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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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04 Mar 2019 18:19:43
How anyone can have a go at the club, manager or players after that game yesterday is beyond me. Yes, it was only one game but the majority of those on the pitch showed a bit of passion, desire and determination and put a real shift in. The biggest plus point for me was the atmoshpere, the fans inside Goodison really played their part in driving the team on. It was like a bear pit once again and that does transpire to the pitch, lifting our team and affecting opposition players. We need more of this at home for the rest of the season whether you're a fan of the manager or not.
We could have even pinched it towards the end if we had a clinical forward but, that said, we did also ride our luck. Wasn't the best derby game yet there were positives to take from it moving forward. I think Walcott could do with a spell on the bench as it just isn't happening for him right now. Can anyone tell me if Lookman was out injured? Would explain his omission from yesterdays squad if he was.


1.) 04 Mar 2019 19:02:51
After the first game at Anfield, this was always going to happen and Klopps comments only added fuel to the situation. The top 6 Clubs in the Premiership are streets ahead of us at the moment but these Derby's form goes out the window. Up to the Cardiff game, Silva was showing true to form and his history. Let us see how we do next three against Newcastle, Chelsea and West Ham, is an expectant 5 points from 9 reasonable.

{Ed025's Note - i would say yes mate..

2.) 04 Mar 2019 19:53:07
Well it's a long time since I remember us giving liverpool a run for their money in both the seasons derbies.

3.) 04 Mar 2019 20:25:56
Totally agree, Smit, but I expected one or two to twist the post to have a go at Silva. Usual suspects eh.

4.) 05 Mar 2019 12:27:36
One game does not make a season.

5.) 05 Mar 2019 13:48:22
And here comes the other one! I'm not too sure what your point is, DC?
'Yes, it was only one game but the majority of those on the pitch showed a bit of passion, desire and determination and put a real shift in. '
I think I covered your comment before you even read this.

6.) 05 Mar 2019 17:03:05
What happened after the first derby when we where magnificent, let's see what happens in the next couple of games.
To be honest Liverpool where poor on the day by there standards and we where good by are standards.

7.) 05 Mar 2019 18:23:35
I was talking about one, specific game, DC. You're always on hand to beat everything EFC with a big stick, it wouldn't hurt you to give credit where it's due. So, sticking to the OP, did you think we played badly with no passion, no desire or no determination? Do you not think the fans made it an intimidating atmosphere? Where there no positives to take from the game moving forward? Will you always have to have a moan at every post that doesn't fit into your half-empty glass?

8.) 05 Mar 2019 19:33:42
We have been much improved in the last 4 games, so it's not just one.
Not back to how we were in November but we are turning the corner.

DC won't be happy until Allardyce is back playing his 7 2 1 formation with 2 defensive midfielders and Tosun 40 yards up the field.



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.




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05 Feb 2019 19:49:46
Is there any point in any manager throwing in one of the kids? Especially if they are local boys, the crowd just make them a scapegoat when things aren't going well.
We haven't been in a position to give them a game under the last few managers as, in general, we have been in a right mess. No good throwing in a kid when the chips are down, that's the way most managers would look at it. Look at every team in the league and, although there will be a few exceptions, most youth players don't make it until they are over 21. Crazy but true, the way it's going we will never see another Rooney or a Gerrard come through so young in this league.




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25 Jan 2019 16:59:19
I agree, David2012, I'd rather keep him too. I'm just saying that I'd prefer to loan him out, as some are suggesting there are teams about to make a move for him. Loan him rather than sell is my take on it mate.




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25 Jan 2019 13:57:12
I like Tosun, a run of games could do him the world of good so if he's not going to get them with us then loan him to another prem team. At least that way we will see if he can cut it in this league.




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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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19 Mar 2019 12:34:19
haha love it Nick!




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18 Mar 2019 11:42:55
People are only talking about you and your views because you are always on a downer no matter how we play, DC. I agree totally with what you have just posted, we rode our luck in the first half, without doubt, but the second half was a lot better. We all want more of the same between now and the end of the season mate, the team has just got to show more consistency than we have so far this season. Good to see you post constructive criticism rather than having a go for the sake of it!




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18 Mar 2019 09:34:59
Glad your grandson got to see us win, Degs, against a good team as well! He'll be buzzing in school today mate.
I agree to an extent with the rest of what you say, yes we all want EFC to improve, both on and off the pitch, but I think a lot of us on here are just sick of the doom and gloom that certain people post whether we win, lose or draw. There is nothing wrong with being critical of the team, the manager etc but at least eat humble pie when the team has a good game. Some seem to post just to criticise the manager no matter the result. Each to their own, I get that, but some posts are just downright depressing and, at times, overly critical. I try to ignore them and scroll past but it is hard to do so at times.
I honestly wonder whether DC is just a troll and doesn't even support our club due to some of the things he posts. I could very well be wrong but that's just my opinion and how it seems to me at times. It would be nice, for a change, if he comes on and posts something positive when we win but he seems to go missing after a decent result!




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17 Mar 2019 22:45:12
I was made up when he did that to be honest, Pierre. He got pelters from the crowd with nearly every touch, rightly or wrongly, but it's not the entire fan base that booed him today or when he was playing for us. I'd like to think he was being respectful by acknowledging the crowd when he was subbed but, at the same time, if it was a sarcastic gesture due to the hostility of our fans then fair play, that's acceptable and amusing to me! At the end of the day, the result was the most important thing to take from the game and the team put a shift in second half.




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12 Mar 2019 17:24:47
I hear what you're saying, smit, but I don't think any manager can feel totally safe especially in this day and age, the prem is a cut throat business. I think the remaining games will dictate whether Silva stays or goes in the summer so it will be interesting to see if the team improves during that time. Personally, I'm sick of the managerial merry-go-round that we've had to put up with over the last few years, it doesn't help us to chop and change all the time.

I know some go on about Sam and his tenure and how we are no better off under Marco but, for me, at least we see the players play some good football at times now. Sam's brand of football bored me rigid and was the catalyst to give up my season ticket. Despite the play being a little easier on the eye now, at times, I'm still happy with that decision.

The board must decide whether the manager or players are at fault for all this upheaval and then act. If it's down to MS then he will be booted out, especially if results are poor, but if it's down to the players then they will attempt to show them the door. It's not easy being a blue but I wouldn't change it for the world!