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29 Dec 2020 20:55:53
The cancellation of the Everton verses Manchester City raises a few questions. I believe City will miss more than the Everton game and if this happens for say to City again I can see a scenario where they would not be able to fulfill all their League games so we would end up with an incomplete season. In that case which teams for example would go into next seasons European competitions? Would it be the teams occupying the top spots when the season is concluded? Or if the season was just cancelled would the teams who qualified for Europe last year just be entered again?
Maybe Ed002 can give some advice?


{Ed002's Note - The effort is to complete the season and many sides have had and will continue to have COVID-19 related issues. There is a proposal on the table to to draw a line across and call the table final if 50% of the games have been played - clubs will be against it so there is no vote. There is, like last season, no recourse to simply cancel the season. I expect it will be discussed again soon and realistically there is another lock down coming.}

1.) 29 Dec 2020 21:19:15
Thanks Ed002.

2.) 29 Dec 2020 23:43:33
I'm not upset about the game being cancelled so much as it's people's health at stake, it was very cloak an dagger.



08 Jun 2020 15:47:10
Regardless of all the crap in the newspapers about Everton making offers for players my prediction is that we will pay for one and get several on loan while of course moving out as many of the non-squad players as possible. Hopefully a few of the kids will step forward. Kenny will also be back, thought that he had a good game yesterday and scored a belter. Probably no good enough for the future but right now would be a good addition to the squad.


{Ed002's Note - That is not going to happen. Everton cannot have "several" players on loan.}

1.) 08 Jun 2020 17:12:21
Sorry ed002 my mistake, how many can they take on loan?

{Ed002's Note - Premier League clubs may register no more than four loan players over a season and no more than two at any one time and a maximum of one from any other club.}

2.) 08 Jun 2020 17:23:24
Sorry ed002 I should be more careful with my words, I really meant a couple (two) .

{Ed002's Note - You mean a brace.}

3.) 08 Jun 2020 19:52:21
New to the site and just looking at Ed’s point about Everton being in serious trouble ( or words to that effect) alongside the likes of Barca, Marseille, Aston Villa, Sheff Wednesday.
But I disagree about Everton, serious trouble says we need to sell Richarlison and Digne and bring in frees and loans.
We have a lot of money behind us, just held back by ffp at the moment and obviously C.V. now hasn’t helped. But Ancelotti hasn’t joined a team on the brink. And Moshiri is paying him and his team a 100m in salaries over the next 4.5yrs

I’ve heard of a few financial football experts and not Everton related. But have said we have big money behind us. What about spurs, furloughing staff getting a 175mil loan, Arsenal also apparently have no money, but Everton are on the verge of going broke.

If we are in trouble, then I fully expect the ground to put on hold for a few years. Let’s see. But I expect Everton to spend this summer, might not be a fortune but they will.

{Ed002's Note - Clearly you don’t grasp the issues that Everton has nor the FFP regulations. I have not said Everton are going broke and perhaps you don’t understand the issues at Spurs needing to pay for a new stadium not Arsenal with issues caused last season. The entire post is from a position of complete ignorance. Everton have been spending beyond their means - as I have repeatedly explained.}

4.) 11 Jun 2020 19:12:21
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03 May 2020 20:13:05
Sorry to hear about Koeman, wish him a speedy recovery.


1.) 03 May 2020 23:08:23
I think its crazy how so many footballers have heart problems. you'd think they were near superhuman compared to us mere mortals. wish him a speedy recovery.

2.) 07 May 2020 14:46:15
It does seem strange but underlying heart issues can effect the fittest of people, I’m into cycling and few months ago Team Ineos sporting director died suddenly of heart attack he was 40 and ex pro who was extremely fit and healthy, it’s very worrying for rest of his who don’t lead a healthy lifestyle like athletes.

3.) 08 May 2020 08:09:34
It is no mystery at all. As in all very active occupations, Sport (particularly in the pro ranks) , Military, Fire Service etc! Once those retire or cease, then it takes a great deal of physical and in particular mental fortitude to keep the body at such a high fitness level or near as damn it. In not doing so the body begins to ease back. Witness the amount of ex Military in dire straits. I and many many others who had such professions, have been able to adjust. We are the lucky one's.



09 Dec 2018 14:14:13
Improvement has been pretty rapid under Brandt and Silva. A better recruitment policy, targeting younger players with potential and mainly focusing on improving the balance of the squad. The playing style has improved markedly, away from the dull style of last years managers to a attacking style easy on the eye. Players seem to better understand their role in the team and appear to be enthusiastic and committed to the Silva style of play.

We also now have an owner who is capable of moving us forward and that is not a criticism of Bill who did his best for us over many difficult years.
Some things however never seem to change. I am now 78 and went to my first game at 6 years of age. Of course we have had golden periods, too long ago unfortunately, but I would be a rich man if I had received a pound for every time it has been said that we would be a great team but for the lack of one or two players. Right now we need a top centre forward who can score goals and probably a right-winger who can also score.

It has also been said many times that if we could convert some of our draws into wins we would be more often in the top six. Well as of today we have five draws out of fifteen games, some against teams that we should have beaten especially in home games.

And then we come to playing at Anfield. How many times do that lot win at the last moment? It is so inevitable I can't stand to watch the end of the game.
So many things to rejoice about as the Holliday season approaches. Still work for Brands and Silva to do and unlike previous administrations, I have every confidence that they will correct the deficiencies as soon as practical and possible.
So for all fellow Blues and Eds I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year with thanks to all the Eds who do a great job on this site.





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26 Sep 2021 15:08:26
I was at Wembley in 1966 at the age of 26. Probably only Ed025 is old enough to remember the famous win. Recently I managed to get a DVD copy of the game, it's only in black and white and pretty poor quality but great non-the-less. Brought back great memories and at the end I was still nervous that we would concede a goal even though I obviously know the result. A lot of differences in the way the game is played, the obvious one is that you could pass back to the keeper. Gordon West would pass the ball to a full-back who would return it and West would throw the ball out, many well over the half-way line, he was very accurate. Present rules prevent this. Now I need to get a copy of the 1995 Wembley win since I was at that one also.


1.) 26 Sep 2021 15:32:33
Was watching that match in 1966 as well Mike, some match eh mate.

2.) 26 Sep 2021 15:44:13
Bluemike1 I was 4 months off 16 and just joined up, managed to 'borrow' a radio.

3.) 26 Sep 2021 16:18:27
It was an unbelievable game GB, my emotions went from despair at two will down to elation when Trebilcock scored twice to frenzy when Temple scored to trepidation that we would let one in before the final whistle. It's a wonder I didn't have a heart attack. Felt sorry for Fred Pickering who was left out of the team but Catterick was proven to be right in picking Treblecock who had not done much before the game and did not do much subsequently. No substitutes of course at that time and when players were injured the trainer came on with a wet sponge and the player just got on with the game. What a difference to todays game, of course in this days the players were tough Brits, no soft foreigners.



21 Sep 2021 20:35:10
We are an absolute disgrace of a team. QPR are much better, faster to the ball, can pass to each other, can keep possession, care about doing well. We have non of these attributes. Rafa better make some substitutions at half time and/ or have a few choice words. Do we actually practice together, the players seem not to have any idea what to do, actually most of them have no skill either.


{Ed025's Note - we are very poor mike, i dont like singling out players but iwobi and davies are terrible, and godfrey is either not fit or has regressed massively mate..

1.) 21 Sep 2021 22:00:20
Said it countless amount of times ed tom davies is a not Evan a championship player at best him iwobi kenny holgate are poor . How dome people on er still think tom davies is a player is beyond me i would rather take someone out the under 21s he has nothing about him can't pass no strength can't shoot awful player.

2.) 21 Sep 2021 21:50:45
We have folded it's pathetic.

3.) 21 Sep 2021 21:51:51
Davies let us down.

{Ed025's Note - always does DFS, little larry lead legs is an embarrassment mate..

4.) 21 Sep 2021 22:01:00
I agree BlueMike, truly, truly awful. I can't recall such poor players! What sickens me is the weekly wage Gomes, Iwobi, Davis and Rondon are on.
Rondon done absolutely nothing AGAIN! What concerns me is there is no positives from the Villa game or tonight.

5.) 21 Sep 2021 22:04:57
Another cup we can forget about Ed025. Davies completed a dreadful game by missing his penalty. I know it is poor form to be critical on here but watching this lot today after the Villa game was just depressing. I always try to be positive but it is getting harder to do that. I feel sorry for Rafa, he has a mountain to climb and it will take several seasons to correct this sinking ship. I know that injuries have hit us hard but that is going to happen and we just do not have the back-up players to compensate even against lower division opponents. God help us when we meet the big boys if we can't get our best players fit.

{Ed025's Note - your spot on mike mate

6.) 21 Sep 2021 22:29:14
Same old story these tom davies
iwobi holgate kenny gomes have been getting away with it for years half hearted nothing about them at all. Problem is no one wants them that's them they are that bad. Look at Liverpool's kids today played a prem team away from home and are so much sharper and better than the S**t we have lurking around the changing rooms embarrassing.

7.) 21 Sep 2021 22:22:32
Don't get why Davies is always the target for abuse. he took a penalty which is more than can be said for the excuse of a player that is Iwobi
We know it's going to be a struggle this season with the lack of depth in the squad so rather lose tonight and pick up the form in the league. we still played better than we did last season so I'll take that as progress.

8.) 21 Sep 2021 23:06:31
On the plus side, we’ll have a less busy schedule to allow our thinly spread squad to focus on the league….



01 Sep 2021 12:16:46
Well I have mixed feelings about this transfer window. On one hand I am pleased that we have not made the mistake of previous windows and not brought in expensive misfits. In Grey we have the sort of player who I expect Brands to be spotting, young and inexpensive, with obvious talent.
On the other hand I do expect Brands to be identifying and recruiting more young and talented players. We have lost a young left-back and sent out another on loan so both left-back and right-back are still areas that could possibly be a problem this year.
What I expect from Brands is identification and recruitment of the next generation of
Everton players, i. e. a long term plan and I don't see enough of that IMHO.


1.) 01 Sep 2021 13:25:15
I suppose its the same at every club tbh mate. Not many of us fans really know what the clubs do with their youth recruitment until players come through the door.
With regards to the full back positions, I'm glad they have let one of the young players out on loan rather than getting a game here or there in the cup. That will give him plenty of playing time and minutes under his belt. I think we have left back covered with Godfrey and we have both Kenny and Holgate that can cover right back. Not ideal but it should see us through to the next window.

2.) 01 Sep 2021 13:30:53
Now the dust has settled, we can be pleased that no major risks have been taken, as you said Mike. In short, we got ourselves into this mess. No doubt, we’re short, at full back especially. Silver lining, hopefully, is that there’ll be opportunities for u23s to make a name for themselves.
Mid table would be ok this year. More to leave in June (Delph, Siggy etc, on big wages) . By then, Benitez and Brands will have no excuse and should have identified the 3/ 4 key players that can take us to the next level.

3.) 01 Sep 2021 17:01:13
Blue Mike you say you don't see enough of it. Well I don't think we've seen any of it. From what was touted of brands when he came in I was expecting we bring through 1 player a year from our youth system. We've not seen any. The fact we have 2 GK on the bench must prove Rafa doesn't rate them as well.

4.) 01 Sep 2021 17:40:43
Mid table will not be ok. We have to qualify for Europe otherwise we are just standing still. European football generates money, money needed to improve the squad. It’s not simply about getting rid of players, who let’s be honest will have little sell on value.
So no Europe no 30m+ players coming in = no progression.

5.) 01 Sep 2021 18:09:55
How quick do you think kids grow? You perception of how human beings work is extremely skewed.

It takes 18 years for a human to grow to an adult age. Given that he has only been here for three years, it's going to take a few more to get any into the 1st team.

On a serious note, he's been here for 3 years, the 1st will be to assess the club never mind the youth set up. Then he needs to get the right people and set up at the club, then for the philosophy to be adapted by the staff then the players. Young players will take 3,4 5 years to learn their trade, then either train with the 1st team or go out on loan.

Eventually they may break through or go for a fee somewhere else.

I keep saying this but for youth, you are looking at 5 years for this to really bare fruit. We produce decent youth players at the moment but none that really break through. Its a handful in 30 years that went on to play for our 1st team.

We just need to be patient.

6.) 01 Sep 2021 19:31:39
Sadly his changes work from the bottom up, we have no real idea what's happening lower down the clubs foundations and as bluejohn says these youngsters need time, not forgetting moshri had some dodgy advisors messing stuff up, and also he couldn't sign any youth players for 2 years, that will have put a big dent in plans.
We are paying the price for our splash the cash policy and moshri's advisor meddling probably.

7.) 01 Sep 2021 23:03:23
Or they refuse to sign a contract and bugger off for peanuts to another club.



24 Aug 2021 01:16:22
For those living in the US the Huddersfield game is on ESPN+ at 2:30pm EST,


{Ed0666's Note - what part of the states you in Mike?

1.) 24 Aug 2021 03:17:36
Connecticut, lived here since 1978 when I was transferred here by my Company. Still getting rain from Henri but no power outage so can watch the game.

{Ed0666's Note - F’in hell you’re nearly as old as Eds 025 mate. Do you need help with the internet and turning the tv on aswell? You live in a gorgeous part of the world mate good for you mate.

2.) 24 Aug 2021 12:04:38
Ed0666 I was born in the sub-district of Everton, Liverpool in 1940 with bombs dropping all around so you work it out how old I am Ed. I came from what they called a mixed marriage in the this days, my fathers family supported Everton and my Mother's Liverpool. My father took me to my first Everton game when was six and that was it, I was hooked. My cousins tried to convert me to the dark side but I was not tempted.
As far as Ed025 is concerned I believe that I am fitter than him, more intelligent and better looking by all accounts but he is one of us so is a keeper. If I have any problems with the internet or any of these new fangled gadgets I ask the kids or grandchildren for help, it's little reward for the financial problems that they have cause me to be in. If I want the TV to be turned on or off I get the wife to do it, one advantage of marrying a younger woman.



23 Aug 2021 22:27:36
It's getting close to the end of the transfer window and yet again we have all sorts of speculation in the press. I just hope that if we are sensible this time. If we can't get in players that will strengthen the squad at reasonable cost and wages then don't sign anyone. We have had enough of poor buys at elevated wages that prove difficult or at the worst impossible to move on. It is going to take a few years for the club to get out of the mess that they are in and everyone needs to be patient. We have sufficient quality in the present squad together with some of the youngsters developing to do reasonably well this season. What we don't need is to spend poorly and just extend the problems.





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04 Oct 2021 14:45:42
Thanks Ed002, your knowledge of the game always amazes me.




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04 Oct 2021 14:03:58
I thought that he played pretty well against United and he seems committed to me. Who exactly is going to replace him? I think at we need to keep him until next summer unless Rafa has a gem identified to replace him. He is not the worse option we have at center-back at the moment.


{Ed002's Note - Everton will not know who will replace him at this time but they are looking at players.}



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28 Sep 2021 17:53:40
Right mate, we need a few more like Gray, not James.




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28 Sep 2021 16:09:35
I would have thought that the last thing that we would want is to pay another player 250k euros, just got rid of James, why get another costly player regardless of how good he may be?




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27 Sep 2021 22:38:18
Probably would be good for Davies. Feel a little sorry for him, local lad from West Derby which is were I lived until I was 16, sort of lost his way and confidence. Will always remember the goal he scored against City, now all we see is backward passing and no much going forward, a shame really.





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17 Oct 2021 16:00:49
Spot on. Neither Iwobi or Rondon should be anywhere near the first eleven. I would rather give the kids a game.




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13 Oct 2021 18:31:30
Hopefully Coleman will be back because our biggest problem is full-back. Why we let Nkounkou out on loan when we lost Small is anyones guess. Putting centre-backs in at full-back is a disaster and we could have two against the hammers.




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09 Oct 2021 20:06:59
Thanks Ed002 appreciate you insight,




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09 Oct 2021 11:58:33
Thanks Ed002. What do you think about the Newcastle situation. Is it good or bad for the sport in general?


{Ed002's Note - The previous owner has left them in a very strong position financially and the only real issue is related to one of the partners in the consortium. As long as the Saudi state don't have any direct influence the situation is fine. They need to figure out a plan going forward that really has to start with appointing a Director of Football (and they are well on the way to doing that but they lost out on their first choice from their previous attempt to buy the club) and he will need to define the structure and look to recruit people in to the correct roles - and that will at some point mean a new manager - previously they were looking at Rafa Benitez amongst others). What they don't want to do is simply appoint a manager and expect him to get on with it. And they don't need a "superagent" offering advice and players.}



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09 Oct 2021 11:12:01
Not sure why everyone assumes Newcastle can spend unlimited amounts of money on either transfers or wages. Yes because Ashley has not spent much they will have a reasonable amount to spend but they are still limited by FFP rules just like Moshiri. Can't see Rafa going to Newcastle, they are in a mess and it will take a few seasons for any manager to improve them.


{Ed002's Note - They can request agreement to initially spend more initially as a new owner is coming in (as all clubs can) but they have to work within FFP.}