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30 Mar 2017 08:19:34
Hi Ed, any news on potential outgoings this summer. Namely Cleverly, Niasse, McGeady etc.

Thank you in advance.

{Ed002's Note - Hull have a cheapish option to buy Niasse at the end of his loan so we will see at the end of teh season. Lukaku will look to move on to achieve his goal of playing football at the highest level - Everton are at fault for screwing up the contract situation. Spurs interest in Ross Barkley has waned - we need to see if anyone pushes for him. Tom Cleverley has both Newcastle and Watford interested and Milan, subject to resolving another issue, want to make the loan of Gerard Deulofeu permanent.}

1.) 31 Mar 2017 11:00:00
Cheapish? I read a report that it was a £10m option so is that what represents cheapish?

2.) 01 Apr 2017 03:44:07
Cleverly has gone previous reports quoted 9 million which is a profit since we got him on a Free. Niasse is also in 8-10 million apparently. How did Everton screw up contract negotiations?
Ross was never likely to move I believe his agents are stirring the pot to get a better ideal, he loves playing for the Blues. just my opinion.



07 Feb 2017 11:14:34
Ed's, anyone, any sign of existing players signing new contracts? Namely Barkley and Robles who's contracts expire in less than 18 months. Lukaku has a little over 2 years left on his and there was talk of him signing a new one before Christmas. Albeit from his agent who may have been trying to ignite interest.

These are 3 players I'd certainly like to see tied down. I'm sure there are probably one or two others that I'm not aware of whose coming to the end of their contracts also.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know about Robles, but Barkley was keen to get a new contract and expected to sign one before the summer.}

1.) 07 Feb 2017 12:29:13
Thanks for that Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

2.) 07 Feb 2017 16:05:58
I was wondering the other day about Lukaku and his contract was said to be 99% done so did it get finalised and signed?

{Ed025's Note - not as far as i know ST, i heard it was close to being sorted but have had no confirmation yet mate..

3.) 07 Feb 2017 19:52:09
Ta muchly Ed.

{Ed025's Note - anytime mate..

4.) 08 Feb 2017 08:38:41
Read an article that Lukaku signed a contract last December earning over £100,000 a week and has a get out clause of £80m. It also said Chelsea are going to give that amount in the summer as Costa is going to China after the bust up with Conte.

What a load of ballony! As you say Ed025 he did not sign the contract last December. Shows how much the papers make up.



21 Jan 2017 23:49:48
There is no longer a top 6 in the premiership. There is a top 7 and we are in it. According to Pulis anyway. He's neutral so that's good enough for me.

Next I expect us to be a major force within that top 7. Going to be a good summer.



10 Jan 2017 22:48:10
Ed002 any info on the future of some players that possibly might be leaving Everton. Namely Gibson, Cleverly, McCarthy and the 2 that there are rumours about Niasse and Kone. Apparently Hull and QPR are their destinations.

Just wondering does it look like any leaving us this month? Happy with the way the incomings are developing. If we get MS it will be a good window even if its stopped at that.

{Ed002's Note - Niasse will almost certainly go to Hull. McCarthy interests Celtic and Crystal Palace with West Brom and Newcastle United probably out-muscled in their interest.}

1.) 11 Jan 2017 07:06:17
Niasse deal to hull almost done shame it's only on loan, But BBC report Scheiderlin deal done

2.) 11 Jan 2017 07:46:06
Thank you Ed002. I take it there is no real developments happening at the moment for anyone else.

{Ed002's Note - I have explained what I know.}



22 Jun 2016 23:24:26
Ed, any truth to Everton agreeing release clause for Sneijder? Seen some reports of £5.6m fee agreed.

Also what's the story with financial fair play? Technically are we allowed to have a net spend of the reported £100m we are supposed to be spending this summer.

{Ed002's Note - Southampton made an enquiry about Sneijder in December 2014 but didn't follow it up - although it substantiates that there has been interest from Kopeman in the past. Lazio have discussed him with Galatasaray but they have stepped back because of the wages being demanded. Their possible willingness to sell in the summer may be driven by a need to reduce wages rather than any transfer fee as he is still seen as an asset by the club - but the club has a European ban to deal with. Forget anything about any release clause. I am not aware of any firm interest from Everton at this time but it doesn't mean that there isn't.

The additional income is in next season's budget (starting July 1) and comes from the additional television money. If there is an issue it might be wages rather than transfer fees.}

1.) 23 Jun 2016 01:56:12
Thanks, Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

2.) 23 Jun 2016 09:08:01
Thank you Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - No problem.}




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13 Feb 2018 10:27:30
11 fixtures left. Only 2 teams that will be difficult. The dark side and Man City. We should be picking up a lot of points from the rest. 9 very winnable fixtures. Should see us climb the table to 7th.

I'm one who is supporting SA. However I honestly say if he doesn't get 7th by the the end of the season its a failure. We are in a very good position to do it. Burnley are struggling as of late. I'm not one to give out about managers generally and have stood up for SA but he has to get 7th.

1.) 13 Feb 2018 10:39:38
I stand to be corrected here but if he manages to get us into 7th and Europe he will become the first ever Premiership manager to take a team out of a relegation battle and into the top 7 in the same season.

2.) 13 Feb 2018 10:43:37
Nice post NBTB mate, hope you are right but I do think you are in a dreamworld?

3.) 13 Feb 2018 10:55:29
I would love him to get us to 7th mate and honestly think it is achievable, we need to improve our away record to do it though.

I need to personally show more support for SA he is after-all our manager.

4.) 13 Feb 2018 11:00:19
I think 7th is doable but not an achievement. And I don’t think SA can do anything between now and the end of the season that can convince me he deserves anther year.

He has delivered to a degree what was required of him but nothing else. Let’s be honest, surely the 18 months on his contract are for 6 to get us out of trouble and the other 12 to secure a good handshake when the inevitable happens in the summer.

I respect what the guy does so well and my goodness we needed it. But if this is the sum of our ambition, I’m going to need to sit in a dark room for a while.

7th, when so many this season are struggling is just plain average. I do understand it’s an improvement from where we are but come on, another 12 months of this guy and we are looking at a very forgettable 2018/ 19.

5.) 13 Feb 2018 11:52:22
I agree Toffee Ace. For me, despite the fact that 7th was the best we were ever going to finish by the time he took over, the standard in the rest of the league is so bad that we've only won 5 games in 2 and a half months and we are still in with a shout.

So given that we can't realistically finish higher than 7th for me it's about performances and results. We need to get a good team going, dominate teams around us and show that we are the 7th best team in the league. If that happens I'll give San a chance, as I don't believe that the players are as poor as some people on here woupd have you believe.

6.) 13 Feb 2018 13:19:01
Stig, dreamworld? Even people who don't rate or want Sam say its achievable.

7.) 13 Feb 2018 13:25:20
Won’t happen we are poor, poor team. Think it’s a little arrogant to rule out those currently above us, and those just below us. Let’s see what people think after the Watford game.

8.) 13 Feb 2018 13:52:00
Woburnblue, I think there’s always a chance given there’s only 2 points in it. Burnley were crap against Swansea. Leicester are by no means certs for 7th either. Yes we are playing some grot at the moment but to say it won’t happen is as pessimistic as saying it will is arrogant.

9.) 13 Feb 2018 14:07:09
Couldn't of put it better myself Toffee Ace.

10.) 13 Feb 2018 14:55:12
Ok I would love to be optimistic but have a look at Leicesters run in compared to ours and then see if you still think 7th is achievable.
Our next 5 games are Watford, Burnley both away, Brighton at home, Stoke away then city at home. At best with the way we play away from home you should say we pick up a point from each away game and 3 at home to Brighton and 0 from city, that's 6 points and the magic 40 point mark. Let's look at Leicester's 5 games, they have Stoke, Bournemouth and Arsenal at home with 2 away games at West Brom and Brighton. So let's say they collect a point at each away game, which they should at a bare minimum and collect 7 points from the 3 very winnable home games, that's 9 points from 15 compared to our 6 from 15 and puts them on 44 points 4 clear of us, we then play Lpool at home and our record against our neighbours is well, its embarrassing, meanwhile Leicester have a home game against Newcastle so by the end of this round of fixtures we could find ourselves 7 points behind Leicester.
I would love to share the optimism that 7th is achievable, it would be if we had a manager who set a team up to win away from home, which we don't, I reckon we will finish 9th myself due to our away record.
Just for the record as well Burnley's next 6 are home games against Saints, us and Chelsea, I would say 5 points from them 3, West ham, West Brom and Watford away, using the same 1 point at each away game that's 3 points and 8 from 18 and puts them on 44 points and 4 ahead of us.
Of course this is just my guess, but I can only see the teams above us going further ahead rather than us clawing it back, would love to be wrong but doubt it.

11.) 13 Feb 2018 16:22:11
Fair point Bluegray. But since the middle of December both teams have been pretty bad. Leicester have only won 2 out of 9 and Burnley haven’t one any in their last 9. Both teams have their troubles right now as do we. And whilst those predictions you’ve made are very reasonable, when I look at the recent form I still think there’s a fair shout for us.

12.) 13 Feb 2018 16:42:51
So what your saying is we will get seventh because we won’t be quite as bad as the rest of the crap in the league. Am I a pessimist? Not really just a realist, and personally think 10th is where we will end up.

13.) 13 Feb 2018 16:55:59
To achieve and remain at 7th is possible but as others have said it needs a change of selection and tactics from Sam toward away games. At present because of this approach all it takes is a blip at home and we slip back down again.

{Ed025's Note - i wont be very happy if sam sacrifices away games DFS, its a recipe for disaster and never mind it sapping confidence what about them poor buggers who travel the country following the team?, i have to be honest with you if he starts that nonsense again i will be calling for his head..

14.) 13 Feb 2018 20:46:44
We should be going to Watford, Stoke, Swansea and Burnley and attacking them, yet I feel this won't happen and Sam will revert to type and play Schneids and Gueye and leave a single man up top isolated.

Watford will attack us and leave gaps and we should be exploiting this, we have a settled midfield in Rooney, Gueye and Davies and they seem to have an understanding so why break them up just because its an away game? We should only change a winning side if we have injuries, yet Sam seems to change it every time an away game pops up! The only way I would sacrifice one from that midfield 3 was to go 2 up top.



04 Feb 2018 11:49:05
Any chance of a poll Ed? Where do people think we are going to finish this season?

{Ed033's Note -

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1.) 04 Feb 2018 16:20:20
top half just.

{Ed025's Note - very optimistic mate..

2.) 04 Feb 2018 16:28:20
Much appreciated Ed033. Don't mind revealing my vote. 7th, the highest that was put in after 33 votes. Timing is of a negative mindset after the defeat yesterday. Still if you go by this site we are up and down like a yo yo. Hard to remain positive when we are in the middle of a bad patch. Future is bright despite yesterday's defeat.

{Ed033's Note - Maybe you need another poll asking who do you think should be the next Everton manager?

3.) 04 Feb 2018 20:35:14
Not for me Ed033. Hate this thing of changing manager as soon as things get tough.



02 Jan 2018 23:37:40
Thank you for the posts below BobbyC. My opinion on Garbutt too. Just seems he is not deemed good enough.

P.S. you are a follower of the Cowpat Sid club or you are Cowpat Sid?

He is greatly missed on this site :-(.

1.) 03 Jan 2018 00:45:48
NBTB: as I understand it, Cowpat Sid appeared on the television show “Stars in Their Eyes”; after saying to the compère, “Tonight, I’m going to be Glenn Miller”, he walked through the doors and was never seen again ;-) Since then, he has become an almost-mystical figure on this forum.

Rumour has it that he was shot down over the English Channel. I don’t know if it was by one of the Eds flying a Messerschmitt - or some other Fokker ;-)
By the way, “The Cowpat Sid Appreciation and Memorial Society” is not a religious organisation - it is non-profit and non-prophet; the only article of faith is belief in Everton Football Club, whose Holy Trinity is Kendall. Ball and Harvey and whose Messiah was Alex Young ;-)

2.) 03 Jan 2018 09:15:52



25 Dec 2017 14:47:07
Happy Christmas GuernseyBlue, Grumpy and all fella toffees. Eds fantastic work on the site. I thank you.

1.) 25 Dec 2017 15:13:23
Happy Christmas mate, I hope you have a good day and a wonderful meal.

2.) 25 Dec 2017 17:53:58
Happy Christmas to all on here from snowy and cold Connecticut.

3.) 25 Dec 2017 18:13:02
You to Mike, best wishes.

4.) 25 Dec 2017 23:21:42
Hey BlueMike. Merry Christmas to you too. Sister in-law lives in Danbury Connecticut. Got a picture this morning with plenty of snow. Getting to -20 degrees later this week. Mind yourself and enjoy the game tomorrow.

{Ed002's Note - I know Danbury.}

5.) 25 Dec 2017 23:50:35
In Essex Ed001. Happy Christmas.

{Ed002's Note - CT.}

6.) 26 Dec 2017 01:45:49
Thanks NBTB, we are in Oxford, CT which is very close to Danbury. Up here to see the kids and six grandchildren. They can keep this cold weather, back to Florida for the winter on Dec.31st. Will definately enjoy the game tomorrow and expect us to win 3-1,

{Ed002's Note - Enjoy man.}



19 Nov 2017 23:30:28
Bit of a delayed reaction but I'd like to say well done to Aaron Lennon on his performance Saturday. He had a hard couple of months but showed there is still plenty of fight left in him. Good on ya Aaron lad, keep it up. Let's hope some of your positivity rubs off on the other players now you were given a chance. God knows they need it.

1.) 20 Nov 2017 02:39:35
Lennon is under appreciated, he gives his all every game, offers great cover for the right back and closes every ball down. If people remember a few seasons ago he sparked life back into the team with his effort, which gave everyone else a kick up the arse. Niasse is doing the same now. The rest of the more 'talented senior players' need to show more commitment.

2.) 20 Nov 2017 09:22:31
Always been a good player and what you see is what you get, he just appears not to be to all Managers tastes. As others have said if the rest of the side followed Lennons and dare I say it Niasses attitude (not the dive obviously) , we would not be in this position. The more illustrious players need to start showing up. As to the Manager situation, not more can be said to the Echo Headline.

3.) 20 Nov 2017 13:35:22
I was more referring to what happened him at the end of last season in his personal life. He not only got over that but also got over not getting picked since the beginning of the season. Then put in a very good performance taking all that into consideration. Keep it up Aaron. Good to have the likes of ya around Everton F. C.




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11 Feb 2018 22:13:53
Brilliant original post Grumpy. Totally agree with everything you said.



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23 Jan 2018 23:11:41
Aaron Lennon was a model for other professionals and so many other people also, eg people with mental health issues.

He came back stronger from his challenging moment last year. A real inspiration that always gave his best. A touch line winger. Burnley have a good one there. Best of luck Aaron. May you have many happy years at Burnley.



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21 Jan 2018 10:38:43
Most successful manager in recent history in the premiership was Scottish. He nearly got sacked at the beginning of his career. Lucky for Man Utd F. C. that didn't happen. When he got a proper chance look what he achieved.

Hodgson and Moyes are doing fabulous work with their new clubs this season. Give the guys credit when the obviously deserve it.

Everton are in the process of improving. No point jumping on Big Sam's back so soon. Give the man some respect and at least until the end of the season. Everyone will be in a better position to judge then.

I'm as disappointed as anyone with the recent games. Don't see the point on blaming everything on a manager that has only been with the club a wet week.



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20 Jan 2018 12:51:47
Crystal Palace have climbed the table since Hodgson came in.

What is with you lot. I said it before and I'll say it again. Why do you guys put down British managers so much?

Hodgson and also Moyes made their cubs climb roughly 7-8 places in table in a very short space of time. Give the guys some bit of credit at least.



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16 Jan 2018 13:26:56
Looks like Lance Link is ahead of us all below. And some gave him stick. Not the first time he was privy to information before it came out.




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14 Feb 2018 21:19:57
Totally stig absolutely detest bullies.

No proof as far as I know with big Dunc.

Tell me one thing. Who in the current set up gives as much determination, grit and never say die attitude as much as big Dunc when he was a player?

The man MAY come across as a bully sometimes. Its speculation but I would guess if it is true that its because he cares so much. Probably more than anyone else does and his anger comes across that way.

That's if the speculation is true in the first place. Don't think anyone would question Dunc's commitment to the club.



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14 Feb 2018 09:02:07
Good post BlueMike. Imho the first will not happen. Simply because what world renowned manager will put his own reputation on the line to come and do a long term project with Everton? They would be risking everything. Far too risky.

That's why I agree with Grumpy. A manager that gets us in a good position. Like within the reaches of the top 4-6 teams in the premiership will have done his job. Once that is achieved it would become more tempting for a world renowned manager to come in.

That's only my opinion. I'm well aware few will agree.



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13 Feb 2018 18:34:25
As I said below GuernseyBlue he's a legend. Love his view on things. Its very realistic with an overall picture.



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13 Feb 2018 17:56:19
Grumpy you are a legend!



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13 Feb 2018 14:07:09
Couldn't of put it better myself Toffee Ace.