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25 Aug 2018 11:23:03
Some media outlets reporting than a loan move to Villa for Bolasie has been confirmed. Good luck to the lad.


{Ed002's Note - I understand it was completed early this morning and will be formally announced later. They are in the midst of making a flurry of loan signings.}

1.) 25 Aug 2018 11:57:30
Cheers for the info ed002, let's hope he gets some game time with them that he wouldn't get with us. It's a shame he got a serious injury in his first season as he never really got going for us after that.

{Ed002's Note - Your right - no one really knows right now what he will be capable of this season. Worth keeping an eye on him.}

2.) 25 Aug 2018 12:40:42
They’ve done one of those unveiling videos which is actually very funny to watch. Up the Villa.



09 Aug 2018 13:54:41
Sky reporting that Besic is off to Middlesborough for around 5m. I wish the lad all the best, he's been unlucky with injuries since he signed for us.


1.) 09 Aug 2018 14:08:57
Good luck to him. He plays with passion every time he puts on the shirt. I still remember when he mugged Yaya Toure off.

2.) 09 Aug 2018 14:21:04
BBC reporting Bolaisie to Burnley is a possibility.



04 Aug 2018 13:40:35
Just been trawling the internet and there is an article on Chelsea's Kurt Zouma. It says he has been stripped of his squad number and suggests he might be available for a transfer. The article links him to EFC, probably more because we are in the market for one or two cb's.
Eds, do you know of him being made available by Chelsea or is it just a baseless rumour?


{Ed002's Note - Well he hasn't been "stripped" of his squad number but he is available and there have been discussions with a couple of sides.}

1.) 04 Aug 2018 13:53:18
Cheers ed, was taking it with a pinch of salt as I've never heard of the site that reported it. Thanks for the swift reply.

2.) 04 Aug 2018 21:32:18
He's got to be better than what we have here but think we going to need 2 centre backs as it looks as if time as caught up with jags.

3.) 04 Aug 2018 22:04:54
Totally agree, David, but one would be a good start!



15 May 2018 22:44:01
So it looks like the majority of us will have some good news tomorrow! But who should be the man to take the hot seat? Silva seems to be the main name being bandied around but I'm not convinced he is the right man for the job. He took Hull out of the relegation zone only for them to plummet back down and, eventually get relegated.

He started well with Watford but then went on a bad run and was sacked. The 'official' Watford reason was that he had his head turned by us wanting permission to speak to us. If that's true then would this happen again if he comes and does well enough for other clubs to want to talk to him? Reminds me of Martinez so, with all the above considered, I'd rather he wasn't given the job.

After thinking long and hard, there is only one man with the experience of the league and that would probably have a bit of pulling power. It pains me to say it, believe me, but that man is Benitez. I know ed25 won't be happy but is there a better qualified man out there?

It's all hyperthetical as I don't even know if he would be interested but we need a strong character in charge, if only to stabilise the club and create a base from where we can grow from over the next few seasons.
The board have to be decisive and get this appointment right. If we install a new manager and it all goes wrong, maybe fireman Sam the gravy guzzler can come back for a few games and get us out of trouble!




09 May 2018 21:50:10
This summer is going to be an interesting one for us blues. There are players to be moved on and some to join but the turnover of players isn't as important to our future as the DoF role and, obviously, that of the manager.

The entire saga regarding SA, although getting a bit tedious, should be made clear after our last league game. There will be a considerable amount of the fanbase up in arms if he is allowed to continue, me included, but we will have to bite our tongues and get behind the team regardless. If the board decide to give him the boot, their next appointment is vitally important to our future and they HAVE to get it right.

We have wasted a lot of cash since Moshiri came in and there have been many lessons learnt, fingers crossed these mistakes will never be repeated. We need somebody who is willing to be here for more than two seasons, someone who will buy into Moshiri's project and hit the ground running. Someone to lay down the foundations for his eventual successor, moving the club forwards. Haven't a clue as to who this could be!

The DoF role is almost as important. We got it wrong by bringing in Walsh to be the first ever DoF that our club had. He is one of the best in the country at what he does, or so I'm told, so we bring him in and put him in an entirely different job! The man is a Head Scout not a DoF. I wouldn't buy a toaster to make a cup of tea, they are two entirely different things. If the club relieve him of his post then I hope they retain him within the scouting team as that is where he has more to offer. Just because that toaster can't make a cup of tea shouldn't mean you discard it completely. Use it for the job it's meant to do!

It looks like Brands has agreed to join, according to a few media outlets online, which means we will be getting a DoF who knows that particular job inside out. That, for me, is a giant step in the right direction.


1.) 09 May 2018 23:13:41
Good post blue.

2.) 09 May 2018 23:19:27
Brilliant post BP a sentiment that probably all us blues feel couldn't agree with you more.

3.) 09 May 2018 23:36:41
The “will he, won’t he stay” saga surrounding SA is an emotional roller coaster. Reports seem to change daily with no journalist seeming to have any real idea about whether or not he is going, which probably means that the club have no really idea (which is incredibly worrying) .

4.) 10 May 2018 01:47:59
Hopefully the latest news regarding Brands is correct and the snowball has started to roll down the mountain.

The lack of any firm reports of an Allardyce replacement though is worrying to me. We are linked with dozens of replacements but none seem to be done deals.

With the World cup interfering with the close season we need to jump out of the starting blocks straight after our last match. I just hope all the dominos are set up


5.) 10 May 2018 11:25:45
I can understand the club waiting until new appointments are signed and sealed - I can even accept waiting until after the final match of the season before officially making the changes - BUT if the announcements don’t come thick and fast next week, then I’ll wonder if there’s any clear plan - let alone any leadership of that plan.




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17 Nov 2018 14:16:29
I know there's a post further down with regards to the 250k donated by each club to RS but I wanted to throw my 2p's worth in.
It looks like the deal has been ratified by all involved which, for me, is an absolute travesty. I'm ashamed of our club for agreeing to hand over such a sum when it could be best spent on other, more pressing issues. Everton has been at the forefront of clubs giving back to their local community for many, many years, even winning awards for their efforts. Something like this golden goodbye goes along way to undoing that good work. There are many other worthy causes that could have used this money to help those in neeed so to hand it over to a man for doing his job, no matter how well he did it, is disgraceful.
Scudamore, if he had anything about him, should reject the idea and give the cash back to the clubs. It's not as if his high profile job hasn't paid him well enough over the last 20 years. If clubs can give out such vast sums on a whim then why do the likes of Speedo Mick, those who go above and beyond to collect for different charities, even bother? The grass roots game is dying and could use such sums to provide better facilities etc. This entire saga leaves a bitter taste in the mouth and those who have contributed should be ashamed.


1.) 17 Nov 2018 14:50:47
Edit- I've just read an article in the echo that says the clubs had little choice in this matter and that the money will be taken from each club from some sort of fund. If Bruce Buck wants to give his friend cash then let him, no other club should be forced to do so. The entire saga stinks whichever way you look at it!

2.) 17 Nov 2018 15:00:34
It’s possible that the donation has come out of an account that our club could not prevent on their own. I’m led to believe that we were unhappy with the arrangement but nevertheless were along with a few other clubs powerless to stop.

Everton have not directly handed the money over but it has come from a fund that holds money that goes to all 20 PL clubs. I’m happy to be corrected if any of this is wrong though.

3.) 17 Nov 2018 16:26:20
You're right TA, I had to add to this as I read an article stating as much not long after posting the original comment!

4.) 17 Nov 2018 17:37:46
Thanks Bluepotato. I don’t care how much he has negotiated for the PL over the years. I doubt it would be any better than someone else who had to promote the marketing monster that this league is. But we have nothing to compare him to as he’s been the only one in the last 15-20 years. I’d argue that at £2million a year he’s just done his job and a fat bonus is just the rich yet again getting more than they would ever need.

If we have to sell Wembley because grass roots needs the money then why is this guy getting £5million for leaving. Disgusting!

5.) 18 Nov 2018 18:29:21
Imagine if next time you are in the supermarket and they ask you for £250 for Doris the checkout girl who’s retiring, been there a while processed everyone’s shopping faultlessly for 25 years and even dug deep to hell stock the shelves on many occasion just isn’t going to happen so why is he getting an extra pay day for just doing his job that he has been well laid for already!
Shocking scenes!

6.) 18 Nov 2018 21:06:14
I knew that he's taken a lot of cash for the job he did, ST, but I didn't realise getting laid was in the job description!



02 Jun 2018 13:46:46
I think it's vital that, as fans, we don't get too carried away as this only fuels the negativity when things don't go to plan. We need to learn from the false dawn of last summer, things take time to come to fruition, all the teams that have come into money have taken time to break into the leagues elite.
Whoever we get rid of and whoever we bring in, it will take time for some, as we seen with Sandro and DK, to get up to speed with this league. We are, once again, a team in transition and will need at least two windows to put together a squad capable of catching the big guns. I'm not entirely sure about Silva being the right man but I will support him regardless in the hope that he proves me wrong. The biggest transfer for the club, imo, is getting in Brands and I'm excited by what he can do at the club. Our biggest mistake was putting a head scout in this role in the form of Walsh, it was obviously too big a job for him. Now we have someone with experience that will hopefully see us kick on. Looking forward to seeing who we will sell and who we will buy now that the backroom and board have had a revamp.


1.) 02 Jun 2018 20:09:18
Agreed mate.

2.) 02 Jun 2018 21:57:54
Spot on BP. Personally, I think it will take at least 3 windows for us to challenge the top 6 then another two to kick on from that.

The important thing now is for this new set up to bed in and get used to each other. It's almost like a brand new club as there are new people in every major position.

So patience is the main requirement from everyone including us fans. It doesn't though mean we can't get excited. 😉👍.

{Ed0333's Note - the most important signing for you has been the Dutch fella upstairs he will get your house in order build solid foundations and you can only prosper from there. The new stadium will amplify your status I’m sure. All in all exciting times ahead mate.

3.) 03 Jun 2018 08:38:24
I agree its not going to happen overnight but the sacking of Sam and the appointment of Marcus followed by Marco (don't forget Marcus was involved in his appointment) are causes for optimism.

There is a lot to put right and it will take at least 2-3 seasons probably so the patience of all of us will be tested but at least I'm going into next season with hope in my heart. Something that I had lost last season


4.) 03 Jun 2018 09:00:26
I totally agree ED. Walsh as head scout at Leicester would have gone to someone " hey I've scouted a load of players let's take little look" then someone would have filtered out the best. As DOF it was him doing the filtering which he is clearly balls at.

Brands on the other hand has been the filter at his other clubs and therefore is a better fit as DOF.

Plus he clearly has an idea of the financial side of things and the organisation and structure development part of the role.

Our new CEO also seems like she has real enthusiasm for the club. She has been nothing short of sensational since being in charge of EITC.

I sat next to Elstone a couple of times at the match and he never came across as a massive fan of the sport. More there out of duty than any real love and devotion. I won't knock him because he had limited resources but our new CEO looks like she has real passion for the role and club.

{Ed001's Note - Elstone was only there to make money out of the stadium project, he came in purely to do that, then got stuck when it never panned out the first time around in Kirkby. He had never intended to be involved with the club for as long as he was.}



12 May 2018 23:08:58
This ones for degsy!
In 999 premier league matches, we have won 362 games, scoring 1302 times. Tim Howard has made the most appearances at 354 and the most wins, at 156, goes to Leon Osman!


1.) 13 May 2018 08:42:31
Nice stat bluepotato. I know I went on and on and on and on about Leon Osman, but I never understood how fellow Blues could knock one of our own who joined the club as a kid, never made a fuss about anything in a career that lasted 16 years at one club (other than loan outs) . He finally got an England cap at 31 years old and scored 43 goals in 352 appearances for us. I know he slowed up at the end and we should have had a replacement for him. but that is the club's fault not his. I remember many vociferous posts on here making him out to be some sort of rubbish player who had done nothing for EFC. How we could do with an attacking midfielder like him now!

{Ed025's Note - i always liked him degsy ..

2.) 13 May 2018 09:23:14
Never mind his attacking capability Degsy. We could do with some of his heart and passion in this squad.
Maybe if he had come from spain he may have got more plaudits from some on here.

{Ed025's Note - your right smit..

3.) 13 May 2018 11:08:06
I used to get annoyed with the repetitive Osman posts. However I thought Osman was terribly underrated. His first touch was magic. I've never understood why the terraces have to have one player as a scapegoat, and it's usually one of our own, yet a lot of the flair players like Mirallas and Bolasie get away with loads of awful games. First it was Hibbo, then Osman, then Barkley, now Davies.

4.) 13 May 2018 13:42:02
Naturally Gentlemen, I agree with all your comments. And just to prove his worth (shown before I know) look at the technique in these goals. Outside of both feet. Instep of both feet. Laces through it. Heading too. If he was available today he would be a £40 mill player!



28 Jan 2018 13:24:18
Question for any of the eds, who takes charge loaning out our youngsters? I'd imagine that it is a combination of people, possibly Rhino as U23 manager, maybe even Sam and then Walsh having an input.
If that is the case then how have none of them realised that Connor Grant had already played for two teams this season yet still loaned him out to a team he isn't allowed to play for? Whichever way you look at it, it is a bit sloppy from behind the scenes. Too many cooks springs to mind and is indicative of where are troubles have stemmed over the last few months. Someone needs a rollicking over this but who will carry the can?


{Ed002's Note - Ultimately Walsh.}

1.) 28 Jan 2018 13:40:13
cheers ed002.

2.) 28 Jan 2018 14:49:47
If that's true bluepotato it's one of the most idiotic things we've ever done, and I've seen some stupid stuff in my 30+ years being a blue.

{Ed001's Note - it is true, though Plymouth tried to take the blame for not checking it out. Obviously didn't want to upset their chances of taking players on loan in the future by upsetting Everton as the blame has to reside at the door of Everton for not realising. He is their player, they should keep track of these things, not Argyle.}

3.) 28 Jan 2018 17:12:52
bluepotato, this whole debacle became worse because as oft commented EFC (Mr Moshri/ Koeman) really wanted Mr Walsh - the Scout - I have no firm idea of the ins and outs but I suspect Mr Walsh would not come unless he got a job upgrade. Again in my view that upgrade has proven to much. If we wish (ed) to go down the DoF route, isn't it commonsense to appoint someone with experience and knowledge of that role. You just cannot sanction or bring in 7, 8, 9, players and shoehorn them into a consistent winning Team overnight. It should have been a patient and gradual process. It is truly a very sad situation, we are not going to finish higher than 9th unless something miraculous happens and unless things improve dramatically I fear for us sliding back down again.



30 Oct 2017 00:08:25
What has happened to us? Since the premier league began, we have been the poor relations. We had little cash to spend the moment millionaire owners became paupers as the billionaires rolled into town. As soon as we get decent financial backing behind us we implode spectacularly. We all looked at the previous manager but it seems that there is more than meets the eye.
We have a team low on confidence. A team that doesn't look like they know how to score, rarely working the ball into the box and taking pot shots from 30yards+. A team that keeps less clean sheets than the pontins in Southport. I hated the way RK hooked a player at half-time nearly every week, for me this just shows that he got his tactics wrong in the first place. Rhino subbed two today! I'm not bashing the latter here but surely we should be getting the team, shape and tactics sorted before the game? Without a decent out and out striker, we will continue to struggle but this can be rectified in January. Fingers crossed that we haven't fell too far behind the pack by then. Defensively we are shocking, more so than I can remember. Under DM, we were quite solid at the back but Roberto came in and took 12 months to undo that ethic. We have struggled ever since but it is more noticeable now that Rom has left. I think it is too big a job for Rhino to be expected to take on, especially with his limited experience. Get in a manager for the short-term and put DU as his assistant to learn the ropes. The club needs to be decisive over the next manager and sort this mess out before it becomes a fully fledged crisis.


1.) 30 Oct 2017 04:04:32
Well said Blue Potato
If you look at our home fixtures from now to Xmas the hardest game is this next one against Watford .
Yes the next few are now hard games but would have been games we would expected to have won comfortably before our present crisis .
We must ensure we give ourselves a fighting chance once January comes and look to make Goodison a fortress and try not to see a big gap open up by then .
Incidentally I think and it won’t help us this year that the fixtures we started with should not be allowed in future .
Yes I know you have to play evryone in the end BUT if you have such a start and loose them it is much harder than if they were spread out evenly from a psychological point of view
We need a minimum of 17 points at halfway and then hope we massively improve from January.




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25 Aug 2018 11:57:30
Cheers for the info ed002, let's hope he gets some game time with them that he wouldn't get with us. It's a shame he got a serious injury in his first season as he never really got going for us after that.


{Ed002's Note - Your right - no one really knows right now what he will be capable of this season. Worth keeping an eye on him.}



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04 Aug 2018 22:04:54
Totally agree, David, but one would be a good start!




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04 Aug 2018 13:53:18
Cheers ed, was taking it with a pinch of salt as I've never heard of the site that reported it. Thanks for the swift reply.




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31 Jul 2018 15:03:07
Butland as good as or better than Pickford? Are you messing? dark clouds, sometimes it seems that your comments on here are just out to wind the rest up for a reaction!




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22 May 2018 19:52:38
I think he could still have a role to play next season but, if reports are true, I wish him nothing but the best and thank him for his years of great service. If this is the case then there must be a couple of left backs on the way in already as we are particularly weak in this position as it stands.





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30 Dec 2018 01:13:50
I've noticed that, Windsor. He jumps half heartedly when challenging for a header. If he continues to do that then he will get hurt for real at some point. His theatrics are really annoying for the reasons you've stated. Silva and his staff should be encouraging him to cut it out but it's been going on all season so far.




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18 Nov 2018 21:06:14
I knew that he's taken a lot of cash for the job he did, ST, but I didn't realise getting laid was in the job description!




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17 Nov 2018 16:26:20
You're right TA, I had to add to this as I read an article stating as much not long after posting the original comment!




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17 Nov 2018 14:50:47
Edit- I've just read an article in the echo that says the clubs had little choice in this matter and that the money will be taken from each club from some sort of fund. If Bruce Buck wants to give his friend cash then let him, no other club should be forced to do so. The entire saga stinks whichever way you look at it!




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12 Nov 2018 23:43:30
Totally agree with you, kingo. It must have been hard for him last season knowing that Williams was a liability, Martina was a poor rb and even worse on the left, as well as having a premier league novice in Kenny along side him. The lack of confidence throughout the team wouldn't have helped, nor the dour brand of football that the then manager had us playing.
He deserves his call up for the national side and I'd keep the same two cb's from the last game. Nothing against Zouma, he's been playing well, but the other two are our own players and they need game time together to gel. As a lot of you say, it's a good problem to have.