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15 Jun 2018 19:32:35
I will start the pessimism. The World Cup has started and finishes on 15th July. Clubs report back for pre-season around that time, with many Club International players given extra time off. Already pre-World Cup we have seen transfers happening except with us. We have a brand new Team in place and I have no doubt in my mind they have previewed the situation at Everton for months. Yet no movement on the transfer front. The common demoninator here is the one remaining old Guard.


{Ed002's Note - Would you rather Everton simply purchased new players, doesn't matter who they are, quickly to appease the fans, or would you rather they try to obtain the players they want? In the interim, they also have to figure out what money they have available. Currently they have players to sell and players to loan, they are paying the wages of three managers and several backroom staff and they will neeed to pay something like €75k per week towards Wayne Rooney's wages in Washington DC.}

1.) 15 Jun 2018 20:01:29
Transfers happening except us? Sorry that's rubbish!

2.) 15 Jun 2018 20:08:02
Understand your frustration dfs. It’s annoying to hear others lining up players already but I suppose they have been doing it since last summer (or longer) whereas Brands been in place for less than a month.

Think we are all hopeful of strengthening the squad but makes sense that we’ll need to offload some first to free up wages.

If it takes time, it takes time. At least the inflated prices in August are less of a deterrent with Moshiri’s money. Let’s just hope we don’t have a fiasco like Sigs again.

Currently watching Carvalho for Portugal and not seeing what the hype is yet. Maybe we shouldn’t rush in.

3.) 15 Jun 2018 20:32:12
Give it a rest Dfs.

4.) 15 Jun 2018 20:07:17
Agree with you there ed002 i'm sure things are happening behind the scenes we have a squad that we need to trim and a wage bill to reduce. And we still have Marco to meet to players and put his stamp on the team let's just relax wait and things will happen.

5.) 15 Jun 2018 21:34:42
I stand admonished and corrected Ed002, You and your obvious insight I respect. Yet again lack of communication is the issue. The rags seem to be setting the agenda. GB stop jumping on the band wagon.

6.) 15 Jun 2018 22:09:04
bluereason Sigs a good player no where near a failure, played out of position. Klaasen a good player. Carvalho, yep pretty average.

7.) 15 Jun 2018 22:14:12
Chill people. We’re already better off with Brands and Silva. The pieces will fall into place. We already saw what manic buying at the full price rack got us last season.

8.) 15 Jun 2018 22:42:14
Sorry DFS - I meant the fiasco around the time it took to sign him.

9.) 15 Jun 2018 23:32:45
Need to learn from our mistakes boys. We’re not Man U - we can’t simply pick the players we want and sign them up in 48 hours. We’re battling against other, similar clubs for signatures. We need to know we can get rid of certain players before others come in. Relax, have faith in Brands and Silva.

10.) 15 Jun 2018 23:44:29
I second the motion.

11.) 16 Jun 2018 07:10:05
So you really think BK stood there saying, no, no, no. Whilst Moshiri, Marcel and Marco try to sign players, speak with agents etc? Really? The paranoia and lack of any kind of patience amongst some blues is frightening. The manager probably hasn’t even met half the players yet. We were all chuffed last summer with the early signings - look what happened. Worries me that so called fans already looking to complain before M and M have even kicked a ball. This is going to take time. Just try and have a little patience before trying to start the negativity.

{Ed025's Note - well said dave, they remind me of corporal jones from dads army, listen guys...."dont panic, dont panic", this is a process that might take a bit of time so lets just let the club do their thing and enjoy the ride..

12.) 16 Jun 2018 08:01:35
Ed025, how are Everton perceived by other teams in the transfer market?

Do we have a reputation like Levy/ are we considered hard to deal with/ do clubs think we rip them off/ are we seen as fair to deal with?

(My thoughts are directed at why it sometimes seems to take so long to sort out long term targets and a couple of high profile dealings like this in media over the last few years)

{Ed025's Note - since moshiri we are seen as a bit of a soft touch BR, they know hes prepared to back his managers and wont baulk at over inflated prices which is why we paid top dollar for some very average players last season, BK was seen as a levy type to deal with and teams knew where they stood with him and that everton looked for bargain basement signings, brands coming in will change a lot of that as he is well respected and savvy mate..

13.) 16 Jun 2018 08:10:16
Agree with Bluereason Carvalho played the same role as Schneiderlin in last night's game and as much as it pains me to say this, he was no better than Schneiderlin in what he did. No point in wasting money on a like for like player.

14.) 16 Jun 2018 11:22:15
Maybe schneiderlin will be the player we know he can be, have to wonder what effect playing under 3 managers has on a player.

As for the lack of anything it always is around world cup an average player becomes an overnight sensation, a good player looks average, personally getting it right comes before splashing millions again.

I'm sure brands Silva Moshi and kenwright have sat there and said this is the plan, this is how we do it and will have timeframes in mind but our part in all this is support, and if possible patience. As there is little else we can do.

15.) 16 Jun 2018 12:03:48
I to wasn't to impressed with carvalho thought he was a little slow but also think we should judge him on his next matches as he was up against exceptional midfielders in inesta, Silva and isco and not many midfieldes could contain them on the form they where last night.

16.) 16 Jun 2018 12:10:38
I’d rather we sold loads of the deadwood and buy one or two this season. Last season was shocking re transfer business. Just buying players it seemed with no strategy or plan. Also ended up paying well over the odds for some. For example Sigurdsson £45M and 150K a week. He’s good on his day but 29 I think no resale value and not worth that kind of money or wages. That Sandro apparently on 100K a week. Mirallas 70 ish. It’s ridiculous. Need to realise at moment we’re 7th all day and without a proper plan and just scatter gun approach we’ll become a laughing stock soon. If not already. Time for patience from all concerned. I started going the match with my arl fella in 70s when Ipswich were turning us over 4-0 at home. He always said our time will come. It did. Mid 1980s. Everyone needs to just settle in! Rant over! Enjoy the World Cup and let people paid more than us worry about EFC transfer policy!

17.) 16 Jun 2018 12:52:37
Negativity and jibes at Kenwright again. What a surprise.
I would rather big Sam returns to save us again this season than read anything else from you, that's how dire your posts have been of late.

18.) 16 Jun 2018 14:14:20
Agree Worcester mate very poor posts from Dfs, this is a great at time to be be a Blue, not a time for negativity.

19.) 16 Jun 2018 14:27:35
Just to add to my above posts just look at how thumbs negativity gets, end of.

20.) 16 Jun 2018 15:17:02
To his credit, dfs did alter his stance after Ed002's response.

The BK haters are beyond my comprehension.

Let's hope that when we sit round the negotiating table, we put out the finest biscuits and not the value range - must be the reason why we always seem to take so long.

21.) 16 Jun 2018 17:29:56
Sorry dfs but I think you need to remove that massive BK chip off your shoulders and just relax a little.

22.) 16 Jun 2018 20:14:16
Amen to that Big H mate.

23.) 17 Jun 2018 15:00:31
Ed02 reply to me is sensible and a very good reply, just cannot understand why there are so many thumbs down for it.

We need to learn from last season, where we seemed to sign a player a Day.

We look to have the left back ready to sign, after the World Cup .

I am sure a centre half, a more commanding midfielder and an additional forward are the tweaks we need.

But agree with Ed, we need to offload some players so it’s a case of balancing and not going all guns ho signing players quick, for the sake of it.



25 May 2018 09:10:17
I am on comment of not being particularly enamoured of having Marco Silva as Head Coach (I believe that is what he is under DoF Brands) but as that appears to be the wish of the Club so be it and of course I 100 percent will support. Having said that, I do not understand the statement 'Everton continue pursuit of Silva', is he a free agent or not?




24 May 2018 21:41:54
Everton were keen (quite right too) for their new DoF to run the rule off a few candidates before pressing ahead with the recruitment of Silva. I wonder if one of those candidates was Benitez.


1.) 25 May 2018 14:14:01
Wouldn’t we have to get permission to do that from Newcastle. I can’t see them allowing that without a media fuss.



14 Mar 2018 06:23:14
Rumour Everton are after Wiltshire now. How many games would we get out of him in a season. My opinion is that besides the injury record, the bloke is yet another over hyped player, that we seriously do not need. If we are a Club of ambition so far we are showing precious little of it. Who the heck is in charge of our recruitment policy.


1.) 14 Mar 2018 07:40:18
I think Jack Wheelchair has ability but his injury record speaks for itself and I have reservations about his attitude and off-field shenanigans. I see we're also being linked with Phil Jones; dear god, please no.

2.) 14 Mar 2018 09:13:47
paper rubbish hopefully.

3.) 14 Mar 2018 11:31:06
I agree his injury history is alarming but he's played more in the last 2 seasons than he had for many a year before.

For anyone to question his talents? Maybe Stevie Wonder could. He is a very very good player but I don't think we need him. Saying that. he is out of contract so the numbers wouldn't be a risk.

He is better than what we've got.

4.) 14 Mar 2018 13:18:24
If he can stay injury free he's a decent player. If. It's a gamble. Anyway, who's to say Sam will still be in charge.

5.) 14 Mar 2018 18:17:55
Someone is on the wind up over Phil jones surely? (Hopefully! )

Wiltshire played well for Bournemouth I think, and he’s had a good run for a couple of seasons now. Would be worth a gamble for free.

{Ed001's Note - he did not play well for Bournemouth, the fans complained that he basically just stood in the centre circle and they rescued their season when he was out injured, because he was injured for a lengthy spell last season, as he has been again this time.}

6.) 14 Mar 2018 22:06:57
I stand corrected Ed. Steer clear then!

7.) 14 Mar 2018 22:51:57
I always thought he was a bit of a Barkley type player but one who can actually find decent pass
However I do think that most rumours at this time for the first team are simply rumours and speculation.

8.) 15 Mar 2018 06:55:09
Where we not having same discussion about Walcott?

9.) 15 Mar 2018 18:09:08
Who incidentally is currently out injured.



28 Feb 2018 09:21:19
Most fans would want Arteta as Manager / Coach say the blurbs. But I tend to side with the Everton Supporter who spoke on talk sport yesterday. We were a massive Club but we are not at the moment, we want a Manager that can motivate and when he speaks we listen, that man at the moment is Dyche. Another interesting ditty is that apparently Everton did not even pick up the phone and speak to Dyche when Koeman walked away with his millions.


1.) 28 Feb 2018 09:52:56
I love Arteta but just what has he done to warrant the Everton job oh yeah he has worked as a coach at man city our fans need to take the blue tainted glasses off we are not as reported today getting simeone or Enrique we have a chance at fonseca so for me fonseca 1st choice dyche 2nd choice Arteta shouldn't even be getting talked about.

2.) 28 Feb 2018 11:58:28
I do like him but it would be a gamble, so not for me,

3.) 28 Feb 2018 12:51:19
I don't know anyone who wants Arteta anywhere near the job.

4.) 04 Mar 2018 08:48:09
Far too much of a risk. And the one thing we don't need at the moment is a risk.
Hopefully whoever we are looking at has been spoken to and is at least observing what we currently have so changes can be made quickly. I read above re doing things slowly - and normally would agree - but we are desperate.
We need 2 centre halves, a LB, a defensive mid who has a physical presence and is also able to demand and pass the ball (Gana has his qualities but in no way dictates a game - Rooney did when he came on but ain't got the legs) , and a QUALITY striker.

Other than that we're fine!




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08 Aug 2018 20:14:38
After Bernard two more from Barcelona rumoured, also Lascelles. Brands and Silva pull this off and I am a believer. Actually that is a bit harsh I will temper it with bring at least one CB with pace in and this Window will be considered a success.




04 Aug 2018 20:45:53
Well I watched that and sorry to say that our defence is dire. Better off playing Keane as a support striker, he is definitely better in that role than a central defender. Coleman and Digne had to work their socks off. Also just what do these Managers see in Schneiderlin. All in all the two new recruits are top notch, in fact I would say that all the play in front of Schneiderlin is/ was good. We either need to let Gueye play on his own in front of the back four and load the midfield in front of him or find a partner he can work with and sorry Schneiderlin nothing personal mate but just not up to it.


1.) 04 Aug 2018 20:54:26
Said exactly the same on ere earlier mate, we were rubbish, just hope there is more in comings or we in big trouble grrrrr.

2.) 04 Aug 2018 21:23:07
We weren't rubbish. Central defence needs an overhaul and schneids needs replacing, but that has been the case for the last 12 months.
Going forward we are far more productive.
We will get there lads.

3.) 04 Aug 2018 21:55:51
I hope you are right Smit666. We certainly have been signing better forwards. but where are the "needed" defenders? Soon I hope.

4.) 04 Aug 2018 22:08:29
I watched the game and sure some glaringly obvious issues at the back. We are very easy to turn around.
However going forward we look alright. Even Baines I thought was better than most of what I've read about him tonight. Sure he made a few errors but offensively he got a lot of balls in the box.

Think we will see 3 more signings and hopefully 2 are CBs. Jags is gone. Baines is good cover for this season but ultimately his time is also over. I think Pickford saves 2.of their 3 goals too.

So yeah, 2 CBs and 1 more attacking player. I watched Silva going mad at our mistakes, Martinez just stood there clapping. I have a feeling their comparisons are going to be short lived.



07 Jun 2018 14:16:18
Robert Elstone appointed CEO of Super League. Good! as far away from Everton as possible.


1.) 07 Jun 2018 15:11:27
I’ll agree with you on this one DFS. Anyone who thought the kitbag deal was a good idea is just poor. But to extend it was just plain garbage.

I’m sure our new CEO won’t make the same recommendations. Especially as she’s a professor.

2.) 07 Jun 2018 19:27:22
Spot on Toffee ace.



05 Jun 2018 20:36:57
This is going to turn to rat droppings. The europhoric one's are out in force once again, the same as they were with Martinez (some of us said at the time he was the wrong man at the wrong time then) and with Koeman. Now we have Silva the third in a line of unproven in the Premier League. The latest statement is not rocket science, 'we need two first team players in each position'. That is logic, isn't it.


1.) 05 Jun 2018 21:06:53
Sorry dfs but your constant negative posts regards new set up are becoming tedious. We are not euphoric, as you say but most everyone wanted Sam and possibly Walsh gone and now they have and yes, brands and to some extent Silva are unproven in the premier league but at least give them a chance before readying the hangman's noose.
Results may not come immediately but at least performances will improve and this needs to be a long term project over 2 or 3 seasons. (Silva even said as much)

2.) 05 Jun 2018 21:09:01
has marco personally wronged u? give him a chance ay.

3.) 05 Jun 2018 22:19:26
There is nothing personal whatsoever about my posts. We have yet again appointed a Manager/ Head Coach with no proven Premiership Achievement, is my point. I have heard all these platitudes before and the results are always the same. Allardyce delivered on what the guy was appointed for and even delivered 8th, but apparently his football was not good enough. In case it has escaped everyones notice the premiership is a results based business. So far in the premiership Silva has failed on every point, yet is appointed as the new messiah, questions have to be asked as to exactly where Mr Moshri is getting his advice from. 69 years old, been there, seen it all. I look forward to the new stadium, I appreciate Mr Moshri's input but in my view he needs better advice from true football knowledgeable persons and there is much greater change needed at board room level before this fantastic Club can truly move forward.

{Ed0333's Note - so you want a premiership proven manager leading your club is that correct? One that has had achieved in the Premiership? Who would you realistically advocate? Mancini? Pellegrini? Ranieri? Ancelotti? Conte? Dalglish? Fergie? Out of all those names you’d only be able to get Ranieri and Pellegrini and neither of those two are long term appointments. You should be ecstatic you’ve got rid of Samasauras Rex and be excited about your future because you could have done a lot worse than Silva.

4.) 05 Jun 2018 22:21:27
Suggest you live up to your name mate. Adios.

5.) 05 Jun 2018 22:33:08
Who would you have preferred DFS that is proven in the PL?

Given the timing and options available, I’m struggling to see who else we could have got in that is willing to work with a DOF and not have full control.

I’m on the fence with how Silva will do but I’m eager to see him give it a go - can’t be as bad as SA. Fingers crossed he will get us playing again and Brands will get in those crucial signings sharpish.

6.) 05 Jun 2018 21:12:31
I am honest to God so fed up of your posts that have been on here lately. You have non stop spouted derision about literally everything going on at the club.
I can't believe your a fan because you seem to hate Everton in all that you write! Then when you get a comment you don't like you rant about personal attacks being unnecessary.
I think I speak for 99.9% of true Evertonians when I say. leave the negativity off here and support the future we are building. We are fed up of the constant snidey comments just so you can say 'I told you so' if it goes wrong.

7.) 05 Jun 2018 22:57:41
It's not worth it guys. Nothing is going to change his mind and it's his choice. You're the type of fan that drives me mad DFS because your rants are completely unjustified.

If we'd just got trounced 5 nil by Arsenal fair enough but he's not even took a training session yet.

No idea what your problem is as everything you've pointed out is utter tosh like your rant over the 5-6 year contract that never materialised! However, why not just give it a chance.

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

8.) 06 Jun 2018 07:36:38
Hallelujah BlueJohn mate.

9.) 06 Jun 2018 07:41:31
DFS It's sad to see a fellow Evertonian so bitter and twisted and lacking in any optimism.

You say you are 69 so you have 4 years on me but I really hope I never end up as depressed as you obviously seem to be and so intent in seeing the bad in everything.

I hope you are proved wrong and we start to improve as a club because if we don't it will just depress you even more so just for you - COYB prove DFS there really is a shining light at the end of the tunnel. He's obviously had a hard life - he deserves some joy but I'm not sure he will recognise it if it comes alaong.

10.) 06 Jun 2018 10:08:09
DFS I do have my concerns over Silva but I think the combination of Brands and Silva together does look very promising indeed. I can see why you are concerned but you need to think a bit more positive. As for choosing our manager. If your priority is they have had to have an achievement in the PL as a prerequisite then you are ruling out every young up and coming coach and limiting you options to a few that have been lucky enough to manage one of five teams that have won the PL. As for the board well we could all do a better job in our own minds but in practice maybe not.

11.) 06 Jun 2018 11:13:33
And which proven premier manager that is available would you have DFS?

12.) 06 Jun 2018 11:14:28
Great post ducksflysouth I agree with you.

13.) 06 Jun 2018 12:43:07
ducksflysouth, who exactly where you wanting mate? don't think pochettino came over to the prem with premiership success did he? you're just trying to put a downer on anything and think everton can get world class managers at this moment in time when in fact we can't. by your logic would you have turned down simeone, zidane, allergi, luis Enrique, and Low? none of them have premier league success?

14.) 06 Jun 2018 13:23:03
He want Big Sam back.
Jog on DFS big on.

15.) 06 Jun 2018 13:47:46
I think he wanted Kermit or Miss Piggy because I'm sure he's one of those 2 grumpy old men in the balcony of the Muppet Show
No, I must be wrong - they have a sense of humour
Only joking.

16.) 06 Jun 2018 13:55:21
I wonder who the other one is dark cloud?

17.) 06 Jun 2018 15:52:48
Stadtler and Waldorf.

18.) 06 Jun 2018 20:28:49
Silva was not the one I wanted. But he does tick most of the boxes. I am happy we appointed him which does sound mad as I didn't want him haha. But the club have wanted him for a long time and I support and welcome the changes coming. Why not be optimistic? If it goes tits up it goes tits up no amount of early negativity alters that. We have hope and avenues of change. Possibly good times ahead.

{Ed025's Note - i totally agree tit mate..



29 May 2018 17:04:18
So it looks like Marco Silva, that would be a huge mistake in my view if he was appointed as Manager. It would seem though that he is being hired as head coach, that makes the risk slightly less. There are those that say he (Silva) is highly thought of, but so are Martinez and Koeman and look how that turned out. There has also apparently been a huge boardroom reshuffle but Mr Kenwright remains as decision making Chairman, God love him and for me that is also a mistake. He should be thanked for all he has done and given an honoury non-executive position, only then can the Club truly move on. We shall see what we shall see but I do have a sense of foreboding.


1.) 29 May 2018 18:28:11
Fair play DFS, whilst I have a different opinion I must admit you have done this without any negativity. You make a valid point.

Having said that, I would like to see what he achieves in the premier league with a tidy budget and a team that’s top half table. His record elsewhere when he’s had a team like this has been good.

I genuinely believe he can move us forward and if it’s a three year contract, I see little risk.

2.) 29 May 2018 18:32:31
Totally agree dfs Silva is also a concern for me and Bill needs to move over and give Moshiri the reigns.

3.) 29 May 2018 19:19:34
I can't wait until he starts. I'm a glass half full type of guy. I can see the positives in his career and can take heart on what previous people he's worked with have said about him.

The football he likes to play is a million miles away from MOSHIRIS last manager in Sam so I'm Hoping he's had a listen to Bill this time.

I hope to God you two get some joy somewhere in your life but bloody he'll guys, you're as miserable as Victor Meldrew. Cheer up! 😁.

{Ed025's Note - im quite happy if its silva myself john..

4.) 29 May 2018 19:21:01
I don't think Martinez was ever highly rated, he never got Wigan anywhere but in the bottom half of the table until they got religated, keoman on the other hand yes he was, Silva has won't stuff in other leagues, I think he has an ability to win and is the best we could ask for, he and brand have a modern view and could be the making of us.

{Ed025's Note - im with you simon..

5.) 29 May 2018 21:51:26
Don’t worry DFS I have it on good authority Silva will NOT be manager!

He will actually be Head Coach 😉 and I say good luck to him and Brands for the coming season and beyond!

6.) 29 May 2018 23:29:08
If it is Silva then I think we should judge both Silva and Brands at the end of the season. This is a new style of DOF / Manager relationship to Everton and we need these guys to work together closely. I am looking forward already to next season.

7.) 30 May 2018 00:59:48
They are all a gamble. Kendall was a gamble when we first took him and look what happened. We thought he was less of a gamble when he came back the second time and it didn't work. The third time should never have happened but we decided to gamble big time then and it got us nowhere. It's worst than betting on the Grand National

Whoever it is, and it looks more and more like Silva, let's hope the footballing gods smile kindly on us rather than punish us for our negativity.

8.) 30 May 2018 13:40:25
I really don't understand all this moaning on about Silva. Any appointment is a risk. A realistic appraisal of where the club stands must reveal that we would never have a chance of attracting some of the names mentioned. The club is, hopefully, in a state of transition. It is looking to build itself into a realistic competitor in all competitions. It is not in a position to attract someone with an iron clad pedigree. If Zidane leaves Real, he won't be asking if the job at Everton is still open. We should be talent spotting. Looking for a manager/ coach who is capable of buildng our club and his standing along with it. On that basis Silva looks as good a choice as any.

9.) 30 May 2018 15:17:31
Southern Toffee didn't I mention that he (Silva) would be Head Coach as opposed to Manager and as a result the risk is slightly reduced. I do not make comments in an effort to point score but as a genuine expression of my opinion/ conviction.

10.) 30 May 2018 16:20:33
In my opinion the talk about who is manager is all irrelevant when compared with who we sign as defenders this window. Jags and Baines need immediate replacements.

Williams should have already been replaced and Keane needs to show more than last season. Mori was never good enough. All this tells me we are weak in defence by 5 players (4 if Keane cuts it). That is without any injuries happening to Coleman. God help us if we have to rely on those 5 plus Cuco Martina and young Kenny again.

Whilst Kenny has got good attacking attributes, he is still poor as yet defensively. Whoever is our new manager has to deal with this immediately before we have even kicked a ball pre-season! A tall order for any manager.

11.) 31 May 2018 07:01:53
I think this unduly harsh particularly on Kenny. To judge the capabilities of a young player on the basis of his efforts in the wreckage of a team he found himself in is hugely unfair.

12.) 31 May 2018 09:09:56
Glennk, I am not saying he has no potential. but look at how we performed when him and Williams and Martina were in the team. We were bottom 3. Then look at how many goals were the result of Kenny losing possession when in an advanced position. He is just not ready yet. I was not particularly singling him out. I am indeed more bothered by the form of Williams, the ages of Baines and Jags, the fact Keane seems half the player he was at Burnley and Mori is always injured and also not that great. Tellme where you can pick a decent back line out of those players to stop top 6 teams. Then tell me who we can sign to replace three of a back 4/ 5 plus a couple of subs? Ones that will take us forward. Now read my post again and see why I said players are more important than who is manager at the moment.

13.) 31 May 2018 09:57:16
The manager is the most vital part of the team Degsy. It is not just about buying and selling players and you can't slap a football manager 2018 sticker on it and expect to be successful.

The new manager has to get a formation and style of play that the players he has can adapt to and then ship out players that don't. I'm sure Silva has been studying this team along with Brands since they were approached over the past few months and will have an idea on the direction and personel for us to improve.

Some people can play in one phylosophy but fail in another and that can be a world class player never mind a kid with half a season experience.

We do need to strengthen a few areas but we must avoid another season of wholesale changes and instead utilise the current squad, clear out players that don't fit and bring in a few players that genuinely improve the squad.

We do need a commanding and talkative CB and I agree we need to let Williams go. At LB Baines is still quality and we have a potential replacement in the young lad Antonee Robinson who can be eased through just like Kenny.

What we can't have though is two world class players in every position as firstly you will end up with a very unhappy bunch of players and secondly the wage bill will be astronomical. Plus we don't have Europe either. Planning to have two players for every position that are top quality is unrealistic. You have a blend of 1st team, youth and adaptable players. Upfront and attacking midfielders, is where you have players with different attributes that can offer something different.

We were 8th by playing bloody awful and with a few good additions can be higher next season. The season after should be better again and with continuity, a clear plan and direction given by the manager, can see us eventually start challenging more of the teams above us.

14.) 31 May 2018 16:39:24
BJU of course the manager is an important part if not the most important. but with a poor squad, no manager will get us higher than we are at the moment. I think maybe you missed my point. I agree with lots of your points but add that until we have made quite a few signings, we are no better than mid table. I would have a fiver that after 10 games we are bottom half. Especially if we have a manager willing toplay open expansive football with the squad we have.




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08 Aug 2018 21:09:09
BlueDanny, don't know about kybosh but the fella (ed2) certainly either has good contacts or does his research extremely well. Plus, actually prefer his straight to the point information and yes the occasional put down (myself included) quite refreshing. Pays your money, take your chances.




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08 Aug 2018 14:05:26
One happy person if that comes off lilybean. Should make Johny1979 happy as well, poor thing is concerned about my welfare LOL.




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07 Aug 2018 20:08:29
How good is Mina?


{Ed025's Note - not seen that much of him really DFS, what i have seen he is very strong, good in the air and a huge threat at set pieces, negatives would be that hes not the quickest and can look a bit clumsy at times, others may have different views on him but thats mine for what its worth mate..



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06 Aug 2018 21:11:30
As you say WindsorBlue we shall wait and see if the CB (s) turn up (fingers crossed) . Bernard does indeed (or at least capable of playing in other positions) so perhaps fits with Mr Silva's plan.




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05 Aug 2018 19:25:53
The way things are going we are certainly going to end up lower than 8th. According to the Eds and other punters on this site, we have to have patience and buy into the long term plan. These are the same Eds and punters that had no patience with Koeman and Alardyce, the same Alardyce incidentally that had us finishing 8th. Just what is your philosophy, that of Martinez? 'Yes we lost 3-2 but we played good football' or winning 1-0 without conceding consistently and 'Yes but we played awful stuff'. Supported this side for the best part of 60 years, seen them all come and seen them all go. I want my Team to win and do the best they can, if that means playing god awful football but winning then yes that is what I want.


{Ed002's Note - I certainly had patience with previous managers. All I have warned is that I am less sure than most about Silva.}




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14 Aug 2018 17:22:23
Ambiguous yes but of course I did not mean to insinuate that Everton would seek to exploit. Of course Everton are interested in playing in Europe and hopefully we shall see that relatively soon.


{Ed002's Note - Well you can stop reading the Premier League provisions and read the releavant provisions then. Oh and don't forget the amount of money Everton are still paying for Allardyce, various members of his staff, Rooney and of course Ronald Koeman that comes out of the budget.}



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14 Aug 2018 17:13:20
Well Ed, having read the Premiership FFP (I have mentioned it being as clear as mud and the field-day a competent Commercial/ Sports lawyer would have with them) , I took from them that you could perhaps meet the Leagues allowed loss and expenditure percentages limits by increasing your income. One way of doing that is surely to Market your Club/ Business to a wider audience. Man Utd et al have successfully done that for a number of years, admittedly we are starting from a 'little' further down the ladder.


{Ed002's Note - Sorry, they are clear and the clubs understand. I have no interest whatsoever in discussing FFP on the Everton page at all - it is full of supporters who will simply never understand. It causes nothing but trouble - you remember a year ago and Moshiri will be spending £200M net per window on transfers.}



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14 Aug 2018 16:27:44
For increased Global Sales, I suspect the poster meant to Market the Club more globally and attempt to increase income over expenditure, (I. E. spend what you earn) .


{Ed002's Note - How? Why?}



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14 Aug 2018 16:24:47
I understand that but so given, wouldn't Mr Moshri and Mr Usmanov be equal partners and do you think both Parties (I have read that they are friends which is a help or hindrance depending on which way you look at it in business) , would be happy with that. Incidentally, I have read the Premierleague so-called FFP (in particular section E) , quite ambiguous (deliberately so I suspect) in my view and seriously open to interpretation by experienced Sports lawyers.


{Ed002's Note - In what way is it ambitious? Do you think that Everton will look to exploit it and be OK if they get caught and say got a points deduction and a transfer ban. Certainly it is far from as prescriptive as the UEFA FFP, so they can put more in as long as Everton are not intereted in palying in Europe.}



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14 Aug 2018 13:45:59
ED002 echo's my thoughts but puts those thoughts a little more eloquently than I. I do not have a downer on Silva but a realistic comment, if we are/ were looking for consistency then why oh why have we gone for a Manager/ coach that including us has had 4 Clubs in 5 years and Sporting Lisbon apart (53 percent win I think) , his CV in the Premiership looks pretty mediocre and consistency not exactly mind blowing. It will take a major mindset on his behalf to change habit. Having said that, in the Premiership we should respect all the Teams whether home or away. All we can ask is that our Team does it's best and trust that our existing Manager/ Coaching staff know what they are doing.