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05 Aug 2020 12:03:17
Think Carlo is going to find like every Manager before him at Everton. With Transfers you don't get the player you want, you get the player you are given. Difference is with Carlo, Everton don't have the lee way to hum and hah, he will just walk.


{Ed002's Note - It will be much better now. He wants and will get Ivanovich to give experience - but at 36 it will only be in the short term.}

1.) 05 Aug 2020 13:45:21
I like that reply from Ed - sounds more positive than usual, hoping that’s because the third party advisors are long gone and brands and Carlo working together.

Ivanovic for experience on a short term deal sounds ok. Just hope it’s not because we’ve missed out on Gabriel.

Be interesting to see how the window progresses for us.

Probably 90% of the players we are being linked with are not even on our radar just click bait or stories to try and spur other interested teams in to bidding.

Brands I believe had already come out and said probably only 2-3 signings this window - let’s hope they are good ones.

Majority of his work this window will be continuing to move players on.

{Ed002's Note - Brands and Ancelotti have better control but have to work within a budget.}

2.) 05 Aug 2020 14:07:31
Cheers Ed. Good to hear they have better control.

Whilst it’s frustrating as a fan to hear the word budget as most fans would love their team to go out and spend x amount to buy the player they think will make the difference. £35mil Allan, £25mil Gabriel, £50mil Edouard, etc.

It’s totally understandable that those days are gone for us.
We’re a mid table team at best at the moment with no European football income.

We have to spend within our means and make sure we start making the right decisions in the transfer market.

We’ve been crazy in the market before and we are running the risk of breaching FFP.

Hopefully we can strike a good balance this window of moving some players on and replacing wisely.

There’s also a moral issue as the C.V. C.V. has also severely affected incomes - not just football clubs but those of the fans.

I’m not sure how I’d feel seeing the team spend £40mil on a player then pay him £100k+ per week when there are probably 1000’s of fans out there who have lost probably lost their jobs because of the C.V. But will still spend what money they have on supporting the team.

Will be interesting to see if the C.V. puts transfer fees and wages in to any perspective.

{Ed002's Note - Many clubs are in serious financial trouble and many (e.g. Barcelona) are looking for players to take wage cuts.}

3.) 05 Aug 2020 14:10:07
Carlo coming to the Club has been a huge positive. Thanks for the reply Ed002.

4.) 05 Aug 2020 15:33:47
Thanks for the reply Ed.
On the Barcelona financial issues - I imagine they are still keen to move Tobido on, I remember we were previously linked to him but was reported we weren’t keen on the deal offered (possible buy back clause) do we still hold an interest or has that now gone?

{Ed002's Note - Jean-Clair Todibo is still an option for Everton. Jean-Clair Todibo (CB) will be sold with a buy-back clause and €25M - plenty of interest but Barcelona do not see him as good enough - was available in January and is being offered around to clubs including Everton who may well look to push for him, Manchester United and Inter. Milan have had talks but concerns over injuries saw a lower bid made and rejected. General interest from RBL (gone), Rennes Bayer Leverkusen and Southampton but no discussions. His agent has offered him to Napoli as a Kalidou Koulibaly replacement but they have their mind set on another. Roma are being messed around over another player and have turned to declare an interest in J-CT but it looks like that issue will be resolved - so they will drop interest.}

5.) 05 Aug 2020 16:46:03
Thanks for the reply.
Will be interesting to see how our recruitment pans out over this window.



01 Dec 2019 22:00:07
Ed002 a call out. Benitez a possibility?


{Ed002's Note - He won’t want to be the assistant to Moyes BCT.}

1.) 01 Dec 2019 22:22:09
Whoa moyes coming.

2.) 01 Dec 2019 22:24:01
Do I know you Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Obviously I cannot answer that.}

3.) 02 Dec 2019 00:32:53
Please, let it be benitez.

4.) 02 Dec 2019 15:39:19
alrite everyone first time blue on here i thought we played well yesterday okay we lost in the end like but just think its time for silva to go with derby coming up this wednesday its not ideal i would like see eddy howe get job with big dunc as his number 2 but just my opinion or maybe rafa Benítez he can go back basics sort defence out none this zonal marking that seen in last few weeks but again just my opinion.

{Ed025's Note - welcome to the madhouse andy..

5.) 02 Dec 2019 16:42:45
(ed025) who would you want as next manager that you think could do good job at goodison with current players there.

{Ed025's Note - i dont think im the person to ask andy, i have been happy with our choices previously only to get bitten on the arse every time mate, i can tell you who i dont want though...moyes, hughes, allardyce or howe, we need a serial winner who will shake things up imo..

6.) 02 Dec 2019 17:46:10
fair enough ed just thought with eddy howe doing good job at bournemouth and also being a blue aswell he might know club bit more and maybe give us some stability that he has done for bournemouth aswell but thanks for reply ed.

{Ed001's Note - Howe is someone that suffers from the exact same issues as Martinez and Silva - can't organise a defence.}

7.) 02 Dec 2019 21:20:19
So you’re saying he fits the profile?

8.) 02 Dec 2019 22:29:06
What’s people’s thoughts on bielsa from Leeds?



31 Jul 2017 17:18:42
Everton ready 'huge' third offer for Sigurdson. 'Player plus 45 Mill' is the rumour. If they are serious and a third offer would indicate they are, then why haven't they offered the 50 Mill, Swansea can then take it or leave it and we can all move on.


1.) 31 Jul 2017 17:40:42
I've heard the same, but that this is an agreed approach between the two clubs. fingers crossed this one gets over the line and then we can focus on bringing some speed to work alongside that quality.

2.) 31 Jul 2017 18:50:25
Ed any news of this.

{Ed025's Note - i know nothing about this rich mate..



28 Dec 2016 19:52:25
van dyke must be worth 60 mill after that start against spuds.


1.) 28 Dec 2016 20:25:35
Just gone down by 20 million, he lost out on a header by Ali who scored!

2.) 28 Dec 2016 21:23:59
yep noticed and was just about to post but you beat me to it. Funny how the commentators missed what was obvious to us.

3.) 29 Dec 2016 11:41:41
Well after that result surely we should get him on a free now. 😀.



03 Dec 2016 21:37:24
The scale of Koeman's job is becoming more and more apparent every week now. Catch22 without the players we cannot progress and we cannot progress unless we can attract the players and to attract the players we need to be at least top 6.

Ergo as much as we want things to happen in the January window, nobody of quality will come unless we:
A) Pay over the odds

B) Pay wages over the odds


1.) 03 Dec 2016 23:03:31
It does seem that is likely to be the case until we establish our credentials!

2.) 03 Dec 2016 23:25:27
Get the chequebook out farhad.

3.) 04 Dec 2016 18:40:38
Have to agree there is no quick fix to oour problems but let's see more youngsters given a go. Holgate was excellent today and Davies deserves a chance.




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02 May 2021 12:08:42
So on top of our lot getting creamed again it doesn't get better for me. Daughter marrying a red this afternoon so it is grit teeth and smile pleasantly while he and his lot are glued to the Utd v Liverpool game. 'Grandaughter' to me "don't worry Grandad, I will look after you", 😇.


1.) 02 May 2021 12:23:51
good luck, hopefully you will get the last laugh.

2.) 02 May 2021 12:46:32
A long season Bill, loads of ups and downs but in the end they won the same as us.



23 Apr 2021 22:51:05
Terrible game but won 1-0, found a way (with a little help) . Top sides find a way, playing ugly ir playing well. Take 1-0 any day.


1.) 24 Apr 2021 00:20:12
As has been said before the midfield is the problem. Gomes can't find a player in blue with his passes, James today lost the ball often and Siggy spent most of the time in his own half defending. Yes will take the win but midfield has to be a priority in the summer transfer window. we need attacking midfielders who can move the ball from defense to attack quickly and accurately.

2.) 24 Apr 2021 05:30:24
James lost the ball to often as he’s a positive player looking forward for a pass with no options. Then had to find other ideas. He’s a quality player and anything about us going forward started with him. Always wanted the ball always looks for it. That’s a player in my eyes.

3.) 24 Apr 2021 08:12:19
Agree with you Jim. Think at times he just looks exasperated by the lack of movement and options when he has the ball.

4.) 24 Apr 2021 10:12:29
We are missing a Tim Cahill type box to box player with his passion.

5.) 24 Apr 2021 10:43:18
Why the negativity? . we just won at Arsenal for the first time in 25 years?
You sure your a blue?

6.) 24 Apr 2021 19:41:42
Not being negative just realistic. Yes great to win but this is a discussion forum and having been a supporter for 75 years since I went to my first game at 6, and having been to Goodison probably more times than you I object to the comment about being s Blue.



13 Mar 2021 22:02:08
Quite simple really. Lack of squad depth, lack of quality and most of all lack of guts. The other most obvious is that these lads are not fit enough.




09 Mar 2021 06:37:29
Beaten by a better team and beaten in mid field. To use an American Football example, we need a Mahomes protected by a couple of midfield clones based on DCL and Richarlison's tenacity and skill. Ancelloti and Brands will get us there.


1.) 09 Mar 2021 10:58:09
Chealsea look a pretty decent side in fairness, but our midfield left a lot to be desired, with sig iwobi and gomes, there just not a trio that suit the game together unfortunately, to easily over ran, slow and not likely to stick a foot in, always disappointed with a loss but happy with season so far.

2.) 09 Mar 2021 12:52:27
Agreed been saying this for a long time, we have a good defense and good attacking options. In fact we have good defensive midfielders but we don't have that midfield link that can keep possession, move the ball forward with speed and produce that killer pass. We need two midfielders in the summer, as well as a right back.

3.) 10 Mar 2021 08:10:44
Agree totally BlueMike, but I think the problem is a little deeper than that. We are excellent in both boxes for the most part, but basically we don't have a team of very good passers. Sure its more noticeable in midfield but even up top neither DCL or Richy I would say are great passers of the ball - just means we struggle to retain possession or build up sustained pressure.

A decent ball playing midfielder with a bit of pace to replace Gomes would help, but with having to play Dacoure and Allan/ Davies that would mean either foregoing that wide right midfielder/ winger we all want or ditching Rodriguez/ Sugurdsson the only players who can pick a pass.

Don't envy CAs task in solving this one bit.



01 Mar 2021 12:53:16
Now come on boys, another two games in hand, don't mess it up.


1.) 01 Mar 2021 13:11:57
How many times have we said that this season!

2.) 01 Mar 2021 17:17:55
Team needs to be positive from the off. Need an early goal and pretend we’re playing away.

3.) 01 Mar 2021 19:40:10
Turn off z cars and make em get changed in the carpark. That should convince them they are away.

4.) 01 Mar 2021 19:47:19
This time c'mon blues!

5.) 01 Mar 2021 22:12:48
Wo Blue
Put a lottery bet in! U fit your wish.

6.) 01 Mar 2021 22:33:05
A win which is great but not a convincing performance. Why do we constantly get into offside positions especially in dead ball situations? It cost us a goal today and made things tighter at the end than they should have been.




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09 May 2021 13:45:21
I would have whoever knows how to play football, wants to play football and has the bottle to carry it through.




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28 Feb 2021 22:07:22
Let's see what Carlo does. Three at the back with two wb's works for me. The quandry comes as to who plays the 10.




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27 Jan 2021 13:18:55
Not sure if Teams would rather face us without James. Him playing on the right gives Teams a free run down their left. Play him through the middle with Iwobi as RWB and that is a more solid option.




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16 Jan 2021 23:37:37
Could go off the boil.





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09 May 2021 19:45:42
Yet he was one of our more productive players. We are looking from camera view, managers/ coaches look from pitch view. The lad did well.




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09 May 2021 19:42:28
Andy not exactly fantastic, they did a job, exactly what with that setup we should be doing. We have a good core but what we do have (a weakness) is an excellent World renowned manager but (a big but) one set in his tactical ways. Hopefully two more windows we will be consistent top 6 ay least.




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09 May 2021 19:21:29
Game in hand means zilch with this lot. What is needed is a Sports Psychologist.




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09 May 2021 19:19:51
Two up top works, three at the back works (away) . Five mid works (away) . let's find a way of adapting that ar home.




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09 May 2021 07:29:47
Branky. Hard to punish an act when nothing actually happened. Fixtures were fulfilled, no withdrawals from FIFA, FA or EUFA competitions.