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29 Oct 2017 20:42:29
The lack of stability in playing partnerships for me is the issue. We've got some great individual players but but we don't have a team because of all the changes every game.

When we had our best results under Moyes we didn't have the best players, but we had practiced partnerships like Baines and Pienaar, Jagielka and Lescott.

When Leicester won the league they had what looked like a bang average set of players, but there were partnerships like Huth and Morgan, Drinkwater and Kante, Mahrez and Vardy.

For me we have an average set of players at best - remarkable given what we spent in the summer - but we could have a decent team if there was consistency in starting line up. You can't build partnerships or team spirit when you start with a different team every week, nor when you make changes at half time. We need to pick an 11 and stick with it unless we have injuries.


1.) 30 Oct 2017 08:12:30
I agree, although it's not the sole issue, it is a good point! Look at all great teams or even good teams and they have some sort of partnership whether it be a defensive pairing or a creator and finished type, right now you guys have too many ageing players who for some reason won't be dropped. The CB although in their day were great they're just too slow now, the midfield isn't sure enough to protect them either. Everton has an abundance of young talent and it has to get to the point where somebody says 'what do we have to lose'. I hope you manage to fix the issues you have but people calling for ancelotti etc is futile. The thing for me is who will want to manage this Everton team at the minute because although I'm sure you'll be safe I don't know what needs doing personally to fix this state of affairs, I have a few ideas but hey ho I'm not a manager. Goodluck fellas.



22 Aug 2017 22:20:38
SSN just reported we've had a bid turned down for Raul Jiminez at Benfica. Anyone seen much of him?





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24 Nov 2018 08:28:22
Does anyone know much about our young forward Anthony Gordon? I've seen a couple of articles saying the German big guns are interested so I'm assuming he must be good but I haven't seen him play.


1.) 24 Nov 2018 12:53:20
I've only seen him play a couple of times Windsor and if i'm being brutally honest he did nothing to make me believe these links, perhaps these scouts have identified something in his game that I missed. Very tidy footballer but don't see where the hype is coming from yet. The lads that impressed me most from the games i've watched were Simms and Adedoyin, I think both could possibly have a big future at the club.

2.) 25 Nov 2018 09:38:41
Thanks BB. Those are the two I’ve heard more about so makes sense.

{Ed002's Note - There is interest from Borussia Dortmund in Anthony Gordon as they continue to saturate youth team games in England with scouts. They also have interest in players from Liverpool, Manchester City, West Ham, Fulham and two from Chelsea. They are not the only German side taking this approach with Borussia Muenchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen having approached Chelsea about a couple of youngsters as well and Wolfsburg have spoken with Brighton about a kiddie. This approach will increase as time passes.}



17 Oct 2018 08:42:41
What's everyone's thoughts on Ramsey? Out of contract at the end of the season so guess he'd be of interest.

I've always liked him. Get some a few goals, defence-splitting passes and could link up well with Walcott (again) and Richarlison playing balls in behind.

Only issues for me are injury record - although it isn't as bad as Walcott's was and he's been fine - and where would he play? Sig's looked class in the number 10 role but Ramsey would be wasted in a DM position, so that only leaves a Glenn Hoddle love train down the middle of the park - Gueye as DM, Ramsey CM and Sig at 10 - which wouldn't work.


1.) 17 Oct 2018 09:41:23
Great player he's never coming to us though. He will be at a champions league club next season.

2.) 17 Oct 2018 10:32:43
Agree with Jacamo, fantastic player but no chance he’ll come to us. He’s leaving Arsenal because he believes he can cut it at a higher level team I’ve heard, so that rules us out.

3.) 17 Oct 2018 11:42:45
I agree, but can’t see which of the bigger clubs need him. City don’t, I’d argue Chelsea don’t unless Hazard goes, he wouldn’t go to Spurs and I can’t see him playing under Moaninho. Guess that leaves the neighbours which would be gutting! Either that or abroad but can’t see any of the big guns in Europe taking him.

4.) 17 Oct 2018 12:04:15
I like him and feel he might come as we have Wallcot and maybe a little passed his best so might not attract a champion league club. I would love Ramsey at Everton be a great signing, we could offer him first team football.

5.) 17 Oct 2018 12:04:35
might fancy being a star at us instead of another player at a top team you never no.

6.) 17 Oct 2018 14:23:10
I think if we get the twin CBs performing consistently then we could have Gueye on his own in front of them and both Sig and Ramsey as AMs with one dropping back slightly to cover when the other goes forward. Reckon we’d have real creativity there with Richarlison and Walcott (plus Lookman) on the wings. Still not convinced Tosun is a 20+ a season striker so would like to see a quality CF come in, but definitely want to keep him.

I don’t think we’re far away now. If we can get some consistency I reckon we’ll have a good season and put ourselves in a position to attract players of Ramsey’s quality next year.

7.) 17 Oct 2018 18:18:05
I would much rather see a 15-20+ striker come first.

8.) 18 Oct 2018 15:17:35
This has to be one of the most irritating phrases thrown around regarding transfers. You here it all the time, as if such things grow on trees.
I don't think many managers ever said I want you to go out and get me a 5-10 goal Striker did they?

9.) 18 Oct 2018 15:40:27
No brainer. Quality and a worker and scores goals from midfield. and on a free?

10.) 18 Oct 2018 21:37:24
Ramsey will probably end up signing for Liverpool.



12 Oct 2018 10:41:43
Morning Blues. I'm heading up to Goodison for the Brighton game but driving rather than getting the train this time. Any ideas where is best to park that is relatively near the ground but that you can get out fairly easily after the game? Staying in town so want to be that side.



1.) 12 Oct 2018 13:35:48
I think you are best parking down past Walton Police station on the right in Cherry Lane in the car park. They charge a tenner but you are the right side to head for the m62 and hence m6. Enjoy mate.

2.) 12 Oct 2018 15:47:51
Normally park in Ayrshire road just off Utting Avenue then cut through Anfield Cemetery. Only about a 15/ 20 minute walk. Always free parking spaces and nice and easy to get out 👍🏼.

3.) 12 Oct 2018 16:00:33
Thanks Degsy.

4.) 12 Oct 2018 16:26:48
Thanks BB.

5.) 14 Oct 2018 12:23:18
Windsor, I've used a couple of those websites where people close to Football Grounds advertise to rent out their driveways. You can get quite close to the ground but not close enough to get caught up in "football traffic". Prob 10 min walk on average and costs £8 ish.

6.) 15 Oct 2018 21:01:21
Best bet mate would be to get the soccer bus from Lime street and leave the car at your hotel. The buses leave from the road that the police close by Stanley park so you get away handy. Think its about £4 return so cheaper than any parking.

7.) 16 Oct 2018 10:15:42
Thanks everyone, much appreciated.



29 Mar 2018 07:05:29
I've just read that we're still paying 90% of Koeman's wages. Please tell me that doesn't mean we're doing something similar for Martinez? If we punt Sam in the summer then we'll be paying the wages of one manager at the club in his replacement, two international managers and a retired pensioner.


{Ed025's Note - i dont know how it works windsor, i just know we seem to be getting ripped off mate..

1.) 29 Mar 2018 07:37:43
The board and Moshiri are all adults! They must have agreed the contracts. this is one of my points about hiring and firing a succession of managers. What if the next one struggles? I tend to agree with Ed002 that Unsworth seemed to have turned things around and a lot was to do with the return of Baines and Coleman. We have looked a different team since.

2.) 29 Mar 2018 09:42:23
Agree with that. Unsworth knows the setup inside out. That first win (with Sam in the stands) was Unsworths, we could quite easily have gone on the same run and achieved relative safety. Our return since that run has been near relegation status.

3.) 29 Mar 2018 10:04:33
That's what contracts are for, the board know the situation if they are to terminate one early, its what goes on everywhere another sign of the rising amount of money in the game and how easily it is abused!
On another point I do not believe Unsworth had turned things around Degsy he was out of his depth in the job and it showed. Baines and Coleman did not return until a while after Sam started.
This is why as Ed002 says, the board need to take good advice before the next appointment is made, until then Allardyce will continue, and he may get the next pay off!

4.) 29 Mar 2018 10:28:32
Respect your opinion wakka57. Both comments Degs and mine didn't say Unsworth had turned the Squad around. Degs said appeared to have done and mine said who is to say Unsy would not have gone on the same run as Sam after that first win (Unsworths) . If you look at Sam's run since that initial burst, it has been equivalent to Koeman's prior to his sacking. It is only since Coleman and Baines have come back that we have looked a Team again and that likely would have happened under Unsworth.

5.) 29 Mar 2018 11:06:44
I understand what you are saying dfs, it was my personal opinion that I didn't think even as an old club player he could, I think he needs to learn the job first perhaps in the lower leagues, which is not easy as stubsy has found out.
These days it is not an easy fix when things are broken, Everton FC need some stability and to get on a run of good results which breeds confidence no matter who the Manager is.

6.) 29 Mar 2018 12:32:39
I would be very surprised if we are indeed paying as high as 90%, I would suggest we are making his wages up to what he was on whilst at Everton.

Until a settlement fee is actually agreed upon then I would say we would be obliged to make sure he does not lose out financially, so if he gained employment that paid half of hiw wage then it would be up to us to pay the other 50% until it went to arbitration or court.

Paying out a compensation package is not as easy as just paying him his wages up until the end of his contract, because if he then got a job does he pay back the extra that we have paid him. He may well have a clause in his contract that states should he be sacked before the ending of his second season, then we pay him his full wages, or a percentage. The fact that he now has another job will be to our benefit in the long run as we can now say his reputation has not been that badly damaged due to the fact he is a manager of a national side.

7.) 29 Mar 2018 12:54:08
I would take a good look at Unsworths games in charge, first three were away fixtures, others in an almost dead rubber Europa league, after exciting Europe, we had a decent fixture run the first being a good home win, then he was axed before the following fixtures and Sam got those winnable games, too many listened to the pe teacher comments, I have no doubt, had we left Unsworth in charge for those fixtures, we would have got the same results or better, you cannot knock Unsworth for mixing youth with experiance in those later Europa games, one of our few successes this season for me was unsworths inclusion of Beningame, ow nowhere to be seen, so yes for a short while Unsworth was out of his death with the squad he had all out of confidence, and his unlucky timing of the fixtures he had to come into.

8.) 29 Mar 2018 13:08:16
My original point was about how we negotiate managerial contracts. I work in a sales environment which is target orientated. If I don’t hit expected performance levels over a certain period without signs of improvement I lost my job - no payoff, no ongoing payments. That includes the performance of the ttwo and I recruit, train and manage. I cannot understand how managerial contracts in football are any different. Surely performance expectations are set when the contract is signed and if they are not met you have breached your contract. If via a performance management programme over a pre-defined period does not rectify that performance then surely you just lose your job?

9.) 29 Mar 2018 13:19:02
I thought this thread was about paying RK.

Just my luck to be wrong.

As I have excluded myself from SA posts I shall step away from this one.

10.) 29 Mar 2018 14:01:53
Calm down Grumpy people are just having a conversation.

And WIndsor, I think the main difference between your sales job and a prem manager is with respect, there are probably a hundred other people in your area that are capable and willing to do your job.

When we look for a new manager if we tried to include performance related targets they would just refuse. And we would be stuck looking for someone else. There are not a lot of managers out there that we want and even less who would want to come here. The managers know this and have us by the balls.

11.) 29 Mar 2018 14:09:11
It is about ronnies contract, Sam was brought in due to the fact we could be paying a similar payout, should we relieve Sam in the Summer and ties in with a payout, part of the Unsworth was brought in, in regards to the payout Sam will get and if we could have saved on this, had we been a bit more patient with Unsworth before bringing someone in, in the Summer.

I know where you are coming from Grumpy, but with a similar payout expected with Sam, it ties in with payouts we have made with our last three full time managers.

12.) 29 Mar 2018 14:16:07
Windsor, I get what you’re saying but I’m sure if you had a very good representative negotiating your employment terms then less would be expected of you with more in return. It’s the agents that are in charge here not the employers.

13.) 29 Mar 2018 18:40:41
Forget about the money guys. Koeman getting us into Europe probably paid for his 3 years wages anyway.
The powers that be will have included the funds for every eventuality.
Big Sam's unexpected wages are on a par with the LB we didn't sign.



13 Jan 2018 19:32:12
Has a team ever gone a full calendar year without a shot on target? At least that's one record we could break.


1.) 13 Jan 2018 19:41:32
Same old problem mate Tosun had no service.

2.) 13 Jan 2018 23:41:14
Agreed mate. Looked to me like he took up some good positions and hungry to go in behind, but we need Sig in behind him at 10 playing those quick clever balls through rather than Rooney there slowing things down.




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05 Aug 2019 22:06:48
If we pull that lot off Cookie I’ll have another kid just so I can call it Marcel (or Marcella) .




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27 Jul 2019 21:20:34
Can just imagine Zaha’s unveiling photo with him looking as horrified to have signed for us as Lennon did.




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31 May 2019 19:29:53
I don’t think much will get done early with the Nations League and U20 WC. Buying clubs will use them to look at players, particularly the U20 WC, and selling clubs will hope their players do well to drive up prices.




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06 Feb 2019 12:35:30
Regarding adequately replacing Lukaku, I actually don't think he is a top striker despite the number of goals he got for us. The team had been set up to play to his strengths with balls in behind he could run on to and bully defenders who couldn't cope with his strength and speed. We then had that ridiculous summer where we sold him and replaced him with half a dozen bang average number 10s.

My point is that it was the effectiveness of the system from a goal-scoring perspective in a way that played to the players' strengths. We haven't adequalty replaced that because Silva has come in dead set on a way of playing but doesn't have the players to do it.

Either he caves and starts playing in a way that suits the players at his disposal (balls into the opposition box and out of our box would be a start) , or he sticks with it in the hope that an overhaul of players that can't adapt being replaced with ones who have experience of playing that way in the summer will turn things around.

I'm sick of watching us make the same mistakes every week and am really not sure Silva is the long term answer, but I don't see any benefit in changing him now and adding him to the growing list of highly paid former employees while bringing in someone new to inherit the same problems.




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31 Jan 2019 20:19:07
Totally agree Ed025.





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02 Jan 2020 20:44:30
Delph seemed to be the only one trying to pass forward last night. He also saved us when Pickford kept giving him hospital passes trying to play out from the back when City were pressing so high.

Siggy is definitely done though. Offers nothing and slows the play down.




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22 Sep 2019 06:36:59
Garyo66 - Silva has shown zero improvement during his time despite significant investment. He also did nothing aside from a couple of decent games at Watford. Comparing this situation to 35 years ago is a non-starter because the league is different, the investment is different and the ramifications of finishing further down the table or even relegation is terrifyingly different.




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22 Sep 2019 06:28:14
If Brands and Moshiri want to have a half decent season then they need to act now. Leaving it any longer will be disastrous.

I’ve just read that we’ve never come from behind to win under Silva, which says everything you need to know about his man-management, motivational and tactical skills.

We’ve also conceded more goals from set pieces than any other premier league team during his time at Goodison.

Added to that is the fact he has not improved a single player during his tenure, if anything most have seemingly gone backward.

Based on the above surely Brands - a highly respected and knowledgeable man who now has a fair amount of control being on the board - won’t hive him much (if any) longer) ? There are absolutely no signs that he can turn it around so why wait? Next week could be a bloodbath against City.




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24 Aug 2019 08:33:57
I’m concerned Mina is our David Luiz - looks like Van Dijk one week then Bramble the next.




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24 Aug 2019 08:30:45
Because, like many other players we can’t shift, they’ve got 2-3 years left on the contracts Walsh gave them on wages nobody else would offer 30% of. If Walsh hadn’t been stealing a living in the first place we wouldn’t be stuck with the Walcotts of the world.

Hoping by the end of next summer that Brands has cleared most of them out. My worry is that as good as Brands is, how many more Moise Kean’s is he going to be able to convince to sign for us when we look like we’re going backwards?


{Ed025's Note - on theo you have to look at silva mate, he picks the side and everyone can see hes not good enough..