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  1. Seamus may make my heart grow back
  2. That’s not what it’s about for me. It’s another game to go to, another day out, another trip to Wembley. If we get to Europa, it’s a chance for a trip away with the lads or my dad to watch the blues. I’d love nothing more than a trophy, that’s what the game is about, and making memories while you’re there. We might never make the top four, so enjoy the ride trying to get there. Picking up any trophy helps the club grow, and enjoying playing European football is a good thing regardless of which tier for me.
  3. In all my years of supporting the blues,i have never felt the urge to comment on any of these forums. I know i may or may not be slagged of by the regulars but i now need to to agree with the majority of people on this thread. I am now watching a team under sam that just look utterly clueless. Full stop. Over the years there has been ups & downs but always with a hint that something good may happen or somekind of excitement. Now, it is just dire. It pains me to say this but i dont even want to watch them at the moment under sam. As with the majority of blues it seems on here i hope sam has already cleared his desk. The next manager may or may not make us world beaters but hopefully at least give us something to start think about lifting 1 a cheek off the seat??
  4. Now that it's done, I wish him well. Even though his tactics can be called into question, I don't think you can question his commitment to the team. What pissed me off about Koeman is towards the end he didn't look like he gave a shit, we were shipping goals left, right and centre without looking arsed. Silva always looked as though he was desperate for a win (or a point) but just wasn't getting the run of the green and/or good enough. Unfortunately, I don't think his tenure will be remembered in 10-20 years time. Moyes took us from fighting relegation to Europe, Martinez brought that attractive, attacking football and I think at the start Koeman looked really good - I just don't know what identity Marco has brought to the club nor do I think he's really progressed us as hoped, quite the opposite. It'll be interesting to see how we respond against Chelsea. As much as I wanted Silva to go I'm filled with anxiety due to not knowing who we'll get next. A bad appointment could put is in an even bigger mess.
  5. I think you’ll see that we carved them up until the final third. Coleman had so many chances to get a good ball in ( granted he got that one to Cenk and was saved well ) but generally put in a nothing ball. DCL was off, which is unfortunate for him but that happens. For me another game where we looked defensively strong and competent, never under threat. I can see the foundations Silva is laying and I’m getting back to believing we could be 2/3 players away from being a seriously good team. So yes, I am happy with what’s getting served up because I can see the potential in what we are doing and where we are going.
  6. Might be common sense here but we need to finish as high as possible in the league EVERY season. Could care less about Europa or getting top 4 once. Want see consistency and the term "best of the rest" laid to rest. NSNO!
  7. Can’t believe his threads way back here- this lad is fucking boss andcwill be a suoer star for us next season, I know his finishing isn’t the best but his vision and clever little balls are on another level, his work rate is fantastic- he’s up and down the flank like a little terrior, I absolutely love him- He hadn’t kicked a ball since March cane to a new country and league , new language- everything and he has showed flashes of brilliance whilst bedding in. This lad is on another level vision, creatively, direct running, bamboozling defenders- he’s fucking boss.
  8. If only Gana could pick out a forward pass 🤷🏻‍♂️
  9. I know Stek's bad but I don't fancy Holgate going in goal.
  10. We are 19th in shots, 19th in shots on target, 19th in chances created. Two of the most used attackers were ones brought in during his time here. 12 of those points were also in December alone so we have amassed 18 points in the next 4 (almost 5 months). From January onwards we would be 10th. After our initial 3 game bump ending with a win at Swansea, we would be 11th. Considering how bad the league is at the moment that isnt anywhere near good enough. As a comparison, the previous season that points tally (20) would have put us in 16th on goal difference , two points above 18th. The year before that 15th and the year before that 14th. Even the post Jan tally would leave us 12th, 12th and 13th in the last 3 seasons.
  11. I wouldn’t sell Klaassen yet. Not until he has had chance to settle in and show what he can do, or not do!
  12. If he's half the player Gana was it'll be a good deal.
  13. The lad is a superstar. A marketing dream, humble, down to earth and just loves his football. He has ten years at the top easily. I think he loves playing for us, he is on a serious wedge as he should be. I’m sure in another two years he will want champions league football. It’s up to the club to challenge for that
  14. Signed a new contract until 2024 Jordan Pickford insists that joining Everton has been the key factor in him becoming England’s No. 1 as he committed his future to the Club by signing a new contract until the end of June 2024.The 24-year-old goalkeeper has committed his long-term future to the Blues, declaring his intention to earn “legend” status at Goodison by delivering success for the fans.A summer 2017 recruit from Sunderland, Pickford shone in his debut season on Merseyside, being named the Club’s player, players’ player and young player of the season at the end-of-season Dixies.He went on to become the youngest goalkeeper ever to represent England at a World Cup finals as the Three Lions reached the last four for the first time since 1990 and expressed his delight at signing a new six-year contract when he spoke to evertontv.“When I made the move last year I thought Everton would be a great club to come to and the right step in my career,” he declared.“Getting the opportunity to become England’s No. 1 was down to being at Everton, I believe, and being able to put in solid performances week in and week out.“Coming to Everton, a massive club with a massive history and seeing how passionate and determined the fans are, it’s inspired me to perform week in and week out and it’s moved my career on, without question. “I want to play as many games as I can for the Club, that’s my goal now. "Hopefully, I can continue to progress, become a better goalkeeper each and every day and keep that England No. 1 shirt as well. That’s another aim. “This is a great club for me and, hopefully, we can get the success for the fans to earn the right to be a legend at Everton one day, each and every one of us.” One of the star men for England in Russia, Pickford was named man of the match as Gareth Southgate’s side beat Sweden in the last eight to secure a semi-final date with Croatia. Despite arriving back late for pre-season following his World Cup exploits, Pickford has played every minute in the Premier League for the Blues so far this season and he insists he feels no added pressure. “I don’t feel any pressure from the World Cup,” he said. “I just want to become the best person as a goalkeeper I can be. “My focus is on the team here and, as a team, we want to be pushing right up the table as high as we can be. “There is a lot of strong competition out there but in the next year or two, if we can get into a final of a cup and perhaps win a trophy, that would be a great step forward. “I am still learning but I hope I am giving the team something, too.”
  15. There is an article in today's Telegraph Sport about match-day mascots, the little kids who run out holding a player's hand. My jaw dropped when I read that most clubs charge for this experience. First, the only clubs that don't are: the big six (includes Liverpool) plus Huddersfield, Southampton and Newcastle. We charge £599 plus Vat and the fact that this goes to the community programme doesn't, in my book, make it any less of a rip-off. With all the billions swanning around the Premiership, this is penny pinching at its worst.
  16. I’ll be made up for the lad when he runs out on that pitch again. Won’t be many in the squad with his work ethic, I’d love him to stay injury free for a couple of years.
  17. I am not his greatest fan but there is no need to demonise him is there? Just what has he done wrong that anyone else would not have done in the same situation? OK I get that you will not miss him or his skills or his goals or whatever, but vitriolic abuse is not necessary he was on the terraces long before he was on the pitch, and that makes him one of us.
  18. See ya later Bob. Happy to see Sasha move up, he has a ruthless reputation. Also made up for Denise, she might not have massive experience but she has turned EITC into something to really be proud of. During her work there she worked closely with the council, which could be vital for the stadium move. See any of her speeches, she is a fierce and determined woman, she will put everything into this job. I hope she makes the grade.
  19. We all know, the minute he is sacked we will all he feeling like we love it again won’t we? And get excited all over again, and enjoy the rumours? I’m waiting for that day.
  20. Thanks Tosun could have saved my marriage.
  21. Why? The man's only 27 and a great asset when fit; today was tragic but totally unpredictable unless you accept he'll put everything on the line for the club and shit happens. No way we should have sold him, when fit he's one of the first names on the team sheet for me.
  22. Its like I don't exist... Fuck you all and a happy new year.
  23. He needs selling this window- he clearly doesn’t want to be here.
  24. The question has to be asked: Would we have come back from 2-0 down if Koeman was still the manager? Absolutely not. Kudos to Unsworth.
  25. Bloody hell is that how bad it is. Players need to look at themselves, not just the manager.
  26. While I've been consistent in my support of Niasse, especially during the time he was being written off and mocked for fun, I hope Koeman does not make the opposite mistake and make Niasse a starter. He's not Lukaku. He's not DC-L. He's not the forward we're craving. What he is, though, is an impact sub, someone who can make a difference when the game is on the line - which is what he did today. IMO, we should recognize and take advantage of this strengths, not set him up for failure.
  27. Mum's a red and my dad (and pretty much all of his family) is a blue. Apparently I was a red when I was a very young kid but there is no photographic evidence of this and I don't remember it at all, so as far as I'm concerned it never happened. My dad is a massive blue - used to follow us everywhere and saw us win things (!) - and I think I just wanted to be like my dad and spend time with him I suppose, so would follow Everton too. One of my earliest memories is the 95 Cup Final and my mum helped me make a scrapbook of the whole journey through to it, and I still have the game recorded on VHS . My first game it was actually my uncle that took me (mum's brother) and it was Neville Southall's Testimonial against Celtic. It was 0-0 and boring as hell but going to Goodison was magical. There weren't many (any really ) Evertonians in my Primary School class but any time it was 'wear your own clothes day' I would always wear an Everton shirt, and get the piss taken out of me. But I didn't care. My birthday was in August so I'd always get a kit for it - mostly my mum would take me over to Liverpool to get it and we'd make it a little day out and get the train and some food. I live and breathe this football club and have done for as long as I can remember now.
  28. The players might not have the ability of some of the best players in the league, but what they must match them on is hard work. Anyone who has ever been at Goodison when more talented teams have come up against an Everton side willing to outwork them will understand how much the atmosphere changes. We like talented players, but we always love a player willing to flog themselves for the shirt. Until we have the best players in the league we must outwork everyone.
  29. It maybe could have been handled better but as long as Ferguson speaks to him properly in private and tells him exactly what the problem was, and what he expects in future, then it's not the end of the world.
  30. Howe's Bournemouth just lost to Crystal Palace after playing for 70 minutes with a man advantage and didn't look like scoring in a year. Is that 4 defeats in a row for them? With Liverpool and Chelsea to come next. How he's on anyone wish list for us is beyond me.
  31. I don’t think we can afford another gamble. I’m so nervous over who we next appoint.
  32. He’s been bought as a player with a lot of potential, I don’t think the club expected the finished article to turn up and be ready from day one.
  33. If any manager was told you have three years in the job don’t worry I’m sure they would blood younger players for the long term but unfortunately they don’t and can’t do it because if it doesn’t work out in the short term they get sacked. And it starts from people moaning about managers not taking responsibility because they’ve lost pre season friendlies largely consisting of a youth squad. Oh the irony
  34. You do realise that Arsenal, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester City, Newcastle, Sheffield United, Spurs and Watford haven't made signings either? Ironically, we are one of the teams that have signed a player so far this summer so I'm confused as to how with all of this information at hand predictions are being made about the window being ''last minute'' and criticisms of Brands are coming to the front for not acting fast enough in the market. No South Americans will be signed as the Copa America is currently underway. It is incredibly unlikely that national teams will allow players to skip training to discuss contracts and transfer fees with domestic clubs which is fully understandable. We've also had the Nations League taking place recently so anyone taking part in that (basically the best players from the top leagues of England, Portugal and the Netherlands) will now be on holiday and thus not available for negotiation. As an example, look at Matthijs De Ligt who is absolutely nailed on to leave Ajax this summer but as of today hasn't moved anywhere. If the rumours are true, André Gomes is set to sign within the next few days which will take our signings up to two for the summer - not bad when you consider all of the above. If we are sitting with just two signings come August then by all means throw some criticism at Brands, Moshiri and the rest but at the moment I think it's borderline bonkers to be panicking about our summer business. Take a deep breath!
  35. Yet even with these problems, 3 of them get to Euro finals. I get what your saying, we’re such a lucky team that teams only ever have problems on and off field when playing us. I mean it would be daft to say that our set up limits these teams and stops them playing. Yet when were beaten, it’s the opposite isn’t it PeteO, it’s because we were at full strength but the other team just tried harder. Lets be straight here. You see the team in a different way than the majority, and that’s fine. Your down on the team and club at the moment and look for negatives. Im a pretty positive guy and will always look for the positives. You can see in my posts I’m a glass half full type. What we need to accept, mainly you 😉 is that yours, or mine, or any others opinions are just that PeteO, opinions. Your trying your best to prove them as facts, while ignoring actual facts. The most glaring example is this not creating chances comment you keep going on about. Yet in one match we created more chances than Sam did in his whole tenure. That wasn’t something is fans made up, but a factual stat put out by the ssp team. And this is where I struggle to understand where your coming from sometimes.
  36. We've always been about quality over quantity. Occasional issues aside that stands for me; I don't want 300 guys on answering posts that have been responded to in the few minutes it takes me to answer one. It's more personal, we're all "mates" who sometimes fall out but pretty much always kiss and make up, wouldn't have it any other way.
  37. This is why calling for his head was silly. You have to give managers a chance to get their ideas across and get the players in that are suitable for their tactics, it’s not a quick fix and there were always going to be teething problems. He still might not be the man to take us forward but he had to be given the chance to be that man.
  38. He was very good today no arguments from me.
  39. Where are you getting your millions from Mike! I want in. Edit: I now see the joke and realise I'm an idiot.
  40. He and Richarlison are the two players who can unlock defenses with their movement and passing, something we have lacked at this club for a while. With Gilfy, Theo, Lookman we have a very potent attacking force.
  41. I feel like a little kid again I'm that excited to watch us play again. Didn't think I'd be saying that after the torture of last season, but I cannot wait to get to Goodison Park.
  42. Nice little read this from the man himself https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/romelu-lukaku-ive-got-some-things-to-say?utm_source=media&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=worldcup18&utm_term=Lukaku
  43. He is known for his work-rate mate. He has never been a super talented footballer but he likes to work hard, do extra training and improve his skills. As it is mentioned here many times, he has learned a lot from Demba Ba and Mario Gomez but on the other hand he also gets along with them, people like him as he shows his intention learning something from them then people help him. For example, last year after the Besiktas' crowned again, all of our players were on holiday but Cenk, even when he is on holiday, took his trainer with him and worked together with all day. Fitness, technique etc... There are short videos on his Instagram from his pieces of training during the summer time. What makes him special and why all the fans become admirer so far where he served is lying under his character IMO. I don't know him personally but what we see let us think that he has a great personality, getting along really well with his team-mates which lets them help him on and off the pitch. I think none of them would do the same thing for a douche like Balotelli for example. I am not surprised that he is on extra training with Duncan and Shakespear praises his work ethic, Walcott hails him as a striker as well. I don't know how much Everton as a team or its supporters cares about but Turkish people are patriotic and emotional in such cases. Once they love a person, they can support anything that person does, blindly. So, he is a good asset for Everton to have for its globalization and may generate a significant income from Turkish market if marketing department plays smart. I know or let's say, I guess, a lot of Everton fans sick and tired of Turkish raid on Everton posts on any social media tool but it can be turned into a benefit for the club. It's like you have a river nearby with high flow rate, either you can build a hydroelectric plant and turn it into electric then sell or let it run freely. I will give you a small example of my environment nowadays, I left my job recently and not working at the moment. We used to post sports related articles on a blog we've created when we were in college with my friends, approx. 10 years ago and the biggest part of that blog was about Premier League. We used to meet in Irish pubs in Istanbul, sit together with English and Irish people who live in Istanbul and watch the games together, chat with them etc. which was letting us sharing our thoughts on the blog weekly. That blog has become popular somehow on media, it has drawn attention back to those days, they have started to use our articles, even some of my friends jumped in the media to become commentators. After an arguably small introduction of it, what I was trying to say is, I do not remember any posts about Everton. Around 10 articles each week for 2 years on that blog, no Everton posts. Now, as I am not working atm, we meet with some of those friends but this time everyone's attention is on Everton. Everybody wants to meet to watch Everton games. "United playing Liverpool? Screw it, let's meet on Saturday evening for Everton game." Well, sorry for the long post again and some off-topic additions on it but long story short, Cenk will be a good asset for the team in the future as long as he continues to serve with his football and in other ways I mentioned.
  44. Always knew we'd be back playing at Wembley one day.
  45. He inherited a trainwreck of a squad. Won his last game 4-0, the EL games were worthless too. He didn't have anywhere near enough time, but that's not to say he was or wasn't good enough.
  46. The only thing that Koeman can be held accountable for from what we know is telling the soft cunt some home truths about stepping it up He saw his arse priced himself out of a new deal and wants out its as simple as that, I'm sure some said he'd sign a new deal once Koeman left.......
  47. Lukaku would make a massive difference to our team right now. I know you find that extremely hard to stomach but he would and to suggest otherwise is just ridiculous. He improves practically every team on the planet.
  48. In my own humble little opinion (so nobody bite my head off), Gana is a ball winning midfielder. He has the job of chasing down and winning back the ball. His job is to press, press, press to unsettle the opposition. He hasn't got a solid "position" to get dragged out of, such as a deep lying midfielder such as Morgan.
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