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16 Jun 2016 16:46:47
If anyone fancies a laugh take a look at the emerging whispers on sly if we get half the players we are being rumored with we would have the best squad in the PL if not Europe. As you said though Ed its nice to be in the situation for a change.


1.) 16 Jun 2016 17:06:14
ano that today whisper had Lucas moura on it.



26 May 2016 13:35:59
Hypothetical one here if Zlatan goes to MU do you think Rooney would be surplus to requirements would we be his first port of call.


{Ed025's Note - i would doubt it sa, he will play one more season at utd then end his career in the MLS i suspect mate..

1.) 26 May 2016 18:30:48
Rooney definitely playing at Utd next season. May leave come Jan but he'll start August at Utd.



26 May 2016 13:22:45
Hypothetical one here if Zlatan goes to MU do you think Rooney would be surplus to requirements would we be his first port of call.


{Ed025's Note - it would come down to money i think sa and that would make it a non starter, my feeling is that he will play one more season with utd then end his career in the MLS mate..

1.) 26 May 2016 16:05:56
If we are looking to offer £200 million wages to Hart, ok paper talk, but I would not rule Everton out of signing Rooney as his wages could be met, call me a romantic but I have a gut feeling, Rooney will be coming back to Everton.



01 Mar 2016 10:37:06
Here's a hypothetical one for consideration. If we vote to leave the EU, Will we be in a better position than most clubs as we only have a few EU nationals in the squad? I am presuming that all Foreign players would need apply for Visa's to remain in the country.


{Ed025's Note - thats something i have not even thought about sa, but i cant see it being a problem for players who are already here, but maybe future signings may be different mate..

1.) 01 Mar 2016 11:28:28
I've posted the same question as the OP on a few occasions during the past year or so, but most fans don't seem to have any particular views on it.
I tend to agree with Ed025: foreign players who are well established in the Premier League shouldn't have a problem in being allowed to stay on, but future signings may well have to meet much more stringent conditions. Time will tell on this.
A more interesting situation could be if the UK leaves the EU being followed by Scotland going independent - where would that leave future Scottish signings by English clubs?
Also, what about foreign managers/ coaches coming into English football?

2.) 01 Mar 2016 13:39:35
I suppose it will come down to what happens with all EU nationals already in the UK. I can't see footballers being given special dispensation to remain.

As for Scotland going independent, then I presume they would be classed as EU nationals if they are allowed to join the EU that is (it would be really funny if they were rejected by the EU though) . I would imagine though any Scottish people that have been living in the remaining home union countries for over a certain time period may be given the option to become a UK national.

{Ed002's Note - It is not actually clear what would happen if the UK left the EU. There would certainly not be any overnight change but the eventual position would likely be a need for work permits and residence permits. In terms of existing EU citizens already working in the UK, there is no plan but I would think an amnesty would be the likely decision followed by a quota system of some type. A good question but no firm answer I am afraid.}



28 Sep 2015 12:16:54
Just been reading the European Coefficient explanation. There is a good possibility that England may lose the fourth CL spot to Italy if the English teams perform as last season. Once it's gone it would take a remarkable change around for England to get the place back. It looks to me that the PL is being extremely shortsighted in the way PL clubs in Europa are treated.

We all know that CL qualifiers get a much bigger financial gain than EL but as the two tournaments are linked it would make sense for PL to help EL qualified teams as much as possible.

As most agree that being in the EL effects premier league form, some teams are at a distinct disadvantage being in the competition. As we have very little chance of a top 4 place and the gap is growing between the haves and have not's, I do think that it would be quite ironic if we lost a CL place due to the so called top 4 manipulating the transfer markets to their own ends.


1.) 29 Sep 2015 18:35:57
good points well made, mate.

2.) 30 Sep 2015 13:18:36
Offer more prize money for the el and stop 3rd placed teams from the cl from entering and it could be a completion worth taking serious.

{Ed007's Note - I'm interested in why people think playing in the EL puts teams at a disadvantage in the league?}

3.) 01 Oct 2015 10:02:01
Ed IMO the EL takes a significant toll on the players mentally and physically for teams with larger squads this is not such an issue but for those with smaller squads having to manager rest periods and injuries seems to affect PL form. I don't know why but stats seem to support this. You would expect the CL to have a similar effect but the travelling is not as much as the CL consists mainly of the major teams in Spain Germany Italy England France and Holland so although there will be countries that will be a fair distance you will be less likely to have more than one in a group.

{Ed007's Note - See that's what I can't understand, CL teams get the same amount of days between matches as EL teams, is it because it's not worth millions of £s that English teams treat the competition with such nonchalance? If the money was nearer CL levels would teams take it more seriously?
If you beat Liverpool on Sunday and their fans said it was because of their EL hangover would you accept that and say they're probably right?}

4.) 01 Oct 2015 17:08:43
CL teams usually have bigger squads so can rotate players more and still get results especially during the league and FA cups fixture periods. Agreed there is the same amount of days rest but usually the travel time is not as long for a CL fixture.I do think it is about the money PL money is greater than EL money so staying as high as you can in the PL is more beneficial.

And yes if we win on Saturday the EL hangover excuse may come out and yes I would accept that and say they are probably right. However,if they think the EL group match is more important than the derby that's up to them because if we win!!




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13 Sep 2016 10:54:55
Good result last night but what is clearly evident is how good RK is at managing team tactics during matches. That 1st half was not good I actually thought both Ross and Kev were shocking. I don't think Kev plays well down the left I always preferred him on the right, that's where he played really well for DM when out wide. Having said that RK certainly knows his players as once he was put in behind Rom his game picked up really well. I also love RKs honesty about our performances in post match interviews. Just not good enough in the 1st half and better in the second but still room for improvement. Rom also gave a good interview with Bainesy its all about the team now. The future is bright. COYB.


1.) 13 Sep 2016 11:46:26
I think Rom gave his most truthful interview ever last night and he came across as genuine to me. He didn't gloat about his first hat trick for us instead he actually criticised his first half performance saying he just was not good enough. I would go as far as saying he did that for 2 reasons, 1) he is learning that he has to work hard for us and 2) as a mark of respect to RK.

2.) 13 Sep 2016 20:18:28
It's his second actually young boys away in a 4-1 win.



31 Aug 2016 23:00:56
Not great fan of Merson but had a chucckle when he said he hopes the Sissoko deal doesn't get done in time.




30 Aug 2016 09:25:55
Looks like we may well not get any additional signings this window. Seems to me that most of the media is getting over excited again with some of the rumours floating about. I would like to see an additional striker brought in, just can't see it happening. Very happy with what we have done so far though.


1.) 30 Aug 2016 09:51:55
we will get more signings before COP Wednesday, guaranteed.

2.) 30 Aug 2016 10:04:58
Things are going on. But as usual Everton do it quietly. Yes we have made 4 excellent signings but I expect one ot two more.



02 Aug 2016 17:48:38
Well now Gueye has joined, a very good signing IMO and statement of what is expected form the squad. There may well be more on the way. Funny that the papers have stated both Man City and Chelsea have given us take it or leave it ultimatums. I thought they intimated Stones and Lukaku were both almost gone. I hope we keep both under RK I think they will both significantly improve as players. Happy days ahead my fellow blues.




27 Jun 2016 09:06:49
Question for the ED's. With the up and coming move out of the EU do you think if will affect EU players with their consideration of moving back to an EU club. From what is being said all the EU citizens currently working within the UK will not be required to leave. As footballers often transfer between EU and UK clubs I expect once they leave they will find it very difficult to get back into the UK if they are not established internationals. Also do you think the UK teams will be positively or adversely affected and why.


{Ed001's Note - it will make little, if any, difference for a couple of years at least. After that, well it will make little difference then either.}

1.) 27 Jun 2016 12:22:52
Exactly Ed001 a commonsense approach at last and without getting into the Politics I would say that applies all across the board. People really are not stopping to think. You would think the majority of them never had an education.

{Ed001's Note - it is the millenium bug hysteria all over again mate. People just like to panic over nothing these days.}

2.) 27 Jun 2016 12:54:52
Yep. . . 'Project fear' strikes again!




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22 May 2017 21:31:16
Two words Dan Gosling.


{Ed025's Note - another 2...steven pienaar..



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09 May 2017 10:57:58
Ed25 not sure why a media circus would affect your opinion of Rom who is still improving as a player and will only get better. If he goes he goes if he stays we will still see him score a shed load of goals. The statement Rom has made for the media to leave him alone and stop speculating about what he will do in my mind is positive. Now I know this won't work but at least he is trying to do what ever he is doing in private. The media circus is just hype and regurgitated news just ignore it the majority of it is rubbish anyway.


{Ed025's Note - i know what your saying sa and your probably right but i cant see him staying under any circumstance, everton seem to be overlooked and its all about the battle between united and chelsea for who gets him, now i know hes asked to be left alone but for me the damage has been done and even though i rate him highly i have no time for players who dont want to play for us mate..



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08 May 2017 14:28:49
Marquee signings are not always a good thing. For every success there at least one failure. let's stick to properly scouted players that don't cost the earth.




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08 May 2017 13:41:16
Would be nice to see some of the young boys blooded for the last couple of matches. We can't realistically catch 6th and cont be caught by 8th so its not going to affect our position. It would be something RK could look at but I could see the Boo boys getting on his back if we didn't win. Having said that can't see any issues with playing any of the U23 keepers. let's face it they would struggle to be as poor as the two we have in the 1st team at the moment.




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06 May 2017 11:35:31
Blue79 because I don't think they are, good yes but world class no.





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19 May 2017 10:12:12
Agree with most of the posts. In my opinion we are looking at the wrong players to build the team around Rom and Ross are good and will get better but are just not consistent enough. For me Gueye, Davies and Holgate are the ones that show the most promise, they certainly have the ability and are far more consistent than the other two.




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17 May 2017 15:45:48
Kit is down to personal taste, I think the majority would agree about the Kitbag stitch up though.




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11 May 2017 09:33:20
Yes but you'll probably find that one of the two looks the part but just can't perform and the other is a bit plain but a good alrounder.




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10 May 2017 16:00:55
I think he is a good player.




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10 May 2017 13:05:25
Not sure how many people actually want Rom to leave but from what said on this forum I think the majority would like him to stay if possible but would not be overly concerned if he left if the money used brought in two good strikers. I personally would rather see Rom stay and a second striker bought in to challenge him not be just a squad player. However, I do have a lot of confidence in the club management so am happy for them to make the decisions without being unduly concerned.