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01 Jun 2021 18:31:45
So it's confirmed that Carlo has gone, it appears I'm in the minority but I'm gutted about this.
A question for the Ed's though if it's ok to ask. - how is the financial situation at Real Madrid regarding transfer funds? Reading Carlo's comments over the year, he was a huge admirer of Richarlison and I'm curious whether we can expect Carlo to try and take him to Madrid.


{Ed002's Note - Calderon is using a long-term debt to gain political points but the debt has been offset by the Adidas deal (about 18 months ago) which they offset existing debt and borrowed against - so it is not an issue. They were tasks last summer with offsetting €190M in sales and wages which they have effectively done. They are now in goodish shape and will continue to sell and have already been negotiating for four (ish) major purchases this summer with a couple of options. So whilst it is conceptually correct over a longer-term period, they have the income to offset it already - plus they did very well last summer in transactions and will continue to do so. There is a plan going forward. The need to behave responsibly and they are one of the better sides setting themselves up for what might need to be a reshaped future. Richarlison would be behind planned purchases such as Mbappe and Haaland and will likely not be moving to Madrid - I would not concern yourself about CA taking players from the club.}

1.) 01 Jun 2021 19:51:06
. he's welcome to them🤣.

2.) 01 Jun 2021 19:54:26
I'm with you WEFC. I'm gutted he's gone too. I was hoping we'd have a bit of stability under him. The constant chopping and changing of managers is unhealthy for the club. New direction every year near enough. I want our next manager to be here for the long haul. If that means getting someone like dyche over Nuno I'm all for it.

{Ed025's Note - but if the shirt house decides to walk...thats not the clubs fault mate..

3.) 01 Jun 2021 20:04:37
I get over the gutted stage as soon as i know they wanted to go. let's get behind the new Manager with a full Goodison.

{Ed025's Note - dead right bobslad mate..

4.) 01 Jun 2021 20:05:09
I'm not saying it's the club's fault ed. I'm just saying I'm gutted about it that's all.

{Ed025's Note - fair enough chris mate..

5.) 01 Jun 2021 20:38:43
On the other side which players we getting from Madrid 🧐.

6.) 01 Jun 2021 20:20:14
Thank you Ed002. I suppose Real will always have suitors for their players so bringing income in will likely never be an issue. Re; Richarlison, that's positive to hear but he strikes me as a player who will be looking for a bigger club (understandably) and if our next managerial appointment doesn't match his ambition then i see him being gone this summer.

I see Rafa has reportedly announced a desire to manage us, but i can't say i'm keen. And I'd be very underwhelmed by the likes of Dyche and Howe. You can't make a statement of intent for the future and go after Ancellotti, only to then regress to managers like these. I would absolutely love Joachim Low, been a huge admirer for more years than i can remember, but that's a pipedream. He's already refusing the biggest clubs in the world and you have to wonder why. My guess is we end up with Lampard as our next Manager/ Head Coach.



29 Jun 2020 21:30:25
Whats with this link i'm seeing to the Argentine Tagliafico, plays for Ajax.
It seems he's being linked to Everton on the basis of being a CB which we are obviously in need of, but i was under the impression he is a LB. He wouldn't displace Digne so just seems crazy if true.


1.) 29 Jun 2020 21:58:32
Not happening unless covering bases incase Digne is sold which can't see happening.



21 Jun 2020 15:14:22
Bit of a random question for the Eds or anyone with stronger knowledge.

Everton are linked with Barcelona's Todibo (would love that to happen by the way, makings of a great CB) and some dubious rumours that they would be keen on wage-subsidising a Coutinho loan move to us.

Do we actually have some sort of 'special' relationship with Barcelona? It seems odd that out of all the clubs available, Everton are apparently a club Barcelona like to favourably deal with. Yes Mina's price was high, but we got fantastic deals on Digne and Gomes.


{Ed002's Note - Jean-Clair Todibo (CB) will only be sold with a buy-back clause and €25M - plenty of interest but Barcelona do not see him as good enough - as be available in January and offered around to clubs including Everton, Inter, Manchester United. But Milan have had talks but concerns over injuries saw a lower bid made and rejected. Interest from Wolves, RBL, Roma, Bayer Leverkusen and Southampton has not seen any offer made. His agent has offered him to Napoli as a Kalidou Koulibaly replacement. It is plausible that Everton has made an approach to Barcelona but I cannot confirm it. Inter could want him in a deal for Martinez which would very much suit Barcelona, or Juventus could look to him as part of a deal for Panic for Pjanic.

Certainly Barcelona are not keen to subsidise the wages of Coutinho to move to Everton and just want him gone. Philippe Coutinho (AM/LW) after missing out on Bruno Fernandes and Hakim Ziyech Spurs enquired after Coutinho and were told that a loan fee would €30M for a season with an option to buy at €50M at the end of the season with any loaning club paying half his wages. I would expect any interested side to look for a significant reduction in such a deal. The player is being offered around PL sides. Barcelona will have to keep him if no takers are found although with a small amount of money owed to Liverpool still there may be room for them to negotiate - but I don't expect them to be interested. Leicester might offer a solution to get him off the books - but again there would be a need for some negotiation. Right now Barcelona will likely cut their losses and get the best deal they can as soon as they can - his representative may look to some sort of creative deal with an English side (such as Arsenal) - but that could cause a delay but the overall package might need to be something like a loan at a low fee, the player taking a cut on his €215k pw week wages, with Barcelona contributing nothing, and an obligation to buy at a lower figure at the end of next season.

There is no "special" relationship between the clubs.}

1.) 21 Jun 2020 15:57:55
Yep just what we need another LW. Currently 13th and falling by the way. Anyone going to the match later?

2.) 21 Jun 2020 16:27:41
Wow bill - we haven’t even kicked a ball yet in season part 2 and you’re already complaining we’re falling by the way. Thought this break may have changed some perceptions - good to see people still moaning.



18 Jun 2020 15:35:04
Hi, i have a quick question for Ed02 if i may.
I've been reading that Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser has chosen Everton for his free transfer. Have you heard anyhting about this? - That we've either made an approach or whether he's just trying to entice us to make a move for him?
Also, as an LW, if he does come does this mean we can expect little Bernard to be moving elsewhere?


{Ed002's Note - Ryan Fraser (LW/RW) there is interest from Crystal Palace and Spurs. An enquiry from Arsenal led to them being told that the player has wage demands far higher than they were anticipating. Spurs have financial woes and will have to sell to buy this summer so Fraser being a Free Agent will be attractive to them. I am not aware of any declared interest from Everton and I would doubt another LW is being looked for - although Fraser can play on the right as well. He will not be extending his stay at Bournemouth to complete the season.

I am not aware of plans to sell Bernard, but they need to sell Yannick Bolasie at least.}

1.) 18 Jun 2020 15:56:35
Very quick reply, Thank you!
I completely forgot about Bolasie. Him, Bernard, Iwobi, it certainly would be madness to add another LW. I don't include Richarlison because i see him staying as a forward, but whenever needed he's yet another LW so we're stacked there.
And even his versatility on the right, we have again Richarlison when needed as well as Walcott. And if Sidibe stays another year him too. (Unorthodox but C. A. seemed to like utilizing him there) .
All in all not needed unless a mass clearout is on the cards.

{Ed002's Note - Wacott is getting on now and Everton should be looking at a specialist RW to add to the squad. CA would like Adam Ounas.}

2.) 18 Jun 2020 20:22:31
Iwobi was quoted as saying he wants to play centrally, Bernard can play both flanks, Gylfi was poor last season, Walcott’s never fit. we could do worse than adding Fraser assuming his wages aren’t too daft. Ancelotti will likely have other targets though.

3.) 19 Jun 2020 14:36:14
Is it true Bernard want to return to his home country don’t no weather it’s later or asap.

{Ed002's Note - Perhaps at the end of his career but for now he wants to be doing well with Everton.}



05 Apr 2020 16:23:47
Afternoon all.
I sincerely hope everybody is keeping safe and well in this Covid 19 period.

So I'm unsure if this is allowed on here but I'll give it a try and see if it's posted.

I have been playing a little bit of Fifa 20 Ultimate Team to alleviate the boredom. Does anybody like the idea of/ want to participate in a little tournament?

Depending on amount of players and the console used, I'm sure we can arrange a little event.

I'm an Xbox player personally and pretty mediocre so my aim would be to simply not get knocked out first round.

Prize for the winner perhaps? I can offer half a roll of toilet paper and a feb 1987 issue of The Dandy.


1.) 09 Apr 2020 18:32:47
perhaps you can persuade all those dickheads holding street parties and meeting their mates, to play. May help the selfish idiots with their boredom.




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29 Jan 2022 02:14:18
So Lampard is the man it seems. He wasn't the one i wanted personally, but I'm not disappointed by his appointment either. I just felt a couple of others were more suitable. But he gets my absolute support and hopefully he turns out to have the magic touch we need. Could definitely have been a much worse appointment than this.

Quite enjoying the stats popping up now too. My favourites.

1 - Lampard takes over at Everton where our last two managers were both people that managed him as a footballer. (Ancellotti and Rafa) .

2 - Some fans opposed to Lampard claiming he is too young and inexperienced. He is actually older now than Kendall, Moyes, Martinez, and Marco Silva all were when they first took charge of us. Pretty crazy stat that one.

Anyways, good luck Mr. Lampard. Please just save our PL status first and foremost. Fook the FA Cup for this year. Then really put your stamp on us next season onwards.




12 Dec 2021 20:12:07
Please stand up those of you who still think Rafa is our shining light and saviour.
Let this sink in a minute. Rafa has come out and said he is "disappointed" with the Everton fans. He is now starting to blame US for the awful situation we find ourselves in because he will never admit he begged for and took a position he cannot handle, that he is out of his depth and he knows he has zero future. But he won't do the honourable thing and resign, he'll just keep tanking us, seemingly actively sabotaging us until he gets the chop and a nice big payday.
I am horrified that there are still a few fans who think this is the man who can bring back our glory years.


1.) 12 Dec 2021 20:59:02
To be fair he's not blaming the fans for our position, he's having a dig at the boos for taking off an injured player. Otherwise I agree.

2.) 12 Dec 2021 21:08:41
Must admit after watching that today, I was wrong. Thing is I cannot think who would come in to this.



04 Dec 2021 16:10:40
Hey all.
Been a while. Found the last couple of months so awful supporting the mighty EV that i didn't want to come and pour out my very negative feelings.
Usually when people moan that we're doing so bad that we face relegation, i laugh and mock because we always pull through and i never have doubt we'd do it again. But this year - I'm worried. The first time since Wimbledon on final game that i actually think, hey we really are in trouble this year.
I see some of you guys are still backing Rafa but I'm desperate to see him go. He needed a flying start to win over the fans opposed to him in the first place and instead has led us to utter humiliation. He is not the right man for us and keeping him here any longer is just going to destroy us. We can't afford to give him time in the blind hope he suddenly changes his entire footballing approach.
Who do we get though, interesting names being bandied around but i actually think we look to an ex-manager. Bobby Martinez. He wasn't popular, he wasn't successful, but you know what i think - he just wasn't ready. I know it's hard to compare International to Domestic but the guy has evolved massively. He's honed his tactical knowledge, he gets players performing, he didn't win a trophy but he turned Belgium into a team that everyone fears. And unlike last time when he brought with him his favourites from Wigan to many laughs and groans, this time I'd love to see him bring his boys from Belgium.
I'd go for a 6 month deal with a 2 year option to extend if both sides are happy. The pressure is off then. Everyone knows he's brought in short term but there's a carrot dangling for success.


1.) 04 Dec 2021 16:18:00
Silva doing well at Fulham ? As you say Martinez didn't win anything with Belgium hey but he did win a Cup with Wigan.

2.) 04 Dec 2021 16:45:35
Brown shoes are you absolutely kidding? Anyone could get that Belgian side to play, look at the abundance of quality they have. Odds on favourite for every euros and world cup won zero.

3.) 04 Dec 2021 17:57:03
Whitty if your talking to me, of course I am kidding. If you are talking to Worcester, they seem serious.

4.) 04 Dec 2021 18:37:58
Not a bad shout for martinez. Watch the documentary and see how he's developed the Belgium football setup and I think he's learned a lot about tactics etc.

That Belgium team is quality going forward but has ageing defenders and they lost to the eventual winners I last 2 tournaments.

Who would you lot have if they sack rafa?

Rooney, Duncan, unsy. maybe Michael Carrick or ole? Potter won't come here plus Brighton not won in 10.howe got Bournemouth relegated and won't leave geordies. I don't really want any of these but I think we should look at younger manager who can build a project and push an ethos across the whole club

I like nagelsmann (now at bayern) or the guy who replaced him at RBL, Jesse marsch. did really well at salzburg. favre is out of work, I believe or the guy from lille last year won the league in france.

It's a moot point atm because I think brands may go first which is fine by me. I'd rather go back to no DOF and let the manager and scouts choose the players to buy and let the board deal with the financial side.

The manager will then live and die by his signings.

5.) 04 Dec 2021 20:53:14
Absolutely agree geoffjohno re ditch dof and let the manager run the club, re your list of potential managers non of them with the acception of Jesse Marsh, nagglesmann and potter but non of them would touch us with a barge pole. I'd stick with benitez.

{Ed0666's Note - I’m sure the bargepole had a say also

6.) 05 Dec 2021 00:24:49
And if Benitez goes who next.

{Ed0666's Note - Emery hopefully



01 Jul 2021 16:20:08
So it's Rafa, personally i think his appointment is a mistake. It's nothing against his character or ability to do the job, but it's proven so splitting amongst the fan base that i see no end of problems. A constant negative atmosphere created by the fans will not exactly boost team morale will it, and he will have absolutely no margin for error at all.

Anyone know the situation with James? By all accounts he's desperate to escape. So we conclude he only joined because of Carlo but Rafa was his Gaffer too at Madrid. Are there issues between the two or just indifference?
I wonder how Allan feels about this, wasn't Rafa in charge at the beginning of his Napoli career?

Anyways, a new season is on the horizon. I have less optimism for success than i had this time last year, but I'll be backing our boys all the same.


1.) 01 Jul 2021 19:06:24
Different manager could see a totally different starting 11 Worcester.



08 Jun 2021 21:50:29
What is going on, suddenly Potter is favourite to become our new manager. Can just imagine the scenes now - that podgy guy with the moustache rolling along the touchline in his wheelchair shouting in a thick Bolton accent when Richarlison flops to the floor once again "Get with the program D*ckhead, we're trying to win some lager here! "
Shabba :)


{Ed025's Note - love it worcester, i loved phoenix nights..

1.) 08 Jun 2021 22:02:57
It was epic wasn't it Ed025. Maybe we can intimidate opponents if our players go out in tiger facepaint too.




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15 Jan 2022 21:14:17
I said it a few weeks back and I'll say it again, bring back Roberto Martinez. He just wasn't ready when first with us, but i think he has turned into an outstanding Manager (or Head Coach? Still never understood the distinction) with Belgium. Yes he had some supreme talent but he still gave chances to many of the less fancied players and helped them shine. Would many managers really have the balls to bench Edin Hazard in favour of his younger brother? Defensively they weren't the best but when you have to rely on the aging Vertonghen because there are very few options then it's not entirely the fault of the guy in charge.
Martinez has improved without a doubt and would be a much better version of the guy we once put our faith in.

Oh, and please stop making excuses for Mykolenko guys. No more of this "he's young" "he's not played much lately" nonsense. Utterly woeful and that's being nice. Made to look extremely mediocre against Hull and Norwich, so Heaven help us against the many higher quality teams we face. The spot now needs to be taken by Godfrey who we know can do a job at LB/ LWB, allow Mina and Keane/ Branthwaite to get in a groove together and cut out the insistence that Rondon should consistently get in the team. Those very basic changes should be good enough to steer us away from relegation. Only then should we start uprooting the team to make new signings. Safety first at all costs!




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22 Dec 2021 11:24:59
Neither of those signings get me even the slightest bit excited. Sell Digne to be replaced by an unknown Ukrainian lad too, and you think that this proves Rafa is leading some sort of booming revolution at the club.
I personally think he's signing average Joe's that will see us take years to recover from.
How long until Richarlison and DCL are also shipped out, with Rafa claiming they disrupt the club, whereas the reality is he just wants to be like a kid in a candy shop and generate funds to do a bit of shopping in the transfer window. He doesn't care if these players are worse than who they replace, he just likes throwing money about.

Rafa out!




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24 Jun 2021 18:04:17
I'm not saying playing style, I'm saying how they completely flopped and were found to be well out of their depth in the Prem. Both move on and get a few good performances in weaker leagues since. It doesn't make either a good player. Yet excuses are made for Renato and people try to justify us signing him.
And btw, "physically has everything" is such an overstatement. The occasional shot from distance that could be a wonder goal if it goes in (which it almost never does) but other than that he is exceptionally mediocre.




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24 Jun 2021 16:51:11
Come on guys, he's just not good enough and he's proven that.
It's all well and good praising a handful of performances because you're wetting your pants about a new possible signing, but he's always going to flop in the end and everyone knows it. He's basically repeating the form of Davy Klaasen. Aren't you going to give him the same justification for gash performance and effort as well?




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23 Jun 2021 20:00:26
Its not as if any manager is in a position to do anything right now, with international tournaments and players on holiday. Right now we still have time to consider options with zero impact on preparations for the upcoming season.





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30 Mar 2022 22:12:00
Id say let's not try replacing Allan with a makeshift CDM. let's go attacking and try to outscore the problems caused by a leaky defence.
My team obviously relies on returns from injury but.
GK - Pickford
LWB - Godfrey
RWB - Coleman
CBs - Mina and Branthwaite
CMs - Doucoure and DVDB
LW - Grey
RW - Gordon
CFs - Richarlison and DCL.

I don't rate Mykolenko at all. Patterson i just don't think is quite ready yet. Let him settle and get a proper chance starting next season. Coleman certainly isn't the player he once was, but he adores this club and us a warrior. He will give his absolute all to help us avoid relegation.
No CDM is possibly a risk but DVDB seems to work his ass off trying to break up play and get back to defend so i think he'd keep us covered. We would be at risk of being overrun through center of midfield but with such attacking lineup, I don't think West Ham would be prepared for that and would have to keep a good amount of players sitting deeper incase of counters and breakaways, so that should in theory reduce the threat of them bullying us into our own third.
I just want to see us go for broke for once really.




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06 Aug 2021 10:22:35
Was the lack of punctuation an accident or a deliberate ploy to see if anyone can read that whole sentence on just one breath?




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04 Aug 2021 11:42:51
If it was simply a fine for a breach of FFP then i actually think Mr. Modhiri would roll the dice and risk it, he doesn't hold back when it comes to stumping up funds so far.
I imagine the possibility of a transfer ban is why we can't (If that is one of the punishments available, I'm not actually sure) . Say we breached and received a ban, then next year we can't hold on to Digne, Doucoure, DCL and Richarlison. Our best four would be gone, we wouldn't be able to sign replacements, and our first eleven would be in tatters, i dread to even think what team we'd be able to field at that point. It may seem like an unlikely scenario but all 4 are players who will have potential suitors if they have another good season so not exactly a shock if offers arrived.
Based on a possibility like that does anyone really think we should still go out and buy players this window?




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03 Aug 2021 00:28:25
Ed002, you said there is a good example of a club owed money by a player but zero chance they'll ever get it. Is that Chelsea and Adrian Mutu? Or am i remembering much too far back and there are more recent examples? Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - Yes.}



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20 Jul 2021 08:43:42
Settle down guys, insinuations about guilt are much too premature.
As it stands he's being questioned, it's too early to know what the situation is.
Clearly he messaged whomever, but in this day and age he might not have realised their age. Everybody jacks up their age to get on certain sites so it could be a case of he assumed they were 18+ due to the platform being used.
Unless there is evidence that he was told the real age, or it was obviously known, then let's not jump the gun and persecute him.
If he is guilty then he will get the punishment he deserves and justifiably so, but for now just wait until the full story emerges.


{Ed025's Note - your spot on worcester mate..