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21 Sep 2019 18:58:57
believe I've spent the last week defending Silva and the team and they pop up with that performance. Say what ya want. Slag them off to your hearts content. They should be ashamed of that today. Can understand a loss even at home against a team we should beat. What I Can't take is no fight, no passion and no clue. If this continued then Silva will be gone by Christmas.


1.) 21 Sep 2019 19:05:42
He will mate no excuses after a display like that dreadful, Sheffield United totally outplayed us.

2.) 21 Sep 2019 19:08:09
Gone by tomorrow would be nice 🙏🙏.

3.) 21 Sep 2019 19:58:13
I don't believe he will go, YET. The problem we have is who would we replace him with? Can't see many (any) top managers wanting to take this project on at present. What we don't want is another Big Sam type of knee jerk reaction. Silva has to change his approach and strategy otherwise Moshiri will have no option.

4.) 21 Sep 2019 20:10:56
Mourinho is still jobless 🤔🤔.

{Ed002's Note - But not moving to Everton.}

5.) 21 Sep 2019 21:29:41
Jose nailed on for real Madrid.

6.) 21 Sep 2019 21:46:16
Will always support anyone associated with Everton (unless there's an extreme) but never rated Silva. Always seen him as Brown Shoes in disguise. Can not see the board doing anything with him though just yet, considering how badly they wanted him. Weren't we willing to pay Watford 15m at one stage for him (so say rumours and press) . However, at present I can't see where we favour. Undoubtedly we have better players than we have had for years, but what are we better at. Defending? Attacking? Creating chances? I'm not so sure. But he is still in charge of Everton, and while he is, he doesn't need another obstacle against him, ie us!

7.) 21 Sep 2019 22:08:19
Gallardo from River Plate please.

8.) 21 Sep 2019 23:01:17
Wouldn't want Jose anyway. Not sure who's out there. Benitez Maybe? Gallardo? I don't know.

9.) 21 Sep 2019 21:45:14
Any recommendations Ed002 for a manager to replace Silva?

{Ed002's Note - Not at this time Mike.}

10.) 22 Sep 2019 07:28:26
The man doesn't learn! His record speaks for itself. He was poor at Hull and Watford. He likes to play pretty football going forward but doesn't defend. Pretty obvious that zonal marking doesn't work. Players have no fight in them. There not arsed as long as they get their dough. Why isn't Davies being played. i'd have him anyday ahead of Sneiderlan ( who never passes the ball forward )
The man is clueless. His answer to a crisis is put on more forwards and take off the midfield!
Lukaku was never replaced. well he was by Tosun who isn't good enough. We are short of a centre half and we need a creative midfielder. Board should have gone for Rogers or Benitez in my opinion. Very sad state of affairs at the moment.

11.) 22 Sep 2019 12:29:09
So after 6 games silly season arrived early this year . I'll be back in 5 mins, just going to Google the names of a few obscure managers to let people think I have a vast knowledge of the world game . Back soon 🧐.

12.) 22 Sep 2019 13:28:05
It didn't take long for the "David Moyes back" speculation to start.

13.) 22 Sep 2019 17:35:58
Quite a few of us have defended the team and the manager, few games in the season now, so with the fixture run we had it is fair to say we should have turned in some better performances than that.

If you go a goal down we seem to throw on attacking players and leave the rest of the team lobsided, panic sets in.

That performance yesterday was shear panic by the manager, and a team with no fight in them.

We saw it with the past managers here, different managers, same mentality by the players.

People have said we have not replaced Lukaku, to be honest we have never replaced David Moyes, not for one minute am I saying Moyes back, what I am saying is we have not found a manager who can give the same fight Moyes teams gave.

Replacing Silva who to be fair has no plan b is going to be a merry go round, manager in, manager out.

Somewhere within Finch Farm, there is something wrong and needs to be fixed.

We cannot have anymore games like last Saturday, so The cup game in midweek is massive, one we cannot afford to lose.

14.) 22 Sep 2019 22:08:20
Bluemike so what's the problem with Moyes. Utd sacked him, even though his stats were third to Fergies. Consistently had us top 7 and that with zilch dinero. Him or Benitez would be a fit.

{Ed025's Note - come on BCT...moyes really????, do you not remember the dour stuff we used to play under him...or taking a knife to a gunfight?, the guy was a nightmare mate and i think i would rather have allardyce back before him, he had zilch dinero because he could not be trusted and was happy to wallow in mediocrity..

15.) 23 Sep 2019 11:34:10
Hasn't been much of a success since he left us either Bill. Has to be better candidates out there, but it's not our job to identify them. Unfortunately, whoever the silent advisor to Moshiri is, doesn't seem to have much of a clue either.



18 Jan 2019 11:50:29
Well. Niasse deal to Cardiff finally done. Loan with option for permanent deal. Hopefully opens space to bring striker in.


1.) 18 Jan 2019 13:37:26
One out, hopefully, maybe one in.
Ps good luck Oumar and thank you
Big C.

2.) 18 Jan 2019 14:05:19
Agreed big c. Tried hard and handled himself with dignity but always looked like a giraffe on an ice rink. Hopefully a striker in to score some goals and push us upwards.
We just seem to be an emasculated male model atm. We look good just no penetration.

3.) 18 Jan 2019 14:05:46
Good hard working player should do well at Cardiff just didn't work out for us.

4.) 18 Jan 2019 20:46:20
Big thank you indeed. Looked like a Giraffe on an icerink indeed, not good enough for the Prem is another shout. Treated like something off the bottom of Koemans shoe and yet did indeed carry himself with dignity. I wonder then exactly what we think we are looking for. This is the same Niasse that given his stop start, stop start, appearances, still managed to score goals for us and may I dare to say a couple of quite important ones. Ask ourselves this, currently Richarlison - an undoubted talented footballer - is undergoing the same winter malaise he had at Watford (as is his then and now Manager funny enough) , yet this lad is indispensable. Have/ did we ever see Niasse given a run of games, I cannot think of a run can anyone. Any way good luck to the lad. As a final, his wages gone do not cover anywhere near enough, if the rumour about the Chelsea lad is to be believed.

5.) 18 Jan 2019 23:31:46
We aren’t going to pay what Chelsea want for Batshuayi. There’s no guarantee that he’s any better than Tosun. We have goal scorers at the club, we just don’t have anyone with the guts to give them a run in the team.



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.




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06 Oct 2019 09:50:11
Article on BBC about lack progress under Silva.

I just cant find any positives atm.
Digne is quality. Iwobi looks a player but needs to finish better, same with Bernard. Richy gone lazy again. Kean should play with kids to help adjust to prem league . Siggy finished and too slow at linking team.

Dunno The answer and don't want to be a club chopping and changing management but can't see Silva being here for West ham game.


1.) 06 Oct 2019 11:40:55
Silva says Gordan is very close but doesn't want to put him in while team is losing. He may be the one who gives the team an edge. If he doesn't play we will never know. Certainly has more energy about him and flair than Siggy does. I'm a supporter of Silva but sticking with same players isn't going to help us. Change it up and try a basic 442 or 4132. I'd play Tosun alongside DLC or Kean.

2.) 06 Oct 2019 12:59:52
Even his preferred 433 or 4141 would be better.

3.) 06 Oct 2019 13:53:44
It is difficult at the moment geoffjohno

I'm finding it difficult to see what Bernard did wrong to lose his place to Iwobi, why Siggy is still meriting a place in the side. I'm at a loss why we only have 2 very young and lacking in confidence strikers and Tosun who just hasn't proved himself in the Premiership

In midfield I can understand the 2 injuries upsetting the balance but I'm sorry, Schids hasn't deserved his place for a long time now and, although not fully convinced Davies, after his game for England U23's, would be a better bet

I know some people say it is wrong to play the youngsters when the team is playing badly but I getting a bit like Uran and thinking we need to draft Gordon into the side and maybe even a couple of others. What they lack in experience they will make it up in fearlessness/ enthusiasm and it would give the supporters a much needed boost

I watched Connolly, the young lad making his debut for Brighton before our game on Saturday. He was a breath of fresh air for them and boy, could we use that

It's time for Silva to experiment a bit but, if he does, it's up to us to get behind them, cheer their good moments but understand any mistakes.

4.) 06 Oct 2019 13:56:48
Even if Gordon is another Rooney he is one young kid he wil;l not make much difference, changing for formation will not do it either.
What is needed is a better attitude and a desire to win and much better defensive coaching. i think we all know that the present manager cannot solve these issues.

5.) 06 Oct 2019 14:11:52
Is the defence the issue though?
We know the manager can fix that, that was evident last season. What is worrying is, can he get us scoring goals?
If the defence is bad we can still win games. If we can't score we've no chance of winning.

6.) 06 Oct 2019 15:16:35
You are right Smit. Attack is our main problem at the moment. There is a complete lack of confidence which is why there are so many sideways passes and nobody willing to take on players

Getting players to play with confidence again is always difficult which is why some fresh faces might help.

7.) 06 Oct 2019 16:03:49
Sam Allardyce Marco Silva
8.9 Average shots per game 13
73.3 Average long passes per game 61.4
380.1 Average passes per game 437.3
1.25 Average goals conceded per game 1.28
4.7 Average shots on target faced per game 3.7

Geoff Thanks for this link, these stats tell me quite simply 'Frying pan and Fire.
Plus ''When Jeff Hendrick scored from Ashley Westwood's corner, it was the 22nd goal the Toffees have conceded from set-pieces since the start of last season - more than any other side. ''

'More than any other side' omg this fella just won't get right will he! even kids in a playground fix issues like this .

8.) 06 Oct 2019 18:19:35
Well currently on 88mins in Newcastle - man utd game and a kid plucked from u23s to play alongside his brother has made a difference by scoring the current only goal if the game. I still think Gordon could make a difference for us because as it stands we are bottom 3 of prem.

9.) 07 Oct 2019 07:36:43
Bernard could be in as a 10 instead of Siggy at the moment. Play Gomez instead of Schneids and tell Delph to do the holding role and stop trying to make 30 yard passes. 4 1 3 2 (Tosun/ Kean, DCL) .

10.) 07 Oct 2019 09:48:05
wouldnt want any of our youth players near this cancer of a squad at the moment, send them out on loan to start playing, don't let thtis crop of bad eggs ruin them already.



02 Oct 2019 20:11:37
Here's a bit of left field suggestion for our next manager if Silva goes.

Think his name is Jesse marsch from Salzburg. So one well in European league and in champs league. Got a young attacking team (giving Liverpool a game after first 10 mins or so)
Plus he is an American, apparently so communication shouldn't be a problem. Plus he may bring haaland with him, who is going to be a proper goal machine by all accounts. Scored 9 in one game in last years u17 world cup (I think)


1.) 02 Oct 2019 20:49:00
Should also say that as soon as I posted that Liverpool scored. Hahaha.

Also marsch is a youngish manager who is not scared to go toe to toe with the top clubs.

2.) 02 Oct 2019 22:33:07
Sorry long one. Didn't mean for it to be this long when I started the reply lol.

Could be a good shout. I know nothing about him but I think we have to look outside of the prem and recent prem managers. Either they're not good enough or wouldn't be interested in coming here. That's if we are even looking for a new manager.

Ed025 mentioned recently we have expectations above our station and I hate to say it but it's true. For years we were crying out for an owner/ investor to put some money in. When it happened I think we just expected some notable improvement. We've seen so many teams get success recently with an injection of cash but so many teams have cash now we're basically on a level playing field. With it being spent so poorly over the past few managers we've actually gone backwards.

We all knew Gana and Zouma were important for us but I don't think we knew how much.

Unless we get a big name in I'd give Silva at least another window. I don't think he's to blame, the squad just isn't good enough imo. Definitely not as good as last season so how can we expect to be better than last season.

3.) 03 Oct 2019 06:10:28
Sensible reply Chris.

4.) 03 Oct 2019 06:31:34
As I've said a few times, we are probly on the same level as a club as we have been for 20 years but our expectations have gone up due to moshiri and the openness of the league This year (top 2 excluded) but we would still struggle to bring in a Jose or poch.
That is why I mentioned marsch. Ticks most of the boxes for me. Young, up and coming manager, plays attacking football with young players, serial winner (Ok, not the toughest league and they Are 'backed' by red bull) and communication should be fine as he is American.
I haven't watched loads of their games but if we base it on last night (it was the champ league winners away) then it could be Martinez - take 3.
Obviously Silva still here but he is someone they should monitor for if they do get rid.

5.) 03 Oct 2019 22:56:22
Jesus Chris. "Could be a good shout.
I know nothing about him". It sounds like Steve Walsh's player purchase policy.

6.) 05 Oct 2019 21:11:18
I think you need to learn the definition of could. It means I don't know. Hence the second sentence you have quoted.



24 Sep 2019 19:29:16
Same formation but better selection. What we been asking for. Sidibe in, holgate for kean (needs a break) , Davies getting a run, Bernard 10. Maybe would have put kean up top but want to see this tried. If it don't work then I don't know the answer.


1.) 25 Sep 2019 00:07:13
Didn't Iwobi play the 10 role?

2.) 25 Sep 2019 07:58:18
that has to be the front four for saturday evenings fixture. no if's but's or maybes DCL for all his flaws can sometimes bull cnetre halves, so to be playing a team with otamendi and a central midfielder at centre half is a golden opportunity for him to be played off from iwobi.



23 Sep 2019 20:18:21
Barca boss is also under pressure and the BBC says

' If the worst happens, there are plenty of potential replacements - the long list of currently available bosses includes Pablo Machin, Quique Setien, Abelardo, Massimiliano Allegri, Laurent Blanc and (surely not? ) Jose Mourinho. (Marcelino, recently fired by Valencia, is not an option because coaches in Spain are not allowed to manage more than one team in a season'

Wonder if any of those may fancy coming to us if Silva goes. Don't know anything about the first 3.


{Ed025's Note - dont rule out benitez who is apparently the owners choice...who also landed at liverpool airport today geoff..

1.) 23 Sep 2019 20:28:15
Benitez is on £12 million a year in China, wages may be an issue .

2.) 23 Sep 2019 20:28:33
Well ed. You learn something new everyday. I know his family still live on Wirral. When does Chinese season finish? Not that it will matter because we just pay his contract out.
He might work for us ed. His red connections are well in the past and he can get his teams to defend as long as he doesn't bring Geordie mentality where he had to park the bus every game.

{Ed025's Note - i have to be honest geoff hes not my first choice, but all my choices have turned out to be lemons so take no notice of me mate..

3.) 23 Sep 2019 20:38:03
Tbh ed. Only Jose and him have been mentioned seriously and I hate Jose.

Swan goes on about Gallardo but I know nothing about him and South American football isn't the top European leagues so we never know if he'll be good enough.

There will be loads of managers out there but it's about getting good advice if and when Silva goes. Ed2 says the advisors to moshiri atm are not the best so we just have to wait and see.

In the meantime we got a game tomorrow that we need to win, not only to get fans back on side but to progress in a cup we have never won. God could we do with winning something.

{Ed025's Note - absolutely geoff..

4.) 23 Sep 2019 20:50:59
geoff, get real son stop wetting your pants Benitez no chance. and no top class manager/ coach is coming to us, because we're second rate and have been for nearly 30 years, sick of hearing about our "beloved club and our great club" we're in the also rans and will be for a very long time some of these posts are quite sad and delusional, thinking we will challenge top four, we'll probably stay up.

5.) 23 Sep 2019 21:27:03
Tbh blue I'm not wetting my pants. Not a great fan of Benitez over last few years. I only mentioned him as he has been mentioned here before and others do like him but who else is out there?
You seem great at slagging people off but not coming up with anything constructive.
We are all aware of ourbfailings ad a club and the struggles we have had over the years, we all lived it but we also have belief. Leicester won the league so anything is possible if the stars align.

If you going to continue to be a negative Nancy maybe go find some other club to support.

6.) 23 Sep 2019 21:40:17
Benitez is a winner and a very underrated manager.

7.) 24 Sep 2019 00:25:36
Don’t like him at all. He would be my last choice. He was crap at Newcastle and the fans only liked him because they hated Mike Ashley so much they couldn’t see that he was doing a crap job. They’ll be no worse off with Bruce. If he was as good as everyone says he is, what’s he doing in China? From unemployed to Newcastle to China. That’s a CV to be proud of. No thanks.

8.) 24 Sep 2019 09:23:07
Blue Lagoon

You seem to have a right downer on the club you say you support but I have to pull you up on you saying Benitez - no chance

I don't want him but this is the Benitez who went to Newcastle who have great fans but have never been a bigger club than us and have an awful owner in Ashly. This is the same Benitez that is languishing in 7th place in the Chinese 'Super' League 25 points behind the leaders

I repeat, I don't want him, but he'd be very grateful if we approached him as he must already be regretting moving to Newcastle and then China.

We won't attract the really top managers but we're talking Benitez for goodness sake. Get real

Just to be clear I don't rate him now. I might have years ago but he's well past his sell by date.

9.) 24 Sep 2019 21:42:45
Anyone who thinks Benitez is a crap manager knows nothing about football, he is top drawer.

10.) 25 Sep 2019 12:52:15

He was a good manager once, same as Wenger, same as Hodgson

They aren't anymore.



22 Sep 2019 19:08:18
One thing I've been trying to get across all week was typified in today's games and results. Everyone can beat everyone else. Utd got beat, arsenal scraped a win, Chelsea were unlucky and wolves drew at palace, just (as did we) .
From 3rd down seems wide open. Silva needs to get into the players and get them fighting for points and we just may have a chance of that top 6.
If he doesn't then he goes, moshiri will see to that. Simples.


1.) 22 Sep 2019 22:27:07
Tippy tappy football Geoff. Sheffield had two shots, one an own goal (clumsy doesn't even start) from Mina. We must have had more than 20. We have class up front, laziness in support and a LB who must be wondering what he has come to. It all comes down to coaching and leadership. This fella has no charisma, sulks and has no clue to go with a CV that supports those assessments. He must have one heck of an agent.

2.) 23 Sep 2019 06:36:40
His agent is probly one of the 2 people who have moshiri ear.




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01 Oct 2019 18:43:58
He obviously has talent otherwise he wouldn't have scored goals previously but he has had chances for us and just doesn't seem to be the real deal. (Although none of them do atm).

Can't say I'd ever call him superb. He just doesn't have the pace to play up top on his own in prem league, struggles to hold the ball up and has a worse conversion rate than dcl. He reminds me of Glenn Murray in so. e respects and may be better at a club like Brighton or even Newcastle. He may have worked under a fat Sam system which was defensive and hit the long ball but not now.




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30 Sep 2019 13:28:09
Not saying Silva is the saviour but the grass isn't always greener. Be careful what you wish for. We forced koeman out and got fat Sam.
Glad it's not my decision to make.




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21 Sep 2019 23:01:17
Wouldn't want Jose anyway. Not sure who's out there. Benitez Maybe? Gallardo? I don't know.




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31 Aug 2019 12:23:08
Bolasie would have been alright if it wasn't for that nasty injury. Never the same player after that. Still got to few more to get rid of and tighten the squad up a bit. We got good young kids that we can use if need be. Integrate them slowly and build their experience and confidence.




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04 Aug 2019 14:24:18
Think he meant no to moshiri being upset but his advisor will be apparently.





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10 Oct 2019 03:49:19
Bang on there son. Wonder how much stick and abuse Silva would be getting if moshiri hadn't arrived and Bill was still the pharoah.




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09 Oct 2019 18:40:08
Simeone is a great shout but we got absolutely no chance of getting him.




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09 Oct 2019 11:26:16
You need to watch other games of Salzburg. Smashing that league and playing well in Europe other than Liverpool game. I just worry if he is another Martinez as they do have defensive frailties.




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08 Oct 2019 16:17:13
Mention3d Cowley brothers few weeks ago buy now they gone to Huddersfield theybwill be there for a while. Must neither rising stars in the lower leagues to look atm if Silva goes.
Why do we all have to look at foreign managers or has beens. Surely there are young British managers who can build our squad. Bowyer is doing well at Charlton with no money. Sol Campbell did ok at macc before realising chairman had no money. Must be others.




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07 Oct 2019 08:21:49
Marsch from Salzburg.
Sylvinho from Lyon.

Couple of left field ones.

Patrick vieira at nice.
Klinnsmann- out of work since leaving American job.