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There is so much magic woven into the tapestry of every World Cup in terms of what happens on the field. In his new book, World In Motion, Simon Hart brings the 1990 Finals back to life with a number of its various back stories and provides so much context to what was a pivotal tournament in so many ways.
The 2018 close season has already offered a fresh start and some optimism for Evertonians following the appointment of Marcel Brands and Marco Silva. Now the new management team needs time and backing to effect the big changes needed.
2017-18 may have offered few moments to savour but it will live long in the memory… hopefully as the nadir in a decade that has promised much but delivered very little
Marcel Brands and whoever is drafted in as head coach have a big rebuilding task at hand. It won't happen overnight but where the director of football is concerned at least, Everton appear to have made a significant appointment
There have been mis-steps under Moshiri's reign but they have not caused irrevocable damage. The swift moves witnessed this week provide a means to get the Iranian-born businessman’s project moving in the right direction again.
A performance that mostly made the Hammers look a significantly better team than their record and recently averted crisis suggests they are and, eventually, a defeat that may have seemed harsh when comparing chances created but which was wholly deserved on the balance of play.
It’s only speculation but Everton could call time on Sam Allardyce's tenure this week. Marco Silva and Paulo Fonseca remain the leading candidates to replace him judging by reports. A look at the former and what he might bring to Goodison.
It seems as though this Sunday’s game at the London Stadium could be Wayne Rooney’s last competitive match in an Everton jersey. He would leave the Blues again with an air of unfulfilled promise
Overall, it looks as though the club have scored with the 2018-19 home strip and another one of those stirring promotional videos to go with it
Lady Luck handed out unjust rewards to an Everton side that only really rallied in second-half stoppage time just when it looked as though Nathan Redmond had secured three vital points for Southampton
No club is ordained to be ever-successful but there is a strong case to be made for one club’s place at the proverbial “top table” of English football being “rightful” and that is Everton. We need not be apologetic about demanding we get back there or be hesitant in trying.
Everton enhanced their prospects of finishing in eighth spot but Sam Allardyce's search for love from the Blues' faithful is likely to be in vain
If the various rumours and tabloid website reports are correct, Sam Allardyce travelled to London yesterday looking for assurances over his future but was left largely in continuing limbo. The simple lack of definitive backing for the manager was significant. If true, it suggests that Farhad Moshiri wants time to secure a more permanent appointment to lead Everton forward.
Everton won a match for the first time in four attempts and moved up a place but it was dull fare that featured just one shot on target. Yet the media bandwagon is again, patronisingly, asking what more Blues fans want.
Despite an utterly forgettable year, Evertonians are still buying season tickets in record numbers but they have been at their most engaged when they’ve had genuine hope. Farhad Moshiri and the Board’s next moves are of vital importance
This game was as neat an illustration of the manager's play-for-the draw lack of adventure as any thus far.
If Everton retain any serious interest in their top two managerial targets of last year, they should reopen the communication lines to Messers Silva and/or Fonseca immediately
Everton earned their first clean sheet since Boxing Day and a much-needed win to virtually guarantee safety from the drop
Ashley Williams abandoned his defensive duties and his responsibilities as leader on Saturday. It's time to give the team captaincy to someone far more worthy.
Everton's early promise turned into a familiar collapse and another away defeat under Sam Allardyce as Burnley came from behind to win 2-1 at Turf Moor
Farhad Moshiri has just passed two years as the club’s major shareholder. He will have learned plenty in that time but Everton now need strong and unmistakable leadership from the top.
Particularly away from home, Everton are boring to watch, easy to defend against and easy to beat. With no signs of progress on that front, can anyone find an argument for persisting with the status quo next season?
Once lauded as Everton's Rolls-Royce, Morgan Schneiderlin has become a source of frustration this season. Blues fans have had enough but it's probably not too late for redemption.
Evertonians have been struggling to see the light amid this chaotic season but survival in the Premier League could beget the opportunity to reset and restore faith in the Moshiri project
Pub-league defending from Allardyce's team was ripped apart by Arsenal at the Emirates
Amid suggestions that Ademola Lookman could be sent out on loan, surely there's a better argument for using him judiciously in a Blues' first team that badly needs his precocious talents.
Everton are slogging through the remainder of their Premier League programme hoping to accumulate enough points to justify the appointment of Sam Allardyce and stay in the top flight.
Sam Allardyce's unexpectedly rosey honeymoon period offered the journeyman boss an opportunity to reboot and begin re-building for Everton's future. Instead, his joyless, defensive approach has favoured ageing players without achieving positive results.
This wasn’t supposed to happen anymore after Sam Allardyce was appointed, was it?
He may never reach the same level as Wayne Rooney or achieve as much but Barkley’s departure has conjured up the same feelings of disappointment and the loss of a homegrown player to a (currently) higher-achieving club.
If ever a performance needed to be viewed in its proper context, this horribly defensive display was it.
Wayne Rooney may have grabbed the headlines but this was “Rhino’s” night as Everton tonked David Moyes's West Ham at Goodison Park.
Fold away the “Our Motto Is Our Standard” banner and padlock the doors to the School of Science”. Sam Allardyce, disgraced ex-England manager, purveyor of quintessentially agricultural football and Premier League escapologist is now manager of Everton.
Evertonian observers will know plenty about Sam Allardyce and Martin O'Neill, two of the three names said to be on Farhad Moshiri's shortlist, but emerging Portuguese manager Fonseca is a lesser-known quantity
The interim appointment of Unsworth may have seemed sound at the outset but Everton's worsening plight will surely force the Board to act quickly now
Two shots on target out of five total for Everton tells its own story — a team utterly bereft of confidence, seemingly without much faith in the caretaker boss and, for some of them, no stomach or desire for the fight
It almost seems as though the Football Association has gone out of its way to make life as difficult for itself as possible with their decision to charge Oumar Niasse with “successful deception of a match official” in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace.
His Blue credentials made him the ideal interim coach but the limited options for Koeman's successor mean he could stay in charge for longer than expected...
Where there is life there is hope and Everton put the defibrillator paddles to their season today with an impressive recovery from a seemingly impossible position to beat Watford in what eventually became an adrenaline-fuelled encounter at Goodison Park
After the so-nearly response at Stamford Bridge, there was hope and encouragement. Following this 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium, Evertonians will be feeling mostly despair as the extent of the mess that their club finds itself in 10 games into the 2017-18 season is laid bare.
A narrow loss at Stamford Bridge — or rather the performance that went with it — at least showed that the fight, the spirit, the organisation and the belief can be there to start putting wins on the board in the near future.
An ideal appointment on paper, Ronald Koeman's tenure as Everton boss has come to an ignominious but needed end
Last term, this fixture marked a turning point, at least in Everton’s home form. The only turning point this season’s visit of Arsenal to L4 might spark, however, is an abrupt one in Koeman’s employment status… although there’s no guarantee that the Everton Board will be so decisive.
Everton under Koeman are simply dull. They’re boring to watch, easy to defend against and too easy to score against if you attack them enough within a given 90 minutes.
Four years ago, the club removed our cherished motto from the crest. They reinstated it following howls of protest from supporters but if Farhad’s latest “statement” is any indication, it never made it back into the mission statement of the Board of Directors
This was Everton showing commitment, decent tempo and tenacity – in the early going, at least – and it still wasn’t enough. Not by a long way.
To say we expected a hell of lot more this season is an understatement and it calls into question the likelihood of success for Ronald’s three-year Everton “project”.
The Senegalese striker helped bail Koeman out of another uncomfortable post-match inquest with a two-goal blast in the space of five minutes that turned this match on its head and delivered three points that seemed unlikely before he entered the fray 10 minutes into the second half
The largely one-dimensional approach to recruitment this summer has led to Everton’s uninspiring start to the new season, one which has, over the past two games, lurched from concerning into the realm of deeply demoralising.
Everton’s transfer deadline-day had an annoying sense of déjà vu last Thursday when the window closed without the club being able to land much-needed reinforcements.
With just six shots on target in the opening three games, the problems that were laid bare today can’t be explained away by mere fatigue alone, even if it was undoubtedly a factor for those who did play in all three matches in just six days. The same nagging deficiencies remain despite massive expenditure on upgrading the team.
It’s a shame that Dominic Calvert-Lewin's impressive assist for Wayne Rooney in the 35th-minute of this early-season tussle between Manchester and Merseyside at the Etihad didn’t end up serving up a precious winner.
Gylfi Sigurdsson's arrival doesn't necessarily mean an end to Evertonian longing for the No.10 slot to be filled but he potentially has the talent to operate as the all-important central position behind the striker(s).
The Prodigal Son brought all his experience to bear against Stoke, scoring the winner and helping Everton dictate much of the second half to hold on for a 1-0 victory.
With a newly reinforced spine, Everton look as though they could be a stronger outfit than last season, even without the departed Lukaku. Is it enough, however, to crack the top six or four?