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30 Nov 2017 11:23:00
Still mulling over last nights game and to be honest if it'd been an old fashioned pay on the turnstile game I probably wouldn't have gone given recent performances and the fact it was a bitterly cold early winter's evening.
However lesson learned and I'm now glad I did go.
While it wasn't the most polished performance from the players they did show a lot more character than they have all season and played with a lot more passion and desire. Was it to give Unsworth a worthy send off or was it because the new manager was watching I just don't know, although I'd like to think it was a bit of both.
I'm not going to single out any individual players other than to say that they all looked more of a team than they have all season, even the two number 10's on the same pitch seemed to work well for a change with both looking more confident.
For me though, the one thing that stood out was the reaction of each player who got subbed, each of them gave Unsworth a big man hug as they went off, none of this quick handshake or pat on the back, hugs with real emotion which was again shown at the final whistle by all of the players and even Moyes.
It was plain to see just how much the players think of him and also the fans when he got a standing ovation.
I think everyone will agree Unsworth wasn't ready for the job full time but he will have learned a hell of a lot and if he takes that knowledge and experience back to the under 23's they'll be an amazing prospect.
Credit where it's due to Unsworth, he never once shirked or ducked under the pressure he must have been under and always spoke positively and honestly about everything and everyone.
I just hope that he now uses that experience to develop himself and would one day like to see him back in the hot seat on a permanent basis.
Thanks Rhino, you gave it your all under horrible circumstances and came out the other side with your pride intact.

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1.) 30 Nov 2017 11:41:29
Good post that mate. Many on here are calling for the heads of ex-Evertonians on the coaching staff. Watching Unsworth's and Ferguson's goal celebrations showed what they feel about the club. Hopefully they will still be at the club when the likes of Sammy Lee depart.

2.) 30 Nov 2017 11:46:27
Couldnt agree more mate. A gentleman and a proper Evertonian.

3.) 30 Nov 2017 12:34:04
Spot on rhapsody.

4.) 30 Nov 2017 13:27:12
I’m an evertonian through and through, jump around like a loon when we score, I even believe I feel more for the club than them.
So does this qualify me for a coaching job?
People are saying we need the clear out cause maybe that contributes to the problem, managers are being told to take coaches on there staff, these coaches may well have the clubs interest at heart but it certainly don’t mean that they are the best option at what they do.
Some ambassador roles, ok. U23 Unsy doing well so ok. Does not mean the first team has to have ex players involved. Managers should chose theee own back room staff and if that means moving ex players on then do be it, in more interested in the club now than players of the past. Let the past be the past.



27 Nov 2017 16:00:11
ssn reporting we've re-opened talks with allerdyce; not what a lot of people want but beggars can't be choosers i suppose, still at least it's positive news.

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1.) 27 Nov 2017 16:20:58
big sam bring it on asap thanks mr moshri.

2.) 27 Nov 2017 16:35:32
Also saying we had entered talks with the Benfica coach, watch this space.

3.) 27 Nov 2017 16:38:00
Let's all get behind him if he's appointed it's a time for solidarity blues.

4.) 27 Nov 2017 17:20:31
No NO NO no don’t let it be him yeah he saves the club that season he is there but every club after he leaves goes down he leaves every club in a mess and with players who can only play one way. When he leaves we will be in a bigger mess than we are now as a fan now I am really worried.

5.) 27 Nov 2017 17:30:31
Well you say that Rhapsody. But looking at the shower of crap the players are performing. We need a no crap style manager. So I wish him the very best of luck because I think he'll need. I hope he takes us to the next level.

6.) 27 Nov 2017 18:33:43
I for one will be getting right behind him and I hope everyone else does. Whether we like it or not they need our support. Let's help and get our team back up the league.

7.) 27 Nov 2017 18:51:04
I have to agree with Eddy. Bad times could be ahead. Oh I feel like breaking into song "There may be trouble ahead" :-)

If we have to have a British manager then Dyche for me please. Looking at Burnley on MOTD last night they looked a well oiled unit.

8.) 27 Nov 2017 19:19:01
We need to remember the alternative is what we have been watching. I will have confidence he knows what he's doing and make them a) try and b) be difficult to score against. That will do for a while.

9.) 28 Nov 2017 00:57:10
Eddy you got it wrong, then clubs are a mess when he arrives, did you forget that part? he makes a crap bunch of players play as a team, takes them back to basics, when he leaves the club the next manager that comes in can not replicate what he has done with them same crap players, hence they are a mess and go down.

There are some teams that no matter what can never really attract a certain player, they are always going to be in a state of struggle, maybe SA wants to move away from that, hence he leaves, maybe promises from a he board are not kept? So he leaves. he’s no spring chicken any more and his time is running out.

Would you want you last years of managing spent just saving your team year in and year out from relegation? Getting the most from a bunch of mercenaries? We all do bad things, I couldn’t give a crap about that, I’m only interested it what he does with Everton if he comes. I think he’s a very underrated manager. We should of brought him in 3 weeks ago.

We are a long long way from the teams currently in the top of the table and we need to realise this. Don’t get me wrong, he is no wheee near my first choice, but I don’t wear blinkers like the other shower of sh*! e and I can see what we are and right now we are desperate.



31 Aug 2017 21:17:31
Barkley turns down Chelsea? What exactly is it this lad wants? He states he wants a new challenge but turns down a move to the current champions and the possibility of champions league football, staggering if true.

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1.) 31 Aug 2017 21:19:32
Wants Spurs mate.

2.) 31 Aug 2017 21:36:48
Maybe he's having second thoughts. It took me two goes to move away from Liverpool. And I missed home for years.
I for one would be happy if he stayed. Think he still has an awful lot to offer.

3.) 31 Aug 2017 21:51:26
Know idea what the hell is going on in Barkley's head, but he does seem to be listerning to some very strange advice, for all the fact that this lad has betrayed all those supporters that stood by him in a whole range of substandard performances, you still hope that someone would sit him down and tell him a few home truths. Frances Jeffers is a sad tale of someone who could have had a great career, but ended with a host of regrets.

4.) 31 Aug 2017 21:54:06
Knowing Ross he turned Chelsea down as he didn't fancy London, if only someone could tell Ross Spurs are in London, whilst waiting for the tumbleweed to pass.

5.) 31 Aug 2017 22:27:40
Betrayed? That's a bit strong mate.

6.) 31 Aug 2017 22:54:09
I don't think it is, we blasted Rooney when he left us but the fee he got for us at the time was massive at a time when we were well short of money, i'm Barkleys biggest fan but I feel he is messing us around, first of all he turns down our contract offer where he is loved by fans, now the champions offer him everything a footballer could want for what a move to Spurs that basically don't want him that much as there not interested in him. I hope he is happy as he has done everything wrong and it's his fault not the agents. He should think about that tonight his career is going horribly wrong.

7.) 31 Aug 2017 23:22:15
got a feeling he'll stitch us up and leave for nothing can sign a pre contract with spurs in Jan. so can see levy saying stay put and you'll save me loads pf money.

8.) 01 Sep 2017 11:25:15
I understand that under the rules he could only sign a pre-contract with a non-English club in January - although his agent (s) could no doubt have something agreed "unofficially" with a Premier League club.

9.) 01 Sep 2017 20:59:20
You may have blasted Rooney I didn't. The lad was just doing what we would all do, make as much as he can in the time he has. Oh and win things, which he did. If Ross wants to play for Spurs then that's his business. He signed a contract and he's seeing it out. As a contractor I have done that many times, and all footballers are contractors in the end.



15 Aug 2017 10:46:31
SSN reporting Gareth Barry is at West Brom having a medical. Be a shame to lose his experience and presence but good luck to him and thanks for the service he provided.

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1.) 15 Aug 2017 11:23:22
Probably the best solution all round. West Brom get a good player, Barry gets more game time and we get a transfer fee.

2.) 15 Aug 2017 12:39:44
Just hope we invest in another midfielder if he goes.

3.) 15 Aug 2017 16:05:33
Goodluck and thanks to gaz top player and great roll model to youger players . In my 10 of best premier league midfielders 👍.

4.) 15 Aug 2017 20:19:48
Nice reply Kingkoeman sentiments I am sure will be thought by many of us.



05 Jul 2017 15:12:36
My all time favourite Everton number 11 Kevin Sheedy has decided to leave Everton.
Goodbye and good luck for the future Sheeds and thanks so many fond memories, it's difficult to pick a favourite one.

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1.) 05 Jul 2017 18:18:55
Not that difficult. His goal to seal the 1985 European Cup Winner's Cup Final just after they'd pulled a goal back against the run of play.

2.) 05 Jul 2017 19:09:32
Putting two fingers up to the kop is up there 😂.

3.) 05 Jul 2017 21:01:00
After much deliberation the twice taken free kick against Ipswich in the FA Cup in 1985 dies it for me.
Round the wall one way - goal disallowed.
No problem, round the wall the other way - goal given - legend!




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05 Dec 2017 17:31:04
Wow, what happened to the site just then Eds? My page went all black and green and into what looked like sort of shopping site.

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{Ed002's Note - You are not meant to see all of those hidden areas.}

1.) 05 Dec 2017 17:59:40
Happened to me too.

2.) 05 Dec 2017 17:37:56
It was in and off for roughly 10 minutes about 15 minutes ago. Even when it went back to the normal pages you couldn't navigate through the pages if that helps.

{Ed033's Note - You just entered The Twilight Zone.

3.) 06 Dec 2017 12:43:07
the same thing happened to me months ago. and I can't get the correct scores form now.

{Ed033's Note - correct scores input form is on football-rumours.co.uk

4.) 06 Dec 2017 23:15:56
cheers ed, and merry christmas.



05 Dec 2017 16:40:34
Does anyone else's other half just simply not get Everton or football in general?
Below is a genuine conversation in our house last night, just one of many similar conversations over the years.

Her - Are Everton playing at the weekend?
Me - Yes it's the derby.
Her - Are they any good? I don't think I remember you playing them before.
Me- Pardon?
Her- Derby, are they any good?
Me- No, it's the derby, we're playing liverpool.
Her- Oh, why didn't you say so. Are you going?
Me- No, it's at their place, I haven't got a ticket. I might go to the pub and watch it there.
Her- I thought you have a season ticket?
Me (confused) - I have?
Her- So why aren't you going?
Me- It's at their place, we're the away team.
Her- But you've got a season ticket so why aren't you going?
Me (exasperated) - Because it's an away game and my season ticket is only for home games.
Her- Well that was a waste of money than wasn't it if you can't go to the game.
Me- leaves room not knowing whether to laugh or cry.

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1.) 05 Dec 2017 16:57:43
A conversation I think we've all had.

My wife is a red and like most Liverpool supporters doesn't really follow football. She asked me in the mid naughties if Kenny Dalglish was playing in one of the derby's!

2.) 05 Dec 2017 17:10:22
Made me laugh RIB, I have been married for 52 years and all I can tell you is that they get worse with age. My wife is from Prescot so at least she does know what a "Derby" is but she still can't quite understand why I support Everton.

{Ed002's Note - She knows a Derby is a hat?}

3.) 05 Dec 2017 17:41:47
My mates wife is just as ditzy Mike, although on paper she's actually very clever.
They were playing trivial pursuit a good few years ago and she got the question 'what was the name of the ship in mutiny on the Bounty? '
After much deliberation she answered 'was it the Golden Hind? '

4.) 05 Dec 2017 18:30:45
Wife is one of those 50s babes that got caught in the pension trap. We had a discussion (I was told) and decided that as I had worked all those years for those lovely pensions she may as well retire now. That was over a year ago, since when she has pursued (apparently) a love of football in order for us to have a 'conversation'. I am 68 now, passed the job centre the other day and I was tempted sorely tempted to go in and look for a job.

5.) 05 Dec 2017 18:55:42
Love that post Rhapsody in Blue. Made me think of many conversations with the other half. Usually I cry with utter annoyance. Hopefully after reading your post it will be more laughing from now on. Make it all the easier to cope with.

6.) 05 Dec 2017 20:06:38
You think that's bad. When i showed my wife rooneys wonder goal against west ham last week she asked me are you allowed to do that? I asked, allowed to do what? She said "score from that far out. I thought you had to score inside a certain are" i just said yeah.

7.) 06 Dec 2017 07:15:04
my missus just doesn't talk about football and it's been ok mostly this season as when we lose I just sulk but after the last two wins I have done nothing but to talk to her about the games I never get a response though after 15 years together she has mastered the off switch ha ha ha oh well at least on Sunday she will still be on beer duty so she's not all bad.

8.) 06 Dec 2017 11:59:55
She was sort of right, it has been a waste of money so far this season!

My Mrs also didn’t understand the Rooney goal. She said wow he got so lucky, what was he trying to do?



04 Dec 2017 19:32:00
An early new year visit to a*field then eh? Warm balls anyone?

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02 Dec 2017 20:21:56
I won't pretend I've ever been a big fan of Sam Allardyce over the years but his tactics today did work for us. We looked stronger and more organised at the back than we have done all season and the players in general looked more confident and assured. If we can keep this up and improve further I may be in danger of starting to warm to the man.

As for his second in command Sammy Lee, I won't beat around the bush; I didn't like him as a player, and again have never been a fan of him as a coach. However today I saw a side of Sammy Lee I've probably missed over the years.
On the way to the game I read his recent comments where he questioned why some Evertonians are bitter towards him and then explained how he fell out with the rs after they treated him badly while he was a coach there, ending with him saying Everton are the people's club and always have been.
I treated those comments with some disdain, initially thinking of them as the words of a man who wants to be accepted by his new employers.
My stance was however softened somewhat by his attitude in the touchline this afternoon.

For the entire game he was on his feet, shouting and screaming, challenging every decision that went against us and cajoling the opposition' bench, at one point I thought he was going to have a straightener with Wagner.
To then watch him with the subs, winding up and encouraging the ongoing subs up as they went on and hugging and congratulating the off coming players as they left the pitch made me consider how professional he may be as a coach.
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not suddenly starting a Sammy Lee fan club but I have again softened my opinion of him.

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1.) 02 Dec 2017 20:38:46
Excellent post mate I watched Sammy Lee as well on the touchline getting a bollo from the for yelling or whatever which he and Big Sam did very vocal both of them completely different from Koeman and his deadpan image, if this is the start then I want to be here for the ride.

2.) 02 Dec 2017 20:57:15
Good post mate, these guys are professionals and are here to do well achieve and win!

3.) 02 Dec 2017 22:27:20
The thing I noticed was how Big Sam, Little Sam and Shakespear appear to enjoy working with each other, all 3 of them were in full communication with each throughout the game. Also how the 2 Sams gave the players a lot of respect whilst still showing them who is in charge.

Still got a long way to go but the improvements were very refreshing to watch.



27 Nov 2017 16:13:11
If these allardyce rumours are true you're in for a busy night eds.

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{Ed025's Note - i know RIB, i have never wanted him him and am his harshest critic but something has got to change at this club and quick mate..

1.) 27 Nov 2017 16:59:23
I understand how you feel Ed025 but desperate times require desperate measures, and Allardyce left the door open he always spoke highly of the club and its supporters.
Unsy is a broken man in these few weeks and cannot change things, the ship needs steadying until January when more positive steps can be taken.
Complete mismanagement and reckless purchases have put us in this position, we look a shambles of a club and the media will be harsh in its reporting, we need to turn things around quickly!

2.) 27 Nov 2017 17:32:00
I agree with you Ed, but I believe this could be a good move considering our situation.

3.) 27 Nov 2017 17:34:03
Ed him will ruin our club this season he will save is but it’s the aftermath he leaves you with which is 99% knackered the academy players bye bye. Only hope is it’s only 6 month contract with Steve Walsh’s picks if it’s any longer than that I don’t see a future for our club.




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21 Nov 2017 13:27:15
Having the Dallas Cowboys cheer leaders performing at the game wouldn't boost the attendance for that match ☺.

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29 Oct 2017 13:56:51
I think he'd be an astute signing Al, there's not many players who are also fully qualified referees.

(Ok I know he's not really but he certainly thought he was last week)

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24 Oct 2017 14:06:42
You can't do any worse than Martinez or Koeman Smit.

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07 Sep 2017 10:36:38
If that is the case and his only motivation is his own financial gain he's showing a total lack of respect for the club that nurtured him and stood by him during his terrible injuries.

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02 Sep 2017 15:27:39
Ooh you are awful, but I like you ;)

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26 Feb 2019 11:01:39
Hi Brightwell, as degsy said, go to the players entrance which is on the corner of the Park End and Bullens Road (you can't miss it it's protected by barriers and will have other people after autographs there as well) .
My lad was a ball boy a good few years ago now and we were told to be there for 1.30 for a 3.00 kick off so he could meet and greet the players as they came in to register pre match.
Good luck, hope your son gets a book full of autographs.

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12 Apr 2018 21:16:22
So sad and absolutely gutted to hear this news.
Grumpy always put his point across very eloquently and politely but firmly.
Hopefully he's up there with Kendal, Ball and Young and all the other Blues he held in such high esteem. God bless and sleep well.

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03 Jan 2018 15:52:18
Disgusting and inexcusable behaviour but some of our fans have been horrible as well over the years. Bananas being thrown at John Barnes springs to mind as does chanting at Steven Gerrard telling him he is not the father of his baby.
You can't defend the indefensible but sadly all clubs have their share of morons.

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23 Dec 2017 16:57:20
He's got man flu Mike, that's like a thousand times worse than the common flu.

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21 Dec 2017 20:58:02
Sharpie only really improved in the air once Andy Gray arrived. I'm not saying he was rubbish beforehand but he improved vastly once Gray taught him a few things.

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