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April 2010

News Headlines & Features

Everton confirm Australia tour
Non-World Cup players to play 3 Aussie sides
30 Apr - Everton have confirmed that the club will travel Down Under this summer and tour Australia. The trip will be the Club's first visit to the country since 1987 when the then champions of England participated in a post-season tour, playing two games in Melbourne and Brisbane. The Blues will return to both Australian cities to face Hyundai A-League sides Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Heart and will complete a three-game tour with an exhibition match against Sydney FC.

Moyes snaps up Portuguese prospect
Joao Silva deal wrapped up?
28 Apr - No confirmation from Liverpool L4 yet but Sky Sports and sources in Portugal are reporting that Everton have concluded a 500,000 deal for 19 year-old striker, Joao Silva. The Desportivo Aves marksman, described as the new Pauleta, is set to make the move to Goodison Park at the end of the season after scoring 13 goals in the Portuguese Second Division this term.

Kenwright scoffs at Moyes speculation
Reports linking manager with United 'nonsense'
27 Apr - Bill Kenwright has joined David Moyes in rejecting speculation that the Everton boss is being lined up to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United when he eventually hangs up his stopwatch. "It's absolute nonsense to infer that we would let David depart for Manchester United with our blessing," Kenwright told the Echo. "If a day like that ever did occur, Evertonians know that I would fight tooth and nail to keep our manager where he belongs."

Last-gasp penalty keeps faint hopes alive
Everton 2-1 Fulham
25 Apr - A Mikel Arteta penalty deep into injury time preserved Everton's 100% home record against Fulham in the Premier League as David Moyes's side secured the win that keeps their faint Europa League hopes alive. Despite dominating the play with slick and patient passing, the Blues lacked any real urgency and fell behind when Leighton Baines' suicide backpass was intercepted by Erik Nevland who beat Tim Howard to open the scoring. Everton equalised four minutes after half time, though, when Victor Anichebe's header went in off Chris Smalling and though a penalty claim for handball on Nicky Shorey was denied, referee Lee Mason had no doubts in the third minute of stoppage time when Chris Baird felled Tim Cahill in the box to hand the home side the path to all three points. Two wins for the Blues and two defeats for Liverpool is what is required if Europe is to become a reality.

Everton vs Fulham
Match Preview
24 Apr - Everton play their penultimate home game o the season this weekend as road-weary Fulham come to Merseyside. John Heitinga is ruled out for the rest of the season with a hairline fracture of his ankle but Tim Cahill is in line to make his 200th start for the Blues in all competitions as David Moyes's side hope to get the first of three consecutive wins they need to have any chance of qualifying for the Europa League next season. Kick-off is 3pm.

Moyes confident Pienaar will stay

23 Apr - David Moyes appears relaxed about the speculation surrounding the future of Steven Pienaar whose Everton contract has a year left to run. "[T]alks have been on going for some time," Moyes said in his press conference ahead of this weekend's game against Fulham. " I hope we will [keep him] and I am sure we will. We brought him here on loan when he was a bit down and gave him that platform so I think he's found a good home."

Everton prepare new deal for Rodwell
Times report suggests bumper terms to keep him at Goodison
23 Apr - Everton are ready to offer Jack Rodwell a significant improvement on the contract he signed a little over a year ago in an effort to ward off interest from the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and now Arsenal according to The Times. It's believed that the Club are ready to at least double his wages and sources close to the 19 year-old starlet suggest that he is committed to staying at Goodison Park rather than follow the path trodden by Wayne Rooney six years ago.

Blues need a minor miracle

21 Apr - Updated Though Portsmouth have now been denied entry to the Europa League next season, the worst case scenario has played out for Everton since Saturday's thrilling win over Blackburn, with Aston Villa and Liverpool getting maximum points from their games in hand and the Blues now trailing the two clubs by 7 and 5 points respectively with just 3 games to go. Though there are conflicting media reports suggesting Everton could qualify from 8th if Liverpool win the Europa League, we're fairly certain that no additional European places will be created by a Reds win in that competition.

3-match tour in Australia
Everton finalizing summer itinerary
21 Apr - An Everton side potentially including Socceroos star Tim Cahill is set to embark on a three-match tour of Australia in July. The Queensland government and the are in the final stages of negotiations and, but barring any late hitches, the Toffees will play the Brisbane Roar in the annual Roar Against Racism charity match. July 10 is the mooted date for the clash, which will open an Everton tour that is also understood to include matches against new A-League club Melbourne Heart and reigning competition champions Sydney FC.

Pienaar set for big new deal...
Or a Lescott-type cash-in sale???
20 Apr - In a scenario that is horribly reminiscent of the Lescott saga, the Daily Mail claims that Steven Pienaar is set to be rewarded with a new lucrative Everton deal which will rank him alongside the club's biggest earners and supposedly end interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. The 14million-rated South Africa midfielder has been the subject of enquiry from rival bosses, alerted that Pienaar has just one year remaining on his Goodison Park deal.

Scintillating Blues Finally Victorious
Blackburn Rovers 2 - 3 Everton
17 Apr - A penalty won and converted by the returning magician Arteta inside 3 mins should have made this a walk in the sunshine, and some superb football from Everton in the first half should have seen more goals... But they didn't come until the last quarter of the game, which was just amazing. A tremendous equalizer from N'Zonzi after Baines had bent the Blackburn post with an Exocet. The Yak came on for Hibbert and equalized inside 22 seconds with a lovely header on from Anichebe, but minutes later Roberts scored his usual goal against Everton, this one very well taken. Same old story... 2-2? No, the Yak would create an excellent goal on 90 mins for Tim Cahill to finally seal a hugely important win for the Black & Pinks! Full report

Blackburn Rovers vs Everton
Match Preview
17 Apr - Everton head into a local encounter with Blackburn Rovers this afternoon, a must-win game if they are to keep their hopes of European qualification alive. With games running out and their rivals for 6th and 7th spots playing teams in the bottom four this weekend, David Moyes's men can't afford to drop any more points. John Heitinga is a doubt with a foot injury while Mikel Arteta again misses out with a groin strain. KO is 3pm.

Another thriller against Villa ends sour
Aston Villa 2 - 2 Everton
14 Apr - Everton were five injury-time minutes from a potentially huge win over Aston Villa but yet more defensive weakness against the deep cross allowed Martin O'Neill's team a precious equaliser that keeps them four points above the Blues. Tim Cahill had headed Everton into the lead from a Leighton Baines free kick in the first half but Gaby Agbonlahor leveled with a glancing header with 18 minutes to go. Cahill restored the lead almost immediately, again with his head, to put David Moyes's side on course for victory. But despite the presence of three central defenders with the late introduction of Joseph Yobo, Phil Jagielka diverted Ashley Young's cross into his own net, though Tim Howard will feel he should have turned it around the post.

Aston Villa vs Everton
Match Preview
14 Apr - Everton and Aston Villa face off in a potentially decisive encounter in the battle for European qualification, the Blues's having fallen four and six points behind Villa and Liverpool respectively with their failure to beat Wolves and West Ham in their last two outings. Mikel Arteta is again ruled out with a groin strain and Victor Anichebe is also unlikely to figure because of a hip injury. Kick off is 7:45pm.

Reserves held by Hull
Everton Res 0 - 0 Hull City Res
12 Apr - An Academy side masquerading under the dubious title of 'Everton Reserves' could do nothing to break the stalemate against Hull on Monday Night. The timing of the match was not good for the fringe senior players, with the first team playing Villa on Wednesday night, but even Carlo Nash is not getting games anymore, now that Iain Turner is fit and back in goal. Last summer's young acquisitions Garbutt, Mustafi and Peterlin also played.

Tim Cahill The Unseen Journey
Aussie Channel 7 TV Biography
10 Apr - No football for Everton this weekend... so what about watching the The Unseen Journey — a 40-minute video of the programme broadcast last week on Australian TV, telling the unheard story of Tim Cahill's life. A rags to riches tale about his family background, his father's determination to make him a footballer, his mother's irrepressible Samoan roots... the challenges to becoming a Socceroo, Milwall, Everton, the first goals for Australia in the 2006 World Cup, and prospect of more for them in South Africa this summer... plus lots lots more.

The link below leads to a Sporttorrent page, where you can download and save the 400MB video file.

Moyes takes managerial plaudits again
Second Barclay's Manager of the Month award this year
9 Apr - David Moyes has been named the Barclays Manager of the Month for the second time in three months after steering Everton to an unbeaten record in the month of March. In accepting the award, the boss praised his players: They are the ones who cross the white line and I must give my staff a lot of credit too. That's two out of three months that we've got this award and we're going to need two more if we are to achieve what we want from this season!

Coleman keen to extend loan
Wants to be in the play-offs
8 Apr - Seamus Coleman — whose loan deal with promotion-chasing Blackpool runs out next Wednesday — says he wants to stay for longer and "help the club win promotion": "We'll see what Everton have to say and whatever both teams want is what matters," said Coleman, 21, who has made a real impression at right back — Blackpool are unbeaten in five games since he joined.

Moyes assures Yak's future
Achilles recovery takes time...
6 Apr - David Moyes has assured Ayegbeni Yakubu he has a long-term future at Everton despite conceding that the Nigeria striker has not fully recovered from an Achilles injury suffered 17 months ago. It has been suggested that Yakubu will be sold this summer to improve Moyes' transfer budget having struggled to reclaim form and a first-team place since rupturing an achilles tendon at Tottenham Hotspur in November 2008. However, the Everton manager believes the recovery period is typical of Achilles injuries and says Yakubu remains part of his plans at Goodison Park.

Limp second-half display costs Everton
Everton 2 - 2 West Ham United
4 Apr - Everton's European hopes took another severe blow with a second successive draw against a team from the lower reaches of the table as complacency and a dismal second half display cost them an eighth home win on the bounce. Diniyar Bilyaletdinov's first-half header had put the Blues on their way but the Hammers grew in confidence in the second and leveled when Da Costa bundled home from close range. Yakubu looked to have headed the winner with five minutes left but Ilan powered home an equaliser as an almost immediate reply and an Everton side horribly devoid of imagination couldn't create anything to grab a late goal to get the points they needed to close the gap on Aston Villa and Liverpool.

Everton vs West Ham United
Match Preview
3 Apr - Everton are back at Goodison this weekend looking to record their eighth successive Premier League home win when beleaguered West Ham, the team the Blues love to play, come to town. Dan Gosling joins Marouane Fellaini on the long-term injury list while Mikel Arteta and Joseph Yobo are doubts with minor strains so David Moyes could field an unchanged line-up. Aston Villa's annoying win at Bolton means that victory over the Hammers would pull Everton back to within two points of the Villains ahead of the battle for seventh place at Villa Park in 10 days' time. KO is 4pm.

Coleman dazzles again
Loan player scores after mazy run
3 Apr - Seamus Coleman is continuing to have a dramatic influence on the fortunes of Blackpool FC as they fight for a play-off spot in Championship. The player set up one that was converted as an own goal, then went on his own mazy run through the Scunthorpe defence before firing into the roof of the net from 8 yards to his first goal since going on loan from Everton last month. Scunthorpe 2- 4 Blackpool.


Snippets & Rumours

Tiger Tim in-store DVD signing
28 Apr - Tim Cahill will be appearing at Everton Two, Liverpool One tomorrow (Thursday) at 5pm to sign copies of Tim Cahill: The Unseen Journey. The DVD is also available now from official Everton stores and

Arteta looking for top-four challenge
27 Apr - Though he's not yet given up hope of getting a World Cup call-up for Spain, Mikel Arteta is already looking forward to next season and believes that, as their form over the last 20 games has shown, this Everton side is good enough to qualify for the Champions League.

THAT semi-final 25 years on
24 Apr - 25 years ago today Everton beat Bayern Munich under the Goodison lights to book a place in the European Cup Winners' Cup Final which they would go on to win the following month. Trevor Steven recounts his memories of the occasion to the Official Site.

Heitinga's season likely over
23 Apr - Johnny Heitinga has probably kicked his last ball in anger for Everton this season and now has his sights on getting fit for Holland's World Cup Finals campaign.

Moyes joins BBC World Cup team
22 Apr - David Moyes has been chosen to join the BBC's team of experts for the World Cup in South Africa this summer where as many as seven of his current players could be on show.

Moyes dismisses United links
22 Apr - David Moyes has rejected the speculation suggesting that Sir Alex Ferguson has highlighted him as his successor at Old Trafford as "nonsense".

Fellaini quizzed over nightclub incident
21 Apr - Marouane Fellaini is being questioned by police investigating claims he assaulted a 20 year-old woman outside a nightclub in London's West End.

Senderos hoping to stay at Goodison
21 Apr - Philippe Senderos says that he hopes he has shown enough in his limited first-team opportunities and Reserve team outings to have earned the chance to stay at Everton beyond the term of his current loan spell.

Pienaar resolution before World Cup
21 Apr - Steven Pienaar's agent says that the South African international is looking to have his contract impasse resolved one way or the other with Everton before the World Cup kicks off in June.

Liverpool Res 0 - 1 Everton Res
21 Apr - Joe Baxter scored an injury-time winner for Everton Reserves with a crisp volley that went in off teh crossbar to beat local rivals Liverpool in the FA Premier Reserves League (North) last night at Prenton Park. Philippe Senderos and Victor Anichebe were part of the team.

Arteta explains Pedersen poke
19 Apr - I probably shouldn't have reacted like I did but there have been a few times — not just this time — when he has made bad tackles. I don't mind it when they're fair or tough, I accept it with no problem. But with him it's different and he knows that. I told him."

Hillsborough 21 years on
15 Apr - Today marks the 21st anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy when 96 Liverpool fans died on the terraces of Sheffield Wednesday's Leppings Lane stand. A new panel to investigate the most contentious areas of the disaster and its aftermath will be chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, who has pledged to the families of the victims to "ensure the fullest story is told" of what happened that fateful day.

Suspended Fine for Mancini
15 Apr - Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been given a suspended 20,000 fine and warned about his future conduct following his petulant spat with Everton boss David Moyes, after Mancini had been unhappy with Moyes holding on to the ball during the Eastlands game last month.

Why has nobody bought Everton?
15 Apr - That's the question posed by Swiss Rambler in a well-researched piece for American sport site, Bleacher Report, as he analyses the flawed nature of Everton's current operating model, the club's debts and its path to the future given the lack of progress in finding the club a big-money buyer.

Youngsters may go to Watford
15 Apr - Watford are still weighing up whether to add Everton Academy youngsters Moses Barnett and John Nolan to their books this summer. Both are expected to be released by the club at the end of the season and have been on trial at Vicarage Road, playing in Watford's reserves on Monday night.

Moyes still hoping for Europe
15 Apr - David Moyes insists the fight for Europa League football next season is still on, despite the frustrating 2-2 draw at Aston Villa Park that leaves the Blues still four points behind Villa, who occupy seventh place but have a game in hand.

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Coleman's Blackpool loan extended
14 Apr - Seamus Coleman will stay at promotion-chasing Blackpool for the remainder of the season after having his loan spell with the Seasiders extended.

Arteta still out for Villa game
13 Apr - David Moyes does not think Mikel Arteta will be fit for tomorrow's game at Villa Park, with the Spaniard suffering still from a groin strain, Victor Anichebe will also miss the game with a hip problem.

Heitinga feeling more comfortable
13 Apr - Talking to the Liverpool Echo, Johnny Heitinga has confirmed how long it his taken him to become comfortable with the speed of the Premier League.

Blues wait on Europa League decision
12 Apr - Everton are waiting on the results of an appeal to Uefa by Portsmouth to find out whether a seventh-place finish in the Premier League will mean qualification to next season's Europa League.

Sheedy: Coleman has a big future
11 Apr - In this feature by the News of the World, Kevin Sheedy predicts big things for compatriot, Seamus Coleman: "Already, Seamus has won the fans over which is very important at Goodison. They love his attitude - his desire and will to win. They see him as one of their own."

Im probably best in the middle Ossie
9 Apr - Leon Osman talks to the Echo about his desire to win a trophy (duh!) and his pleasure at being played out of position, before describing how he handles criticism from the fans.

Everton don't need to sign anyone
7 Apr - "Somebody asked me the other day, 'Who would you like to sign in the summer?' I told them that I'm not bothered bringing people in — I don't think we need to sign anyone."

"The reality is that we can beat any team in this league with this set of players," Neville told the club's website.

The curious case of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
6 Apr - This feature on Bily assesses all the issues regarding the enigmatic Russian's first season in English Football, and covers most of the points that have been discussed in our Mailbag and Fans Comment articles.

Coleman has another good game
6 Apr - Seamus Coleman played a key part in securing another win for his loan team, Blackpool, 2-0 over Doncaster Rovers last night. Being watched by his manager David Moyes, he continues to impress at right-back with two key defensive interceptions and came close to scoring his second goal for the Tangerines following a mazy run on the hour.

Moyes questions refereeing standards
5 Apr - Everton boss David Moyes has criticised referee Howard Webb and the standard of officiating in general after his side's 2-2 home draw with West Ham on Sunday.

Poorer for it if you leave
4 Apr - That's the message David Moyes is hoping to get through to Steven Pienaar and Jack Rodwell, who are both in talks to extend their current Everton contracts while the vultures scouting for other clubs look to tempt them away from Goodison Park.

Cahill 's support for Arteta call-up
2 Apr - Tim Cahill believes his friend and teammate, Mikel Arteta, deserves a call-up to the Spanish international team on his own merits but perhaps even more so now that Cesc Fabregas' leg break has cast doubt on the Arsenal midfielder's participation in this summer's World Cup.

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