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16 Feb 2020 20:25:03
Everton to end their sponsorship with sportpesa at the end of the season.
Cue a big sponsorship deal from uncle Alisher.


1.) 16 Feb 2020 20:47:16
Think you could be right matey.

2.) 16 Feb 2020 21:41:38
I am pretty sure Smitt is right.

3.) 16 Feb 2020 22:05:02
Would a big sponsor shirt deal from usmanov go towards solving our ffp problems or are they already beyond being helped.

4.) 16 Feb 2020 23:52:09
Would be no surprise to see megafon on the kits next season.
Whoever we end up with as shirt sponsors hopefully we don’t end up with another gambling company.

5.) 17 Feb 2020 01:48:12
Everton will have to tread very carefully in regards to any of Alisher Usmanovs companies sponsoring stadiums, shirts etc, Moshiri is clearly linked to Usmanov, any sponsorship deals will have to be proven to be legitmaly worth the companies investment, in terms of the stadium sponsorship, there will need to be proof that there were multiple bidders for the naming rights, and not just one bid of a multi-year multi-million pound contract.

6.) 17 Feb 2020 06:56:26
There doesn't need to be proof of multiple bidders for naming rights. If only one company made an offer then that's what you would have to accept else be without a sponsor.
We may need to prove that it is in the realms of correct value, that the deal isn't (x) amount more than realistic offers should be, but amount of bidders doesn't really come into it.

7.) 17 Feb 2020 14:09:44
Well Chevrolet pay Utd around 65m, and we were getting less than 10 from Sports Pesa. So I would imagine there is a lot of scope for improvement.

8.) 17 Feb 2020 18:30:52
There’s a large discrepancy between top six sponsorship deals and 7th down. So if Usm or Megafon come in with a top six sized offer it will look suspect. If a company unrelated to Everton offer a similar amount then there’s no real concerns. Occam’s razor, if it looks dodgey then it probably is.

9.) 17 Feb 2020 19:53:17
And if we finish above united this season and get a bigger sponsorship deal will that be ok?
The size of the deal isn't decided by league position. Every team starts the season outside the top 6.

10.) 17 Feb 2020 20:35:26
When you look at these figures you can see it’s not just the Sponsor it’s also what the kit manufacturer will pay!

10) Juventus - €93m per year (€51m from Adidas, €42m from Jeep)
9) Liverpool - €98.5m per year (€52.1m from New Balance, €46.3m from Standard Chartered)
8) Arsenal - €104.2m per year (€57.9 from Adidas, €46.3 from Emirates)
7) Bayern Munich - €106m per year (€66m from Adidas, €40m from T-Mobile)
6) Chelsea - €115.8m per year (€69.5m from Nike, €46.3m from Yokohama)
5) Manchester City - €127.4m per year (€75.3m from Puma, €52.1m from Etihad)
4) Paris Saint-Germain - €135m per year (€75m from Nike, €60m from Accor Live Limitless)
3) Barcelona - €160m per year (€105m from Nike, €55m from Rakuten)
2) Manchester United - €161m per year (€86.9m from Adidas, €74.1m from Chevrolet)
1) Real Madrid - €190m per year (€120m from Adidas, €70m from Emirates)

11.) 17 Feb 2020 22:44:01
The point is Smit, USM can’t throw money at us without it being looked at. But if a completely independent investor were to offer the same, then that would make the offer look more credible. The top six clubs have all had champ league history. We haven’t. That puts them in a bigger bidding pool than us. So if USM were to offer us money like we had some sort of champs league attraction when in all honesty we don’t, then like it or not, it looks suss.

{Ed002's Note - There has to be a reason for the investment - you cannot simply hand money over. The money for the option of naming rights will be looked at - and it would not be a shock to see perhaps a small percentage of it being counted for FFP.}

12.) 17 Feb 2020 23:52:14
The reason is we need uncle Usmanovs money to help us compete, the big boys have filled their boots and now the ladder has been removed to stop any other team trying to compete with them.

If the top teams can get over a hundred million on combined sponsorships all it is doing is making the gap even harder to close.

I think 30 Million a year is a fair amount to have Megafon on our shirts.

{Ed002's Note - Everton are working well outside of the rules and within a year or two will be charged. The are a light year away from meeting UEFA FFP.}

13.) 18 Feb 2020 08:51:40
Spurs have been in the top 6 for the last 10 years and have only just signed a bumper shirt deal, and it's still way short of some of the big teams.

Don't expect ours to rocket just because we break into the top 6. Top 6 just won't cut it, it's winning things that gets the big sponsors in.

14.) 20 Feb 2020 19:20:36
All this sponsorship is just the start, once we are in that stadium then the sponsorship money will increase as there is more commercial scope, don’t forget that this stadium is starting a bigger project, we do have to tread carefully with FFP which is why our squad budget is a mess.



08 Dec 2019 08:09:03
Great result yesterday, lots of passion and energy shown by the lads.
I'd give big Dunc the united game and let's see how he sets them up with a weeks training under his belt.

I'm hoping the 442 disappears, we were outnumbered in the middle yesterday and on another day chelsea could have scored a couple more.

Away from home we will need to win the battle in the middle for sure and with the same passion and energy we can get something from Old Trafford.


1.) 08 Dec 2019 11:27:04
Smitt the 442 did disappear he took off Ricky for Tom. 442 got us into a position to win 451 meant we held on to that lead. Good in game management if you ask me. We were at home so starting with 442 for me is aggressive formation that sends a message to us as fans and the opposition, Everton are going to try to win the game. Away from home like you I would expect a different set up we do have quite a good counter attack when we are on form. Great start by big Dunc I think he may have seen his stock rise with both the management and some of the supporters that thought he may have been part of the problem with ex managers. If we want a manager with passion that loves the club he certainly provides that. I'm made up for the guy. Definitely one for the future in my opinion.

2.) 08 Dec 2019 12:02:39
Smit I don't care what was reported about the bond between the players and Silva, their just had to be a problem. For Ferguson to get the likes of Schneiderlin playing so much better speaks volumes to me. At present we have problems in the middle because of injuries but if all the players show the same passion, energy and desire that they show yesterday we will have little problem getting results and moving up the table. Hopefully we can recruit some good additions in January.

3.) 08 Dec 2019 12:06:46
While he get points Smit let him have a bit of a run mate, It will be interesting to see what he does at Utd .

Btw Smitty when DC sees you using his 'avi' he will go ape lol 🤣.

4.) 08 Dec 2019 13:54:44
I thought he made some very astute changes. Firstly was the 442 set up. Secondly we stopped pushing up to the half way line and getting caught out with the simple ball over the top. At least 3 of Liverpools goals were that simple. a simple ball over the top or through the middle and our defenders too slow to turn and defend. Thirdly, he stopped this stupid roll out of the ball from Pickford and the never ending crossfield passes that look like we will lose possession and concede. Forthly, we pressed. We pressed as a team. not just one or two players. we got into them in every position until we went back from 442 to 451. Finally DCL with Richy just behind him worked a treat. DCL looked this good in one other game this season but has toiled hard for little result over the season. mainly because he has been on his own. Sometimes he had wingers. but noone besides him to lay it off to. Yes this game Dunc got things right. let's see if he can continue now.

5.) 08 Dec 2019 13:54:57
Dunc probably told Morgan he would kick him round the training ground if he didn’t put a proper shift in!
To have pride in himself the shirt and the badge! And to earn the bloody good wages he’s paid!

6.) 08 Dec 2019 15:23:48
It was good to see him switch the formation to see out the game. Silva never had that in him.

I'd love him to get the United game, I'll be there and would love it if we could go and get something from that game. Even a draw would build confidence and start a bit of a run.

As for the Avatar, I picked it a few games ago (when things looked bad) but it has only just been approved.
Another win and I might have to change it back.

7.) 08 Dec 2019 15:48:11
Duncan Ferguson made it simple, no over complicated tactics, play for each other, if you lose the ball, chase it down, simple football that gets over complicated by Managers.

I would give Dunc the Leicester cup game without a shadow of doubt.

Yesterday the players got their identity and self belief back.

Let’s not rush in straight away for a new Manager, at least give Dunc a couple of games.

8.) 08 Dec 2019 16:35:26
You can have what ever formation you want, but Dunc got a performance out of every single player yesterday, the intensity was first class and what won us the game yes they could of scored more but so could we. Nice to see 442 and then change it later on, good in game management.

9.) 09 Dec 2019 21:02:32
I'd give big Dunc until the end of the month. United have got some form and Leicester are a great side, but Arsenal, Burnley and Newcastle could/ should be winnable. Then that gives the board plenty of time to select a new manager if they decide to go that way.



05 Dec 2019 16:58:35
This might sound a bit daft but wasnt Brands bought in to get the U23s and under 18s etc coached and playing the same style as the 1st team?
And if so, wouldn't it be an option to give Unsworth the reigns until the summer or a replacement is found?

He has the Under 23s playing well and in the same style (whatever that style is) the squad is in better shape than it was the last time he was given the role.

Anyway just a thought as he's not been mentioned this time.


{Ed002's Note - I don't think there is much chance of that happen. DF for the weekend then Moyes - or a concerted effort for Marcelino as I have explained - but he is not keen.}

1.) 05 Dec 2019 19:27:15
Would Moyes work with a DOF Ed002? I seem to think he wants to run the show and play his style of play.

{Ed002's Note - He would but don't lose sight of Brands' role.I think they would be fine - and just maybe Brands will get a chance to do what he is best at. Else he will walk.}



24 Nov 2019 18:05:11
Rumour has it he's gone. Not confirmed but my mate who owns the chippy that Brands gets his deep fried octopus from says it's done.


1.) 24 Nov 2019 18:42:23
Smit666 just heard same from my son.

2.) 24 Nov 2019 18:57:51
Social media really hotting up now. Rafa supposedly at Finch Farm at 4-30pm. I need to go and lay down lol.

3.) 24 Nov 2019 19:09:15
So Bill your son has confirmed that Brands gets his deep fried octopus from Smit's friends chippy or is it more tasty than that?

4.) 24 Nov 2019 19:10:01
Does he work at the chippy BCT?

5.) 24 Nov 2019 19:42:15
Someone else is posting that unsworth has told the U23’s he won’t be with them for a while 🤷🏻‍♂️
If Rhino does step in short term we might see some of the young talent 😍.

6.) 24 Nov 2019 20:14:57
Hasn’t this happened before?

7.) 24 Nov 2019 20:07:39
Bloody hell i've logged into the 'X Files' 🤭.

8.) 24 Nov 2019 21:41:20
So they held a exec board meeting on Saturday only for one of them to spill beans in local chippy, at least come up with something believable.

{Ed002's Note - It was the the curry house.)

9.) 24 Nov 2019 22:34:19
I think we got excited over nothing. I don't think he has gone. Can any of the eds enlighten us?

{Ed002's Note - Nothing has happened.}

10.) 24 Nov 2019 22:08:18
The comedy is not lost on you Trueblue.

11.) 25 Nov 2019 08:57:59
Actually Smitty TBM's retort was hilarious just don't tell him I said so 🤫.

12.) 25 Nov 2019 09:01:39
My bad, may not have been the same chippy. Son counts beans not chips, so mistaken.

13.) 25 Nov 2019 09:27:03
Silva has gone? Silva getting a vote of confidence from the board? 90% of fans want Silva out? make of it what you will.



08 Aug 2019 21:35:39
Probably get Zaha in January when he's had a grump for a few months and Palace are in the relegation zone. 😉.


1.) 09 Aug 2019 08:20:47
Haha, could do but think that ship has sailed now, was probably our only shot are signing him, we have Iwobi at RW now so probably won’t be looking at that position for a while again. Hopefully his grump lasts into tomorrow so he’s poor against us or doesn’t play at all. 👍🏻.

2.) 09 Aug 2019 08:38:45
yeah zaha ship has sailed now i think, will look for younger if they were to go back in for a winger and move iwobi more central.

3.) 09 Aug 2019 09:32:27
Let's be positive and believe Silva will have them playing well enough that we don't need him.
We have a good strong squad now.

Fitting Bernard, Iwobi, Calvert Lewin, Richarlison, Kean into top 3 is a challenge

Sigardson, Gomes, Gbamin, Delph, Davies, Scheiderlin into middle 3 tough

And there's others who will be fighting to show that they deserve a chance as well

What great problems for Silva to have.

{Ed025's Note - very much so mate..

4.) 09 Aug 2019 11:11:17
Iwobi is a LW (another one) not a RW.

5.) 09 Aug 2019 13:16:13
Can’t see getting zaha - if that Eason cards would not sign Iwobi - could see centre half in Jan - that’s all we need. think that’s the last time we will see 5-6 coming in. hopefully Gibson, Ellis, Hollgate take there chance.

6.) 09 Aug 2019 15:07:07
BCT, Iwobi can play either wing or behind the striker so not just a LW, this is why he was bought due to this versatility.

{Ed002's Note - he plays nearly all games in his natural position of LW. The club did not buy him because he is versatile.}

7.) 09 Aug 2019 15:40:12
The move does allow richarlison to still play rw and may allow Bernard to play cam. Iwobi plays am for Nigeria and i think he was used as lw for arsenal due to their lack of depth on the wing positions. Iwobi is a hopeful signing but i would have preferred to sign a natural rw as that position needed to be addressed. I do wonder that if KM or YB don't move on, that they will integrate them into the squad until atleast January.




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10 Jun 2021 22:41:24
Rafa ruled out of the Everton job. That will be good news for some fans.


1.) 10 Jun 2021 23:50:25
I’m one of them Smit. I don’t doubt his credentials, but sorry, I don’t want a red in the dugout.

2.) 11 Jun 2021 07:42:35
Not sure what the big issue is with a former Red in the dug out.
We had Sammy Lee in the dug out and his passion on the sidelines was impressive, far more animated and passionate than most of the managers we’ve recently had. Would say his passion has only been usurped by Duncan Ferguson.

{Ed025's Note - i dont care if he was once a red dan, its more his style of play that im not happy with mate..

3.) 11 Jun 2021 10:02:11
Both entitled to your point of view lads. I don’t think he’s the best option anyway, but I’d still rather not have to listen to comparisons about his time on the other side of the park every time the footy’s on.

4.) 11 Jun 2021 13:47:12
Moyes Benitez 👋👋.



02 Jun 2021 18:16:20
Surely Nuno is just another Marco Silva type. Did great at a smaller club which tailed off towards the end of his tenure.
I just can't see him being commanding enough and a big enough personality to get this squad fit and running around and when they don't do what he wants them to do he will no doubt get the sack.

I'm not saying get Moyes but we need someone with the same temperament to not put up with some of these players if they don't put a shift in.

Only managers out there that I can see doing that are Rafa or Sarri.


1.) 02 Jun 2021 19:17:20
So wolves finished 13th season just finished and then 7th both seasons previous to that.

Everton finished 10th season just finished and 12th season before that and 8th season before that.

So nuno has steered a club with less resources to a higher position than us in 2 out of last 3 seasons. Season just finished he was without his main player - Jimenez.

Personally I’d be more than happy with his appointment.

He plays attacking football and his players actually look like they have a level of fitness to play for 90+mins.

Not sure how you think he wouldn’t stand up to the players - surely everyone thought Carlo would but he still let them get away with rubbish performances.

We’re a mid table club at best currently and the thoughts we can get a top class manager are crazy.

Nuno would be a decent appointment and would hopefully bring some stability to the club and either develop us into a top class team or at least get us on the right track so we become an attractive position in the future.

2.) 02 Jun 2021 19:17:20
So wolves finished 13th season just finished and then 7th both seasons previous to that.

Everton finished 10th season just finished and 12th season before that and 8th season before that.

So nuno has steered a club with less resources to a higher position than us in 2 out of last 3 seasons. Season just finished he was without his main player - Jimenez.

Personally I’d be more than happy with his appointment.

He plays attacking football and his players actually look like they have a level of fitness to play for 90+mins.

Not sure how you think he wouldn’t stand up to the players - surely everyone thought Carlo would but he still let them get away with rubbish performances.

We’re a mid table club at best currently and the thoughts we can get a top class manager are crazy.

Nuno would be a decent appointment and would hopefully bring some stability to the club and either develop us into a top class team or at least get us on the right track so we become an attractive position in the future.

3.) 03 Jun 2021 13:07:58
He plays attacking football?
When did you last watch Wolves play?
They haven't played attacking football for 2 seasons. 5 at the back 2 defensive mids. Just look at their stats, if that's what you call attacking football then I'm baffled.
I would understand if you wanted him because he'd shore us up at the back and ping balls upto DCl. That's all he did at Wolves once his ageing midfield stopped moving about.



27 May 2021 22:57:30
This summers transfer window is for Everton going to be one of the most crucial for a long time.
Last seasons window showed that it was a mix of Carlo and brands signings coming in. Carlo chose and persuaded James and Allan to join whilst admitting he didn't know much about Doucoure or Godfrey before Brands bought them in.
We need 5-6 new players minimum this window. RB, RW, S, CAM, GK and possibly a CB.
This time it needs to be 4 or 5 Brands signings and 1 or 2 Carlo signings.
A young RW and RB. A young CAM and experienced CB and GK.

Carlo can't convince young up and coming players to the club so Brands needs to. Brands can't convince older world class players to the club so together there is no reason they can't get this right togehter over the next 1 or 2 windows.


1.) 28 May 2021 06:16:16
Strength is depth is the real issue, injuries to Allan and Dacoure showed that as did loss of form of DCL and Richy (James both) . The alarming lack of options from the bench as worrying. A clear out is needed and 5/ 6 quality players need bringing in.

2.) 28 May 2021 07:59:10
This season in terms of investment/ results has in reality been a failure once again. Forget if's and buts, league position and results speak for themselves. I don't know the answers why, but what I do know is we as supporters need to calm our aspirations down. Before bringing (attempting to) in 5 or 6 quality players in (massive persuasion needed) , we first have to persuade other Clubs to purchase contracts of 6 or 7 current first team squad players Everton now deem surplus and that in addition to those players whose contracts run out. If Brands/ Ancelloti can do that, I for one will believe in miracles.

3.) 28 May 2021 08:23:51
Thats so true bill but more of a worry for me is that ca is considering new contracts for sigurson and davis to which i am totaly baffled.

4.) 28 May 2021 09:37:58
Bill when you say investment verses results how do you qualify what is a good investment to result ratio? I find you statement very confusing especially when you say forget the ifs and buts league position and results speak for themselves. We are two places higher than last season which is an improvement. As for results again if you could clarify your metrics of how you determined our season has been bad results wise. From reading your post the inference is that you are extremely disappointed with the fact that we had the opportunity break into the top four and didn't take it rather than analysing the actual financial investment league position and results compared to last season, which is fine. I on the other hand, although I to share your disappointment regarding our abject freefall from a European place to tenth, I also think this season has seen the club improve both on and off the field. I would not describe the season as a failure, disappointing yes failure definitely not.

5.) 28 May 2021 10:40:26
It will be a failure if we give sigs a new contract 🤣.

6.) 28 May 2021 11:05:49
I think swinners hit the nail on the head when he highlighted our like of strength in depth.
We started the season superbly with the new signings Allan, Godfrey, Doucoure and James making us tick. However once we started to have injuries we dropped off as the replacements weren't fully up to the task and our subs bench looked weaker and weaker and, once James got injured we had no creativity so had to resort to a dogged defense rather than taking the fight to the opposition
I agree with Smit. We need another 3-4 additions to the the first team and then another 3 to 4 to strengthen the squad. I agree with Bill as well. We need to get rid of the likes of Walcott, Bolassie, Besic, Sigurdson, Gomes, Iwobi, Bernard. We got rid of a lot last season, some of the ones I've mentioned are already at the end of their contracts and will be leaving but we need Brands to work his magic and push some others out the door without weakening the squad
Luckily, the club has a great owner who, as yet, hasn't failed to support the manager, even though he has paid dearly for some of the earlier signings.
It's going to be tough but I'm looking forward to the close season.

7.) 28 May 2021 11:09:46
I agree Skylark. We should have a replacement lined up. We've known his contract is up for renewal for ages.

8.) 28 May 2021 16:13:56
We have improved points wise by some margin and 2 places higher.
Our aim has always been to break the top 6 and then top 4 and Carlo has moved us closer to the top 4 in his 1st full season. If he moves us a couple of wins nearer next season then we are going to be in Europe and in with a shout of top 4.
The fact Carlo has us where we are with half the squad not fit for purpose or over the hill has to be commended.
Forget about playing pretty football for now, that will only come when we have a right side to attack down and someone who runs at defenses in the middle of the park.



25 May 2021 21:04:35
FFP aside I'd go for

Warde prowse
Ings or ienacho

Aaron's and sarr have pace and ings and warde prowse are leaders.


{Ed0666's Note - Max Aaarons, Ismael Sarr and Danny Ings would be fantastic signings for you Smit. Not sure about Ward Prowse or Ineacho tho.

1.) 25 May 2021 21:42:46
Ienacho always seems to be able to grab a goal, even at city when he came on he always seemed to be in the right place.

2.) 25 May 2021 22:22:18
Iheanacho is terrible. Has runs of good form where he scores but his general play is awful. Reminds me so much of Niasse.

Ings is too old with too many injuries

JWP will be at SOTON until he retires.

3.) 25 May 2021 22:52:49
Niasse? Come on Swan the lads had a better season than our Dom and you're comparing him to Niasse?

Ings is 28 and hasn't really had any injuries since his Liverpool days.
Been a 1 goal in 2 striker since he joined the saints.

4.) 26 May 2021 01:48:13
And Ings is good, the season before last was the first time he’s played over 30 games since he was at Burnley. He’s had plenty of injury problems since Liverpool.

Also no sell on value and would command a very high transfer fee.

{Ed0666's Note - I love Ings but if I was a chairman I’d think long and hard before spending 30 plus million on him. Two super serious knee injuries aren’t attractive to the medical staff of a buying club. But I truly hope he bags tonnes of goals for the rest of his career because he has a happy disposition and the world needs more of them.

5.) 26 May 2021 01:46:45
He’s had Vardy doing all the hard work for him in a much better team than us. His goal to game ratio at city and Leicester overall is pretty poor. Have you watched him aside from when he scores? Falls over his own feet constantly, misplaces passes and displays all the technical ability of a Nigerian Jon Walters.

6.) 26 May 2021 09:07:53
Would take those 4 all day long Smit mate, vast improvement to what we have at the mo, go get em Marcel.

7.) 26 May 2021 11:51:46
I don't think JWP would upgrade us. Bedn poor this season I think. And we have 2-3 good free kick takers anyway. I'd go for ASM from Newcastle or Sarr from Watford. Djed Spence from boro as right back. And the guy from Fulham in midfield. Dike on loan at Barnsley looks a good old fashioned everton striker, big, strong and can score.

8.) 26 May 2021 12:36:12
Swan I've watched pretty much every prem game since they were all televised unless 2 were on at once so I've seen plenty of him. Scored goals through the period Vardy and Maddison were injured.
Hes still young and even has an impact when he comes off the bench.
I think you must have been watching Niasse not ihenacho.



23 May 2021 19:58:49
17 points off the top 4 last season and 8 off this season. What more did everyone want? 4 or 5 new players in the summer and we could be closer still.


1.) 23 May 2021 20:35:38
Fair play to you Smit seeing the season as a success. I admire you and the likes of bluepotato and b. w. for the optimism - you have all watched the same games as us this season and see it as a successful season and progress being made which again just shows it's a game of opinions.
I've brought this up before and feel I should point out now that contrary to my moanings we have indeed made some great strides this season - under Mr Ancelotti last season we averaged 1.5 points per game (equivalent to 57 points for full season) . But this season we have actually achieved 59 points (at 1.55 points per game) . Anyone that has watched us knows that the football is now diabolical, even worse than last year, but at least we are on the up points wise 😁.

2.) 23 May 2021 20:34:30
Like it mate.

3.) 23 May 2021 20:48:32
You know what we have improved on last season and they gave me the best day finally beating Liverpool so although we had a poor end to the season it’s not all bad.

4.) 23 May 2021 21:15:37
Is that it now? We beat Liverpool so everything’s ok.
We are bloody awful. Our “football” is awful. There are no positives from this season because we started off half decent and ended up bloody rubbish. And what’s worse is it’s gone on for months.
We play like this next season -regardless of who we sign - and we will still struggle.
Team are slow, don’t look fit and accept defeat far to easily.
I do not see any progression from last season.

5.) 23 May 2021 21:31:35
Maybe I just care a little less about it at the moment Woburn, I’m in a very easy come easy go mood today. Perhaps it’s the Sunday roast with the family and the gin.

6.) 23 May 2021 22:32:37
We look awful when you take out the players we signed last season and that started in December with the Alan injury. Since then doucoure, Ricky, Alan have all been injured. We've played 6 games with all of last seasons signings in the team and won 5 of them. We've lost plenty of hoke games but won most when we have had fans in the stadium.
Add some pace and power to this team with 3,r or 5 correct signings and we will be a decent team.
The doom and gloomers just want to rip it up and start again.

7.) 23 May 2021 22:44:41
On the whole, we have progressed 'slightly' imo. It hasn't been a great season by any stretch of the imagination, our home form has been shocking, to put it kindly. I can take solace from the fact that, across the majority of the league, there's been an abnormal amount of away wins. I think we can also put to bed the myth that our fans suck the confidence out of our players at Goodison. I'm sure the only games won at home have been in front of fans but I could be wrong.
We've still got a lot of players on the books that have seen off a few managers and some of these will over the next couple of windows. I'm happy with the players brought in so far and hope that CA and Brands continue to bring better players in. James hasn't played enough but, considering how many games he's played over the last couple of years, it was no major surprise. He's looked good in some games, by far the most creative player in the squad, so hopefully he can get a good pre-season behind him. He needs to toughen up a bit and he needs a bit of protection from refs, he gets booted every game!
With better players, I'd expect the way we play to change. I think tactics go over some of our players heads in games and changes in formation seems to baffle them.
There have been some highlights to the season, away form being one of them, but it's been a struggle for the majority. It's a project in its infancy, off the pitch we're in the best shape in decades. All we need is to improve the on the pitch befor emoving to the new stadium.

8.) 23 May 2021 23:09:42
Absolutely spot on Blue. I did think myself about whether the players could grasp the shift in tactics from possession to defence.
Only players we have who look for a forward pass are Alan, doucoure, Ricky, Tom digne and James. The rest are stuck in this sideways, backwards mentality.

9.) 23 May 2021 23:50:41
Absolutely admire both your positivity (statistically we have improved) I felt like this for most of the season but any positivity has just been drained from me. What I thought looked like a team just needing a couple of players to me now looks like a team that needs to shift on about 12 and sign about 8 before we are any threat. By trial and error i can't hold the manager accountable as he's inherited the utter garbage that were garbage for fat sam, koeman, Silva etc. My only joy from. today is 1 season is over and 2 lille pipped psg to the title!
On a different note I'm not actually disappointed on missing out on europe, I'm extremely angry with a good majority of the players in terms of attitude and mental fragility, I just want a team to make me proud but sadly our lot really don't do that for me.




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12 Jun 2021 17:41:04
It's worrying when even a YouTube video can't make him sound like an adventurous appointment.




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11 Jun 2021 20:04:04
Leeds ran around like lunatics and played some good attacking football but my god they were shocking or maybe not shocking but very naive defensively. No shape when they got back, no discipline.
They had similar the last two seasons once the players had run out of steam. Lockdown last year was probably the reason they got promoted because they were looking like they were running out of steam and the wheels were coming off again.
Playing less games in the prem helped but i'm not sure if they got Europe they could cope without about 33 players.




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10 Jun 2021 19:23:21
Moyes had some luck last season in the fact he had very few injuries whilst most others had quite a lot.
Lingards form also was a key factor.
That said he'd be right up there on my list, somewhere around no. 124th.




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10 Jun 2021 13:30:16
Would we take Brenda Rodgers?


{Ed077's Note - the more important question is would he take Everton??



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04 Jun 2021 07:14:00
Good analogy Rafa, er I mean ed0666.


{Ed0666's Note - I thought it was a qwality analogy and this is the FACTS!




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17 Jun 2021 06:52:45
Seems contradictory to me, if they aren't interested but Bill is also pushing Martinez.
If Brands isn't interested then maybe he should go.




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16 Jun 2021 21:43:15
He would have still been Grumpy though 🙂.
A legend of this forum sadly missed.


{Ed025's Note - very much so mate..



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14 Jun 2021 20:29:46
I like this ANO kid, seems to be able to play a few different positions.




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13 Jun 2021 13:15:00
Question is when will he get the sack? And not one full of presents.




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13 Jun 2021 13:10:34
The problem is if he doesn't consistently get us into the top 7 his style of play won't wash with the fans. Allardyce got us 8th playing some of the most awful football and he didn't last. If Carlo had kept us playing like we were next season he would have been under pressure if we weren't in and around the top 6.
Moyes didn't have us playing the greatest football but kept his head above water by having 1 good and 1 bad season, we knew what we were getting.
Nuno is going to have his work cutout with the fans back in the ground but am sure if he can implement a fast counter attacking approach or a pressing possession style he'll be fine. Problem is none of our squad can do either, and that's where I think he will fail unless he plays some youngsters and has the balls to drop the usual underperformers.