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02 Feb 2019 00:30:37
Last year we would have let Gaye leave for the first bid and panicked and brought Michy Bats in for the £35 Million.

I am liking the way we stood firm on Gaye and did not do any last minute twitching.

Managed to get a few out on loan as well.

With our season as good as over worth giving Tosun an extended run until the end of the season, draft Hornby into the squad and give him the odd game time.

Overall whether we finish 7th or 11 or lower, we can experiment and see if any stand up to the task.

Regroup in the Summer and take stock what needs to be done long term with incomings and out goings.

Players have 4 months to prove themselves, so although we are playing to finish as high as possible, these next 4 months will structure the future of our football club, those who want to stay and fight, and those that get found out and shipped off.


1.) 02 Feb 2019 07:36:58
Well said Bignev I actually think the Jan transfer window was a good one for us, we didn't panic buy we didn't lose any important players and our youth went on loan deals which will benefit us and them in the future. As you say 4 months now for the players to show themselves though I'm betting Brands already has knows who's going and has identified players roll on the summer.

2.) 02 Feb 2019 08:03:11
Good posts lads.

3.) 02 Feb 2019 09:29:27
Seems like a good idea to me Nev/ Lee.

4.) 02 Feb 2019 12:23:19
I do think DCL could have done with a loan to get more experience but once Niasse went it would leave us short.
Good posts above as January is not the time to do business unless desperate. Hopefully a few results for us over the next few weeks. What better way for Marco and the team to get over the Anfield game to beat them at Goodison.

5.) 02 Feb 2019 12:46:32
But we are Desperate? WTF, Edd this site is full of ostriches,

6.) 02 Feb 2019 13:03:50
Thank goodness there are only a couple of Doom slayers on here.

7.) 02 Feb 2019 17:09:58
We would just end up with more bolasie's, walcotts and Tosun's. can't just throw money at people when things are not going well. We have spent how much and we are crap. We need a smarter more calculated and progressive method. Not panic buying. The season is f****d. We can't rescue it.

8.) 02 Feb 2019 17:47:34
GuernseyBlue even you can not be happy with that today?

9.) 02 Feb 2019 18:44:35
Should have signed the Black Cat, was more movement in the Cat than that pile of rubbish today.

10.) 03 Feb 2019 23:45:49
Bit harsh to say he needs to get result against city to save his job but I do think he needs a performance and a sign that we have worked on defending set pieces but then Man City don’t really put ball into box that much from set plays.



25 Jan 2019 19:34:47
Let's hope we take the fa cup seriously and put out a strong squad for tomorrow.

One game at a time and if we get the win, all we need is a couple of kind draws to go our way.

Anyway first things first, let's get the job done tomorrow, no 6 changes please Silva.




20 Jan 2019 21:53:46
Looking like we will not be getting our striker this January, unless we offload some players.

Cannot see anyone paying for any of the players we want to offload.

Tosun will be wanted by Turkish teams but only on loan, cannot see anyone beating the door down to sign Schnids.

The only player I can see leaving is Gaye at the right price, then we need to fill his position.

We have dug ourselves into a hole by allowing players to go out on loan, even Cardiff saw through us and went for the loan option.

So unless we somehow manage to get a few sales by putting a more realistic price on our players, expect it to be a quiet January.


1.) 21 Jan 2019 10:54:05
Its been stated on numerous occasions the club will be doing very little if any business during the January window. I can't see the problem with that either we won't get relegated and won't finish in the top 4. The current squad is good enough for the time being in my opinion.

2.) 21 Jan 2019 11:17:32
The squad is good enough but they don't play as a team. In the real world some of them would get the sack on capability.

3.) 21 Jan 2019 12:38:28
More like dereliction of duty Pensarn. I agree also with sa90. It’s shaping to be a mid table season so why panick? Get the striker early in the summer window ready for a pre season then no more excuses.

4.) 21 Jan 2019 12:45:42
Hi toffee, I know if I put a shift in like some of them do, then I know I would have been up in front of the manager mate.

5.) 21 Jan 2019 13:30:50
Not sure how much a new striker would improve this team. We are not generating enough chances so even the best strikers would have a hard time. We started the season with some good attacking style play but even then we had games which were poor and this has now become the norm rather than the exception. It seems that Silva has plan A and when this does not work the players have no idea what to do resulting in mistakes, poor passing, low confidence and general malaise. The opposition now know how to play against us and if Silva can't find a plan B or C then it will only get worse regardless of whom plays. At the moment we are a a bunch of individual players and not a team.

{Ed025's Note - very much so mike..

6.) 21 Jan 2019 15:35:59
Certainly worth putting Hornby in the squad for the cup game.

7.) 21 Jan 2019 16:48:59
Hi Eds02, nice to see your quiet about my so called 5 game prediction. It only lasted 2 games. What's going wrong with us mate?

{Ed002's Note - The problem is the lopsided squad, the lack of RW, not playing Tosun and having Silva as a coach.~

8.) 21 Jan 2019 17:47:59
Not much down for us then Eds.

9.) 21 Jan 2019 19:12:36
Ed002. can't see Silva going until the end of the year, if then. Any ideas about who might be a suitable replacement given availability and the state we are in?

{Ed002's Note - The club are looking to up their profile and are taking advice - ironically from the guy who pushed the side toward Silva. Right now I am not aware of the club looking for someone new. Again, this is rather a self inflicted wound and has resulted in a lop-sided squad that needs work - there might be 10 or 12 players available to leave but that is a lot of work to undertake. If there is no trust in Tosun, a decent player, then a CF is needed - but they could have grabbed Sala at a reasonable price and decided not to.}

10.) 21 Jan 2019 21:09:42
Ed002 -are you not a fan of silva’s?

{Ed002's Note - Are yo? Would you not rather have the relative success of Martinez, Allardyce and Koeman as compared to Silva? A mistake from day one as I have explained.}



16 Jan 2019 21:40:19
Latest on the new stadium is the reasoning behind the 52k is that they are looking to structure safe standing into the ground which will allow the capacity to rise to closer to the 62k.

Makes perfect sense, guaranteed to fill a 52k stadium, if needed can use the safe standing when needed for supply and demand, with Everton looking to not just go one for one seat standing ratio.


1.) 16 Jan 2019 22:24:38
Agree with that mate.



06 Jan 2019 23:15:54
If the f.a. cup has taught us anything, it is never make multiple changes, take no team for granted, other teams will rotate who are still fighting for the top spot and still in Europe, let's grasp this opportunity with both hands, next round has to be as close to our strongest starting 11.

All we need is the luck of the draw for the next round or so and other top teams to exit.

Already Leicester and Fulham have gone, Wolves or our neighbours will join them.

We just about got away with making so many changes this time.

Next round we need to field our strongest 11.


1.) 06 Jan 2019 23:32:58
By the way we are ball number 7, let’s hope it is lucky for us.

2.) 07 Jan 2019 14:58:20
The team v Leicester looked knackered so changes were needed. But people have shouted all season for Lookman to get a chance and recently for Kenny to have a chance - so it was hardly massive changes.
The only ones left out of note were Gomes and Richarlison, both of whom have looked very tired and pretty poor last few games.
WE just need a bigger squad of players MS trusts - and clearly at the moment we not got that.




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24 Feb 2019 20:30:32
I am very surprised Klopp has made his Everton's World Cup final comment, when we play them, best team talk we have had at Everton for a good while, Nice one Klopp.

Now to get the old Lady rocking once more.

Years of ridicule from our neighbours, injustices, hard luck tales.

Surely We are due a result or for once, have the rub of the green, lose this one and expect more of the same in years to come.

After the Cardiff game, we have to go full out for 90. in the Derby, 96 Mins if needed, but the team, the fans have to be up for this one and do everything they can, to get a result.


{Ed025's Note - its a massive game for both clubs bignev..

1.) 24 Feb 2019 20:47:50
We've got to go full out for the rest of the season bignev, even if I think the bottom 3 now will be the ones who go down, and yes we are due some luck against the reds but let's beat Cardiff first.

2.) 25 Feb 2019 08:25:39
I don't think it was completely a dig. Maybe a bit of one. But a reminder that Liverpool will have to perform to their top levels and give full commitment. Their win against us was their hardest fought win of their season and was gifted to them right at the end. In performance we matched them and they struggled in that game. He knows it will be a tough game. I can't stand him but think he's being more honest than having a go. Come on, would we want any less in a derby 😁.

3.) 25 Feb 2019 11:03:51
Interesting comment considering their chances of winning the prem could be over before they even play us.
He should concentrate on the Watford game because if they lose that and city win their next 2 before the derby. 5 behind and boy will they be under pressure to beat us.



12 Feb 2019 19:24:46
Everton U18 v Brighton u18 is live now on YouTube 20 minutes played and 2 nil up.

Playing some very good football, Simms scored his 28th goal of the season, to make it 2 nil.


1.) 12 Feb 2019 22:17:13
I'd have Simms given a run out for our 1st team.

2.) 13 Feb 2019 00:54:53
Not just a goal scorer he holds the ball up well and some nice layoffs, certainly one to watch out for along with Hornby for the u23s.

3.) 13 Feb 2019 01:12:32
Simms got called up to the u23s for a game scoring on his debut, he has gone back in the u18 team, but will not be surprised if he starts for the u23s next season.

Seems we got him from the Man City youth team last season, certainly worth a run out, seems better than Calvert Lewin at hold up play, taking players on, and scoring goals, along with Hornby, we seem to have 2 decent strikers, just a case of giving them a go, Rashford got his chance and look at him now, so why not these two.

Certainly better than our current strikers in the first team.

4.) 13 Feb 2019 06:45:08
why the rush, let the lad develop in the 18s this year 23s next year or maybe a loan in lower leagues, why the rush to play him, let him have a couple of bad games and be destroyed by our toxic fanbase? let the lad grow and give him time.

5.) 13 Feb 2019 13:57:51
Not a case of rush, we are struggling with our strikers, why not give the guys a cameo role or two, why pay out top whack for a striker, if you already have the potential here.

Give the lads experience, we seem to have done alright letting a young joe Royle and acolin Harvey a run out in their teens.

6.) 13 Feb 2019 16:55:41
You’d be quick enough to slate him if he had a game and didn’t perform. Everton fans are ridiculous for scrutinising players.

7.) 13 Feb 2019 17:41:09
Whether Barkley, Stones, Davies or Kenny, I can say hand on heart I have never slated any of those players, I hear where you are coming from from certain fans, but my opinion is, if they are good enough, give them a chance, rather than wrapping them in cotton wool and loaning out, season after season, then offloading them.

Brands is talking about a player he would have tomorrow off PSV, the lad is 16 years old and already playing in the first team.

They will learn so much more playing alongside experienced players, the likes of Simms, Hornby, Gordon and Feeney could follow in the footsteps of Kenny and Davies.

It’s all about giving these youngsters a chance.

8.) 13 Feb 2019 20:12:45
If you’re good enough, you’re old enough.

Saying that, one or two bad performances and the boo boys would anihalate a young player, setting him back years.



10 Feb 2019 23:44:20
Last season we exited the f a cup at the first attempt, went out early season before.

This season out after the 4th round, now in theory a chance to get the players together and sort out any issues and work on them in extra training, instead our players get rewarded by having time off, some 7 Days with Silva debating the remaining Days free what to do.

Is it any wonder our players are not busting a gut in the cup games, if they get rewarded with a free week, sometimes in a warm weather warm up, this season, simply 7 Days off because we played a game in midweek.

If Bingham was around, he would have had them training on Southport or Ainsdale beach.

Instead we have players who have hardly bust a gut getting time off instead of trying to fix our problems.


1.) 11 Feb 2019 09:42:01
Your right bignev they have been rewarded with a warm weather trip (nice for some)

2.) 11 Feb 2019 10:03:47
The blokes a con man. Maybe Mr Moshri is waiting because he knows once he sacks Silva, Silva won't get a job in the Prem again, who wants to be responsible for that.

3.) 11 Feb 2019 10:17:54
The results we have had any manager regardless of who he is must be thinking he's going to be sacked.

4.) 11 Feb 2019 15:55:16
The City game was better and i didn't see the Watford game so can only speculate from clips and reviews but it seems that if we had a striker we would have won if not drawn that match.
Maybe a few weeks to regroup and recharge batteries could help massively.
I wanted Koeman originally but was done with him by the time he went. In hindsight i think we pulled the trigger too early on Koeman and yet we see the same traits from this squad that we did under Koeman.
Letting in goals for fun and plenty of possession and no end product.
The same towards the end of Allardyces reign too.
Maybe just maybe we need to stick with Silva and get rid of the players who obviously can't play the way Silva wants to play. Oh and buy a striker as well.

5.) 11 Feb 2019 16:46:04
I thought Koeman was the man for us as well. Martinez Belgian Boss, Koeman, Netherlands Boss, Silva Portugese Boss?

6.) 11 Feb 2019 17:08:41
I agree with you there Smit.

7.) 11 Feb 2019 17:49:35
Well Smit I am going to disagree completely.
After a much better performance against why would you change the team, with the exception of Walcott, for thevWatfordi game.
Whoever said he was a talented coach must have been a relative, his man management of Lookman is appalling and I suspect quite a few others also and he is both tactically and technically wanting.
We’ll be lucky to get to mid 40 points this season and are currently in free fall.
As previously posted I sincerely hope Mr Moshiri has inserted a performance and break clause in MS’s contract otherwise we will again be paying £millions in compensation for another failure.

8.) 11 Feb 2019 18:27:43
I did a prediction table Fancy Smith. I ran it three times and got to a maximum of 39 points.

9.) 11 Feb 2019 18:41:40
You won’t be very far out DFS, really worrying.

10.) 11 Feb 2019 20:15:31
I'm not sure why he changed them but we still lost against city so it's not like he changed a winning team.

Come on! are you having a laugh there? What prediction table are you running? if it's accurate you could do with patenting it and selling it to the bookies. You can buy Moshiri out with the money you make DFS.

Fancy, not sure where you have heard of his treatment of Lookman because the last I heard of Lookman a few weeks ago he was singing his praises.
And that came direct from Lookman.

11.) 11 Feb 2019 20:36:02
Serious mate, 39 points, but I gave the win to Cardiff, we win the Cardiff game and we will get (with the hopeful boost it gives) 45 points. Fasetious comment now, so we keep Silva, get rid of all the players that cannot play Silvas system and bring in those that can, so that would mean bringing in players from Hull, Watford or maybe Olympiakos if they are young enough still. Just take time out to listen to him, it is just pure rhetoric, reminds me of some of those Uni lecturers when they had been out on the beer the night before.

12.) 11 Feb 2019 21:34:37
I would agree DFS if we hadn't been playing brilliantly October and November. Those months were no fluke and the liverpool game along with a congested fixture list has done us in.
Most of these players aren't mentally strong enough to recover as we've seen time and again under previous managers.
In Silva I see a manager chopping and changing trying to get them back to where they were.
Yes he has made mistakes but who doesn't? He's a young manager and that is what I wanted, a young up and coming manager. Not an Allardyce, Redknapp or O Neill.

Do you think Benitez or Moyes or Howe is going to walk into this club and all of a sudden these misfits are going to break into the top 6?
No way. At least under this manager we have seen a glimpse of what he can do with a fit and firing team, something I haven't seen since Martinez 1st season.

We have sacked too many managers, so why are we only prepared to give this guy 3/ 4 of a season when Moyes, Martinez and Koeman got longer? It's complete madness calling for his head already.
Pep, Klopp and Benitez all struggled in their 1st season despite spending big money. All were backed by their clubs and all have since done well. We will never do the same if supporters give up at the first sign of tough times.

Forget predictions our average of points will put us on around 47 and that's if we don't improve.

13.) 12 Feb 2019 09:02:48
He hasn't lasted longer than 6 months in the prem, the pattern being a good 3 or 4 month hit followed by a slump. He has now been with us 7 or 8 months and no sign of the slump recovering. Liverpool did affect the Squad but two months later, Silva has not got it out of their heads, come on! What does that say about his competence.

14.) 12 Feb 2019 11:41:40
I agree with Smit666

I get all the reservations about Silva and I know that sacking Mourinho has been great for United but I have 2 words to say to that: Romelu Lukaku

We should hold onto Silva until the end of the season at least.

The medium-term strategy has to be to get the club some stability, which we are doing; not sacking managers every few months and not buying loads of new players only to find them surplus to requirements because we get a new manager in who doesn't want to play them.

We have to:
*get players off the books which is happening,
*see out previous manager's contracts without adding to this, also happening,
*get players in who can be decent long term which I think is true of Zouma, Gomes and Digne (not sure about Mina but he's been injured a lot so hard to say)
*give the youth a chance which is happening with Davies, Lookman, DCL and Kenny,
*avoid panic buying which is happening.
*get the team playing a more modern game which involves pressing and other things which is largely happening but.

. the bit that's clearly NOT happening is the zonal marking. However, as Kevin Ratcliffe said in a recent article, it takes a long time to get players to do this but once it clicks it works. Sure it is not the only system out there but there's no one system that always works otherwise everyone would use it. We aren't going down so the only sensible plan for the rest of the season is to get the team used to the zonal system and making it work and hopefully soon so we can get some clean sheets and start winning some games. If he clearly hasn't got the Zonal making sorted by the end of the season despite bringing in 3 defenders, then maybe.

{Ed025's Note - good post that bunnyman..



09 Feb 2019 17:41:10
I am too long in the tooth now to even blow a gasket anymore with our current manager, squad and personnel at the club.

I know come The weekend, McCarthy will be on the bench, we will eventually go a goal down, then the usual 3 subs coming on and same three going off week in week out.

You can set your watch by it, same tactics and line up, we are so predictable, every team we play already know how we will set up, everyone from the Everton supporters, opposing teams and fans, everyone bar our manager knows the outcome.

Absolutely no leadership or fight by the mahority, with the exception of the youngsters at least trying.

With Zouma now banned, if fit, we need to get Jagielka in defence, and get McCarthy putting some fight in midfield.

As long as we keep ignoring those two players, we will keep going into freefall.

Make no mistake we are a shambles, will persevere until the end of the season with Silva, expect more of the same, unless he grows a pair, and starts mixing it up with changes of tactics and team selection.

Strap yourselves in, because I do not see Silva making those changes anytime soon.


1.) 09 Feb 2019 18:05:39
He was and is an appalling choice, with no justification stats or resume to justify.

2.) 09 Feb 2019 18:39:14
Jag finished mate, but do love him, McCarthy the same, he has always been more interested in paying for Ireland, I know more fight from the but?

3.) 09 Feb 2019 18:43:04
I wonder what Moshri is thinking now. I have gone from indignant to downright anger now.



05 Feb 2019 21:01:32
I will beat at Goodison Wednesday evening, I am hoping After Silvas rant, he takes action and changes the team round and drop those he feels have not been performing, sadly I feel it may be the usual starting 11, with maybe the only change being Gaye recalled.

McCarthy will again be on the bench, we will go a goal down and again McCarthy will be an unused sub with chasing the game.

Hope I am wrong and Jagielka and McCarthy start.


1.) 05 Feb 2019 21:34:51
Jags is injured pal.

2.) 06 Feb 2019 00:41:32
Yeah shame still not fit.




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07 Mar 2019 20:59:14
Duncan Ferguson is a big no from me, would put all the eighties title winning players before him, including Mick Lyons who bust a gut for our club.

Then you have Gordon West, Alex Young, Roy Vernon, Bernie Wright, just kidding on Wright, but too many for the four stands, unless like a fellow poster mentioned but have blocks and sections named instead of Park end one, Park end 2 section etc, name the blocks after them.




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07 Mar 2019 18:22:54
It was John Moores junior who bank rolled Liverpool Fancy Smith, after his dad had passed away, can hardly blame John Moores for that.




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07 Mar 2019 16:35:37
Would have a John Moores stand before a Kenwright stand.

That guy was ruthless and took no crap, did everything in the best interest of our football club.


{Ed025's Note - fair shout bignev..



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07 Mar 2019 16:23:28
How About the boys pen Bill for one :-)

Seriously though, two that have been over looked is the Neville Southall stand, behind one goal and for me have to have a Gwladys in it, whether Gwladys waterside stand or another title, nothing in players or managers has more history than our famous home end.




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13 Feb 2019 19:47:36
Why not, our managers only last a season anyway, if we can get ushmanov on board, I will take a hit short term, if we have Usmanov for the long term.

If we get Usmanov could even go for pep, anyway doubt either happening, but I would gladly clean Usmanovs yacht moored near Bramley Moore Dock if it happens.





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19 Mar 2019 23:26:26
I thought the same with Digni having a go.




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11 Mar 2019 01:56:33
More baffling was the dropping of Schnids, these last couple of weeks we were on the shoots of recovery, so strange he never started, even more so not bringing him on, when we were 2 nil up, he has had his critics, me included, but the guy has stood up to the plate this season, played in 11 games and on the losing side only twice, three if you include a penalty shoot out.




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09 Mar 2019 22:46:06
I did say we should have kept hold of Robles, he improved with each extended run, certainly better than Pickford from what I have seen of both keepers.




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09 Mar 2019 22:43:32
To be fair Smitt I have given Silva the backing and belief, but he certainly has to take some of the plaudits and blame as well, that was the best starting 11 and we played well, taking Richarlison off when we had them on the back foot changed the game bringing a defender on, And then Walcott coming on.

If he wanted to shut shop at 2 nil, then at least bring Davies on, those two subs were poor, Pickford had a stinker, made a big mistake letting Robles go, should have let Stek go and kept Robles.




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09 Mar 2019 22:33:32
He needs Neville Southall coming in and coaching him on decision making, either that or be shown a dvd of Neville Southall.


{Ed025's Note - or be shown the door..