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21 Oct 2020 20:39:10
ed025, what's the score with us waiting until January to enter into talks with Brands over a new contract? Are we so relaxed because it's a formality or should we be worried that he might be leaving?


{Ed025's Note - im not sure is the honest answer BP, i think a lot of us were sceptical if he was the right man a while back when we made a lot of average signings on very high wages, but he seems to be working well with carlo who is very happy with the relationship they have and the latest recruitment has been excellent, marcel is also on the board and running the academy so it would be a surprise if he did leave....but you never know in football mate..

1.) 22 Oct 2020 15:54:28
They do seem to have a great working relationship, only the other day I seen something in the press with Carlo praising the work Brands has done and how they work well together. Hopefully it will just be a formality then, his work this summer has been very pleasing imo. Not just for the quality of players brought in but he's done well to get rid of some of the high earners from the books. Cheers ed.

2.) 22 Oct 2020 18:00:04
I think it would be madness not to continue with Brands, as ed002 has previously mentioned there was interference in transfers from a third party. So I’m not sure how much we can judge him on transfers at the start of his tenure.

That interference has apparently gone away and now we are seeing what he is capable of and I’ve been impressed.

He’s moved several on. Found two very good young talents for little money in branthwaite and Nkounkou.
And also worked with Carlo to get his key players in.

We are finally moving in the right direction and in my opinion would be a backwards step not to keep him on.

3.) 22 Oct 2020 16:21:26
ED25 didn't ED02 say Brands couldn't do his job due to Moshiri listening to 3rd party advice and that looks like its changed this summer so the only people questioning him were people not clever enough to read this site ha ha.

{Ed025's Note - as ED002 told us BMD there was a problem that existed at one time, that seems to have changed and its made a big difference mate, everything about the club is moving in the right direction and its showing on the field..

4.) 22 Oct 2020 18:36:18
yes bud it looks like we have finally got our act together we knew it would be a roller-coaster of a ride and we knew Moshiri would make mistakes but the future looks really good i think this weekend we will see if we are the real deal with Richy and James out so i am looking forward to seeing who steps in and see if they can up their game i would pick Gordon and Iwobi but as Gordon hasn't been near the match squad i think he will go with Bernard and Iwobi.



20 Oct 2020 15:04:51
A question for any of the eds, especially ed002 if he has the time to answer. I've just been on sky sports website and there is an article about a FIFA organised european league, with 5 English clubs said to be invited to join. The two that instigated 'Project Big Picture' are named along with City, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea but one of those clubs looks likely to miss out. Neither UEFA nor FIFA have commented so far and it seems that there are many hurdles to overcome to get it off the ground. The question I wanted to ask is this, is this just a bit of propaganda to scare the rest of the league after the original plan for the premier league was knocked back or is it really that close to happening? Thanks in advance.


{Ed002's Note - The proposal is not for a FIFA organised event but for a FIFA endorsed event. This relates to one of the ideas floated as an alternative to try and stop the "elite" European sides breaking away to form a pan-European league. I have explained the proposal before but it surrounds expanding the pre-season International Champions Cup to a much larger event where clubs would be members of the tournament through a debenture type system but need to commit to playing their first team in all games. Those behind it want UEFA (or even FIFA) to formally recognise the tournament (there has been a discussion already) which would be a money spinner but will add many more first team games to the annual schedule. This was one of the major drivers behind the Liverpool owners proposing Project Big Foot - which was obviously nothing to do with helping out the football pyramid but simply a way for FSG to extract more money from the game. I have explained in more detail previously.}

1.) 20 Oct 2020 15:44:06
Thanks for the reply ed and I'm sorry to get you repeating yourself, I thought this was a new (ish) proposal coming on the back of whta happened last week. It's certainly the first time I've seen sky sports cover it in any detail. Cheers for the info.

{Ed002's Note - It has been around for at least a year and there was a meeting in Paris between some of the clubs in January.}

2.) 20 Oct 2020 21:46:09
You mention a money spinner Ed, would this impact ffp and should it go ahead, will it give those in it an advantage in regards to ffp, or will this not be the case.

{Ed002's Note - It would give significant additional money to the clubs involved and take away a lot of the television money from other leagues, like the Premier League.}



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.




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18 Oct 2020 16:59:52
I never thought I'd see the day when the 'cancel' generation would target football so I was surprised to see the fall-out from yesterdays derby. I know every team has their fair share of embarrassing fans but our neighbours have taken it to an extreme with some of the posts I've seen today! I get that it's a harsh decision by VAR to chalk off a goal but it is what it is, what can be done after a game? Nothing. You have no choice but to take it on the chin not organise protests and petition Parliament to get the two points.
Pickford's tackle on VVD was a bad one and could have led to a red caqrd but guess what? It never happened, we got a FK for offside so no penalty and no red card. Get over it. If any red wants to talk about bad tackles then have a look in the first few minutes and what VVD did to James and to DCL. Should we get upset because the bully got bullied? Not for me. I've got sympathy that the lad is injured but he throws a few dirty tackles in himself so let's not pretend he is a saint just because it fits your narrative. Mane could have seen red for an impetuous kick out, Robertson was lucky too so why aren't those reds talking about these incidents too? Welcome to our world, you have had the rub of the green in the derby games for how long now? It's a game boys and girls, some times things go for your team and other times it doesn't.


{Ed025's Note - i think your spot on BP mate..

1.) 18 Oct 2020 17:20:55
Echoed my feelings, excellent post mate.

2.) 18 Oct 2020 17:59:12
Forget it Bluepotato, we have been shafted enough by bad decisions and a fair few in the derbies.
I hope these suspect decisions keep being made and I hope we keep capitalising on them.
Let's look forward to the saints game and 3 points.

3.) 18 Oct 2020 18:42:44
I think the feelings are because one of our best players is likely out for the season. Pickfords tackle was a nasty one but even if he gets three games it isn't going to reverse it.

Let's not get to a point of he said she said, social media heightens tensions and general spouting. End of the day derbies have bite, they should. Pickford got away with one yesterday, our player is injured nothing we can do so you just move on.

4.) 18 Oct 2020 20:22:38
WYred, that's the point mate, move on. If Pickford was to be punished retrospectively then it wouldn't really affect LFC anyway so it's just spite really. And that goes for both sets of fans, I have no doubt that we have our own idiots. I'm sorry but the things on social media need to be highlighted in this case as it was ridiculous to the extreme! Protests and petitions are just crazy and if it was a blue posting such stuff they would get hammered for it. Rightly so as well! A couple of your players got lucky too imo but that's football. I sincerely hope that VVD isn't out for as long as you say but I've got little sympathy in the sense that he put two bad challenges in himself early doors, live by the sword? At least it was a decent derby for a change eh? I think your fans are right to feel aggrieved with how the game ended, I'd be exactly the same if the shoe was on the other foot. For a change, it's not us blues coming away from a derby game feeling hard done by!

5.) 18 Oct 2020 21:03:11
That’s my point blue, idiots in all walks and both sides of the argument. BUt they are the minority and don’t represent the entire fan base,

If Pickford gets punished after it changes nothing, it doesn’t heal the lad. We both move on to the next game and it’s done.

The petitions and talk of conspiracies are plain daft, the ref missed one end of.

As for the offside that’s football in 2020 unfortunately.

6.) 18 Oct 2020 21:27:02
I think we should both move on. Emotions are high on our side and I get your points as well so won’t argue against it. Mane was elbowed so an argument can be made there for a card but he was naughty in tripping Mina in retaliation and could and should have picked up a card . Pickford’s challenge was indefensible and if that was Allison I would be saying the same. That also goes for Richarlson challenge both of which could have ended a player’s career.

I can imagine with the news coming out that VVD requiring surgery on an ACL emotions will rise again but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves or play victim as every team goes through injuring problems, which is part and parcel of the game. All emotions aside, it was a great game and Everton have improved a lot and should do well under Ancelotti if you continue to play the way you are, though consistency is key. On a side note in Calvin Lewis you have a very good player!

7.) 18 Oct 2020 21:44:18
WYred ru Leroy Times aka Looney Toons in disguise? 😂.

8.) 19 Oct 2020 07:44:52
You’ve lost me pig 😂 I have no idea what your on about.



08 Oct 2020 11:46:48
I've got no idea how good or how bad Olsen is but his arrival will hopefully put a bit of pressure on Pickford to now perform. Add to that the fact that he won't play in England's first game, I'm hoping we will get the right reaction from JP. I'd have liked to have seen Romero brought in as competition, mainly because I've seen him play quite a lot over the years and know what to expect from him. Either way, we will probably know by the next window if JP has any sort of future with us. Any preference on keepers if CA decides to give up on Pickford?


1.) 08 Oct 2020 13:24:19
Can we clone neville southall? . Or is cloning still frowned upon?

2.) 08 Oct 2020 13:33:34
Now that would be the perfect solution, Gibbo!

3.) 08 Oct 2020 17:31:55
Don’t think having a big fat bloke in goal is going to help😂.

{Ed025's Note - he was a pukka goalie though woburn.. :)

4.) 08 Oct 2020 18:04:25
Bet we would win the league with him in goal now even at his age. Saw him at Torquay at the very end of his career and still had it. Top 10 goalkeeper of all time (Southall not Pickford! )

{Ed025's Note - top 5 for me cookie..

5.) 08 Oct 2020 18:34:13
Even when he was at his heaviest he was still better than a lot of his peers. I might be biased but Nev was the best ever for me, certainly of those that I've watched in person.

6.) 08 Oct 2020 18:48:29
I want Donnarumma from Milan

Interesting about Southall because I never see him mentioned by neutrals ever, see Everton and Liverpool fans praise him

But neutrals seem to rank Schmeichal, Cech, Seaman, Shilton and even the likes of Van Der Saar and Pat Jennings way above Southall

In fact, not sure I’ve ever seen Southall mentioned in any conversation for best goalkeepers to have played in England except by Reds and Blues.

7.) 08 Oct 2020 20:38:28
For me Southall was one the best in the world in the 80s.

8.) 08 Oct 2020 20:40:27
Decent shout that, Swan, he looks good and is still young.
Mad that about Southall, possibly a generation thing? From your list there, I'd say he was better than them all in their prime but Schmeichel is a close second. It might seem a biased view but he was top notch mate.

9.) 08 Oct 2020 21:02:58
Southall was pure class in the 80s and early 90s. The last time we won something he was man of the match and completely outshone his opposite number that day. I agree with Ed. Top 5 for me and possibly even top 3.

10.) 09 Oct 2020 08:26:30
Big Nev was at the time the best Goal keeper in the world, I remember Bobby Robson the then England manager saying he wished Nev was English, I ve said this before on here but Kevin Ratcliffe once said in an interview that in shooting practice at Nev he wouldn’t even use his arms to stop the shots he’d just throw his body in the way, and then Sir Alex said after the cup final, when Neville is in that mood nothing gets passed him. Even in the latter years after he retired and gone big I saw him in a charity game and he just walked around the 18 yard box and stopped everything just reaching an arm out . Total Legend, and he reckons Pickford is good and will get better🤷‍♂️.

11.) 09 Oct 2020 10:18:07
Hard to disagree with any of that, BC, the man was top draw wasn't he? Think his judgement of Pickford is a little clouded though!

12.) 11 Oct 2020 23:42:48
Southall was THE best goalkeeper of all time. If you want a summary of how good he actually was. just watch the 84 semi final and know that you just watched pure class!



07 Oct 2020 13:35:21
There was a time when some of us, myself included, wondered how DCL would forge a career with us as a number 9. Loan moves were suggested, prior to CA becoming our manager, as the lad wasn't scoring enough goals needed from a premier league CF. I've read a few of his interviews since he has been on international duty and it certainly makes a change from the last top CF we had whenever he went on his international breaks!

We could all see, under Silva, that Dom was always expected to drift out wide rather than be in and around the box waiting for chances. CA has tweaked his role and look at the lad go now! Small details really do make a difference at this level, fair play to Dom for lsitening to and implementing the changes. Also, for those who have questioned the role of Duncan should acknowledge his part in turning DCL into the goal machine he's been so far this season.


1.) 07 Oct 2020 15:11:08
I don't know of any questions re Duncan's role atm in fact I have seen and heard of nothing but praise etc. especially since his 'caretaker manager stint' which was universally acknowledged as a 'success'.

Dom is reaping the rewards of being managed and coached 'properly' and it shows clearly his true capabilities as a striker, exposing the blinkered approach of previous managers maybe.

We should always give fans a pass when perhaps 'jumping the gun' tempers fray and the blame game commences, personally I don't ask any fan to take back what they have wrote or said because we 'all' do it!

2.) 07 Oct 2020 16:46:24
That's the difference between a world class coach and the rest blue potato. I have been very impressed with DCL who speaks very well in interviews and comes across as a very intelligent individual. He is obviously smart enough to learn from the best, will only get better with experience and we are lucky to have him.

3.) 07 Oct 2020 18:17:39
I was one who questioned his ability, 1 week like Graham Sharp the next like Pat Sharp! . I am pleased he is proving me wrong 👍.

4.) 07 Oct 2020 18:40:03
247, there were a lot of fans on a variety of sites that wanted Duncan to leave when Silva was sacked as he was part of the management team. Some really went for it with regards to his coaching ability so I'd like to see some eat humble pie and acknowledge that he's doing a decent job. Not too much to ask is it? There's a few on here and a few on other sites but they gave him both barrels!
Mike, totally agree with every word mate. Imagine what kind of team we would have now if Moshiri had appointed CA in the first place! A lot of wasted cash but we're finally heading in the right direction.

5.) 07 Oct 2020 19:11:43
haha love ot Glt. Let's hope the only thing he has in common with Pat Sharp is the questionable hair styles from now on mate!

6.) 08 Oct 2020 07:40:18
Is that what this is all about BP ''humble pie''? lol I personally don't want that in fact I am just happy that things worked out for the best and we 'all' have something to cheer about and those that differed from me can now see the 'error of their ways' full stop, because that is what it's about, cheering because our team has made us cheerful, don't you agree?

7.) 08 Oct 2020 08:24:07
We questioned Duncan’s role because we had numerous managers come in and our strikers only seemed to be getting worse, Sandro couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat, Moise Kean had all the grace of a giraffe on a skateboard, Lukaku had the aerial ability of a dead slug, Tosun had the mobility of a sloth in a shoebox and Calvert Lewin had the finishing ability of a 70 year old man who’d just downed 8 glasses of whisky.

8.) 08 Oct 2020 08:54:29
Swan that was funny, go on say 'I'm ere all week' 😂.

9.) 08 Oct 2020 10:45:13
Blue247, it was about Dom, Dunc was a side issue but I answered your comment. Of course we all want harmony but that never happens does it? We will have fans slating players whenever mistakes are made and if you think otherwise then you're being blinkered. If people are going to have a go over certain players/ staff for not doing a good job then I believe they should at least acknowledge when things are going well.
haha, Swan, definitely have a point with managers but, with DCL, the fact that he was told to drift wide is more the reason why he had the finishing ability of a 70 year old, he's certainly knows how to put the ball in the net these days.

10.) 08 Oct 2020 11:10:13
If you want harmony Bluepotato then chiding fellow blues is hardly the way to go about it, let sleeping dogs lie and simply enjoy what we have right now, and whether you agree with Swan or not he gave the perfect response i. e. he was candid also he blended it with humour.

11.) 08 Oct 2020 11:34:28
Blue, behave mate. The post was about how Dom has improved etc with a side note mentioning Dunc and that's the only thing you picked up on really. No need for your condescending comments, I'm not a child so give up on telling me what to do! Don't like a post? Move on, simple really. What has Swan's reply got to do with you? What has my opinion on his reply got to do with you? I replied to him, I did find it humerous so I'm not sure what your point is there. I look forward to you policing each and every comment in the future.

12.) 08 Oct 2020 12:30:29
I think you missed the point completely it's you
that wants 'others' to do what you say and that's just being petulant! act grown up and stop the hypocrisy, as you just want people to agree with you and only post stuff that pleases you yes it's all about you isn't it mate?

Honestly buddy I give up on you now.

13.) 08 Oct 2020 13:41:23
Not about me at all I just don't see why you think it's okay to try and bully me? As that's what it seems. I was polite to you even when you were being condescending in the first place, the post was about how DCL has improved and how some fans should give credit where credit is due. You made it out to be more than that and then tell me to grow up? hahaha
I don't want people to 'agree' with me, football is about opinions isn't it? If you want to talk about stuff then fine but don't expect people to lie down just because 'blue24/ 7' has spoken! As I said in last reply, if you don't like something that is put on here then keep scrolling it really is that simple. I'm glad you're done as you're getting a bit boring for me, not into preachers at all.



05 Oct 2020 22:21:04
Walcott on his way back to where his career started. Rather we sold him but a loan will do I suppose. Any concrete deals, bar this one, for players being shipped out? It's been a good window for us hasn't it!




29 Sep 2020 12:01:11
For anyone that follows Tim Cahill on social media, go and take a look at the digital drawing that he has shared on his account. Drawn by a good friend of mine, the pic is top notch.


1.) 29 Sep 2020 12:35:38
Looks class.




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03 Nov 2020 16:31:46
Swan, he can get back his fitness levels in no time so can't see that being a problem. Even the Isco that we don't know has to be better than some we have stealing a living! I'd definitely be happy if we can get this deal done.
BlueMike, you'd still put more effort in on the day of your op than some of the present squad! Wishing you a speedy recovery mate.


{Ed025's Note - yeah best of luck mike..



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22 Oct 2020 15:54:28
They do seem to have a great working relationship, only the other day I seen something in the press with Carlo praising the work Brands has done and how they work well together. Hopefully it will just be a formality then, his work this summer has been very pleasing imo. Not just for the quality of players brought in but he's done well to get rid of some of the high earners from the books. Cheers ed.




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20 Oct 2020 15:44:06
Thanks for the reply ed and I'm sorry to get you repeating yourself, I thought this was a new (ish) proposal coming on the back of whta happened last week. It's certainly the first time I've seen sky sports cover it in any detail. Cheers for the info.


{Ed002's Note - It has been around for at least a year and there was a meeting in Paris between some of the clubs in January.}



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28 Sep 2020 10:23:00
Tomori would be my pick as well but I can't see them selling him so it would only be a loan with no clause to buy. I'd rather recall Gibson and blood him in the first team squad rather than give a helping hand to Chelsea. Zouma wouldn't be a bad signing, he knows the club well and a manager like CA could improve him further. Any further developments on trimming the squad ed? I think it's likely that we need to get rid of a few before we look to buy any more players.




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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 Nov 2020 19:49:38
Time is always needed when a new manager comes in and starts to mould his own team, the problem is that we had too many in short space of time. We can slate FM for getting it wrong with his managerial appointments if you like but we have to remember that he's backed every one of them. So we've got to be grateful that he's at least tried, albeit wasting huge sums of his cash in the process.
Now, if you believe that we now have the right manager to move us forward and take that next step, he also has to be given time. There's some of the current squad that will be moved on and replaced but it will be over a few windows. It's annoying but we have to be patient again. It's unfortunate, skylark, but I'm a lot happier giving CA time than I have been with some of the others.




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09 Nov 2020 01:17:30
I'd be very happy if it was number 1, skylark. I'd rather judge it on the squad Carlo is moulding together after another couple of windows as we won't see real progress until he gets in his own type of player. get rid of the fringe players and replace them with better quality and then number 1 in your list should be a priority mate.




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03 Nov 2020 21:56:02
Me too, ed025 and I live in hope that he can rediscover that kind of form. He doesn't deserve a place but not much to choose from right now as you say mate but I don't think we should write him off completely just yet.




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03 Nov 2020 18:32:13
I'd give him a couple of weeks off when Gbamin is back, see if a rest sorts him out, Ed025. Maybe the comment above is nearer the mark, he might need some type of therapy as he's not come close to the player he was since returning from injury. Shame if his EFC career just peters out.


{Ed025's Note - i thought he was great for us before that injury BP, but im afraid with the current lot we have in our squad we cant afford passengers mate, i dont think he deserves his place to be honest but what are the alternatives?..



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03 Nov 2020 16:24:12
Has Gomes had a proper pre-season since he suffered that serious injury? Not sure if it would make too much difference but he's definitely not the same player he was when he first signed.


{Ed025's Note - he had definitely regressed BP, not having a pre season will not account for looking as though he is playing in divers boots mate.. :)