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14 Jan 2020 11:34:10
Question for the Ed's, after signing Jarrod Branthwaite it has been quoted the centre half will be put into the u23 team, would this have an impact on Lewis Gibson's future or has any of the Ed's got any update on his contract that we are trying to get Gibson to sign.


{Ed002's Note - It is unrelated to Lewis Gibson. A couple of minor injuries, game time has dried up and without some sort of road map for his future, so the player has to consider options away from Everton. This may be a loan or sale which include old club Newcastle, Southampton, Ipswich, Brighton, Rangers and possibly Celtic. Feyenoord, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Hoffenheim and AZ Alkmaar all offer options a little further afield.}

1.) 14 Jan 2020 12:41:28
Thanks Ed.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

2.) 14 Jan 2020 14:17:20
hopefully he signs a new deal and goes out on loan this month, if not fear could be back to newcastle on a free, he's good mates with the longstaff brothers and seeing them start regularly for their boyhood team may entice him.



26 Oct 2019 22:54:27
1 point away from home all season, a fixture list I would have struggled to hand pick better myself And we are heading into free fall.

Make no mistake the Watford game is massive on Tuesday, lose this and I think he will be gone, how ironic if it's Watford that gets him the sack.

I still say when the Chinese league finishes end of November, Benetiz will be approached, if he hasn't been already, then it's a question of what we do until then.

I will finish by saying I fully expect Everton to win on Tuesday, we are at home, this is the game that is keeping Silva in a job, so I fully expect Silva to go all guns blazing for this game and put out the big guns, with very few changes in the team.

This game will give him some breathing space for now.

Over to you Marco.


1.) 27 Oct 2019 09:05:01
Get what your saying but what about the players? In my opinion he had a decent starting 11 yesterday but they couldn’t do it. Substitutes not great but as much as we’re all on silva back surely the players have to take some blame in all this mess?

2.) 27 Oct 2019 09:24:48
''1 point away from home all season, ''

BigNev, this away points thing has been my mantra for weeks now and the home and away matches (PL) are always going to be integral to each other, we went on the road, and btw I don't care to where neither, with a spring in our step and under those circumstances the players we have should come back with the bacon, ready for our next home game.
This is not happening under the present manager!

3.) 27 Oct 2019 12:46:15
The attitude of some players is really poor, I hate singling people out but Keane and Pickford have been disgraceful since their first game, neither have made any improvements, I think Mason/ Mina at the back, and I would give Lossl a few games. its time the other two to be dropped and let's see if they work hard to get recalled, judging by their career at us so far, they would never come back in. Silva too scared to drop poor players though, I just don't understand.

4.) 27 Oct 2019 14:08:44
i really would hope that an approach for a top manager with PROVEN experience is being sourced as we speak, rafa or jose for me, statement signing, give the players a kick up the arse and also the ability to attract big name players, just my opinion before i get shot down.

{Ed002's Note - statement to whom?

5.) 27 Oct 2019 21:04:37
Why should the Watford game keep him in the job, are we advocating papering the cracks. Simply not a Premiership Manager. This is like walking through mud laced with superglue.

6.) 27 Oct 2019 21:06:36
Benitez for me. Whether he would accept a DoF is the question.

7.) 27 Oct 2019 22:07:32
A really convincing win over Watford would I imagine be a 'lifeline' though only temporary, imo his failure to get a decent run of form this term has put his head irrevocably on the chopping block .

8.) 27 Oct 2019 22:25:08
If Benitez is against DoF, then I’d employ two of them just to make sure we don’t ever get him.

9.) 29 Oct 2019 10:17:36
If beating Watford tonight is a reason to keep Silva then are standards have sunk and we deserve to be relegated.

10.) 29 Oct 2019 11:32:18
''If beating Watford tonight is a reason to keep Silva ''

DC, It's the Trophy that holds it's draws in supermarkets not the 'World Cup' mate 🙄.



02 Feb 2019 00:30:37
Last year we would have let Gaye leave for the first bid and panicked and brought Michy Bats in for the £35 Million.

I am liking the way we stood firm on Gaye and did not do any last minute twitching.

Managed to get a few out on loan as well.

With our season as good as over worth giving Tosun an extended run until the end of the season, draft Hornby into the squad and give him the odd game time.

Overall whether we finish 7th or 11 or lower, we can experiment and see if any stand up to the task.

Regroup in the Summer and take stock what needs to be done long term with incomings and out goings.

Players have 4 months to prove themselves, so although we are playing to finish as high as possible, these next 4 months will structure the future of our football club, those who want to stay and fight, and those that get found out and shipped off.


1.) 02 Feb 2019 07:36:58
Well said Bignev I actually think the Jan transfer window was a good one for us, we didn't panic buy we didn't lose any important players and our youth went on loan deals which will benefit us and them in the future. As you say 4 months now for the players to show themselves though I'm betting Brands already has knows who's going and has identified players roll on the summer.

2.) 02 Feb 2019 08:03:11
Good posts lads.

3.) 02 Feb 2019 09:29:27
Seems like a good idea to me Nev/ Lee.

4.) 02 Feb 2019 12:23:19
I do think DCL could have done with a loan to get more experience but once Niasse went it would leave us short.
Good posts above as January is not the time to do business unless desperate. Hopefully a few results for us over the next few weeks. What better way for Marco and the team to get over the Anfield game to beat them at Goodison.

5.) 02 Feb 2019 12:46:32
But we are Desperate? WTF, Edd this site is full of ostriches,

6.) 02 Feb 2019 13:03:50
Thank goodness there are only a couple of Doom slayers on here.

7.) 02 Feb 2019 17:09:58
We would just end up with more bolasie's, walcotts and Tosun's. can't just throw money at people when things are not going well. We have spent how much and we are crap. We need a smarter more calculated and progressive method. Not panic buying. The season is f****d. We can't rescue it.

8.) 02 Feb 2019 17:47:34
GuernseyBlue even you can not be happy with that today?

9.) 02 Feb 2019 18:44:35
Should have signed the Black Cat, was more movement in the Cat than that pile of rubbish today.

10.) 03 Feb 2019 23:45:49
Bit harsh to say he needs to get result against city to save his job but I do think he needs a performance and a sign that we have worked on defending set pieces but then Man City don’t really put ball into box that much from set plays.



25 Jan 2019 19:34:47
Let's hope we take the fa cup seriously and put out a strong squad for tomorrow.

One game at a time and if we get the win, all we need is a couple of kind draws to go our way.

Anyway first things first, let's get the job done tomorrow, no 6 changes please Silva.




20 Jan 2019 21:53:46
Looking like we will not be getting our striker this January, unless we offload some players.

Cannot see anyone paying for any of the players we want to offload.

Tosun will be wanted by Turkish teams but only on loan, cannot see anyone beating the door down to sign Schnids.

The only player I can see leaving is Gaye at the right price, then we need to fill his position.

We have dug ourselves into a hole by allowing players to go out on loan, even Cardiff saw through us and went for the loan option.

So unless we somehow manage to get a few sales by putting a more realistic price on our players, expect it to be a quiet January.


1.) 21 Jan 2019 10:54:05
Its been stated on numerous occasions the club will be doing very little if any business during the January window. I can't see the problem with that either we won't get relegated and won't finish in the top 4. The current squad is good enough for the time being in my opinion.

2.) 21 Jan 2019 11:17:32
The squad is good enough but they don't play as a team. In the real world some of them would get the sack on capability.

3.) 21 Jan 2019 12:38:28
More like dereliction of duty Pensarn. I agree also with sa90. It’s shaping to be a mid table season so why panick? Get the striker early in the summer window ready for a pre season then no more excuses.

4.) 21 Jan 2019 12:45:42
Hi toffee, I know if I put a shift in like some of them do, then I know I would have been up in front of the manager mate.

5.) 21 Jan 2019 13:30:50
Not sure how much a new striker would improve this team. We are not generating enough chances so even the best strikers would have a hard time. We started the season with some good attacking style play but even then we had games which were poor and this has now become the norm rather than the exception. It seems that Silva has plan A and when this does not work the players have no idea what to do resulting in mistakes, poor passing, low confidence and general malaise. The opposition now know how to play against us and if Silva can't find a plan B or C then it will only get worse regardless of whom plays. At the moment we are a a bunch of individual players and not a team.

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

6.) 21 Jan 2019 15:35:59
Certainly worth putting Hornby in the squad for the cup game.

7.) 21 Jan 2019 16:48:59
Hi Eds02, nice to see your quiet about my so called 5 game prediction. It only lasted 2 games. What's going wrong with us mate?

{Ed002's Note - The problem is the lopsided squad, the lack of RW, not playing Tosun and having Silva as a coach.~

8.) 21 Jan 2019 17:47:59
Not much down for us then Eds.

9.) 21 Jan 2019 19:12:36
Ed002. can't see Silva going until the end of the year, if then. Any ideas about who might be a suitable replacement given availability and the state we are in?

{Ed002's Note - The club are looking to up their profile and are taking advice - ironically from the guy who pushed the side toward Silva. Right now I am not aware of the club looking for someone new. Again, this is rather a self inflicted wound and has resulted in a lop-sided squad that needs work - there might be 10 or 12 players available to leave but that is a lot of work to undertake. If there is no trust in Tosun, a decent player, then a CF is needed - but they could have grabbed Sala at a reasonable price and decided not to.}

10.) 21 Jan 2019 21:09:42
Ed002 -are you not a fan of silva’s?

{Ed002's Note - Are yo? Would you not rather have the relative success of Martinez, Allardyce and Koeman as compared to Silva? A mistake from day one as I have explained.}




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18 Aug 2021 00:22:42
Not sure if fellow Evertonians agree, but I think in time, Niels Nkounkou will end up as a left sided midfielder.

I know we got the player as a left back, but he seems comfortable playing high up on the left, can take players on and has a decent cross on him.

Might just be me, but I just feel with him and Digne on the left, Richarlison moved to the middle with Calvert-Lewin, it could click into place.


1.) 19 Aug 2021 11:32:37
We don't agree on anything nev 🤣.



18 Aug 2021 00:22:42
Not sure if fellow Evertonians agree, but I think in time, Niels Nkounkou will end up as a left sided midfielder.

I know we got the player as a left back, but he seems comfortable playing high up on the left, can take players on and has a decent cross on him.

Might just be me, but I just feel with him and Digne on the left, Richarlison moved to the middle with Calvert-Lewin, it could click into place.


1.) 18 Aug 2021 09:37:28
I think he would do well further forward yeah.

2.) 18 Aug 2021 13:59:41
Worked well with Bale moving forward, a few have switched about if they are versatile.



05 Aug 2021 15:23:00
Just want to give a special mention to Ed02 in regards to ffp.

This has been discussed over the years, and on many occasions the Ed has gone over it time and again how Everton are close to the wind of our limit.

It is now plain to see that Everton are on a sell to buy basis, due to mismanagement of transfers and wages, over the years.

I know the Ed has taken stick over this with some who thought knew better, with having a rich owner.

I would like to be the first to apologise for thinking this way, that we would be fine with ffp.

In future, I will be happy to take the Ed's knowledge.

Finally Benitez has been handed a very tough job, it will not be easy for the guy, with lack of funds, we really need to get behind the guy, and ride through the stormy seas ahead, until we can once again get our finances back on track.


{Ed002's Note - Don't worry about apologising.}

1.) 05 Aug 2021 22:53:58
Its devastating but this mess we are in could take another 5 years to get out of. It really is disappointing to be left in this position when we are desperate for a shake up.

2.) 06 Aug 2021 00:00:44
DG it is a mess but would hope it would be sorted sooner than 5yrs.
Winning a cup and a top 6 finish this season would have a positive effect.
Selling one of our top players would also help so if we don’t win a cup or finish in European places I’d imagine at least one of Richarlison, DCL, digne, Godfrey may go.

3.) 06 Aug 2021 01:00:06
Totally agree good you're spot on mate.

4.) 06 Aug 2021 09:58:46
Catch 22, years of over inflated wages in order to attract some 'also ran' players, (players that viewed our average Club as desperate so ergo a convenient cash cow) , has created our current predicament. Rafa has come in knowing this, let's hope he is up to it and importantly deserves our full support.

5.) 06 Aug 2021 10:36:10
It won’t take that long if the club continue to reduce the wage bill. Something they have already taken large steps forward on.
It may actually work in our favour in the long run, because it could give some of our young players the opportunity to break into the first team, instead of being farmed out on loan.

6.) 06 Aug 2021 14:14:46
The 5 year thing was just my guess, I hope that we can sort it out quicker, but a lot of these expendable players have got 2/ 3 years on their deal, then another 2 years rebuilding. This summer is crucial, but Rafa is shrewd and I think he coupd be the right man to turn the squad around, given time to do so.



15 Apr 2021 13:31:31
Everton u18 v Chelsea 5th round is live now on YouTube, Everton are currently 1 nil up at ht.


1.) 15 Apr 2021 14:38:02
Everton won 2-1, nicked it at the end, goalie mistake.

2.) 16 Apr 2021 07:56:24
Watched it I felt for the Chelsea Keeper at the end poor kid making that mistake hopefully he gets over it quickly.



14 Mar 2021 00:15:05
Another bad Day at the office today, Iwobi has taken a lot of stick, but I thought for the first 35 mins, he was one of our better players, then we moved him out wide and he was not as effective.

We have to remember that these are the players we have had for the past years, midfield just not good enough and no strength in depth.

When we have Allan, Doucoure, James fit, we look much stronger, however we have never had an extended run, with all three players in the team, add to that a few Months when both our right and left back we're both missing, we have had to have Godfrey playing all over the defence from right to left.

If you look at the bigger picture, if we can get a right back in, we look strong in defence.

Allan, Doucoure and hopefully a fit Gabamin in midfield could make us so much stronger, I feel since his injury, Gomes has lost his metal, that might return next season, still say we rushed him back too soon, for me I would go all out for Abrahams, should Chelsea decide to offload him.

Still some work to do, but I think Carlo, s first signings of Allan, Doucoure, Godfrey and Allan, have improved our team.

A rebuild and wise transfer dealings in the summer will be interesting.

Let us be honest, anything we achieved this season was a bonus, we know the squad is not strong enough, but we need to be patient, recruit wisely, and hope we have better luck on the injury front next season.


1.) 14 Mar 2021 07:45:49
Good post big nev I'm in the same mindset as you to this team, the players carlo inherited continue to let him and us down with the exception of a couple, truthfully I didn't expect us to do so well this season but it offers a glimpse to the future once carlo has built his team.

2.) 14 Mar 2021 09:07:05
Totally agree with above . The biggest disappointment is that this season is so open top four was achievable . Rome wasn’t built in a day so leave it to Carlo and eventually we will be up there challenging constantly.




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24 Aug 2021 23:37:12
Where would Small fit in at Everton, does not get a look-in with Digne there, then you have Nkounkou as back up for Digne, for me Small is third choice left back.

Shame to lose him, but at the same time, for me unless either Digne or Nkounkou is sold, the lad has zero chance, in front of those two.




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23 Aug 2021 19:27:00
Best to try and get Hoppe if they can, little outlay, but would see us through, should Kean and James go late in the transfer window, no panic buying with any players we let go, take stock and weigh up the options, and use the money wisely, in the January window.




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20 Aug 2021 15:55:21
Hi Blu99, I think Lonergan was cover, due to Virginia leaving and if rumour is right, our young goalie Harry Tyrer has picked up a knock, so think it is more cover for the youth team, than the first team.




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12 Aug 2021 23:30:31
Doubt it Cookie, Daucoure has already been told by the boss, he wants him to play in a more attacking midfielder role, for the coming season.




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08 Aug 2021 23:37:37
Fat Chris, I have been saying for a while now, Everton have gone backwards, since having first Walsh, and now Brands in.





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06 Sep 2021 14:17:08
Sorry to be in a minority of one, but I think Brands gets an easy ride with some, our problems started when we brought Walsh in, followed by Brands. Since then we have gone backwards.

Brands has had two years to find a right back, and to try and offload some of the players, yet the only ones who left, are the ones who had their contracts ending, with the exception of Bernard.

I have no doubt the players we brought in, were Raffa choices, something Moyes did well, when he worked without a director of football.

Maybe in time Raffa and Brands will work closer together, but I certainly believe Brands needs to do a lot more, before he convinces me, he is a big asset to our club.




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26 Aug 2021 21:18:45
The problem with Smaill is he has Digne and Nkoukou as our left backs, unless Nkoukou is going to played as a left wing midfielder, where I think he would be better suited, then there is no way Small is going to compete with those two, at left back, so much as we might be losing a player of the future, we are already blessed with two decent left backs.




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20 Aug 2021 15:58:33
All I know is Godfrey has not been in for training, so he either has another couple of Days in isolation, or it has now ended but might be a risk throwing in from the start, with little preparation, I would certainly start Mina before Holgate.




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14 Aug 2021 22:55:54
It will Ed0066, if we go a goal up in the Derby and all 4 corners of the ground are chanting Rafa, s name.


{Ed0666's Note - thats some clockwork orange stuff there mate 😂



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24 Jul 2021 00:15:51
Ed02, you need to sort your predictive text out, last line has typed dropped into the Championship, instead of dropped into the Champions League. :-)