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31 Aug 2021 13:09:04
Nkoukou out on Loan it seems, beginning to get very confused here, feels like we are aiming to just have a starting 11 come the end of the window and nothing else. I really hope we put a recall clause in!


{Ed002's Note - What is a "recall clause"?}

1.) 31 Aug 2021 13:17:13
The kind where you can recall them if you get injuries - maybe the kind of clause that exists in champ manager only, I'm sure you are about to enlighten me either way🤣.

{Ed002's Note - That is not how it works. You can only recall players if the terms of the loan are not met.}

2.) 31 Aug 2021 13:24:11
My bad, I thought you could recall them in January if agreed in advance.

3.) 31 Aug 2021 13:26:31
Hi Ed, think I can shed some light on this one. In the game ‘Football Manager’ it allows you to loan players out to other teams and insert loan recall clauses in the agreement. That way during the same season you can effectively cancel the loan / recall the player and it does not effect you being able to loan them elsewhere in the same season.
…. Thanks his is all football manager of course!

4.) 31 Aug 2021 14:40:53
FIFA also, loan someone out. If you pay a small fee to the team you loaned them to, you can get him back. Its bloody brilliant. Loan out some players to rivaling clubs and then just get them back and bugger up their transfer window.

5.) 31 Aug 2021 15:38:42
Sky sports news has reported a player has been loaned "with a recall" clause.

{Ed002's Note - How could that player be registered? They also need to read the rules then.}




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08 Feb 2022 21:53:34
I'm sure we will knee jerk react to this just as we did the Brentford win.

But Frank probably learned more tonight than he did on Saturday. He has lost our 2 best cbs and our best player this season in his first 2 games and that would be tough on any new gaffer.

Can we all try not to panic just yet. At least one more game?.


1.) 08 Feb 2022 22:01:18
Mina is probably our best defender, but you can’t build a defence around someone who is so injury prone. We need somehow to survive this season. Then priority has to be sorting defence.

2.) 08 Feb 2022 22:04:08
I don't follow other teams that much but do other teams consistently have the amount of injuries we do? Is it because we just over play our players?

3.) 08 Feb 2022 22:05:23
Agree efcone, he probably did learn more tonight than against Brentford.

We were unlucky with the injuries in the game which messed team up, but think frank showed some naivety in throwing both alli and vdb on when not had much game time this season. Not sure they were the best subs to make.

Mykolenko nit starting was a strange one, neither Holgate or Townsend left backs.

We’ve got to start showing some consistency, Holgate, Allan, Richarlison and Gomes great against Brentford but poor tonight.

I’m sure frank will take a lot from tonight’s result and performance and hopefully we see a better performance against Leeds.

4.) 08 Feb 2022 22:10:31
Agree with both posts. Leeds on Saturday massive but we can turn this tide of negativity (especially from the supporters)

5.) 08 Feb 2022 22:15:43
True Woburn. We need 2 new top quality midfielders as well.

6.) 08 Feb 2022 22:37:30
Should have spent money on a CB but we are stuck now. Hopefully, we can sort this mess out before it’s too late.

{Ed0666's Note - Have faith in Frankie baby..he’ll get you out of this predicament.



06 Feb 2022 17:25:48
Hard to pin point exactly where it went wrong for Everton, lots of bad decisions made by lots of people. And I say the below fully aware that Rafa started well and 1 game does not a manager make, but at least a feel a step change could be coming.

Our players have been told by at the least the last 2 managers that they are not good enough to employ a possession based game plan.

Maybe they just needed a manager who came in and said hey you guys are so much better than the tactics you use. let's try passing against weaker opponents and see how far it gets us!


1.) 06 Feb 2022 20:43:46
Think your spot on there mate, both Rafa and Carlo publicly stated that they did not have the players for anything other than ultra defensive hoof ball. Lampards gave them confidence and belief in there own ability, in his first training session he was telling them to "enjoy the ball" and Townsend used the same phrase after the game yesterday. Hopefully a new mantra.

2.) 07 Feb 2022 00:12:55
I feel we always played better when unleashed it's just our defence is shakey, we played some risky stuff near our box better teams might punish that, but taking nothing away from the players they looked more balanced and assure.

3.) 07 Feb 2022 11:12:45
With you there Wolf, it's obvious where the space/ hole is from the stands, yet the defender doesn't seem to see it. Lamps has brought enough Staff with him so hopefully what has been blatantly obvious to most will also be obvious to the coaches and will be rectified. Give it a month I reckon.



29 Jan 2022 08:05:49
I may be wrong, but if we are to believe the main ideas the press have reported. If Lampard does get the job, it seems he was not Moshiris initial preferred choice this time which has to be a good sign.




09 Jan 2022 09:57:39
I really frustrates me when it's suggested mainly by the media but also some fans that our issues are not down to the Manager. That he inherited a mess etc etc.

He inherited an average team (based on last seasons league position) . Limited going forward, but fairly solid defensively, and one thing we did well under CA was defend set pieces.

Now what we have is a bad team, limited going forward - injuries have played their part here for sure - but defensively appalling. Same players as last year. Yes Coleman has got too old, but the rest should have improved or at least remained as good but they haven't. Whatever Rafa has done has confused out of them, and they look a total shambles.

I don't blame Rafa for not improving us, that would have been a tough ask with the budget available, but I 100% blame him and not the players for us being so much worse.


1.) 09 Jan 2022 15:44:59
Rafa isn't to blame for the mess he inherited but he has to take responsibility for team selection, formations etc. I'm not in the sack him camp but he has to oversee a massive improvement on the pitch and it needs to be soon. If not, the results will determine his own fate.



08 Nov 2021 09:05:37
Whilst I am not in the Moyes back camp. To say Moyes is doing well because he has a great group of core players is an injustice. No one thought much of those players 2 years ago.

This is where football fans underestimate the power of the manager. For most clubs outside of the elite we all have similar standard of players who can have good and bad days. That's why these players don't play for the elite clubs. The job of a good prem manager is to get more of the players having more good days than bad on a regular basis. Brendon Rodgers has excelled at this with Leicester, and Moyes is doing the same at West Ham, and exactly what he did for us.

I have seen enough from a lot of our players over the their careers to know that they are more capable than they are currently showing, or showed last year. Ancelotti was an abomination, but he knew how to organise a defense and we weren't a shambles at set pieces like we are now.


1.) 08 Nov 2021 09:20:17
Fully agree, didn’t Ranieri do this at Leicester a few years ago with mainly unknown players.

2.) 08 Nov 2021 11:34:55
Yes ranieri did - however look at him since - hardly set the world alight.

Some managers suit certain clubs and it’s looking like Moyes is suited to West Ham.

He gave us stability that’s all, he failed at Utd, real sociedad and Sunderland but now doing well. Clearly West Ham suits him - not sure if he came back he’d do any better than any manager we’ve recently had.

Let’s see how Rafa goes as he’s been badly hindered by injuries and once squad fully fit will be a different proposition.

The lack of options left back, right back, etc are not his doing.

3.) 08 Nov 2021 13:10:49
Moyes did bring us stability, he also brought in a lot of players better than we currently have and all with very limited funds available!
Look at the money this club has squandered since Moyes departed, it would have been interesting to see where he could have taken us then?

4.) 08 Nov 2021 13:31:23
If we all take away the bitterness of when he left us for United and tried to buy our players then Moyes is a decent and proven manager. He tried and failed at Real Sociedad (which most managers wouldn’t of tried to manage in the first place) and wasn’t given time or money at United. I’m almost 40 years old and have supported Everton all my life and the best football I’ve ever seen us play is under Moyes as our manager. With that being said that ship has definitely sailed and he definitely won’t be coming back to manage us, it’s too late for that now.
I’m personally happy with Rafa Benitez as our manager and once he’s been able to put his stamp on things I can see him being the manager we’ve been looking for since DM departed. I think we can all agree he’s been dealt a rough hand through injuries and ffp in his first few months in charge.

5.) 08 Nov 2021 15:33:00
Wakka, we will never know as he wanted to test himself at a 'big club' and we all know how that ended!
DPP, it's not bitter to hold him to account for the way he acted immediately after he left. The fact that he has done almost next to nothing since he left us is enough to steer clear of him in the future. He might have West Ham playing decent stuff at the minute but there's no suggestion that it will continue for a few more seasons. He did the same with us, have a good year and then tail off.
He should be left in the past, we have rafa now so I don't see why fans are suddenly salivating at what DM is doing down south! History tells us that this purple patch won't last.




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19 Feb 2022 08:32:13
Whether we get him is for later.

What I liked was that it suggests the atmosphere in the dressing room, which was rumoured to pretty bad not so long ago is already in a much better place. Admittedly in comparison to Man Utd which is one of very few clubs that seems to being run as badly as ours in recent times! But a positive none the less.




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15 Feb 2022 19:44:19
Simply his wages are too high for the time he actually plays. Real pity though has been solid when he's had a decent run.

Not sure flamengo could pay his wages unless we help though so may not be the best destination.




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10 Feb 2022 11:32:59
Allan's problem is his role constantly shifts depending on which player he is playing with. This year he has had a constant rotation of midfield partners which must make it hard for him to get into a rhythm.




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01 Feb 2022 10:35:39
With him and Baines we should at least be able to make decent left back out of Mykolenko!




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31 Jan 2022 15:47:41
Agree to an extent. But unsure how VDB and Deli fit in the same team and don't know that we can afford luxury substitutes right now.

Time will tell, at least we are making moves for attacking players. Sometimes I think out defense suffer most because they get a lot of pressure out on them from a lack of creativity in the middle.





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16 May 2022 18:29:33
Lots of tripe about how we will never beat Arsenal. We have one 4 of the last 6,and all of the last 3 against them.

Now I'm not saying that means we will win, but it would suggest we have a better chance than no hope.

The best thing about the last few weeks hasn't been our team performance, its been the fans backing of the squad through thick and thin. For me it's made me realise that this is how it should be all the time, we are what can set this team apart from every other side in this country.

Until the footballing gods decided to mess with us, we were absolutely hammering Brentford. No reason we can't do that to Palace, they look disinterested at best against Villa.




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12 May 2022 08:21:37
Leeds look like they are cracking under the pressure, can't see them getting a win against brighton.

Yesterday was a missed opportunity of course but we have had a lot of very intense games recently and maybe just lacked the edge to get the win. Breaking down teams has never been our strong suit.

Regards the Arsenal comment above, we beat them this season while in an awful rut, we beat them on their turf last time we were there so no idea how you can say you 'know we won't get anything there'. Arsenal do not like it when teams harrass them and we can do that just like we did to Chelsea, UTD and Leicester.




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08 May 2022 17:20:17
Just be happy for one day maybe dfs?
No one has said we are safe but go down or stay up, Lamps has at least managed to restore some fight into the team which no one thought he or they were capable of.




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21 Apr 2022 09:15:09
Agree with BW we have steadied the ship a little, not lost for 2 games and not conceded a hat full of goals.

Next game is a shot to nothing for me, don't expect anything from the game. As much as it hurts to say it they are on absolute fire right now and all we can to do is fight for every ball and not go down without a fight so we can at least hold our heads high.




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12 Apr 2022 05:46:07
DCL because if we can get him back to near his best, we will stay up.

Dobbin should be used as an impact sub but should definitely get on the pitch more as even his energy late in a game that's close would be a lift.

Rondon only if absolutely no other choice for me.