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With two Premier League 2 titles in 2016-17 and 2018-19, David Unsworth and his team have been doing a good job at Under-23 level. But as always, the question is what is the main aim for the Under-23s?
God took my friend Friday night, because God knew Steve couldn’t abide seeing the shite win the Champions League.
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
Is yours half-full or half-empty after Everton finished in 8th place for the second season running?
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.
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.
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.
Is there more than something simple that binds us or is blue blood thicker than water
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
To sack Silva now and replace him with somebody else would result in more uncertainty and could backfire badly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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
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?"
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
What can the wealth of team and individual stats tell us about the performances we watch?
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.
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.
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.
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?
Looked at objectively, all we’ve really done so far is met the minimum expectations for games against Wolves and Southampton
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 Silva - Brands era starts at Wolves; what can we expect in the 2018-19 season from our new duo?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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...
Is Roberto Martinez a much better manager than he got credit for at Everton?
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