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24 Nov 2017 19:41:14
What's with the Martin O'Neill rumours? Normally would ignore this sort of thing but the fact he's suddenly being talked about just as Moshiri says we're close to appointing someone has got me a bit spooked. Surely not? Although can't see who would come right now.


{Ed025's Note - lets just hope thats someone guessing coyb, he would bring that low life roy keane with him thats all we need mate..

1.) 24 Nov 2017 19:52:13
he is now odds on with the bookies, so maybe someone knows more than us, then again, allardyse was odds on last week, and silva was at the start of the week.

2.) 24 Nov 2017 21:04:24
Not being funny but why not Martin O’Neill, he is a good manager that has pretty much performed where ever he has been and has that ability to make average players into very good players something I’m sure he learnt from the greatest manager ever Mr Clough.
People on here keep saying not him, not him. We are not a club that can go and get the best, just like we can’t get those top players we are where we are, I would welcome his appointment just like I would with Dyche.

3.) 24 Nov 2017 20:41:53
I'm with you, Ed. I'm starting to wonder if we'd be any worse without a manager. We look so clueless.

{Ed025's Note - for me we need to bring in a good manager who will get shut of all the old brigade and the "jobs for the boys" mentality that has infested this club coby, out with the old and in with the new mate..

4.) 24 Nov 2017 22:21:29
Right that’s it, I am applying for the gig in the morning 🏋🏻.

5.) 24 Nov 2017 21:37:49
Can't wait for a big shake up, Ed.

That sounds ruder than I planned.

6.) 25 Nov 2017 07:13:34
I totally agree with you Ed, start again in January it’s the only way to save our Premier league status.

{Ed025's Note - there are too many ex-players who have got cushy little numbers for me uran and that has taken the edge off the whole club, it needs sorting before we can move on imo mate..

7.) 25 Nov 2017 07:32:54
Spot on ed25. Thing though is the 'old' brigade are the one's running the Club. Very difficult to change direction while the steering wheel is being pulled all over the place. As for Mr Moshri buddying up to Mr White, think someone at the Club needs to give him a heads up. For me talking to Mr White is a very close second to talking to the Sun Newspaper, not quite as abhorrent but never the less still a bit of a whiff.

{Ed025's Note - the whole shebang needs a shake up DFS from the bottom to the top, familiarity breeds contempt and that certainly seems to be the case at everton mate and its needs sorting..



19 Nov 2017 17:24:20
For the record, the reasons why Silva is highly regarded are:
1. He took a team that was 10th in the Portuguese 2nd division when he arrived into the 1st division and got them into the Europa League 2 seasons on the trot - the only 2 seasons they've ever been in the competition.
2. He won the Portuguese Cup with Sporting - their first trophy in 6 years.
3. He won the league with Olympiacos (in fairness, they win it most years) but he also finished with the same number of points as Arsenal in their Champions League group, which also contained Bayern. They beat Arsenal at the Emirates. While that team always wins the Greek league, they had literally no players of real note, unless you count a 35-year-old Cambiasso and Milivojevic, who is now doing OK at Palace.
4. In terms of points per game, he's improved both Hull and Watford since coming to England.

There are worries: he has moved a lot; Hull collapsed at the end of the season; Ed002 reckons he's more of a coach than a manager, which works in Watford's set-up but not necessarily in ours; his teams do at times let in a lot of goals, but not as bad as Martinez, and it's perhaps unfair to make too much of that when looking at the teams.

On the plus side, he's always managed to get wins against the biggest sides and at the very least gives them a game.




06 May 2017 09:13:10
Ed do you have any idea what sort of fees we would be paying for Willian Jose or Bakambu? Kingo suggested Iheanacho below. If he's looking to move on, I would have thought he'd be a great signing for us, though again not sure what the fee would be.


{Ed002's Note - I don't want to get in to the money because it causes a lot of confusion with football fans, but Everton has shown no interest in Kelechi Iheanacho - although another side has. I would not be suprised if Everton were to look to both Willian Jopse and Bakambu rather than one or the other.}

1.) 06 May 2017 10:11:27
Thanks Ed. I know you don't like to talk about money and understand why. Good news that we might have a couple of options in attack. I thought it would be one or other because Koeman usually plays a single striker and didn't think either would come to be 2nd choice.

{Ed002's Note - Bakambu is much more flexible and is comfortable anywhere as a forward rather than just a striker. WJ is very much a striker - but a couple of other EPL sides are keen as well.}

2.) 06 May 2017 10:22:18
Thanks Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

3.) 06 May 2017 10:30:00
While you're on, Ed, may I ask a question? What do you think Everyone can reasonably hope for in terms of the club's progress over the next few (3-5) years? Do you see us being able to challenge the top 6 consistently, qualify for the champions league at all (whatever happened to talk of a breakaway European Super League - are we factoring that possibility in? ) Or is the club just looking to consolidate our position as a good premier league side who sometimes get European competition?

{Ed002's Note - I don't see a significant change. Other sides will be pushing Everton (Southampton might be a good example) and breaking in to the Champions League places will be very difficult but getting to a position of challenging will be possible. In five years time Everton should be settled in to the new stadium and they should be commercially growing. UEFA as you know are fighting the breakaway but Everton are not part of the breakaway plans.}

4.) 06 May 2017 13:19:16
Thanks Ed. I know Everton aren't part of those plans. I was just wondering if it happens where that leaves the Premier League and the remaining clubs.

{Ed002's Note - It remains very much an on-going issue with regular discussions on the matter between a dozen or more clubs. The next will be at the end of August.

Without going in to too much detail: (a) A number of clubs take the opportunity to meet and discuss various issues including changes in rules, club versus country issues, television and other media rights, the power of UEFA, exploitation issues for new technology streams, etc.. The meetings were annually but now they happen two and sometimes three times a year. There was a meeting in December – where there was a discussion about the state of FIFA, the situation with UEFA and a so far unpublished claim from a retired referee that the result of a Champions League game was influenced by a third party. These discussions also always turn to the possibility and structure of a breakaway pan European league. Several are ex-G14 clubs, several are not, and some clubs decline involvement in such discussions. (b) The plan is that at some point a number of clubs would break away from their national leagues and UEFA. They accept that they would be banned from all existing club competition and the players would initially be banned from all FIFA competitions as well, but know that FIFA would be looking to negotiate in any case. It would be the end of UEFA in all probability and UEFA are very aware of this. It would also result in a restructuring of many of the national leagues. (c) The clubs would renegotiate their television and media rights, rights of distribution via other streams etc.. (d) It remains the greatest fear of UEFA and all major national authorities that one day this will happen – which has resulted in a counter-proposal being drafted by UEFA. (e) Timing wise, two very prominent clubs want it to happen as soon as possible (2018 - obviously that isn't the case) and they have the support of a third club - but most are looking at 2022-4 being a good option. A few clubs are looking at 2025 to 2027 and I suspect that could end up as the reality.

There is a counter-proposal to the pan-European breakaway that has partially been backed by UEFA to try and save their own skin. This is an option to the breakaway as everyone now knows the reality of it. The proposal is to rename and change the format of the UEFA Champions League to make it an elite closed-shop pan-European league with a fixed number of teams – and these would be the same teams every year. It would then require the restructuring of the Europa League and the possible introduction of a lower-tier European competition. Although they have yet to flesh out the detail and there is now a major concern that the impetus for this is not coming from Europe, although one major Football Association has given their support and discussions have also been held with the leading clubs from England (Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal). The American backer, Stephen Ross of the Miami Dolphins, has requested a meeting with an extant group of sides considering the pan-European breakaway to discuss his proposals. They have yet to respond but having identified the source of much of the funding (and that raising a concern) will wish to discuss it between themselves first. However, UEFA are now considering yet another proposal that would see some places in the CL fixed (probably to previous winners) and then see it supplemented by Champions and second place sides each season. This complicates matters again as it means the re-introduction of a third competition or the significant restructuring of the EL. The plan being put to clubs is a summer/preseason tournament that will evolve in to a parallel league, and of course eventually in to a complete breakaway for these clubs. As a first step to all of this, UEFA have negotiated minor changes that will see the four entrants from England, Germany, Spain and Italy enter the existing Champions League group stages without any qualification beyond their National League position (so no entry to qualifying rounds). This has been agreed by the European Club Association but UEFA did not want to discuss it with the separate group of “elite” sides discussing the Pan European League (and that “elite” group includes three English sides) as they are aware they will get no more than a shrug and no long-term support.

If the proposal for a breakaway goes ahead, there is every likelihood that the big money from television, sponsorship etc. would go with a breakaway league. It would completely rupture the operations of UEFA and I would expect it would require national associations like the FA to restructure their leagues. Nobody wants this but it is the eventual consequence I would expect. Initially it could be that there is a single 16 team league with 2 or 3 EPL teams making the initial plunge. If I had to speculate, I would think (1) you might eventually see something like five or six EPL teams leave for two-tier pan European league - but it won't be based on the UEFA rankings; (2) the Premier League would be disbanded as an organisation; (3) the FA would restructure in to two 20 team divisions with lower leagues regionalised as they were many years ago; (4) FIFA would ban all players from the breakaway teams from International football - perhaps rescinding that position to stop FIFA breaking up as well - they don't want further issues but the troubles are not going to go away. I could also see many teams lose their professional status. I would think we are probably 10 years away from any significant move at this time.

I hold a reasonably strong view in terms of the need to restructure football in Europe in any case. For me an eventual a breakaway pan-European league would force the restructuring of many of the national leagues, possibly resulting in a British league with perhaps only a couple of professional tiers and then regionalised amateur leagues below that. Financially I do not see that so many pro sides can be sustained within the sport which, like it or not, will see more and more money going in to the highest levels of the game. Governments will ensure that grassroots sport get funding but everything in the middle (Southern, Northern, Conference, Division 2, Scottish Divisions 1-3, League of Wales will not get the funding needed to continue on any sort of professional basis.

A further counter proposal exists as a Chinese proposal from the Dalian Wanda Group proposes to open up the lucrative Chinese and Far Eastern media markets by extending the league to include Chinese and Southa American clubs. This has yet to be discussed by the "elite" sides as a group although the proposals have been presented to a number of them already on an individual basis. The proposals are very broad-based and lack detail - their selling point is significant additional income for the "elite".}

5.) 06 May 2017 20:00:38
Wow. Thanks for that very detailed explanation, Ed. Given all that, it seems quite likely that the will be a breakaway league in the sort of timeframe you outline here. If players of those clubs are banned by FIFA, that would surely be a bit of a spanner in the works, though? I guess FIFA will cave eventually. Interesting that there might be a two-tier pan-European solution. We'd have to hope Everton could get in that way? Would that two-tier system involve promotion and relegation? Eventually, it will probably go global, presumably? If Costa goes to China, it seems like a bigger deal than Tevez and Oscar taking the money and a trickle of older players could become more of an exodus if they change their homegrown player rule. As you say, they have money and in the end that always talks. Is the Chinese football league actually financially viable in the longer-term in its own right? I know I've gone off the subject of Everton there except it does affect us in the near future.

{Ed002's Note -
Since China opened up it has thrown a massive potential market in to the mix for professional sports (not just football, but there are other growth sports as well) and a number of Chinese companies see the potential for significant income form the game. Chinese money is already flooding through football with ownership and/or investment in clubs as diverse as Inter Milan, Espanyol, Den Haag, Milan, Sochaux, Aston Villa, Milan, Atletico Madrid, Slavia Prague and significantly, City Football Group. City of course owns Manchester City, New York City, Yokohama F Marino and Melbourne City - and are looking to expand in to China and South America. For years the professional game in China was under a cloud of corruption (including match-fixing) and the Chinese, and to be fair FIFA, have worked very hard to resolve the issues. The game is on the up there and they have the money to pretty much do what they want, and this involves taking a mix of players to play in China - there are high profile players at high-profile English sides that are being offered significant financial rewards for moving to China. There is now a shift coming in Europe and I would expect to see further investment in European sides - there is one organization looking hard at Germany and another already successful in buying in to Italy. They of course have to work within certain legal ownership frameworks and that will restrict investment in certain countries. Do not be surprised to see another English side be taken over by Chinese owners in the not too distant future (let me suggest Lander might look to Southampton as a viable option since their preferred choice is gone). Meanwhile, the profile of the game at home is increasing and the market to be tapped significant. I spent several months in Hong Kong working in both 1988 and again in 1990 and it was clear then that the mainland needed a step change and it could get leverage over so much - since then that has happened. Six months working out of Beijing in 2005 (until they pretty much forced me out) showed that changes were happening - since then I understand from colleagues who do visit that it has moved on a lot.

In terms of my personal view:

The Chinese are intent on cleaning up their act and want to promote sport within a nation that has only recently fully opened their doors to the outside world. There is a significant shift in wealth to the Far East and in particular China. They will invest and build in their own leagues and they will go to other parts of the world to learn. Chelsea has lost one player to China and has had an approach about a second. Other players from the EPL will follow with at least one Manchester City and at least one Liverpool player having opportunities in China for this season that they did not take up - but in the longer term the Chinese will cherry pick and then look to grow. This then leads to potential movement of players within the consortia (as Udinese has done with Watford) and that is something we will see more of but there are pleanty of walls in the way based on (a) convenience, and (b) potential abuse of national or international FFP rules. They will learn from the mistakes of others and they will soon be looking to add coaching capabilities by recruiting from other leagues. It is progress - like it or not.}

The coming years will see lots of changes. You know about the pan-European breakaway proposals, well there is going to be a counter-proposal backed by UEFA to try and save their own skin which is soon to be tabled (at the end of August to the "elite" clubs and in December to everyone else). There will be more global City Football Group style collectives appearing. There will be growth in China. And so it goes.}

6.) 07 May 2017 12:20:02
Thank you Ed for giving us the benefit of all that background knowledge. It puts our domestic plans into context. Interesting times ahead! China will change the world over the next few years that's for sure and we'd better open our eyes to it.

7.) 07 May 2017 18:49:27
So all these greedy b*st*rds will kill football.

Very good read ed02.

I personally wouldn't subscribe or watch any break away league, if we can not reach it I have no interest in it. I only watch champions league now and then hoping one day to see the blues in it.

Wonder what state football will be in if it destroys other leagues and fails itself.

{Ed002's Note - It is a natural progression.}



27 May 2016 19:20:36
Ed002 did we actually have a serous look at Favre? I thought he'd have been really good for us. We presumably could have competed with Nice on salary if we'd wanted him, although I guess living on the Cote d'Azur is worth something.


{Ed002's Note - Everton certainly considered Favre but he knew he was not going to be first pick. Nice gave him an offer, they have a nice new stadium and, as you say, the South of France is a better place to live than Merseyside - although perhaps not Nice itself.}

1.) 27 May 2016 19:37:59
Have you been to Bootle, Ed? I'd swap it for Nice. So if he knew he wasn't first pick, does that mean they had an order of preference from the start or just he knew he hadn't impressed them that much after talking to them?

{Ed002's Note - The club has potential managers where they want to guage their interest and they don't want to make a knee-jerk reaction even though that is what many of the fans want.}

2.) 28 May 2016 07:31:30
Spot on. Look what happened last time.

3.) 28 May 2016 07:58:34
Again, last time Martinez was appointed on 5th June. 2 months after Moyes has given notice. Wasn't a knee jerk reaction.




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15 May 2018 14:35:30
The guy hasn't even been appointed and is already being criticised. Does nobody think about context? People like Dyche, Howe and Silva run down because they've not win anything with Burnley, Bournemouth and Hull! No manager would win anything with those clubs. The exception, if you remember, was Martinez! What happened to looking for potential, having patience, giving the new man (if there is one) a chance to build something. Between us and West Ham and Arsenal fans, Fonseca must be itching to leave Shaktar.


1.) 15 May 2018 16:22:53
Would be nice to have a manager with a track record of winning things, rather than another one with a track record of being relegated!

2.) 15 May 2018 16:39:42
For all those saying what has Silva ever done, look at the guy's record. Estoril: 10th in the 2nd division when he took over, 4th in the 1st division when he left; Sporting Lisbon: won their first trophy in 7 years in his one season with them; Olympiacos: won the league by February, earlier than any club ever had, and with a record points difference; Hull: bottom of the league when he took over, beat Man U and Liverpool and only relegated by 1 point; Watford: finished 17th before he joined, 5th when Everton approached - their highest league position since 1987 and still 10th when they sacked him, dropped a further 4 places after he went. The guy improves clubs' league positions and plays decent football. He works with players and builds their confidence. I never wanted Martinez, Koeman or Allardyce (read my posts) but Silva is a good fit for us.

{Ed025's Note - i like your way of thinking coyb..

3.) 15 May 2018 17:29:31
Those are very positive stats coyb. Whilst improving us won’t be all that hard for anyone right now, I am looking forward to an improved style of play. If Silva can sort that then I’m happy to get 100% behind him. I just want us to start showing something that matches the level of investment that’s been put into the team.

Better not bitter.

4.) 15 May 2018 18:17:10
I have to say that in terms of tactics Silva is better than the likes of Dyche, Howe, and others being banded about. Be honest given where we are, we are not going to get a highly successful CL or EL manager, but what we will get is a man with good tactical knowledge of the game. We should not judge him on what he did at clubs with less spending power than us, although given what he had at his disposal, I think he did well. If we get him then I will back him. The problem is will the board? It is they who seem to cause the problems. Get him in, give him his chance, back him with a bloody good DOF, improve the squad, and let him go get us some success.



18 Mar 2018 09:21:21
Hit send before I finished the last post. My point was that most other teams, including us, are roughly where we should expect to be. Maybe there is something to look at in terms of which managers are doing a good job or which club structures are working well? Are there any common features among those clubs who are seeing relative success and those who are not? I see a similarity in the types of managers that West Brom, Stoke, West Ham and Palace have gone for - older, more traditional types (though not Southampton) . Where do you guys think we fit into this picture?


1.) 18 Mar 2018 19:08:31
You make some great points coyb and the way I see it, we are sort of an exception to the rule. Allardyce was brought in on his rep as a relegation dodger, but more than likely with the full intention of replacing him and rebuilding at the end of the season. With the manager merry go round at the other clubs at the bottom, the pattern I see is simply old school management. Hodgeson, Moyes, Hughes and even Pardew are old school disciplinarians, who insist on hard work and a tough love approach, which conforms nicely with the need to 'steady the ship' approach required to stave off relegation. However, I think this only suits a survival mentality and is not the answer to club progression in the modern game. At the other end of the spectrum, in the top 6, you have your Morinho's, Conte's, Klopp's and Wengers (sounds like a terribly whiny law firm) who are all successful but very emotional. Each has had thier flip outs in the media, or fallen out with players, most of whom are very young millionaires. The level of ego they must deal with is a gulf away from the plucky underdog mentalities of the next 14 and so a different set of rules for success. Old school just can't keep up with the pace of a top 6 club, as Moyes discovered. That's also why I think a top manager like Conte would struggle with a club like Crystal Palace, as its almost a different world. I think this ties into your thoughts on how the wage bills affect the game in general. Until this gulf is lessoned by fairer financial rules in the PL, the top 6 (and staying there) may as well be a different universe.



18 Mar 2018 09:17:44
I realise this point is an over-simplification on its own, but I think it's something worth considering. Statistically, the best predictor of a team's league position is its wage bill. Our wage bill this season is 8th highest and we are in 9th place. As a comparison, our wage bill is just over half of that of City and Utd and just over double that of Burnley and Brighton. By that measure alone - and I realise it's not the whole story - Burnley are very significantly over-performing; Brighton, Bournemouth and Watford are doing very well. City are getting better value than Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal are slightly under-performing and Spurs and Liverpool are slightly over-performing. West Ham fans are justifiably frustrated: their wage bill is higher than ours; Palace, Stoke, and especially Southampton and West Brom are not seeing anything like a proper return on their investments.




28 Nov 2017 20:19:18
I cannot believe there are people who would rather see Sam managing this club than Fonseca. Staggering.


1.) 28 Nov 2017 21:02:09
I cannot believe there are people who believe that ANY manager could do anything with this unbalanced squad. Staggering.

2.) 28 Nov 2017 21:24:13
I can't believe. Sad but true.

3.) 28 Nov 2017 21:29:42
Because we are the current worst team in league and we need someone to come in quick and stamp there authority on these players, we kno nothing about Fonsceca and is too risky in our situation where is Allardyce is a better choice than anyone at getting us out of this mess, people have to put there pride aside for one minute, and what ever your feelings towards him are he is the best man for the job we need to stay up simple as that forget about styles and who we should buy in January we are entering a tough festive period now and appointing a manager who does not know the league going into Christmas is ludicrous.

{Ed025's Note - i know what you are saying metz and if he does a number and gets us safe then it may justify his appointment, i want to know how long his contract is and how lucrative the reward of our saviour is before i dance naked in the street over him mate...2 and a half years and 40 pieces of silver i suspect..

4.) 28 Nov 2017 22:27:11
I am struggling to understand all the doom and gloom. OK we are in a bad position at present, but there are 26 games left. Are we forgetting where we want our club to be and who we want to compete against? For the sake of 3-4 more games, if that’s how long it takes to get the right man who, will rejuvenate the squad, build on what we have and, take us to where we originally wanted to be, I am all for it. Get a mid-table manager and that’s where we will stay. Already others have said that we will be left with mediocre players the likes that Allardyce brings in, who won’t be able to step up to the level we need to go forward when he leaves and, hey ho here we go big money spent to improve the team again. We do have good players, we do have young talent emerging, we have the right blend of age, we just need one or two more to make us complete, but we need someone who can bring them on together, not destroy what we have by bringing in thugs with not much talent. Where are Leicester since Walsh left? 9th. Where are Allardyce’s last two clubs? 18th and 20th. I don’t want us to be 19th. This must be my worst ever period as an Evertonian. I have followed them through the mid to late 60s, through the wilderness years of 70-84, spent countless amounts of money going home and away, seen us compete to break into the tops 6 in the PL, but I have never seen us the laughing stock of the football world. It makes me feel sick with what’s going on.



28 Nov 2017 19:33:29
These are desperate times but I am glad that fans don't get a say in running the club. To read posts on here you'd think we could just have waved a wad of cash and had Simeone in weeks ago, as if top managers have to jump when Everton say we want them. "Still in the champs league? Sack it - it's Everton! "
It's been incredibly frustrating and it's getting scary but for God's sake let's show some balls and not keep on constantly whinging. None of us know what's going on behind the scenes. We tried to get Silva to the point where we were going to be reported to the FA. They haven't (yet) settled for a second-rate manager just because it's easy to get one quickly. Shaktar has a champs league match a week tomorrow. They may still qualify from the group but it's likely they'll just be pipped by Napoli. If our board think Fonseca might be available after that, it would be blind panic to appoint Sam this week on a 3 year contract with a big compo clause. If you think he's going to sign just until the end of the season, you're deluded. Yes it's a risk waiting a few days for a better manager but realistically, even if Fonseca would come, his club are not going to release him for any fee before that City game next week. I would rather have Fonseca next week than Sam today. No contest. If he doesn't come, that doesn't mean they screwed up, they just took a chance that didn't come off. There are no guarantees and there are no easy answers.


{Ed025's Note - good post that coyb..

1.) 28 Nov 2017 20:16:33
fully agree good post mate.


2.) 28 Nov 2017 20:18:13
Fonseca = relegation, Sam, a fighting chance of staying up, sign Sam, to-night.

3.) 28 Nov 2017 20:41:21
Big Sam landing London Heathrow 12:40 tomorrow, quick
flight up to the north west to signe, and will be announced
16:00 hrs 4 he’s before kick off.
May not like the news, however if it’s what it takes to keep us safe then so be it.

Hopefully Coleman, Bolasi, and Barkley all fit In 2 weeks and we can start our season again.

4.) 28 Nov 2017 20:45:42
don't agree with that mate.

5.) 28 Nov 2017 21:25:55
Don't think Sam likes Ross that much.




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24 Nov 2017 21:37:49
Can't wait for a big shake up, Ed.

That sounds ruder than I planned.




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24 Nov 2017 20:41:53
I'm with you, Ed. I'm starting to wonder if we'd be any worse without a manager. We look so clueless.


{Ed025's Note - for me we need to bring in a good manager who will get shut of all the old brigade and the "jobs for the boys" mentality that has infested this club coby, out with the old and in with the new mate..



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12 Nov 2017 10:40:08
I didn't see anyone complaining when we signed them.




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11 Nov 2017 01:42:17
Don't knock the dead and dying ponies, Ed - that's free meat. Got to be a draw for anyone. And these hobnailed boots last for ages. That's at least two advantages we have over Monaco.




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10 Nov 2017 21:02:17
Thanks, Ed. So coming to the EPL will need to be a long-term plan for him? Or are there other clubs he would consider above Everton? As I said above, perhaps London clubs?


{Ed002's Note - He will want to be managing a Champions League Side - and he is only one of many coaches who would want to move to England. Clearly London would be more attractive that Merseyside with the dead and dying pit ponies lining the wet cobblestoned streets.}




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21 May 2018 06:14:06
It's easy to predict accurately that the guy will be or under pressure by Christmas if you're doing it already before he's even been appointed! Silva is not like Martinez; he cares about defensive discipline. He's a very good coach. He's managed 5 clubs and every one of them, including Hull and Watford, were higher up the table when he left than when he took over. So Hull were relegated? So were Newcastle under Benitez. Good managers who take jobs with poor teams are going to have low win percentages and they won't win trophies. The issue with Silva isn't whether he will improve us; it's that he doesn't stay anywhere for very long. Get behind him - IF he's even appointed!




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19 May 2018 09:16:42
Bookies get it 'wrong' all the time. Their job is to make money, and if that means encouraging bets that have no hope of success, they'll do it.


{Ed025's Note - thats very true coyb..



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16 May 2018 19:25:11
I'd love Emery, Ed.




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15 May 2018 16:39:42
For all those saying what has Silva ever done, look at the guy's record. Estoril: 10th in the 2nd division when he took over, 4th in the 1st division when he left; Sporting Lisbon: won their first trophy in 7 years in his one season with them; Olympiacos: won the league by February, earlier than any club ever had, and with a record points difference; Hull: bottom of the league when he took over, beat Man U and Liverpool and only relegated by 1 point; Watford: finished 17th before he joined, 5th when Everton approached - their highest league position since 1987 and still 10th when they sacked him, dropped a further 4 places after he went. The guy improves clubs' league positions and plays decent football. He works with players and builds their confidence. I never wanted Martinez, Koeman or Allardyce (read my posts) but Silva is a good fit for us.


{Ed025's Note - i like your way of thinking coyb..



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14 Apr 2018 10:42:25
Haven't been on here for a couple of days and just seen this news. Very sad but thanks for posting all that, Tony. Best wishes to you and your family.