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  1. As overjoyed as I am to see them leave I can’t believe people were actually letting off fireworks around by ours last night to celebrate their departure
  2. Second game after three months off and we’ve not conceded a goal and we picked up four points. It’s not all bad.
  3. He’s an all round top man, and the fact that he is also a world class manager is the icing on the cake. Honestly we couldn’t find anyone better imo.
  4. Even more unpopular - we’ve missed Schneiderlin more. Vastly superior to Delph, Sigurdsson and Davies. Put together.
  5. I know your angry and annoyed following that shambles today but I also think you’re disillusioned. The players have been a shambles for a while and they are mish mash of bad recruitment and other managers left overs. If you truly think even a Klopp or Pep could get much more out of these you’re badly mistaken. It’s not Carlo who can’t pass the ball 5 yards to a player or turn and have pace like a P&O ferry. The squad isn’t build on any system that works and he’s even tried today to bring in youth and it’s clear they’re not ready. He’s playing the terrible hand he’s been dealt with and needs to try all sorts in order to try to start the rebuild.
  6. I get so annoyed by our ‘if onlys’ - the silly 2 goals vs Newcastle, the goal that should have been vs Man U - that’s 4 points that would have had us talking about a late surge for Champions League!
  7. I meant it in the respect that Holgate, DCL and Davies have been persevered with and not replaced. It would have been very easy for the club to bring in replacements but they haven't. I wonder whether we would have aimed for the likes of Gomes, Mina, Digne and Kean under the previous regimes. It then depends on whether you see that as a good or bad thing but that is a different level of player than we were expecting prior to his arrival. I do think that overall we have signed a higher class of player since he came in however that hasn't exactly made a difference yet. Would Ancellotti have come here with the players I mentioned above? I'm not so sure. It's a long term job though. In many respects we are still suffering from the hangover of the Walsh era and over the next couple of seasons I expect the progress to be more marked. I bloody hope so anyway!
  8. I’d have no issue what so ever with Besic on the bench for our remaining games, we’ve seen delph, morgan and gylfi put half shifts in whereas this lad would give everything. He can play a bit as well. He won’t get us top 4 playing week in week out but I’d have him around the squad, especially if we are European games.
  9. Your word “cult” is appropriate. I have no expertise in explaining cult mindsets, but it strikes me as ironic that Trump supporters claim that Trump opponents are afflicted with “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” By which they mean, Trump just drives his opponents crazy. The irony is that, by multiple objective measures, it is Trump supporters themselves who suffer from actual “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” Trump’s most avid, boisterous supporters are deranged, militant members of a Trump cult. The most extreme of the extreme are the nutty conspiracy theorists who advance the QAnon nonsense. My working motto, for some years now but especially these days, is: “Willful ignorance is dangerously stupid.” Trump’s most avid supporters are willfully ignorant; e.g., like Trump, they refuse to “believe” expert medical and scientific evidence, and thus refuse to wear masks or socially distance. Whenever a vaccine becomes available, many of them will refuse it. Their willful ignorance is truly, literally, dangerously stupid. Their cultish, willful ignorance endangers the rest of us. If the scientific evidence says, “My mask protects you, and your mask protects me,” their smug, but dangerously stupid, response is “FU.” Although relatively few Trump supporters wear masks, not quite all of them are necessarily totally committed to his reëlection. Political and cultural commentators commonly refer to “Trump’s base,” but this is an oversimplification. Understanding why this is too simplistic is one key to thinking about the 2020 election. Trump’s “base” is actually 3, sometimes overlapping but nevertheless distinct, bases. Think of a Venn diagram. (1) White evangelical Christians. I was raised in this tradition, but left it some years ago. Their fealty to Trump is shocking, as he epitomizes values antithetical to historical, mainstream Christianity. As one wag rhetorically asked, “Remind me, which of the Beatitudes does Mr. Trump exemplify?” Many of Trump’s evangelical enthusiasts are sensible enough to be embarrassed by Trump, but they see him as useful to ending abortion and immigration. In order to justify supporting a man whose character and personality are so patently un-Christian, they have glommed onto a psuedo-theory that “God uses awful men to advance His purposes.” It’s pathetic, hypocritical, doesn’t pass the laugh test. But they desperately need some justification, however ludicrous, for supporting someone whom they would otherwise be blasting non-stop. Their hypocrisy is astounding. (2) White working class. Because neither of our 2 major parties has seriously addressed class issues such as decades-developing income inequality, these people were desperate enough in 2016 to vote for a vague slogan — Make America Great Again. Millions of this group, too, harbor significant resentment over issues of “political correctness.” Although Trump promised to help them economically — including building that wall to keep out economic competition from Mexicans — he has generally made things worse for them. (3) Come-home-to-Trump-traditional-Republicans. In the early stages (2015-early 2016) of Trump’s candidacy, most traditional Republicans didn’t take Trump seriously because, as various Republican candidates and leaders openly stated, he was a racist, homophobe, serial sexual predator, reality-tv charlatan, etc. But as traditionalists were shocked to see Trump’s popularity rise among groups 1 and 2 above, they found themselves fretting that he might somehow win the nomination. After many months of making fun of him, they shut up, voted for him as the lesser of two evils, assumed he’d lose, focused on the House and Senate. His minority win via the electoral college stunned them. They turned to the hope that a man they knew as a liar, narcissist, and fraud would “grow in office.” The Presidency would surely make Trump presidential. As Trump destroyed this hope (literally) day after day, month after month, Republican politicians — especially Republican Senators — have mostly withdrawn into their shells, avoiding reporters. They fear Trump voters and value their own reëlection more than our Constitution, democratic norms, and the rule of law. An important, articulate minority of these longstanding Republicans, though, has become vocal in its criticism of the several ways in which Trump is destroying the Republican Party. They are actual conservatives, as opposed to the conspiracy-theory mindset of the reactionary right-wingers who dominate the evangelicals. They retain their self-respect, unlike Senate Republicans. The most famous of these actual-conservative voices is the (wisely-named) Lincoln Project group, producing an ongoing series of maybe effective anti-Trump ads. They’ve shown it’s pretty easy to ridicule a ridiculous fraud. As to what all this means for the election of 2020, there is some evidence that Trump has lost support — at the margins — of 2 of his 3-part base. To overgeneralize, in group 2, some elderly white folks think Trump’s handling of the pandemic is killing them, a few years before they’re ready to die. And Trump’s pathological lying and daily displays of “manly” boorishness seem to have especially offended suburban white women, lots of them. No way of knowing about the pandemic by next Fall. Nor the economy. Nor whether Biden will look competent. Nor where Black Lives Matter/defund the police/Confederate flag issues will impact which states. All indications are that in various swing states now under Republican control, voter suppression will be real. It is commonly assumed, further, that Russia, China, maybe Iran, who knows who else, will attempt to hack our election. Presumably Democrats will hope to run on decency/end the chaos/make America good again. Trump will run on a revived economy (if it’s revived) and keeping America out of the clutches of atheistic communists (i.e., Democrats).
  10. Yeah, all confirmed. It's a chunky wage off our bill that simply wasn't going to be used enough to be justifiable. I don't think Morgan deserved the amount of criticism that seemed to come his way, but he was never going to be an integral part of our plans for the future. He will do well in Nice.
  11. Somehow, even when he has been found out at PSG, they picked him 31 times this season. Including 20 of their 27 league games and 6 of their 8 champions league games. I’m sure he’s doing just fine. whilst looking up how he’s getting on (don’t watch any other leagues) I saw in the champions league alone (two games against Real Madrid and two against Dortmund included) he managed 92% passing accuracy, not bad for a player who’s no good on the ball. Add to that 27 ball recoveries. I’d love a midfield player who can win the ball back and give it to a team mate. I’m sure his team mates appreciate it.
  12. FFP is a load of shite. It allows the likes of United to be saddled with hundreds of millions of pounds of debt but a club like City that can afford to spend the money without going into debt are punished. It stinks and is totally designed to stop clubs pushing the established elite off their perches.
  13. The reaction really incenses you doesn't it? You do realise its just an act. Its his way reacting emotionally to a mistake and bears absolutely no difference to thumping the ground or kicking the post etc.
  14. I don’t particularly want an English keeper I want a good keeper and he fits the bill for me, when we have improved the more urgent area’s on the field then it maybe time to consider a new keeper, but imo that will be 18 months away at the earliest, for now we have far bigger problems to sort out than our keeper.
  15. Since lockdown we’ve conceded one goal from an on fire Danny Ings, one own goal, one goal where our player kicks the ball at on opponent and it goes in. Three goals. Only one of which came from an opposition team cutting us open and scoring. Two unfortunate incidents for two of our most in form players in Keane and Holgate. For those three goals we played five matches. Liverpool, Norwich, Leicester, Spurs and Southampton. I’ve not missed a minute of these games, I’ve not seen Pickford throw one in. Seen him drop the ball and go unpunished once or twice. But from the three goals we’ve conceded in the last five games, Pickford is not out of form at all. If anything our back five in most games has been solid, even when Mina came in for Holgate. Got to ask anyone who thinks we need rid of Pickford. Who’s going to buy him?
  16. He was very poor last night. Playing within himself is exactly what was in my mind too, Pete. I want to see him for a season with a proper midfield around him after we’ve stopped playing the likes of Davies and Sigurdsson, who just aren’t good enough, and if he isn’t cutting it then he can go next summer. He’s one of my favourite players, and he has shown that he can run games, but if he’s not going to do it consistently then there’s no room for him if we want to improve.
  17. The Everton boss said: "It's true that he hasn't scored [following lockdown] but I think that the most important part is the work that he's doing, also defensively. "The fact that we've done well defensively comes from the work that all the players were able to do, the strikers first with Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin doing a fantastic job defensively. "I've never had strikers, honestly, with this kind of energy defensively. I appreciate this a lot. "It doesn't matter if he didn't score, because he will score again without problem. "I never asked my strikers in the past to score goals. Work well, work for the team, be humble. "Dominic is doing all these kind of things and I am really happy with this." https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/everton-boss-carlo-ancelotti-honestly-18536865
  18. The fact that Thomas Meunier is available for a free and we are even thinking of paying a 12m transfer fee so sidibe is mental. Give the 12m to Meunier
  19. If it wasn't for Ancelotti's tactical changes at half time we would have lost to Leicester and Southampton hes desperately trying to polish a turd
  20. Oh it did it lifted the supporters Goodison came back to life again, it wasn’t just about the results although they were good when you look at the opponents we faced under Ferguson, your memory surely isn’t that short that you cannot remember what we were like leading up to Ferguson taking, I’ll remind you in one word shit. Ferguson’s I’ll take no prisoners and you will work your balls off approach, brought some pride and belief back which was visible, with players who didn’t give a shit before actually giving it ago. I truly believe that Ancelotti’s great start was off the back of Ferguson waking them up and giving them back their pride, it now seems to have worn off again and they have reverted back to hiding with little pride and belief in what they are doing, I think Fergie time is required again, Ancelotti needs to give Ferguson a couple of weeks of his brand of management, to shake the fuckers up again and remind them what there here for.
  21. I'm sure Besic would be no worse than some midfielders we have had to play this season. At least you'd get a bit more bite in the tackles, our midfield play like big girls and make it so easy for the opposition.
  22. On the upside Wolves won't know what the fuck to make of that either!😕
  23. Writing off Kean but keeping Gylfi is madness.
  24. Another young lad with a great attitude. Had a rough time at the start, but has proved a lot of people wrong. Says more about his character than anything else.
  25. That Burnley Sheffield United result is great for us. If West Ham could nick a third goal against Newcastle it would be great too. Results have been kind to us in the last coupe of weeks. Would be typical Everton to mess it up ourselves. Spurs game is getting bigger!!
  26. Great result tactics spot on. 7 points from 9 since lockdown, you can’t grumble with that it’s top 4 pedigree.
  27. Davies playing really well keeping good possession of the ball, luckily we didn’t execute him after the Norwich game.
  28. Who knew watching Everton could be so stress free? That said, 45 mins to come.
  29. Don't quote me on this, but I think things were slow for him at PSV when he joined. You can't just go straight into clubs and get the perfect players for that club from day 1, especially when you are moving from the Dutch league (highly technical, slower and far less physical) to the Premier League (less technical (generally), much quicker and more physical). It would be a lot easier moving from Leicester to Everton as Walsh did. For example, I would have massive doubts as to whether a player like Lozano would cut it over here. I have just found a link to the players signed in his first 2 years at PSV. https://toffeetargets.com/scouting-report/marcel-brands-transfer-history-breakdown/ It mentions a 2nd article for the following two years however I can't find it. As a side note, didn't Brands get added to the board? If so, I find it highly unlikely he is going anywhere as even if his contract ran out, he would still be a board member unless they bought him out?
  30. Gylfi has a good second half against the worst team in the league. Playing against Spurs and Leicester will be a completely different level for him.
  31. I can’t believe I’m saying this but we need Theo back. He offers pace and can link with DCL and richarlison on counter attacks helping to stretch their defense.
  32. US President Donald Trump has told a rally in Oklahoma that he asked officials to slow down testing for coronavirus because so many cases were being detected in the country. "Here is the bad part: When you do testing to that extent, you are going to find more people, you will find more cases," he told the cheering crowd. "So I said 'slow the testing down'. They test and they test." what’s the term for that kind of reasoning other than utterly stupid?
  33. It would be bloody typical of Everton to win when there's no fans to celebrate in the stands...
  34. Completely agree mate. She seems to be the most competent person running the club for a long time. She is worlds apart from Elstone.
  35. HENRY WINTER | DENISE BARRETT-BAXENDALE INTERVIEW ‘I don’t see myself as a female in sport ... I’m a leader in sport’ Denise Barrett-Baxendale talks to Henry Winter about Everton’s work in reaching out to one of Britain’s poorest areas in times of national crisis Barrett-Baxendale says that the coronavirus pandemic has brought out the best in the Everton family TONY MCARDLE/EVERTON FC VIA GETTY IMAGES Henry Winter, Chief Football Writer Friday June 19 2020, 5.00pm, The Times Goodison Park will not be completely empty of passionate Evertonians for Sunday’s Merseyside Derby behind closed doors. Their chief executive, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, will be there supporting the team, just as she has so strongly guided the club through what she calls the “dark times” of this pandemic. And there have been dark times, worrying about staff’s physical and mental health, dealing with the loss of revenue, and fearing for the vulnerable in the surrounding, disadvantaged areas that Everton have always cared for. “Anybody who’s led an organisation such as mine through a crisis situation like this and didn’t say they have sleepless nights then I’m not sure they’d be telling the truth,” Barrett-Baxendale says. “The weight of responsibility is so heavy. We’re in uncharted territory. People are learning by the hour.’’ Early into lockdown, Barrett-Baxendale emailed staff to reassure them that “whatever challenges the next few weeks and months bring, to know that we are facing it with the Everton spirit behind us gives me, and I’m sure you all, great comfort”. Born to Everton-supporting youth workers, and growing up with a Bob Latchford poster on the wall, Barrett-Baxendale embodies “the Everton spirit”. She knows where her strong moral compass has come from. “That would come from my parents,” she says. “I’m an Evertonian.” The principles and drive shown running the club’s award-winning, life-saving community operation for eight years led to her appointment as CEO in 2018. “I make sure we do things the Everton way,” she continues. “We’re a family here. If you want to articulate what ‘the Everton spirit’ is you look at the behaviour of our fans, players and staff from the top of the club all the way through during this [pandemic]. You look at how in this crisis we were calm and stuck really closely to our values — authenticity, honesty, community, compassion.” At the start of the pandemic, Carlo Ancelotti and his staff voluntarily agreed “to reductions and deferrals” in salary of up to 30 per cent. “Carlo connects with our culture and philosophy of what it means to be an Evertonian,” Barrett-Baxendale says. “He’s been terrific. He’s been so supportive even throughout all of the [complicated] return to training and return-to-play protocols. He’s been a remarkable appointment, in terms of his calmness, experience and wisdom. They are attributes he’s able to share with the players. “He’s incredibly humble and also extraordinarily comfortable to be around. He’s a gentleman who shows no ego or positional importance. He adores the fans. He’s been so complimentary about the work of the club and the community department throughout all of this. He takes it very seriously. He’s been a great leader to have in charge of our team during this period.” Last week, Barrett-Baxendale announced that Ancelotti’s players had deferred 50 per cent of their wages for three months. “You often see on television, or read on social media or in the press about football players being out of touch with society and, ‘are they aware of what’s happening?’” Barrett-Baxendale says. “Well, I’ve had the privilege to work in the last ten years with the most remarkable players and I never for one minute think they’re out of touch with what’s going on. In fact, they were very eager and very early to offer their support to see what they could do in community contribution and supporting the club getting through this difficult period.” Barrett-Baxendale describes Ferguson’s work in the community as “just outstanding” TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER BRADLEY ORMESHER Decisions she took two years ago have proved vital getting through this pandemic. “I understood the privilege of having the position of chief executive but also I was very clear about the responsibility I have to protect the club,” she says. “So I set about risk planning for any eventuality that would hit the club.” In late January, she was aware of the virus spreading. “We started to see this coming through from China and I met my director of risk and governance [Paul McNicholas] to plan on the pandemic and, ‘What if this starts to come over the borders and we’re dealing with this in the UK?’ We had an activation plan. I was able to dismantle the club very quickly with all the technology set up, all the remote access, to make sure we have full business continuity. “We very quickly designed the six ‘Rs’, to look immediately at identifying ‘risk’ and delivering ‘response’. We put together a 90-day plan. I asked for a ‘remedy’ to get our organisation moving through all the issues and, as quickly as possible, returning to ‘routine’. The final element was ‘resurgence’ and ‘reward.’” As well as ensuring staff were looked after, the club launched “Blue Family” to help further local people in need. The area around Goodison is ranked among the 10 per cent most deprived neighbourhoods in England. “I knew we’re now going to see an incredible demand in this area and we need to make sure in the toughest time that we support our family.” Staff with match-day roles were redirected to work in the community. “Evertonians have responded, collecting and delivering prescriptions, taking food to food banks, and calling somebody who’s an isolated member of the community,” Barrett-Baxendale adds. “I’m a Liverpool girl so I’m very familiar with the socio-economic issues we face as a city. That just means we have to do more. We’re dealing with poverty, education, housing and health, whether obesity figures or recovering from cancer. “We have an obligation as leaders to use the power of our crest to reach people who maybe won’t reach out to their GP or to professional services. People talk to us about the issues they’re facing: mental health, homelessness, domestic violence. We can either refer or we can remedy. “A lot of the old traditional structures that people would have gone to have disintegrated, haven’t they? The support from the church and what a traditional family structure looks like. One of those last remaining ones is football. It gives people that real sense of belonging.” Ancelotti and his players are preparing for a Merseyside derby behind closed doors TONY MCARDLE/EVERTON FC VIA GETTY IMAGES So far in the pandemic, Blue Family has made life more bearable for 6,500 vulnerable people and their families. Players and staff have made more than 2,000 phone calls checking up on at-risk fans and isolated members of the community. Former players have rallied, too. “They’re incredible,” Barrett-Baxendale enthuses. “They’re fantastic ambassadors of Everton Football Club whether it’s Graeme Sharp, Dave Unsworth, John Ebbrell, Francis Jeffers, these guys do whatever they can to help us. They respond to any request we have whether ringing isolated community members, making short videos. Duncan [Ferguson] is just outstanding.” With so many people living in straitened circumstances, Blue Family has delivered 2,000 emergency food parcels and bought prescriptions and gas and electricity vouchers, even covering the cost of kitchen equipment. “My key philosophy for leading Everton is ‘sport at the service of humanity,’” Barrett-Baxendale says. “Blue Family has been a fantastic articulation of that.” When she emailed supporters to say that season ticket and lounge refunds could be rolled into next season’s outlay or a full refund, “I was just inundated with emails from fans saying, ‘Denise, it’s fine, keep the money as part of the Blue Family’. They’ve been so proud of the work we’ve done with the Blue Family campaign. They are really remarkable fans. It’s reached £400,000 the amount they’ve given. “I absolutely appreciate how much our fans put in whether that’s time, finance. I understand the love affair they have with the football club.” So proud of the fans, she mentioned their munificence to the club’s majority owner, Farhad Moshiri, and the chairman Bill Kenwright. “I told Mr Moshiri and the chairman about it, that this is just staggering, the selflessness of our fans and would it be possible to match this? They said, ‘Absolutely, we stand alongside our fans. We’ll match that.’” So that was another £400,000 going into Blue Family. “I know I’ll be accused of being biased but we are a really special football club and we’ve been able to show that through the way we delivered the Blue Family campaign and how our fans contributed. We know we will come out of this dark time a more robust and resilient club. “We have contact from a number of clubs locally, nationally and internationally who ask for insight into how we lead our community programmes, and we are very open with them. We’re hugely competitive on the pitch but we should never be competitive or protective around our community outreach. It’s about compassion.” A respected leader throughout football, Barrett-Baxendale has been involved with the complicated Project Restart logistics of preparing an old stadium like Goodison for hosting a game behind closed doors and with social distancing. “We’ve had a protocol to work through, dressing rooms, access and egress and ensuring we’re compliant throughout,” she says. “We are forensic around that protocol to make sure we keep everybody as safe as possible.” Her voice has been of the most trusted during clubs’ meetings over Project Restart, and she finds herself regularly hailed as a role model for women in sport. “I don’t consider myself, ‘a female in sport,’” she replies. “I consider myself ‘a leader in sport’. I’ve had a number of people who’ve been very respectful to me who are all females and said ‘you’re a great role model’ but I’ve had a lot of gentlemen who said that too. I have had some very nice compliments from both [women and men] really who’ve said ‘you set a good example’ and that’s really flattering. I just think I’m doing my job.”
  36. Laughing or pulling a tongue as a coping mechanism to deal with a mistake he’s made is not unprofessional.
  37. he's a good player, so is davies, i think they are very similar styles and aren't being helped by playing together. Get a proper DM and then have Davies/Gomes rotate and fight it out for the starting spot and well see a lot better out of them. we miss gana badly
  38. I thought that was a good tackle by Richarlison
  39. I’d prefer Ake from Bournemouth personally. Tidy with the ball but a much more aggressive defender. Yes, it looks like he’ll be relegated as part of an awful Bournemouth defence but I think Ancelotti could work wonders with him. He’s left footed too and offers versatility - both, we are lacking in.
  40. https://www.evertonfc.com/news/1710477/holgate-on-spurs-test-ancelotti-and-why-everton-is-part-of-who-i-am Doesn't sound like someone that will easily be prised away.
  41. A fit John Stones is ahead of Mina and Keane all day long.
  42. Because it wasn’t. I did initially, but then on reply no chance he was looking for it.
  43. It’s accurate, but misleading. I’d have to write a post as long as the one above to explain it fully, and nobody wants that! So I’ll (try to) be brief. Our 2 main political parties have essentially switched their conservative/liberal ideologies in the decades after the Civil War. The Republican Party was founded in the 1850s as an antislavery (not quite the same as abolitionist) party. The Democratic Party was, yes, a proslavery party. Over the decades, into the 20th century, the Republicans became a more conservative, business-oriented party, and essentially allowed Southern Democrats to institutionalize Jim Crow segregation from the 1890s to the 1960s. But Northern Democrats, especially under Franklin Roosevelt (1930s) became the party of labor, hence more liberal on some issues. By the 1960s, Dems were full-on liberal, but with a segregationist wing in the South. With the Civil Rights revolution, end of (legal) segregation, and black voting rights, Southern Dems gradually left the Dem party and became Republicans.
  44. I was so happy he went on and finished it. Good habit to get into with VAR at the moment. Was crisp though, 2 touches then post and in
  45. It drives me crazy seeing the cheers and applause he got last night after every ridiculous statement he made. It really is a cult, and I don’t understand it at all.
  46. I have literally sat there, pointed at him and asked “where the fuck is he going?!” If we don’t think Kenny’s good enough (I’d like him to be given a chance myself) I’d much rather let Sidibe go back to his club and look elsewhere. The low fee agreed beforehand isn’t in play any longer and I wouldn’t have even wanted us spending that on him after seeing what he’s like firsthand.
  47. Rating Besic over Delph is perfectly understandable
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