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09 Aug 2019 01:17:55
Not a 100% perfect transfer window but still a very good one where we

Signed a goalkeeper which improves our cover for Pickford and which allows Virginia to go out on loan and gain valuable experience

Signed a right back on loan for a year who will really challenge Seamus for his place. After a year we have the option to sign him if he is a success, bring back Kenny if he has improved out on loan or look at the situation again but we're now in a much better situation

Centre back is why I am saying not 100 % but let's not forget Gbamin can play as centre half so we have provided some cover and I think Mina will prove himself this season

In midfield, unfortunately Gueye has left us but he goes with all our best wishes and we have Delph and Gbamin as strong signings, Don't forget we also got one of our prime targets Gomes on a permanent for really good price

In attack MOISE KEAN! What a signing and again what a bargain he will turn out to be. He's young but is our new Lukaku and him and Calvert Lewin will push each other. Iwoebi came in very late and he is an big improvement to the squad

All in all a good transfer window and my thanks to Brands and all his team, the owner for his support and Marco for selling the project


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1.) 09 Aug 2019 07:46:36
Really good window mate.

2.) 09 Aug 2019 09:21:32
On top of this they have also managed to move out a lot of the squad that weren't getting a game with more to come until the European window closes

Others have also strengthened but we knew that would happen.
I think we have a chance of catching Chelsea and Wolves, I'm not sure Arsenals attack can offset its lack of defence and I also think Man Utd are there for the taking, even with Maguire so BRING IT ON


3.) 09 Aug 2019 17:44:28
Only problem for Virginia is my mates who are Reading fans said he had a bit of a mare for his first game and reading picked up some Brazilian keeper during the window
Hope he does get some game time though as I heard he looks a great prospect.



15 Aug 2018 10:01:52
Anyone know why Mina wasn't at training yesterday?

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1.) 15 Aug 2018 13:33:46
He is still on Dilbar apparently.

2.) 15 Aug 2018 15:04:18
What’s Dilbar?

{Ed002's Note - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dilbert_(character).png

3.) 15 Aug 2018 18:04:50
😂😂😂 That made me chuckle Ed so did the cute buns comment, you are on form today.

4.) 15 Aug 2018 18:34:24
Ed002 is a Rodeo Clown in one of his many other lives ST.




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18 Jul 2021 08:25:12
Less than 4 weeks to go until we have our first match in the PL and only a week until we have our first serious pre season match over in American

Have we brought in any reinforcements - NO Have we got rid of any of our squad deemed no longer required to make funds available - NO

Have we sorted out our right hand side - NO Have we added creativity in attack - NO

Everything hunky dory then?

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1.) 18 Jul 2021 09:45:39
Yes bw everything is hunky dory.

We’ve got a new manager who seems to actually be getting the players fit for the start of the season rather than what we had last season were the players looked like they could only play 30 minutes!

If he gets the squad fit and able to actually still be playing at 94 minutes plus it’ll be like we’ve got a whole new squad!

2.) 18 Jul 2021 10:12:33
Was that at the start of last season when we went 4 games out of 4 in the league and 8 games unbeaten

No one was saying we didn't have the legs then. It was only later that we realised we didn't have the squad strength and what have we done to improve it in time for any new players to integrate properly before the pre-season games get under way?

I realise Benitez was appointed late but this is not the way to start the season.

3.) 18 Jul 2021 10:17:50
To be honest we started last season very well, so I'm not sure what you are getting add regarding preseason? If the players tired perhaps the shortened pre season had more to do with it?

Moyes used to go to extremes to work on fitness during pre season as I recall which may well have led to us often being slow starters under his watch. Hopefully Rafa can strike a balance.

As far as players go, very little activity has taken place yet, and given we had no manager that's not surprising. What kind of Manager walks into a new job and fires loads of staff because someone else told them they are no good? A good manager would give them at least a chance in early pre season to show what they can do.

4.) 18 Jul 2021 11:19:27
Players have been involved in multiple tournaments around the world so not surprising that we have not seen much transfer activity. Still time for some squad strengthening.

5.) 18 Jul 2021 11:29:02
To get players out someone has to want to buy them and more importantly pay their wages. What do you want the club to do give all the unwanted players free transfers and pay their wages until their contracts expire?

6.) 18 Jul 2021 11:58:19
BW we started the season well I’ll give you that but most games the players were knackered after the first half.

We had the least fit squad in the league last season and it was only our good start to the season that saved us from a relegation fight.

I want the players fit and able to play 90+ minutes every game of the season not just the first 8 games.

The league is a marathon not a sprint and I have every confidence Rafa will get these players fitter than they’ve ever been which means we can compete all season long.

If there are players hat don’t agree with his methods we can look at moving them on.

Also Rafa only been here 2 weeks so will need time to assess his squad and what he needs. For all we know he’s swapped players positions around and we not need the cover we thought we did at the end of last season.

Chill out and enjoy the ride.

7.) 18 Jul 2021 13:59:09
As I recall last summer we were crying out for midfield reinforcements. Not much happening, then BANG! Within 5 days we had signed Allan, James and Decoure.

Might not be like that this summer but at least that’s reassuring enough for me not to get too worried about the lack of activity thus far.

8.) 18 Jul 2021 14:16:44
Relax lads… almost no transfers have been completed by Prem teams. Many are in a far worse position than us - Palace for example. I’m pleased that Rafa is taking time to assess the squad before buying. No more expensive flops needed. 3 or 4 good solid signings and we’ll be good to go. We still have the squad that blitzed the start of last season.

9.) 18 Jul 2021 12:33:26
We have a manager at least….

10.) 18 Jul 2021 15:34:01
Not sure if its groundhog day I should be using as an example or whether most football fans have annual amnesia.

Every single season is exactly the same and every single season teams buy and sell players. We've had it where we signed players in August and little before. The last day of transfer day is usually ram packed with buying and selling.

Stay calm, sit back, read some reports from how training is going, have a watch of the pre season games, don't be worried if we lose them and settle down to get ready for the new season.

11.) 18 Jul 2021 15:40:03
We finished 7 points off champs league, imagine what a fit and healthy Everton could do.
A sprinkling of pace and there is no reason this squad can't make Europe of some kind.



18 Jun 2021 12:47:12

Could you explain to me how any relationships between an agent like Mendes, his client Nuno and the club works?

The normal relationship was that the agent worked for the client and assisted them in negotiations, PR and arranging endorsements etc. The agent would receive a % of the clients income from this for his assistance
How does it now work? Does someone like Nuno have to encourage the purchase of Mendes other clients i. e. players in preference to other players. Does Nuno then get some payment for doing this

I'm just interested to see what has changed, if anything?


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{Ed002's Note - The agent would deal with the owner and Brands over transfers and the coach is not on a percentage for his JMs clients joining.}

1.) 18 Jun 2021 13:12:43
Thanks ED. Appreciate you getting back so quickly. So what was the problem with Nuno with CP and Everton and their concerns with Mendy? Or is it all made up?

{Ed002's Note - My understanding is one of those in the decision process did not want NES.}

2.) 18 Jun 2021 17:33:36
I can guess who that was and thank goodness for that.



14 Jun 2021 03:08:29
Here's how I see our squad

GK Pickford, Virginia, Tyrer. ANO
RB Coleman, ANO
CB Godfrey, Keane, Holgate, Branthwaite, Mina
LB Digne, Nkounkou, Small
MF Allan, Doucore, James, Gbamin, ANO, ANO
Attack Ricky, DCL, ANO, ANO

Decisions to be taken Siggy, Gomes, Bernard, Delph, Davies, Gordon, Simms, John, other U23's. Some might have to be sold to generate funds, some could be squad players and some might need to go out on loan

If I go through the ANO's I've identified.

GK I think it would be better for Virginias development that he goes out on loan so we need back up or competition for Pickford. Plenty available and at a low cost

RB Key signing. Coleman has been a great player for us but he now needs to be just a backup to whoever we sign with Holgate or Godfrey also filling in if absolutely necessary

MF One key signing and second would be nice if we still have any doubts on Gbamin or, if we can't sell them on is it Davies, Siggy or Gomes

Attack right side key signing, Can the second be covered by Iwobi, Gordon or Simms

3 key signings plus a goalkeeper

Whoever the manager is it needs to be done this window - not lose another year because we don't like doing business in January

Sort the manager out and get going Brands. Pre season training looms.

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1.) 14 Jun 2021 04:44:20
Bw very decent post friend.

Those positions are vital to be filled and I'm sure the club are working on them regardless of the new boss.

I think out of all the players that we could sell, I would keep Davies and soggy. They both showed glimpses last season of having something to offer off the bench or due to injuries.

Hope gbamin stays fit. Looked really good in his very first game.

Ideally we would move on as many players as we can that are fringe players or deadwood.

Need 2 for each position, like your list. Any injuries and we have an U23 squad to cover. Qe will never know if they are good enough if they don't play.

I can see richy going tbh and we could get good money for him.

We need young, hungry players willing to work hard to improve and there are loads in bottom prem or championship for positions we need.

Dwight mcneill, David Brooks, Ivan toney, tariq lamptey, Darnell furlong, etc.

That's before brands has worked his magic abroad.

As usual I am optimistic for a good season under a new boss. All we can do is get behind the lads wearing the shirt and reassess come Christmas.

2.) 14 Jun 2021 05:25:06
Thanks geoffjohno

You might be right on Ricky but if he does we'll get good money for him and it will provide the funds to replace him

I'm not in disagreement with you on Davies but, for me, after what is it 4 years I still don't know what his position is. As a defensive midfielder he gives the ball away too much and as an attacking midfielder 0 goals and 1 assist all season says it all. However, if I had to choose to keep out of Gomes, Davies, Delph I'd choose Davies but if I got a good offer for him I'd take it

I'm sure Brands is working hard on signings but I do feel we are also waiting for the new manager to be agreed so he can concur with any decisions. Whether we've missed anybody or will miss out on others I don't know but it needs sorting out fast or let Brands make the decisions.

3.) 14 Jun 2021 07:46:58
If the Manager is Perez, Richarlison will be striker. What that means for DCL! I have no clue.

4.) 14 Jun 2021 13:47:08
I missed Iwobi off my post. For me he's in the sell and generate some funds category

Also what are peoples views on Conor Gallagher? He played for West Brom on a loan from Chelsea last season. Apparently he would like to try and get a place in the Chelsea squad but he is attracting interest from Crystal Palace with a fee of about 15m mentioned. He was West Broms young player of the year last year. He's not as creative/ attack minded as I would want but I think he is an improvement over Gomes or Davies.

5.) 14 Jun 2021 08:42:52
Sorry BCT but your post is going over my head

Can you explain?

6.) 14 Jun 2021 20:29:46
I like this ANO kid, seems to be able to play a few different positions.

7.) 15 Jun 2021 04:23:43
I like his brother TBD and AOB as well
Talented family.



09 Jun 2021 09:31:34
It just gets weirder and weirder.

Echo now saying CP have stopped negotiations with Nuno due to his excessive demands

If he had picked CP over us I hope we don't go back to him.

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1.) 09 Jun 2021 09:52:18
Nuno now favourite for Everton job according to the betting.
He’s gone out to 33/ 1 for palace job having been 1/ 5 last night.
After all the talk yesterday of him going to be announced as palace manager will be somewhat disappointed if we now appoint him, particularly after Galtier links.

2.) 09 Jun 2021 10:29:31
Think if we appoint him now it will be PR disaster, the fans will turn against him before the first ball is kicked.

3.) 09 Jun 2021 10:21:36
Il be very happy if we can get nuno over the line just hoping we can propose a good deal for him to join give him least 4_5 years to sort the club from top to bottom.

4.) 09 Jun 2021 10:56:00
What does good deal mean - pay him over the odds?
4-5 year deal so he can be guaranteed a good payoff if he doesn't prove himself and is sacked after 2?
Same for his backroom team which some consider is overloaded

All for a man who, it looks to all intents and purposes, picked CP over us
Thank god I'm not a decision maker at EFC because it would be a quick decision - NO.

5.) 09 Jun 2021 10:59:10
Didn't he chose CP over us? Disaster wrote all over it now I'm afraid. Don't get me wrong I wanted him at the start And would have been happy if we got him
Maybe it's all just paper talk I don't know but if was going to CP or not but most fans I have spoken to don't want him.

6.) 09 Jun 2021 10:37:22
That's a fair point the narrative will be Everton sign manager not good enough for Palace.

7.) 09 Jun 2021 10:45:22
Agree with you Skylark

Whether it's down to him, to Everton or a mixture of the two, I've seen no denial that he had picked CP over us and they could have done that as soon as the rumours started

For me - I don't want him now and I don't see what they can do to put it right.

8.) 09 Jun 2021 11:02:38
I’m with skylark on this.
Apparently he was our number 1 choice but we don’t appoint as backroom staff issues. He then he appears to be nailed on for palace but that falls through allegedly due to his demands.
All sounds a bit iffy

At to that we are then linked with Galtier - a manager that looks like would suit us perfectly.

Almost like on bullseye - look at what you could have won 😂.

9.) 09 Jun 2021 11:43:38
Like good proposition in terms of what everton can offer him he needs time for starters he needs to try get rid of few players that not pulling tress maybe he can have a budget to address few key areas aswell but I would happily support him and give him good few years than likes of howe or Potter.

10.) 09 Jun 2021 11:49:54
The thing we've got to remember is that our 'number one' target has only come from the press. When CA first left last week, it was reported that we were wanting to talk to numerous managers. Nuno would have come into this bracket, especially since he had just left another premier league team.
Many of the names are coming from sites like ssn and, let's be honest, they profit from throwing names in the hat on a daily basis and fans go to their betting site for a punt! Yes, I'm a sceltical old t*at!
From a personal perspective, I don't want Nuno to become manager and really hope he's screwed his chances! I hope the links to Galtier are with substance as I think he would be a decent fit for us. failing that, the only other name I can see that would be good for the job is Rafa. Any of the other names that have been suggested don't fill me with any confidence that they will move us forward. Just my opinion on the situation!

11.) 09 Jun 2021 14:14:03
Bluepotato - I have seen it reported in press he was one of our targets.
However I’m sure that Ed002 said he was our number one target and he’s very knowledgeable when it comes to things like this.

12.) 09 Jun 2021 15:03:09
Gingerdan, unless I hear it straight from the club then it's all speculation to me mate. I don't doubt ed002's knowledge, I'm just sceltical as I said! Nuno was one of the first we had contact with but he was never going to be the only candidate. We will soon see mate.

13.) 09 Jun 2021 16:48:05
This bloody phone! In both posts, I meant sceltical, not sure why it keeps changing!

14.) 09 Jun 2021 18:42:27
I give up! Will have to stop commenting using this phone 🙄😂😂 there should have been a 'p' in there somewhere haha.



25 May 2021 13:09:54
Very happy for Ben Godfrey. Call up totally deserved.

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1.) 25 May 2021 14:15:12

2.) 25 May 2021 15:15:05
Very deserved for sure mate.

3.) 25 May 2021 15:33:12
Hopefully he will make the full 26 man final squad as it will be great experience for the lad. He has been a magnificent signing so far. More gems like Godfrey please Marcel.

4.) 25 May 2021 19:00:51
No doubt he won’t make the final squad.

How Tyrone Mings gets in is beyond me, even Villa fans don’t rate him that high.

5.) 25 May 2021 20:04:32
I'd have mings in a heartbeat, throws himself in front of every shot. Watch him he's always there trying to block shots
Got a gob on him too.
He might not be a worldy in overall defensive qualities but he more than makes up for it with fight and heart something we desperately need in our team.

6.) 25 May 2021 22:23:05
That’s all well and good having “heart” and “trying”, doesn’t stop him being rubbish.




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17 Jul 2021 06:13:13
Age does matter. Money, whether it's ours or not, does matter. How many posters has there been on this site moaning about players on packages they can't get anywhere else being a massive burden on the club and stopping us finding replacements
He's 30 which isn't that old for a centre back but a 4 year contract has been mentioned which, if true (big if) could be a hindrance in the future and his wages are currently very high. It seems a risk and could cause FFP problems for a position we are not that badly off in.

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02 Jul 2021 09:29:32
He's played RB but not in the Coleman mould in my opinion

50m is steep, although I can see him going for that figure but, who of our current CB, are going to leave and get anywhere near that amount

We would be using a lot of our budget in an area we are not currently bad in

Depends on FFP, Moshiri and what we can spend.

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03 May 2020 01:15:36
BlueDanny -You are right about fans from abroad travelling to home games and I'm totally unclear on the numbers but that is totally different to travelling to away games. The location of home games are the same every match so airlines can put extra flights into their scheduling and fans can also regularise their accomodation, For away games it is a different city every week. Flights won't be as plentiful so more expensive, accommodation will have to be arranged, possibly at a premium. Sure, a good travel agent can do most of this for you but how many of our away support drive or coach to matches, don't stay overnight and lose a day of their weekend, not all weekend.

I believe regular away supporters will decrease without any increase in fans going to home games from abroad - unless of course the new leagues are unsuccessful and there are therefore more seats available but, if they are unsuccessful, why would they want to go?

One thing we do agree upon is that the game is becoming unaffordable to the English working class. Long term that might be it's death-knell.

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02 May 2020 18:09:59
There's one other point I'd like to make. I think the days of mega money TV deals are beginning to come to an end. In Thailand I have an Android TV box, readily available from Amazon or any other internet selling site and here in Thailand, it is not illegal to stream live sporting events so I can get SKY, BT, BEIN Sports, NBCSN and a myriad of foreign sites showing the matches live without me paying any fees except standard internet access. I could also get these on any Android phone with the right APP. It's the same throughout Asia and the TV companies have tried but failed to stop this growing trend.

It's not legal to do this in the UK but it is done. I learnt how to do it whilst in the UK. There's been attempts to stop people doing it in the UK but it's being done more and more and, as I said it's common place in Thailand and all through Asia

TV companies are going to see revenues dropping because of this and the corona virus will compound it. Will pub landlords continue to pay £100's, £1000's to show football if they are half full due to social distancing. Will fans continue to pay high subscriptions that only widen the gap between themselves and the clubs/ players or will they move more and more onto streaming sites, legally or illegally

There will still be advertising revenues but will they be able to sustain their fees

I'd be very surprised if the revenue from games can be maintained long term

Also, has anyone thought about the travelling fans who go to away matches? How are they going to afford the increased costs or find the additional time away from family/ work, never mind the new restrictions to travel caused by Covid 19.

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02 May 2020 05:10:39
I'm living in Thailand now. I'm only mentioning that as the 6-7 hour time difference between the UK and Thailand has affected my viewing patterns

I still watch all the Everton games. Everton is my team and I would want to watch them whatever league they are in, whether it be Premier, the Championship or even lower
Where my viewing has changed though is when I was in the UK I would watch any Premier game that was on the box but now, when it is being shown late evening or even early morning if it is a UK night match most times (even a top of the table clash) I can't be bothered to stay up. I think any cross time zone league would struggle for the same reason. Is there any other sport that has shown that such an arrangement works? How many supporters say they support their team but are not as bothered about their national side playing in the world cup or similar international tournaments

I'm also not interested in watching different leagues in different countries. I don't watch Barcelona even though Messi plays for them. I don't watch Juventus just to see Ronaldo. I want to watch Everton and the teams they play

I have 3 grown up sons in the UK - all of them deserters who don't support Everton. If I was a broadcaster the thing that would worry me is that they are all less interested in football than I am. It's a very, very small sample but I believe interest in football is on the wane. The gap between players and normal people is widening

I think the TV channels and the top sides can see this and so they are looking to develop new viewers but the new viewers they want are in the developing markets such as China, the US, India, Asia Pacific etc. Personally, I believe the new viewers they will attract will not be as big as they think due to time differences and will not compensate for the the viewers they will lose such as myself, other Evertonians, Newcastle, Wolves, Napoli, Schalke, other team supporters who want to support their team, not some team 100's. 1000's of miles away with no 'connection' to them.

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{Ed025's Note - i agree with all of that bw, i too have 2 sons who are deserters so i what you mean and i would not watch the breakaway league either mate if everton were not involved..




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30 Jul 2021 10:11:38
To be honest I have very little expectations for next season. I might be totally off the mark but I think we are struggling with FFP concerns. 3 signings costing 1.5m in total whilst the rest of our contenders such as Leicester, Arsenal, AV and Wolves are strengthening doesn't tell me we are going to do better next season.

People who we have been associated with and we are nailed on to get such as Dumfries and Nunes are no nearer signing and the rest are just paper talk in my opinion

I hope I am pleasantly surprised.

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27 Jul 2021 10:59:01
The 77m is rag talk and it's what they are saying we would want - not what anyone has said they would pay. ie it's made up

I'm not in favour of losing one of our best players and despite all the naysayers Ricky is one of our best players!

However maybe we are so much in the sh**e with FFP that selling him and rectifying 2-3 positions might make sense but it depends on what we would really get for him and who we could attract.

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27 Jul 2021 10:49:08
It was the first real pre season game.

Honestly none of them really impressed me but so what? I repeat - It was the first real pre season game

It's not the time to be already slagging off players, Give it a couple of weeks lads. I'm sure we'll find plenty to have a moan at then.

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26 Jul 2021 05:45:43
There's a long way to go before that Ed

By the way I agree with Andyefc and you, I agree Broadhead had a good little cameo and we need to bring him along. The difficulty will be blooding him in the first team proper with Ricky, DCL, Iwobi, Kean, Gray, Townsend, Gordon, Gomes, Siggy (maybe not) , James and Broadhead all fighting for 4 places and that's not to mention Simms and maybe some other U23s or new acquisitions

Somethings got to give.

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26 Jul 2021 02:34:51
I can see where you are coming from andyefc but I also thought he was left isolated a lot of the time and he showed spirit when handball in the box was given against him

On the positive side its played one - one tournament won for Rafa. It won't get any better than that for him or any manager.

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{Ed0666's Note - Am I hearing a Rafa chant on the goodison terraces??