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Shakhtar block Everton move for Fonseca

| Tuesday, 28 November 2017 28comments  |  Jump to last
Everton's apparent move for Paulo Fonseca looks to have been a repeat of their experience with Watford and his compatriot Marco Silva, with Shakhtar Donetsk refusing to allow the Portuguese to leave.

The Blues reportedly reignited their interest in Fonseca this month after originally sounding him out 18 months ago when he was still with SC Braga.

Having been frustrated in their attempts to prise Silva away from Vicarage Road, Everton turned to Fonseca as an alternative, particularly after he indicated his desire to try his hand in the English Premier League in an interview last month.

According to the Independent, Farhad Moshiri held talks with Fonseca and his agent Jorge Mendes this past weekend. However, Shakhtar, whom the 44-year-old has guided to a domestic league and cup double and now to the brink of the knockout stages of the Champions League, are hoping to tie Fonseca down on a new contract to replace the one that expires in May and have rejected an approach from Everton.

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Oliver Brunel
1 Posted 28/11/2017 at 19:45:03
Good God no!

*Cleans the barrels of the revolver...

Mark Morrissey
2 Posted 28/11/2017 at 19:49:13
Let's re-visit that one in the summer if we can
Paul Hewitt
3 Posted 28/11/2017 at 19:51:03
Just get Sam in... and quick!!!
Antony Matthews
4 Posted 28/11/2017 at 19:56:20
And so it continues...
Antony Matthews
5 Posted 28/11/2017 at 19:58:12
Looks like Sam Batterface is the only option now.
Steve Ferns
6 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:03:34
£2.5m to buy Dyche out of his contract. Only £0.5m more than Palace want for Allardyce.

Offer Dyche the £6m a year, pro rata that Allardyce was offered. Let's see if he turns that down.

Was Tuchel even spoken to? What about Blanc? Mancini? There's a long list of names to go through before you get to Allardyce.

Joe O'Brien
7 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:03:38
This doesn't add up.. they must have gave him permission to talk to us.. so it figures they were ok about the move.. but then reject our approach?
Looks like we're detained to get big Sam.. whoop whoop.
John Pierce
8 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:10:19
Just trying to shake us down. Who wouldn't?

They want some cash. Fair dos.

Paul Gallagher
9 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:13:39
It would be Happy Days if we could land the Fonz!
Kim Vivian
10 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:22:58
Jeez - Have I woken up in the middle of The Omen remake. I keep hearing 'O Fortuna' playing in my head when 'Everton' and 'manager' are mentioned in the same sentence.
Oliver Brunel
11 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:33:15
Can't we get Usmanov to 'lean' on the Ukrainians?
Liam Reilly
12 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:34:55
The right dollars would swing this, but it could also be a red herring just to get Allardyce to sign for less as for sure he'd be trying to write his own cheque at this stage.
Harry Catterall
13 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:41:44
No big continental celeb manager wants to know us. We have to really get behind the new man.

What group of fans greet a new manager while looking forward to his replacement?

If this happens to be Allardyce then that is where we are at.
Jay Woods
14 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:47:12
It's not even farcical any more. I'm lost for adjectives really.

We fancied ourselves to be an attractive lady but now look so much more like a thru'penny whore, what with Allardyce playing hard to get.

Jay Woods
15 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:50:14
Oh hang on, maybe we're faking the Fonseca move in a bid to close with Big Sam. You know, the old "I've got other options, you know" trick?
Eddie Dunn
16 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:54:30
With our lot under pressure to do a deal... these guys will milk Moshiri for every penny.
James Marshall
17 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:56:10
Is anyone really surprised? Moshiri is an amateur, and Shaktar have done exactly what any other club would do.

We've fucked ourselves, and deserve no better.

No club is going to let a successful manager leave mid season.

Eddie Dunn
18 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:56:40
Watford getting stuffed by Man Utd. Could Silva quit at the eleventh hour?
Nigel Munford
19 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:57:25
Just seen this on BBC live footy news regarding tonight's games “Defensive errors cost Watford”, they are currently 0-3 down at home against Man Utd.

Glad we're not getting Silva, we've had enough of poor defensive set ups we don't want anymore.

Nigel Munford
20 Posted 28/11/2017 at 20:59:36
On a separate note, I've just watched a very entertaining match between England and Kazakhstan ladies, 5-0 to England.
Chris Watts
21 Posted 28/11/2017 at 21:24:41
It's the school disco. We came in strutting, getting nice smiles from everyone. We had our pick of lovely ladies to dance with but decided to have a few beers first.

Suddenly it's 1:00 am and we're steaming, staggering all over the place. A disgrace. Food spilled down the shirt. Everyone is avoiding eye contact, all our friends are paired up dancing having a great night.

Finally our old mate, who we haven't spoken to for years as he isn't particularly cool Sam sees us spewing in the toilet and calls a taxi, pays the driver and restores a little dignity.

Oliver Brunel
22 Posted 28/11/2017 at 21:31:11
Could be the Ukrainians holding out for more chips bit like the Yarmolenko deal the Ukrainians stretch things out masters at it. Moshiri could be going back to the table with a bigger bid... you never know.
John Pierce
23 Posted 28/11/2017 at 21:41:54
I'm dead set against Allardyce, its a fearful and regressive move.

The fanbase is riven over it, he will be pilloried from day one. No good will, no optimism, just a case of swallowing our medicine. Sorry lads no thanks.

I can tell the fella's ego is so big he wants badly to take us on, there's no way he's going at seasons end if appointed.

Moshiri loses any credibility he has left if this happens: 0 for 2.

Despair, utter defeatism.

Nicholas Ryan
24 Posted 28/11/2017 at 21:51:05
Still, nobody has mentioned Chris Hughton!
Winston Williamson
25 Posted 28/11/2017 at 22:00:00
Smells like posturing to me. He's been interviewed hasn't he? Well, according to Sky Sports News he has!

This implies permission was given, unless a 'tapping up' complaint is due to be raised?!?!

Thus, they're after the wonga, probably to pay for their new manager...

Frank Wade
26 Posted 28/11/2017 at 22:04:41
Exactly Oliver, My first thoughts were Yarmolenko. Deja Vu all over again.
Tony Everan
27 Posted 28/11/2017 at 23:02:11
Problem is Agents know we are desperate, so they are turning the screw.
Demands are being made that are totally unreasonable in normal times.
I don't think Farhad can stomach being bent over a barrel with his knickers down and he's telling some of these agents to go and fuck themselves instead.
James Stewart
28 Posted 29/11/2017 at 10:07:38
@6 Agreed Steve. Dyche has all the defensive know how of Allardyce and more, without any of the baggage. It's simply negligent that he wasn't a frontrunner for the job when the likes of O'Neill were being considered.

I said of Moshiri at the time of his "expected losses" comment that he was an utter fool and he hasn't done anything to make me think otherwise. Dark days.

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