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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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05 Jan 2022 18:20:35
We probably need t sell Digne but until he goes he would be a much better alternative as a left sided midfielder to the ones Rafa has used. Rafa needs to forget the vendetta, use the player while he is still on the books.


1.) 05 Jan 2022 20:04:59
Digne can't defend, neither could Baines, Baines had peanuts in front of him, Digne would have Ricky in front of him when all fit. Could have Gray in the 10.

2.) 05 Jan 2022 22:08:34
Well Digne can help the new kid with the defense but focus on overlapping with Ricky and getting the ball into the center which is Digne's strength. Digne is more of an attacking midfielder in my opinion which is what we have been lacking. Of course he would not fit into Rafa's team were we have to have five defenders and two defending midfielders.

3.) 06 Jan 2022 00:16:55
You are forgetting BlueMike that for Rafa it is a vendetta. Every club he has been to he falls out with one or two players and forgets about the good of the team to make a point

He's not interested in what is best for Everton but only getting back at Digne for whatever imagined slight he has

People say Digne hasn't played as well as he did in his first year but are they really questioning his desire to put a shift in every game? If they are they need to look again.

4.) 06 Jan 2022 06:36:21
I don't get why everyone is saying we need to play digne while he is still at the club. It's standard practice that when you want to sell a player you don't play them. They have no future in the team and if they get injured they won't be sold. Selling digne is good business, reduces the wage bill and we get a fee while he is still at the age where we can get a fee for him.

I understand people position that they don't want to see our beeter players leave. I know everyone says you shouldn't sell your best players and that's ok if you have massive financial power like Chelsea city and utd but us smaller clubs need to play money ball especially with FFP breathing down our neck.

5.) 06 Jan 2022 07:32:32
Why name him on the bench against Brighton then chris? I reckon he put Digne on the bench purely to let him witness Mykolenko being introduced to the fans, Rafa is a petty, grudge holding dinosaur, he keeps talking players having "the right attitude" but his own attitude is all wrong. another fine mess the board and owner have gotten us into.

6.) 06 Jan 2022 09:32:28
Digne is still one of the best LWB's in the Prem. People forget how bad Bainsie was at pure defending because he was so good as a LWB particularly when he and peanut were top of their game.

7.) 06 Jan 2022 10:03:45
Look at the teams apparently in for him. They must all be idiots if you listen to how bad he's been the last 18 months.

8.) 06 Jan 2022 14:45:02
I don't get why he was on the bench Danny. He was never going to get a game but he puts Simms Dobbin and Onyango on the bench as well with no intention of playing them either.

9.) 07 Jan 2022 00:00:54
Could it be the reason he put Digne on the bench was to let him have a send off during his warm ups, we just do not know what has gone on, how do we know he has not been knocking on the Managers door with a transfer request.



02 Jan 2022 20:45:37
With all the negativity about todays game I just want to put in a good word for Anthony Gordon. He is only 20 and as far as I can recall he did not set the world on fire when he was out on loan. Yet this season he has been one of our best players and a scouser who cares about the club. I don't think that many of us would have given him a chance of making the team this year, yet here we are. Today he played with heart, desire and some skill and took his two goals well.
I just hope that we have a few more local youngsters who can step up because we need them. I am fed up with these overpaid and underperforming so called players that we spend mega pounds on and don't give a damn about out club.


1.) 02 Jan 2022 22:04:19
If we have you will never get to see them while this man is in charge.
Would not shock me if Gordon gets benched once Townsend is fit.

2.) 02 Jan 2022 23:50:14
Yet the small glimpse against Chelsea provided us with hope, and rondon gets the nod above simms or dobbin? The Patterson rumours are gathering pace let's hope he plays these new signings, and not the old tired legged or out of position square pegs in round holes, a rb at lb with an international lb on the bench? I'll never understand today's formation, and his stubborn attitude will be his downfall, we where at home we had better players better suited to more natural positions with easily a more attacking line up available, rondon must have pictures of him with the tea lady to get picked, I'm done with rafa wrong man for us but we are stuck with him I guess!

3.) 03 Jan 2022 01:06:27
Wolf we got lucky at Chelsea and could easily have lost by 4 or 5.
Tactics are all wrong and subs leave me baffled.

4.) 03 Jan 2022 01:51:22
We are not improving but are going backwards

I'm tired of people saying it's all the players fault. It's everybodys fault and that includes the manager who just isn't improving us

Everything - from team selection, tactics, substitutions, coaching is wrong

The last 3 months we have been the worst performing side in the league. Let that sink in.

5.) 03 Jan 2022 11:44:18
Woburn I agree totally lucky to not get stuffed, but those 3 youth players showed more desire in 1 match than most have in years, I know desire won't win every match but it won't loose every match either, rafa has lost 99.9% of the fans worse appointment than big Sam in my humble opinion.

6.) 03 Jan 2022 13:00:27
It's taken Gordon a good while to produce a performance like that and long may it continue. For all of his hard work and commitment this season, he hasn't had many rewards. He desperately needed to add goals and assists to his game so I was made up to see his performance yesterday, despite the result. Hopefully the floodgates will open for him now that he has his 1st couple of league goals. At least there has been one bright spark to come from this season of doom!

7.) 03 Jan 2022 13:37:45
Agree wolf and don’t forget commitment is infectious, and it can raise the game of other players.



20 Dec 2021 12:18:11
Nathan Broadhead seems to be banging them in for Sunderland. He is 23, on loan from Everton and signed a new two year contract in June this year. Those in the USA will be able to watch the game between Arsenal and Sunderland on ESPN+ at 2:30pm EST tomorrow. Another strange one, if he is any good why loan him out given our small squad, if he is not why give him a two year contract until he is 25?


1.) 20 Dec 2021 12:43:16
His contract was up in the Summer. Sign him on a new one to retain value and get hopefully a fee for him in the coming Summer to reinvest.

2.) 20 Dec 2021 14:15:22
Well we will be able to see if he is any good against a top team like Arsenal tomorrow. Maybe we should be thinking about giving him a chance when he returns from his loan.

3.) 20 Dec 2021 19:32:25
My brother is a Sunderland fan so I occasionally get dragged to games. And believe me, league one standard is some way off the EPL. Sometimes it’s like watching sunday league.

4.) 20 Dec 2021 20:17:21
Seen him a few times. Very similar to Jutkiewicz. Will be a decent championship striker and have good career. It maybe wise in keeping him as may need a decent championship striker next year ?.

5.) 20 Dec 2021 20:50:04
Thanks for the information. Presume Broadhead thought that he could make it at Everton otherwise why sign a new contract. He could have signed with a team like Sunderland for nothing. Anyway look forward to seeing him tomorrow against Arsenal (or Arsenal reserves) .

6.) 20 Dec 2021 23:52:37
Seen him a few times, decent enough, but like others have said lower division, certainly not as good as Simms and Ellis.



05 Dec 2021 18:29:22
We are great at throwing money down the drain. We give Brands a new three year contract recently and the fire him. Not sure if it is his fault or others for the mess we are in but if he was not allowed to do his job then we are better off without him. Only problem is that we have all our eggs in the Rafa basket. We will see how long he lasts.


1.) 05 Dec 2021 18:50:25
If he resigned as reports suggest, surely we wouldn't need to pay him off.

2.) 05 Dec 2021 19:13:38
When I 'retired' it was worded in black and white 'voluntary/ compulsory redundancy/ retirement'. 'Resigned' = Jumped with a very soft landing.



05 Dec 2021 00:40:24
Just looked at our statistics and I'm getting rather concerned. So far we have 15 points from 14 games. 2 points from the last 24 points played for. We have 24 games left so at the same rate we will just about reach the 40 points usually needed to avoid going down.
The problem is that we play the top 7 teams (as of today) nine times and if we lose those games then we need 25 points from the remaining 15 games or 45 available points.
Of course we could take points of the top seven teams and we will get better when the injured players return and getting a few players in January will help. But it its going to be a nail bitting end to the season especially since the last five games of the season include Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.


1.) 05 Dec 2021 04:45:15
I don't think we can read too much into points per game Mike. We were contenders for Europe the first 6 and worse than anyone the next 8

I agree though we're in a relegation dogfight unless we improve quickly and we need to have done enough before the final run in.

{Ed0666's Note - you’ll be ok stop worrying. Do you really think you’re worse than Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley?

2.) 05 Dec 2021 05:29:49
The last 8 games? Yes

Football is a lot about confidence and we have none right now and, I know you won't agree with this, Rafa isn't helping with his tactics, team selections/ substitutions

You sure you don't want a Rafa/ Klopp until the end of the season? It is the season of giving you know.

3.) 05 Dec 2021 10:00:00
BW to us Rafa's selections are baffling but even with us (some of us) not knowing what is going on what real choices does he have. Take Simms, signs a new contract (so the Club must see something) and returns to U23's. Take Rondon, Iwobi, it cannot be blind loyalty or stubborness in their constant selection. We see in the majority of games, players just not up to it. Obviously the Manager, coaches see something different. For what it is worth I am told it has come to a head, nothing else.

4.) 05 Dec 2021 10:34:09
Newcastle looked decent enough yesterday and the fans are riding the bounce from the new manager. We could easily finish 3rd from bottom, I don’t understand why so many are confident that we won’t.
Dyche and his squad are experts at navigating this situation. Is Benitez? Or did he get relegated with Newcastle?

5.) 05 Dec 2021 11:32:01
Well I don't think that we will be relegated Ed0666 but we have got ourselves in one hell of a mess. "The Devil is in the details".

6.) 05 Dec 2021 11:37:04
Good post DFS mate as you say none of us are privy as to who plays and which players are picked, Rafa sees them all on the training ground and on the pitch, this poor run of games will change as soon as we have our injured players back, he has to have time.

7.) 05 Dec 2021 12:13:19
You do realise we could have more injuries don’t you?
Forget the bloody training pitch. He keeps picking players who are under performing and letting him down. But he still picks them?
Now I might be wrong but if you replace someone who isn’t performing with an untried youngster?, will you be any worse off?

8.) 05 Dec 2021 12:36:19
Game of onions mate and mine is Rafa has to be given time.

9.) 05 Dec 2021 12:52:20
The lack of a rb a LB (letting one go on loan? ) being unhappy for 2 or more seasons with our CBs. Yet the real critical problem isn't the goals conceded, though some clean sheets are welcome, it's our lack of goals. Goals win games, clean sheets dont. We got tonked by Watford and Liverpool. Otherwise we've been beaten by a goal. We may well have won a game or 3 more upto now with a goal scorer instead of a struggling target man who was never prolific at any stage of his career. DCL is our only option which is crazy considering our spending and that Lukaku left ages ago and is at his 3rd club since. Rikky is wasted uptop but for a game here and there it's fine. We need goals and to carry a goal threat the opposition are mindful of tactically, at the moment they know we are toothless. With DCL We would be capable of winning again and that's the difference right now. It's a problem we won't solve as our hands are tied with transfer rules and windows and waiting for DCLs injury but it's the problem. As for playing the kids? Clearly not a single one of our managers has seen enough to convince them to play them. It's such a gulf between an average u23s side to a Premier league side, even a struggling one. Hence why they go on loan with mixed success to league 1 level clubs. They're not the answer. The only time teams succeed in introducing kids is into a winning side, surrounded by confidence and carried to an extent. For a small cameo here and there. Or a CL club who has little interest in the league Cup and they play some of their fringe players with 1 or 2 of their exceptional kids. Our kids are far away from the level and our militant fans, the same fans calling for them, will skin them alive when they inevitably fail to shine. Lose lose all round. DCL has only been good for 2.seasons and he's no kid. He was afforded a lot of patience by the club, though my memory of some fans were screaming for him to be kicked out as he wasn't fulfilling the promise fast enough for them 3 years ago. The experts in their armchair wisdom are almost always wrong, yet here we are yet again having a board room subconsciously directed by them.




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17 Jan 2022 18:13:08
Well I did not type "rubbish" but the word that comes from "Ship High In Transit".




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17 Jan 2022 18:03:08
Everton has been a cushy number for Players, Managers and Brands to be honest. Not much responsibility, just expect to do the bare minimum for mid-table mediocrity. The rubbish has only hit the fan because we are close to the relegation positions. The whole attitude at the club from Board members to the tea-lady has to change otherwise we will end up another Sunderland or Sheffield Wednesday. I hope someone like Tim Cahill does come in, his type of attitude is what is needed.




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15 Jan 2022 19:44:17
Anybody as to be better than this buffoon. He has no idea how to set up a team verses the worst team in the league. Sorry did not mean to disrespect Norwich, we are the worst team in the league thanks to Rafa. I was a ten year old kid the last time we were relegated, most supporters have not experienced the pain when this happens. Rafa has to go otherwise we will feel the pain again.




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13 Jan 2022 23:19:09
Good one Ed002. You must be practicing for that Rodeo Clown job?




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13 Jan 2022 20:44:16
Three goalkeepers is better than three Iwobi's GB!





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17 Jan 2022 11:51:36
A lot of press reports suggesting that we have approached the Belgium authorities. Another of those "not sure about Managers" but hopefully if appointed he knows some young Belgium players that we could get on the cheap.




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16 Jan 2022 18:38:57
To old and set in his ways to change. Unless we have new Manager identified and ready to take over now then I hope Duncan Ferguson can instill some passion into the squad. I would also make Richarlison captain, he is one of the few players who gives his all for the club. I know he dives too much and complains too much but he plays with passion and heart which needs to rub off on the rest of the squad.




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16 Jan 2022 18:28:08
Well evidently Moshiri needs a new barman.




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14 Jan 2022 23:21:33
I hope that you are a White Angel and not one from the dark side.




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12 Jan 2022 11:31:19
Good post Woburnblue. Midfield is definitely our problem, too many defensive players and lacking in creativity. Problem is that Rafa's style is a defensive one so can't see us getting any creative snd attacking midfielder in soon, they are also very expensive.