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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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25 Jan 2018 10:42:01
Is it just me or is everyone else total underwhelmed by the up and coming deadline day? This window just seems flat with the promise of nothing really exciting happening. Can't get anyone in without shipping out as we don't have the squad space and can't see any one else leaving not even on loan.


1.) 25 Jan 2018 11:03:06
I think (hope! ) that a couple more might leave, whether that's on loan or perm i'm not too sure, this would enable us to bring in a left back which is so desperately required i.

2.) 25 Jan 2018 11:12:35
can always drop from the Squad and replace with A. N. Other (s) . Schneiderlin and Martina are the immediate two that come to mind, add Williams to that and the Squad would perk up.

3.) 25 Jan 2018 11:57:19
I imagine there will be about a dozen leave on deadline day. Most probably, to West ham.

4.) 25 Jan 2018 12:12:42
Exactly ducksfltsouth. That's 3 that look like on their way out. Add to that Jags and Baines don't look like they have many more seasons ahead of them. Will they both be here nest season?

5.) 25 Jan 2018 12:25:13
Agree DFS but it will not happen under big Sam.



24 Nov 2017 11:41:11
Would be nice if Everton's Blue Friday sale could include a couple of players. Mind you you would need more than 50% off for most of them.




05 Oct 2017 09:50:40
Not Everton related, just wondering what would happen to Barcelona if Catalonia declare themselves independent from Spain and Spain reluctantly except the outcome. They would no longer be a Spanish team and therefore would have no right to play in the Spanish league. It would be interesting what UEFA would then do as they would not be associated to any currently recognised national football association so would the be able to play in Europe?


{Ed002's Note - Declaring themselves independent means practically nothing and the club will stay in the Spanish league - as will the others - Girona, Espanyol etc..}

1.) 05 Oct 2017 11:01:38
I think both the Spanish and Catalonians think its a little bit more than practically nothing Ed.

{Ed002's Note - The Spanish don't - they think it is illegal and has no standing. It would be like the Merseyside Council claiming independence.}



06 Jun 2017 10:09:42
It will be interesting to see how quickly the club makes a statement on the future of Rom now he has let the cat out of the bag by telling us he knows exactly what his future holds allegedly)


1.) 06 Jun 2017 11:35:27
Funny how he knows exactly were he will be playing next season yet unless it is at Everton he can't be so certain as any club wishing to buy him has to do just that and pay the asking price. He doesn't decide until that price is agreed.

{Ed025's Note - your right gray..



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.




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24 Jan 2018 10:56:15
cheers ed.




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23 Jan 2018 10:19:26
Totally agree BT Niasse has saved our bacon and won us points in some games, why would we want to sell when we are really struggling to draw let alone win mathces. their are plenty of options we should be considering regarding playing staff but at this moment in time not him.




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03 Jan 2018 09:58:07
Thanks for the comprehensive reply ed002. If this does come to fruition then I can see the progression over time from regional based teams within countries to more of a national base. Which then just becomes more of a rich man's world cup, unless the funding of the less wealthier regional teams is really taken into consideration at the outset.


{Ed002's Note - Financially I do not see that so many pro sides can be sustained within the sport which, like it or not, will see more and more money going in to the highest levels of the game. Governments will ensure that grassroots sport get funding but everything in the middle (Southern, Northern, Conference, Division 2, Scottish Divisions 1-3, League of Wales will not get the funding needed to continue on any sort of professional basis. For me, clubs should already recognise this and put their efforts in to getting there finances in order to see if they can make it to a British professional league that will need to flourish without perhaps six sides that have gone down the pan-European route - and have gone for good. Clubs like Accrington Stanley will need to carry on as amateurs or face extinction (yet again).}



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03 Jan 2018 10:06:24
Bobby looking at ed002 reply earlier there may be a case for the total demise of both FIFA and UEFA in the long term with national leagues being total restructure in different regions. A lot of this of course is linked to the economical fortunes of football which could be impacted by all sorts of factors outside of the control of the power brokers.




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02 Jan 2018 15:56:30
I would be interested to know if the PL would want to try hamper the formation of a European league as it may impact on the revenue streams going to the PL. A question for Ed002 as you think this is a likely thing to happen what do you think the format of the league would be and who is likely to run it?


{Ed002's Note - The Premier League has no way of hamering it at all. UEFA and FIFA are looking for other solutions. It remains the greatest fear of UEFA and all major national authorities that one day this will happen – which has resulted in a counter-proposal being drafted by UEFA. There are actually two counter-proposals to the pan-European breakaway that have partially been backed by UEFA to try and save their own skin. The first proposal is to rename and change the format of the UEFA Champions League to make it an elite closed-shop pan-European league with a fixed number of teams – and these would be the same teams every year and be based on past winners of the Champions League and European Cup and a few (not specified) more. It would then require the restructuring of the Europa League and the possible introduction of a lower-tier European competition again. Although they have yet to flesh out the detail and there is now a major concern that the impetus for this is not coming from Europe, although one major Football Association has given their support and discussions have also been held with some of the the leading clubs from England. The American backer, Stephen Ross of the Miami Dolphins, has on several occasions requested a meeting with an extant group of "elite" sides considering the pan-European breakaway to discuss his proposals. They have yet to respond but having identified the source of much of the funding (and that raising a concern) will wish to discuss it between themselves first. This has dragged on for a year and nothing has happened. However, UEFA are now considering yet another proposal that would see some places in the CL fixed (probably to previous winners) and then see it supplemented by Champions and second place sides each season. This complicates matters again as it means the re-introduction of a third competition or the significant restructuring of the EL. The plan being put to clubs is a summer/preseason tournament that will evolve in to a parallel league, and of course eventually in to a complete breakaway for these clubs. As a first step to all of this, UEFA have negotiated minor changes that will see the four entrants from England, Germany, Spain and Italy enter the existing Champions League group stages without any qualification beyond their National League position (so no entry to qualifying rounds). This has been agreed by the European Club Association but UEFA did not want to discuss it with the separate group of “elite” sides discussing the Pan European League (and that “elite” group includes three English sides) as they are aware they will get no more than a shrug and no long-term support. The second major counter proposal is a Chinese proposal from the Dalian Wanda Group proposes to open up the lucrative Chinese and Far Eastern media markets by extending the league to include Chinese and South American clubs. This has yet to be discussed by the "elite" sides as a group although the proposals have been presented to a number of them already on an individual basis. The proposals are very broad-based and lack detail - their selling point is significant additional income for the "elite", but not for any one else.

If the proposal for a breakaway goes ahead, there is every likelihood that the big money from television, sponsorship etc. would go with a breakaway league. It would completely rupture the operations of UEFA and I would expect it would require national associations like the FA to restructure their leagues. So the PL would then disappear and something new would arrive.

A new body would run the league with a likely board made up from the initial member sides (which looks likely to be 16) and some independent non-exec directors. Nothing has been decided but the subject is regularly discussed.

As for my opiion, I hold a reasonably strong view in terms of the need to restructure football in Europe in any case. For me an eventual a breakaway pan-European league would force the restructuring of many of the national leagues, possibly resulting in a British league with perhaps only a couple of professional tiers and then regionalised amateur leagues below that. Financially I do not see that so many pro sides can be sustained within the sport which, like it or not, will see more and more money going in to the highest levels of the game. Timing wise 2025-2028 might be realistic, but some are pushing for earlier.}




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14 Feb 2018 10:31:54
well said johny1989 far too much digging going on its a shame really as we all support the same team. I don't mind banter but it doesn't need to get personal.


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14 Feb 2018 10:25:36
Ed001 saying that Grumpy should stay away from stats as he doesn't understand them is a bit over the top. I totally agree that trying to use stats in football to make and sort of profound statement is nonsicle too many variables and no controls for a start. What both parties are doing is comparing a set of data metrics in isolation to try to highlight a point. I don't see this as an issue, pundits do it all the time. This is an opinion site after all.




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09 Feb 2018 09:56:05
degsyp I total we need to support the team and management at the moment, not create any additional negativity. I think the club made a mistake sacking Koeman when they did and the knee jerk reaction of getting SA in for a perceived relegation threat that if you look at the up and coming fixtures at the time may not have been warranted, Rhino was starting to get results and I think Koeman would have as well. However, we are where we are so as always the club gets my support 100%. I have seen plenty of crap football at Everton and to be honest with the exception of a couple of seasons the rest has been pretty mediocre. Unfortunately for me I am and will always be a blue so will suffer like the rest of us the ups and downs that is Everton Football Club.




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08 Feb 2018 10:19:27
Do we have any squad places left?