of criticising, should acknowledge that BK has brought in a man to take over that will give the club a chance to thrive. You lot sound like ungrateful, spoilt kids but you can't change history. Bill Kenwright saved this club from the depths of lower league football. It's about time that you anti BK brigade realise as much.




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20 May 2018 14:09:19
I agree, Bitterblue, him coming in, if reports are actually true, wouldn't mean instant success. It would, however, mean we can be competitive with the top tier of premier clubs which, in turn, should see us really attack the teams that currently dominate the top four places. What's better than having one billionaire running the club? Two billionaires!
Joking aside, we shouldn't get too fixated on th AU rumours until there is some substance to them.




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09 May 2018 19:17:58
There was a thread on here when he first came back to us and the general consensus was it would be a good season for WR if he could score around 10 goals this season. He got there by December and, without the points that his goals gave us, we would be 8 points down. As of today, I think that would place us 13th in the league and a few quid down on what we receive from the prize pool.
He hasn't been consistent but that could be said of every squad member this season, they have all struggled at some point. If he stays another year then I would expect him to be on the bench a lot more than this year.