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29 Dec 2020 20:55:53
The cancellation of the Everton verses Manchester City raises a few questions. I believe City will miss more than the Everton game and if this happens for say to City again I can see a scenario where they would not be able to fulfill all their League games so we would end up with an incomplete season. In that case which teams for example would go into next seasons European competitions? Would it be the teams occupying the top spots when the season is concluded? Or if the season was just cancelled would the teams who qualified for Europe last year just be entered again?
Maybe Ed002 can give some advice?


{Ed002's Note - The effort is to complete the season and many sides have had and will continue to have COVID-19 related issues. There is a proposal on the table to to draw a line across and call the table final if 50% of the games have been played - clubs will be against it so there is no vote. There is, like last season, no recourse to simply cancel the season. I expect it will be discussed again soon and realistically there is another lock down coming.}

1.) 29 Dec 2020 21:19:15
Thanks Ed002.

2.) 29 Dec 2020 23:43:33
I'm not upset about the game being cancelled so much as it's people's health at stake, it was very cloak an dagger.



08 Jun 2020 15:47:10
Regardless of all the crap in the newspapers about Everton making offers for players my prediction is that we will pay for one and get several on loan while of course moving out as many of the non-squad players as possible. Hopefully a few of the kids will step forward. Kenny will also be back, thought that he had a good game yesterday and scored a belter. Probably no good enough for the future but right now would be a good addition to the squad.


{Ed002's Note - That is not going to happen. Everton cannot have "several" players on loan.}

1.) 08 Jun 2020 17:12:21
Sorry ed002 my mistake, how many can they take on loan?

{Ed002's Note - Premier League clubs may register no more than four loan players over a season and no more than two at any one time and a maximum of one from any other club.}

2.) 08 Jun 2020 17:23:24
Sorry ed002 I should be more careful with my words, I really meant a couple (two) .

{Ed002's Note - You mean a brace.}

3.) 08 Jun 2020 19:52:21
New to the site and just looking at Ed’s point about Everton being in serious trouble ( or words to that effect) alongside the likes of Barca, Marseille, Aston Villa, Sheff Wednesday.
But I disagree about Everton, serious trouble says we need to sell Richarlison and Digne and bring in frees and loans.
We have a lot of money behind us, just held back by ffp at the moment and obviously C.V. now hasn’t helped. But Ancelotti hasn’t joined a team on the brink. And Moshiri is paying him and his team a 100m in salaries over the next 4.5yrs

I’ve heard of a few financial football experts and not Everton related. But have said we have big money behind us. What about spurs, furloughing staff getting a 175mil loan, Arsenal also apparently have no money, but Everton are on the verge of going broke.

If we are in trouble, then I fully expect the ground to put on hold for a few years. Let’s see. But I expect Everton to spend this summer, might not be a fortune but they will.

{Ed002's Note - Clearly you don’t grasp the issues that Everton has nor the FFP regulations. I have not said Everton are going broke and perhaps you don’t understand the issues at Spurs needing to pay for a new stadium not Arsenal with issues caused last season. The entire post is from a position of complete ignorance. Everton have been spending beyond their means - as I have repeatedly explained.}

4.) 11 Jun 2020 19:12:21
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03 May 2020 20:13:05
Sorry to hear about Koeman, wish him a speedy recovery.


1.) 03 May 2020 23:08:23
I think its crazy how so many footballers have heart problems. you'd think they were near superhuman compared to us mere mortals. wish him a speedy recovery.

2.) 07 May 2020 14:46:15
It does seem strange but underlying heart issues can effect the fittest of people, I’m into cycling and few months ago Team Ineos sporting director died suddenly of heart attack he was 40 and ex pro who was extremely fit and healthy, it’s very worrying for rest of his who don’t lead a healthy lifestyle like athletes.

3.) 08 May 2020 08:09:34
It is no mystery at all. As in all very active occupations, Sport (particularly in the pro ranks) , Military, Fire Service etc! Once those retire or cease, then it takes a great deal of physical and in particular mental fortitude to keep the body at such a high fitness level or near as damn it. In not doing so the body begins to ease back. Witness the amount of ex Military in dire straits. I and many many others who had such professions, have been able to adjust. We are the lucky one's.



09 Dec 2018 14:14:13
Improvement has been pretty rapid under Brandt and Silva. A better recruitment policy, targeting younger players with potential and mainly focusing on improving the balance of the squad. The playing style has improved markedly, away from the dull style of last years managers to a attacking style easy on the eye. Players seem to better understand their role in the team and appear to be enthusiastic and committed to the Silva style of play.

We also now have an owner who is capable of moving us forward and that is not a criticism of Bill who did his best for us over many difficult years.
Some things however never seem to change. I am now 78 and went to my first game at 6 years of age. Of course we have had golden periods, too long ago unfortunately, but I would be a rich man if I had received a pound for every time it has been said that we would be a great team but for the lack of one or two players. Right now we need a top centre forward who can score goals and probably a right-winger who can also score.

It has also been said many times that if we could convert some of our draws into wins we would be more often in the top six. Well as of today we have five draws out of fifteen games, some against teams that we should have beaten especially in home games.

And then we come to playing at Anfield. How many times do that lot win at the last moment? It is so inevitable I can't stand to watch the end of the game.
So many things to rejoice about as the Holliday season approaches. Still work for Brands and Silva to do and unlike previous administrations, I have every confidence that they will correct the deficiencies as soon as practical and possible.
So for all fellow Blues and Eds I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year with thanks to all the Eds who do a great job on this site.





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05 Dec 2021 18:29:22
We are great at throwing money down the drain. We give Brands a new three year contract recently and the fire him. Not sure if it is his fault or others for the mess we are in but if he was not allowed to do his job then we are better off without him. Only problem is that we have all our eggs in the Rafa basket. We will see how long he lasts.


1.) 05 Dec 2021 18:50:25
If he resigned as reports suggest, surely we wouldn't need to pay him off.

2.) 05 Dec 2021 19:13:38
When I 'retired' it was worded in black and white 'voluntary/ compulsory redundancy/ retirement'. 'Resigned' = Jumped with a very soft landing.



05 Dec 2021 00:40:24
Just looked at our statistics and I'm getting rather concerned. So far we have 15 points from 14 games. 2 points from the last 24 points played for. We have 24 games left so at the same rate we will just about reach the 40 points usually needed to avoid going down.
The problem is that we play the top 7 teams (as of today) nine times and if we lose those games then we need 25 points from the remaining 15 games or 45 available points.
Of course we could take points of the top seven teams and we will get better when the injured players return and getting a few players in January will help. But it its going to be a nail bitting end to the season especially since the last five games of the season include Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.


1.) 05 Dec 2021 04:45:15
I don't think we can read too much into points per game Mike. We were contenders for Europe the first 6 and worse than anyone the next 8

I agree though we're in a relegation dogfight unless we improve quickly and we need to have done enough before the final run in.

{Ed0666's Note - you’ll be ok stop worrying. Do you really think you’re worse than Norwich, Newcastle and Burnley?

2.) 05 Dec 2021 05:29:49
The last 8 games? Yes

Football is a lot about confidence and we have none right now and, I know you won't agree with this, Rafa isn't helping with his tactics, team selections/ substitutions

You sure you don't want a Rafa/ Klopp until the end of the season? It is the season of giving you know.

3.) 05 Dec 2021 10:00:00
BW to us Rafa's selections are baffling but even with us (some of us) not knowing what is going on what real choices does he have. Take Simms, signs a new contract (so the Club must see something) and returns to U23's. Take Rondon, Iwobi, it cannot be blind loyalty or stubborness in their constant selection. We see in the majority of games, players just not up to it. Obviously the Manager, coaches see something different. For what it is worth I am told it has come to a head, nothing else.

4.) 05 Dec 2021 10:34:09
Newcastle looked decent enough yesterday and the fans are riding the bounce from the new manager. We could easily finish 3rd from bottom, I don’t understand why so many are confident that we won’t.
Dyche and his squad are experts at navigating this situation. Is Benitez? Or did he get relegated with Newcastle?

5.) 05 Dec 2021 11:32:01
Well I don't think that we will be relegated Ed0666 but we have got ourselves in one hell of a mess. "The Devil is in the details".

6.) 05 Dec 2021 11:37:04
Good post DFS mate as you say none of us are privy as to who plays and which players are picked, Rafa sees them all on the training ground and on the pitch, this poor run of games will change as soon as we have our injured players back, he has to have time.

7.) 05 Dec 2021 12:13:19
You do realise we could have more injuries don’t you?
Forget the bloody training pitch. He keeps picking players who are under performing and letting him down. But he still picks them?
Now I might be wrong but if you replace someone who isn’t performing with an untried youngster?, will you be any worse off?

8.) 05 Dec 2021 12:36:19
Game of onions mate and mine is Rafa has to be given time.

9.) 05 Dec 2021 12:52:20
The lack of a rb a LB (letting one go on loan? ) being unhappy for 2 or more seasons with our CBs. Yet the real critical problem isn't the goals conceded, though some clean sheets are welcome, it's our lack of goals. Goals win games, clean sheets dont. We got tonked by Watford and Liverpool. Otherwise we've been beaten by a goal. We may well have won a game or 3 more upto now with a goal scorer instead of a struggling target man who was never prolific at any stage of his career. DCL is our only option which is crazy considering our spending and that Lukaku left ages ago and is at his 3rd club since. Rikky is wasted uptop but for a game here and there it's fine. We need goals and to carry a goal threat the opposition are mindful of tactically, at the moment they know we are toothless. With DCL We would be capable of winning again and that's the difference right now. It's a problem we won't solve as our hands are tied with transfer rules and windows and waiting for DCLs injury but it's the problem. As for playing the kids? Clearly not a single one of our managers has seen enough to convince them to play them. It's such a gulf between an average u23s side to a Premier league side, even a struggling one. Hence why they go on loan with mixed success to league 1 level clubs. They're not the answer. The only time teams succeed in introducing kids is into a winning side, surrounded by confidence and carried to an extent. For a small cameo here and there. Or a CL club who has little interest in the league Cup and they play some of their fringe players with 1 or 2 of their exceptional kids. Our kids are far away from the level and our militant fans, the same fans calling for them, will skin them alive when they inevitably fail to shine. Lose lose all round. DCL has only been good for 2.seasons and he's no kid. He was afforded a lot of patience by the club, though my memory of some fans were screaming for him to be kicked out as he wasn't fulfilling the promise fast enough for them 3 years ago. The experts in their armchair wisdom are almost always wrong, yet here we are yet again having a board room subconsciously directed by them.



22 Nov 2021 17:32:43
Not sure who is to blame for the position we find ourselves in, there is enough blame to share around the whole organization.
What worries me is that we have a set of players that just can't do the fundamentals well. The passing is atrocious, we constantly lose possession and the player with the ball has no idea what to do with it.
Our defense is non existent for long spells of the game and it is not only the top teams who capitalize on this but teams like Watford and Villa.
Our attack is poor with DCL injured and Rafa has no answer but Rondon who is a Championship player at best.
It's a good job that we picked up some points at the beginning of the season because we have a lot of difficult games in December.
The good teams have players who are aware of the tactics and what their specific role in the team is and is instilled into the youngsters and is consistent through the various age groups right up to the first team.
I am not sure if our players have any idea of the tactics or their role in a game unless it is to sit back and hope that the other team fail to score.
I was hoping that Rafa would sort this problem out and he may well do so if given time but I have not seen any evidence that he can successfully do that and the picture right now is pretty grim.


{Ed025's Note - pretty grim is an understatement mike, we are up that foul smelling creek without a paddle mate..

1.) 22 Nov 2021 18:37:22
You are right Ed025 mate. I have been watching Everton for 76 years during which we had two managers in Howard and David were the players knew what their role was and played like a team. If they had injuries the reserve player knew what was expected of him and might not have been as good as the injured player but became part of the team with a known set of objections and tactics. Our lot seem to have not idea that this is a team game and play more like eleven individuals with little co-ordination between each other.

{Ed025's Note - i dont know whether its just me or what mike but a lot of them just dont seem arsed, when we had the dogs of war yes they were limited but they fought tooth and nail every week, i can forgive a lack of talent mate but not lack of effort or pride in wearing the shirt..

2.) 22 Nov 2021 19:35:26
How many managers have we had since Moyes, none of them have done anything they all carnt be wrong. It’s the team if you ask me.

{Ed025's Note - its the spider and the fly syndrome penysarn, the board appoint the DOF, he gets the manager and the players, the manager picks the players, the players then fail to perform....perhaps they,ll die..

3.) 22 Nov 2021 19:50:31
I don’t know why they look like they swallowed the fly, your right Ed.



26 Sep 2021 15:08:26
I was at Wembley in 1966 at the age of 26. Probably only Ed025 is old enough to remember the famous win. Recently I managed to get a DVD copy of the game, it's only in black and white and pretty poor quality but great non-the-less. Brought back great memories and at the end I was still nervous that we would concede a goal even though I obviously know the result. A lot of differences in the way the game is played, the obvious one is that you could pass back to the keeper. Gordon West would pass the ball to a full-back who would return it and West would throw the ball out, many well over the half-way line, he was very accurate. Present rules prevent this. Now I need to get a copy of the 1995 Wembley win since I was at that one also.


1.) 26 Sep 2021 15:32:33
Was watching that match in 1966 as well Mike, some match eh mate.

2.) 26 Sep 2021 15:44:13
Bluemike1 I was 4 months off 16 and just joined up, managed to 'borrow' a radio.

3.) 26 Sep 2021 16:18:27
It was an unbelievable game GB, my emotions went from despair at two will down to elation when Trebilcock scored twice to frenzy when Temple scored to trepidation that we would let one in before the final whistle. It's a wonder I didn't have a heart attack. Felt sorry for Fred Pickering who was left out of the team but Catterick was proven to be right in picking Treblecock who had not done much before the game and did not do much subsequently. No substitutes of course at that time and when players were injured the trainer came on with a wet sponge and the player just got on with the game. What a difference to todays game, of course in this days the players were tough Brits, no soft foreigners.



21 Sep 2021 20:35:10
We are an absolute disgrace of a team. QPR are much better, faster to the ball, can pass to each other, can keep possession, care about doing well. We have non of these attributes. Rafa better make some substitutions at half time and/ or have a few choice words. Do we actually practice together, the players seem not to have any idea what to do, actually most of them have no skill either.


{Ed025's Note - we are very poor mike, i dont like singling out players but iwobi and davies are terrible, and godfrey is either not fit or has regressed massively mate..

1.) 21 Sep 2021 22:00:20
Said it countless amount of times ed tom davies is a not Evan a championship player at best him iwobi kenny holgate are poor . How dome people on er still think tom davies is a player is beyond me i would rather take someone out the under 21s he has nothing about him can't pass no strength can't shoot awful player.

2.) 21 Sep 2021 21:50:45
We have folded it's pathetic.

3.) 21 Sep 2021 21:51:51
Davies let us down.

{Ed025's Note - always does DFS, little larry lead legs is an embarrassment mate..

4.) 21 Sep 2021 22:01:00
I agree BlueMike, truly, truly awful. I can't recall such poor players! What sickens me is the weekly wage Gomes, Iwobi, Davis and Rondon are on.
Rondon done absolutely nothing AGAIN! What concerns me is there is no positives from the Villa game or tonight.

5.) 21 Sep 2021 22:04:57
Another cup we can forget about Ed025. Davies completed a dreadful game by missing his penalty. I know it is poor form to be critical on here but watching this lot today after the Villa game was just depressing. I always try to be positive but it is getting harder to do that. I feel sorry for Rafa, he has a mountain to climb and it will take several seasons to correct this sinking ship. I know that injuries have hit us hard but that is going to happen and we just do not have the back-up players to compensate even against lower division opponents. God help us when we meet the big boys if we can't get our best players fit.

{Ed025's Note - your spot on mike mate

6.) 21 Sep 2021 22:29:14
Same old story these tom davies
iwobi holgate kenny gomes have been getting away with it for years half hearted nothing about them at all. Problem is no one wants them that's them they are that bad. Look at Liverpool's kids today played a prem team away from home and are so much sharper and better than the S**t we have lurking around the changing rooms embarrassing.

7.) 21 Sep 2021 22:22:32
Don't get why Davies is always the target for abuse. he took a penalty which is more than can be said for the excuse of a player that is Iwobi
We know it's going to be a struggle this season with the lack of depth in the squad so rather lose tonight and pick up the form in the league. we still played better than we did last season so I'll take that as progress.

8.) 21 Sep 2021 23:06:31
On the plus side, we’ll have a less busy schedule to allow our thinly spread squad to focus on the league….




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03 Dec 2021 19:53:09
Could strategy Hugo, we have a ready made replacement in Rondon. Also sell Richarlison, we have a ready made replacement in Iwobi. Also sell Mina, we can use Holgate. How about Doucoure, we could use Davies instead. We should be the richest club in the Championship.




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23 Nov 2021 22:21:58
Probably on the assumption that we will be selling players worth 35 million pounds which is highly unlikely.




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17 Nov 2021 16:23:07
Maybe we could include a few more surplus players. Buy one get one free comes to mind!




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03 Nov 2021 10:31:50
We have enough Baba's mate, we need some real men.




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20 Oct 2021 21:41:56
Well the only reason he would go to Newcastle is if they offered crazy transfer money and crazy wages. Why would Everton let him go otherwise and why would DCL want to go to a team at the bottom of the league unless the money was so high he could not resist it? Newcastle are in a mess and our own experience with a rich owner throwing money around shows that success is not guaranteed.





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06 Dec 2021 11:59:50
Moshiri needs to leave the footballing decisions to his footballing staff GB. II that is now Rafa we will have to give him time but his insistence on playing Rondon makes me nervous. This DOF thing did not seem to work at our club, Moshiri, DOF and the manager seem to be at odds all of the time. You can only have one boss and that should be the manager IMHO.




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05 Dec 2021 11:32:01
Well I don't think that we will be relegated Ed0666 but we have got ourselves in one hell of a mess. "The Devil is in the details".




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02 Dec 2021 03:36:50
Don't believe that we can afford to replace either Brands or Rafa, both having long contracts and we need what little money we have for new players. What is needed is for a change in assignments. Brands needs to focus on bringing young inexpensive talent into the club and dong the paper work for the players Rafa wants to bring in. Rafa should be solely responsible for player recruitment and Moshiri needs to keep his nose out of recruitment.
Although I would get rid of both if feasible we are stuck with them at the moment, if they did go who would replace them? No money and a sinking ship and a toxic atmosphere is not appealing to most worthy candidates.




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30 Nov 2021 17:47:08
I'm with you Pauly.




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30 Nov 2021 11:46:42
Simms is not untried, he did well when on loan at Blackpool and is capable of scoring which Rondon obviously is not.