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Summer targets 2019

Sam Hoare : 14/05/2019

It’s time for my annual transfer piece so turn away those whose blood boils at the wannabe kids amongst us who like to play a bit of real life Football Manager

Choose Your Glass

Martin O'Connor : 14/05/2019

Is yours half-full or half-empty after Everton finished in 8th place for the second season running?

Magic Eighth?

Jack Garrett : 13/05/2019

From what has been a far from perfect season, it’s certainly worth celebrating that we found some form at the end and that something seems to be stirring.

Dad

Joseph Walsh : 11/05/2019

Sadly, Dad (Joe Walsh) passed away earlier this week aged 72. He was part a little piece of Everton history on 14th May 1966, almost 53 years ago to the day.

Please... not this summer

Martin O'Connor : 24/04/2019

The team is not yet ready for the challenge of Europe as well as a domestic campaign. The Blues need another full pre-season and domestic campaign under Marco Silva. This will lead to a European spot at the end of next season and it is then when Everton will be ready to tackle European competition again.

Somebody Else’s Mum's Just Died

Mark Cuddy : 20/04/2019

Is there more than something simple that binds us or is blue blood thicker than water

What Rhino Did Next

Martin O'Connor : 18/04/2019

What David Unsworth has achieved this season has outshone his title-winning 2016-17 season. This PL2 title win is testament to the work he has done with the Under-23s, who are also in the quarter-finals of the Premier League 2 Cup with a home tie against Blackburn Rovers — a League and Cup double could well be on the cards. Which leads us to the questions: "What Next for David Unsworth? Has he taken the Under 23s project as far as he can?"

An Impromptu Board Meeting

Lee Mandaracas : 02/04/2019

At West Ham, I found myself sitting a few seats away from the entire Everton Board of Directors! I wanted to get a photo with them with my kids. They seemed a bit taken aback and understandably, suspicious – not least Bill Kenwright. Denise, on the other hand, was quick to engage with me showing no sense of concern or trepidation. She leaned in, gave me a hug, a kiss on the cheek and thanked me effusively for my support of the club as it means such a lot to them.

Why Chelsea victory is a template for success

Matthew Parry : 20/03/2019

We’re Everton fans, and nothing but the best is good enough to us. An Everton fan is a special kind of football fan, and now it’s up to the players to prove that those who wear the blue jersey are a special kind of footballer again.

What A Good Coach Does...

Paul Tran : 24/02/2019

In my view, there are too many coaches over-complicating the game with stats, theory and terminology. The best managers, in any walk of life, understand their trade and attach equal importance to communication; they've honed their ability to squeeze the maximum out of their staff.

One stray pass and the honeymoon is over

Darren Hind : 21/02/2019

Something has troubled me for years at about our club, well it more than troubles me, it drives me mad. Why do a certain section of our fanbase react so negatively to players who either grow up coming through the ranks, or join our academy in their late teens?

How to Reach the Top 4

Mike Oates : 07/02/2019

Our only route is a young manager with potential, a proven director of football and on the hope that we can find at least 6 youngsters who have the potential to become future Premier League class players. It probably won’t be as quick as Chelsea’s and Man City, more like the Spurs model, as Moshiri recently said. Is Silva the new Pochettino?

A mixed bag of Evertonness

Graeme Beresford : 06/02/2019

If Denise Barrett-Baxendale's 10-year plan is to come to fruition, then the foundations need to be in place by now. The last few seasons we have ripped them up and now I get the feeling we need to rip them up again but start with a new foundation, albeit a stronger one.

Time for the manager to stand up and be counted

James Pirie : 03/02/2019

Although time is needed for any manager, there is no reason at all as to why some of the issues should not be addressed right now. Not in one year, not after a couple of transfer windows, but now.

What is wrong at Everton and why Silva needs time to sort it

George Wilson : 02/02/2019

To sack Silva now and replace him with somebody else would result in more uncertainty and could backfire badly.

The Silva Lining of a Quiet Window

Adam McCulloch : 02/02/2019

With plenty of games still to play, we can hopefully start to enjoy our football again — away from the distractions of endless transfer rumours and speculation. Silva must play the hand he has been dealt, just as Brands has played his in the transfer market.

Moshiri's Monument to Mediocrity

Gerard McKean : 28/01/2019

Silva, and anyone who succeeds him, is being hung out to dry by the complete absence of professional support and street smart know-how in the present set-up at Everton Football Club.

Time for Silva to show he can coach

Dave Williams : 27/01/2019

Yesterday was truly appalling; having scored twice away from home, we had every right to expect a win. The time is nigh for Silva to show us whether or not he really is a good coach.

Silva 'needs time'? Will it make any difference?

Garry Corgan : 27/01/2019

At the moment the standard line from the media is that Marco Silva "needs time". For what? You give somebody time when you see that things are progressing and simply need to develop further. You give somebody time when you believe they're doing the right things but perhaps need more resources. You don't give somebody more time when they're floundering around or fiddling when Rome burns.

Come Back, Schneiderlin – All is forgiven!!

Kevin Prytherch : 25/01/2019

Let me start by saying that I am not Morgan Schneiderlin's biggest fan. However, I think he is central to getting our season back on track.

Building for capacity at Bramley-Moore Dock

Martin O'Connor : 22/01/2019

The proposed capacity of 52,000 planned for Bramley-Moore Dock is not yet set in stone but, on consideration, I think it is a good and realistic figure. However, some fans say that 52,000 is lacking ambition and the club should be aiming for the 60,000 mark now.

Marco Silva: Who’s fault is it anyway?

Jerome Shields : 21/01/2019

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On Everton's Radar

Pete Jones : 14/01/2019

These days, you can keep up with the transfer gossip 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If the complexity of the deals and the number of ways you can find rumours of them has increased, much of the vocabulary used to describe them is resolutely traditional.

Patience is a virtue

Karen Mason : 31/12/2018

When Silva and Marcel arrived, we were a very very broken club. Silva has a huge task on his hands. Do not underestimate how much was needed to be addressed and changed. For those who expected it to be all done in half a season – please give him a break.

Half-Season Report

Martin O'Connor : 28/12/2018

We reached the half-way stage of our first season under Marco Silva and Marcel Brands with a great performance and five goals at Burnley. So what can we put on the report card for their first half-season?

My Jury's Out – with a bit of optimism

Paul  Tran : 28/12/2018

I’ve long thought that once we get to Christmas, we have a clear picture of where we are in as a team, despite our hopes, fears and cynicism. And here we are; won 7, drew 6, lost 6, the picture of mediocrity. Or is it?

Continuing the Cull in January

Martin O'Connor : 24/12/2018

Following the herculean Summer efforts of Brands and Silva to cut down on our bloated squad, there are still a number of players who should be let go, either permanently or on loan in the January window

Balance in the Team

Rick Tarleton : 17/12/2018

I look at the current Everton squad and as individual players they are immensely talented, but the question that plagues me is: "Are they a team?"

Convincing a 6-year-old that Blue is the colour

Tom Dexter : 09/12/2018

I explained the best thing about supporting a team is that other people support other teams and they will constantly tell you that your team is rubbish – it is the whole point of football!!! It is your role to tell them that their team is rubbish and inform them that actually your team is ‘the best’.

Ain't no Scouse

Tim Constable : 08/12/2018

He looked at me and paused, before muttering to himself “Ain't no Scouse”. I was clearly an Everton supporter cheering them on in my replica shirt so I was confused as to what the issue was.

Are the pundits right to tell us to keep our expectations low?

Andy Osborne : 06/12/2018

After reading a few comments recently on ToffeeWeb and after hearing a few "so-called" experts on TV talk about what Evertonians should be expecting from the club this season, I thought I would take stock after the 15 games so far and look to the rest of the season.

For every Cloud there is a Silva Lining

Gerard McKean : 05/12/2018

If we accept that most players in the squad have the necessary skills, then you look at shape and balance, and here we can see, even in these early days, that Marco Silva is making real progress.

Bring me the head of Rio Ferdinand

Mike Kehoe : 05/12/2018

In all the years of following Everton, the one thing that angered me most and caused the deepest dismay was listening to the post-match analysis of the intellectual Titan that is Rio Ferdinand.

Second Time Around

Mike Gaynes : 04/12/2018

Mike took a three-week trip to Europe that culminated in typically "Everton" fashion at Anfield. As he says, "hey, I got to see a derby in Mordor, and I not only survived, but right up to that last minute I was having a blast."

Everton's 'Old and New' are Rallying Together

Matthew Parry : 29/11/2018

The Silva-Brands partnership has been a revelation – poaching top-class players from the world’s best sides has shown real intent, more so than any of our signings in previous years.

When the Lion within you roars

Darren Hind : 27/11/2018

We go with a different attitude; this Everton is not coming to limit the damage, steal a point. We are coming for their crown. We want to be kings of this city – not just for this weekend but for years to come.

What Everton can learn from Tony Bellew – Chelsea (A) preview

Patrick Gillen : 09/11/2018

The Bomber is a man who doesn’t know when he’s beat, and that’s exactly what Marco Silva must instil into this Everton team

André Gomes can be missing midfield link

Luke O'Farrell : 22/10/2018

If the first half against Palace was a player working his way up to speed, then the second saw the summer signing click through the gears and start to dictate proceedings from his midfield base.

Good Signs in the Undergrowth

Martin O'Connor : 18/10/2018

There are signs that there is a promising batch of young players in the Under-23 squad who may have a chance at the Club. In the Under-18s as well, the Everton Academy system is still in good health.

Making sense of statistics?

David Cooper : 08/10/2018

What can the wealth of team and individual stats tell us about the performances we watch?

Taking the Carabao Cup seriously

Paul O'Neil : 05/10/2018

There is a clear disconnection between how the loyal supporters of our club view this competition and how Everton view it. Surely Everton have a duty to take the League Cup / Milk Cup / Carabao Cup seriously? I think there are many ways to let the club know how unhappy their supporters are.

More Than The Sum of Its Parts

Paul Tran : 03/10/2018

Almost four years since my last trip to Goodison Park, I woke up at daft o’clock yesterday with that Christmas morning feeling. Yesterday, Everton made me feel special, re-united me with my Dad, re-affirmed my love for This Great Club of Ours, which acted like a great club off the pitch.

Signs of Spring

Martin O'Connor : 09/09/2018

It is early days and there is a long way to go, but the start we have made has exceeded what could have been expected. The cold dark winter of Allardyce is well and truly gone. The buds of spring are now starting to sprout under Silva and Brands. There is a long way to go and we will have setbacks along the way, but we can look forward with optimism.

The Lads in the Royal Blue Jersey

Gerard McKean : 22/08/2018

Is there any more that could be done to re-ignite the pride and passion that has been sorely missing over the last few years?

What’s a good result? Take 2

Mike Allison : 21/08/2018

Looked at objectively, all we’ve really done so far is met the minimum expectations for games against Wolves and Southampton

Brands Power

Adam McCulloch : 16/08/2018

The work of Marcel Brands over the summer has certainly justified the Blues blazing this trail: he may be one of the most important signings in the club’s history.

The New Era

Martin O'Connor : 10/08/2018

The Silva - Brands era starts at Wolves; what can we expect in the 2018-19 season from our new duo?

Is Everton Protestant or Catholic?

Bob Waterhouse : 09/08/2018

Since the split in 1892, there developed a widely-held belief that Everton became the club of the substantial Merseyside Catholic population and Liverpool of the Protestant population. Influential members of the clubs’ respective boards seem to have given substance to this belief.

Heroes

Mark Cuddy : 02/08/2018

You’ve got to have heroes, its all part of being a kid growing up, all part of being a human, all part of following a football team. I’m glad I chose Big Bob Latch as mine and I’m glad I supported Everton.

Money Talks

Adam McCulloch : 30/07/2018

Let’s give him – and the new management team – a chance. Let’s stay positive, let’s make Goodison a fortress, let’s press, harry, play and produce. Let’s beat the Red Shite. Let’s laugh about the time we were angsty about which defender we bought from Barcelona. Let’s play Angry Birds.

11 Days to Fame or Total Misery

Mike Oates : 28/07/2018

To ensure the season is not an utter disaster waiting to happen, Marco and Marcel have got 11 days to entice another five or six top quality players in.

Squad Size and the Wage Bill

Michael Morgan : 21/07/2018

I wanted to put a question out about whether other fans on here have discussed or ever had a thought on a way forward with reference to reducing the squad size and wage bill?

The Writing's on the Wall

Mark Cuddy : 17/07/2018

At some point or other, most of us have had, or have got our own superstitions or rituals before a game. The truth is, we have no impact on the game whatsoever and yet people believe they do.

What if we do not sign anyone?

Steve Ferns : 14/07/2018

I think we've got our own super coach. And if so, then do we really need to spend a load of money? Let's look at what we have...

The Hand That You're Dealt?

Andy McNabb : 10/07/2018

Is Roberto Martinez a much better manager than he got credit for at Everton?

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