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Everton lose head of medicinal services

by | 29/12/2014  Comments (37)  jump
Everton's Head of Medicinal Services, Danny Donachie, parted ways with the club last week, it has been revealed.

Whether or not he resigned over "disagreements on the treatment of players" as is claimed by Paul Joyce in The Express, the loss of Donachie comes at a time when the squad has been stricken by an alarming number of injuries, particularly hamstring strains.

James McCarthy has been the most frequent victim of such soft-tissue complaints and the Irish international midfielder had to be withdrawn at half time of yesterday's defeat at Newcastle as a precaution lest he further damage the muscle.

Donachie's departure comes on the heels of Steve Tashjian who left Everton at the end of last season after five years and later returned to Crewe as their High Performance Director.  

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Danny Broderick
1 Posted 29/12/2014 at 23:58:27
Head of Medicinal Services? High Performance Director? WTF?!
Patrick Murphy
2 Posted 29/12/2014 at 23:53:18
I didnÂ’t know who he was but he was at the club for 13 years unless I misheard him and he has been a physio for 20 years. He mentions that his father was a player for Manchester City so I assume that he is Willie DonachieÂ’s son? I must be getting old because he looks very young considering how long he has been a qualified physio.

Danny Donachie

Dick Fearon
3 Posted 30/12/2014 at 03:25:22
Hardly did he leave Â’On the heelsÂ’ of Tashjian who left a year ago.
Mick Wrende
4 Posted 30/12/2014 at 07:32:25
There is certainly something very wrong at the club with disastrous results, an incredible list of injuries, player unrest viz Distin, Jags and Besic and now this guy Donachie. Has he resigned in protest or has he been sacked because he is no good. Someone, I.e Kenwright needs to get a grip.
Howard Parr
5 Posted 30/12/2014 at 07:09:37
I remember the days of the magic sponge and when training was cross-country running, shuttle-runs, a few set pieces then some five a sides... guess youÂ’ve got to move with the times.

We are roughly 2nd in the table based on half-time scores, so we must be bottom in the 2nd half! How much is this to do with the Europa? LetÂ’s say weÂ’ve played Sunday... Monday is "light" to loosen up. Tuesday they may break sweat at Finch Farm.

Wednesday is "light" and/or travel. Thursday match.Friday is "light" and then so is Saturday so theyÂ’re ready for Sunday.... only theyÂ’re NOT!

IÂ’m not saying this is the only reason we are so crap at the moment,but itÂ’s one of them - and cant have helped with the hamstring outbreak. ItÂ’s not a plan B we need during games, its a phase 2. Dominating possession is a GOOD thing.... but then what? How about getting good possession wide, and put crosses in to TWO strikers?

Have you heard the howls of derision at GP when we "mix it up" with long ball stuff - its as bad as going back to centre half from a free-kick 20 yds from the box.

So letÂ’s not throw out the baby with the bathwater... just make better decisions on WHEN to play out/empty it... and stop trying to score the perfect goal and get the ball in their box!

Paul Tran
6 Posted 30/12/2014 at 08:18:14
Interesting. May explain a few things regarding the appalling fitness issues weÂ’ve had since the summer. Does Mr Glassar or anyone else have any inside info?
Ant Summers
7 Posted 30/12/2014 at 09:17:39
Players complaining they are too tired, maybe this guy is saying they should not be, given testing etc. RM believing players and not the data.

Just the days we live in, I remember Peter Reid saying he would try to cover up a fractured shin to play.... Being tired was not part of his game. I just wonder who is really injured sometimes, because the recovery time is unbelievable at times.

Jeff Armstrong
8 Posted 30/12/2014 at 10:41:53
You would think Joe Royle would have some influence either way on this given that DannyÂ’s dad was his lieutenant at various clubs including our own. Just sayin,Â’ watch this space, might not be the only departure in the coming days.
Jon Withey
9 Posted 30/12/2014 at 10:51:26
So the high performance guy left at about the time our performances started becoming less than high ? God help us.
Phil Walling
10 Posted 30/12/2014 at 10:38:38
One of the last links with the Moyes era departs. I imagine Dunc will be next as we are not scoring enough goals to negate the defensive limitations.

Good to see that Roberto is needling out those to blame for EvertonÂ’s mediocrity!

Clive Rogers
11 Posted 30/12/2014 at 11:06:14
There seem to have been a lot of background people leaving under RM. Something is definitely wrong behind the scenes.
Anthony Lamb
13 Posted 30/12/2014 at 12:36:03
Oh please SOMEONE tell me that this is a spoof! The so called Head of Medicinal Services comes out and gives us a penetrating insight into depth psychology which seeks to transform the psychological balance of twenty-something millionaire footballers. He listens to a tape on hypnotism and then goes out to play a game where his left foot is "like a wand" - for ten minutes! Is this for real?

The clap-trap and psychobabble penetrates this club at every level. Could somebody find us some evidence from any of the participants in this "comedy of mainly errors" that this Is the level of professional expertise worth paying for? If a GCSE pupil could not have given a deeper more substantial exposition of the nature of psychological links with sporting performance etc we would be berating the schools.

The professional standards at the club from top to bottom need fundamental and radical overhaul.

Colin Malone
14 Posted 30/12/2014 at 13:40:30
I take it this is Willie Donachie son?, not what you know, its who you know. Boxed off.
Eugene Kearney
16 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:03:26
What the hell is going on at EFC?

SomethingÂ’s seriously gone awry since the "rebirth" last season.......

Kieran Riding
17 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:11:12
Eugene. Two of our BIG players want out. The dressing room is in tatters. I wont name names. But I am very worried now, and I have supported Roberto fully recently, but alarm bells are ringing very loud indeed.
Paul Andrews
18 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:19:43

Where did that come from mate?

Darren Robinson-Cooke
19 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:19:04
Where have you heard that two big names want out? How reliable is your source?
Raymond Fox
20 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:07:57
WeÂ’ve had plenty injuries yes, but you can hardly count bruised feet, kicks on the legs, being studded from the back as from that dirty B Adam (how many times have we seen him do that), torn ligaments (maybe you could, but its debatable) down to lack of fitness.

Also thereÂ’s a few of our over 30 brigade that have had muscle strains which you can kinda expect.
No wonder McCarthy has hamsting trouble is it, how he runs about, I donÂ’t think you can say heÂ’s not fit!
This Donachie chap could have left for all sorts of reasons, better money for 1, could be heÂ’s not worth his salt, who knows.

Dave Abrahams
21 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:27:54
Paul Andrews(18),

Most probably the Washouse!!!!!!!!.

Paul Andrews
22 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:36:26
Gossip does nobody any good Dave.
Problem is it spreads and develops into "itÂ’s straight from the horses mouth"
Raymond Fox
23 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:33:46
Kiaran, it could be again for various reasons.
I donÂ’t suppose Jags and Disitin like getting hammered by us and all and sundry.
Maybe our few Â’starsÂ’ have had offers they cant refuse, could be Lukaku is hissed off already because heÂ’s struggling.
Cant be nice playing in a losing team at the moment!
Tony Hill
24 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:51:09
If there are any "big" players who want out - and it may not be a great feat of deduction to discover who they are based on performance - then let them be sold for best price and letÂ’s get in a number of players for good value who wish to play for our great club.

Whatever we say about RM, it is a real disgrace that anybody should go on the pitch in our colours and not try their very best in every game. It is, I am sorry to say, obvious that we have such players in the team at the moment.

Kieran Riding
25 Posted 30/12/2014 at 16:57:41
Lazy journalists trawl fan sites for info. I have put bits on here before, and whether you believe it is up to you.
Peter Laing
26 Posted 30/12/2014 at 17:10:27
Kieran why donÂ’t you just keep your counsel then fella because your comments donÂ’t really help matters do they ? I wouldnÂ’t like to have been in the trenches with you.
Andrew Ellams
34 Posted 30/12/2014 at 17:23:05
So Coleman and Mirales want out? From 1-10 how close Kieran?
Paul Andrews
36 Posted 30/12/2014 at 17:29:18

What "bits" have you put on here that came true?

Tom Flower
45 Posted 30/12/2014 at 19:02:46
If this bloke is responsible for fitness then it is only right he has left. The team have looked knackered since the second half at Leicester.
Kieran Riding
46 Posted 30/12/2014 at 19:39:45
Paul Andrews #37

CanÂ’t be arsed finding the EtoÂ’o, Besic and Lukaku stuff though mate.

Tony Abrahams
47 Posted 30/12/2014 at 21:26:16
Name names, Kieran. Coleman, Lukaku, McCarthy or Mirallas? If Distin is finished and Oviedo has been demoted, then we could be in major trouble. Especially with Robles between the sticks. "Until he loses his bearings, that is".
Kieran Riding
48 Posted 30/12/2014 at 22:30:43
Tony #48

The chats IÂ’ve had tonight make me worried even more. IÂ’m now not arsed about naming names, so: Seamus and McCarthy want out and Mirallas isnÂ’t signing (hope Garbutt does).

The Two Irish lads have genuinely surprised me (if true) and IÂ’ve no reason to doubt why not. Make of that what you like, but please no more silly stuff.

Tony Abrahams
49 Posted 31/12/2014 at 09:38:30
I think I put them both on my list Kieran, because the biggest thing you can always tell about a footballer is body language. I have heard off many people who have associates in McCarthyÂ’s circle, that he loves it at Everton, so he is probably holding Martinez, responsible over his contract dispute.

The thing that worried me is the way that Roberto described BojanÂ’s deceit in winning the penalty. He said it was part of the culture to be clever and sly. If you have a problem with someone of this nature, grudges are usually held, which will always be a big problem at a football club.

Not saying you have to like your boss, but he should always be respected. Take EtoÂ’o, being asked 3 times to get stripped to go on as sub against QPR. How can he have any respect for the manager when he plays him in the very next game?

Joe Duffin
50 Posted 31/12/2014 at 15:14:55
Totally wrong about Coleman. He wants to be an Everton Legend and loves it at the club. However, if the club wants to make a profit on him, then he said he would rather go than stay only to bea bargaining chip later.

You wont hear Seamus asking to leave, but you may here "The club have agreed to sell Seamus, we wish him all the best etc etc"

No idea about what McCarthy wants - but personally think agents are a cancer on the game.

Patrick Murphy
51 Posted 31/12/2014 at 15:34:58
Kieran (#49),

Whether they want to leave or are asked to leave smells of the usual boardroom sell-out that we should be used to by now. Arguably those three players, particularly last season, were one of the reasons that we did so well as they adapted to RMÂ’s methods better than most at the club.

To lose any or all of them spells disaster regardless of who is in charge of the team. I would hazard a guess that McCarthy will end up at Arsenal, Coleman at Old Trafford and Mirallas at Spurs or even Chelsea. Bill Kenwright will have to back Martinez regardless as nobody else would want to come to Everton given the loss of those three players.

Kieran Riding
52 Posted 31/12/2014 at 15:59:41
Joe makes a very important comment about the agents. The power they have now shouldnÂ’t be underestimated.

Patrick, I certainly wouldnÂ’t bet against you being quite close there.

James Hughes
53 Posted 31/12/2014 at 16:26:52
Happy New Year Kieran #48

You know how to cheer a fella up.I hope you have had too much Christmas cheer and your comments are the beer talking.

Except I have this awful feeling that it is straight from the horseÂ’s mouth.

Eric Holland
55 Posted 31/12/2014 at 21:46:07
James Don't mention "HORSES"
Peter Laing
56 Posted 31/12/2014 at 22:42:36
You carry this on Eric, and you will be waking up to a horses head (Shergars) ha ha

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