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Colombia were one of the teams Roberto Martinez was most looking forward to seeing in the World Cup he believes that the South Americans' impressive showing so far is proof that Radamel Falcao's absence through injury "has provided Colombia with a challenge, given them a determination to prove they can succeed even without their natural leader."
Everton will hold further talks with Gareth Barry this week according to reports as Roberto Martinez has reiterated how important he feels the midfielder is to the team. The midfielder is a free agent this summer after the expiration of his Manchester City contract and media speculation suggests he has a number of options open to him.
Nevin sees Barça comparisons [MEDIA]29 June
Former Everton winger Pat Nevin sees Everton’s full-back combination of Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines as being reminiscent of Barcelona’s dynamic duo Dani Alves and Jordi Alba.
Evertonains honeymoon in Brazil [MEDIA]29 June
When Luke Prior proposed to Katy Franks he quickly suggested Brazil as an exotic honeymoon destination - then he mentioned it would coincide with the World Cup.
Everton will play FC Porto in a friendly for Leon Osman's testimonial at Goodison Park on 3rd August.
Kevin Mirallas played virtually all of Belgium's 1-0 win over South Korea which ensured that the Red Devils topped Group H, setting up a clash with Tim Howard and the USA in the round of 16 next Tuesday.
Tim Howard and the United States completed the remarkable achievement of escaping the 2014 World Cup's so-called "Group of Death", advancing to the knockout phase on goal difference. A draw against Germany would have secured passage for Jurgen Klinsmann's side but in the end a narrow defeat was enough as Portugal's victory over Ghana in the other match in Brasilia was not enough to make up their inferior goal difference.
Seamus Coleman has reached agreement with Everton over a new, improved contract that extends his existing deal to 2019 and ups his salary. The new terms are a reward for his superb form in 2013-14 which saw him named the club's player of the year.
Roberto Martinez says that the recent departures of Alan Irvine and Alan Stubbs shouldn't cause undue disruption at Finch Farm.
Evertonians have a final chance to secure a coveted Goodison Granite as the third phase of the scheme is revealed.
The Club’s Everton One store will be closed for three weeks over the summer as it undergoes a close season refurbishment.
The home strip for next season is being revealed by Everton today and it marks a departure from the white trim that is usually synonymous with the Blues' first-choice jerseys, opting for a round, granddad navy collar and thin navy piping on the sleeves. The shorts are traditional white and socks are also navy.
England didn't change at all [MEDIA]24 June
Gavin Cleaver at Deadspin's football arm doesn't mince words on the England debacle but comes to the defence of Leighton Baines who came in for media criticism despite the fact that he was regularly left exposed against Italy.
Alan Stubbs, has been confirmed as Hibernian's new manager. The 42 year-old leaves his role as Everton U21s manager to take up his first managerial role at Easter Road.
Ross Barkley was handed the chance to impress from the start as England played their pride-salvaging exercise against Costa Rica but he struggled to impose himself in a poor game. The Everton star showed a couple of flashes of his talents but was largely peripheral in a toothless performance from Roy Hodgson's side. Daniel Sturridge missed England's best chances as the contest petered out to a goalless conclusion that saw the Central Americans top the group.
Everton have announced that the full reveal of the new home strip will happen on 25th June.
Johnny Heitinga moves on again [MEDIA]23 June
John Heitinga has completed a move to Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin. The Dutchman joined Fulham from Everton in January this year on a short-term deal and has moved on from Craven Cottage following the Cottagers' relegation from the Premier League.
Roberto Martinez has had his accreditation for the World Cup withdrawn after he allowed someone else to use his FIFA pass to attend a Netherlands training session.
Tim Howard and the United States were 30 seconds from booking their place in the knockout phase of the World Cup but were denied by Silvestre Varela's last-gasp header. Clint Dempsey's 80th-minute goal had completed a superb turnaround by the Americans who recovered from conceding an early goal to Nani and levelled through Jermaine Jones's excellent strike. They were on the verge of dumping Portugal out but were undone with the last action of the match.
As one of the survivors of Jurgen Klinsmann's overhaul of the US national team, Tim Howard is a linchpin of the team bidding to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup in Brazil.
Klinsmann has focused most of his attention over the last three years on changing the United States’ style of play, urging his players to push forward more and be comfortable in possession while overhauling the American back line. Part of his ability to do both is his faith in Howard, who is at the top of the so-called spine of the American team.
Departing Academy Director Alan Irvine sees Ross Barkley and John Stones as being integral to the future of the England national team.
With England heading home from another disappointing World Cup performance, Romelu Lukaku says that he hopes England fans will turn their support to Belgium
"We (the Belgian players) are all proud that we play in such a beautiful country and that we have helped English football to become better," he says. "So hopefully the English will now support us throughout rest of the World Cup.”
Everton FC have taken the unprecedented step of banning a fan for racial and homophobic abuse of a fellow supporter on Twitter.
Everton U21s manager, Alan Stubbs, looks set to be unveiled as Hibernian's new manager on Monday after holding talks with the Scottish club in recent days. The 42 year-old, who knows the Scottish Premier League well from the five years he spent as a player with Celtic, could take his assistant, David Unsworth, with him from Finch Farm.
The Liverpool Echo features a lengthy interview with Everton CEO Robert Elstone, who offers his recollections of a memorable season at Goodison Park.
Speaking after England's defeat to Uruguay in Sao Paulo last night, Phil Jagielka described the result as "gutting" as Roy Hodgson's side face the high likelihood of early elimination from the 2014 World Cup finals. Everton's captain was the first member of the England party to face the music in front of the cameras after Luis Suarez's double condemned the Three Lions to a second successive defeat in the tournament.
Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka both started and Ross Barkley came on as a second-half substitute but England fell to their second defeat in Group D, this time at the hands of Luis Suarez. The Three Lions' 2-1 defeat means they have to beat Costa Rica by two goals and hope that Italy beat both the Central Americans and Uruguay in their games if they are to progress.
Evertonians can now go behind-the-scenes at Finch Farm and Goodison Park with the new Access Everton app.
Alan Irvine says that while he was not looking for a move away from his role as manager of Everton's Academy Director, the allure of managing in the Premier League was too much to turn down.
Everton legend, Tim Cahill, produced the most impressive individual feat of the World Cup so far with an incredible left-foot volley for Australia against The Netherlands but the Dutch eventually prevailed 3-2.
Everton will kick off the 2014-15 season at Leicester City followed by a titanic double-header at Goodison Park against Arsenal and Chelsea in the next two matches. The first Merseyside derby of the season is on 27 September at Anfield, with the return fixture taking place at Goodison Park on 7 February and the Blues will be at home to Tottenham on the final day.
Everton have apparently given Hibernian permission to hold talks with Alan Stubbs over the manager's job at Easter Road.
Belgium recovered from a stodgy start in their first 2014 World Cup match in Belo Horizonte, coming back from a goal down to win 2-1 thanks to goals by Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens. Kevin Mirallas was an unused substitute for the Red Devils.
Evertonians will be given another chance to permanently leave their mark on Goodison Park as plans are revealed to extend the Goodison Granites scheme.
An 86th-minute header from substitute John Brooks handed Tim Howard and the United States a thrilling victory over Ghana this evening in Natal. The Americans were clinging to Clint Dempsey's opener scored after just 34 seconds until Ayew's strike with 8 minutes to go looked to have earned a point. Brooks rose to power home the winner from a corner, though, to gain revenge over the team that knocked the US out of both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
Everton will travel to Thailand to play newly-promoted Premier League side Leicester City in Bangkok next month.
Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines were named in the starting line-up for England and Ross Barkley was sent on as the Three Lions tried to chase the game in energy-sapping conditions but they couldn't prevent a
Everton Academy manager, Alan Irvine, has been named as West Bromwich Albion's new manager following the dismissal of Pepe Mel at the end of the season.
Our general forum, The Game, continues with threads devoted to the final stages of a riveting World Cup in Brazil.
Kevin Mirallas says that there is great belief in the Belgium's young squad but that they are staying focused knowing that the experience at the World Cup will stand them in good stead for the future.
Former Italy international Pierluigi Casiraghi chatted with FourFourTwo ahead of his country's meeting with England in Manaus:
Rooney is a wonderful player, but he’s not 100 per cent. I think Ross Barkley could cause us a lot of trouble. The question is: will he play?
For us, Marco Verratti [is a young player who could catch the eye]. I put him ahead of Immobile and [Lorenzo] Insigne because of the experience he’s gained at PSG. He’s got a lot of top level experience now.
For them, Barkley and [Adam] Lallana. I think that this time England has a lot of quality in attacking positions, and that has always been a problem for them in the past.
Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Chief Executive Officer of Everton in the Community and Deputy CEO of Everton FC, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List with an MBE.
Speaking with Sky Sports in the wake of the announcement of Roberto Martinez's new contract, Bill Kenwright says that Everton are hopeful of being able to bring both Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry to Goodison Park on a permanent basis. The Chairman says he has "good friends" at Stamford Bridge that might give the Blues an edge with regard to signing Lukaku while he plans to speak with Barry's representatives to iron out a deal for the 33 year-old.
Everton have parted company with French winger Magaye Gueye by mutual consent, bringing an end to four disappointing years with the club. The 23-year-old was released with a year remaining on his contract having made 24 appearances.
Paul Scholes has urged Roy Hodgson to go for broke with England's exciting young players like Ross Barkley when the Three Lions kick off their World Cup campaign on Saturday.
"None of the big teams fear England in this World Cup," said Scholes. "Let's give them something to worry about. Ross Barkley must start.
"Hodgson has little to lose by going for the jugular in Rio. Will we be satisfied if England scrape through to the quarter-finals playing negative football? Let's not do that and instead take responsibility for what happens if we go for it. Let these England players off the leash."
The clamour for 2014/15 Season Tickets has now seen over 26,000 Evertonians secure their seats at Goodison for the upcoming Premier League campaign.
Everton have announced that Roberto Martinez has signed a new contract with the club that would keep him at Goodison Park until 2019. The Catalan led the Blues back into Europe with a fifth-place finish in the Premier League in his first season charge and he has been rewarded with a two-year extension to his existing deal just 12 months after arriving from Wigan Athletic.
To coincide with the World Cup, we're opening "The Game", ToffeeWeb's new general forum – our "virtual pub" if you will – where Evertonians can discuss matches and issues not necessarily related to Everton FC.
Tim Howard is in positive mood as he and the United States national team prepare for their World Cup opener against Ghana on Monday. The Blues' goalkeeper feels that the Americans are capable of gaining revenge for their defeat to the West African nation in South Africa four years ago and get out of the so-called "group of death".
Aiden McGeady played 76 minutes for the Republic of Ireland last night in a
Roberto Martinez has been announced as ESPN's expert summariser for Argentina's World Cup group opener against Bosnia Herzegovina.
The Everton manager will co-commentate with Derek Rae for US audiences on 15th June and will also provide in-studio analysis with the likes of Alexei Lalas and host Bob Lee from Brazil for the duration of the tournament.
Romelu Lukaku says that spending the last year on loan at Everton was the best step in his career thus far and he credits Roberto Martinez for helping him become what he feels is "the complete striker." The 21 year-old is preparing for a World Cup campaign that could have significant implications for his short-term future as speculation over whether he will stay with Chelsea continues.
Former Everton star, Andrei Kanchelskis, says that another ex-Blue, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, can succeed in a second spell in the Premier League should he join Crystal Palace this summer in a cut-price deal.
"Diniyar is already familiar with the peculiarities of the English league and knows the mentality of local coaches and players. It is one of the best leagues in the world.
"Should he avoid making the same mistake twice? Diniyar is not returning to [David] Moyes. Apparently, the coach of the London club [Tony Pulis] has more faith in Russian players."
Skodran Mustafi, the German defender who spent three years at Everton before being released by David Moyes, has been called up to his country's World Cup squad following injury to Marco Reus.
Here Is The City compile a selection of tweets from Chelsea fans who are miffed that in their view the striker doesn't appear willing to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge.
Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines both started for England against Honduras while Ross Barkley played the second 45 minutes in a weather-interrupted but ultimately goalless encounter against Honduras who finished the game with 10 men. Meanwhile, Kevin Mirallas played an hour for Belgium as they edged Tunisia 1-0 and Tim Howard earned his 100th cap for the United States as they beat Nigeria.
Former Manchester United and Barcelona winger Jordi Cruyff says that Everton could benefit from future loan arrangements with Barcelona after Gerard Deulofeu's successful season-long loan at Goodison Park.
"“Deulofeu came to a very different league and adapted to a different style of play. If he does well this season I’m sure Barca will see even further the benefits of loaning more players to Everton.”
Shane Duffy is a full Republic of Ireland international after making his senior debut for his country in a friendly with Costa Rica yesterday which finished
David Moyes has already turned down two offers to go back into management and is considering beginning the next stage of his career by looking for a club outside England.
While Roy Hodgson and Roberto Martinez appear to share the same impulse to protect Ross Barkley, the 20-year-old's international and club managers demonstrated differing approaches in the media yesterday.
John Stones has been revelling in his involvement with the senior England setup over the past couple of weeks and says that the experience is spurring him on to earn more caps for the national side.
Roberto Martinez is looking forward to Everton's return to European competition next season and says that he and his players will be ready to meet the challenge they earned with such an impressive 2013-14 campaign.
Phil McNulty gives Roy Hodgson the benefit of the doubt following his rather public dressing down of Ross Barkley yesterday, positing that it may have been more about tempering the media's expectations than criticising the player himself.
Ross Barkley enjoyed a hugely promising outing in his first start and John Stones made another late cameo for England in a 2-2 draw with Ecuador in Miami's Sun Life Stadium. Barkley showed some lovely touches and drive before laying up England's second goal for Ricky Lambert to lash home early in the second half but still may not have sufficiently impressed Roy Hodgson based on the manager's ill-advised post-match comments.
The Football Observatory, part of the International Centre for Sports Studies, measured the market value of players across world football by providing estimates on past transfers of players with similar characteristics and have ranked Ross Barkley 16th.
Arouna Koné says that he hopes to hit the ground running when Everton's squad returns for pre-season next month and has a fitness-building programme mapped out to get back in shape after his knee surgery.
While Aiden McGeady is making full use of Ireland's close-season friendlies to get a head start on pre-season and build fitness before the new Premier League season, Seamus Coleman will not be taking part in his country's upcoming matches in the United States.
Roberto Martinez says that he already has his transfer targets in mind as he maps out his team's plans for next season, one which will carry the extra commitments in Europe following the Blues' qualification for the Europa League. After careful consideration of the kinds of personnel he needs to bring in, the Spaniard says he can now focus on making sure he lands them.
Joe Royle has joined Norwich City as a football consultant where he will link up with Neil Adams whom he managed as a player at Oldham Athletic.
With his season-long loan at Everton now over, Romelu Lukaku is once again has making clear his desire to play for Chelsea as speculation continues to swirl regarding his future. He still has two years left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and knows he will have to wait until after the World Cup to resolve his future under Jose Mourinho.
“We have exciting, attacking players, haven’t we? But at the back we are going about our business quietly. We work hard to keep goals out and it is going well. We are proud of our record and we want to build on that and take it into the World Cup where it counts.”
Lacina Traoré failed to make Ivory Coast's 23-man squad for the World Cup after playing just over an hour's worth of football for Everton during his loan spell. The striker was hampered by successive hamstring strains but is hopeful of getting another loan opportunity at Goodison next season.
Phil Jagielka believes that the self-belief and fearlessness of younger players like Ross Barkley can provide a spark for England this summer and he credits Roberto Martinez for bringing the 20 year-old through so impressively this past season.
Everton Ladies' bid for a third FA Cup was foiled at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes today after Arsenal Ladies beat them 2-0 with a goal in each half.
Seamus Coleman and Aiden McGeady both played the entire 90 minutes as the Republic of Ireland frustrated World Cup-bound Italy in a goalless friendly at Craven Cottage.
Goalscoring delight for Jags [MEDIA]31 May
Phil Jagielka talks to evertontv about his goal for England and the involvement of four Everton players in Roy Hodgson's team against Peru at Wembley
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John Stones earned his first England cap and Phil Jagielka scored as all four of Everton's England representatives played a part in the Three Lions' 3-0 win over Peru at Wembley this evening.
In just a few months, Roberto Martinez has built a team that plays attractive, attacking, winning football that earned Everton a fifth-placed finish and qualification for Europe after a five-year absence. The Catalan credits the Blues' rich history, both recent and in the more distant past, for providing the foundation and ingrained traditions from which to draw inspiration and to build on for the future. [Photo © Everton FC/PA]
Everton youngster Ryan Ledson says that James McCarthy is one of the senior players he really looks up to in his quest to make the breakthrough into the first team under Roberto Martinez.
Neville Southall says that the Football Association's proposals to boost the number of English players in the Premier League is fundamentally flawed without focusing first on the grassroots game.
Antolin Alcaraz is aiming for a more successful second season with Everton after admitting that his first year at the club was "one to put behind me."
Tim Howard captained the USA to a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan in San Francisco last night, Steven Naismith played 45 minutes for Scotland against Nigeria at Craven Cottage this evening and Everton's U21 duo Luke Garbutt and Ty Browning both featured in England's 1-1 draw with South Korea in the Toulon Tournament.
Everton have announced that Commercial Director Dave Biggar will be leaving the club this Friday, 30th May.
Shane Duffy is preparing for what is likely to be a crucial summer for him in terms of his Everton career with manager Roberto Martinez telling him the club's pre-season programme will be his chance to shine.
Roberto Martinez has been reflecting on what he describes as a remarkable first season in charge at Everton, one in which the Blues regained entry to European competition and a number of Premier League records were set. Far from over-achieving, the manager believes that his team have "set really good standards" and he is already looking forward to next season, "making sure we are ready for a very exciting time ahead."
Phil Jagielka has admitted some frustration at concerns over England's defence and the talk of John Terry's absence, pointing to his 10-match unbeaten stretch alongside Chelsea's Gary Cahill.
ToffeeWeb has been voted Readers' Choice Best Club Blog in WorldSoccerTalk's annual best of the season awards as Everton led with seven awards.
Everton defenders Luke Garbutt and Tyias Browning have played in both of England U20s' group games so far in the Toulon Tournament but yesterday's defeat to Brazil means they are unlikely to reach the final.
Phil Jagielka has admitted that he is still trying to ramp up his match fitness ahead of the World Cup after missing all but two of Everton's Premier League games since February with a hamstring injury. Kevin Mirallas, meanwhile, played his first football since limping off at the end of the win over Manchester United, playing 45 minutes for Belgium in their friendly win over Luxembourg.
According to this Daily Mail article, Everton edged into the top 20 most valuable football brands.
Gerard Deulofeu has been called up to Spain's senior squad by Vicente del Bosque for the reigning World and European champions' forthcoming friendly with Bolivia on 30th May.
The 20 year-old has impressed the Spanish head coach sufficiently during his loan at Everton that he is on standby for the World Cup should any of those currently in his mind to go to Brazil don't make it.
Del Bosque is delaying naming his final 23 to give striker Diego Costa enough time to prove his fitness and could wait until the final day of 2nd June.
"We trust [Deulofeu] and if someone were to pull out tomorrow he would be top of the list," Del Bosque said.
Leighton Baines may have finally emerged from Ashley Cole's shadow 10 days ago when the Chelsea defender called time on his international career after being dropped from the England World Cup squad but Everton's left back is all too aware of the challenge now posed by Southampton's Luke Shaw.
The list of Everton's retained and released players shows that Ibou Touray has joined Mason Springthorpe and Apostolos Vellios in being released by the club while new contracts are on offer for Conor McAleny, Mateusz Taudul and Tony Hibbert.
Everton will open Goodison Park for fans to view and purchase seats for next season on 31 May and 1 June.
Everton's leap into the unknown and a new managerial era under Roberto Martinez exceeds almost all expectations as the Blues finish fifth with a club-record 72 Premier League points. It's not enough for Champions League qualification – the club will return to European competition next season, though – but the journey was packed with memories, world-class goals and fantastic football.
Gerard Deulofeu has said his goodbyes to Evertonians at the end of a memorable loan season in the Royal Blue Number 10 shirt. Barcelona have appointed former midfielder Luis Enrique as their new manager and Deulofeu has been promoted from the club's B team following a successful loan spell under Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park.
As expected, Tim Howard has been named in the USA's 23-man squad for next month's World Cup Finals in Brazil. There was no place, however, for ex-Everton loanee Landon Donovan.
Steven Naismith has been reflecting on a successful second season at Everton in which he weighed in with nine goals in all competitions and emerged as a viable starting option in the Blues' attack, a marked transformation from the bit-part role that characterised last season under former manager, David Moyes.
Conor Grant is looking to press his claims for involvement in the first-team squad now that he has fully recovered from a back injury that prevented him from playing for four months this past season.
Gerard Deulofeu's recall to Barcelona by new manager Luis Enrique does not necessarily preclude the 20 year-old returning to Everton on loan next season, according to Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.
Everton youngsters Ryan Ledson and Jonjoe Kenny both scored penalties for England U17s in Malta this evening as the Young Lions beat The Netherlands in a penalty shootout to win the European Championships. Chelsea striker Dom Solanke put the Young Lions ahead after 25 minutes, Jari Schuurman levelled the game five minutes before the break and the game went to spot kicks where England triumphed 4-1.
John Stones was unable to train with England's World Cup squad in Portugal today after suffering a slight knee injury.
Responding to the 20 year-old's call-up to the England squad and the inevitable speculation about his future after an explosive first full season in the Premier League, Roberto Martinez has re-stated his commitment to keeping Ross Barkley at Everton, irrespective of what kind of money the club might be offered for him should he take Brazil by storm this summer.
A charity match played between an 'Over 30's' team and 'Under 30's' team from the Mid Cheshire Everton Supporters Club at Goodison Park last Friday has raised £1,500 for Everton in the Community as well as £500 for Support Dogs.
Shane Duffy says that he is ready to take the next step in his career following his experience at Yeovil Town where he spent last season on loan.
James McCarthy will be forced to sit out of the Republic of Ireland's four upcoming friendlies because of an ankle injury. The midfielder enjoyed a relatively injury-free season in the Premier League for Everton but won't now be able to play in his country's games against Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal. Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy and Aiden McGeady are in the squad, however.
Everton's Luke Garbutt played the full 90 minutes as England U21s beat their Wales counterparts 3-1 at Swansea's Liberty Stadium this evening to move a step closer to the European Championship Finals.
Confirmation has come from Barcelona that Gerard Deulofeu is now part of the Catalan giants' first-team setup under newly-appointed manager, Luis Enrique. The 20 year-old joins fellow loanee Rafinha in being promoted, as expected, from Barcelona's B team, significantly reducing the likelihood that he will be returning to Goodison on loan again next season.
Roberto Martinez says that he is prepared for his summer recruitment plans to extend to the last day of the transfer window as he negotiates the usual delay to the player merry-go-round caused by the World Cup and gives his younger players the chance to impress during pre-season.
The club have announced the confirmation of three local friendlies for July in which an Everton XI side will take part against Southport, Wrexham and Rhyl.
On this day 30 years ago, Everton landed the trophy that kickstarted the 1980s golden era under Howard Kendall. Thanks to goals by Graeme Sharp and Andy Gray, the Blues beat Watford 2-0 at Wembley to erase the bitter memories of defeat in the Milk Cup Final the previous month and begin a spell when the old Twin Towers were like a second home for the remainder of the decade.
Everton appear to be close to landing 18 year-old defensive prospect Ryan Robinson from Shelbourne, with his manager, Johnny McDonnell, suggesting that the League of Ireland club "hope to get a deal over the line soon."
Captain Ryan Ledson and his Everton team-mate Jonjoe Kenny are through to the U17 European Championships final after England beat Portugal 2-0 this afternoon.
Everton's return to the Europa League will begin in the group stage of the competition thanks to Arsenal's victory in the FA Cup Final this afternoon.
Everton are the new Champions of the FA Under-18 Premier League after beating Manchester City U18s in the Playoff Final at Goodison Park this afternoon. Everton took the lead in the second half through Harry Charsley, and fought off everything the Northern Group winners could throw at them, Russell Griffiths pulling off a number of key saves in the Everton goal.
Ryan Ledson will captain England U17s against Portugal on Sunday after the Young Lions finished second in group A and booked their place in the semi-finals.
The questionable culture of Football Academies – in which young people are routinely insulted and ridiculed to build them into first class footballers – is brought into focus by this article at The British Psychological Society.
Gerard Deulofeu says he is waiting to see what happens with Barcelona before he knows whether he will be returning to the Nou Camp to fight for a first-team place or taking up the option of a second loan spell, potentially with Everton.
Roberto Martinez has sought to temper expectation surrounding Ross Barkley following the 20 year-old's inclusion in Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad England squad for the World Cup.
Everton are in talks with Tony Hibbert regarding a new deal aimed at keeping the 33-year-old at Goodison Park. The veteran fullback is out of contract this summer and manager Roberto Martinez has made no secret of the fact that he wants to keep him with the Blues where he sees his experience as being vital to the development of the club's younger players.
Everton have confirmed that out-of-contract Greek striker Apostolos Vellios has left the club after three years at Goodison Park. Goalkeeper Mason Springthorpe has also apparently been released.
Everton's broadcast revenue has seen a £33m increase from last season according to the final television and merit payment figures released by the Premier League. The club's £85,027,727 total payment places them seventh among top flight clubs for this season.
Existing Season Ticket holders have until midnight on Sunday 18 May to secure their current seat for the upcoming Premier League campaign.
Joleon Lescott has confirmed that he is set to leave Manchester City after winning every domestic honour with the club and fired a parting shot, presumably at Evertonians who were miffed at his departure four years ago, saying: 'Not bad for a money grabber!'
For the third year running, ToffeeWeb is up for Best EPL Club Blog in the World Soccer Talk Awards and we'd love your vote.
Tosh Farrell, the former Everton coach who helped develop Ross Barkley and Jack Rodwell talks to FourFourTwo about the former's call-up to the World Cup in Brazil.
“Ross can be anything he wants,” Farrell tells FourFourTwo. “He can play centre-midfield, he can play as a striker. He’s flying but there’s so much more improvement in him.
“He was never scared to take a chance in the game and he still makes one or two errors in the game where he gets dispossessed in vulnerable areas but the modern-day manager has to accept those mistakes because he’s the sort of lad who learns from them. “If you start telling Ross not to do things he wouldn’t be anywhere near as creative as he is.”
“Ross has really been given a licence to play and has been told to go out there and take a chance,” says Farrell. “Every game he’s building on his last one, and soon he’ll dominate midfields. The problem is that he’s a marked man, sometimes the opposition will try and stifle him so he’ll have to manage that too.”
Everton U18s' Playoff Final against Manchester City has been confirmed for this Saturday, 17th May, with a 5.30pm kick-off at Goodison Park.
Everton Academy prospect Jonjoe Kenny scored for England U17s in their 4-1 win over Turkey yesterday, taking the Young Lions a step closer to the semi-final stage of the U17 European Championships in Malta.
Everton's Tyias Browning and Luke Garbutt have both been called up to the England U21 squad for the European Championships qualifier against Wales and this summer's Toulon Tournament.
Bryan Oviedo has described how he was forced to stop his rapid rehabilitation programme in order to allow his body to rest following his operation to correct the double-leg fracture he suffered in January.
Roberto Martinez would not hesitate to splash out what would easily be Everton's record fee on Romelu Lukaku should the Belgian be available this summer for the £20m+ figure being bandied about by the media recently. The Spaniard believes Lukaku represents an excellent investment given the fact that, at just 21, the striker still has much to learn before he reaches his full potential.
Leighton Baines has made a point of thanking Everton's incredible supporters for their backing throughout the season, particularly away from home, saying that it doesn't go unappreciated in the dressing room.
Everton Ladies are through to the FA Women's Cup Final to face Arsenal after beating Notts County Ladies 2-0 thanks to a brace by player of the season, Nikita Parris.
The inclusion of Ross Barkley in Roy Hodgson's 23-man England squad alongside Everton teammates Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines has been confirmed this afternoon. The 20 year-old told of his delight at the decision saying it means "everything" to him. John Stones is on standby should Manchester United's Phil Jones not prove his fitness within in two weeks' time.
Everton enjoyed something of an end-of-season party at the KC Stadium, recording a comfortable 2-0 win that ensures that their record points haul of the Premier League extends to 72. Two rapier-like passing moves, one in each half, carved Hull open; James McCarthy scoring his first of the season in the eighth minute when his shot was too strong for Alan McGregor and Romelu Lukaku smashing home his 15th of the season just after half time to ensure a first League win on Hull's turf since 1953.
Everton U18s booked their place in the FA Premier Under-18 League end-of-season playoff final with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Goodison Park this afternoon.
Bryan Oviedo's bid to be fit in time for the World Cup Finals in Brazil next month has fallen just short with the Costa Rican revealing on Twitter tonight that he won't be able to take part. "I gave my best, but I cannot be at the World Cup," the 23 year old tweeted. "I know my team are going to do a great job."
Roberto Martinez says that both Arouna Kone and Lacina Traore can be very important players for Everton as the former recovers from a potentially career-ending knee injury and the latter looks to earn another season-long loan.
Ryan Ledson and Jonjoe Kenny both played in England's opening group match of the U17 European Championships, a 3-0 win over Malta.
Everton are offering supporters the opportunity to input into how the Everton Fans’ Forum will operate in the future.
Everton bring the curtain down on a hugely impressive first season under Roberto Martinez this Sunday with their final match of 2013-14 and a trip to Hull City. Steven Pienaar and Lacina Traore could make long overdue returns to first team action and Darron Gibson has also trained but is not quite ready to play a part. Gareth Barry is expected to return after missing the City match. KO is 3pm on Sunday.
Roberto Martinez expects to sit down with Gareth Barry next week to discuss the player's future but doesn't feel that the 33 year-old's decision will be one based on money. Rather, the Spaniard believes that Barry will decide what is best for him from a footballing perspective, whether that is staying in the Premier League and, perhaps, signing a permanent deal with Everton or moving abroad.
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Steven Naismith says that staying strong and believing in himself is what lies behind a successful second season with Everton in which he is a goal shy of reaching double figures for goals in all competitions.
Romelu Lukaku's agent says he hasn't discounted his client staying at Chelsea next season but admits that it's too soon to say. With none of his forwards catching fire this season, Jose Mourinho will be shopping for big-name striking targets this summer but Christophe Henrotay says that the London side "need lots of great strikers," and there may still be room for Lukaku at Stamford Bridge.
Citing Ross Barkley as a classic example, Germany legend Lothar Matthaus argues that England should follow his country's example between 2000 and 2010 and focus on youth.
If England want to continue coming home from major tournaments after two weeks and watching the final on TV, there is a simple enough way. Keep ignoring top young talent like Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw.
The battle for whom TW readers felt was Everton's best player of the season predictably came down to two players who had outstanding campaigns: James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman, with the latter of the two Republic of Ireland internationals winning the poll handily.
Roberto Martinez says that if the Belgian is to leave Chelsea this summer as speculation suggests he will, he doesn't expect any movement on Romelu Lukaku's future until after the World Cup. The manager has made no secret of his desire to sign the striker on a permanent basis this summer but he will likely have to wait to see what happens with Lukaku's parent club's own transfer dealings first.
It is 20 years to the day since Everton pulled off one of the most remarkable comebacks in the club's history, recovering from 2-0 down – a deficit almost entirely of their own making – to beat Wimbledon 3-2 in THAT game and preserve their top flight status. It remains the only time in the Premier League era that the Blues have come back to win from two goals down and it prolonged the club's unmatched number of seasons in the top division of English football.
The 2014 Early Bird window saw a huge rise in Season Ticket sales as Evertonians rushed to ensure they're there to watch Roberto Martinez's men in action next term.
Ryan Ledson has been called up by England Under-17s for next month’s European Championships in Malta. The international call-up means he will not be available for Everton's final match of the season at Hull City this weekend.
The club officially unveiled the Dixie Dean Wall of Fame and the new gates to the Park End at a ceremony today that was attended by manager Roberto Martinez.
Why Barkley must go to Brazil [MEDIA]5 May
The 20 year-old's beautiful goal against Manchester City on Saturday has re-opened the debate about whether Ross Barkley should be included in Roy Hodgson's squad for the World Cup Finals in Brazil this summer.
Phil Jagielka believes that Everton can challenge for the top four again next season but he says that how the club does in the transfer window this summer within the confines of its budget will be key. "[W]ith the right people coming in over the summer, and a bit more depth to the squad, it's an exciting time for us," the Blues' captain says, citing the need to either sign the loan stars from this season permanently or replace them with players of equal impact.
Leighton Baines may be happy with the way things turned out after Manchester United's pursuit of him last summer, particularly given the success of Roberto Martinez's first season in charge, but he admits that his decision to stay with Everton was less about straight loyalty and more a case of "letting the business side [between the two clubs] play out."
Clinical finishing combined with staunch defending by title-chasing Manchester City ensured that they edged Everton in a pulsating contest that was ignited by a sumptuous goal from Ross Barkley. The visitors responded to the 20-year-old's 11th-minute opener with three goals, though – Sergio Aguero slotting past Tim Howard before Edin Dzeko grabbed a brace either side of half time. Everton came back with purpose in the second half but found City in resolute mood until Romelu Lukaku's diving header crashed in off the post. Manuel Pellegrini's side held out to grab the points, however, to remain on course for the Premier League title while the Blues saw their faint Champions League hopes finally extinguished.
Everton U18s will face Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Sunday, 11 May 2014, in the semi-final playoff for the national FA Under-18 Premier League title: kick-off 5:30pm.
Everton defender John Stones tells the BBC's Football Focus that the trust shown in him by manager Roberto Martinez has been "massive".
Everton gear up for the penultimate match of Roberto Martinez's first season in charge with title-chasing Manchester City the visitors. It's a game that has enormous implications for both the Premier League title race and the battle to finish in fifth place but also has the potential to be significant where the fourth and final Champions League spot is concerned. Phil Jagielka is in line to finally return from injury and Leighton Baines is expected to have shaken off the knocks he picked up at Southampton last weekend. KO is 5.30pm.
With Gareth Barry ineligible for the final home game of the season against Manchester City this weekend, one the manager insists Everton will be doing everything they can to win, Roberto Martinez has advocated a change in the rules regarding loan players being ineligible to play against their parent club.
Gareth Barry thriving at Everton [MEDIA]1 May
Richard Jolly analyses the impact Gareth Barry has made at Everton and ponders the possible cost to Manchester City of letting him go for this season.
The Spaniard is no stranger to superlatives, but even by his standards, he has eulogised about Barry remarkably frequently. The short-term signing, he claims, is a one-off, and he said in December: “You always find it difficult to find a No 6, that defensive midfielder who is tactically aware in the English game. Gareth has developed a continental approach in that role, and that’s quite unique. If he was a foreigner, then maybe he would be a bit more glamorous for everyone to highlight.”
His value lies not just in his rarity as a left-footer and a tactically astute Englishman. Martinez built a new midfield axis in the final hours of the September deadline day, recruiting Barry and James McCarthy while banking millions more. Their arrivals were financed by Marouane Fellaini’s sale to Manchester United. It was one final service David Moyes did to his former club.
Steven Naismith says that even though Arsenal are now the overwhelming favourites to finish in the coveted fourth Champions League slot, Everton's players will not give up until it's mathematically impossible. That means they will not be taking their foot off the pedal against title-chasing Manchester City on Saturday. In any case, the Blues are desperate to finish at least fifth and will likely need to win one of their last two matches to secure it ahead of Tottenham.
Where are they now? – Jan Mucha [MEDIA]30 April
The former Everton 'keeper, now with Krylia Sovetov Samara in Russia, briefly mentions his time at Everton in an interview with his club's website.
I played few matches in Everton. Just a couple of matches of the premiership and several cup matches. But I wouldn’t change a single thing if I had a chance to bring everything back. The football life in England is scrupulously planned.”
Updated Liverpool City Council says that it will give its full backing to Everton's proposed new stadium development but stresses that any investment it makes would be in a wider regeneration scheme and it would not be in a position to fund the project on its own. The club will reportedly need to make up a £30m shortfall to set the wheels in motion.
Everton's hierarchy addressed club shareholders at the Annual General Meeting of the Company this evening, with ongoing plans for a new stadium development dominating the headlines. As part of his presentation regarding the club's finances and new initiatives, CEO Roberto Elstone explained that the Board are working with Liverpool City Council and are focusing their attentions on a particular site in the city for a new ground.
Roberto Martinez is optimistic that Phil Jagielka will be fit enough to face Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday after missing the last 11 matches with a hamstring injury. Leighton Baines is expected to shrug off his knocks from Saturday while Sylvain Distin could also figure after missing the defeat at Southampton, also with a hamstring strain, but his chances are rated at only 50/50.
Roberto Martinez says that he and his Everton players are not using the burgeoning catalogue of injuries that has befallen the squad as an excuse for the recent stumbles in the chase for a top-fou finish.
Apostolos Vellios will return to Everton this week after being recalled from his loan spell with Blackpool.
Everton's Seamus Coleman was named in the PFA Premier League team of the year at the PFA awards last night.
With European football likely for Everton next season, Robert Martinez has restated his plans to bring in a number of new players this summer to enable his squad to compete on multiple fronts. "It's not about improving the squad, it's about increasing it" he says. "When you are playing in Europe you need six or seven new players. That's the reality and we will do that."
Hallam Hope scored a hat-trick for League Two Bury in a thrilling 4-4 draw against Portsmouth while Matt Kennedy notched one for MK Dons as they drew 2-2 at Rotherham.
Roberto Martinez is hopeful that the knocks that forced Leighton Baines off Southampton today aren't serious and that he'll line up against Manchester City next weekend in a match the Spaniard believes will still have ramifications in the hunt for the top-four.
Everton's Champions League hopes took a potentially fatal blow at the St Mary's Stadium as two first-half own goals, one from Antolin Alcaraz and another from Seamus Coleman, left them with a mountain they never looked likely to conquer over the final hour of the game. Leon Osman and James McCarthy had penalty claims turned down in the second half but the solitary save of note required of Artur Boruc off a Romelu Lukaku header underscored the Blues' general lack of penetration against a strong and energetic Saints side.
Tim Howard says that he will call time on his professional career when his new deal with Everton expires in 2018. His manager, Roberto Martinez, believes that the 35 year-old is capable of playing well into his 40s but the Howard admits that he has other things he wants to achieve rather than prolong his playing time.
"Everton were every bit as good as Manchester United were poor at Goodison on Sunday – in a game which ultimately cost David Moyes his job," writes the former Blues boss.
With three matches to go and still that one point separating Everton from fourth place, the Blues face a must-win lunchtime date with Southampton tomorrow. Sylvain Distin and Kevin Mirallas are both ruled out after picking up injuries against Manchester United last Sunday and with Phil Jagielka not expected to be ready until next Saturday, it means a likely start for Antolin Alcaraz alongside John Stones. KO is 12:45pm.
Luke O'Farrell makes the case for Everton's 19 year-old defensive sensation, John Stones, making the plane for Brazil in Roy Hodgson's England World Cup party.
Time is the only constraint preventing Stones from being a more viable candidate for the club's young player of the season award, although recent form leaves Stones pressing for a spot on the World Cup plane to Brazil.
Teammate Jagielka and Chelsea's Gary Cahill are certainties for the World Cup, but there is no reason why Stones cannot take one of the remaining places, especially as others are far from convincing at present.
Everton will provide shareholders an update on a proposed new stadium development at next Tuesday's Annual General Meeting, the ESA have announced.
ToffeeWeb's impending 20-year anniversary this autumn provides a good opportunity to canvass the opinions of our regular readers as well as those people who don't use the site all that often with a very brief survey. We would really appreciate your input.
Everton U21 midfielder John Lundstram has had his loan spell at Leyton Orient extended until the end of the season.
Sylvain Distin could join Kevin Mirallas and Lacina Traore on the list of players ruled out for the remainder of the season after picking up a hamstring strain in the win over Manchester United on Sunday. The Frenchman is awaiting the results of tests performed at Finch Farm this week to find out if he'll miss the final three matches of the campaign.
Contrasting the experiences of the two managers in succeeding long-term tenures at their respective new clubs.
The contrast in the fortunes of both managers since taking up their respective roles is perhaps best illustrated by the Toffees’ 12-point lead over the Red Devils in the Premier League table.
But the gap between the two manager’s manifested itself as something more much more tangible in Everton’s 2-0 win over United at Goodison Park on Easter Sunday, a game that’d prove to be Moyes’ last in the Red Devils hot-seat.
The men in blue played with a clear ideal, with positive intent and with a desire that has been unshakably pertinent throughout the season. United by contrast, operated in a casual, intrepid manner, passing the ball aimlessly and waiting for Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata or Shinji Kagawa to conjure something, out of hope more than expectation.
Bryan Oviedo continues his rapid recovery from his double leg-break back in January with the Costa Rican defender releasing video of himself in training as he works to be ready in time for the World Cup Finals in June.
Roberto Martinez has suggested that he will sit down with Lacina Traoré at the end of the season to discuss the possibility of him staying with Everton next season.
David Moyes, the former Everton manager, who made the move to "better things" at Old Trafford last May has been unceremoniously dismissed from his post as manager of Manchester United after just 10 months in the job.
Kevin Mirallas will miss Everton's last three games of the season with a groin injury, Everton have now confirmed. The 26 year-old appeared to be in some discomfort as he made his way around the pitch at the final whistle of Sunday's win over Manchester United and reports from Belgium that his League season is over have now been proved correct. Mirallas is expected to be out for a month but should make the World Cup Finals in Brazil.
Everton’s early bird window for 2014/15 season tickets is set to slam shut at midnight tonight (Tuesday 22 April).
Roberto Martinez says he was pleased with how well his team adapted to a more counter-attacking approach against Manchester United, saying that letting the opposition have the ball was all part of the plan.
Tim Howard has come to the defence of David Moyes after the former Everton manager was barracked by joyous Everton fans during Sunday's victory over Manchester United at Goodison Park.
Everton completed the double over Manchester United and moved back to within a point of Arsenal with a convincing 2-0 win. Leighton Baines slotted home a 28th-minute penalty after Phil Jones had handled Romelu Lukaku's shot and Kevin Mirallas then doubled the advantage, collecting Seamus Coleman's pass and smashing past David de Gea from the angle. The Blues suffocated any attempt by David Moyes's side to get back into the game and Tim Howard denied Wayne Rooney with a superb late save to preserve the clean sheet.
Everton Under-18s extended their unbeaten league run to 10 games with a commanding 2-0 win at Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.
Andy Hunter in The Guardian talks up John Stones's rapid emergence as a star for the future who is aware of the debt he owes to David Moyes, the man who signed him for Everton in January last year.
Stones's emergence as a ball-playing central defender of rare composure has been a key feature of Everton's pursuit of Champions League qualification. There has been talk of a late World Cup call for a player capped at Under-19, -20 and -21 level by England and rumours of interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.
Hard work paying off for Duffy [MEDIA]18 April
Shane Duffy tells the Irish Post about his new-found perspective on football after a season in the Championship with Yeovil Town and the rediscovery of his bravery following a near-fatal injury four years ago.
On the world of difference between the top flight at Goodison and the more hard-scrabble world in the Football League:
“Life at a Premier League club is so good, you don’t want to leave. They can spend millions on a team of video analysts. At Yeovil, there is one guy who does that. Everton have 10, 11 physios, masseurs, Yeovil have one. We take a bus to away games from Yeovil. At Everton, we either fly or go by train.
“Does the difference get to me? Of course not. I love being here, love playing first team football, love the fact that we have a small budget and are written off. As a defender I am in a team where our backs are always against the wall. You have to fight. That is what this club is all about. Fighting.
On his brush with death following a collision playing for Republic of Ireland U21s and his burning desire to make it in the Premier League with Everton:
“That incident certainly took a lot out of me,” he says. “I wasn’t the same afterwards. I struggled for form and it was only this season when I started to play alright again. I don’t know what was happening to me mentally, but basically when I went onto the pitch, it came down to bravery.
“I was still brave, but not as brave as before. I’d not clatter into a goalkeeper at a corner like I once did. Mentally I was cautious. There was something in my head. And it affected my performances. Now I don’t think about the injury at all whenever I play.
“I’ve had a good few kicks in the same part of my body and they didn’t hurt. I’m back to being me.
“I had to pull myself together. Things were going downhill. I had to work harder, tried to live right, make sacrifices about going on loan to Yeovil — things like that. I’m still young. I can get back to Premier League level.”
Trailing Arsenal by just a point in the race for a place in the top four, Everton entertain David Moyes's Manchester United this weekend in one of the most anticipated games of the season. The Blues go in search of the double over United for the first time in 44 years and a win that would maintain the pressure on the Gunners. James McCarthy is expected to shake off a thigh injury and retake his place in the starting XI but Phil Jagielka is still touch-and-go. KO is 4.10pm on Sunday.
Evertonians have just FOUR days remaining to take advantage of huge savings on their 2014-15 Season Ticket.
A statistical look at how the two teams have changed since last season under their respective new managers.
Joe Royle could return to Everton after Roberto Martinez identified him as the perfect candidate for a new director of development role in the club's Academy.
Roberto Martinez has indicated that discussions will take place with Kevin Mirallas this summer over a new contract following his performances this season.
An excellent interview with Leighton Baines by Daniel Taylor in The Guardian where he talks of Roberto Martinez's relentless positivity, commitment to attacking football and how he got this point in his career via Wigan.
"But the idea is we stick to it, keep the ball and build. What the manager says is: 'We're going to get so good at what we do, we're not going to compromise that, we're going to stick to our principles and just get better because the top sides, the really top teams who have mastered this way, are the ones that gets success.'"
Pressed on who he means, Baines continues: "I'm reluctant to say Barcelona or Bayern Munich, but it is based round those principles. We're trying to gain an advantage in what we do. It's attacking football, and we just have to trust ourselves."
Ross Barkley is a contender for PFA Young Player of the Year, joining five other Premier League players on the shortlist.
Roberto Martinez says that while he expects David Moyes will be shown respect by Everton's fans on his return to Goodison Park, he explains that there cannot be a nice atmosphere during the game given its importance for the Blues' season.
Mikel Arteta says he has not enjoyed playing 'as much as he should' since leaving Everton for Arsenal.
Tim Howard has signed a new contract with Everton that extends his existing deal by two years, the club have announced. The American, who has been in fine form in Roberto Martinez's first season in charge, has committed his future to the Blues until 2018.
Everton U21s lost their final game of the season, going down to a narrow 1-0 defeat to MIddlesbrough at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.
Roberto Martinez says that Everton remain in a great position and can still finish in the top four based on his belief that Arsenal will drop points over the next four games.
Everton's top-four hopes took a hammer blow under the Goodison lights this evening as Crystal Palace inflicted on them only their second home defeat of the season. A first-half goal by Jason Puncheon and then another early in the second period from Scott Dann stunned the Blues who pulled one back through Steven Naismith, only to concede again to Cameron Jerome's strike 17 minutes from time. Kevin Mirallas' awareness allowed him to halve the deficit again late on as the Blues laid siege to the visitors' half but they couldn't rescue the game during an agonising finale.
A further update on Darren Gibson's progress in recovering from a bad knee injury while playing for Ireland last October suggests he will enter full training with the rest of the Everton squad next week.
Duffy constrasts life at Yeovil [MEDIA]16 April
Shane Duffy has been talking to the Irish Post about life at Yeovil Town, where he has been on loan all season, and how it compares with Everton, where they have "millions to spend on everything".
Roberto Martinez has highlighted the vital role that Everton's raucous home support can play when they're on song and has called upon supporters to match the atmosphere of the Arsenal game when Crystal Palace visit this evening.
Roberto Martinez says that having secured Everton's highest ever Premier League points tally, his team have nothing to lose and everything to gain as they battle Arsenal for fourth place over the final few games of the season.
Roberto Martinez represented Everton FC at the memorial service at Anfield to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster while Bill Kenwright led the tributes to the 96 victims and their families at Goodison Park.
Everton take on Crystal Palace looking to extend their record-setting run of Premier League victories to eight which would keep them in the driving seat in the race for fourth place. With Gareth Barry squeaking past Sunday's yellow card amnesty and Phil Jagielka a few days away from being ready, Roberto Martinez is likely to have an unchanged squad from which to choose. KO is 7.45pm on Wednesday evening.
Alan Stubbs's Everton U21s drew 1-1 with Liverpool U21s at Southport this evening thanks to Ryan Ledson's 85th-minute equaliser,
Evertonians are invited to be among the first to see the brand new Dixie Dean Wall of Fame unveiled at Goodison Park.
A nice piece on the Here Is The City site speaks in glowing terms of how the fresh face of Roberto Martinez's stylish Everton in the top four would be a boon for the Premier League.
Everton have emerged from the mediocre days of David Moyes as one of the most likeable teams in the division, playing a type of football almost as technical as anything La Liga has to offer yet with all the exciting directness of English football.
Seeing Goodison Park hosting top-level European nights once again would be a major win for the ideas of responsible managing and good football played by a team rather than a few high-class individuals bought at extreme costs.
The Toffees have been more exciting to watch at times than Manchester City, whose squad has been put together for untold billions. Beating the dullards at Manchester United and Chelsea in the style stakes has been a doddle.
Yet there's yet to be any arrogance come through from the way they play. After so many years of struggle, Everton fans aren't about to become self-absorbed egotists.
For so long they've arguably been the most authentic club in the Premier League, with a wonderful fanbase full of people who understand how to appreciate the game and how it should be played. It seems almost mean that they were stuck with Moyes for so long considering how their side has flourished after being given a few ideas and a bit of freedom to play.
Nilesh Pandey asks whether Everton are primed to finally crack the glass ceiling.
It should be remembered that [Bill Kenwright] is an Everton supporter through and through and won’t want to sell his club to someone that will end up damaging them. There are numerous examples around the country which show the danger of selling out to the highest foreign bidder, and in a way Evertonians should be glad that Kenwright has their best interests at heart.
However, with an exciting manager on board and clubs around them in need of a potential rebuild, you get the feeling that the next few years are a huge opportunity for Everton to finally crack through the glass ceiling and establish themselves higher up the table. For that to happen, though, a cash injection needs to come sooner rather than later.
Everton recorded seven straight wins for the first time in the Premier League era, squeezing past relegation-threatened Sunderland thanks to a second-half own goal by Wes Brown. The defender helplessly diverted Gerard Deulofeu's cross past his own goalkeeper with 15 minutes left, handing the Blues a win they largely deserved despite a fairly lacklustre display.
Romelu Lukaku's burning desire to win games for Everton and perform at his best is fueling the Blues' top-four bid and pushing him towards a club-best Premier League goals haul.
Roberto Martinez sees no difference in the intensity needed for the final run-in, whether you are chasing Champions League places or facing a battle for survival in the Premier League.
A more balanced piece of commentary at the Football365 website asks: Why does praise for Robero Martinez have to come with caveats about David Moyes's defence or the loan system? Is it just because he's proved us all wrong? Perhaps...
Continuing erosion of the FA Cup [MEDIA]11 April
As the semi-finals are again held at Wembley this weekend, against the wishes of most football fans, the ESA provide an update on their campaign over away ticket allocations for cup games at Arsenal, and reveal more disturbing trends afoot.
Everton can take another tantalising step towards Champions League qualification this weekend as they travel to the Stadium Light knowing that a seventh consecutive League victory would not only set a club record for the Premier League era but also move them above Arsenal into that coveted 4th spot. Phil Jagielka is ruled out again and Leon Osman is a doubt but Roberto Martinez's selection options are otherwise unchanged. KO is 3:07pm in honour of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy.
Everton will be screening today's 25th anniversary Hillsborough Memorial Service at Goodison Park and fans can still obtain tickets from the Park End box office and Everton One.
Everton will arrange a behind-closed-doors friendly next week to allow Phil Jagielka to build his match fitness, with the defender expected to be ready to return to first-team action in about 10 days' time.
When developing through the ranks at Everton, Jose Baxter was hailed as being an even better 16-year-old than Wayne Rooney, refusing a contract offer from David Moyes while still in his teens and nearly quitting football in despair soon after. This weekend, he plays for Sheffield Utd in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium.
Roberto Martinez has been talking about the importance of the loan system for Everton as it allowed him to complete his squad for this season. However, he does recognize the problem created by glamour clubs stockpiling talented players.
Martin Samuel tries to set the record straight regarding his bandwagon campaign against the loan system, which he makes clear is not against Everton: "People thinking I had a pop at their club. Everybody. So, for the last time: I like Everton, I want Everton to do well. I don’t like the loan system. I think we would be better off without it. Oh, what the hell.
Luke O'Farrell says of this week's open training session in front of fans at Goodison Park:
[It] delivered further insight into the methods of Martinez and the passing style that underpins his footballing outlook. The Blues' boss was a keen observer throughout whilst occasionally taking players to one side to impart some words of wisdom.
This was a productive venture for all involved, from the manager and his players to the supporters in the stands, and the players are raring to go for the trip to Sunderland this weekend, as the race for fourth continues.
Footyscene add to the indignant Evertonian responses to Martin Samuel's misguided article in the Daily Mail regarding football finance and Everton's loan policy.
Everton's U21s were in action at the King Power Stadium this evening to take on Leicester City and were held to a 1-1 draw.
Sylvain Distin says that Everton will travel to the Stadium of Light on Saturday confident, "but not overly so" of taking three points off struggling Sunderland and maintaining the pressure on Arsenal in the race for a place in the top four. "If anyone expects an easy game, they'll be wrong," the French defender says.
Roberto Martinez’s exciting brand of football has attracted many plaudits so far this season – and now it has attracted many new supporters to Goodison Park too.
Another good win for Everton... another opportunity for a washed-up journo hack to bleat on about the loan system...
Goodison Park has been shortlisted alongside other iconic sporting venues like Madison Square Garden and Wembley Arena for Venue of the Year.
Everton has been voted the best in the Premier League in a host of key areas, with junior ticket prices, stewarding and ease of buying tickets online all topping the table in the wide-reaching, annual fan survey.
Former Everton defender, Sandy Brown, who played 253 times for the club between 1963 and 1971, died today at the age of 75 following a long illness.
Leon Osman's 11 years of service to Everton is to be rewarded this summer with a testimonial game, the club confirmed yesterday.
Michael Cox in The Guardian analyses the unexpected formation employed by the Everton manager that was the undoing of Arsenal at Goodison today.
The Everton teamsheet did not suggest a grand tactical surprise but it quickly became apparent that the regular centre-forward, Romelu Lukaku, was playing from the right flank, Kevin Mirallas was switched to the left and the winger Steven Naismith was the closest thing to a centre-forward, a position he had previously only played in an emergency.
The precise approach was more complex: Naismith was playing as a false nine, dropping off into midfield and tempting the Arsenal centre-backs up the pitch. In turn, Mirallas and Lukaku attacked in behind the full-backs. Arsenal were utterly baffled by the system they were playing against in the opening 15 minutes.
Leon Osman had five stitches to a cut above his eye and is suffering from concussion after colliding with Bacary Sagna early on in today's win over Arsenal.
Everton delivered an emphatic statement of intent to the team that currently stands between them and a first crack at Champions League football in nine years with a stunning win over Arsenal at Goodison Park. Steven Naismith tucked home the opening goal after Wojciech Szczesny had saved from Romelu Lukaku and the Belgian striker would find the net with a wonderful solo goal to make it 2-0 at half time. The Blues killed the Gunners off with an hour gone when Kevin Mirallas prompted Mikel Arteta into prodding into his own net, completing a stunning win that narrows the gap between the two teams to one point.
Everton Under-21s suffered a cruel defeat at the second hurdle in the Liverpool Senior Cup this season, going out 7-6 on penalties at Bootle after neither side could score in regulation time.
Roberto Martínez was in an awkward spot when Bill Kenwright revealed his interview technique last summer. "Almost Roberto's first words to me were 'I'll get you in the Champions League'," the Everton chairman said at the unveiling of the club's new manager, prompting some laughter at Goodison Park and more sweat on the Catalan's brow. The laughter has died now. It is Arsenal and Arsène Wenger who are sweating.
In the space of little under a year, Roberto Martinez has changed perceptions of both himself and his new club, Everton. Now the Toffees have a chance to gazzump Arsenal for the last Champions League spot when the Gunners visit Goodison this Sunday. But how did he do it, and what makes him tick? James Corbett explains...
Everton have finally announced a date for the Annual General meeting of the shareholders. The AGM is set for Tuesday 29 Aprii, starting at 7pm in the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.
Roberto Martinez has ambitious plans for Leighton Baines, believing that the England international has what it takes to eventually convert to a Philipp Lahm-style role as a holding central midfielder.
Leon Osman believes that Everton under Roberto Martinez are better equipped to take on Europe's elite than the Blues were nine years ago when they fell at the first hurdle to Villarreal but he insists that, if the team has genuine aspirations of overtaking Arsenal, they have to win tomorrow.
Speculation continues to swirl around Romelu Lukaku and where he will be playing next season but the 20-year-old striker insists he is only concentrating on improving on a player and helping Everton to finish fourth in the Premier League.
Everton's revived Champions League hopes will come under their sternest examination yet when Arsenal, the team that potentially stands between them and a top-four finish, come to Goodison this weekend. Phil Jagielka won't be risked but Ross Barkley should be fit, leaving Roberto Martinez with plenty of attacking options in midfield as he prepares for the biggest Premier League game of his first season in charge of the Blues.
Sunday's huge clash with Arsenal and the potential implications for the race for the top four is the premise for this piece by Andy Hunter in The Guardian but, as ever, it's the analysis of what Roberto Martinez has brought to Everton this season and the opinions of him from his players and other people in the game that are the most interesting.
Roberto Martinez has provided updates on some of his injured players this week, clarifying the condition of Phil Jagielka and suggesting that while Arouna Kone is unlikely to feature before the end of the season, Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson could yet see first-team action.
"Gareth Barry has played alongside some of the world’s best during his career including Yaya Toure at City and Steven Gerrard while on international duty with England.
But he still believes 23-year-old McCarthy is up there with the top midfielders he has played alongside."
There will be a whole host of Everton Easter holiday action this Tuesday at Goodison Park.
Everton's home fixture against Manchester City on Saturday 3rd May has been moved back from 3pm to 5:30pm to accommodate live televised coverage on Sky Sports.
Martinez on a mission! [MEDIA]4 April
This richly illustrated Everton feature in the Daily Mail reviews the Everton history that Roberto Martinez has embraced at Finch Farm and uses to spur on his little-fancied players as they ready themselves for the final push in the quest for Champions League football.
Everton boss keen to change perception of Toffees and gatecrash Arsenal and Co's top-four party"
As Martinez has pointed out, the Blues can boast nine league titles and five FA Cups. Everton are an English football heavyweight.
However, times change in football and Everton have failed to win a trophy in 19 years. For that reason, an entire generation don’t see the Toffees as the giants they are – instead the club are merely viewed to make up the numbers.
Under David Moyes, in 2005, Everton broke into the top four. The club were doubted right until it was impossible for them to fall away having looked near certainties to go down at the start of the season. Miraculously, Moyes' men caught the winning bug and went on to record an incredible sequence of 1-0 wins to achieve one of the most impressive feats in Premier League history.
Back then, it was perhaps correct to expect the club to fail. Today, Everton are rightly challenging.
Steven Naismith says he was "blown away" by Roberto Martinez — as far back as the tumultuous last days at Glasgow Rangers back in 2012 when the Spaniard tried to tempt him to Wigan.
Roberto Martinez has paid tribute to his emerging defensive talent, John Stones, whom he describes as "the complete modern centre-half." The 19-year-old has been thrust into regular first-team duty while Phil Jagielka recovers from a hamstring injury and has performed with a consistency and maturity beyond his years as the Blues have won five League games on the bounce.
In what will hopefully be a foreshadowing of the meeting between the two clubs' senior sides on Sunday, Everton U21s beat Arsenal U21s 2-1 at Hague Avenue this evening thanks to a brace by Magaye Gueye.
Everton Football Club will open the doors of Goodison Park to screen the memorial service to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster
Everton's increasingly impressive resurgence of form, just at the right time to put some real pressure on the established top four in the race for Champions League places, comes on the back of some strong stats for games played at Goodison Park this season.
Evertonians can now purchase merchandise bearing the Club’s brand new crest for the 2014-15 season.
Selected items from an exciting new range of products are ready to land at Everton One and Everton Two this week and are now available to purchase at evertondirect.com.
Denis Stracqualursi has scored his first goal in the Copa Libertadores, playing for Ecuadorean side Emelec.
Wayne Rooney has not improved as a player since leaving Everton for Manchester United 10 years ago, according to Joey Barton.
Barton posted on Twitter: “I would have to argue that he has not been better since he broke on the scene at Everton. For me that’s when he stopped developing or just afterwards.
“As I say, he is a top player. My favourite of the current bunch. Love watching him. Old school.”
Darron Gibson is close to joining in full-training as he steps up his recovery from knee ligament damage, according to Roberto Martinez.
Spanish champions Barcelona have been given a 14-month transfer ban by Fifa for breaking rules on signing international players under 18. It is unclear how this may affect future loan deals, such as the mooted extension of Gerard Deulofeu's loan with Everton into next season.
Everton midfield prospect Ryan Ledson and defender Callum Connolly helped book a place for England at the U17 European Championships as the Young Lions beat Italy yesterday to secure their place in Malta this summer.
Gerard Deulofeu has re-stated how much he is enjoying life at Everton and acknowledged the role played by Roberto Martinez in the improvement of his game after nine months in the English game. The 20 year-old says that playing for his boyhood club at the Nou Camp is the only place he sees himself long term, though, and he believes that the Everton manager could manage the Spanish giants one day.
Roberto Martinez has credited his Everton players for the manner in which they responded to the disappointment of defeat at Tottenham and Chelsea by winning five games on the spin to close the gap to Arsenal in fourth. “I have huge confidence in this squad,” the Catalan said as his team prepares to fight for the remaining 21 Premier League points on offer.
Everton U21s came back from a goal down to beat Southampton 3-1 at Southport this evening thanks to Chris Long's equaliser and two Luke Garbutt penalties.
The Martinez Effect [MEDIA]31 March
A look at how Roberto Martinez has guided Everton into Champions League contention this season.
Everton's 19-year-old defensive star-in-the-making, John Stones, is starting to make waves in the national consciousness.
But Stones is clearly no ordinary player. During the second half in particular he played with a swagger about his game, bringing the ball out of defence to start attacks, taking on and beating opponents in the right areas and halting a number of potentially dangerous moves from the relegation-threatened hosts.
Ross Barkley was withdrawn at half time of today's 3-1 win over Fulham because of a calf injury, Roberto Martinez has revealed.
Steven Naismith came off the bench to provide the impetus for a vital victory over Fulham as Roberto Martinez's side won in the League for the fifth time in succession. The Blues had struggled to dictate the contest in a flat first half but Naismith, a half-time substitute, forced the first goal when David Stockdale turned his volley off a corner into his own net. Ashkan Dejagah briefly threatened to ruin Everton's day with a superb 20-yard strike but Kevin Mirallas collected Aiden McGeady's pass and fired home before Naismith wrapped things up by prodding in a late third.
Roberto Martinez has been making the case for the benefits, to Everton and the player alike, of Gerard Deulofeu staying at Goodison for another season.
After recording their fourth Premier League win on the bounce with that superb 3-0 victory at Newcastle on Tuesday evening, Everton have vaulted themselves back into the Champions League picture but will need a win at Fulham this Sunday to keep their momentum going. Pienaar is still out injured but Jagielka is fully fit and could return.
Roberto Martinez says that the combination of youth and his policy of rotating his forward players in recent weeks to keep them fresh has his Everton side ready to finish the season strongly. Though he has a points target in mind, the Catalan acknowledges that his team will need to win the majority, if not all, of their remaining eight fixtures if they are to squeeze into the top four but he is excited about the possibility.
This Easter, Everton will distribute 1878 Easter eggs across our local community and we want Evertonians to tell us who they should be given out to.
Roberto Martinez has outlined his plans for improving both his squad and the facilities at the club's training complex in Halewood as he looks to get the next phase of his evolution at Everton underway. The Catalan has confirmed that he will have money to spend on transfers this summer after he kept his powder dry in January and has also revealed that he has earmarked a significant portion of the new television rights revenue for infrastructure upgrades and additions at Finch Farm.
Everton U21 striker Apostolos Vellios heads the list of players making loan moves today, joining Blackpool for the remainder of the season. Matthew Pennington, John Lundstram and Hallam Hope have joined Tranmere Rovers, Leyton Orient and Bury respectively.
Matthew Judge at EPL Index analyses the contribution to the Blues' handsome performance at Newcastle from stand-in captain, Leon Osman who pulled the strings throughout and then cracked home the third goal in a 3-0 win.
Osman, who has now captained Everton to 11 wins and just two defeats in the 13 times he’s worn the armband for the club, was particularly excellent when considering the need to come central for balance and creativity – with Barry needing to hold another responsibility of dropping deep on the night – and also the defensive shielding of Baines, added to roaming to free up his team-mates and uplift his own inventiveness.
Everton have announced that plans are underway to erect a permanent Hillsborough memorial outside Goodison Park to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the tragedy next month.
Matthew Kennedy has gone out on loan again, this time to MK Dons. He is slated to remain with the League One side until the end of the season.
Should Roy Hodgson elect to take Ross Barkley to the World Cup Finals in Brazil this summer, he would have the full backing of Roberto Martinez who feels that the 20-year-old is ready to play for his country at the top level.
Everton came through with a big performance just when they needed it, recording their fourth straight Premier League win with a handsome dismantling of Newcastle. A scintillating 70-yard run by Ross Barkley lit up the contest, the 20 year-old driving through the home defence and smashing home on 22 minutes. The Blues doubled their advantage early in the second half, Deulofeu teeing up Lukaku to convert from close range. And Leon Osman killed the Barcodes off three minutes from time, hammering into the roof of the net from Lukaku's reverse pass.
Now inside the final quarter of the season, Everton's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League will come under thorough examination with two potentially tricky but eminently win-able away fixtures, starting with a trip to Newcastle United this evening. Pienaar is out again with a knee injury but Jagielka is expected to return after recovering from a hamstring strain. KO is 7.45pm.
Roberto Martinez has cited the advantage of Fortress Goodison as being key to his team's chances down the final stretch as he prepares for the four crucial remaining home games.
Everton registered their eighth successive home win in all competitions and prolonged their historical dominance over Swansea City but it was an uncomfortably narrow victory in the final reckoning. Wilfried Bony had cancelled out Leighton Baines' 20th-minute penalty to send the sides in level at half time but when Romelu Lukaku emphatically slid home to make it 2-1 and Ross Barkley extended the lead to 3-1, the game appeared comfortably won. Swansea were the better team on the balance of play, though, and carved out some gilt-edged chances but paid for their profligacy before Ashley Williams headed home a consolation goal in injury time.
Roberto Martinez has moved to reassure Everton fans that the club's "healthy" financial position will be reflected in the summer transfer moves but he insists that much will depend on whether his team achieves European qualification this season.
Everton's U21 side were hammered 5-0 at the Hawthorns this afternoon.
To coincide with World Down's Syndrome Day, former Everton midfielder Kevin Kilbane describes the support he received from the ex-Goodison boss and fellow players like Lee Carsley after his daughter was born with the condition in 2004.
Roberto Martinez has welcomed the new shirt sponsorship deal with Chang but insists that it won't significantly affect the gulf between Everton and the current top five or his approach to bridging that gap.
Everton are back at Goodison Park this weekend to face the second of the two teams from South Wales as Swansea City come to town for the second time this season. Jagielka is rated as 50-50 but Pienaar is ruled out for two to three weeks with a knee injury. KO is 3pm.
Evertonians have until tomorrow (Friday 21 March) to spread the cost of their 2014/15 Season Ticket across 10 monthly payments.
Audio: Tim Cahill interview [MEDIA]20 March
Ex-Goodison Talisman, Tim Cahill, talks to Evertonian Roger Bennett and Michael Davies on the Men In Blazers podcast, discussing his footballing ethos, the slow building process he was part of at Everton, and his views on the MLS where he now plays for New York Red Bulls.
The segment with Tim starts just past the halfway mark and he talks not only about some of his best moments with the Blues but also offers his thoughts on the current team which he believes is two or three players away from being able to qualify for the Champions League and, possibly, the title.
Everton have confirmed a three-year extension to the shirt sponsorship deal with Chang that, at around £16m over three seasons, is the most lucrative in the club's history. The deal, which represents a £4m rise on the previous deal struck in 2010, was signed at a ceremony attended by Robert Elstone, Arouna Kone and Graeme Sharp in Bangkok and takes effect at the start of next season.
In an interview with Match of the Day Magazine, Ross Barkley has described how much he is progressing under Roberto Martinez's positive and "more tactical" approach.
Leighton Baines says that it was great to remove the uncertainty over his future by signing a contract extension at Everton and that he is now focused on helping Roberto Martinez achieve his ambition of taking the club "to the next level". With the team's playing style in transition, the defender sees investment in the squad this summer as being vital to the manager's chances of truly competing with the Premier League's big-spenders for the top-four places.
Lacina Traore's hopes of figuring for Everton again this season have been boosted by the news that he is ahead of expectations on his road to recovery from a hamstring tear.
Former Everton Academy player Adam Forshaw has been named League 1 Player of the Year. The 22-year-old now plays for Brentford and has been instrumental in their push for promotion to the Championship this season.
Everton U21s registered a 2-0 home win over Stoke City this evening thanks to two goals by Conor McAleny.
Everton legend and current Under-18s coach, Kevin Sheedy, stirred up controversy yesterday after tweeting criticism of David Moyes's regard for the club's youth team during his time as manager at Goodison Park.
Everton snatched a win in dramatic fashion thanks to Seamus Coleman's stoppage-time goal, just when the heroics of Cardiff's David Marshall looked like they had earned the Bluebirds a point. Gerard Deulofeu squeezed a deflected shot home just before the hour mark to break the deadlock after Marshall had pulled off three superb saves in the first half but Cardiff levelled from an abysmally-defended free kick 10 minutes later. The Blues pressed in the closing stages, though, and were rewarded when Coleman's mis-hit effort arced into the net in the last minute of added time.
Everton's Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park has been rearranged for Wednesday 16th April with a 7:45pm kick-off.
Everton's home game with Arsenal on 6th April, already scheduled to kick off at 1.30pm, will now be televised live on Sky Sports.
Everton have announced that they have appointed Richard Kenyon as the successor to former Director of Communications, Alan Myers, in a more expansive role that includes oversight over Everton's marketing department.
With the road to Wembley leading to a dead end for the second season running, Everton's focus returns fully to the Premier League this weekend for the visit of Cardiff City, the first of two successive home games against the clubs from South Wales. Jagielka and Pienaar are doubts but Howard should return and there are potential starts for Barkley and Deulofeu. KO is 3pm.
Bryan Oviedo's remarkably quick recovery from a double-leg break in January has him on course to play for Costa Rica in the World Cup Finals this summer. That is the assessment of a specialist in London this week who feels that the fullback could be ready to play in Brazil just five months after suffering the horrific injury at Stevenage.
Roberto Martinez dismissed suggestions today that qualifying for the Europa League would be a hindrance to Everton next season. The Spaniard refuses to rule out a top-four finish but says that even with the extra demands of the Europa League, playing in Continental competition would be a big step forward for the development of his team.
Five Everton heroes of yesteryear will come together to help choose the winners of the Club’s 'We Go The Game' Season Ticket competition.
Roberto Martinez says that Everton are not a soft touch but must get wise to cynical opposition tactics following criticism they were too nice during the FA Cup quarter final with Arsenal.
Roberto Martinez spoke to evertontv yesterday and discussed the mood at Finch Farm in the wake of the FA Cup disappointment at Arsenal last weekend and the condition of Phil Jagielka and Steven Pienaar. The captain has missed two matches with a hamstring strain and the South African had to be withdrawn from the game at the Emirates with a knock of his own.
Did you ever wonder exactly what went on when Walter Smith sold our, at the time, best player — for buttons? Well, towards the end of this article, Hutch reveals his side of things...
Wilf Dixon, the Everton coach in the Harry Catterick era, has died aged 94. Dixon was appointed Everton first-team coach in 1967 and was at the club during the halcyon days of Kendall, Harvey and Ball.
Roberto Martinez insists that, with 33 points still at stake in the Premier League, Everton's season is still very much alive despite the club's disappointing exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Arsenal on Saturday.
Roberto Martinez and Everton feature heavily in this look at the prevalence of statistical analysis and metrics in the modern game.
It is the psychology of a player that Martínez believes is the most crucial aspect of whether a player flourishes or wanes. And it is here that statistics or metrics are most restricted and unreliable.
John Lundstram is the latest player to be recalled from loan, with Everton electing to end early the young midfielder's spell with Yeovil Town.
Everton Under-18s were at The Emirates Stadium this evening to face their Arsenal counterparts in the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup but they couldn't avenge the senior side and were beaten 3-1.
In Sunday's Observer, Tim Lewis provides a fascinating comparison between José Mourinho and Roberto Martínez.
Leighton Baines says that he was happy to lead Everton out as captain at the Emirates yesterday but also expresses his disappointment at the result which saw the Blues go out of the FA Cup at the quarter final stage.
Roberto Martinez admitted after today's FA Cup defeat at Arsenal that the 4-1 defeat was hard to take given how hard his team had tried to win the tie and what he viewed as a soft penalty award for the Gunners' second goal.
Everton's FA Cup dream was extinguished in clinical fashion by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium as Arsene Wenger's side broke a tight game open in the final half-hour. Romelu Lukaku had brought the Blues back into the tie after Mezut Ozil had scored with an early goal, but a clumsy trip by Gareth Barry gave Mikel Arteta the chance to restore the Gunners' lead from the spot with a re-taken penalty. With Everton chasing the game, Oliver Giroud scored twice for the home side in two minutes to kill the game off and deny Roberto Martinez a return trip to Wembley.
Sylvain Distin remembers Portsmouth's day of glory in their FA Cup Final win over Cardiff City but says, in hindsight, that the risks the south coast club took were not worth that trophy win.
Roberto Martinez says that there is plenty of scope for Gerard Deulofeu to return for a second loan spell at Everton next season and suggests that the winger was mis-quoted following a recent interview with Catalan Radio.
Shane Duffy says, "I don't want to leave [Everton] but I may have to for the sake of my career. I still believe I can make it at Everton but it's a matter of whether I can do that, if I can keep myself fit and in good form and establish myself."
The most important match of Everton's season so far rolls around tomorrow as they make the trip south to London for an FA Cup Quarter-Final clash with Arsenal. Jagielka is highly unlikely to play but there are no additional injury concerns for Martinez as he weighs up his starting XI with Wembley a win away. KO is 12:45pm.
Record numbers of junior Evertonians are now visiting Goodison Park to watch the Blues in action.
Roberto Martinez has been singing the praises of John Stones as he considers the young defender for Saturday's FA Cup tie at Arsenal in Phil Jagielka's expected absence through injury.
Roberto Martinez admits that should Everton achieve their goal of European qualification this season, the club would need to strengthen the squad in terms of numbers and experience to cope with the demands of playing in Continental competition.
Tim Howard, Kevin Mirallas, Romelu Lukaku, James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman, Aiden McGeady and John Stones were all in action for their countries this evening.
Roberto Martinez says that he is looking to finish higher than sixth place, believing that his Everton team can put together a run between now and the end of the season that will result in a final placing befitting the level of their performances this season.
Steven Naismith has been describing the refreshing influence of Roberto Martinez and his unique management style, in combination with the presence of fan idol Duncan Ferguson who is now a key part of Everton's coaching team under Martinez.
Roy Hodgson says that Leighton Baines won't feature for England in the friendly against Denmark tomorrow evening.
The Denver-based sport magazine chats with Everton's Tim Howard about trotting the globe and the increasing US interest in the English game.
Roberto Martinez says that Phil Jagielka is unlikely to feature in Saturday's FA Cup clash with Arsenal but he will assess the defender's fitness before the game before making a final decision.
Evertonians have been telling the Club all about life as a Blue, as part of a unique new competition, the five lucky winners of which will have their tale brought to life for an exclusive video.
Everton have announced that Lacina Traore will complete his loan spell with the club this season after further tests on his injured hamstring revealed that he won't need surgery to repair the muscle tear. He isn't expected back for six to eight weeks, however, which would put his return around mid-April.
Everton's Premier League trip to Newcastle United has been re-arranged for Tuesday 25 March. The game, which will kick off at 7:45pm, will no longer be broadcast live on television.
Deulofeu looking to Barca place [MEDIA]4 March
Gerard Deulofeu thinks he will be ready to play for Barcelona next season, and expects to return to his parent club next season.
"I am working hard with the aim of returning to Barca next season," he told Catalunya Radio yesterday. "I want to earn a place in Barca's attacking line.
"I accepted the challenge (at Everton) last summer and I am happy with my decision. Now I am more mature as a person and as a player.
Everton's rather young Under-21s had quite a game at the Reebock this evening, finally coming out 3-2 winners over Bolton thanks to goals from Luke Garbutt (an early penalty) Matty Kennedy (from close range) and a 25-yard stunner curled into the top corner by Conor McAleny.
Kevin Mirallas says that Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final tie against Arsenal is crucial as Everton look to end a 19-year wait without major silverware. The Belgian admits that his teammates have been impressing on him the prestige of the trophy and the Blues are determined to make amends for last year's disappointment against Wigan at the same stage of the competition.
James McCarthy has been named Irish Young Player of the Year at the Three International Football Awards this evening.
Everton Under-18s came from 2-0 down after just 23 minutes to win 5-2 at Newcastle United on Saturday with goals from Davies, Birch (2), Connolly and Brewster.
Goals from Tom Davies and Arlen Birch saw Everton Under-18s come from behind to leapfrog Manchester City and move into top spot in the Premier League U18 North Group on Saturday.
Defender Skodran Mustafi, released by David Moyes on a free transfer, has been called up to the German national side this week.
Romelu Lukaku stepped off the substitutes' bench to score the decisive goal against West Ham for the second time this season, earning Everton a hard-fought but deserved victory at Goodison Park. Steven Pienaar had gone closest to breaking the deadlock when he side-footed off the post and West Ham's determined defensive stand was frustrating the Blues until Lukaku struck from Leighton Baines's square pass with 10 minutes left.
The Everton striker is hand-picked by Sir Sean Connery and Jackie Stewart to help educate people on dyslexia from which he suffers.
Everton expect to learn more on the treatment options open to Lacina Traore within the next week, with the Ivory Coast international set to see specialists in London and Paris to assess the extent of his hamstring injury.
Roberto Martinez has urged caution over the further intrusion of video technology into the game as the International Football Association Board prepares to meet to discuss the possible use of replays for fourth officials to analyse contentious incidents.
With the home straight of the final 10 games of the Premier League season approaching and an FA Cup Quarter Final at Arsenal looming next weekend, Everton enter a crucial phase of their season as they prepare to welcome West Ham United to Goodison Park this weekend. Jagielka is out but Alcaraz and Lukaku are fit to play for the first time in a month. KO is 3pm.
Seamus Coleman admits that it is going to be difficult for Everton to finish in the Premier League's top four this season but says he can't let go of the dream. The Irishman is determined to help the Blues finish as high as possible and secure European football for next season.
"Before Alan returned to the club there was a definite feeling of them and us where the fans were concerned, but Alan changed all that. All of a sudden there was someone actually listening to the concerns of the fans and any problems they had."
Everton have announced that Director of Communications, Alan Myers, has left the club for personal reasons just six months after he assumed the role.
Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley have been called up again by England manager, Roy Hodgson, ahead of the friendly against Denmark at Wembley on 5th March, while John Stones is included in the England U21s squad.
Everton's upcoming Premier League fixtures against Arsenal, Manchester United and Southampton have all been rescheduled to accommodate live televised coverage.
Everton expect to find out this week which treatment option Monaco will select for Lacina Traore, a decision which will determine whether he remains on loan with the Blues or returns to the French club early.
Phil Jagielka is out of Saturday's match against West Ham United with a hamstring injury that Roberto Martinez expects will sideline him for a couple of weeks. The defender will also miss England’s friendly against Denmark next week.
Gerard Deulofeu has been speaking in glowing terms of Everton and how comfortable he is playing for the Blues this season.
Duncan Ferguson says that he is absolutely delighted to have been handed the chance to join Roberto Martinez's backroom staff, describing his new first-team coaching role as a fantastic opportunity.
The Football Association have responded to the outcry over Everton's reduced allocation for next month's FA Cup Quarter Final tie at Arsenal by admitting that the final decision rests with the host club's Safety Advisory Group.
Evertonians from around the world will take part in a special flag parade at Goodison ahead of the match against West Ham United.
Everton had to start from scratch rebuilding Aiden McGeady’s fitness levels following two months on the sidelines at Spartak Moscow before the Irish winger made the move to Goodison Park in January. But hard work in building his fitness since then promises to improve Everton's forward play, says Roberto Martinez.
Everton have confirmed a deal to sign 15-year-old winger Stephen Kinsella this summer. The Irish teen will sign a scholarship deal with the Blues ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.
Everton's U21s went down to a 2-1 defeat at Carrow Road after Jamar Loza scored to restore the home side's lead with five minutes left.
The Football Association are being urged to intervene in the ticketing controversy over Everton's allocation for next month's FA Cup Quarter Final at Arsenal.
Everton FC is calling upon the generosity of supporters ahead of Saturday’s home game against West Ham United by asking them to bring donations to a food bank to help those less fortunate across the city.
Everton is turning the spotlight firmly on its supporters and calling on fans to share their stories about life as a Blue for a unique new competition.
Everton have provided an update on Lacina Traore, confirming that that striker will be out for a period of what Roberto Martinez describes as "weeks rather than months" after tearing his hamstring in the warm-up at Chelsea last Saturday.
Everton's medical staff will assess the extent of the injury to Lacina Traore's hamstring after the Ivorian pulled up during the pre-match warm-up at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Roberto Martinez believes Everton's performance at Chelsea showed they have learnt their lesson from the derby defeat to Liverpool in that they were not caught out on the counter-attack.
Everton have recalled Matthew Kennedy and Matthew Pennington from their respective loan spells at Tranmere Rovers.
Roberto Martinez accused Chelsea of using ‘every trick in the book’ to grind out a narrow victory over his top-four chasing Everton side.
Sir Terry Leahy, special advisor to the club, claims that Everton have made a "bit of progress" and are "putting together the financial jigsaw" to move to a new stadium.
Everton were just three minutes from earning a hard-fought goalless draw but were crushed by an injury time goal that broke the Blues' faltering resistance. The Blues had had the best of the first half, Leon Osman forcing a good save from Petr Cech, but the League leaders steadily increased the pressure after the break, eventually forcing home a gut-wrenching injury time goal.
Roberto Martinez admits that today's clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge will be hugely instructive in how his team measures up in their chase for a Champions League place.
Everton head to West London tomorrow for what is something of a go-for-broke clash with Chelsea where a surprise victory would go a long way to re-opening the conversation with regard to potential Champions League qualification. Lukaku is back in training but is ineligible so with no other injury concerns, Martinez just needs to settle on his starting XI, particularly with regard to who starts up front. KO is 12:45.
Season Tickets for the 2014-15 campaign are now on sale
Tony Hibbert: deal or no deal [MEDIA]20 February
Luke O'Farrell asks whether Everton should offer the veteran fullback a new deal or look for a longer-term backup to Seamus Coleman.
The Everton FC Shareholders Association has publicly called on Arsenal to provide an away ticket allocation for next month's FA Cup quarter final that is in keeping with both the traditions of the competition and FA rules.
Everton have decided to switch Francisco Junior's loan deal from Vitesse Arnhem in Holland to Stromsgodset in Norway for the rest of the season.
Duncan Ferguson will make the step up from reserve-team coaching to Everton's senior set-up starting on Monday.
George Green has been gaining media attention as Everton's U18 side push through to the Quarterfinals of the FA Youth Cup, Green scoring braces in the previous two rounds.
Roberto Martinez has declared that Antolin Alcaraz is now fully fit and completely recovered from the injury problems and muscle fatigue that have blighted his Everton career so far — not helped, so Martinez says, by having to play three games inside a week when he did return briefly, earlier in the season.
updated Everton's FA Cup Quarter Final against Arsenal will kick off at 12:45pm on Saturday 8th March, the club have announced, but the club will receive a reduced allocation of just 5,186 tickets.
Greg O'Keeffe at the Echo takes an interesting look at the noticeable de-emphasis placed on corners by Everton since Roberto Martinez took charge.
The Blues have scored from just one corner this season and that is a reflection of Roberto Martinez's preference for retaining the ball than playing the percentages with balls into the box.
[F]or students of Martinez’s approach during his spells in charge elsewhere, the shift in focus will come as no surprise.
The Catalan admitted as much in an early season interview. The key, as he consistently maintains, is about his side imposing themselves on the game via possession.
Set-pieces? He can take or leave them. Largely because the risk of losing the ball as a result is just not considered worth it.
Steven Naismith suffered concussion in a collision with Jordi Amat during the closing stages of Everton's FA Cup victory over Swansea City on Sunday, but has now been declared fit to face Chelsea on Saturday.
Bryan Oviedo is back on an exercise bike three weeks to the day after he underwent surgery on the double leg-break he suffered at Stevenage in the FA Cup Fourth Round.
Seamus Coleman says that winning the FA Cup "would be massive" and would provide a stepping stone to greater things for Everton.
Everton Under-18s travelled to Sheffield United in the FA Youth Cup this evening and progressed to a quarter-final date at Charton or Arsenal thanks to a 2-0 win.
Apostolos Vellios is keen for an opportunity to prove himself to fans who doubt his value to the Everton first team as he continues to be overlooked by Roberto Martinez.
Streetendblue has looked into the pros and cons of a standing area at Goodison Park and knows all about the history of the club and the songs we sing.
Everton booked passage to the quarter finals of the FA Cup for the third successive season but they had a couple of lapses from Swansea City to thank for turning the tie their way. Lacina Traoré had taken less than four minutes of his debut to flick home the opening goal but his effort was cancelled out by Jonathan de Guzman's header. The second half was finely poised until an awful back-pass by Neil Taylor let Steven Naismith in to calmly slide home before Leighton Baines converted the killer goal from the spot after Naismith had been tripped in the area.
In the Sixth Round of the FA Cup, Everton will play Arsenal at The Emirates after they defeated Liverpool 2-1 in a lively encounter this afternoon.
“I believe 100 per cent this club is equipped to win the FA Cup and 100 per cent Everton should be a club fighting for trophies. You look at the history, the heritage and the fans."
In the Sixth Round of the FA Cup, Everton have been drawn to play away at Arsenal or Liverpool, who are set to play later this afternoon.
With the unexpected benefit of a full week's rest, thanks to the postponement on Wednesday of the Premier League clash with Crystal Palace due to dangerously high winds, Everton take on Swansea City this Sunday in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. Lukaku is still out while Alcaraz is lacking match fitness but Traore is expected to make his debut, either from the start or as a sub. KO is 1:30pm with live coverage on ITV.
Roberto Martinez has admitted that he rushed Ross Barkley's return to match play following the young player's rapid recovery from a fractured bone in his foot.
A very young Everton XI booked their place in the Liverpool Senior Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 win at Marine AFC on Thursday evening. Calum Dyson's third-minute opener and George Newell's close-range finish gave the Blues a first-half lead the hosts could not surmount.
An Everton fan from Malaysia who has waited 30 years to see the Blues play at Goodison Park saw an evening of disappointment turn into one to remember thanks to the efforts of the club.
Everton's clash with Crystal Palace was called off at 7.10pm this evening on the advice of Merseyside Police who cite concerns over building damage in the area around Goodison Park and fan safety due to the hurricance-force winds sweeping the northwest.
Blues legend Graeme Sharp gave three female Season Tickets holders an early Valentine’s surprise when he arrived at their houses armed with blue roses on Monday to thank them for their continued support.
Everton are back at Goodison Park this evening for the first of two vital home games in the space of five days, with improving Crystal Palace the visitors in the Premier League before Swansea City come to town for an FA Cup Fifth Round tie on Sunday. Traore could make his debut off the bench while Deulofeu and Barkley will be looking for more playing time as they continue their comebacks from injury. KO is 7.45pm.
Forced to answer more questions about Gareth Barry's future in the wake of media speculation linking the midfielder with Arsenal, Roberto Martinez has reiterated that no discussions will be held until the summer.
Romelu Lukaku says that he expects to make his return to the Everton squad on 1 March for the visit of West Ham United as he recovers from an ankle injury sustained in last month's Merseyside derby. The Belgian has also clearly stated his readiness and desire for Champions League next season, saying that he is ready for European club football's biggest stage.
A brace by Harry Charsley had Everton's U21s on course for victory in Southport this evening but two goals by Adam Mitchell earned Sunderland a 2-2 draw.
Points make prizes, as Bruce Forsyth once regularly pointed out on Play Your Cards Right, and should Everton fall short in their quest for the prize of Champions League football, the points dropped at White Hart Lane may be the ones that prove fatal.
Roberto Martinez is bringing his Spanish background and philosophies to Everton in his first season at the helm.
Everton suffered their fourth defeat of the season, edged out of another tight encounter by a moment's lack of concentration when Adebayor rapped home a second-half winner as the Blues' defence was caught napping by a quickly-taken free kick. Everton easily had the better of the first half but found it increasingly difficult to create chances as the game progressed and, disappointingly, couldn't find a way back to into the game.
Sylvain Distin says that while good genes have played a part in his age-defying form in recent years, his real secret is his focus and hard work in keeping himself in peak physical condition.
Kevin Mirallas says that a combination of his own attitude and more freedom to play in his preferred role under Roberto Martinez is behind his recent sparkling form which has come at just the right time for Everton.
James McCarthy says that Everton aren't making any predictions of making the Champions League this season, saying that the manager and players are just looking to pick up as many points as they can.
Everton’s Under-18s defeated Wolves 1-0 on Saturday as Tyrone Duffus was the scorer of the game's only goal.
Roberto Martinez has been talking more about the things he has been doing as Everton manager, specifically with regard to implementing change gradually, so as not to disrupt the good spirit of the Everton dressing room.
Everton's Champions League qualification credentials will undergo another potentially stern examination on Sunday as they travel to London to face Tottenham Hotspur. Deulofeu and Traoré could make the bench after recovering from hamstring injuries while Coleman is expected to start after being sidelined for a month.
Leighton Baines admits the fresh start and the challenges posed by manager Roberto Martinez persuaded him to commit his long-term future to the club. Baines signed a new four-year deal last week to finally end the continuous lies spouted by the press claiming at times dogmatically that he definitely would be moving to Manchester United.
Updated Antolin Alcaraz has suffered a new blow in his injury-plagued season at Everton and has been ruled out of this weekend's trip to Tottenham.
Roberto Martinez visited Everton Park on Tuesday evening to shed light on Everton Football Club’s illustrious heritage, flipping the switch which turned the iconic Prince Rupert's Tower permanently blue.
Gerard Deulofeu is expected to return for Everton's trip to play Tottenham on Sunday after almost two-months out with a hamstring injury. The player on a season-long loan from Barcelona is raring to shine for the Blues between now and the end of the campaign, and will return an even better player according to Roberto Martinez.
Everton Under-18s recorded a 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday morning at Finch Farm with goals from Harry Charsley, Callum Connolly and Jordan Thorniley.
Everton have unveiled a new "technical partnership" with Umbro that will see the sport brand manufacture the club's playing strips and training wear for the next 5 years.
Everton Under-21s played out a goalless draw away to Tottenham Hotspur on Monday.
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Everton in the Community has seen out its silver jubilee year in style and celebrated turning another year older with the announcement that they have achieved their £1million fundraising target.
Derby Days – Liverpool-Everton [MEDIA]1 February
Copa90's latest edition of their look at local derbies came to Anfield this past week for the latest edition of Everton vs Liverpool.
The last quarter is very LFC-centric but some familiar faces to online Blues are interviewed early on.
A brief article on Dixie Dean and other greats to have graced English football but also played in the League of Ireland.
Roberto Martinez was thrilled with the way in which his team responded to the disappointing display at Anfield on Tuesday, hailing Kevin Mirallas's sublime winner as the sign of a star player.
Kevin Mirallas pulled off another moment of dead-ball brilliance five minutes from time, curling home an inch-perfect free-kick that helped Everton to the League double over Aston Villa for the season. The visitors' gameplan was working to perfection after Leandro Bacuna had put them ahead in the first half. But another accomplished finish by substitute Steven Naismith levelled matters with 16 minutes to go and Mirallas grabbed the points after he'd been fouled 25 yards from goal. The win moves the Blues back into fifth place.
Everton's acquisition of 17-year-old goalkeeping prospect Jindrich Stanek from Sparta Prague was the only incoming transfer of the day, while John Heitinga sealed a free transfer to Fulham. Hopes that the Blues would be strengthening further with a rumoured move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez appear to over.
Academy striker Hallam Hope has returned to Everton after a one-month loan at Northampton Town.
Everton's opportunity to strengthen the squad for the remainder of the season expires at 11pm tonight and the Blues have secured 17-year-old goalkeeping prospect Jindrich Stanek from Sparta Prague. John Heitinga is reportedly close to completing a move to Fulham with Everton rumoured to be eyeing a move for Niklas Moisander as a replacement. Meanwhile, the club are believed to be chasing Atletico Madrid midfielder, Mario Suarez.
Everton have signed highly-rated Czech goalkeeper, Jindrich Stanek, from Sparta Prague for an undisclosed fee.
Everton are back on home turf after three successive away games that yielded a handsome win in the FA Cup Fourth Round but just one Premier League point. Coleman and Distin remain sidelined with the rest of the longer-term walking wounded and Martinez has some choices to make before he can name a starting XI for the visit of Aston Villa. KO is 3pm.
Seamus Coleman and Sylvain Distin remain sidelined with their respective injuries and will not figure against Aston Villa this weekend, Roberto Martinez has confirmed.
Updated Roberto Martinez has intimated that any movement before tomorrow's transfer deadline will likely come after John Heitinga's future has been resolved.
Everton have announced that the club made an operating profit of £0.7M for 2012-13, reversing a £6.4M loss for the previous year. The annual accounts cite a 7.3% increase in turnover, thanks to increased broadcast revenue and gate receipts, and a £10.7m swing in net profit on player trading and contracts for the season.
Everton have announced that Sylvain Distin has signed another one-year extension to his contract which was due to expire this summer. The 36 year-old remains in age-defying form this season and his absence has been felt over the last month in the matches where he has been sidelined by a slight hamstring strain.
Everton have confirmed initial reports from Belgium citing Romelu Lukaku's agent that the striker's ankle injury is not as bad as first feared and that he could be back within a month.
Everton suffered the biggest Merseyside derby defeat since the 1980s as Liverpool racked up a four-goal lead thanks to their devastating forward line and coasted to three points despite commendable spirit in the second half from the Blues. Goals from Gerrard and Suarez book-ended an impressive brace from Sturridge – thankfully, he passed up a hat-trick with an awful penalty in the second half – while the reds were able to soak everything Everton threw at them as they chased some consolation.
As if the scoreline from Anfield, on the back of numerous injuries to key Everton players, wasn't enough, Romelu Lukaku left the match on a stretcher with suspected ankle ligament damage.
Roberto Martinez has reiterated his satisfaction with the two signings he has made this month but also suggests that he is always looking to strengthen the squad where it makes sense.
Bryan Oviedo underwent successful surgery on his broken leg last night and is now resting comfortably in hospital before beginning what he hopes will be a rapid recovery.
Everton have recalled Luke Garbutt from his loan spell at Colchester United to provide cover for Bryan Oviedo who is out for the season as he recovers from a double leg break.
A look at the Merseyside rivalry from across the Pond.
On Merseyside, as this region of northwest England is known, the rivalry between Liverpool and Everton has always been different. If the standard-issue European rivalry is something akin to street-gang warfare, the Liverpool-Everton relationship is more like two brothers who constantly bicker over who has the better car.
Everton in the Community is counting down to the finale of its 25th anniversary campaign on Saturday 1 February when the Blues take on Aston Villa.
Everton and Liverpool go head to head at Anfield on Tuesday night with a mere point separating the two sides and much at stake in the chase for a Champions League place. Martinez has a host of injury concerns, with Coleman out and Jagielka and Distin doubtful in central defence. Pienaar and Barkley have a chance of playing, though, and Traoré will be assessed to see if he can play any part.
Martinez keen to keep Barry [MEDIA]27 January
Roberto Martinez has spoken of his desire to see Gareth Barry stay at Everton beyond this summer when his loan spell with Manchester City ends and he becomes a free agent.
Everton's trips to Newcastle and Fulham in March have both been put back a day to accommodate live televised broadcasting by Sky Sports.
Gerard Deulofeu has resumed full training with Barcelona and will return to Merseyside this weekend, Roberto Martinez confirmed this morning.
Everton's stalwart defender, Leighton Baines has agreed a new four-year deal that could keep him with the club until 2018. The news comes before the end of another transfer window in which he was again linked with a move to Manchester United, but his new contract should put paid to such speculation once and for all.
In the draw for the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, Everton were drawn to play Swansea City at Goodison Park.
Roberto Martinez is in confident mood as he prepares to take Everton to Anfield for the first time in Tuesday's Merseyside derby.
Everton have received approaches from two clubs, one in Turkey and one in Italy, regarding John Heitinga who is intent on leaving Goodison this month to secure first-team football ahead of this summer's World Cup Finals.
Everton made comfortable work of a potentially tricky tie at Stevenage with a handsome 4-0 win but the evening was marred by a horrific injury to Bryan Oviedo. The Blues were a goal up thanks to Steven Naismith's early opener when the Costa Rican took the full force of Simon Heslop's attempted shot from distance and was stretchered off with a broken leg. Everton remained composed, though, and doubled their lead when Naismith poked home just past the half hour park. Substitutes John Heitinga and Magaye Gueye padded the lead in the second half while Naismith was denied a hat-trick by an erroneous offside call.
Everton's maddening injury problems deepened today when Bryan Oviedo was stretchered off the Stevenage pitch after 20 minutes with a double leg break at the ankle following a collision with Simon Heslop.
Everton U18s beat Arsenal 2-1 today thanks to goals by Tyrone Duffus and George Green.
The Daily Mail feature a fascinating, in-depth interview with Roberto Martinez in which he describes his philosophy as it relates to sleep, diet and focus; his insistence on steeping his players and staff in Everton's illustrious history; and his thoughts on the deficiencies of the English system with regard to the development of young players.
Everton have completed the acquisition of Lacina Traoré on loan from Monaco until the end of the season. The striker was granted a work permit earlier this week but final negotiations over the terms of the deal, which appeared to be threatened by a serious injury on Wednesday to Radamel Falcao, weren't hammered out until this afternoon.
Everton's next step on the road that they hope will lead to Wembley takes them to Hertfordshire tomorrow to take on Stevenage for the second time in cup competition this season. Coleman joins Pienaar, Barkley, Alcaraz and Deulofeu on the injured list, limiting Martinez's squad-rotation options and enforcing at least one change to the side that started at West Brom. KO is 5.30pm with live coverage on BT Sport.
Lacina Traoré's move from Monaco to Everton is still on track despite a season-ending injury suffered by Radamel Falcao last night. The player's agent has said that he expects the French club to honour the terms of the deal which would see the towering forward spend the rest of the current season at Goodison Park.
updated Seamus Coleman suffered what Everton have described as a 'minor soft tissue injury' to his hamstring on Monday night, with Roberto Martinez confirming on Thursday that he will miss the FA Cup tie at Stevenage.
Everton have been fined £45,000 for an illegal approach in 2010 for Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles, the FA have announced.
A Spurs fan revisits a belief he posited a year ago – that Everton are a fundamentally decent club in an indecent League – and concludes that, if anything, his theory holds more water now under Roberto Martinez and the Blues' recent community efforts than it did before.
I’ve always had the impression, and this is obviously tinged with a purely subjective viewpoint, that Evertonians understand that football isn’t just about results or trophies or the narrowness of what happens on the pitch. There’s a very real sense that they understand that there are other, more human factors that unite us all as fans. Perhaps witnessing their neighbours suffer such unspeakable tragedy has forced them to re-evaluate the very essence of the nature of rivalry.
Maybe that’s what it is that makes Everton such a decent club. Perspective. Winning and losing make no difference in that regard. As long as the club exists and attempts to live up to its “nothing but the best” motto is all you can really ever ask of the football club. Silverware, however welcome it might be, is not the ubiquitous bottom line.
Much is being made in the media of a Sky Sports interview given by Romelu Lukaku on Monday evening in which he offered support for his childhood "idol" Nicolas Anelka, not so much for the West Brom striker's controversial "quenelle" goal celebration but more for calls not to punish him harshly for what he defends as a gesture of homage to a French comedian.
"He was my idol as a kid and he still is," Lukaku said. "I don't think he should be banned for that, he was just supporting a comedian in France. We don't have to make such a big deal about it.
"I hope he doesn't get suspended because he is a player people want to play on the pitch."
Everton withdrew the video from the official website and have distanced themselves from Lukaku's comments. Far from being "in hot water", as The Express are trying to suggest, the Belgian striker, who is an ambassador for football’s anti-discrimination group Kick It Out, is likely to be spoken to but not disciplined by the club. Anelka, however, is facing a lengthy ban if the FA decide to punish him for an anti-Semitic gesture.
updated Everton's application for a work permit for Lacina Traore has been successful, the club have confirmed. Talks with Monaco were scheduled to complete the acquisition of the giant striker on loan until the end of the season but a potentially season-ending injury to Falcao may have thrown the deal into doubt.
Steven Pienaar missed yesterday's match at West Brom because of a groin injury picked up against Norwich, Roberto Martinez explained today.
Seamus Coleman will have a scan on his hamstring within the next 24 hours to determine the extent of the injury that forced him off against West Brom last night.
Everton Under-21s lost 1-0 to Aston Villa at Goodison Park this evening. With many of the Blues youngsters out on loan, the side had an average age of just 17 and did well to hold out against a stronger Villa side until the hour mark.
Everton have succeeded in bringing in 15 year-old winger Steven Kinsella to the Academy, securing the Irish U17 international ahead of reputed interest from Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.
Roberto Martinez confirmed after tonight's game against West Bromwich Albion that the club are waiting on Lacina Traoré to be granted a work permit before they can confirm his transfer on loan from Monaco.
Everton passed up the chance to move back into the top four as they allowed West Brom to grab a draw after Kevin Mirallas had given them the platform to take all three points. The Belgian's calm finish off Romelu Lukaku's knockdown put the Blues ahead late in the first half but a flat second-half display by Roberto Martinez's men allowed the Baggies back into the contest and Diego Lugano powered home a 75th-minute equaliser to earn a point.
In a controversial move, the FA have appointed Martin Atkinson as referee for Everton's clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday week.
Everton's U21 goalkeeper Mason Springthorpe is the tenth player to go out on loan from the junior ranks, leaving the second squad without a number of players for their U21 Premier League game against Aston Villa at Goodison Park tonight. Kick-off is at 7 pm.
In an in-depth interview in The Telegraph, Gareth Barry tells Henry Winter how much he is enjoying life at Everton and his hopes for the future, including that outside chance of making Roy Hodgson's team for Brazil this summer.
Everton begin a three-match spell on the road with a trip to The Hawthorns on Monday night to face West Bromwich Albion as the heat in Premier League's top six continues to rise following the weekend programme. Distin returns after recovering from injury while McGeady is included in the squad for the first time but Barkley and Alcaraz remain sidelined. KO is 8pm with live coverage on Sky Sports.
Updated Everton are close to securing Ivorian striker Lacina Traoré on loan for the rest of the season, with the 6 8" man on Merseyside today to undergo a medical.
Roberto Martinez says Chelsea are not going to listen to any offers for Romelu Lukaku in the current transfer window. Martinez admits that Everton know they would be wasting their time making any approach at the moment.
Speaking during his first interviews at Finch Farm since arriving from Spartak Moscow, Aiden McGeady says that the pull of Everton and manager Roberto Martinez was too good to resist. The Irish international has seen little action since November but he is keen to get his fitness levels up and fight his way into the Blues' first team.
Aiden McGeady has been talking about his time in Russia with Spartak Moscow, and admits that the novelty wore off after a couple of years. He also cites a massive difference in attitude to football, and it not being the easiest place to bring up children.
From Jack Kirwan, way back in 1898 to Aiden McGeady this month, Everton have employed a steady stream of Irish players down the years.
Everton Under-18s fell to a 2-0 defeat away to Bolton on Saturday morning, with Kevin Sheedy bemoaning the loss of 8 regulars held back for the U21 game on Monday.
Grassroots football in England [MEDIA]17 January
The Guardian's Liverpool-based reporter Andy Hunter reports on the abuse, death threats and withering numbers plaguing grassroots football on Merseyside, symptomatic of a nationwide malaise at this vital level of the national game.
Roberto Martinez provided a summary of the squad's Spanish sojourn this week and an update on injuries in his press conference this morning but, predictably, he was giving nothing away when it came to the identity of possible incoming reinforcements.
In a statement this week, Bill Kenwright has gone public with his praise for a number of Everton's recent community and fan outreach initiatives, off-field aspects that he says make the club special.
Nikica Jelavic has issued a public thank you to Everton's fans for their unwavering support as he makes the switch this week from Goodison Park to Hull City's KC Stadium in a £7.5m move. The Croatian said he was humbled by the backing he received from Blues fans as he struggled to regain the explosive form with which he announced his arrival to the Premier League two years ago.
Aiden McGeady will wear the Number 7 jersey vacated by Nikica Jelavic, Everton have confirmed.
Roberto Martinez has reiterated that up front is one area where he will be concentrating his efforts before the transfer window closes in view of Nikica Jelavic's move to Hull City.
Leighton Baines is reportedly set to sign a new contract with Everton that will resolve the uncertainty around his future and ward off interest in his services from Manchester United. The 29 year-old will be a year from the expiry of his current deal at the end of the season.
Everton's U18s advanced in the FA Youth Cup with a 4-3 victory over a Birmingham City with George Green's 89th-minute free kick proving to be the winner.
Everton have now confirmed Ross Barkley has suffered a broken toe but have been unable to put a definite timescale on the 20 year-old's recovery. The club's initial estimate is that he could be out for three to six weeks which would likely rule him out of the FA Cup Fourth Round trip to Stevenage and, possibly, the Anfield derby at the end of the month.
Members of the Everton Shareholders Association Executive Committee met with Everton's CEO Robert Elstone and Director of Communications Alan Myers in mid-December in the latest quarterly meetings with the Club. The meeting notes include Robert Elstone talking about plans for a new stadium, the Fans Forum & the Away Fans Initiative.
Former Everton player Bobby Collins, who played for the Blues between 1958 and 1962, has passed away at the age of 82.
From a report in the Daily Mail:
Sin-bins will be considered by two new panels which are being set up to advise on law changes in football.
The sin-bin system is being trialled in the Dutch amateur leagues this season and both FIFA president Sepp Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini have suggested time penalties for players should be looked at.
It is expected sin-bins will be considered when the new advisory panels to the International Football Association Board (IFAB) are set up in March.
Nikica Jelavic has concluded his move from Everton to Hull City pending a work permit after completing a medical on Humberside and tying up the final details on his contract.
Steven Pienaar received the all-clear from a scan at Finch Farm today after he was withdrawn as a precaution during yesterday's win over Norwich.
Roberto Martinez saluted the efforts of his players as they overcame Norwich City at Goodison Park in what the Blues boss called a ‘tricky game’.
Everton collected another home win and moved back into the top four with another assured performance that had them comfortably two goals to the good over Norwich by the hour mark. Gareth Barry's impressive 20-yard strike in the 23rd minute opened the scoring and Kevin Mirallas' beautiful free kick just before the hour mark sealed the victory after Leighton Baines had been felled near the penalty area.
Thanks to a series of swashbuckling displays, Seamus Coleman is having the season of his life at Everton. Ex-Everton player turned pundit, Kevin Kilbane, sits down with the young Ireland defender and finds out just why he’s having such an impact.
On loan striker Chris Long scored on his professional debut this afternoon, helping MK Dons beat Shrewsbury Town 3-2 in League One.
Roberto Martinez has revealed that Ross Barkley could be out for some time with what appears to be a metatarsal fracture that could sideline him for up to six weeks.
Everton unveiled Aiden McGeady as their first signing of the January transfer window prior to the kick off of this afternoon's game against Norwich City.
Nikica Jelavic could be set to sign for Hull City after Everton agreed a £5.5m deal today for the Croatian striker that could eventually rise to £7.5m. The 28 year-old, who is one of two players whom Roberto Martinez has said could move on this month, has been given permission to hold talks with the Humberside club to negotiate personal terms.
Defender Tyias Browning has joined the long list of Everton Academy and U21 players out on loan, signing for Wigan Athletic for an initial month-long spell.
Roberto Martinez has hinted that Seamus Coleman will be rewarded with an improved contract this summer to reflect the outstanding form he has shown this season.
Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Everton are "very close" to agreeing a pre-contract deal with Aiden McGeady, with the winger set to join the Blues in the summer.
Having enjoyed their first week-long break from action since mid-December, Everton are back on Premier League duty this Saturday with Norwich City the visitors as the Blues look to get back to winning ways following the New Year's Day draw at Stoke. Distin, Baines, Jagielka and Barkley will all have their fitness assessed late this week before Martinez makes his squad selection. KO is 3pm.
A lucky team of junior Blues will join the matchday team at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Academy winger Matthew Kennedy has joined teammate Matthew Pennington on a month-long loan at Tranmere Rovers Everton have announced.
Roberto Martinez has denied that anything has been concluded but Everton are reported to be on the verge of signing Aiden McGeady, either on a pre-contract with a view to joining the club on a free transfer in the summer.
Everton Academy striker Chris Long is the latest player to be farmed out on loan, the 18 year-old joining League One side MK Dons for a month.
Roberto Martinez believes that Everton's future is bright based on the standard and number of young players who are either coming through the ranks or already lighting up the Premier League at senior level.
A limited number of great seats for Saturday's game against Norwich City at Goodison Park have become available.
Former Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced he is gay in a bid to break the taboo of homosexuality in sport.
Roberto Martinez remains insistent that Everton will finish the season with the club's most coveted players in place, telling attendees at a special supporters event at Finch Farm last evening that "everybody should be very assured that we are not going to lose any of the top performers that we have this season." The manager spoke at length with many of the Everton fan sites, discussing his footballing influences, philosophy and impressions of his new club after seven months in the job.
Everton's FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Stevenage has been set for 5:30pm on Saturday 25th January, with BT Sport televising the match live.
Luke Garbutt will spend at least another month at Colchester United after his loan spell there was extended again.
This rather lavish spread in the much-maligned Daily Mail reminds us that, during Roberto Martinez's unveiling as the new Everton manager, chairman Bill Kenwright revealed the Spaniard had promised to deliver Champions League football to Goodison Park. Elliot Bretland argues that the pessimism of Martinez's predecessor, David Moyes, hindered the club's progress.
Everton have joined the footballing world in paying tribute to Eusebio who has passed away, aged 71.
Roberto Martinez admits that he doesn't want to sell Nikica Jelavic this month but realises the crossroads at which the striker finds himself as he weighs his desire to play for Croatia in the World Cup this summer against fighting to reclaim his starting berth at Everton. He says he won't sell the striker on the cheap while Jelavic is hoping to get more chances to reclaim his place if he says.
Everton and Stevenage will meet in cup competition for the second time this season after they were drawn together in the draw for the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. This time the League One side host the tie on either 25th or 26th January.
The manager was delighted with what he described as the "complete performance" by a much-changed side as Everton dominated QPR and coasted through to the Fourth Round.
Hallam Hope, on loan for a month at Northampton, put them into the lead with a debut goal on his first senior professional appearance under the tutelage of Andy King.
Everton booked their place in the FA Cup Fourth Round with a 4-0 hammering of QPR. Ross Barkley set the Blues on their way with a crisp drive and two goals by Nikica Jelavic had them 3-0 up when he was handed the chance for his first hat-trick. Unfortunately, he chipped his spot-kick onto the bar but Seamus Coleman's superb finish completed a rout of an abject Rangers that might have been more emphatic were it not for Julio Cesar in the visitors' goal.
Roberto Martinez believes everyone in football has a responsibility to help eradicate diving from the sport.
Following Fifa president Sepp Blatter's proposal for the use of a time penalty as a deterrent, Martinez says simulation has become a problem.
"It is our fault," said the Spaniard. "It has been creeping in and has been happening for a couple of seasons. It is down to all of us to try to eradicate that."
Queens Park Rangers have made an approach for Nikica Jelavic and are hoping to open talks over a deal to take the Croatian to London report The Guardian.
Having won the competition with Wigan Athletic last May, Roberto Martinez begins his quest to win the world's oldest knockout competition in back-to-back seasons as Everton host QPR in the Third Round. Distin is ruled out again and the manager has hinted at changes to the line-up that started at Stoke on New Year's Day. KO is 3pm. Live commentary will be available via evertontv.
Roberto Martinez will pick from the same squad as against Stoke on Wednesday, with Sylvain Distin ruled out again with a hamstring strain.
The case for convincing Sylvain Distin to become an English national to play alongside his Everton teammate for the Three Lions in Brazil this summer.
West Ham's bid to sign John Heitinga from Everton has collapsed at the last minute after the defender pulled out of the move, saying that the switch to Upton Park was not the right option.
John Lundstram will spend the rest of the season on loan at Yeovil Town, while fellow Academy prospects Hallam Hope and Matthew Pennington have been loaned to Northampton and Tranmere respectively.
Roberto Martinez was clearly disappointed at dropping two points from today's clash with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium but he was pleased to see his team battle back to earn a draw.
Leighton Baines rescued a point for Everton with an injury-time penalty as Stoke looked to have frustrated the Blues with a dogged stand in defence of Oussama Assaidi's 49th-minute goal. A lively first-half had seen Kevin Mirallas smack fearsome shots onto both the crossbar and the post and Blues were rebuffed countless times as they chased the game in the second half until sub Leon Osman won the all-important penalty in added time with which Baines made no mistake.
Republic of Ireland international midfielder James McCarthy has set his sights on Champions League qualification with Everton so he can test himself against the biggest clubs in Europe.
Dealing with yet more media speculation about the future of Ross Barkley, Roberto Martinez says that he is not worried about losing the 20-year-old any time soon and believes the rising star can achieve his dreams with Everton.
Everton kick off 2014 with a trip to Stoke hoping to make it nine points from 12 from their four League games over the busy Festive period. Jagielka joins Deulofeu, Kone and Gibson on the injured list but Barry and Howard return from suspension and Distin is expected to play despite feeling his hamstring during Sunday's win. KO is 3pm.
Roberto Martinez says he will not be selling Ross Barkley in the January transfer window amid reports of a forthcoming £50M bid for the England midfielder.
Romelu Lukaku says that Everton can "definitely finish in the top four" if they can discover a more ruthless streak in the second half of the season.
Roberto Martinez has stated that Leighton Baines will be with Everton until the end of the season, insisting that he will not weaken his squad by selling the coveted left back during the January transfer window. The Spaniard's comments come amid the resumption of media speculation linking Manchester United with another move for the 29 year-old England international.
Having endured a stop-start first six months at Goodison, Antolin Alcaraz is glad to finally be involved at first-team level for Everton after making his first League start for the club against Southampton on Sunday.
Romelu Lukaku returned to goalscoring form, sweeping home the winner for Everton in the 74th minute, to push the Blues into fourth place heading into the New Year. Gaston Ramirez had embarrassed Joel Robles with a powerful drive just three minutes earlier, cancelling out Seamus Coleman's stunning eighth-minute opener, but a lovely move involving Steven Pienaar and James McCarthy set Lukaku up to win what was, on balance, an even contest.
Phil Jagielka is expected to be sidelined for a month after picking up a hamstring problem in the match against Sunderland on Boxing Day.
Goodison Park will pay tribute to Evertonians who have passed away in 2013 at Sunday's game against Southampton.
Tickets for Everton's FA Cup tie with Queens Park Rangers on 4th January are now on general sale.
Everton get a quick opportunity to bounce back from their Boxing Day nightmare against Sunderland with a second successive match in front of the Goodison faithful. Barry and Howard are suspended but Mirallas is expected to be well enough to play and Baines is again slated for a return from a broken toe. KO is 1.30pm
Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Everton have been approached by two clubs regarding Nikica Jelavic who could be allowed to leave in January.
With Gareth Barry suspended for tomorrow's clash against Southampton after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the Boxing Day defeat to Sunderland, Everton's midfield dynamo James McCarthy says he has been learning "wee things here and there" from his more experienced midfield sidekick.
Phil Jagielka is putting a brave face on the Boxing Day defeat at home to bottom club Sunderland, saying that the fall of that long unbeaten home stand might in some way be a good thing.
Everton have confirmed that Shane Duffy has had his loan spell with Yeovil Town extended until the end of the season.
Roberto Martinez reacted to Everton's loss on Boxing Day saying that there is much to learn from the performance even if it didn't garner any points.
Romelu Lukaku wants to make himself one of the best strikers on the planet – at Chelsea: "I want to be like Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie – and I'll be at Chelsea."
Everton's hopes of going all of 2013 without being beaten at home were wrecked by a disastrous moment after 25 minutes when an awful slip by Osman let Ki in on Howard who tripped the Sunderland man, conceded the penalty and was shown a straight red card. Everton battled gamely, particularly in the second half but they just couldn't find a way past Mannone in the Sunderland goal, Barkley and Jelavic coming closest with a late free kick and a header cleared off the line respectively.
Everton are home for Christmas again coming off the back of another stirring result on the road that positions the Blues nicely just two points off the top of the table coming into the Boxing Day programme. Leighton Baines could return to the starting XI while Nikica Jelavic is expected back after missing the Swansea game with flu. KO is 3pm.
Asked about speculation suggesting that AS Roma are interested in signing him, John Heitinga says that he would welcome a move to Serie A.
To all our readers, members and contributors, we wish you a Happy Christmas and the very best for 2014. Who knows what the New Year might hold under Roberto?
Roberto Martinez says that nothing would tempt him to sell Ross Barkley next month if another club were to come in for the rising 20 year-old star, not even a "Gareth Bale-size valuation." The Spaniard insists that Barkley is in the perfect place to develop as a player and that the boyhood Blue represents everything Everton are trying to build at the moment.
Roberto Martinez was all smiles after today's win at Swansea City, the importance of which was not lost on the Spaniard as he saw his side collect three points from a ground where only Arsenal and Manchester United had won this season.
A slice of brilliance six minutes from the end from Ross Barkley gave Everton another three priceless points after Swansea looked like they might have grabbed a draw. Following a pedestrian first half, Seamus Coleman's pile-driver out of nothing had put the Blues ahead in the 66th minute, but Dwight Tiendalli leveled just four minutes later when he prodded in off Bryan Oviedo. It came down to Barkley to win it in magnificent fashion with a brilliant free-kick, curled over and around the wall and in off the bar.
Everton travel south for the first of four games in 10 days as they move into the busy Festive season with a clash with Swansea City. McCarthy is eligible again following suspension and will likely return along with Mirallas with Deulofeu missing with a hamstring injury. KO is 4pm tomorrow.
Everton's Under-18s ended 2013 with a disappointing 2-1 reverse at Middlesbrough. The Teesiders came from behind to hand the young Blues a second defeat in a week.
Roberto Martinez has outlined his plans for when the transfer window opens in the New Year, suggesting that he will be looking to bring in "like-for-like" short-term acquisitions to replace long-term injury absentees, Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone. Mindful of their need for first-team football in a World Cup year, he also admitted that he would consider approaches for John Heitinga and Nikica Jelavic should the club receive calls regarding the duo.
Chris Long scored a brace for Everton U21s but Wolves came back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to beat the Blues 3-2 in Southport to advance to the next round of the Under-21 Premier League Cup.
James McCarthy's form for Everton was recognised this week when he was named as the club's Player of the Month for November and Roberto Martinez is delighted with the impact made by McCarthy since his summer move from Wigan.
Roberto Martinez has reported that Toffees defender Leighton Baines is “not far away” from making a return to first-team action, with the Boxing Day home match against Sunderland appearing likely to be the point at which it will happen.
Barcelona have said that they expect Gerard Deulofeu to be sidelined by the hamstring tear he suffered last weekend for between 6 and 8 weeks. The 19 year-old is back in Spain recuperating and was examined by the Catalan club's medical staff who have a longer timeframe for his recovery than Everton's assessment.
Duncan Ferguson believes that Everton have the vital ingredient of team spirit that can help spur them on to Champions League qualification this season.
Everton thrive under Roberto [MEDIA]19 December
Everton are thriving thanks to Roberto Martinez's masterful combination of spirit, togetherness and clever signings. Here, The Telegraph describes five ways in which Everton have become the season's biggest success story so far in the 2013-14 Premier League under their new manager.
Everton U18s lost 1-3 to Sunderland after a poor first half at Finch Farm on Tuesday. George Green scored a consolation goal after the break from the penalty spot.
Everton Captain, Phil Jagielka, is just a little bit proud of a remarkable ability to avoid getting yellow cards; he was booked just once last season and is yet to pick up a yellow card this season.
Roberto Martinez says that the success of Everton's summer loan acquisitions is prompting calls from European clubs seeking to farm their emerging talent out to Goodison Park. The significant role played by Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku in the Blues' season thus far has caught the eye of some of the Continent's biggest clubs who see Everton as a place to broaden the experience of their young players with Premier League football under the guidance of the Spanish manager.
Everton could have Leighton Baines for part of the busy Festive programme as the fullback continues his recovery from a fractured toe. Roberto Martinez says it is too early to tell whether he will be available for Sunday's trip to Swansea but has been impressed with the speed of his progress.
Duncan Ferguson surprised two Evertonians who leapt to the aid of an elderly woman who had collapsed while on their way to the Goodison derby last month.
Everton surprised fans at the end of the match on Saturday with an entertaining and whimsical video of club staff singing "Bring Me Sunshine" on the big screen at Goodison Park.
The Premier League have announced that Mark Clattenburg will referee an Everton home game for the first time in 6 years when he takes charge of the match against Southampton on 29th December.
Roberto Martinez says that he was impressed by the way his players were able to change their mentality after conceding the equaliser to Fulham and go on to finish off comfortably a match that the home fans expected to win.
Everton's youngsters won for the second time in a week with a narrow 1-0 win over Stoke City at Finch Farm yesterday.
Everton have revealed that they expect Gerard Deulofeu to miss "a few weeks" of the season after the forward injured a hamstring in Saturday's win over Fulham. The prognosis is better than fears that he would be out for months with a more serious muscle tear.
Everton successfully collected their annual three-point haul against Fulham, although it wasn’t quite as emphatic as the 4-1 score may suggest.
Gerard Deulofeu will have his hamstring examined by club medical staff at to determine the extent of the hamstring injury he sustained in today against Fulham but Robero Martinez fears he will be out for a few weeks at least.
Everton scored four goals for the second home game in succession as they kept their impressive run of form going despite a somewhat ragged second-half showing. Osman curled home a beautiful opener but a clumsy Barry challenge allowed Berbatov to level from the spot. Everton regained their composure, though, and scored when Coleman slotted home before Barry nodded in from close range and Mirallas, on for the injured Deulofeu, fired the fourth in injury time.
Three Colorado Rapids players are joining up with Everton for training, starting today. Chris Klute, Clint Irwin and Dillon Serna all recently finished their first seasons in Major League Soccer, and now the three are at Finch Farm, gaining experience at one of the most prestigious and oldest clubs in England.
Is Everton for real? [MEDIA]13 December
Supplemented by some interesting heat maps, Mike Goodman looks at how Everton have changed under Roberto Martinez and argues that the next four League games are crucial to answering the question of whether or not they are the real deal this season.
Bryan Oviedo put his footballing skills to the test against local young people at the official launch of Everton in the Community’s Kicks project in Kirkby on Tuesday.
Everton U18s will be at home again in the next round of the FA Youth Cup after they were drawn to play either Birmingham City or Cheltenham Town.
Roberto Martinez says that Everton intend to reflect Ross Barkley's growing importance to the team with a new contract but explains there is no timetable for talks at the moment.
Joe Strange puts the numbers behind Everton's strong first third of the season and makes the case for their challenge for the top four
Everton return to Goodison after two superb away performances to face struggling Fulham who remain in the bottom three despite a first win under Rene Meulensteen last weekend. James McCarthy is suspended for the Blues while Leighton Baines is likely still a fortnight away from fitness. KO is 3pm.
Leighton Baines says that while he is hopeful of playing some part in the busy festive programme he explains that he has been forced to take his recovery from a fracture in his foot one day at a time. While the injury is healing, he has no target date for a return.
Roberto Martinez believes his “Perfect Blend” combination of James McCarthy and Gareth Barry in midfield represents the strongest partnership of its type in the Premier League.
Former Everton Academy coach Ray Hall spoke to the BBC about Ross Barkley after his eye-catching performance against Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.
On playing as a ‘sweeper-keeper’ to make saves in the first half:
"It was something we worked on [coming off his line fast]. The boys had to get to the edge of the box when Arsenal possessed, so I needed to be sharp of my line knowing that balls can get played through."
Two Evertons: One Love [MEDIA]10 December
Watch the recent Premier League Productions piece on the growing relationship between the Everton of Merseyside and the club of the same name in Viña del Mar, Chile
Sylvain Distin has admitted that he would like to stay at Everton as reports emerge that he could soon be offered a new contract at Goodison Park. The defender turns 36 next week but has defied his advanced years with consistent performances in a Blues defence that is among the tightest in the Premier League.
Ex-Gunner Alan Smith waxes lyrical about James McCarthy after another imperious midfield display by the young Irish international as Everton matched Arsenal in the 1-1 draw at the Emirates.
Goodison will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the Blues’ final home game before Christmas.
Everton Under-18s beat Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 at Goodison Park tonight to progress to the 4th Round of the FA Youth Cup.
Arsenal skipper Mikel Arteta has hailed former club Everton as the best team the Gunners have met in the Premier League this season.
A moment of magic from substitute Gerard Deulofeu rescued a point for Everton just minutes after leaders Arsenal looked to have won it with Mezut Ozil's 80th-minute strike. The Spaniard rifled home an equaliser that was richly deserved for an accomplished display from Everton, particularly in the first half, that just lacked end product until Deulofeu struck.
In the Third Round of the FA Cup, Everton were drawn to play Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park.
Update: The game will kick off at 3pm on Saturday 4 January 2014.
Bill Kenwright isn't perfect, but in the scheme of modern football chairmen he is perfection for Everton [MEDIA]8 December
In The Mirror, Andy Dunn's write-up on the Everton Chairman, who admits is much maligned by supporters, but makes the case that Bill Kenwright continues to 'overachieve' despite the limitations of the club.
Roberto Martinez gets an immediate opportunity to end another long-lived Everton away curse when the Blues take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium for a fixture they haven't won since Andrei Kanchelskis belted home the winner for Joe Royle in the 1995-96 season. With Leighton Baines still a minimum of three weeks away from fitness and no disciplinary issues arising in midweek, the manager has the same squad available for this 4pm Sunday kick-off.
Roberto Martinez says that he is in the process of identifying potential targets for when the transfer window opens next month as he seeks to bring in cover for long-term injury absentees, Arouna Kone and Darron Gibson.
Gareth Barry has described how much he is enjoying his time at Everton after joining the club on loan from Manchester City in September and has indicated that he is hoping to play his way to a permanent move to Goodison next summer. Manager Roberto Martinez says that the club will discuss the 32-year-old's future at the end of the season when he will be a free agent.
Mikel Arteta believes that Everton are fully-deserving of their top-five place as he is expecting a difficult game when the Blues face his current club Arsenal in this Sunday's clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Phil Jagielka has come out in support of David Moyes, saying that the Manchster United board's failure to back him in the transfer market and a tough fixture list have made life especially hard for him at the start of his Old Trafford reign.
"I have a lot of time and a lot of respect for David Moyes," Jagielka said. "I do feel sorry for him. The fixture list wasn't that kind initially. The transfers in the summer, the people who were making those decisions didn't help him out one bit."
According to Miguel Rico at Mundo Deportivo in Spain, Barcelona have already seen enough from Gerard Deulofeu's loan spell at Everton to suggest that he will be ready for their first team next season, lessening the likelihood that the Blues will be able to tempt into a second season-long loan.
One of Everton's unsung heroes from last night's triumph at Old Trafford, Gareth Barry, says that there is no reason why the Blues shouldn't be targeting a top-four finish based on the first 14 games under Roberto Martinez.
David Moyes drowned his sorrows after Everton defeat branding former fans a “fucking disgrace” [MEDIA]5 December
Everton fan David D Wallbank claims to have had an interesting night on Wednesday...
After watching his beloved Toffees win at Manchester United for the first time in 20 years, he claimed to have met David Moyes in a bar after the 1-0 defeat and posted a series of rather revealing quotes on Twitter...
Update Mr Wallbank has since removed the tweets and deleted his Twitter account while Manchester United have issued a statement confirming that Moyes met the fan but vehemently deny that their manager used the phrase in question.
Describing winning at Old Trafford as something "we had to do" to break the mentality that has plagued Everton teams on the grounds of the traditional "Sky Four", Roberto Martinez expressed his pride in his players after the 1-0 win over Manchester United.
Everton banished a 21-year Old Trafford hoodoo and heaped more pressure on former manager David Moyes as Bryan Oviedo's late strike sealed a famous victory that vindicated the positive approach of new boss, Roberto Martinez. The Costa Rican fullback struck his second goal in as many games four minutes from the end after Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck had hit the post for United and Kevin Mirallas had seen a free kick also come back off the woodwork.
Leighton Baines is one of 20 players on the shortlist for FIFA FIFPro World XI 2013, one of eight Premier League players named.
Roberto Martinez is making all the right noises ahead of the fascinating meeting with Manchester United, saying that he and his Everton team need to address the club's poor away record against the traditional "Sky Four" teams.
Everton travel to Old Trafford with their new manager's determination to underscore his early success in the Blues' hot-seat by ending a 21-year hoodoo in this fixture. With no fresh injury concerns, Roberto Martinez has options in attacking midfield as he looks to exploit the uncertainty in David Moyes's Manchester United side, who are in the rare position of being below the Blues in the table at this juncture of the campaign. KO is 7.45pm.
Everton loanee John Lundstram scored the only goal in only his second start for Yeovil Town as The Glovers beat Blackpool who finished the game with eight men.
The unique link between supporters of the two top-flight Evertons is featured in a worldwide TV programme this week scheduled to be shown on BT Sport, Sky Sports 3, and Sky Sports 1 this week.
Roberto Martinez has hailed the timely return to form of “special” midfielder Steven Pienaar, reports Greg O'Keeffe in the Echo
“Not many players have his appreciation of space and close control, or the quality in one versus one situations when he opens the spaces and allows other players to come in.
“He has that composure and time on the ball, and slowly he’s regaining his full fitness and he’ll get back to his best.”
Everton's second string saw potential victory turn to cruel defeat this evening at Motspur Park as Fulham U21s scored a stoppage time winner having equalised four minutes from the end of the regulation 90.
Bryan Oviedo is looking to seize the opportunity to impress afforded him by the recent injury to Leighton Baines by building on his impressive display against Stoke on Saturday as Everton face back-to-back challenges at Manchester United and Arsenal.
Everton in the Community’s internationally renowned disability programme has received a significant legacy donation thanks to an admiring benefactor’s final wish.
Though there is still no definite timescale for his return, Roberto Martinez says that the early signs are that Leighton Baines' recovery from a metatarsal fracture is coming along well.
Everton could allow John Heitinga to leave the club in January in an effort to "help him" in his quest for first-team football as the Dutch defender's contract winds down towards its expiry in June.
Mad Dog moves to Vegas [MEDIA]2
Tommy Gravesen makes a fortune in retirement, moves to Las Vegas with stunning model to live the life of luxury with current girlfriend Czech-born American model Kamila Persse and indulge in his passion for gambling.
Updated Roberto Martinez was thrilled with the performance of Gerard Deulofeu as the Spanish winger played a starring role in the 4-0 demolition of Stoke on Saturday, hinting at a greater involvement for the Barcelona loanee who could extend his spell at Everton if the Spanish club elect to send him out on loan for a second season next year.
Fixing the loan system mess [MEDIA]2 December
In the Daily Mail, Martin Samuel makes some interesting points about the 'corrupt' loan system, using the words of Jose Mourinho to point up the absurdity that has Romelu Lukaku scoring goals for Everton against Chelsea's opponents... but not against Chelsea.
Everton’s relentless march up the table continued at a frightening speed as a sorry Stoke CIty side were taken apart in what was one of the most one-sided games seen at Goodison Park in a long while.
Merson: Everton were brilliant [MEDIA]1 December
Paul Merson says Everton were outstanding and would have scored many more, if not for the heroics of Asmir Begovic in the Stoke City goal.
Everton romped to their biggest Premier League win since April last year on the back of a superb performance despite some key personnel changes made by Roberto Martinez. Gerard Deulofeu made the most of his first League start, scoring the first and providing assists for goals from Seamus Coleman and Bryan Oviedo before the Romelu Lukaku completed the rout by prodding home the Costa Rican's centre from close range.
Everton's Under-18s crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Platt Lane against Manchester City on Saturday. From a well-taken corner, Courtney Duffus was on hand to flick the ball into the back of the net for Everton's consolation goal.
Romelu Lukaku has admitted that he could stay with Everton beyond the terms of his season-long loan if the Blues qualify for the Champions League.
A strange outburst by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho suggests there may be something more to Romelu Lukaku's season-long loan at Everton, which continues to puzzle journalists each time the big man scores...
A second-successive home game offers Everton another opportunity to press their claims for a top-four berth with a much-needed victory as Stoke City come to town this weekend. Baines is out with a fractured bone in his foot forcing a change at left back but Martinez's side are otherwise free of fresh injury concerns. KO is 3pm.
Everton youngster John Lundstram is being reunited with his U21 team mate Shane Duffy for a couple of months after signing on loan for Yeovil Town.
Roberto Martinez entertained a wide range of questions from reporters in the lead up to Saturday's game against Stoke City at Finch Farm this morning, with comments about coping with Leighton Baines's injury, giving Tony Hibbert a new contract, Antolin Alcaraz's readiness, his view of the January transfer window and, of course, tackling this weekend's opponents, Stoke City.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan insists Manchester United should have approached Roberto Martinez with a view to becoming Sir Alex Ferguson's successor last summer, before he was snapped up by Everton.
Antolin Alcaraz played his first 45 minutes of football since the start of the season for a reserve side in a friendly against Sheffield Wednesday, along with Tony Hibbert and John Stones.
Roberto Martinez confirmed that Leighton Baines suffered a broken bone in his foot in a challenge with Jordan Henderson in last Saturday's derby at Goodison but insists that the team will cope in his absence.
Everton Under-18s returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Liverpool at Finch Farm on Tuesday. The Toffees rebounded from back-to-back defeats with an excellent win over their local rivals.
Roberto Martinez has set his Everton side a target of 70 points this season to surpassing their record Premier League points haul of 65, and they are well on their way to that target with 21 points from their opening 12 games, a figure they have bettered only once in the last 29 years.
Leighton Baines appears set to miss one of the busiest parts of the season as he is expected to be sidelined with a broken metatarsal, according to The Mirror. This was later clarified by Roberto Martinez to be a fractured phalange that may take between 10 days and six weeks to heal.
The preamble to the derby was all about visions, passing stats and most excruciating of all ”the Swansea model’ – however in what turned out to be the best derby in recent years it was set pieces and not ‘winning the passing’ that would prove the pre-eminent factor at both ends. Let’s take a look goal by goal.
Goalkeeper Tim Howard admits Everton have to find a more clinical streak even after scoring three times but conceding three to set-pieces in an enthralling 221st Merseyside derby.
Leighton Baines is undergoing an X-ray on his injured toe to rule out a fracture. The Blues' left-back was forced out of the Merseyside derby shortly after the beginning of the second half.
The concession of a third set-piece goal less than two minutes from the end of the 90 minutes pegged Everton back to 3-3 after Romelu Lukaku's second goal looked to have won a thrilling Merseyside derby. Luis Suarez's free kick had sent Liverpool into the break 2-1 up after Kevin Mirallas had canceled out Coutinho's early opener but strikes by Lukaku had set up a Blues win at 3-2 after 82 minutes. A poor foul by Distin set up an 89th-minute free kick, though, and Daniel Sturridge headed home to deny Roberto Martinez a debut derby win.
Young people from Everton in the Community’s award-winning Safe Hands initiative received a special visit from Sylvain Distin recently.
The first Merseyside derby of the Roberto Martinez era arrives this weekend and with it comes the usual anticipation and dread as bragging rights for the next few months are on the line. With just long-term absentees Kone and Gibson ruled out, Martinez has a strong squad from which to draw as he tries to fashion goals after two scoreless draws. KO is 12:45pm.
Kevin Kilbane tries to describe what it's like to play in the Merseyside derby.
The Mirror's Daniel Storey provides an effusive analysis in of the impact Roberto Martinez has had since his arrival at Everton. Despite apprehension in some quarters when Martinez was appointed, Storey says that the sceptics have been proven wrong; Martinez has entirely altered preconceptions of his tenure.
Barcelona are so keen on Gerard Deulofeu getting valuable Premier League experience that they are charging Everton more money when he doesn’t play. But — despite being the star performer at national under-21 level in the last break — he is yet to make his full league debut for Roberto Martinez and that is costing Everton money.
Howard Kendall. the last Everton manager to win the title recalls his Goodison glory days with Tim Rich of The Independent and how his second and third comings turned sour, as described in his new book, Love Affairs and Marriage, which includes Kendall's version of why captain Gary Speed left the club in 1998.
Antolin Alcaraz is finally back to full fitness after a hernia operation that has stalled his Everton career, but is lacking match fitness, and Martinez will decide when the time is right to introduce him.
In derby week, what sounds like a good story — Roberto Martinez 'snubs' move to Liverpool — really has very little meat. 18 months ago he decided to stay with Wigan... and then he became the Everton manager. "I always believe everything in football and life happens for a reason and I am extremely proud and honoured to be manager of Everton."
A bizarre pictorial created from the Echo that takes nice old black&white photographs of Goodison Park and puts them alongside nice current pictures of Goodison Park... and then blends them together... Why?
Phil Dowd has been charged with the responsibility of officiating the first Merseyside derby of the season at Goodison Park this weekend.
Gerard Deulofeu says he is happy with the pace with which he is adapting to life in the Premier League as Roberto Martinez brings him on gradually over the course of his loan spell from Barcelona.
Everton Under-21s booked their place in the last 16 of the inaugural Premier League U21 Cup competition with a 3-2 win at Middlesbrough on Monday evening.
You can listen to Roberto Martinez in this 20-minute interview with TalkSport's kopite Colin Murray about coming to Everton, with their website picking out his comments on Ross Barkley having the ‘incredible combination’ of talent and fearlessness.
In anticipation of next Saturday's derby at Goodison Park, Roberto Martinez says, “It’s such an exciting fixture. You can tell it’s got a special feel about it and especially now that both teams are in very good positions after strong starts to the season."
Roberto Martinez insists that despite having games with Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal coming up there will be no moving away from their new passing style.
Everton Under-18s were dealt a cruel blow at Manchester United, as a last gasp 2-1 defeat, their first loss since August.
The Everton Former Players Foundation is behind an exciting new project that they are convinced will be of massive interest to Evertonians of all ages. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 League Championship triumph, the EFPF is backing a play that will tell the story of that momentous season. The play will be staged over three days in mid-December at The Dome Theatre in Liverpool’s Central Hall. Buy tickets at the Dome Theatre’s website, or call the booking line on 0871 288 4727.
There's a new DVD celebrating the greatness of Alan Ball the little red-headed genius who inspired a generation of Evertonians in the late 1960s. One of those was Dr David France, who talks here to Ronnie Goodlass with some unique memories and perspectives on perhaps the greatest of Everton's post-war players.
It was 1962, and Liverpool had been slumming it in the old English Second Division for many seasons until Bill Shankly inspired them to promotion and a return to the English top-flight where league derby games on Merseyside restarted after a gap of 11 seasons.
Gerard Deulofeu produced a dazzling performance in last night's Under-21 international for Spain against Bosnia. He scored once and laid on another four, while also putting in a number of cul-de-sac runs and weak crosses that more typify his efforts on loan at Goodison.
England were below par in their Wembley friendly against Chile which Baines started and Barkley came on as a sub in the 77th minute. Jagielka was one of the many subs warming the bench.
The inner workings of Goodison Park — a detailed pictorial featuring almost every nook and cranny inside the Old Lady (that sounds weird!) is contained in this PDF of a PowerPoint presentation found lurking on the Web by one of our diligent readers, and provides a unique insight into some of the familiar and less familiar parts of the famous old ground.
It seems Roberto Martinez has been made aware of the possibility that, if Everton do not lose any home games before the end of the calendar year, then they will equal a record that as stood for 51 years — it was 1962 that Everton last played a full year without losing at Goodison Park.
In response, he said: “I don’t think you set out to achieve that as a goal. You just want to be very strong at home generally. It would be a real shame if we were to go unbeaten for the next five and then lose the first 10 games of the new year. That would be a problem for our aspirations."
Kevin Mirallas blames himself for Everton's failure to beat both Spurs and Crystal Palace in the last two Premier League games. Victories would have seen Everton sitting 2nd in the league table but the Belgian star admits he did not play well enough.
Everton's hugely-popular ‘12 Shades of Blue' charity calendar has received prestigious recognition at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations' PRide Awards.
Ross Barkley is drinking in the experience of being in England's senior setup as Roy Hodgson assesses his options for Brazil next summer but admits that his priorities lie with Everton.
Apostolos Vellios could be damaging his first-team prospects with his reluctance to going out on loan to gain more playing experience. Roberto Martinez is keen for the Greek U21 international to further his development by getting more playing time at another club while he is several players down the pecking order at Everton but the striker has this far shown little inclination to do that.
Richard Jolly assesses Marouane Fellaini's battle to break into Manchester United's starting XI after his big-money move from Everton on transfer deadline day.
Leighton Baines admits that he will be grateful for his involvement in the England setup for the forthcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany as anticipation of the first Merseyside derby of the season builds back in Liverpool.
Long-time Everton stalwart David Weir may be considering managerial or coaching positions in North America after being unceremoniously dumped by Sheffield United in just a few months, his managerial career in England getting off to a rather rocky start.
The November edition of of the new Everton Magazine features Leighton Baines plastered on the front cover as the main feature and carries a lengthy interview with Everton left-back, talking about a range of topics including his favourite subject: Music.
The interview discusses all things Everton, with a bit of England and some general interest thrown in, but has some internet divvies searching for meaning hidden between the lines, one claiming such an article would be pointless if the 28-year-old was thinking of jumping ship as soon as the January transfer window opens.
"Players like Distin are a dying breed and even he may now stop communicating with the fans if all he gets is abuse, which for me is a far more disappointing than the two dropped points against the Eagles on Saturday."
We have two more tickets for the Everton Derby Day Heroes evening on Friday, 22nd November at Halton Royal British Legion, Runcorn, with special guests Andy King, Kevin Sheedy, Graeme Sharp and Kevin Campbell... Plus a very special apperance from Bob Latchford.
Seamus Coleman admits that the three points were there for Everton's taking on Saturday but they simply didn't create enough chances.
Everton Under-18s have now won eight of their last nine games after a 5-0 demolition of Wolves. A second-half blitz from Calum Dyson, George Green, Harry Charsley, and a brace for Courtney Duffus did the damage.
An exchange of words between Sylvain Distin and an Everton fan at the conclusion of Saturday's frustrating draw at Crystal Palace is receiving increasing media coverage after the incident spilled over onto Twitter. The scene was captured by photographers at Selhurst Park, with the player and supporters gesticulating at each other before the Frenchman was escorted back down the tunnel.
Everton have now delivered four nil-nils from eleven Premier League matches with high possession stats but no end result. Gary Naylor updates the ongoing argument over possession versus goals and asks: "What can Martinez do to unlock defences?"
Romelu Lukaku could have been enhancing his reputation at West Brom for a second consecutive season had it not been for Chelsea steaing rookie Isaiah Brown from The Baggies' academy.
Relations between the two clubs broke down after the Europa League champions plucked teen sensation Brown from the Hawthorns academy when his contract had expired in the summer.
Everton slogged their way through another goalless draw as Crystal Palace arrested a seven-match losing streak with their first clean sheet of the campaign. The Blues controlled the game but were let down by a depressing lack of urgency and an absence of any punch in the final third, although they found the home defence in resolute mood. Palace spurned three gilt-edged chances while Jagielka headed off the bar for Everton late on.
James McCarthy is expected to play against Crystal Palace today even though he is one booking away from a suspension that would rule him out of the derby against Liverpool in a fortnight's time.
Everton in the Community has scooped the Best Football Community Scheme accolade at the second annual Football Business Awards.
Roberto Martinez isn't unduly concerned by the loss of Arouna Koné to long-term injury, saying that he has enough attacking options at the moment, though he will assess the situation between now and the opening of the transfer window in January.
Everton will get an extra day to prepare for the home clash with Southampton after the fixture was moved back to a 1.30pm kick-off on 29th December.
Everton travel south for their 11th match of the Premier League campaign to face a Palace side who have lost seven on the bounce and are still being overseen by caretaker boss, Keith Millen. Availability-wise, the Blues are unchanged from Sunday with Koné and Gibson obviously ruled out with long-term knee injuries and Alcaraz continuing his slow return to fitness. KO is 3pm.
Everton’s Under-21s finished their second game north of the border with a 3-2 win over Kilmarnock. John Lundstram, Chris Long and Jonjoe Kenny were all on target as the Blues overcame strong resistance from their Scottish opponents.
Roberto Martinez has responded to digs by Andre Villas-Boas on Romelu Lukakua regarding his collision with Hugo Lloris on Sunday by suggesting that if he believes the Belgian needs to apologise, Spurs' Roberto Soldado might extend Phil Jagielka the same courtesy.
Everton have secured a one-year deal with one of Indonesia’s leading electronic manufacturers, Polytron.
Everton scooped four prizes in the Northwest Football Awards on Monday evening, including including Community Club of the Year and Community Initiative of the Year.
Romelu Lukaku will have his leg assessed this week by club medical staff after he had to be withdrawn from yesterday's draw with Tottenham following a collision with Hugo Lloris but Roberto Martinez is hopeful he will be fit for the weekend.
Roberto Martinez is again predicting big things of Gerard Deulofeu in the New Year, suggesting the Spanish winger will "explode" onto the Premier League scene once he is more settled.
It has been revealed that the injury to Arouna Koné's knee is a lot worse than feared and he will require surgey to fix a cartilage problem in the knee. That will involve a long period of recovery that is likely to keep him out of the side for the rest of the season.
Sylvain Distin says that even though Everton are in a good position after passing the quarter mark of the season, the players are still adjusting to the new style of play under Roberto Martinez. The Frenchman says, though, that they're enjoying being up in the thick of a clutch of clubs jostling for places in the top four this season.
After the card-wielding antics of Mr Friend at the weekend, some Everton players are surprisngly close to getting a one-match suspension if they pick up more yellow cards before the end of the year. McCarthy is on four while Barkley and Howard each have three.
Chris Long and Hallam Hope were both on target as Everton Under-21s played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with St Mirren in the first of two freindlies in Scotland on Monday.
Everton's trip to West Bromwich Albion will be shown live on Sky Sports as a Monday night kick-off. The match at the Hawthorns will now take place on Monday 20 January at 8pm. The Merseyside derby at Anfield on Tuesday 28 January will also kick off at 8pm and be shown live on BT Sport.
A hotly anticipated encounter between two strong teams ended goalless as Everton and Spurs took turns in the ascendency but ultimately cancelled each other out. It was a game of few chances but the Blues were left incredulous when referee Friend failed to give a penalty that would have rewarded their second-half revival when Coleman was clearly tripped by Vertongen.
James Greenop, the young Evertonian who died when he was hit by a bus in Garston last week, was buried today at a funeral attended by hundreds of mourners.
Everton FC were represented at the ceremony by Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman, two of James's idols whom he met just three days before the accident during a tour Goodison Park, an occasion the 10 year-old described as the best day of his life.
James's coffin was draped in an Everton flag and he was laid to rest with a home jersey signed with a touching message by Baines.
James’ family have set-up a JustGiving page to raise money for the Wirral Autistic Society in his memory in the hope that some good can come out of his tragic death. Donations can be made by visiting justgiving.com/Helen-greenop.
Courtney Duffus scored the only goal as Everton U18s beat Norwich City 1-0 today to get them back to winning ways.
Separated by just a point – with second place now up for grabs to boot – two rivals for the European places meet in an intriguing clash at Goodison Park as Tottenham Hotspur come to town on Sunday lunchtime. Arouna Koné and Antolin Alcaraz remain sidelined but John Heitinga could be fit after recovering from a minor injury. Roberto Martinez is expected to make few changes – if any – though, to the team that won at Villa Park last weekend. KO is 1:30pm GMT. Global TV
Roberto Martinez says that the opportunity to cash in on Leighton Baines, as Sunday's opponents Tottenham did with Gareth Bale, would have been over the summer and that stability at Everton is now more important than profit.
Q&A with Roberto Martinez [MEDIA]1 November
Take a timekeeping tip or two from... Everton manager Roberto Martínez
The visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday marks the Blues’ final home game ahead of Remembrance Sunday and to mark the occasion, the Club will demonstrate its continued support and appreciation for those serving in the Armed Forces.
James McCarthy has been talking about how his game has developed and the role he plays in Everton's new-look midfield. The Irish international has settled quickly into being a vital component of Roberto Martinez's side where he admits his role has demanded more industry than goal threat in a team boasting a number of flair players.
Roberto Martinez has admitted that Arouna Koné's unusually long bout of injury niggles has him concerned, particularly as he describes the striker as, "someone who gets through anything."
Roberto Martinez called on Everton supporters to raise the roof on Goodison Park again this weekend. Martinez’s side will aim to overhaul fourth-placed Tottenham with victory when the teams clash at Goodison on Sunday afternoon.
Roberto Martinez has branded former Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson's comments about Gareth Barry's England future as "typical from a media person". Lawrenson stated that Barry "has had his time at international level and England have moved on", but Martinez simply pointed to the "pool of quality talent" at his disposal that were making the international grade with aplomb.
Martinez on BBC Radio 5 Live [MEDIA]1 November
Listen again to tonight's Radio 5 live interview with the Everton manager (1 November 2013) between 7-8pm, either via the link below or via podcast (now available).
Gareth Barry and Graeme Sharp paid a visit to a local school in St Helens today to talk to students about how their ambitions as youngsters helped shape their careers.
Evertonians only have a few days left to apply to join the Club's official Fans' Forum. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 6 November at 8pm. Visit evertonfc.com/fansforumapplication for more information.
Yeovil Town have extended the loan deal of Everton defender Shane Duffy by a further month. The 21-year-old Republic of Ireland Under-21 international joined the Championship club on loan in September.
Everton stars Romelu Lukaku and Toni Duggan have backed the latest Kick It Out campaign by becoming Next 20 ambassadors.
Roberto Martinez says that his decision to substitute Ross Barkley against Aston Villa was a football decision and was not related to the need to give the 19 year-old a rest. Barkley came off after an hour of the Blues' 2-0 win having crashed a shot off the crossbar in the first half and made way for eventual match-winner, Leon Osman.
Supporters travelling north by train for Sunday's visit of Tottenham Hotspur should be aware of planned engineering works in the area.
Gareth Barry has been credited with Everton's opener in the 2-1 victory over Hull City after he cleverly clipped Kevin Mirallas's shot from outside the box to redirect it in off the inside of Allan McGregor's near post.
Asked about how well Everton are performing at the moment, Leon Osman noted this was the second season they had got off to a good start, and that, although the players have learned a lot under the new manager, there’s still a lot for them to learn about new ways to play.
Luke O'Farrell adds his voice to the growing criticism of Everton's official partnership with online ticket exchange, StubHub.
Arouna Koné was sidelined for yesterday's win at Villa Park because of a knock he picked up against Hull City the week before, Roberto Martinez has confirmed.
Everton Under-18s' excellent run was brought to a halt in dramatic fashion by Reading on Saturday. The Toffees took a 2-0 first half lead and looked to be cruising towards a seventh straight win only for the Royals to rally in the second half to snare all three points with a 3-2 victory.
Everton FC has paid tribute to a 10-year-old boy hit and killed by a bus three days after meeting his heroes.
Leon Osman came off the bench to turn an absorbing encounter at Villa Park in Everton’s favour after Tim Howard’s brilliant early save had denied Christian Benteke from the penalty spot. The veteran midfielder delivered the last of a series of first-time passes for Romelu Lukaku to sweep home the opening goal in the 68th minute, and then steered home an assured finish of his own 13 minutes later to seal a precious away win.
Everton look to carry the momentum of four wins in their last five games to Villa Park this weekend and capitalise on Aston Villa's erratic form. Steven Pienaar should be fit enough to start if selected which would represent the only likely change from the team that started against Hull City last weekend. KO is 3pm.
Roberto Martinez says that he is pleased with the way Kevin Mirallas has adapted to the new role has been asked to fulfil this season and says that there is more to come from the Belgian forward.
The players of Everton Football Club were quite literally in the pink at Finch Farm this week, as the entire playing squad donned pink socks, donated by Nike, to show their support for breast cancer awareness ahead of ‘wear it pink’ day this Friday (25 October).
Keeping Everton In Our City take issue with the club's partnership with StubHub, the third-party ticket marketplace where Goodison ticket holders can sell their unused seat(s).
Tickets for the upcoming Merseyside derby have been listed as high as £575, however, which has led KEIOC to brand StubHub as little more than legalised ticket touting.
KEIOC have published a follow-up article on the same topic.
Everton have defended the platform and their association with StubHub saying that it is the prerogative of season ticket holders to list their ticket for the price of their choosing and it's up to the potential buyer to decide whether to meet that valuation.
Roberto Martinez has provided updates on the condition of Darron Gibson who had an operation on Tuesday, Antolin Alcaraz, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, and Johnny Heitinga, who has sustained a soft-tissue injury.
Roberto Martinez faced more media questions on the future of Leighton Baines this morning, asserting that there are no current plans to discuss the 28 year-old's contract and continued speculation on the issue was people "trying to find an issue from the outside and see what we will comment on."
Everton have confirmed that in addition to this weekend's fixture against Aston Villa, the games against Crystal Palace (A) and Liverpool (H) are sold out.
Arsenal have added to their plethora of young talent by signing Bristol Rovers goalkeeper Matt Macey. Macey had offers from a host of other clubs, including Everton. Rovers have confirmed that the deal has been done in a short post on their official Twitter page: "Goalkeeper Matt Macey has now joined Arsenal #bristolrovers," the club tweeted. Arsenal are thought to be paying about £100k in compensation for the 6’6” shot-stopper.
There is something special about Everton. The club seems to have a lasting influence on the people associated with it, whether it be players, managers, staff or supporters. New signings regularly comment on how quickly they feel at home.
Roberto Martinez says he retains his faith in striker Arouna Kone as the Ivorian striker searches for his first Everton goal. The 29-year-old spurned a gilt-edged chance against Hull City at the weekend but his manager is unconcerned, saying that as long as he is creating chances and looking "sharp" the goals will follow.
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed his hand in David Moyes's stalling over a new contract at Everton earlier this year, saying that he advised him not to extend his 11-year tenure at Goodison Park.
Everton U21s faced a strong Manchester United second-string side at Goodison Park this evening in front of 6,000 fans and played out an entertaining goalless draw.
The Everton Talisman scored for New York Red Bulls after just seven seconds.
Roberto Martinez was pleased to see his Everton side notch up a victory over Hull City despite the more battling style of game The Tigers forced Everton to play.
Tim Howard will be the expert summariser – what is referred to as the "colour commentator" in the US – for the US coverage of the match next weekend between Chelsea and Manchester City, which will be televised live on NBCSN, Sunday at 9am PT / Noon ET.
Kevin Mirallas has admitted that he prefers being managed by Roberto Martinez.. The 26-year-old believes he has flourished this season with more freedom in his play following to the arrival of Martinez, with the pair regularly conversing in Spanish.
Everton Under-18s recorded their sixth straight victory as they fought back from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win against Bolton Wanderers at Finch Farm. The goals came from George Green and Callum Connolly.
Everton got back to winning ways with a hard-fought victory over a tenacious Hull City side thanks to a goal in each half. Mirallas surprised McGregor by stroking a 25-yard effort inside the post after just eight minutes but when Aluko powered to the byline and cut the ball back, early substitute Sagbo was on hand to rifle home an equaliser unimpeded. The Blues retained control, however, and Pienaar came off the bench to clip home the winner superbly with his first touch before Kone somehow contrived to fire off the post with just the 'keeper to beat.
Roberto Martinez is unperturbed by the constant speculation regarding Leighton Baines, his contract situation and potential suitors as he becomes the subject of more and more column inches following his impressive displays for England over the past week.
Roberto Martinez says he and his players won't be resting on their laurels after their good start to the season, insisting that Everton need to push themselves in order to fulfil their potential.
Everton are back at Goodison Park following the test at Manchester City a fortnight ago and the international break with Hull City the visitors as the Blues bid to reestablish their momentum in the Premier League. Gibson, Pienaar and Alcaraz are ruled out through injury but Barry returns after being forced to sit out the last game. KO is 3pm.
Everton are inviting the next generation of Blues fans to come and experience the special atmosphere of Goodison Park for free.
Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Steven Pienaar will not be fit enough to face Hull this weekend but says that he expects the South African to be in contention for a place against Aston Villa next Saturday. The manager, meanwhile, placed a three-week timeframe for Antolin Alcaraz's return and expressed optimism that Darron Gibson could play again this season after he undergoes surgery to mend an ACL tear suffered on Tuesday evening playing for the Republic of Ireland.
Everton have themed the Premier League fixture against Hull City on Saturday as ‘retro-day’ when we will be reviving some of the traditions of Goodison Park matches from yesteryear.
Everton legend Howard Kendall visited the club's Finch Farm training complex for the first time today, catching up with familiar faces from his managerial days and meeting current boss Roberto Martinez.
Goodison Park is hosting a celebration of all things retro this Saturday and supporters can get involved hours before kick-off in the Everton Fan Zone.
Darron Gibson is to undergo surgery after scans confirmed that he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury during the Republic of Ireland's game against Kazakhstan last night. The midfielder will be out of action for between six to nine months but will, in all likelihood, miss the remainder of the season, although Roberto Martinez is hopeful that he can return in April.
Darron Gibson suffered what looks to be medial knee ligament damage in only his second game back for the Republic of Ireland this evening after being stretchered off 38 minutes into the 3-1 win over Kazakhstan. It was a sour note on what was a mostly successful evening for Everton's international participants, particularly Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka who helped England secure passage to next summer's World Cup Finals in Brazil.
Ian Snodin credits Everton for their development of Seamus Coleman after the 25 year-old's maturity was rewarded with the captain's armband for the Republic of Ireland's game against Germany last Friday.
Gareth Barry says that he has settled into life at Everton much quicker than he expected and that be already feels part of the club, something that took a little longer when he joined Manchester City four years ago.
Steven Pienaar is unlikely to be fit enough to face Hull this weekend according to Roberto Martinez, who is mindful of not rushing the midfielder back from a hamstring tear that he suffered in training prior to the Chelsea game a month ago.
Roberto Martinez feels that Everton deserve to be higher than their current seventh-place position on the balance of their early season performances. The Spaniard believes that his side could be on top of the Premier League if they had secured the results their displays have deserved, particularly over the first three matches which yielded three draws.
Halton Royal British Legion, Runcorn presents Everton Derby Day Heroes evening on Friday, 22nd November, with special guests Andy King, Kevin Sheedy, Graeme Sharp and Kevin Campbell. Plus a very special apperance from Bob Latchford. You could be there as a winner in our competition.
ToffeeWeb and Everton FC have a pair of tickets to Saturday's home game against Hull up for grabs for one lucky winner.
The Executioner's Bong takes a time-out from game coverage to ponder what it is exactly that Gareth Barry does during a game...
Anichebe said: “The first week I was here I was in bed thinking ‘have I made the right decision’, texting some of the Everton boys asking how it is, but I’m happy I’ve definitely made the right decision, it’s brought out my hunger...
“Everton have gone through change, a lot of staff who’d been there since I was a boy had gone...
“It’s not a bad thing but I thought maybe it’s time for me to go on and experience something else, so I didn’t need much persuasion, other teams were interested but I chose to come to West Brom. It was sad but I just felt it was the right time to go. Roberto Martinez wanted me to stay but I’d made up my mind. He sent me a lovely text message after I left.”
Leighton Baines got the opportunity to press his claims for the England left back spot when he started in this evening's World Cup qualifying win over Montenegro. Elsewhere, Seamus Coleman captained Ireland on his 25th birthday in their 3-0 defeat to Germany, while Romelu Lukaku romped home a brace of goals from around the halfway line as Belgium beat Croatia to secure their spot in Brazil 2014.
Seamus Coleman captained the Republic of Ireland in tonight’s World Cup qualifier against Germany in Cologne, which they lost 3-0.
Sheffield United have sacked boss David Weir after only 13 games in charge. The Blades are currently 22nd in the League One table having failed to win since the opening game of the season. On Tuesday they were knocked out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy by League Two strugglers Hartlepool.
Luke Garbutt will spend another month at Colchester United after the Us requested an extension to his initial four-week loan.
Everton have announced details of the club's plans to support travelling fans – both Evertonians going to away games as well as opposition supporters coming to Goodison Park – as part of the Barclays Premier League Away Fans Initiative.
Graeme Sharp and a team of Everton in the Community staff visited Runcorn to assist lifelong fan David McTegart with his gardening.
Steven Pienaar and Antolin Alcaraz have a chance of being in contention for next weekend's clash with Hull at Goodison Park as they continue their recoveries from injury.
Robert Elstone has been stirred to write a passionate defence of the Premier League as being the best possible environment for the development of English youth players, with the number and quality of top foreign players creating the highest standards, while insinuating that the real problems regarding 'England FC' lie elsewhere...
Everton Football Club is inviting the next generation of Blues fans to come and experience the special atmosphere of Goodison Park for free.
A survey of Everton fans by the Liverpool Echo reveals some interesting feedback, most Blues fans being delighted with the start to the season. 84.4% of respondents felt the Blues were doing better than expected before the season started, and 97.8% believe the style of play under Roberto Martinez is better than in previous seasons.
Gerard Deulofeu says one of the things which has impressed him is the noise inside Goodison Park: "The fans are spectacular... When there is a corner it sounds like the end of the world."
Matt Cheetham on the Blues' Mr Consistency who rarely gets the plaudits he deserves as one of Everton's defensive rocks.
Darron Gibson has been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time since ending his self-imposed exile from international football and he says that he is keen to prove himself all over again.
A compelling interview with Chris Bascombe published in the Irish Independent reveals the maturity and drive behind Everton's loan striker, Romelu Lukaku. Though the media only frame his time at Goodison in the context of his planned return to Chelsea next summer, the 20-year-old insists: "What's most important to me now is the present, not the future. I'm thinking about today, tomorrow and the day after, not a few months or a year."
Forgotten man Tony Hibbert has been struggling to regain full match fitness after suffering an injury earlier in the season. He played the full 90 minutes as an over-age player in the Under-21s victory over Blackburn on Monday, and is keen to continue putting in the hard work to get back into the first team.
Gareth Barry says that his main focus is getting his form going for Everton but admits that he would not turn down the chance to play for England again should Roy Hodgson call on him.
Two of Everton's games in December have been put back a day for live TV coverage, with the trip to Arsenal now taking place at 4pm on Sunday 8 December and the match at Swansea moving to 22 December, also at 4pm.
The Guardian, in connection with the EFC Heritage Society, tell the tale of a Everton's match winner in the 1906 FA Cup Final, described once by the Liverpool Echo as "one of the most fascinating players that ever toed a ball" — and that was before he emigrated to Australia and killed his brother.
Echo writer David Prentice's tribute to the former Everton midfielder.
Romelu Lukaku aims to show José Mourinho his ability by scoring more goals than any of Chelsea's strikers while on loan at Everton: "I want to score more goals than the strikers of Chelsea. We will see at the end of the season who made the best choice."
Everton's unbeaten run in the Premier League came to a disappointing end as Manchester City, with help from the referee, made their superiority in the final third tell after Lukaku had put the Blues ahead with a well-taken goal after 15 minutes. City hit back immediately when Toure carved open the defence and served up Negredo before Aguero drilled home on the stroke of half time after referee Moss had ignored penalty calls for a blatant shove on Lukaku. Everton looked poor after the break and increasingly frustrated with the referee after a very poor penalty call allowed City to go further ahead, Howard tipping Aguero's spot-kick onto the post but the ball bounced in off the American's head.
Ibou Touray bundled home a last-minute goal for Everton U21s as they beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 this evening.
Former Blues midfielder Mick Buckley who played 158 times for Everton in the 1970s has passed away aged 59.
Everton Under-18s chalked up their fifth straight win after taking maximum points from their trip to Blackburn on Saturday morning, where they had to dig deep to see off a spirited Rovers and secure a 3-2 win.
Martinez admits Everton were distracted by their grievances with the performance of referee Jon Moss and his officials at The Etihad, and were unable to capitalise on Man City losing captain Vincent Kompany shortly after the half-hour mark.
"To put it simply, he is a born winner" is one quote from Alan Stubbs in this piece by the Mail which is in a similar vein to similar pieces in the national media a couple of weeks ago.
Everton Free School has recently secured a top-four finish in the prestigious European Club Association Awards (ECA).
Romelu Lukaku's agent has confirmed that there is no release clause in the striker's loan deal and that he will be with Everton until the end of the season come what may.
Kevin Mirallas says that Roberto Martinez and his Everton team believe they have the team to stay in the top four and claim a Champions League-qualifying spot this season.
Romelu Lukaku says that he is very happy with his start to life at Goodison Park after becoming an instant hit with the Everton fans following his loan switch from Chelsea.
A quick muse over Romelu Lukaku [MEDIA]3 October
A yank provides a very American take on Lukaku etc: "From opening kickoff the Toffees always looked the more dangerous side so when Romelu Lukaku finessed home the first goal, I shrieked like a 12-year-old girl on her birthday."
[Many thanks to Mike Gaynes, who spotted this Entertaining blog post on Lukaku from an NBC Sports producer and US Evertonian.]
Unbeaten Everton face their sternest test of Roberto Martinez's tenure so far when they travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City on Saturday. Gareth Barry is ineligible while Darron Gibson (knee), Kevin Mirallas (ankle) and Steven Pienaar (hamstring) are doubts that might force some reshuffling in midfield. KO is 12:45pm with live coverage on BT Sport.
Everton leapt into fourth place on the back of a scintillating first-half display that yielded three goals – two for home debutant Romelu Lukaku, who also laid one for Ross Barkley – and threatened to sweep Newcastle away in a flood of goals. The Blues eased up after the break, though and allowed Yohan Cabaye to fire a rocket past Tim Howard before Loic Remy sparked late nerves with a goal at the end of a very disappointing second half but the Blues held on to win their third straight in the League.
Roberto Martinez has stressed that his Everton side will need to be "perfect in many ways" on Saturday if they are to beat Manchester City. The Blues' boss expects "a real reaction" from Manuel Pellegrini's side who have suffered back-to-back defeats in the past week.
Ross Barkley will again join Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka in the senior England squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.
Roberto Martinez unveiled the new Everton club crest at his press conference this morning, with Crest A garnering 78% of the votes in the club's official poll of supporters. It will replace the current badge which will be ditched after one season following a backlash by fans when it was introduced back in May.
James McCarthy was elated after making his full home debut in the 3-2 win over Newcastle on Monday evening, describing his first Premier League start for the Blues in front of the Goodison faithful as an honour. “It’s what you dream of as a kid to come and play at such a big stadium like Goodison,” he told evertonfc.com.
Over 4,000 ToffeeWeb readers cast their vote in our unofficial poll for their preferred crest from three options presented by the club. Everton will unveil the result of their official vote on Thursday.
Gareth Barry branded his 500th Premier League appearance "fantastic" after his Everton side beat Newcastle United 3-2: "It's fantastic," Barry told Sky Sports 1. "I'm really lucky to be able to achieve 500 games. I've stayed injury free, touch wood, this long and I want to keep going and help Everton up this league table.
Barry said: "The first half, we started so well, with a fantastic tempo. We kept the ball well, we created so many chances and it could have been four or five. It's another big three points. We're still unbeaten and we want to keep that going as long as possible."
The Toffees are not just the only unbeaten team in the Premier League after this victory, they are fast becoming one of the most exciting to watch, spearheaded by the prodigiously talented Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley.
The way Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley linked up against the Magpies was sensational – and they showed us how difficult they will be to stop this season.
Roberto Martinez hailed Romelu Lukaku as a great goalscorer after the striker struck twice in the 3-2 win over Newcastle as the Toffees routed the visitors in a one-sided first half.
For their first Monday night Premier League game under the Goodison Park lights this season, Everton's visitors are Newcastle United as Roberto Martinez looks to shrug off last Tuesday's Capital One Cup disappointment with fourth place the reward if he can steer his charges to victory. Pienaar and Kone are fit again, Barry could make his 500th league appearance and Lukaku is in contention to make his first League start for the Blues. KO is 8pm with live coverage on Sky Sports.
John Heitinga has admitted that he may be forced to leave Everton in January if he wants to make it into Holland’s World Cup squad next year. The 29-year-old defender has made just two appearances for Everton under new manager Roberto Martinez this season, with both appearances coming in the Capital One Cup.
Antolin Alcaraz is fast gaining an unwanted reputation as something of a crock, having still not made his Everton debut since joining on a free-transfer from Wigan back in July. The latest news is that he will be out for another month.
On Friday night, Huddersfield’s James Vaughan scored his 10th goal of the season and missed an 84th minute penalty, as his side drew 1-1 with 10-man Blackpool in the Championship. The striker also had a goal ruled out for offside. The striker has made an impressive start to the season with Huddersfield and hopefully will stay away from any injuries that may hamper his progress. At 25 there is still time for him to make it at the top level.
George Green was the star of the show as Everton Under-18s beat West Brom 3-1 on Saturday. Green slotted home two penalties either side of a superb individual strike to help the young Blues maintain their excellent recent run.
We have a pair of tickets for tomorrow evening's match with Newcastle United under the Goodison lights to give away to one lucky winner in our latest competition. Simply provide the correct answer to our question and you'll be "in the hat" for the drawing. Enter now; deadline for entries is midnight tonight.
The Guardian's weekly player, team and tactical review looks at Barkley's role in Everton's 3-2 win at West Ham and how he has settled into the first team under the new manager.
Roberto Martinez is keen to extend his team's "beautiful" unbeaten Premier League record — with Everton the only side in the top flight who can claim that honour just five games into the new season.
Shane Duffy has signed for Yeovil Town on a month's loan, giving the defender valuable first-team playing time as he continues his development.
Roberto Martinez is already looking to strengthen and improve his Everton squad as preparation for when the next transfer window comes around in January 2014.
Sylvain Distin admits that he feels last night's Capital One Cup tie against Fulham "was a game we could and should have won" after a dominant performance in the first half. The veteran defender blamed a failure to take chances up front and a lack of concentration at the back for the winning goal for the defeat that sent the Blues out of a competition that has provided nothing but misery for the club over the past 50-odd years.
After a good first half against Fulham, Roberto Martinez justified the team changes and bemoaned a lack of luck but was guilty of watching somewhat transfixed as Fulham came out after the break and regained the momentum to score two rather soft-looking goals that cut short another League Cup campaign prematurely for Everton.
Everton fell to their first defeat under Roberto Martinez as a much-changed line-up surrendered the initiative to Fulham in the second half after a barnstorming first half hour. Steven Naismith smacked home the opening goal on 12 minutes after an excellent run and brilliant through-ball from Gerard Deulofeu, but the Blues paid for their ensuing profligacy when the Cottagers upped their game after half time. Dimitar Berbatov made no mistake when the ball broke to him in front of goal and Darren Bent came on to the winner. A late fightback almost yielded an equaliser but the impetus had been lost and Everton crashed out.
Everton are back in the Capital for a Capital One Cup third round tie with Fulham just three days after their thrilling victory at West Ham on Saturday. Leon Osman is ruled out with the injury he picked up at Upton Park but Romelu Lukaku has been passed fit and Darron Gibson could be one of a number of players to be rotated in following his recovery from a knee injury. KO is 8pm and traveling fans without tickets can buy on the gate.
Roberto Martinez says that all player contract negotiations, including a new deal for Leighton Baines, have been "put aside" for the time being.
Everton Under-21s came back from two down to beat Chelsea 3-2 thanks to a late goal by Chris Long after a brace by Hallam Hope had brought the Blues back level with 23 minutes to go.
David Anderson explains Bill Kenwright's reluctance to allow Leighton Baines to leave Everton — a no-brainer after his brilliantly executed free-kicks at West Ham.
Darron Gibson reckons Everton are better off without David Moyes – and says that Roberto Martinez can bring Champions League football to Goodison Park.
The choices selected for the new Everton badge have been posted on Twitter by the club. They feature a strong blue impression throughout – with only a feint hint of yellow on the middle of the three... which is most like the current version. All feature the four prime components: Tower, Motto, 'Everton' and 1878. Voting begins at evertonfc.com/crestvote tomorrow (Monday) at noon.
Everton's Under-18s extended their winning run with a 1-0 victory over Leicester this morning at Finch Farm. Jordan Thorniley scored the only goal 15 minutes in and the Blues dominated to record a third successive victory.
Roberto Martinez says that he accepts mistakes will be made as his Everton side adjust to the "big changes" he is making to their style of play, ones he believes will lead to "big results" at Goodison Park.
Everton twice came from behind thanks to a pair of sublime Baines free kicks and then grabbed all three points with a brave header by substitute and instant hero, Lukaku. Morrison's deflected shot had given the Hammers a first-half lead but the Blues picked up considerably in the second period and leveled, only for Noble to score from the spot when McCarthy tripped Nolan. Baines' Sheedy-esque dead-ball strike made it 2-2 and Mirallas carved out the winner for his Belgian teammate with five minutes to go.
Gareth Barry was the only one of City's highly-paid megastars who could be relied upon for a decent tip, write The Mail.
In his first sit-down interview with the national papers, Ross Barkley recounts his road from discovery to playing for the club he loves, the moment a doctor told him his career might be over following a compound leg fracture aged just 16, and how he is blossoming under new manager Roberto Martinez this season.
Alan Stubbs has admitted that Leighton Baines wanted to leave the club for Manchester United this summer but was refused a transfer in the last weeks of the window.
With fresh impetus provided by the impressive victory over Chelsea, Everton head south for the first of two games in London, starting with a Premier League clash with West Ham United at Upton Park. Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone are fit and Romelu Lukaku is eligible to make his debut but Steven Pienaar is unlikely to feature due to injury.
Roberto Martinez was encouraged by Kevin Mirallas's impact against Chelsea after he moved into the central striking role in the second half and that versatility provides the Blues with yet another option up front.
Roberto Martinez has announced that, along with Arouna Kone, Darron Gibson has been passed fit to be included in the squad that will travel to West Ham this weekend. The Irish midfielder, meanwhile, has revealed that he would welcome a return to international football now that Giovanni Trapattoni has been relieved of his duties as manager of the Republic's national team.
Roger Bennett captures the Evertonian experience and uses it as the basis of a piece that more or less concludes that the only happy football fan is a neutral watching a game they don't care about!
As Chelsea sought to restore the natural order in the second half with Samuel Eto'o and Andre Schurrle taking it in turns to hurl their uncalibrated efforts wide, my suffering worsened. Each one of the final 45 minutes felt less like a footballing march to glory and more how I imagine it feels to have your teeth cleaned by a dentist in Tirana.
With the consultation period for the new crest over, Everton have confirmed that Kenyon Fraser, the independent consultants undertaking the initiative, have moved into the design phase whereby they will translate the feedback and ideas they have received from over 20,000 Evertonians into a selection of options on which supporters with a customer number can vote starting at noon on 23rd September.
Everton Academy graduate Hallam Hope has committed his future to the Blues with the signature of a new two-year extension to his contract which will now expire in 2015.
Ross Barkley is the real deal [MEDIA]18 September
Former Arsenal striker, Alan Smith, writes: "He listens intently when coaches speak. He takes it all in with a clear thirst for knowledge. Humility and respect are never far away. You might think that kind of attitude would apply to every aspiring footballer. Unfortunately it does not."
Romelu Lukaku says that making his season-long loan switch to Everton was a natural step for a player who wants to perform week, in week out, one that he feels is the "last step" he needs in his bid to become one of the best strikers in the Premier League.
Arouna Kone should be fit for this weekend's trip to West Ham but Steven Pienaar is probably out for the rest of the month as he recovers from a hamstring tear. Darron Gibson and Antolin Alcaraz, meanwhile are being eased back to full fitness following a knee injury and hernia surgery respectively.
Hallam Hope bundled home a second-half equaliser as Everton's U21s grabbed a draw against Newcastle United this evening.
Roberto Martinez knows how well Steven Naismith can play when he's himself, and has sympathy for the difficult time the Scot has had since he arrived at Goodison Park. The manager is looking for the same arrogance, belief and desire from him in the final third, that he saw when Naismith played for Rangers and Kilmarnock.
Roberto Martinez hailed the performance of one of his deadline-day acquisitions following Gareth Barry's impressive debut in Saturday's win over Chelsea, describing the 32 year-old England international as unique among his countryman for the role he plays in midfield.
Everton look set to be without Steven Pienaar for the games against West Ham and Fulham after the midfielder picked up an injury in training.
Everton grabbed a first win under Roberto Martinez thanks to a first-half header by Steven Naismith and a determined defensive performance that kept Jose Mourinho's expensively-assembled Chelsea at bay. The Blues would have been a goal down when Samuel Eto'o looked set to open his account following a horrendous Tim Howard giveaway but the home side's excellent debutant, Gareth Barry, denied him with a last-ditch challenge. And just before the break, Nikica Jelavic ended a fine move with a header back across goal for his ex-Rangers teammate Naismith to head home from close range.
Roberto Martinez admits that Gerard Deulofeu's early form has shown that the young Spaniard could be ready for regular first-team action earlier than he had expected.
Luke Garbutt has been loaned to League One side Colchester United, initially for four weeks, and he could be involved as soon as tomorrow when the Us play Bradford City.
With the first international break of the new season out of the way, Everton's quest for a first Premier League win under Roberto Martinez returns to Goodison Park for a date with title-contenders Chelsea. Gibson and Alcaraz aren't yet fit, Lukaku is ineligible, but McCarthy and Barry are in contention to make their debuts. KO is 5.30pm with live coverage on Sky Sports.
A rather silly story in the Daily Mail lambasts Everton for choosing a "blue and white" third strip which looks more like Tottenham''s first kit.
Everton will again be without Darron Gibson this weekend as the midfielder continues to build fitness after recovering from a knee injury. Antolin Alcaraz will also be missing against Chelsea.
In this Guardian blog, Paul Wilson echoes Evertonian beliefs that the squad looks a lot better after the end of the transfer window: The club's shrewd signings have created healthy competition in the squad, but the pressure will build until a first victory arrives...
Tim Howard has heaped praise on Landon Donovan after the USA booked their place at the 2014 World Cup. Donovan scored the second goal in a 2-0 win over Mexico having assisted Eddie Johnson for the first as USA qualified with two games to spare.
James McCarthy says he is pleased he turned down the chance to play for Liverpool as a teenager. The 22-year-old had a trial at Anfield aged 16 but he decided against moving down to England from his then club Hamilton.
James McCarthy says that he is delighted at securing his deadline-day move to Everton from Wigan Athletic and that he is looking forward to getting started in his new surroundings. Though his £13m price tag suggests he will be a regular starter under Roberto Martinez, the Irish international admits he is prepared to wait for his chance to hold down a first-team place.
Tim Howard helped the United States secure qualification for next year's World Cup Finals in Brazil with a 2-0 win over Mexico. He will be joined by Bryan Oviedo and Costa Rica who also booked passage from the CONCACAF qualifying region.
ToffeeWeb has teamed up with Ladbrokes Poker Endurance Challenge to offer one lucky UK-based fan the chance to win a copy of EA Sports' FIFA 14. Enter by noon on Sunday.
Everton have brought another former player back into the fold with the news that David Unsworth has been appointed Under-21 assistant manager. The 39-year-old will work under his former teammate, Alan Stubbs, in developing those players who have come through the youth system or are on the cusp of the first team in the revamped U21 level within the club.
The Irish Times catch up with Seamus Coleman who recounts his journey from rejection as a teenager to starring role for Everton and the Republic of Ireland.
Everton have won the old League Championship title nine times, the fourth best record of any team. The first occasion was in just the third season of the Football League, and they did it from their original home in Anfield Road. How did they do it? Who were the players in this momentous season? What sort of football did they play and who did they beat?
Echoing the thoughts of his manager, Phil Jagielka says that the transfer window should close before the Premier League season kicks off so that teams go into the campaign knowing that the squad is set for the following few months.
Howard Kendall doesn’t think Marouane Fellaini will improve Manchester United. Moyes didn't know where to play him and "he plays it easy; he’s too safe with the ball – he doesn’t hurt the opposition with a pass."
‘Nothing but the best is good enough.’ That’s the meaning of the Everton club motto ‘Nil Satis Nisi Optimum’ that’s proudly displayed on everything to do with the football club. Unfortunately during the Premier League era, that phrase seems to have been rather forgotten by managers who signed players simply not up to the task of living up to Nil Satis Nisi Optimum. It’s a tough job selecting the worst Everton signings of the Premier League era but the have made a stab at it.
The FA will launch its new Under-21 cup competition on Monday, declaring it to be another positive step forward in the development of younger players. 51 clubs will contest the new competition in the wake of concerns over a lack of young English footballers reaching their potential.
Martin Cloak takes up the case of Richard Knights, the Everton fan whose season ticket was rescinded following his opposition to the Everton Free School which was characterised as aggressive and threatening, allegations he strongly refutes.
Roberto Martinez has spoken of how pleased he is with the blend and strength of his squad after the closure of the transfer window, despite the loss of Marouane Fellaini. With Baines still an Everton player and three new players secured, Martinez was pragmatic about the Belgian's departure saying, "In many ways we have a stronger squad than when we started the window... and we have the numbers we were looking for."
More positive commentary on the under-appreciated job Everton's new no.18 has done at City over the past four years
"I didn't feel that, right now, I wanted to move to Tottenham or Everton. It is flattering to have that interest in me but it is about playing for Blackpool and enjoying my football. It is hard because in the Premier League, there are a lot of foreign players."
"If you look at a lot of clubs in the Premier League, particularly the top five, there are a lot of foreign players. It makes it very hard for young English players to break through."
Phil Jagielka started in Roy Hodgson's line-up to face Moldova in this evening's World Cup qualifier at Wembley and Leighton Baines came on after half time to replace Ashley Cole, but the headline for Everton was a first cap for Ross Barkley. The 19 year-old made his debut with an hour gone and the Three Lions 4-0 up and narrowly missed marking the occasion with a goal.
Leon Hughes, the QPR supporter who stabbed Nikolas Lintott with a fish knife when he came to the aid of a female fan after the two teams met at Goodison Park in April, has been jailed for five years and banned from watching the London club for eight years.
James McCarthy was thrilled to complete his deadline-beating move to Everton from Wigan Athletic, one which reunites him with manager Roberto Martinez and brings him back to the Premier League with a fresh challenge.
Kevin Mirallas has revealed his role in helping convince Romelu Lukaku to join Everton on a season-long loan from the Belgian team's hotel on Monday night.
James McCarthy, who plays for Ireland, is being called Scotland's most expensive player ever after his £13M move to Everton from Wigan. He grew up in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow and came through the youth ranks with Hamilton Academicals, breaking into the first team when he was 16.
New signings Gareth Barry and James McCarthy have been assigned their squad numbers, with the England international taking No18 and the Irish international getting No16.
Everton U21s returned to winning ways on Monday scoring a handsome 3-1 victory over Reading thanks to two goals by Chris Long and one from Ty Browning in a quick-fire first half.
Thomas Hitzlsperger retires [MEDIA]3 September
The 31 year-old German and former Everton midfielder has been forced to hang up his boots due to a series of chronic injuries.
Gareth Barry has revealed that the desire for regular first-team football was the driver behind his keenness to join Everton on loan for the season
The prodigiously gifted Belgian is only 20 and time is with him to develop himself as a strong player. From that sense, ideally, a loan move is not a bad decision. But, this season started with a promise of something different for him. After enjoying a spectacular loan spell with West Bromwich Albion last season, where he scored 17 league goals, Lukaku developed as a fine striker under the tutelage of Steve Clarke, and further impressing everyone in the pre-season too; it seemed like this was going to be a breakthrough season for him.
Romelu Lukaku has spoken of his happiness with the choice he made in electing to join Everton on loan for the season.
Roberto Martinez says that he feels Victor Anichebe needed a new challenge after a decade at Everton as the 25 year-old completed a transfer to West Bromwich Albion just before last night's transfer deadline.
Everton Under-18s suffered a narrow 1-0 away defeat after they struggled to get going in the first half at Liverpool's academy.
Everton have announced that Conor McAleny's six-month loan at Brentford has been canceled after the striker broke his leg playing for the West London side.
Leon Osman says he will be unplugging from the transfer deadline madness, hoping that come Tuesday morning, Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini are still at Everton. He admits, though, that should either player leave, the Blues will adapt.
Everton's transfer window came down to the wire again with five deals coming together in a dizzying last hour. The Blues landed Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry on season-long loans while James McCarthy arrived for £13m from Wigan. Marouane Fellaini, meanwhile, joined Manchester United in a £27.5m deal and Victor Anichebe left for WBA for £6m. Fan favourite, Leighton Baines, remains at Everton.
Everton have had a bid for James McCarthy rejected by Wigan Athletic according to Latics chairman Dave Whelan. With Marouane Fellaini looking increasingly likely to join Manchester United tomorrow, Roberto Martinez is in the market for a replacement but an offer believed to be worth £7m, with £3m in appearance-related add-ons, is apparently nowhere near Wigan's valuation of the player.
With tomorrow's 11pm transfer deadline approaching, rumour and speculation have gone into overdrive with all signs pointing to Everton relinquishing hold of Marouane Fellaini following a decisive bid from Manchester United. Sport Wereld in Belgium seemingly confirm well-placed sources on Merseyside that the midfielder will make the switch on Monday in a deal worth €28m (~£24m).
Francisco Junior has joined Vitesse Arnhem on loan after failing thus far to break into Everton's first team.
Roberto Martinez was disappointed to see the Blues denied a penalty at Cardiff City Stadium when Leighton Baines, bursting into the opposition penalty box, was upended by Gary Medel but, instead of pointing to the spot, referee Anthony Taylor awarded a goal kick — much to the frustration of a packed-out stand of Evertonians.
Everton ground out a second successive goalless draw as they again failed to turn impressive dominance into the goals needed to claim their first victory under Roberto Martinez. They were let down by typically awful refereeing by Anthony Taylor who waved away a stonewall penalty by Gary Medel on Leighton Baines, but a lack of incisiveness and directness resulted in just two real chances for Nikica Jelavic who saw a header brilliantly saved by Marshall and a stabbed effort fly over the bar.
Roberto Martinez has hinted that there is a chance that Everton could keep Gerard Deulofeu for more than just this season if he enjoys his time on Merseyside and Barcelona feel it would be beneficial to his development.
Everton's trip to Manchester United has been moved back 24 hours to Wednesday 4th December with a 7:45pm kick-off.
Everton's quest for a first Premier League win of the season moves to South Wales and a top-flight clash on Cardiff City's turf for the first time in 52 years. All or most of those regular starters who sat out against Stevenage are expected to start, while Darron GIbson is again rated "touch-and-go" after resuming training this week.
Roberto Martinez admits that the decision over whether Marouane Fellaini or Leighton Baines will be sold and for how much will ultimately rest with Bill Kenwright after the manager told the Chairman that he doesn't "want know anything that's going on, I only want to know the final news if there is anything." Media reports tonight claim that a new £36m offer for the duo has been rejected by Everton while Martinez hinted that informal contact has been made with Wigan about James McCarthy.
Roberto Martinez has expressed more frustration at the overlap between the transfer window and the start of the Premier League season as he fielded more questions about Manchester United's continuing interest in Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.
Roberto Martinez has indicated that it will be a couple of weeks before Arouna Kone is fully fit after the striker failed to capitalise on some good opportunities in the League Cup tie with Stevenage last night.
Leon Osman will be granted a testimonial some time this season as reward for his contribution to the club since he made his debut back in 2003. Osman has made 346 appearances for Everton and netted 51 goals, as well as having loan spells at Carlisle United and Derby County earlier in his career.
Roberto Martinez's post-match interviews were dominated by questions over the futures of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines as media speculation escalates ahead of the transfer deadline but he insisted that nothing has changed from the club's point of view.
Everton squeezed through to the League Cup third round and a date with Fulham thanks to a goal by Marouane Fellaini deep into extra time that finally killed off battling Stevenage. The League One side had gone ahead against the run of play when Freeman lashed home but debutant Gerard Deulofeu stroked home an equaliser on the stroke of half time. The Blues became increasingly ragged as the game wore on and were forced into another thirty minutes where Fellaini came on as a substitute to decide the match with a close-range finish.
Everton’s disappointing goalless draw at home to West Bromwich Albion demonstrated very clearly that new manager, Roberto Martinez, has much work still to do to shake the players free of their David Moyes-era hangover. Just as last season’s improvement by the Toffees’ was blunted by their inability to turn dominant performances into victories, it seems already that the same problem is creeping into the reign of the Spaniard.
Roberto Martinez steps onto the road to Wembley for the first time as Everton manager as the Blues take on Stevenage at Goodison Park in the Capital One Cup second round. Roberto Martinez is expected to ring a few changes and give playing time to some of the players who haven't featured much yet so far, including Gerard Deulofeu and Victor Anichebe. KO is 7.45pm and the club are urging fans who have yet to buy their ticket to arrive at least 90 minutes beforehand.
Though the 19 year-old Barcelona winger is apparently frustrated at having to watch Everton's first two games from the bench, Roberto Martinez is determined to ease Gerard Deulofeu into the Blues' first team slowly as the season progresses.
Ross Barkley has been rewarded for his impressive start to the 2013-14 Premier League season with a call-up from Roy Hodgson to the senior England squad. The 19 year-old will join teammates Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
Everton launch the consultation process today that will give supporters the chance to help shape and select the new official crest. Evertonians can now complete an online questionnaire to provide their thoughts on how they want the new crest to look and also apply to join one of a series of focus groups taking place at Goodison Park. The feedback phase concludes on 15th September, with a final vote on a selection of options planned ahead of the unveiling of the 2014-15 crest on 3rd October.
Probably in response to Cardiff City's spirited overturning of Manchester City on Sunday, NBC have selected next Saturday's clash with Everton at the Cardiff City Stadium to get top billing as the pick of the 3 pm kick-offs (7am Pacific; 10 am Eastern) in the USA, with live coverage on their NBCSN sports network.
Everton U21s went down to a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City U21s today, with all three goals coming in a decisive 10-minute spell in the first half.
Everton have announced that the 2013-14 home and away shirts are now being stocked in selected JD Sports stores, increasing the availability of this season's kit offerings beyond Merseyside and evertondirect.com.
After the WBA game, Roberto Martinez was drawn on the comments made by David Moyes regarding Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, where he reiterated his frustration with the way the Manchester United boss has handled the matter in the media.
Everton's on-loan striker Conor McAleny was stretchered off after nine minutes of Brentford's game with Walsall this afternoon after suffering a broken leg.
Roberto Martinez chose to highlight the positives of Everton's rather frustrating draw at Goodison Park today, one that deprived him of his first win to kick off his career as the Blues' manager.
Jamie Carragher was back in the stands at Goodison Park for the first time in 23 years on Saturday. The boyhood Everton supporter and former Liverpool central defender went to watch the Toffees 0-0 draw with West Bromwich Albion. And after retiring from the game in May, the 35-year-old is looking forward to watching Everton consistently for the first time in over two decades.
Roberto Martinez is still waiting for his first victory as Everton manager following a frustrating goalless draw in his first home game in charge. Employing his patient possession-based approach, the Blues dominated a resolute West Brom side but lacked urgency, particularly in the second half, and failed to create enough chances until Fellaini was denied agonisingly by the post late on and Coleman's cross came off the crossbar in stoppage time.
Roberto Martinez will take his seat in the home dugout with Goodison Park's 12th man behind him for the first time this weekend and he is under no illusions of the power that the Grand Old Lady possesses.
The wedge between David Moyes and the club he managed for 11 years widened today following quotes attributed to the Manchester United manager where he suggests the Blues should sell Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines for the sake of their careers.
The new-look matchday programme makes its debut for the visit of West Brom this weekend. Priced £3, it's available to buy on the day or via digital download to subscribers.
Tickets are still available for the first home game of the 2013/14 season against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow and Everton are urging supporters to purchase remaining tickets as soon as possible to avoid any delays.
Saturday marks Roberto Martinez's first competitive home match in charge of Everton as they host West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park. With Darron Gibson still rated as doubtful, the Blues could be unchanged from the side that started the season opener at Norwich. KO is 3pm and tickets are still available for purchase.
Neville Southall kicks off his new blog spot for PaddyPower in typically outspoken style, having a pop at David Moyes for trying to pick up his ex-players on the cheap and the Everton Board for what he perceives as a lack of will to attract new investment.
There should be a rule brought in to stop managers who move to a new club going back to take the best players for a season. It’s like insider trading otherwise. He knows the inner workings of the club; he knows the finances and the clauses in the contracts – it’s too easy. I can see why Moyes is doing it, it’s because he trusts them, but ethically, it’s poor.
Roberto Martinez has suggested that he is on the lookout for one more player to add to his squad before the transfer window closes on 2nd September.
From Howard Kendall's autobiography: "There had been no hint whatsoever that Everton were interested in buying me. Not a whisper. It emerged later that Bill Shankly was so infuriated by this transfer coup and Liverpool’s inability to sign me that he resigned his post as Liverpool manager, a demand that was rejected by the club."
Everton have announced details of how supporters will be engaged to select the club's new crest for 2014-15 and beyond, with fans forums and an online questionnaire preceding a final vote on a selection of designs. The new badge is slated to be unveiled on 3rd October.
Roberto Martinez has restated his intention to keep hold of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines amid media speculation about a renewed bid from Manchester United for the pair as the transfer deadline approaches. The Everton boss insisted that there is no temptation to sell, particularly at the level of the low-ball £28m offer that was swiftly rejected last week.
Andy Lewis argues that while David Moyes won't have sanctioned the 'embarrassingly low figure of £28million' for Fellaini and Baines, it would be naiive to think that his knowledge of Everton's finances and the nuances of the pair's contracts didn't play a role.
It may still be very early days but it appears as though Roberto Martinez's influence is already taking hold at Goodison Park. Over at Sky Sports, Alex Dunn looks at the Spaniard's first game in charge and is surprised with just how different Everton were in their approach.
It is an extremely difficult task to apply sport psychology to a Premier League manager as they do not show weaknesses in the way players do and do not say anything without a reason, even if it wasn’t very well judged — à la Benitez’s ‘fact not an opinion’ rant. This means it can be hard to read managers. Furthermore, they see themselves as a sport psychologist, and often rightly so, but who analyses the psychoanalyst? This blog is an attempt to examine Martinez’s mind-set and the effect his psychology will have on the club.
"Everton boss Roberto Martinez has also previously said the transfer window should only be open during the off-season. And I'm sure his opinion would have intensified after Manchester United made offers for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines," says Anthony Hay.
An injury update has been provided by Roberto Martinez, who is looking for Tony Hibbert and Darron Gibson to step up their training, although both remain doubtful for the visit of West Brom this weekend.
Echoing the club's official rejection of Manchester United's insulting double bid for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, Roberto Martinez says that the Champions' approach for two of his star players was 'a bit of a waste if time', particularly given its timing at the start of the new season.
Everton Under-21s suffered a late 2-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham United on Monday evening. Luke Garbutt's fine equaliser had set up a promising end to the game, but an 89th-minute winner from Sebastian Lletget earned the visitors all three points in week two of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.
In an unprecedented move, Everton have issued a club statement confirming rejection of a double bid of £28M from Manchester United labelled 'derisory and insulting' for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
Roberto Martinez regretted the two soft goals conceded at Norwich after his new Everton side made a big stride forward in his first game in charge, implementing his new methods for better-quality football from the players he inherited.
Everton came back from a goal down to lead their season-opener at Norwich but had to settle for a draw when Van Wolfswinkel's header beat Howard with 20 minutes to go. Whitaker had fired home his own rebound after slamming a shot off the post and it took something wonderful from Barkley to equalize on the hour, a fantastic shot from 25 yards. Coleman following up a Jelavic shot drove in to give the Blues an important lead but they couldn't hold on.
Roberto Martinez, has given Ross Barkley a starting role in the first game of the season at Carrow Road, and has a very high opinion of his talents. In the Daily Post, he gives his views on the thorny problem of young players who make mistakes.
On the eve of his first proper game in change of Everton, Roberto Martinez has commented on the challenges that come with change and the time and patience needed when working toward that next step to achieve something.
A new season and, potentially, the start of a new era at Everton as all the anticipation, expectation and apprehension surrounding Roberto Martinez's appointment as David Moyes's successor gives way to the landmark of his first competitive match in charge against Norwich City at Carrow Road. KO is 3pm.
Everton Football Club is calling on supporters to march to the match next weekend to celebrate Roberto Martinez's competitive Goodison Park debut. From midday next Saturday, supporters can celebrate the start of this season’s Goodison campaign by joining together in Stanley Park. A huge banner will be unveiled in Stanley Park at 1:30pm and handed over to supporters so that they can begin the ‘Martinez March’ to the stadium.
Roberto Martinez is leaving the door open to some late business in the transfer window but insists he will not be drawn into spending cash on new players just for the sake of it.
Roberto Martinez has brought in some Wigan old boys to make himself feel at home. But the Spaniard faces a tough job if he wants to match his predecessors’ achievements.
Expectations are there, especially after the club finished sixth last season. But, there is also a concoction of anger, fear, and trepidation too.... Whether Martinez will be a hit or not is a matter of conjecture, but we can sense that, for the first time in many years, Merseyside will be treated with some brilliant passing and encouraging football.
Roberto Martinez has told the Echo he believes that Manchester United will not be pursuing Leighton Baines any further this summer after an initial bid, believed to be £12m, was rejected out of hand by Everton last month.
John Stones started and Ross Barkley was a goalscoring substitute as England U21s thrashed Scotland 6-0 this evening.
Seamus Coleman has been named in the team that will start for the Republic of Ireland for tomorrow's friendly against Wales. The fullback is one of 13 Everton players on international duty just four days before the Premier League season kicks off.
Roberto Martinez says that Darron Gibson has a chance of playing a part in the season opener at Norwich on Saturday but the club will monitor his progress over the next couple of days.
Roberto Martinez says many of the changes in personnel made behind the scenes at Goodison Park since he arrived as the new Everton manager were born out of necessity, and that he has brought in staff that he knows and trusts.
Premier League Preview: Everton [MEDIA]13 August
Everton enter the 2013-14 season after an impressive 6th place finish in last year’s Barclays Premier League. Just one place shy of 5th placed Tottenham, Everton fell just short of its dreams of qualifying for Europe for the first time since 2008-09. But with only seven losses during the 2012-13 season and playing a more thoughtful style of football, Everton was a team that no one could afford to take lightly. Now, the club that operates under the notorious shoe-string budget of owner and chairman Bill Kenwright must look to take the next step in its storied history as it puts its faith in the tactics of former Wigan manager, Roberto Martinez.
Everton's second string kicked off the new season in style with a 2-0 victory at Wolves thanks to a goal by Hallam Hope and a superb free kick from Conor Grant. Returning in goal following a long-term injury, Mateusz Taudul had a fine game to preserve the clean sheet.
Everton's Capital One Cup Second Round tie against Stevenage has been set for Wednesday 28th August with a kick-off time of 7.45pm.
Marouane Fellaini was forced to watch today's friendly against Real Betis from the stands after picking up an infection in a cut to his lower leg while Darron Gibson is an early doubt for Norwich.
A week before it all starts in earnest for Everton, Roberto Martinez takes charge of his first game in front of the home fans. Real Betis round off their tour of England by providing yet more Continental opposition for the Blues' new boss as he makes final preparations for the new season. Kick-off is at 3pm BST.
A rather tired and jet-lagged Everton side had an awful first half but went in at the break one goal ahead thanks to a long ball from Jagielka that was eventually converted by Jelavic after a good cross from Mirallas. Mirallas got the plaudits for Everton's second, a deep cross to the far post that Anderson fumbled into his own net. Right at the end, Betis finally broke through, for a consolation goal after giving the Blues an excellent final workout.
For fans of English Premier League 'soccer' in the USA, more details were released recently of the unprecedented wall-to-wall coverage planned — like they've never seen before on the far side of the Pond. All 380 matches next season will be shown live in HD.
Everton get their first look at the results of £500,000 investment in the Goodison Park pitch tomorrow when Real Betis are the visitors to the Old Lady for the Blues’ final pre-season game.
Everton have a lot of forwards but Darren Bent would add a cutting edge the Toffees have lacked in recent seasons. If they sell Nikica Jelavic, as mooted, that might free up some funds. Bent may be yesterday’s man at Aston Villa, but Bill Kenwright might not baulk at the £8M asking price – he could prove the difference between top 10 and European football.
What do the papers, the TV, and fans of other clubs think about your team? In this series, John Nicholson and Alan Tyers look at the stereotypes, coverage and media agendas for each team in the Premier League. This week, it's the turn of once-mighty Everton...
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, expresseed his outrage after a a Liverpool fan waiting for a plane to Dublin swore at his 3-year-old grandson – who was wearing an Everton kit – as the family arrived at the airport returning from a family holiday.
Like an inverse Midas, everything he has touched has turned to straw. He lost to the equivalent of a pub team in the Far East, his most renowned player, Wayne Rooney, is keen to play elsewhere and he has singularly failed to strengthen his squad in the areas it most urgently needs upgrading.
Roberto Martinez says he will be a proud man as he takes to the home dug-out for the first time when Everton conclude their pre-season fixtures with a game against Real Betis at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
With the Premier League season just around the corner, Everton arrive back in England today following 11 days on tour in the United States for the International Champions Cup.
Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines have been named in England's senior squad for next week's friendly against Scotland while Ross Barkley and John Stones have been called up for the U21s.
Chris Long’s second-half strike earned Everton Under-21s a well-deserved 1-1 draw against Real Betis B in Jerez, Spain. The young Blues rallied after the interval following Isuardi’s opener for the Spaniards on 31 minutes. Long’s persistence paid off as he finally netted the goal he merited on 67 minutes after twice coming close in the first half.
Everton have announced that the controversial new club badge will replace the old crest on the gable end of the Main Stand, despite opposition that has Director of Communications Alan Myers providing a 'personal' committment to involve the fans in seeing through the redsign for the 2014-15 season.
Everton will welcome Stevenage to Goodison Park for the 2nd round of the Capital One Cup later this month following today's draw.
After the Valencia game, Roberto Martinez reflected on what he feels has been an enormously useful tour in terms of his team's preparations for the upcoming Premier League season.
Everton rounded out their International Champions Cup campaign in the heat and humidity of Miami with a narrow defeat to Valencia. Roberto Martinez named an experimental, youthful lineup that showed flashes of potency in a goalless first half before falling behind when Michel fired home shortly after half time. Mirallas' introduction briefly threatened to add some potency but the Blues finished in pedestrian fashion, with the Spaniards looking the more likely to add the scoreline.
Everton bring their involvement in the International Champions Cup to a close in Miami this evening in a 5th/6th-place playoff with Valencia at Sun Life Stadium. The Blues will debut the new blue and yellow away kit that was launched today as Roberto Martinez gets another opportunity to assess his players' readiness for the new Premier League campaign. Kick off is 9pm EDT (2am Wednesday morning in the UK).
Everton have announced a partnership with sports nutrition brand The Protein Works (TPW). The partnership will see the development of bespoke nutrition products for Everton players ahead of the forthcoming Premier League season.
Everton have unveiled their away kit for the new season, a sunshine yellow and royal blue shirt number that was launched this morning as Roberto Martinez's men get set to play Valencia in the international Champions Cup.
Despite the schedule for the International Champions Cup billing Everton's final game in the USA for Wednesday in Miami, a poorly-communicated twist in the rules means that the Blues now play on Tuesday against Valencia.
Everton went down to a narrow defeat to Real Madrid in Los Angeles but can feel hard done-by following two maddening decisions that favoured the tournament darlings. Cristiano Ronaldo romped through to slot home the opener after 16 minutes before Sylvain Distin's headed goal was unfairly chalked off for a "foul" and a trip on Kevin Mirallas that was clearly just inside the box was called a free kick instead of a penalty. Mezut Ozil then tucked home a second as the Blues' high line was ruthlessly exploited again before Jelavic, on after the break for the pedestrian Kone, scored a nice half-volleyed goal that bounced in off the post.
Everton Under-21s overcame a tough pre-season obstacle with a 3-3 draw against Conference side Southport on Saturday afternoon. An equaliser with the last kick of the game from Hallam Hope sealed a fair result, after the forward and Matthew Kennedy had earlier provided a 2-0 lead.
Tonight's big game in Round 2 of the International Champions Cup sees Everton take on Real Madrid in the upper tier of the competition, with the winner moving on to the final. The game kicks off at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles at 5:06pm PDT on Saturday evening (1:06am BST on Sunday morning in UK). The game will be carried live by EvertonTV and in the US by the national Fox network.
Antolin Alcaraz is set to undergo surgery on a hernia problem making him a major doubt for the start of the season.
Hot on the heels of the U18s success in the Gothia Cup, Everton's U15s won the junior seciton of the Northern Ireland Milk Cup today with a 4-3 penalty-shootout victory over Co. Antrim.
The Mirror are reporting that Manchester United have issued a written apology to Everton over the way they went about securing the services of David Moyes. The report claims that the issue has caused a considerable rift between the clubs, and is being presented as the reason behind Toffees' determination to hold on to Leighton Baines.
Everton's opponents in their next game of the International Champions Cup will be Real Madrid after the Spanish side beat LA Galaxy 3-1 to advance in the upper tier of the competition. The game kicks off in Los Angeles at 5:06pm PDT on Saturday evening (1:06am BST on Sunday morning in UK).
The joint open training session featuring Everton and Real Madrid that was scheduled for Friday at Los Angeles Galaxy's StubHub Center is no longer going ahead after the Spanish club requested their session be moved to UCLA.
With all the attention on the senior squad in San Francisco, the Under-21 rump was left to battle it out at Finch Farm in a pre-season friendly against a strong contingent from Blackburn, who ran out winners in the end,
Joey Barton has firmly stated his preference of playing in France and in the Champions League for Olympique Marseille — not Everton — condemning the rumour mill nonsense generated by his agent as 'tittle-tattle'.
Everton hit the ground running in the inaugural International Champions Cup with an encouraging performance against Italian champions Juventus, one bolstered by superb goalkeeping by Tim Howard and lit up by an immense performance from young John Stones. Asamoah canceled out Kevin Mirallas's opener to force a penalty shootout that seemed destined to swing Juve's way after Leon Osman saw the first spot-kick saved. But Andrea Pirlo swept his effort wide and Howard saved from Peluso to hand the Blues a dramatic victory.
Crawley Town name former Everton man Michael Dunford as their new CEO. Mr Dunford said: “I am delighted to take up this position at a club whose rise up the football ladder in the last few years has been of great interest to me."
Ibou Touray became the fifth youngster to sign a professional contract with Everton this summer, penning a one-year deal.
James McCarthy is supposedly the next name on Roberto Martinez's close season shopping list with the Spaniard reportedly willing to ‘swoop’ down on the DW with an offer of £15m. So is the Irishman any good then? Is he massively overpriced? How will he fit in should the deal materialise?
Everton embark on their part of the prestigious Guinness International Champions Cup on Wednesday when they take on Juventus at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Wednesday evening. The match-up presents Roberto Martinez with an opportunity to sharpen his team against top-quality opposition with the new season just two-and-a-half weeks away. KO is 8pm local time, 4am on Thursday morning in the UK, live on EvertonTV (and on Fox Soccer Channel in the USA).
Everton youngster Conor McAleny says his former Toffees team-mates Jake Bidwell and Adam Forshaw convinced him to join them loan for six months at Brentford.
Roberto Martinez has reassured supporters the Everton team will lose none of their famed tenacity and believes the Goodison faithful will accept his change in emphasis when it comes to tactics.
After rejecting a bid from Manchester United for Leighton Baines, Everton CEO Robert Elstone says that the club see the star left back as being part of the setup at Goodison Park for a long while to come.
Everton have confirmed that Antolin Alcaraz and Magaye Gueye were both omitted from the squad that flew out to the USA yesterday so that they recover from injuries picked up in pre-season.
Roberto Martinez says that he is encouraged by the competitive spirit that has characterised his team's pre-season preparations as the players vie for first-team places in the new manager's squad.
Sylvain Distin believes that the club don't need to sign any more players during the transfer window. Distin told reporters: "The competition is there because it is a much bigger squad now and we do not need any more players."
Roberto Martinez has saluted Ross Barkley as “something special” and believes the Everton youngster can begin realising his potential. Barkley was impressive during a 45-minute appearance on his first outing under his new manager in Saturday’s 3-1 friendly victory at Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
Everton have announced a number of supporter events for the forthcoming tour of the United States, with open training sessions and player meet-and-greets arranged for American-based and far-traveling Blues.
Everton's hopes this season could rest on Roberto Martinez’s ability to fend off raids for his leading players as he strengthens the depth of his new squad.
There's a great interview on the Official Everton Website, with Duncan Ferguson talking about the success of his Under-18 charges winning the Gothia Cup in Sweden, and his own progress as an Everton coach working with Kevin Sheedy.
Everton have named a 24-man contingent for the International Champions Cup in the USA, with new signing Antolin Alcaraz and Magaye Gueye the only absentees from the expected squad.
Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Leighton Baines will travel with the squad to the United States tomorrow after the left back as omitted from today's friendly against Blackburn as a precaution.
Nikica Jelavic came off the bench to score twice as Everton capped another positive friendly run-out with victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. Exhibiting more evidence of Roberto Martinez's progressive passing game, the Blues took the lead when Kevin Mirallas fired home off Handley in the first half. Jelavic, looking sharp and positive after coming on at half time, headed home a corner and rapped home a rebound before Rovers rallied near the end with a late consolation goal.
Blackburn Rovers provide potentially more competitive opposition for Everton's third pre-season match after a 10-day gap since the game at Accrington. The Blues kick off at 2 pm and those who can't make it to Ewood Park will be able to watch the game live online at the Everton Website. Kick-off is 2 pm BST.
Tyias Browning has signed his first professional deal with Everton, a two-year contract that runs until the summer of 2015. The defender has been with Everton since he was 10 years old.
Gerard Deulofeu arrived at Finch Farm yesterday to take part in his first training session with the Everton squad since signing a season long loan deal from Barcelona.
Updated The organisers of the International Champions Cup, which kicks off in Valencia tomorrow before moving to the USA, have been announced their version of the official "rosters" for each team but Everton will confirm their final traveling party over the weekend.
Roberto Martinez has expressed his satisfaction with his players' pre-season preparations as they get ready for their third friendly against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday and the trip to the USA that follows.
Everton bade farewell to a much-loved figure today with the funeral of Dave Hickson which took place at Liverpool Anglican Catherdral. The cortege of the club legend, who passed away earlier this month aged 83 following a short illness, made a poignant pass by Goodison Park today on its way to the Cathedral.
Roberto Martinez gave the media a pronunciation lesson on how to say new signing Gerard Deulofeu’s name. The on-loan Barcelona star’s surname was proving tricky for reporters, Martinez noted: “You’re struggling with that surname, huh?” The Everton manager then delivered the correct pronunciation:
Roberto Martinez says Everton have received no bids for Marouane Fellaini or Leighton Baines in the past two weeks. Asked on Sky Sports News if there had been any recent bids for the pair, Martinez replied: "Not at all, not at all."
After he left Everton and returned to Argentina over a year ago, Denis Stracqualursi was signed from CA Tigre by Argentine rivals San Lorenzo, and got off to a superb start.
He bagged seven goals in his opening 18 games, which saw him bag five of them in a superb four game spell in November. But in the Torneo Final, the second half of the Argentine season, the striker saw his form desert him.
While he showed his liking for a big game goal, netting in a 2-0 win over River Plate, it would be just one of two he has scored since the calendar turned 2013, and already he is being linked with an exit.
Now 25, he is set for another transfer to a foreign league, this time a move to Ecuador. Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo reports that the striker is set to be unveiled on Thursday by leading side Emelec.
It's unlikely Stracqualursi will ever go onto be a prolific 30-goals-a-season striker, or even win an international cap with Argentina, but as he bids to ignite his career, it's certain that Everton fans will continue to wish him well in his ambitions.
Robin van Persie's pre-season injury niggle is down to 'dinosaur coaching' methods, says Dutch fitness expert [MEDIA]25 July
David Moyes’s pre-season handling of Robin van Persie has been called into question by a Dutch fitness specialist who has worked with several leading clubs and was assistant to the late Wales manager Gary Speed.
Writing on his Twitter account, Raymond Verheijin wrote: “In Sydney Moyes said: ‘We’ve overtrained Robin this week to build up his fitness’. [In Japan] he picked up a muscle injury. It really makes you wonder how these prehistoric training methods can still take place at the highest level.
"The only way to solve this problem in Jurassic Park is to improve education of these dinosaur coaches, fitness clowns & scientific cowboys.
"All over the world in pre-season you see the pattern ‘overtraining-fatigue-injuries’. Always avoid accumulation of fatigue in pre-season.
"But as long as most dinosaurs are still in denial & ignore how things develop in other countries, nothing will ever change in Jurassic Park. Obviously, players like RVP should learn to protect themselves better against ‘overtraining’ & ‘punishing training’.”
Alex Hess asks "will Everton’s current midfield be able to cope with the likely increase in pressure and expectation placed on them" by Roberto Martinez's emphasis on passing and concludes that, with the likes of Osman, Gibson and Pienaar, they probably will.
Conor Grant has become the latest Academy graduate to sign pro forms with Everton, the midfielder penning a two-year deal today.
Update U21 striker, Conor McAleny, is the latest Everton player to link up with Brentford with the news that the 20-year-old will spend the first half of the 2013-14 season on loan with the Bees. McAleny follows fellow Academy graduates Adam Forshaw and Jake Bidwell who both spent loan spells at Griffin Park to gain first-team experience before signing permanently with the League One club.
Club shop has spelling issues [MEDIA]23 July
Embarrassment for Everton as the club shop spells star signing Gerard Deulofeu's name wrong on the back of a display shirt. There were red faces on the blue side of Liverpool when pictures emerged of an Everton shirt adorned with "Deufoleu".
David Moyes has described his cowardly mindset when visiting Old Trafford as Everton manager: "I remember going there as a manager. You want to get out of Old Trafford alive, that used to be our saying, you know."
This very impressive article by Guardian football writer, David Conn, is actually from last summer, but I can't find any indication that we discussed it on ToffeeWeb at the time. Conn is a Man City supporter, and much of what he wrote was on the back of their money-fueled Premier League Trophy win. And City are spending again in a clear bid to win it back next season.
Everton have been given an allocation of 2,400 tickets for next month's Premier League opener against Norwich City at Carrow Road, tickets for which will begin going on sale on Friday.
Everton’s Under-21s kicked off their pre-season friendlies with a a 0-0 draw against Nottingham Forest.
Hamburg SV have revived their interest in signing Nikica Jelavic according to comments attributed to the Bundesliga club's sporting director. Oliver Kreuzer says that his club "has been offered an opportunity" to sign the Croatian striker, although he would be looking initially for a loan deal or structured payments over time.
Natalie Bargery takes an in-depth look at the Croatian's "second season syndrome" as the man who couldn't stop scoring when he first arrived suffered a painful drought in his first full campaign at Goodison Park.
Former Barcelona and Manchester United player Jordi Cruyff believes that Roberto Martinez has the vision, personality, flexibility and ability to succeed at Everton, while also describing the loan swoop for Gerard Deulofeu as 'a hell of a move'.
Everton's Under-18 side have won the Final of the Gothia Cup (The World Youth Cup!) in Gothenberg, Sweden this afternoon, beating Swedish side IF Brommapojkarna 3-0 to lift the trophy. Courtney Duffus scored the first goal with Harry Charsley getting the second, and a penalty taken by Duffus after he was fouled by the keeper sealed the win.
Michael Kenrick recounts a chance encounter with Dr David France, the out-of-the-Blue Wonder known to many as Dr Everton. They chatted about various things Evertonian, from Martinez and Moyes to the new club badge and the tenacity of the Shareholders Association, not to mention one of his favourite subjects — Alex Young, the subject of a forthcoming documentary by Tabacula called "Alex The Great."
As the latest in a long line of Everton Captains, Phil Jagielka's name has joined 46 others on a Roll of Honour in the Park End lounge called The Captain’s Table. Jagielka saw his name listed there for the first time this week and has been talking to David Prentice about his new responsibilities.
Motherwell have re-signed James McFadden on a one-year contract, the club has announced. The 30-year-old forward who spent two spells with Everton put pen to paper on the new deal today, making him the Fir Park side’s seventh signing of the summer.
Roberto Martinez says another plus point to take out of the confidence-boosting 4-1 win over Accrington Stanley was the individual performance of Antolin Alcaraz when he came on as a half-time substitute for Sylvain Distin in Wednesday's pre-season outing.
The club's line on the question of a new stadium was reiterated by Robert Elstone yesterday, with essentially the same "retail-led" formula that failed at Destination Kirkby seen as prerequisite in terms of "that missing ingredient in the funding package.”
Everton enjoyed a good workout against Accrington with a 4-1 win in their first friendly of the close season on home soil. Gibson's shot from a well-worked corner set them on their way and was followed by a textbook header close in by Anichebe. Mirallas then stroked home a nice free-kick before Accrington pulled one back following a defensive slip. All change at the break but Osman added a nice headed goal for the fourth on the hour.
Roberto Martinez hasn't ruled out making further additions to his squad before the new season but has indicated that he will take his time in assessing his current charges to see what areas of the team need strengthening.
Jermaine Beckford has completed his anticipated move from Leicester City to Bolton Wanderers for an officially-undisclosed fee that is believed to be £800,000, the amount the Foxes still owe Everton for the striker from the deal that took him to the Foxes in August 2011.
Rooney’s career now stands at a cross-roads. His form over the past few years has dipped alarmingly. Rather than go on and fulfil that undoubted talent he first displayed at Goodison and then during the early years at United, the England striker has stagnated.
Now it is Rooney who is ‘angry and confused’. ‘Angry and confused’ at comments from new manager David Moyes apparently hinting that this is now Rooney’s role at Old Trafford – to fill-in wherever the team may need him.
Everton visit the historic Lancashire football town of Accrington for their second pre-season friendly, which kicks off this evening at 7:45 pm BST. Accrington are managed by Everton old boy, James Beattie, who won't remember too many of the current Blues line-up Roberto Martinez will put through their paces.
Neil Dewsnip, head coach at Everton's Academy, has left the Club to join the FA. Dewsnip had been working under Academy manager Alan Irvine at Finch Farm, where he was responsible for overseeing coaching of all age-groups from nine upwards.
Everton and Real Madrid will take part in an open training session at Los Angeles Galaxy's StubHub Center from 4pm to 8pm on 2nd August.
Chris Long has become the latest Everton Academy graduate to sign a professional contract with the club, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal.
Chief Executive Robert Elstone, speaking at a Liverpool Business Week breakfast yesterday, explained Roberto Martinez’s mission to turn promising teenagers in the Everton Academy into accomplished first teamers.
Leighton Baines says Everton’s approach in Sunday’s friendly against Austria Vienna was an early indication of how they are looking to evolve their playing style under Roberto Martinez.
While speculation continues over Maroaune Fellaini's future, Roberto Martinez is keen to stress that he sees the Belgian as an integral part of his plans for his first season in charge at Everton.
Phil Jagielka says: "It's been drastically different to what we've done before but it's been enjoyable" as he and the rest of the squad come to terms with the pre-season training programme under Roberto Martinez.
Luke O'Farrell claims that Roberto Martinez’s ideas were noticeable from the start. Employing a distinct passing style, there was an obvious patience in possession; Everton looked to play the ball out from the back whenever possible.
Everton have announced shirt numbers for the senior squad in the up-coming Premier League season, and Arouna Kone gets the coveted Number 9 shirt rightful for an Everton striker, and Number 1 for goalkeeper Joel Robles. Alcaraz will wear 32 and Deulofeu 10.
Everton's line-up included only Joel Robles of the new signings. They made a bright start, but some sloppy play at the back saw Osman slip and give up an easy goal to Stankovoic who rounded Joel and slotted home for Austria Vienna. Duffy then gave away a soft handball penalty that Stankovoic converted with ease before Vellios leapt like a salmon to head home an excellent Baines cross. Wholesale second-half changes by both sides disrupted momentum but gave everyone a good workout.
The Everton players at the training camp in Austria will form a provisional team to play their first friendly match of the pre-season against local league champions, Austria Vienna. It will represent the fist public game in charge for the new Everton manager, Roberto Martinez. Kick-off time is at 5pm CET (4pm BST) and you can watch the game via Everton TV. We'll be opening up the Live Matchday Forum for interactive action and comment as it happens...
While all the focus seems to be on incoming transfers, Conor Grant was perhaps a surprise name added to the Austrian pre-season training camp from Everton's Under-21 ranks. The 18-year-old winger is hopeful he can get some time on the pitch tomorrow against Austria Vienna.
There's not much to write about from training camp in Austria, which Leon Osman goes on to prove in this overly long 'postcard' that the Daily Mail have embellished with pictures of mostly anything but Austria.
Everton do have the talent to compete for a Champions League spot under Roberto Martinez as long as they keep their best players.
Now the Confederations Cup has been and gone, including the high-profile economic protests, John Wilkinson has notified us of this article he has published at Go Articles. He was hoping to open up discussions regarding the economics, more specifically the supply of money, for the World Cup, to be hosted by Brazil in 2014 .
As expected, Robero Martinez has drafted in coach Dennis Lawrence from Wigan Athletic.
The first batch of matches to be televised have been announced and the Blues' games against Chelsea (H), Newcastle (H), Man City (A), Tottenham (H) and Liverpool (H) have all been moved.
A mixture of senior players and Under-21 hopefuls have flown out to Austria for Everton's pre-season training camp – and a chance to get to know their new coaching team under the management Roberto Martinez ahead of the first friendly match against Austria Vienna, scheduled for Sunday.
Carlo Nash has signed for the Norwich City on a one-year deal on a free transfer following his release from Stoke City in the summer, to join fellow ex-Everton goalkeeper John Ruddy. The Canaries’ become Nash’s eleventh club in a career now spanning over 20-years including spells with clubs such as Manchester City, Everton and Stoke to name a few.
Everton have completed the capture of hot Barcelona prospect Gerard Deulofeu on a season-long loan, beating out a host of competing clubs, including Sevilla, Valencia, Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Martinez's presence as manager at Goodison is believed to have been decisive for the 19 year-old who turned heads recently at the U20 World Cup in Turkey.
Everton have confirmed the capture of their second and third signings of the week, with Antolin Alcaraz sealing his free transfer from Wigan Athletic and goalkeeper Joel Robles arriving from Atletico Madrid for an undisclosed fee. Both players played under Roberto Martinez at the DW Stadium and join Arouna Kone at Goodison Park.
Everton lost a legend today with the news that Dave Hickson has sadly passed away at the age of 83 following illness.
This is a good bit of business from Roberto Martinez and Bill Kenwright, because the Ivorian brings some natural variation to Everton’s front-line and is clearly a different sort of forward to either Nikica Jelavic or Victor Anichebe.
Everton have completed the signing of striker Arouna Koné from Wigan Athletic for an "undisclosed fee", believed to be around £5m. The 29-year-old completed a medical on Friday and has put pen to paper on a 3-year contract at Goodison Park after agreeing personal terms. The transfer reunites the Ivory Coast international with Roberto Martinez, the man who brought him to the Premier League from Levante last year.
Former Everton striker Andy Gray believes that Kevin Mirallas could take the Premier League by storm next season if he can get a good pre-season under his belt and things go well for him on the fitness front. The Belgian finished last season in fine form and will likely be a key figure for the Blues next term.
Everton have confirmed reports in the Spanish press last month that the Blues' final pre-season friendly will be against Real Betis at Goodison Park on 11th August.
The new assistant manager at Everton, Graeme Jones, has been talking to Everton TV about the new challenge he is taking up at Finch Farm after making the difficult decision to leave Wigan and follow manager Roberto Martinez to the club.
EB takes an in-depth look at Arouna Kone who could become Roberto Martinez's first signing for Everton.
Former Everton manager David Moyes told his first press conference at Man Utd about how Sir Alex Ferguson informed him bluntly, one week before the decision was made public, that "I'm retiring..... and you're the next Manchester United manager."
Possible sales of Everton players could allow for further reinforcements, but this can also open the door for the fringe players, says Luke O'Farrell in his ESPN Blog: "Rarely trusted under David Moyes, the so-called lesser lights of the squad found match action at a premium in 2012-13; this forthcoming season represents a new start and pre-season offers a chance to stake claims for greater involvement."
Magaye Gueye is very much a forgotten man at Everton, could that change under a new manager? Since joining the club,his career hasn't really taken off, making just 14 starts for the club combined, and a further 24 appearances as a substitute. He was loaned to French club Brest in Ligue One in January but, after a bright start, when he created two goals in his opening four games, he trailed off and featured in just one of Brest's final seven matches.
Phil Neville has returned to Manchester United as David Moyes's new first team coach. Neville was photographed arriving at Carrington early this morning, where he is expected to be announced as Moyes's latest backroom appointment alongside four former Everton colleagues in Chris Woods, Steve Round, Robbie Cooke and Jimmy Lumsden.
Everton have extended Luke Garbutt's contract by two years, with the 20-year-old signing a deal that will keep him at Goodison Park until June 2015.
Roberto Martinez has made it clear he sees Everton icon Leighton Baines as the best left back in the country, and a hugely important part of Everton's future, despite rumours that Manchester United are preparing to submit an improved offer to tempt him to make the switch to Old Trafford.
Everton Pre-Season Uncovered [MEDIA]2 July
The latest from EB's "Physio Room Blog" takes a look at Everton's close-season preparations, how they used to be under David Moyes and how they might change under Roberto Martinez.
Roberto Martinez is set to be reunited with key members of his backroom staff from Wigan after Latics chairman Dave Whelan confirmed that compensation deals are in place for Graeme Jones, Inaki Bergara and Kevin Reeves to make the switch to Everton.
Arouna Kone looks set to become Roberto Martinez's first signing as Everton manager after Wigan Athletic chairman, Dave Whelan, indicated that he expects a deal for £5m to be concluded within the next 24 hours. Those comments follow Latics boss Owen Coyle's own announcement that he expects the Ivorian to leave the DW Stadium this week, with Goodison Park his preferred destination.
Arouna Kone is tainted by relegation in much the same was as new Everton manager Roberto Martinez; there’s a certain type of fan in this country who looks at demotion in a very formulaic way, and assumes that any player or manager dropping out of the Premier League must be ‘rubbish’.
Everton Academy graduate Matthew Pennington signed professional papers today, inking a two-year deal with the club after seven years progression through the youth setup.
The situation concerning the coaching staff at Everton became a little clearer today with the news that Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden have all been released so they can follow David Moyes to Manchester United. Roberto Martinez is expected to announce his new appointees this week, with assistant Graeme Jones, goalkeeping coach Inaki Bergara and chief scout Kevin Reeves likely to be among them.
Kevin Mirallas played the last 15 minutes as Belgium secured qualification to the knockout phase of the 2014 World Cup with a late winner against Russia. The game was goalless when Mirallas entered the fray and he almost made an immediate impact but rolled a free kick off the post. Belgium grabbed a winner late on, though, when Romelu Lukaku's replacement, Divock Origi, banged home after good work by Eden Hazard.
Everton are looking for a Toffee Lady for the forthcoming home Premier League game against Hull City on Saturday 19 October.