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Season 2009-10

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May 2010

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Beckford Signs for 4 years
31 May - After being released a little early from his current contract at Leeds United, before it expires next month, striker Jermaine Beckford has signed a four-year contract with Everton. No shirt number has been assigned to him yet, and and Everton fans await to see if this means one of the current strikers will be allowed to leave.

Moyes on Managers
The ruling classes: managers and their teams
30 May - In World Cup build-up mode, David Moyes pens his thoughts on the increasingly important role of the manager in modern football: "Arsène Wenger says the image of the team is in the manager's face. You can tell the manager who's under pressure. Arsène's right. The manager epitomises how the team are feeling. Mourinho, through his own shows of confidence, gives confidence to his teams. Capello, with his stiffness, brings an air of authority and reassurance to the England dressing room." And perhaps most tellingly: "Tactics aren't difficult. They aren't rocket science." Er...

“Fourth is not success” — Moyes
Moyes wants to win trophies
29 May - "We've come close [to winning something] a few times and done well in the league, but for me, it's not enough. Tottenham got to the Champions League this season, but there's only been one other team in the last few years to have done that outside the big four. That was us. That's seen as success, but I have a problem with that. It's saying that it's okay to finish fourth... to have that mentality that finishing fourth is success is strange, yet that's the perception. I just don't understand how can you expect to be happy with fourth." — David Moyes, quoted in The Scottish Sun.

Everton season 'a failure'
Pienaar cites Arsenal (h) and no Europe
28 May - More pot stirring, no doubt designed to drive the wedge deeper between Steven Pienaar and Everton, has the media making much of comments made by the South African about the Blues' 2009-10 season: "We didn't start fresh at the beginning of the season due to injury problems and we suffered from that throughout the season. The beginning of the season was the lowest (point), especially when we lost 6-1 against Arsenal. At the end we didn't qualify for Europe and that's why I reckon this year has to be considered as a failure."

Duffy back on his feet
Youngster lost 3.6 litres of blood
27 May - Republic of Ireland defender, Shane Duffy, is back on his feet just days after surviving a life-threatening injury. The 18-year-old Everton player was visited in hospital on Wednesday morning by international boss Giovanni Trapattoni, his assistant Marco Tardelli and skipper Robbie Keane in the wake of the Republic's 2-1 friendly victory over Paraguay. Duffy was able to get out of bed and walk, much to the delight of the trio, and he remains on target to be discharged from Dublin's Mater Hospital at the weekend.

Pienaar's agent ups the pressure
24 May - Steven Pienaar's agent is now urging Everton to resolve the player's contract negotiations before the World Cup, reiterating that his client would like his Goodison future decided before the tournament kicks off next month or he will likely demand a transfer from the club that resurrected his career.

Teenage star put pen to paper today
24 May - Jack Rodwell has committed the next five years of his promising future to Everton by putting pen to paper on a new contract that will keep the 19-year-old sensation at Goodison Park until 2015. That will end, for now, the ceaseless speculation linking Rodwell with a move to Manchester United or Chelsea, confirm word from sources close to him that he always wanted to keep developing his career with the club he loves, and net the teenager an estimated £30,000-a-week contract.

No imminent resolution of Pienaar impasse
23 May - More details are emerging of the impasse between Steven Pienaar and Everton with comments attributed to the midfielder suggesting that the two parties are a fair distance apart on the issue of compensation. The South African had put off any decision on his future until after the World Cup but has now admitted that, after rejecting the Club's latest offer 2 weeks ago, he could either see out his contract at Goodison or be sold this summer if there is no positive resolution of his contract negotiations and the right offer comes up.

Duffy recovering after life-saving surgery
21 May - What seemed like a precautionary trip to hospital ended with life-saving surgery for Shane Duffy following a collision in a practice match yesterday that left the teenager with a lacerated hepatic artery by his liver. The Everton defender was administered oxygen on the pitch after taking a knee to the abdomen while playing for a Republic of Ireland XI against Ireland Juniors but the full extent of his injury wasn't known until he got to Mater Hospital. Duffy remains in the High Dependency ward but is expected to make a full recovery.

Blackpool into the Premier League
Blackpool 3 - 2 Cardiff City
22 May - Blackpool will play Premier League football next season after a ding-dong first half that saw all five goals scored in the searing Wembley heat. Everton's on-loan player, Seamus Coleman, played a competent game at right back, with few of the marauding runs forward that have endeared him to Evertonians, but was there to make a couple of important defensive clearances that helped to keep the second half goalless and allow Blackpool to win the Championship Playoff Final.

Coleman extends his Goodison contract
19 May - Seamus Coleman has joined Tim Cahill in signing on for another four years. The Irish defender, who plays at Wembley this coming weekend for Blackpool where he is on loan as they look to win promotion to the Premier League in the Championship playoffs. David Moyes said of Coleman: "I think he's someone who has caught the imagination of a lot of the supporters. We've brought him in and he's had very little of what I would call senior football. So we had to get him some games. He had a terrible injury in pre-season which kept him out and, if hadn't been for that, he might have had more games and he might have even been further along. But I think these games for Blackpool, at the level they're playing at, will do him no harm at all."

Moyes will fight to keep players
19 May - With the memory of the Lescott Saga all to fresh, David Moyes says of the need to keep his best players: “Are we susceptible? Of course we are, because people look at us and think, ‘We can go to Everton and take their best players'. But if they do, they know they are going to have to come with a very big cheque. If they come here, they know it is going to be very expensive and our intention is not to let any of the players go. I expect them to be here next season.”

Tiger Tim: 4 more years
Contract extended through 2014
18 May - Tim Cahill has committed his future to Everton after signing a new contract which could keep him at the club for the next four years. The 30-year-old had two years to run on his existing contract but Everton were keen to tie him to the club for an longer term. The Australian midfielder is a key player for Everton and his willingness to sign a new long-term deal is a boost for manager David Moyes's on-going plans.

Gosling starts long recovery
Less damage than originally feared
15 May - Dan Gosling has finally had surgery on the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his knee that was set to put him out of action for nine months. However, there is some good news in that, when the swelling finally subsided enough for the operation to go ahead, there was less damage than expected. The 20-year-old has been ruled out for the start of the 2010-11 season but the expectation now is that he could require less time than originally anticipated to make a full recovery and be back in action for the Blues.

Radio City interview Robert Elstone
14 May - Everton Chief Executive, Robert Elstone, spoke to Terrace Talk on Radio City and talked candidly and eloquently about a number of issues, including transfers, new contracts for existing players — not least Steven Pienaar — the state of the domestic game and the Blues' quest for a new stadium. Listen online: Part One | Part Two

Pienaar delays contract decision
11 May - Despite the recent insistence by his agent that the situation would be wrapped up before the World Cup Finals kick off next month, Steven Pienaar says that he will delay any decision over his future until after the tournament. Reiterating that, "I've made it clear before that I want to stay at Everton," the 28 year-old seems to suggest that he'll be back at Goodison if he returns from South Africa fit and healthy.

Baines makes provisional England squad
No World Cup for Jagielka, Arteta or Saha
11 May - Leighton Baines is one step closer to the World Cup Finals in South Africa this summer after being named in Fabio Capello's 30-man provisional squad for the tournament next month. There was no place for Phil Jagielka, though, Mikel Arteta's hopes of a surprise Spain call-up were also dashed and Louis Saha was overlooked by France. Elsewhere, Victor Anichebe, Yakubu and Joseph Yobo are in Nigeria's 30, Tim Cahill is named for Australia and Steven Pienaar for the host nation.

New stadium plan “unworkable”
Side by side in Stanley Park
10 May - The latest solution put forward to solve the problem of new stadiums for Everton and Liverpool is the construction of a unique side-by-side construction in Stanley Park. The Mersey Stadia-Connex group, which is behind the idea, believes the “Siamese-style” blueprint could save the clubs between £180m and £220m. They argue it would allow both Liverpool and Everton to maintain separate stadiums — and could hugely reduce overall costs — but it has already been rejected out of hand by Everton officials.

Bilyaletdinov belter ends season on a high
Everton 1 - 0 Portsmouth
9 May - Everton's faithful fans might have hoped for a goal glut against a relegated Portsmouth with the FA Cup Final on their minds but the Blues made them wait until second-half injury time before DIniyar Bilyaletdinov scored a sublime winner to end an otherwise disappointing game. The South coasters had chances to ruin the end-of-season party and even had the ball in the net but it was chalked off for offside before Hayden Mullins hacked Louis Saha's header off the line in the closing stages. Tony Hibbert's shot that flashed just over the bar looked to have been the last chance but Bily struck another beauty after coming on as a second-half sub.

Neville undergoes knee surgery
8 May - Phil Neville will miss the season finale against Portsmouth after undergoing orthoscopic surgery on his knee to remove "a slight touch on his cartilage," as David Moyes put it. As well as bringing his Premier League campaign to a premature end, it also means that the 33 year-old won't be eligible for England's World Cup squad. Neville had an outside chance of being selected by Fabio Capello but he will now join Marouane Fellaini and Dan Gosling, who only had surgery on his cruciate knee ligament tear this week as well, in rehabilitation and getting fit for next season.

Davie Weir still going strong
Scotland's Player of the Year at 40
7 May - Ex-Everton captain David Weir raised the bar in football longevity yesterday when he was named Scotland's Player of the Year just four days short of his 40th birthday, yet the Rangers captain is unsure whether his new status will guarantee him any extra time at Ibrox. Weir, whose contract expires in three weeks, admitted yesterday that his future is still uncertain at the debt-stricken Scottish champions and fears he may be left in the dark until “late in the summer” about whether a new deal will be on the table to allow him to play on.

Looking back on 1985 Title triumph
6 May - The Official Site has gone retro for the day to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Everton's 1985 League Title triumph, a championship that should have ushered in the Club's best opportunity before or since to win the European Cup were it not for the ban on English clubs following the Heysel tragedy. has a report of the 2-0 win over QPR that sealed the Blues' first Championship in 15 years... well worth a read to take you back to those halcyon days.

Positive signs from Pienaar
5 May - If Everton fans fear losing Steven Pienaar this summer, they can take heart from the player's comments after receiving Everton's Player of the Year award yesterday. Nothing has been decided by way of his contract but when asked about the future, he said: "Hopefully we can kick on from here to next season and the coming years. We have got the potential. The people behind the club really want it to happen and so do the players. For sure [I'd want to stay and be part of that], why not?"

Pienaar named Everton Player of the Year
4 May - Steven Pienaar was handed the Everton Player of the Year accolade this evening at the Club's annual awards gala. The South African, in the headlines right now as the Blues continue negotiations over a new contract for him, topped a poll of supporters after an impressive campaign in which he equaled a career best seven league goals. Leighton Baines was voted the players' player of the year for a season in which he has played in all but one League match for the Blues.

Poor end to Euro quest
Stoke City 0 - 0 Everton
1 May - Everton's hopes of taking the race for Europe to the final weekend of the season petered out in frustrating fashion at the Britannia Stadium. In the absence of Steven Pienaar (injured, we hope!) there was little of the silky passing from previous weeks; instead, squandering possession was the order of the day, and perhaps only Victor Anichebe emerged with any real credit with at least five shots on goal. Phil Jagielka did better, powering the ball into the net from an excellent Arteta corner but, ironically, it was Anichebe, blocking the keeper on the line, whom the linesman determined was in an offside position from Jagielka's header. Earlier, Rory Delap had missed the game's best chance and neither side came close to scoring in the last quarter of an hour, leaving the Blues with an unsatisfactory goalless draw that confirms and 8th place finish. Report

Stoke City v Everton
Match Preview
1 May - The penultimate game of the season and Everton finish their travels in the potteries and Peter Reid's tricky side with their rabid crowd of fanatical supporters. Everton continue to be without the injured trio of John Heitinga, Dan Gosling and Marouane Fellaini. Jack Rodwell and Leon Osman could miss out for the second successive week. Rodwell is nursing a hamstring injury while Osman has an unspecified knock. Rumours suggest Pienaar may miss out as well.


Snippets & Rumours

Big Vic won't be going to SA
31 May - Victor Anichebe has missed the cut for Nigeria's final squad for the World Cup Finals, one of seven players from the Super Eagles' provisional party not selected by manager Lars Lagerback. As expected, Yakubu and Joseph Yobo were chosen.

Barkley & Garbutt help England win
30 May - England lifted the Under-17 European Championship, beating Spain 2-1 in the final. Everton's Ross Barkley who deflected a free-kick onto the England post just before Spain scored the opening goal, while his Everton teammate, left-back Luke Garbutt was victorious after a torrid battle with Spain's Gerard.

Heitinga goes to WC; Baines not sure...
29 May - Johnny Heitinga is included in the Dutch squad of 23 players named to travel to South Africa fro the World Cup. However, a worrying time for Leighton Baines as he is left out of the England squad to face Japan tomorrow, ahead of the final cut that Fabio Capello will make known on Tuesday...

Leeds cancel Beckford's contract
28 May - Leeds United have canceled the contract of striker Jermaine Beckford, paving the way for him to fulfil his dream of playing in the Premier League. Reports a few months ago suggested the 26-year-old had signed a pre-contract agreement with Everton and the indications are that the player will shortly complete his move to Goodison.

Everton gear up for away kit launch
28 May - Everton's new away kit will be unveiled next Thursday at the Everton One and Everton Two megastores, with the launch centred around the theme of "Revolution", on account of the "technically advanced" nature of the shirt. The pink branding is still a cause for concern for many, particularly in light of an image, purported to be the new change strip, that surfaced earlier this week of a lurid salmon pink number.

Pienaar demands pose sticking point
27 May - Everton insist they won't be held to ransom by representatives of Steven Pienaar and are prepared to lose him for nothing next summer rather than sell him to a rival Premier League club, according to the Echo.

The Everton Experience
27 May - Click the link to pull up an excellent video depicting Landon Donovan's Everton Experience (Part 1)...

Support for Baines from Lawrenson
26 May - BBC and local Liverpool media pundit, Mark Lawrenson, offers some welcome support for Leighton Baines in the wake of the criticism the Everton defender has garnered from the national press for his performance against Mexico.

Baines plays full 90 for England
24 May - Leighton Baines played the full 90 minutes as England beat Mexico 3-1 in a pre-World Cup Finals friendly at Wembley this evening.

Baines starts England friendly
24 May - Leighton Baines will get a second chance to stake his claim for a place in Fabio Capello's England squad for the World Cup Finals with a starting place in the friendly against Mexico on Wembley's controversial turf.

Blue Remembered Thrills
21 May - One of the greatest seasons ever in Everton's rich and illustrious past is being celebrated in a special BBC Radio Merseyside documentary on Tuesday 25 May at 8 pm. "If You Know Your History — Everton 85", remembers that incredible season, when Everton stormed the footballing barricades at home and abroad.

ToffeeWeb Player of the Season
21 May - ToffeeWeb's poll of readers for their player of 2009-10 matched Everton FC's own Player of the Season award with Steven Pienaar finishing with the highest number of votes on the back of a sterling campaign for the Blues. John Heitinga was a very close second.

Arteta's agent insists he's staying
19 May - Mikel Arteta's agent has moved to quell speculation linking the Spaniard with a move away from Everton by insisting that his client is happy at Goodison Park. Rumours suggest that the 28-year-old is close to agreeing new terms to extend his current deal.

Tornado Tim's ready for SA
19 May - As possibly Australia's key player for their World Cup campaign in South Africa, Tim Cahill is a driving force who talks the talk to The Sydney Morning Herald in this article and video interview.

Fellaini well on the mend
18 May - Marouane Fellaini's recovery from ankle surgery is ahead of schedule and the midfielder could feature in the club's pre-season campaign. The Belgium midfielder had an operation after injuring ligaments in the Merseyside derby in February and was expected to be out until September.

Everton announce Rathbone departure
17 May - Everton's Head of Sports Medicine, Mick "Baz" Rathbone has left the club after 8 years, the Club has announced. No reason was given for the departure of the Blues' physio.

Everton determined to keep Jagielka
17 May - Everton have insisted that they have no interest in selling Phil Jagielka after weekend press speculation linked the England international with potential bids from Arsenal and Manchester United.

Mucha looking forward to Goodison
24 May - Incoming goalkeeper Jan Mucha has been talking on EvertonTV about the prospect of playing for Everton next season, after he joins the club officially next month. He then flies off to South Africa to play his part in Slovakia's World Cup campaign.

Everton Reserves, 2009-10
17 May - It's been especially difficult this season to keep track of the Reserves, but finally the full record of their games has been complied, with line-ups, stats, and brief reports. Links also to some excellent match reports provided by Tom Owen.

Coleman Impresses Moyes
14 May - David Moyes says he's enjoying watching the progression of Seamus Coleman. The young Everton defender, currently on-loan at Blackpool, is heading for Wembley after the Seasiders beat Nottingham Forest in their Championship play-off semi-final.

Baines next up for a new contract
13 May - David Moyes has moved to tie Leighton Baines to an extended contract at Everton and ward off the "England effect" (of Blues players getting "tapped up" by other clubs) should he make Fabio Capello's squad for the World Cup Finals this summer

Coleman set for Wembley date
12 May - On-loan Seamus Coleman will get the chance to help Blackpool into the Premier League in the Championship playoff final after the Tangerines beat Nottingham Forest in a thriller at the City Ground this evening.

Everton FC v CD Everton
11 May - Everton have now confirmed that the long-awaited historic meeting with Chilean counterparts CD Everton will take place at Goodison Park as one of the pre-season friendlies on Wednesday 4 August.

Cahill set to sign 4-year deal
10 May - Chief Executive Robert Elstone said: "We are at an advanced stage of negotiation with Tim and his representatives. We would be hopeful of concluding an extension to Tim's current deal and to put pen to paper on a new four-year contract before he departs for the World Cup."

Moyes's familiar refrain
8 May - David Moyes has set low expectations of getting some early transfer dealings done this summer, suggesting that he may have to wait until closer to the new season again because of a severely limited budget.

Everton confirm Norwich friendly
6 May - Everton will play a friendly at Norwich City on 31st July as part of the Club's pre-season preparations.

Charity testimonial for Carragher
6 May - Everton have agreed to field a team to play Liverpool at Anfield in a charity match early next season that will be a testimonial for Jamie Carragher. The game will be played on 4 September (an international break) and may feature many old players from both sides of Stanley Park.

Jutkiewicz strike caps 12-goal thriller
5 May - On-loan Everton striker Lucas Jutkiewicz scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser that completed an incredible comeback for Motherwell as they erased a 6-2 deficite to draw 6-6 with Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League this evening.

Fellaini on track for summer return
5 May - Marouaner Fellaini has resumed light training following surgery on his ankle in February and says he expects to be fit and ready for the new Premier League season in August.

Everton Ladies in FA Cup triumph
3 May - Everton beat the ever-dominant force of the Ladies' game, Arsenal, 3-2 in an extra-time thriller to lift the FA Cup for the second time and deny the Londoners the chance to lift the trophy for a fifth successive time.

Pienaar injury update
3 May - Steven Pienaar turned an ankle in training and that is being given as the reason he missed out on the trip to Stoke. David Moyes is hoping he'll be fit for the last game of the season against Portsmouth on Sunday before he heads off to South Africa, where he will hope to be a star player for the World Cup hosts this summer.

When is offside not offside?
2 May - When it's a goal for Everton? Steve Round: "We thought it was a perfectly good goal. We cannot quite understand why it was disallowed. The officials made the decision and we have to respect that. He (Anichebe) is in an offside position but is he interfering, I don't know. We have taken a corner and it has been headed straight in the net." Standing in front of the 'keeper, Anichebe was clearly interfering with play.

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