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07 Jun 2020 17:00:01
Ed002, have you heard anything about Belotti being linked to Everton? I've seen a few things in the press over last month or so and today there is one story saying we are about to offer 44m for his services. Is it just paper talk or does it have any legs?


{Ed002's Note - Andrea Belotti (S) Napoli (whose need has gone away), Atletico Madrid and Milan have certainly all approached Torino about Belotti and have been told he is not for sale. I am not aware of an approach by Everton but it makes no sense at all.}

1.) 07 Jun 2020 20:51:30
Thanks ed002. Yeah, I'd certainly expect other clubs would be more attractive to him if he did become available.

2.) 08 Jun 2020 09:57:45
Wouldnt of thought we would have the money to spend in this window for bellotti and it's one area of the team that isn't in need of imminent strengthening due to the form of dcl and richarlison and of course Kean. I think if there's going to be any money spent this window then are priority would have to be a centre back. But according to some reports we will just be looking at loans for this window.



25 Aug 2018 11:23:03
Some media outlets reporting than a loan move to Villa for Bolasie has been confirmed. Good luck to the lad.


{Ed002's Note - I understand it was completed early this morning and will be formally announced later. They are in the midst of making a flurry of loan signings.}

1.) 25 Aug 2018 11:57:30
Cheers for the info ed002, let's hope he gets some game time with them that he wouldn't get with us. It's a shame he got a serious injury in his first season as he never really got going for us after that.

{Ed002's Note - Your right - no one really knows right now what he will be capable of this season. Worth keeping an eye on him.}

2.) 25 Aug 2018 12:40:42
They’ve done one of those unveiling videos which is actually very funny to watch. Up the Villa.



09 Aug 2018 13:54:41
Sky reporting that Besic is off to Middlesborough for around 5m. I wish the lad all the best, he's been unlucky with injuries since he signed for us.


1.) 09 Aug 2018 14:08:57
Good luck to him. He plays with passion every time he puts on the shirt. I still remember when he mugged Yaya Toure off.

2.) 09 Aug 2018 14:21:04
BBC reporting Bolaisie to Burnley is a possibility.



04 Aug 2018 13:40:35
Just been trawling the internet and there is an article on Chelsea's Kurt Zouma. It says he has been stripped of his squad number and suggests he might be available for a transfer. The article links him to EFC, probably more because we are in the market for one or two cb's.
Eds, do you know of him being made available by Chelsea or is it just a baseless rumour?


{Ed002's Note - Well he hasn't been "stripped" of his squad number but he is available and there have been discussions with a couple of sides.}

1.) 04 Aug 2018 13:53:18
Cheers ed, was taking it with a pinch of salt as I've never heard of the site that reported it. Thanks for the swift reply.

2.) 04 Aug 2018 21:32:18
He's got to be better than what we have here but think we going to need 2 centre backs as it looks as if time as caught up with jags.

3.) 04 Aug 2018 22:04:54
Totally agree, David, but one would be a good start!



15 May 2018 22:44:01
So it looks like the majority of us will have some good news tomorrow! But who should be the man to take the hot seat? Silva seems to be the main name being bandied around but I'm not convinced he is the right man for the job. He took Hull out of the relegation zone only for them to plummet back down and, eventually get relegated.

He started well with Watford but then went on a bad run and was sacked. The 'official' Watford reason was that he had his head turned by us wanting permission to speak to us. If that's true then would this happen again if he comes and does well enough for other clubs to want to talk to him? Reminds me of Martinez so, with all the above considered, I'd rather he wasn't given the job.

After thinking long and hard, there is only one man with the experience of the league and that would probably have a bit of pulling power. It pains me to say it, believe me, but that man is Benitez. I know ed25 won't be happy but is there a better qualified man out there?

It's all hyperthetical as I don't even know if he would be interested but we need a strong character in charge, if only to stabilise the club and create a base from where we can grow from over the next few seasons.
The board have to be decisive and get this appointment right. If we install a new manager and it all goes wrong, maybe fireman Sam the gravy guzzler can come back for a few games and get us out of trouble!





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28 Aug 2020 14:59:24
Just read a report that Watford want to take a player on loan from us as part of a deal for Doucoure. Obviously, you can't believe anything that's on the internet but it got me thinking that it could be a good move for Tom Davies providing Watford are interested of course.
What do you all think? I believe there is a decent player in TD and that it might be better for him to get out of the city and concentrate on his football, it must be hard for him with a large section of the fan base on his back. Whether you like him as a player or not, do you think he would benefit from being away from EFC for a season?


1.) 28 Aug 2020 15:25:42
Absolutely think Tom would benefit from a loan away both with his game and the mental side.

2.) 28 Aug 2020 15:48:44
Makes good sense to me bluepotato.

3.) 28 Aug 2020 16:24:28
Just like ed2 said, we'd make a big mistake to try to offer a lesser player. Be perfect for Tom and perhaps ideal club too as they surely will be strong challenger for promotion. If TD does well, I reckon he'd be great for them, it'd be a nice bonus for a stronger transfer fee. Just what our books need.

4.) 28 Aug 2020 16:39:44
I do think Tom could benefit from playing somewhere else but I'm not sure Watford would be the best place for him. I think a large part of his failure to progress over the past few years has been down to the instability and managerial changes at Everton and considering Watfords revolving door policy with managers, I don't think it would be the best move for him. You only have to look at Dowell's time at Forest to see how a change in management can affect a young players development, he started off in great form then they brought in Karanka, who switched him to the left wing and he was pretty anonymous for the rest of the season.

5.) 28 Aug 2020 17:29:15
I get your point, Don, didn't really think of that to be honest with you. I agree with Toffee Apple that they should be up there in the chasing pack so maybe the board will cut their manager some slack! You're right about Dowell mate, don't know what Karanka was thinking shoving him on the wing.



14 Jul 2020 16:35:34
Quick question for ed002. With City being found not guilty over their latest scrape with FFP, do you think there will be massive changes to the way clubs are financially bound? Is FFP here to stay in its current format or will they just refine it a bit? Cheers in advance, ed.


{Ed002's Note - It has no impact on FFP at all. There should never have been a case raised.}

1.) 14 Jul 2020 16:40:51
Thanks ed002, I was hoping they might change it a bit! Cheers for the quick reply.

{Ed002's Note - In what way BP?}

2.) 14 Jul 2020 22:13:29
I won't pretend to know the ins and outs of it ed002. I do see the point of it but can't help but feel it handicaps the smaller clubs trying to compete against teams that generate more income. I wouldn't have a clue as to how they would even go about changing it, just thought that UEFA might tighten up their FFP rules one way or another so that they don't lose future appeals if they arise.

{Ed002's Note - I really don't understand your point or why you think there needs to be a rule change - the money the clubs have is of no relevance to the issue.}

3.) 14 Jul 2020 23:01:53
I told you I didn't know about FFP! No worries, ed002, thanks for the reply anyway.

4.) 15 Jul 2020 10:14:35
When you issue penalties only to have them removed by arbitrators, it’s pretty obvious something needs changing or at least done a whole lot better.

{Ed002's Note - What do you think needs changing? It is an appeals process - no more than that.}

5.) 15 Jul 2020 22:06:53
The idea of FFP to prevent clubs from acting irresponsibly in a financial way to gain an advantage and jeopardise the health of the club and its ability to sustain itself cannot be criticised. But when you issue sanctions in order to punish those who could have possibly found a work around the regulations, then it has to appear fair. Arbitration protects the process from bias. I have sat on a few appeals in my line of work and one thing that is frequently a concern is how the matter is investigated. If there are any suggestions of conclusions drawn from an investigation that is lacking in facts or a lack of thorough investigation then the appeal will be upheld. Then changes need to be made to the investigation process.

The objective may well be correct, but if the process is flawed then changes need to be made so that arbitrating bodies find the decision to be fair and sanctions appropriate.

Sorry it’s a bit wordy, but change the process if it’s failed to find it’s mark.

{Ed002's Note - It was a simple appeal - that was correct. I have seen nothing but hugely embarrassing misinformed whining on these pages for days. It is no big deal but the English fans simply don’t see it.}



17 Jun 2020 20:43:20
Bit mad hearing the crowd noises in the empty stadium. That said, it's the loudest crowd of the season for City!


1.) 18 Jun 2020 10:13:53
Good point bluepotato (you may think so anyway) . So remind us again where are City in the table in relation to our great Club?

2.) 18 Jun 2020 13:12:17
Relax, Bill, I wasn't comparing us to them at all so not sure what league positions have to do with anything.

3.) 18 Jun 2020 14:18:32
I don’t care about the noise or whatever - just please that City won so Liverpool can’t possibly win the title at Goodison on Sunday - don’t think we would have heard the end of that.

4.) 18 Jun 2020 14:22:11
Let’s hope our crowd noise wasn’t taken from Silva's latter days in charge with all the booing and groans!



22 Feb 2020 18:27:01
Speedo Mick, what an absolute legend that man is. I've watched the highs and lows of his latest fund raising feats and have nothing but the utmost respect for the fella.
Speedo is well deserving of having something in his name, the stands are usually reserved for legendary players so why not name the fan zone after him? He deserves all the recognition that comes his way.


1.) 22 Feb 2020 20:55:37
The guy is class, crazy but class. I hope a few players from the leagues and board members have a shifty in their pockets for some coin to donate. Guy deserves to walk out at goodison so fans can give him the applause he deserves.



16 Feb 2020 20:16:18
An agreement between the club and SportPesa to mutually cancel their sponsorship just been announced. Do any of the eds know if we already have something else lined up?


1.) 16 Feb 2020 23:56:14
Hopefully we can move away from a gambling company sponsor.
Would be no surprise to see megafon on the kits next season.
Hopefully get a decent one in as we’ve had some hit and miss ones over the years - danka anyone?

2.) 17 Feb 2020 00:27:19
Whether it's to enable a more lucrative deal or not, I'm happy to see the club ending the sponsorship deal. Online betting businesses make money out of people who get addicted to gambling and then ruin their lives. We shouldn't have anything to do with them.

3.) 17 Feb 2020 01:19:47
At a guess Bluepotato, Megafon.

4.) 17 Feb 2020 07:55:54
I’ve not bought the shirt since it had a betting company on it. So I’ll be very glad to see something more morally agreeable.

5.) 17 Feb 2020 10:54:22
Let's hope it's not an alcohol selling company either. Alcohol kills more people than gambling including my brother at 55. I do drink but not excessively apart for when Silva was our manager!
Not sure what Megafon would get out of a sponsorship to be honest. What do they have that I can purchase on Amazon?

6.) 17 Feb 2020 12:57:50
Totally agree with you all boys. I think that the kids who come to watch their team play should have the same sponsor on their shirt as the players, although I understand that alcohol, cigs and betting companies should be exempt from this. As another poster has pointed out in another thread, it was a nice touch having EITC on the shirts the other week but we really need to improve our finances so I don't expect us to have that on the front next season. Maybe there is truth to the megafon/ Usminov links for our new sponsor, we will find out soon enough!

7.) 17 Feb 2020 13:01:34
Fair point to make there Mike.

8.) 17 Feb 2020 13:06:08
So we can expect a new Shirt maker and a new main sponsor on it too in the summer. Still annoys me that there is a lack of shirt presence on the high street outside of Liverpool due to this awful kitbag/ fanatics deal.

9.) 17 Feb 2020 20:00:34
Where would it stop though? Obesity is one of the biggest killers but if Maccy Ds offered us a boat load of money would we be ok with that?
Betting doesn't really kill people but alcohol does. It's a minefield to find a sponsor that everyone would agree with.

10.) 17 Feb 2020 22:28:56
How about Disney Smit, everyone loves Disney. 😂.

11.) 17 Feb 2020 22:49:37
I took my kids to Disney. They then sung “Its a small world” for the entire trip home and many years after that. You can definitely learn to dislike Disney.

12.) 18 Feb 2020 08:52:14
I think we definitely have a sponsor lined up, you don’t end a deal that has 2 years remaining half way through a season without having something lined up ready to go, whether it has anything to do with our billionaire friend or a totally unrelated company is anyone’s guess, but Everton know who our shirt sponsors are going to be.




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22 Sep 2020 12:44:43
Ed0666, cheers for the reply. Never thought about the positional side of it, wasn't he predominantly an attacking midfielder rather than a winger before we signed him? As I said previously, he definitely had mental health troubles, fingers crossed the lad has got them sorted.


{Ed0666's Note - Correct mate he played as a playmaker under Fonseca at Shakter. Actually he was part of three attacking midfielders who were given the freedom to roam the other two being marlos and taison. I agree mate let’s hope he can banish his issues as their is a fine player in there.



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22 Sep 2020 12:44:43
Ed0666, cheers for the reply. Never thought about the positional side of it, wasn't he predominantly an attacking midfielder rather than a winger before we signed him? As I said previously, he definitely had mental health troubles, fingers crossed the lad has got them sorted.




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20 Sep 2020 22:05:03
Ed0666, why do you think Bernard hasn't kicked on? Is it because of the rigours of the league or is it to do with the problems with his mental health/ anxiety that has made him stagnate? For me, he's one of those players that you want to see do well every game but he doesn't score or assist enough. It would be a shame to see him go.


{Ed0666's Note - I’m not sure pal. It’s not a cultural thing as he has Richie and the Brazilian lads at Liverpool to knock about with. Maybe it’s a tactical thing? Maybe he should play more centrally where he can affect play more a bit like the Bobby does for Liverpool. With Ancelotti favoring a 4-3-3 maybe that’s the way forward. I hope it’s not a psychological thing as no one deserves that.



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02 Sep 2020 10:14:12
Wouldn't expect anything less from Watford! Cheers ed025.




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01 Sep 2020 23:46:29
Made up for the lad, let's hope he kicks on and spends years in the first team squad.
Which one aren't you happy with, Skylark? Kean or Gordon signing a contract?
Ed025, looks like Wednesday will be busy if the rumour mill is anything to go by! About time eh? Just read that two are due medicals very soon and that there has been progress made with Watford over Doucoure. DO you know if there is any truth to the rumour that he has already agreed personal terms? I've heard other clubs are interested in him too so is it a good sign that he's agreed wages etc or is that the norm these days?


{Ed025's Note - i expect allan and rodriguez to sign this week BP, doucoure wants to come but watford are playing hardball and i dont know about any agreement on personal terms mate..




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24 Sep 2020 13:16:34
We can spend that much on a keeper, TA, if we sell Pickford to bring another in. I think he's gone beyond redemption with a lot of the fan base so just get rid! He doesn't seem to learn from any of his mistakes does he? For the first time last night, when he didn't clear the ball properly for their goal, he looked as if he knew his time is coming to an end. Sell him while he's still England's number 1 or we will have to take less for him once Southgate decides he's seen enough from him too.




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24 Sep 2020 13:07:45
TD, maybe that is what people are saying now but not so long ago there were a lot on here questioning whether he is good enough. Now because he appears to be unhappy some are jumping on that. For me, if he hasn't improved or isn't putting up much of a fight for a place in the team by the end of his second season then that would be the time to let him go. If he's really unhappy in England then he should ask to be put on the transfer list. His agent is more of a problem than the player himself!




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24 Sep 2020 00:14:32
MK has scored 4 in 4, albeit against lesser opposition, so why the clamour to let him go? If ever there was a manager to sort him out then CA is the one, let's not be too hasty in getting rid. How many players have taken time to settle into this league over the years? The lad has obviously got talent so let's get off his back and see if he can turn his EFC career around. It's taken DCL a couple of seasons to get where he is now and he has come from this country. MK is a young lad settling into a new culture, judge him after this season if he hasn't already been driven out!




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24 Sep 2020 00:09:29
As much as I think Pickford isn't good enough, Robles was equally as shocking. We haven't had a decent keeper since Nigel Martyn, Tim Howard was better than we have seen in recent years and that is stretching it a bit.




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24 Sep 2020 00:06:53
Nobody but Pickford should be getting any stick from us fans tonight. Considering the likes of TD and FD haven't had much game time, it's a bit much to slate them just for the sake of it. JP, on the other hand, makes too many mistakes every game and needs dropping. I can see it now against one of the big teams, he will cost us points by having a howler.