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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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10 Jan 2020 13:14:55
So the CA era begins now with Tosun leaving for Palace on loan. Excited to see the calibre of player we will get compared to the last few years. The question is, how many more do we need to trim from the squad before we can bring better players in?


1.) 10 Jan 2020 15:37:20
About 15! And preferably on permanent deals rather than loans with us still paying bulk of their wages!

2.) 10 Jan 2020 16:13:18
Tosun will do it for Palace, wait and see.

3.) 10 Jan 2020 20:45:31
Hopefully he does, so we have a chance of getting a bigger chunk of his transfer fee back.
Shame China have a salary cap kicking in soon too. Would have been brilliant to off load 3 or 4 for crazy money.

4.) 10 Jan 2020 20:56:45
Tosun is a very good striker.

{Ed025's Note - i have seen nothing that convinces me about that DFS, i know all strikers need better service but he has been very poor when presented with chances for us mate..

5.) 10 Jan 2020 22:07:15
I have to agree. When has he looked like a good striker? He scored a few when he first joined but since then when he has played he has missed chance after chance. Now I appreciate goals aren't everything but unlike DCL he is slow, can't really hold the ball up and can't play off the shoulder. He is limited in what type of set up he can play in and I'm not sure Palace will play to his strengths either.
Saying that though I do hope he does well because he has conducted himself well during his time here.

6.) 10 Jan 2020 22:13:13
To slow for the Prem. if your not a quick striker then you need a lot of skill. He has neither.

7.) 10 Jan 2020 22:16:09
Watched him play a few times for turkey always looks dangerous and a different player, i'd like to have seen him have a good run of games for us along side calvert lewin the lads confidence must be shot, hopefully he can get some goals for palace.

8.) 11 Jan 2020 10:13:03
CwBlue. Precisely mate.

9.) 11 Jan 2020 10:57:48
Just look at peter crouch and Emile Heskey if you want to see how national team form and club form should never be compared. Not to mention Messi for Argentina in tournaments.

They just can't be compared.

{Ed025's Note - gerrard, lampard and barnes were never at their best on the international stage either smit..and add fowler to that as well mate..



13 Dec 2019 08:44:58
Good vid posted on you tube yesterday from toffee tv, a managerial update. The chairman of the shareholders association is a guest. Well worth a watch if you have a spare half an hour or so.




08 Dec 2019 15:24:22
Chalk and cheese, that's what we've been served in the last two games. Mid-week was abysmal, no real fight from the players and no direction from the bench. Yesterday, every player ran themselves into the ground showing that they still had commitment and desire. The man of the day, big Dunc, patrolled the touchline encouraging, as well as berating, his players for the entire game. It has been quite a while since we've had that feel good factor on show at Goodison. Long may it continue.
The passion that Dunc instilled in the team definitely rubbed off on the fans, who played their part in making the stadium feel more like home. The whole club came good yesterday.
It's important that we don't get carried away, it's only one game after all, so I'm not going to clamour for the club to appoint him full time. It should give the board a bit of breathing space so that they can find the right man, a game to game arrangement is probably for the best right now.
For those of you that have been crying for Dunc to go, what do you think now? For me, yesterday he proved why he is invaluable to the club in terms of making people run through walls for the good of the club. We need ex players like that in and around the club, if only so that we don't lose our identity when times are hard. Like we have in recent times under the likes of Silva et al. That desire and hunger hasn't been on show for a while, our teams of the past have always given one hundred percent and us fans demand nothing less. Yesterday, even if it is only fleetingly, we were given that and then some. Just a pity the board left it until after the derby before sacking Silva, imagine having Dunc in the dugout for that! Well done Big man and thanks for restoring some faith.




05 Dec 2019 15:24:04
Last nights game might still be a bit raw in the mind but we have to move on from it, no matter how horrible the resulting day has been. That score line hurt more than it should have as, hand on heart, I couldn't see us outscoring a rampant Liverpool team. As it happens, we couldn't outscore their reserve squad either but I suspect we would have struggled against any team they put out, no matter what age group.
All that aside, Silva should've been given his marching orders weeks ago, most of us agree on that. The simple truth of the matter is that losing 9 out of 15 games is relegation form and not good enough for the cash that has been spent by us since FM took over the helm. Nearly 500m spent and all we have to show for it is a spot in the bottom 3. It's actually depressing.
There are reports that FM is on his way/ has arrived at Finch Farm and I can only live in hope that they are correct. Silva needs to be put out of his misery but the board have also got to get their act together, none of this was on the Moshiri blue-print when he first came waltzing through Walton. Another bad managerial appointment and there's a possibility the fan base will turn on him. It really is a horrible day!


1.) 05 Dec 2019 17:30:32
Am I the only one that was not surprised at last nights game the only surprising thing was we scored 2 goals.

2.) 05 Dec 2019 22:17:37
Well you are right up to now Ed002. Silva gone and DF in charge for the weekend.



13 Nov 2019 21:44:45
What's the view on Bernado Silva being banned for the tweet he put up?
Personally, if the person on the receiving end of the 'joke' is fine with what's been sent then is there really a problem? As long as it is not of an insulting manner, that is.

Racism is abhorrent but there has to be common sense involved from the powers that be. I'm not so sure that a match ban is warranted, let alone a 50k fine. If he was known for such behaviour then hitting him in the pocket isn't a problem but it's an expensive joke between friends in the end.

I know they are different governing bodies but how can 50k be justified for one tweet when the Bulgarian FA are hit for near enough the same amount when their fans actually chant racist abuse? Look at how Balotelli was treated in Italy recently, is that not worse than what Silva did? There's a major problem in Russia yet the clubs seem to get away pretty lightly. I'm all for punishing such acts but there has to be a common ground throughout the different leagues. FIFA needs to step up and set the standard for the entire football community. No pun intended but the rules and punishments need to be more balck and white, players, clubs and associations need to be clear on what crosses the line.


1.) 13 Nov 2019 22:23:58
Compare it to the many internet trolls who ruin peoples lives and internet sexual predators and they get next to no punishment.
Next to that it pales in comparison.

2.) 14 Nov 2019 00:01:02
Nonsense imo. From what I can see it was a joke between friends purely saying as a child he looked like a cartoon character from an advert. Colour had nothing to do with it.

Another example of the snowflake PC world we now live in.

3.) 14 Nov 2019 09:54:31
They react like that to a jovial tweet or whatever it was between team mates who have no issue with it, and give the likes of Bulgaria minuscule punishment for all that racial chanting just doesn’t make sense 🤷🏻‍♂️
Would there be such an uproar if someone was who was chubby as a child and compared to the Pilsbury Doughboy?

4.) 14 Nov 2019 10:00:50
Smit and Sir_Loin are spot on totally agree, plus It's counter productive to create or indeed invent issues on an already very delicate subject. People understandably imo tend to discard with a 'rubber stamp' genuine causes for complaint.
ala ' boy crying wolf' and so on.

5.) 14 Nov 2019 10:35:52
''Would there be such an uproar if someone was who was chubby as a child and compared to the Pilsbury Doughboy? ''

Good question ST, and a good example of why 'empathy' sometimes doesn't get identified and put into the equation mate.

6.) 14 Nov 2019 14:46:02
Agree with you all boys, this particular incident is just ridiculous. I think it would have been more racist if it was a white cartoon character but, even then, if it looked like him and he took it in jest then is there really a problem? I think it's a case of other people being offended and we all know we can't have that! Crazy.

7.) 15 Nov 2019 07:03:58
PC is at the root of most Social problems in this Country bluepotato. Us the great unwashed know it and hope everyday for commonsense to prevail. The only ones that appear ignorant are our Politicians and their broken adversarial point scoring.

8.) 15 Nov 2019 18:32:54
Spot on, bct.




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24 Nov 2019 17:53:18
Big C, I've had a message earlier saying that training for u23's has been cancelled tomorrow morning. Allegedly originated from one of the dads. Didn't think much of it but just heard that there's a press release or conference around 6pm?
Again, don't know how true any of it is, we can live in hope though! Please let's not have Hughes or moyes sniffing around, don't think I could cope with either of them.




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01 Nov 2019 15:36:49
GD, I think he did a good job at Newcastle to be fair to him. Especially when you consider that he had Ashley as his chairman, most of his tenure was spent battling him for transfer funds etc.
We need someone who can sort out the defence and stop leaking goals from set pieces or just sloppy play but also someone who has a bit of nous when it comes to attacking teams. Haven't a clue who that could be though!




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19 Oct 2019 12:26:03
Don't want to shoot the messenger but that's just a wind up that! Mark Hughes? As long as he brings Rowett with him then at least some fans will be happy!




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07 Aug 2019 19:36:07
You're right, DC, this is all down to Moshiri. It's his fault that we have gone out and bought a few players to bulk up the squad. It's his fault that his money has enabled us to buy players like Moise Kean and Andre Gomes. It's Moshiri's fault that we are well on the road to sorting out a new stadium that we should be playing in within a few seasons. Let's go back to the days when the only hope we, as fans, clung to in the run up to the closing of the transfer window was praying that we kept our best players. Oh how we miss them days eh?
I'll take my hat off to you though, you've been trolling this site for a long time now. The only time you seem to perk up is when Liverpool are mentioned. Funny that isn't it? Do you still think that FSG should be in charge rather than Moshiri like you posted not so long ago? You know, the people that haven't spent a penny for first team improvements? And you still have the audacity to slate Moshiri? hahaha strange.




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05 Aug 2019 23:12:18
Zenit bigwigs have come out and flatly denied the said banner was racist and that their fans weren't being sarcastic in any shape or form. Apparently, the 'small minority' of fans were thanking the club for holding up their tradition of signing the best players no matter what colour their skin is or where they originate from.
I, for one, am a bit sceltical of their explanation!





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17 Jan 2020 01:02:29
That game was the most nervous I've been as a blue. It was also my 18th birthday before the days of watching games over the internet. I gave my ticket away as, if things went wrong, it could have ruined that day!
Without doubt hand segars had been nobbled, he put in a dodgy performance to say the least. Just glad he wasn't the only goalie that was named to be on the take.
Longest 90 minutes of my life but I got to celebrate that day!




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10 Jan 2020 13:12:35
Hopefully they give their cash away as freely as they do the ball mate!




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10 Jan 2020 12:41:35
The man's a legend, hope the players fill up his bucket while he receives treatment.




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06 Jan 2020 13:14:14
That's the age old argument, wblue, if they have been exposed to first team training but not getting any time on the pitch then are they ready? Reserve team football has changed so much in the premier league era, from what I've seen it is nowhere near the standard it used to be. It certainly doesn't give us an idea of if a player will be able to step up to the first team. I want to see some of them make the first team squad but only if the management believe that they will cope in that environment, no point bringing players from the developement squad if they can't hold their own, it will only stifle their progress in the long run.




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05 Jan 2020 20:52:10
I keep seeing people use the Villa result as some kind of comparison but Klopp wasn't in charge for that game was he? He gave them that belief at half time to go out and play whereas we took the foot off the gas and let them keep the ball.

If we had converted one of the many decent chances we had in the first half hour then who knows how the game would have turned out. We are still in the same position as we've been in all season, we really need a striker who is proflific and will take his chances. At least the window is now open, hopefully they will sort one out.

Second half was abysmal but this team is going to change quite a bit over the next few windows and CA can put his stamp on things. Horrible way to lose, great finish by their lad.