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20 May 2018 10:00:54
In eds review of the day for yesterday, says Lucien Favre has left nice. I know we were linked with him before koeman came. Maybe he is on our shortlist?


{Ed025's Note - who knows geoff?, i still think it will be silva but its not set in stone mate..

1.) 20 May 2018 10:06:40
I agree ed. Looks like Silva but few managers who have just left clubs include Favre and the Leipzig boss and fonseca name is not going away.
We may be surprised by who the new manager will be. Just got to wait and see.

{Ed025's Note - let the fun begin mate..

2.) 20 May 2018 17:23:22
I think Favre is off to Dortmund.

3.) 20 May 2018 18:33:27
Didn't think about that, st. So see 8f batshauyi is available or if he is off to dortmund too.

4.) 20 May 2018 22:43:23
That made no sense. Should read. Wonder if batshauyi is available or off to Dortmund.



31 Jan 2018 19:35:40
Bit of a strange one. Lookman gone to Leipzig on loan.




30 Jan 2018 16:19:37
Eds, given that mesa has joined sevilla, would we have more hope of nzonzi joining us this window?


{Ed001's Note - yes.}

1.) 30 Jan 2018 16:46:50
Good player. Another midfielder but looks like besic is off to Boro and klassen out on loan, plus nzonzi got more quality going forward.



18 Jan 2018 13:39:08
Looks like naismith is off to hearts. Good luck to him. Was a decent player for us. Busy, annoying, always remembered for his hat trick against Chelsea.


1.) 18 Jan 2018 16:42:11
Top bloke as well really down to earth wish him luck!



29 Nov 2017 18:01:18
Eurosport reckon its done deal. No official announcement yet but fairly certain to happen. Hope we stick a get out clause in for end of season.


1.) 30 Nov 2017 02:44:53
geoffjohno - managers like Martinez, Koeman, etc., must love us - even if they fail, they get a hefty payoff, so Allardyce is in a win-win situation financially speaking whether he’s here for just this season or another one or two.




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03 Dec 2018 08:36:44
Just want to give my twopence worth about our great club and game yesterday.
It was a killer but Pickford saved us many times this season, especially away to Chelsea so can't knock him too much.
Defence looks so much more settled and more quality. Coleman back to his old self. almost. Keane and mina looks solid and with strength, height and pace. Digne has been our second best signing this season. Great going forward and can actually defend very well. Just needs to improve set piece delivery a bit more.
Midfield has a bit of everything. Geuye back to his best by keeping it simple and getting tackles in. Gomes our best summer singing. Needs to make this permanent. Unbelievable and finding space and keeping possession and finding blue shirts. Siggy again looks back to his best now he number 10 role. Great at linking play. Wonder pass yesterday for Walcott.
Bernard looks ok. Bit of skill but shocking when he gets into penalty box but will get better as confidence rises. Walcott is our one negative at the minute. Looks like he doing more defensively but lost all confidence and guile going forward. First touch has become like a brick wall.
Richarlison our 3rd beast summer signing. Lots of pace and doing adequately as number 9 but the diving needs to go and I'd actually prefer him out left if we can pick a striker in January.
Plus now we got better options off the bench. Lookman, tosun, dcl not to mention Davies, Jimmy mac and others.

All in all so many positives to take from this season so far and we actually look like a team who can cause problems to any opposition rather than fat Sam and his arriva bus. It is actually enjoyable watching Everton after the dross we got served up last season long may it continue.


{Ed025's Note - great post geoff, i could not have put it better myself mate, kudos..

1.) 03 Dec 2018 09:53:15
geoffjohno, good post and if I may echo your thoughts on Richarlison, my take exactly. Near enough spot on the Club are looking/ have identified a target man for January, although only provisio is didn't Mr Moshri allude to no signings in January!

2.) 03 Dec 2018 12:11:12
I agree with all that Geoff. Great post. Richarlison needs to be on left and a new striker - although I do think Toson could do a job holding it up for Siggy lookman Richarlison to run on to. I’m not knocking Richarlison but thought he had a poor game last few games and think that’s cod he is out of position. Teams appear to put both centre backs on around him and he gets no space - I think this gets him frustrated and then the diving starts.

Would like to see the following team for Newcastle and Watford

Coleman Mina Keane Digne l
Lookman gauye Richarlison

Maybe Schneiderlin, jmac and Davies can give Gaeye a bit of a break in these games prior to city and spurs. Also Zouma should play one of the games to keep them all fresh.

I’m happy blue - would settle for 6th this season although it’s a bit crap that season would start very early for Europa Cup - I think we need Europe to keep growing quality squad happy!

Early shout but hope everyone has a great Christmas.

3.) 03 Dec 2018 18:25:40
so u would drop gomes?

4.) 03 Dec 2018 18:38:20
And play with only 10 players should make it a challenge lol.



05 Nov 2018 15:20:29
Question for ed2. This European super league which has been leaked by German newspapers. The government is denying knowledge of talks but we have had discussion about this proposal on the past. Is it likely to go ahead or will governments veto the project, if they can?


{Ed002's Note - I have explained all about it at length over the years. From a legal standpoint Governments cannot ban sporting clubs from joining in competitions, but the clubs have to except they could be excluded from their own leagues if they were to join. The clubs involved in the discussions 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.}

1.) 06 Nov 2018 08:30:18
I would guess there is a lot to lose and a lot to gain from the "top" clubs and UEFA. UEFA and FIFA stick together pretty much and would resist for obvious reasons. Without there being a promotion/ relegation structure, all other clubs would probably also resist it. I guess it comes down to how much extra could the "top clubs" make financially whilst at the same time how much would they lose domestically? In certain domestic leagues clubs play home and away twice. I could see the "top clubs" in this country pushing for this with a reduced sized Premier League. Say down to 10 clubs who play each other 4 times a season. That then leaves the cup competitions for the other clubs to be involved in. It would certainly boost the revenue of the "top clubs" with TV deals and attendance figures. The one thing for certain is the fans will be the last to hear about it! Ed002 has repeated his view on it time and time again. It is an idea that may well happen some time, but for now things are as they are. I personally can't see it in my lifetime. A bit like Brexit! . what? We are leaving? Really?

{Ed002's Note - I would not see the Premier League reducing to 10 clubs at all. Realistically 16 or even 18 is here they want to be. A bigger issue is "will the Premier League exist at all".}

2.) 06 Nov 2018 10:51:29
Well it won't exist if the Euro League happens that's for sure Ed002. What I was tryng to say was that before we reach the Euro league, the bigger clubs can see that there is bigger revenue when they are playing each other. This is restricted somewhat by the structure of the Premier League and even the payments to clubs who are relagated to the Championship. If I was running a "top" club and new that my club was generating X% of the Premier Leagues income and that was being shared out with unsuccessful clubs who were in a different bracket of income. eg compare Huddersfield with Manchester United. then I would want a bigger share of the pie. Yes maybe 10 is a bigger reduction than what they may want, I accept that. but my point was that initially they will be wanting a restructure of the Premier League with smaller numbers. Maybe 18 initially then to 16? Who knows. But when they have achieved that and can play each other 4 times a season, they can get so much more TV income and also attract more fans because they have fewer clubs to compete with on TV. Past big clubs such as Nottingham Forest, Newcastle, Leeds Utd etc demonstrate what happens without the income. There are an established set of top teams now. It used to be that it was fluid and one season Derby would win the League, the next Everton, the next Leeds etc. These days only Leicester have managed to pull it off and that really was a one off wonder. I can't see anyone outside the top 6 winning the league for a few years to come except perhaps us with the financial backing we have. The top 6 these days is usually the same teams season after season. In those days each season was different. I digress. my point being is that I think the Euro League is a way off and I expect steps of changes before it happens. Like you say Ed. a negotiation between all parties. and this is likely to be a long and ongoing negotiation over a few years with give and take and a progression of a league with fewer teams. Whether that is a Euro League? They may never get that far. Who knows what the future holds? Like I said. Brexit shows what happens in negotiating complex issues!

{Ed002's Note - Discussions have been going on for 10 years and I have provided regular updates on the European pages over the years. Nothing has changed recently.}

3.) 06 Nov 2018 22:04:10
Exactly Ed. Thanks.



01 Sep 2018 21:07:41
P. s who would you have suggested Everton get as manager instead of Silva?
And no one said he was world class now but most football people believe he could become world class if he reaches his full potential.


{Ed002's Note - I have previously exp[lained about managers. You don’t get this thing about World Class.}

1.) 01 Sep 2018 21:50:33
Geoff, SAF was a game away from being sacked and went on to be the best ever manager in my opinion, Martinez got Belgium to semi final of world cup, zinedene Zidane had a trial at Blackburn if memory serves me right. point being time will tell. we have all been emotional and hasty in our opinions since Moyes left. best not to speculate. we have a manager and a squad of players he currently totally believes in ( the ones he doesn't were sold or sent on loan) .

2.) 02 Sep 2018 09:10:04
If Ed002 (exasperated as he is) will not answer you I will. A proven winner is Benitez, just think what he would be able to do with our resources. The only downside is his willingness or not to work with a Dog. Of course Silva being our Manager has my support but Ed002 is quite right, Silva has not up to now shown he has loyalty and longevity. If you analyse our first 4 games are we saying that an Alardyce, Martinez or Koeman would not have done the same (or in Martinez and Koemans case even better) . In my view this was an appointment of infatuation and bad advice rather than well researched and cold hard facts. I hope I am wrong in my pessimism.

3.) 02 Sep 2018 09:57:54
Ktf, an observation, Silva spent 8 or 9 years at the same club as a player and manager, and then went on this merry go round from olyypiakis, hull Watford and now Everton - over last 4 years or so. Moyes spent 11 yes at Everton, then for various reasons man utd, socieaded, Sunderland, Westham - he was sacked of course rather than left of his own accord, but some times things just don't work out. Allardyce, redknapp, Warnock, pullis, hollaway, have all had multiple clubs (mainly though sackings) , but sh! t happens in life. some times you have been sold a bagger of spanners, some times you make poor decisions. The fact remains that time will tell. for Silva, brands, lookman, mina, Bernard. Whether these guys are committed, reliable, can learn English, integrate themselves in to team or not is still to be seen. If I'd have had 100% control of decision benitez would have been my choice when Moyes left, but if my aunty had b@lls she would be my uncle.

4.) 02 Sep 2018 14:18:08
I don't quite get the language bit either Bernard and Richarlison are Brazilian, their language is Portugese Silva is portugese. Mina speaks Spanish, most people including Silva and our family dog speak Spanish. I do not see that as being a problem on the pitch. A name call is not beyond capability. All the new players I like. Lookman is a very good player, given his chance (better than DcL in that position) , his confidence will grow.

{Ed002's Note - Complete and utter nonsense.}

5.) 02 Sep 2018 14:53:14
Dcl is an out an out centre forward for me and is improving each season. looking stronger and faster, and his touch improving. Having lived abroad in several non English speaking countries. my experience has been that the basic communication skills can be picked up quite quickly. obviously being fluent is something else but. establishing basic Comms is a big help and not unachievable in a short space of time. the sooner the non English speaking boys do that the quicker they will gel. and I imagine they will want to learn the lingo. will make their overall lifealot easier/ better.

6.) 02 Sep 2018 19:33:11
Jcl my take exactly. Lived and worked all over the World. Most places started out with a smattering of the Local language. Even played football for Hong Kong National side and no Ed002 some did not speak English.

7.) 02 Sep 2018 19:29:45
Ed002 first time I have taken issue with you on a statement. Complete and utter nonesense?

{Ed002's Note - Your statement that "most people including Silva and our family dog speak Spanish" is utter nonsense.}

8.) 02 Sep 2018 20:03:01
Ed002, Oh yeah, of course it was, attempt at tongue in cheek backfired, I will give you that, Sorry about the squiglly typing. I back track the issue statement.

{Ed002's Note - No problem.}

9.) 02 Sep 2018 20:18:44
I hear you loud and clear ktf. I think the performances will improve . i'm looking to see where we are end of November, as should have a much better feel by then.



01 Sep 2018 20:29:22
Just got to say well done for Steven naismith for grabbing hat trick today. Whole hearted player who gave his all for our great club.




31 Aug 2018 08:22:48
Sandro gone to sociedad for rest of season. BBC sport website.


1.) 31 Aug 2018 11:42:02
Good luck to him and that he comes back yo us better prepared next season.




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30 Jul 2018 14:10:04
We also lining up petrocelli, banacek and Perry mason. Cracking defensive line up.




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25 Jun 2018 17:16:58
Just a question ed. If we cancelled his contract why do we have any obligation to pay anything to his wages.


{Ed002's Note - What Everton has cancelled is the duration for the contract - they are obliged to pay him still if it is cancelled. The point is, has there been a negotiation to put aside any transfer fee against the wages, image rights etc.?}



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21 Jun 2018 15:38:03
Very droll smit. We actually look good so far while big teams struggle. Who know how far we can go.
Also fred has just completed his move to man Utd so we can sign players who are active at world cup. Seatbelts on for roller coaster couple of months.




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21 Jun 2018 08:08:41
There's also plenty of good players who are not at the world cup for us to look at too. Probably best to hold on for a bumpy ride until the window closes.




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04 Jun 2018 11:51:07
I'd take him. Good player in a poor Newcastle side.





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04 Dec 2018 20:06:24
Great info ed but you say release clauses only work between two clubs in same country but if memory serves me correct arsenal bid 40 million plus 1 pound for suarez and was rejected even tho clause was allegedly 40 mil. Obviously we don't know the one and outs but why could this be rejected if it matched a 'clause'?


{Ed002's Note - The Liverpool owners stepped back on an agreement with the player. For another player desire of the owners and the player become relevant - so perhaps for €xM it can be done. I would put the clauses aside. Foe €40M or wahtever if the player is cool with it and then a deal can be done.}



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09 Oct 2018 09:34:44
We all know that most players want to play for the best clubs and win trophies. Not a problem with players saying what richarlison has. It shows ambition and drive (hazard just said similar and he not getting pilloried)
I am no way deluded to think we are a big club (in history yes but not currently) so if a player thinks they should more to a bigger club then fine as this shows they are playing well for us and must mean we are getting better. We must also be recompensed appropriately which can then be used to find replacements. The circle then continues.
For over 120 years players have come and gone. Some have been good (kanchelskis, lineker, heath) , some have been absolutely shocking (madar, hottinger, kroldrup) and some have become forever woven into the fabric of our great club (Reid, sharp, Cahill, ferguson) .
The one thing that remains is the club. No player is bigger than the club and we will have ups and downs but we must support the club, regardless of who wears the shirt. Unfortunately at present we have certain 'fans' on here who just don't seem happy regardless if we win, lose or draw. Wonder if they would even be happy if we won every game and every trophy?
Plus we have to respect the eds knowledge and opinion (may not always agree with them) as they do a great job on this site. No point going on and on over a topic as it then becomes personal.




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08 Oct 2018 17:17:23
Just on that ed. If richarlison does leave for bigger club then we should make handsome profit which can be reinvested in the squad.


{Ed002's Note - With Moshiri providing £200M a window and all of he gifts of h money coming from Ivan Gazidis the massive profit will likely not be of consequence.}



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01 Sep 2018 23:07:58
1) my assumption of your comment. I apologise.
2) anti-Merseyside bias?
3) just your comment about players not being able to communicate. Football is a universal language.
4) Just because he wants to leave doesn't mean he can. He signed a good contract and must abide by those terms.
5) fans are entitled to their opinion. They but their season tickets.
6) maybe not the same window but it is Silva problem to enable communication not the fans. Hence see point 3.


{Ed002's Note - (2) Actually I think stating Liverpool are a Merseyside club is factually accurate rather than any sort of bias. (3) You will find that the vast majority of players registered to English clubs can speak English but many come from countries that don’t have English as a first language. I find the thought that “football is a universal language” to be cringeworthy. (4) As I have said previously, you seem to struggle with the basic premise of contracts and transfers. (5) You can put your season ticket wherever you wish. My comment was in response to your statement - it now seems you have changed your mind. (6) I don’t understand your comment - nobody has suggested it is the responsibility of the fans. Silva was the DF who created the issue.}



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01 Sep 2018 22:52:57
I, for one, have not mentioned Lukaku or 200 mil. Liverpool have taken 2-3 years to get from Rodgers to challenging for titles under klopp so that is transition period. By your reckoning we should only buy English players and we should let players go whenever they want to.
Also if lookman is not going to be world class then there is no problem with him continuing his career at a lowly club like Everton. He only wants to leave because he is struggling to get first team role due to talent, application, attitude or rift with manager. (We may never know which) .
Us as fans don't buy players, the club do and we just support them. Plenty of clubs have bought players who don't speak the local lingo and they do ok. Bale and mcmanaman for real Madrid for one.


{Ed002's Note - (1) Not you but others have - and at no point did I suggest those particular gems of wisdom were yours. (2) As I said - Liverpool is the other Merseyside club - does that come as a surprise? (3) Could you please point me at where I said Everton should only buy English players? (4) Lookman wants to go, someone wants to buy him. Everton added two players who play in the same position. He wants to leave to improve himself - he has wanted to leave since long before Everton made the mistake over the manger. (5) The fans are generally unsupportive of the players, happy to constantly trash them and call them such nice things as “deadwood”. (6) Please name the “plenary of clubs” who have purchased three players who can communicate with each other but not the rest of the players in the same window?}