The Portuguese arrived last year with the anointment of majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri and, in partnership with the Director of Football, undertook a positive squad-rebuilding initiative that looked to have enhanced the club's top-six prospects for 2018-19.
A promising start evaporated in December and a run of relegation-level form followed that raised serious questions about Silva's suitability to the Everton role and speculation that he could be replaced before next season.
Handsome victories over Chelsea and West Ham have eased the pressure on the manager's shoulders as well as any urgency on Brands's part to lead another change in the hot seat this summer, particularly given the chaos that has characterised the last few years at Everton.
Asked at the Football Innovation Summit in London today what his preference would be in the close season, the Dutchman explained that he prefers continuity while he has also revealed that the club's summer transfer targets have already been lined up.
“Definitely not to break everything up and bring everyone new in,” Brands explained.
“I think one of the most important things in my job is to not get too emotional.
“One of the most difficult things in my job is to find the right manager, that is one of the most important guys in the club and if you find him, give him the time.
“Give him the possibility to work and if the manager is fitting in the club, fitting with the culture, then make a plan, and go step-by-step.
“Sometimes you have to change the plan a little bit but I am not the guy — and have never done so — who changes the whole direction of the club.
“We had a lot of changes in the last three of four years but when the manager gets sacked, the club would bring a whole new staff. That is not good for a club.”
Another summer of important recruitment is expected as the management team look to move more unwanted personnel on and add quality in key areas.
Brands admitted that there was little activity during January because it is not an optimal time to sign players but says that he and his team have still been working on drawing up a shortlist of desired players in the interim.
“We didn't do anything in the winter window because there was no big need for that and I don't like to bring players in during the winter window because there is no pre-season, the games go on and on and it is difficult for the players to adapt.
“We didn't do anything but prepared more for the summer. Now, on April 2, the players are already decided. We've done a lot of work on that and let's see what is possible and what we can do but the positions and names are ready.
“The players we brought in last year were all under 25 so we don't want to invest big money in players who are older. Everton is a club that also has to sell players so it is necessary to get younger players to invest in."
More detailed quotes at Liverpool Echo
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1 Posted 03/04/2019 at 00:07:31
2 Posted 03/04/2019 at 00:37:50
Silva and the team need to keep doing what they have done against Chelsea and de hammers and the fans will back him...
Once again its a question of kets see what happens next season... maybe that can be are new motto...
3 Posted 03/04/2019 at 00:42:43
I remain unconvinced by Silva, but I'm totally impressed by Brands, and it's hard to argue with his commitment to continuity.
4 Posted 03/04/2019 at 00:58:44
On the face of it, being patient with a manager is a fine strategy. Nobody wants to constantly lurch from pillar to post although it hasnt done Chelseas trophy cabinet any harm. And Man City got rid of both Mancini and Pellegrini despite their records. So how badly would Silva have to do to get sacked? Despite a recent uptick in performances and results I would hope Brands would have the guts to pull the trigger if next season is as bad as this one has been.
Brands also talks about scouting. Finding bargains and getting the most bang for our buck. Again, these are noble principles which would serve us well if they worked. On the other hand, I think we all hoped that Moshiris takeover would lead us to compete financially with the moneybags teams at the sharp end of the league. Instead were still looking around for yellow-stickered whoopsies. Yes weve spent (and wasted) a lot of money since Moshiri came in, but lets not also forget how much we recouped from the sales of Lukaku, Stones and others. Not an insignificant amount, especially when added to record TV money.
I know this is a pessimistic perspective but regardless of what Brands says ultimately he and Silva will be judged by our league position and right now its not good enough. Were currently at the trailing end of a group of clubs including Wolves, Watford and Leicester, none of whom were even in the Premier League four years ago.
5 Posted 03/04/2019 at 01:27:14
6 Posted 03/04/2019 at 02:25:27
7 Posted 03/04/2019 at 03:05:08
Sounds like Brands has been told to keep us mid table at worst while we sell off our better players and hope we can find enough good players to keep the status Que. Yep just like the Moyes era.
8 Posted 03/04/2019 at 04:10:45
We've played some great stuff this season at times. The large majority of us were stating at the start of the season, that we needed to be patient with Silva and give him time.
He's seen us through a really terrible time this winter, and it's looking like we've come out the better.
There's still just two things that stick in my craw with Silva.
1. The League Cup exit
2. The Newcastle defeat
He needs to show better decision making for me. I won't belabor or drudge up the two points above, it's all been done to death. But those two instances can't be repeated next year. Next season Marco, put out your strongest lineup and win some silverware, starting with the League Cup. And don't ever protect a lead when we're pummeling the opposition, and read a game that wrong ever again please.
Stick. We're on the verge of turning a corner. And in Brands I believe we have a highly intelligent, very talented man.
Next season we simply must break into the top 6. The bar needs to be set high. Third or fourth season top 4 after steady performances and stability. Expectations need to be on the rise, and Silva has to deliver. Spurs have done it the last 5-6 years with the same steady approach, same players, same manager. We can, too.
9 Posted 03/04/2019 at 05:09:25
We are a fickle bunch 2 or 3 games ago I would say the majority couldnt see and didnt want a future for Silva as Everton manager but now with a bit of slick football and 2 wins under our belt we now want to retain and build.
I am still with Mike Gaynes and the jury is still out with me on Whether Silva has the stamina and ability for the long haul.
10 Posted 03/04/2019 at 05:18:41
I'm sure, like most Evertonians, that we want Silva to succeed as it means Everton succeed but he does seem to go from good spells to diabolical performances without any great change in shape and tactics which means we either see it as either the players', or more popularly, the Manager's failing as it does fall within his bailiwick.
11 Posted 03/04/2019 at 07:31:14
That's when the pressure comes on and questions are asked about the manager's credibility. Rightly so, people get confused about optimism and pessimism, but it's always about results, Silva has managed some decent results lately, let's hope it continues.
12 Posted 03/04/2019 at 07:43:34
13 Posted 03/04/2019 at 07:50:15
As for Silva jury is still out. I expect we may well finish 9th-11th which is not really good enough though the West Ham match is the best weve played in 2 years or so. I know its a dirty word on here but transition is not easy and most good teams are built on continuity. Im excited to see who we add this summer and hope if we can end the season with some more performances like at Upton Park then there will be cause for optimism.
14 Posted 03/04/2019 at 07:50:30
It looks like he tries to bring in, and also acknowledge, the people who do so much hard work, behind the scenes, which usually brings people closer together, because they are shown some trust?
Its like the Everton job, who would want to take it if they got rid of Silva now? Loads of mercenaries Im sure, but not many managers who need a bit of time, to build things up, which is hopefully what is starting to happen slowly with Everton right now?
15 Posted 03/04/2019 at 08:08:17
I am also still not totally convinced over Marco Silva, until he has proved that the non-football (at times), premature exits from both Cups with less than full strength sides, crazy substitutions and tactics are things well condemned to the past.
I, like many others, who were prepared to back him, even though he was not my choice, was one of those advocating his dismissal, not so long ago.
Admittedly it was probably a bit of a knee-jerk reaction on my part, but if we can get a good run going between now and the season's end, and qualify for the Europa (not ideal, I know but it's a foot in the door) he will be partially admonished but not forgotten and forgiven.
Let's hope Marcel Brands can weave his magic in the summer transfer window, not only with a few additions, but a few exits (high earners/non-producers) I can't see wholesale changes either but a few talented additions and consistency will see us a much better balanced and effective side, and hopefully a joy to watch.
16 Posted 03/04/2019 at 08:10:50
17 Posted 03/04/2019 at 08:10:57
If he thinks Silva is a fraud and the coaching is crap and Silvas knocking off early to go golfing, pissing off the players so they want to leave on the cheap, saying our star striker would be failing of still with us in a few years rather than being at a bigger club, etc then hed want rid.
Brands knows Silva is a good coach and he will stand by a good coach in the tough times. And its not a return to the Moyes era. We will try to sign the best young players in the Spurs mould, not scrap around with players no one else wants.
18 Posted 03/04/2019 at 08:44:51
19 Posted 03/04/2019 at 09:34:03
20 Posted 03/04/2019 at 09:34:05
21 Posted 03/04/2019 at 09:42:04
22 Posted 03/04/2019 at 09:49:16
23 Posted 03/04/2019 at 10:31:53
So why the love in?
24 Posted 03/04/2019 at 10:49:02
As for before that he oversaw a PSV team that won the league in 3 of his last 4 season, having not won it for 7 years or so before that while bringing in a raft of young talent that they can now sell for very decent money. Looks pretty solid to me.
25 Posted 03/04/2019 at 11:01:44
A huge test of Silvas credentials was whether or not he could drag the team out of the mire and in doing so beat at least one of the top six. By achieving that he has bought himself time and a ticket into next season. I have more confidence in him now than at any time since his appointment was first mooted back in late October 2017.
Sometimes in management the hardest thing is to do nothing and allow events to unfold. At this stage in regard to Silva, it should not be hard for Brands to do nothing.
26 Posted 03/04/2019 at 11:11:46
Personally feel that the last major Summer Transfer Window he did really well, I know Mina has come in for criticism on his propensity for picking up injuries, plus the fact he was a late starter for us, again down to injury.
It wasn't that long ago though that many on here were singing his praises, (Mina) saying that he looks a 'player' once he has settled in. Remember also, that Brands was not here when Tosun and Walcott were signed, as it has transpired that both players have not only been over-priced, but have not exactly made any significant contribution on the field of play.
Okay the long standing problem position of striker was not addressed in either of the 2 windows that Brands has been involved with. As Steve Ferns mentioned earlier on this thread, Brands has access to more behind the scenes running, than we as fans would ever be privy to.
Which raises another point and I think, a very valid one, what was Marcel Brands's agenda from above? Again we don't know, and therefore it is totally a matter of conjecture to speculate, and declare him to be over-hyped.
We are all entitled to our opinions on here, I wouldn't have it any other way, because if we all agreed on everything, it would be a bit robotic and less interesting. Although one thing we should do, and I say that collectively is to try to ascertain the facts, however elusive they may be, before making unsubstantiated statements.
27 Posted 03/04/2019 at 11:18:36
I was referring to other managers buys, not Marcel's four year history. I cant see anyone paying more than we did for Richarlison. Digne has been decent going forwards and lamentable at the back on several occasions. Bernard has shown some skill and if he can adapt to the rigours of the prem could become a star.
We started the season crying out for a centre forward. I would argue we still are.
I am not saying Marcel and Marco wont come good. Based on the evidence so far I have not seen the new Gill and Ferguson.
28 Posted 03/04/2019 at 11:26:52
Ive no doubt that MS, is a good football coach and will improve and its too early yet to say the the corner has been turned as we need solid consistency.
No better chance to get one back on Arsenal and beat them well next Sunday.
Then to be unbeaten to the end of this season.
Good signs and all positive, but we need consistency.
29 Posted 03/04/2019 at 11:33:41
"Digne has been decent going forwards and lamentable at the back on several occasions."
Lamentable? On Several Occasions? Seriously?
As for him being "decent going forwards", you might want to consider the fact that he is amongst the leading defenders in the league on chances created/crosses delivered. He is also amongst our top assist makers this season.
Player of the season for me.
30 Posted 03/04/2019 at 11:35:52
But having said that, although our league position remains consistent with mediocrity, and despite the cliff-edge after the Anfield derby, I feel that this season there have been real signs that consistent improvement at Everton will happen soon. This is because for the first time in a long while, there have been games where we've showed great quality in our play, and unusual cohesion and desire in the team, with some truly great football, plus (more recently) a return to such signs after three months of frustration.
We could of course be let down yet again, but at least there are those clear signs of progress, so reasons to be both hopeful and expectant.
31 Posted 03/04/2019 at 11:43:53
Bearing in mind the unbalanced state of the squad when they took over it is little wonder that everything hasn't gone to plan. But in one transfer window they started to address the first four objectives, and over the past 5 games we are finally starting to see the nucleus of the 5th objective breaking into the top 6.
A number of posters think Brand is only stating the obvious, but prior to him when did any of us really think there was a properly considered plan? He is absolutely correct in that we have to have some continuity. Hiring and firing managers and coaching staff only results in the players having to adapt to a new style of playing, which takes time, just as Silva has found. All the players both now and previously speak highly of Silva's coaching abilities so he obviously has something that we don't always see as we are not on the training ground everyday. He is from reports a workaholic who is at FF well before the players arrive and is still there hours after they have left. He does "get" what Everton are, unlike Koeman, and Brands clearly sees him as an asset. Every change of management leads to another "development" season, but it will take more than one season to bring about consistent results and I believe that given time Brands and Silva will get us back among the top tier teams.
32 Posted 03/04/2019 at 11:49:25
Joking aside, so much work has been done to cut the squad down and get us playing half decent football (sometimes) as well as preparing for the upcoming summer transfer window that changing manager again would've been madness. Compared to our position last season we've scored more and conceded less (joint 4th for clean sheets) so although there's not been the progress we've all craved there's at least been some.
33 Posted 03/04/2019 at 11:58:56
Add to this our 3 remaining home fixtures are Arsenal, Manchester United and Burnley.
We play 3 of the top 6 in our run-in. If we remaining unbeaten I will be well chuffed.
34 Posted 03/04/2019 at 12:07:37
Anyway, in my opinion, Silva probably hasn't quite done badly enough to get the sack. I've seen very little decent football from us, despite what others say, and lots of dreadful, championship level football. My guess is that Brands is looking for progress in the squad - new young players being signed and starting to fit in, our home-grown youngsters advancing towards the squad etc - and will give Silva another chance to see if he can work well with the team that Brands is building. If Silva is good at coaching, as has been suggested, then Brands may well let him continue as long as we don't start flirting with relegation. But if we're as shit in the August-December period as we have been for most of this season, I'm confident Brands will pull the trigger and we'll be looking for someone new.
It's all about the squad at the moment, moving on the old and bringing in the new. That, and the new ground. Silva, although the figurehead in some ways, is not the most important part of the process. Brands is clearly the main man.
35 Posted 03/04/2019 at 12:32:10
a month ago it was sack Silva, what does Brands do and Moshiri hasn't got a clue.
Now its Silva might be a good coach and Brands is a visionary.
A bit of balance required me thinks.
36 Posted 03/04/2019 at 12:44:56
Maybe we are looking for someone with a leading role at Everton to love because we love Everton. Marcel with his previous record at PSV, his ideas and developing influence at Everton gives us hope that we might have found someone worthy of our love.
Frustrated love can quickly lead to dissppointment and become hate, which might explain how unbalanced ToffeeWebbers can become.
37 Posted 03/04/2019 at 13:04:41
Andre Gomes is on loan, so I would assume we would try for a permanent deal and also likewise with Kurt Zouma. With Idrissa Gueye, I don't know if he will stay with Everton or try and push a move through for Paris St Germain. If he did leave then I would imagine we would seek out a replacement and also, I would like to think that we will sign a striker.
I think we have a good group of players, but it's just that we need to play good football and maintain consistency as much as we can. Whether or not Marco Silva is the right man for Everton, I think the jury is still out on this one and he certainly has a lot to prove.
To be fair though, the last two results have been positive and have given some room for optimism and hopefully that can continue with the remaining games of this season.
38 Posted 03/04/2019 at 13:09:40
His transfer's, Mina aside, have been very impressive. No one had heard of Digne in this country before Brands brought him in and now he's the league's best left back. Looking forward to seeing what he can achieve with another couple of windows.
39 Posted 03/04/2019 at 13:14:47
It's also fairly obvious that when we're playing badly, negative posts will outweigh positives, and vice versa when we play well.
40 Posted 03/04/2019 at 13:18:20
Marcel Brands is looking at the bigger picture, the improved scouting and backroom staff are important issues.
The fact that he is not happy for the club to stand still and fester is great news, he is thoughtful on how to keep improving the club and pushing it forward.
More importantly he acts on it.
41 Posted 03/04/2019 at 13:20:53
42 Posted 03/04/2019 at 13:36:58
Compare Digne, Zouma, Gomes, Richarlison, Bernard and Mina to previous regimes and it is chalk and cheese in my opinion.
There have been improvements in players such as DCL and Keane which you have to give the manager some credit for.
Despite this season being a bit poor, I've enjoyed watching some of the players when on form.
We still have so many players that we might as well let go - Vlasic, Schneiderlin, Besic, Mirallas, Bolasie, McCarthy, Ramirez.
43 Posted 03/04/2019 at 13:40:09
What we need to kick on next season though is anyones guess. If we sign Gomes and Zouma and get Onyekuru and Vlassic back and firing this current squad should be good enough to continue its progression under the right manager. Perhaps swop a back up keeper for Stek and Tosun for another striker. And keep Gana... what else?
44 Posted 03/04/2019 at 13:45:29
45 Posted 03/04/2019 at 14:00:24
Yes, we all want to see a resurgence of the glory days but it doesn't happen overnight and Silva will need to convince us more that he is on the right track.
It has been yet another bumpy ride this season much like many others in recent memory despite all the changes since the Kendall era managers and players etc. but we live in hope.
The limitations are there for all to see and have been well discussed and argued over all season.
The season started quite brightly and with a little luck they could have had more points on the board at that time but that first RS game seemed to change the mindset of the team and it was quite a struggle for a while.
Silva should know by now what he has and what he wants to move forward with for next season so it's worth giving him some further time.
46 Posted 03/04/2019 at 14:36:48
47 Posted 03/04/2019 at 14:59:22
"I cant see anyone paying more than we did for Richarlison"
He's not yet 22 and has 12 goals in the PL this season ; is a starter for Brazil and has 2 in 7 or 8 for them.
I'd argue that he'd have plenty of suitors if he was available and would command well in excess of what the club paid for him.
48 Posted 03/04/2019 at 15:18:40
49 Posted 03/04/2019 at 15:41:37
Henry and Vlasic all as olayer we signed and would make a profit on, if sold.
50 Posted 03/04/2019 at 15:54:59
Richarlison will undoubtedly be worth more money now. He has 12 goals already this season mostly playing wide, is the leading scorer under the age of 22 in the league and now starts for Brazil. I reckon if we wanted to sell him we could get close to twice our money. Your description of Digne is pretty uncharitable as others have pointed out.
As for the new Gill and Ferguson we were talking only about Brands. haven't seen many people saying that Silva has nailed it yet.
51 Posted 03/04/2019 at 16:01:11
For me personally I wanted silva here, there was something about him that gave me the young mourinho vibe probably his dedication to the finer details.
If we are to start off on solid foundations then it is important we go public early on regarding Silva's position. Players will need to know who they are playing for this summer if Everton come knocking.
Also glad to hear we are focused on players 18-25 years old, based on that we could have a solid core for the next few years which require a couple of additions:
Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, davies, onyekuru, dcl, digne, zouma, gomes, lookman, richarlison, maybe vlasic. Brands will no doubt persue deals for Zouma and Gomes although I suspect Chelsea wont sell based on their ban and teams like Spurs will try throwing a £30m bid at Barca.
52 Posted 03/04/2019 at 16:45:40
If we go for 52 000 we will be 8th highest in the Premier League and we will probably be overtaken by one or two more when they expand their grounds.
I am delighted we are on the way to getting our stadium built but I would like the powers that be to be thinking ahead and where 52k would put us on the Premier League attendance scale, long term.
It puts us as mediocre attendance wise .
What I am trying to say is be positive, The new stadium will be fantastic whether it is 52k or 621878 .
If Dan Meis says 60k is possible on the site, all stakeholders should be banging the drum for 60k to be delivered. It is realistic, it will be filled [look at West Ham getting appx 60k into their adapted running track stadium].
I firmly believe that we would fill our purpose built stadium on the banks of the Royal 'greyee'Blue Mersey for every league game.
So come on Farhad tell Dan Meis to make a 'blue' print for a 60k stadium and do a feasibility study on the necessary infrastructure to support it.
53 Posted 03/04/2019 at 16:53:58
It's definitely the way to go, like the Baseball/Football Stadiums stateside, are huge and are multi-purpose so can generate revenue from other events.
54 Posted 03/04/2019 at 17:00:42
apart from a bit of a blip for a few games after the first derby the team has performed quite well this season. good buys and loans in the summer has improved the first team apart from the number 9 position, but the improvement shown recently by Calvert-Lewin shows he has the making of a good target man especially if he gets some new shooting boots.
our style of play has improved dramatically since last season and I feel with another transfer window and a few more young players coming through we have the right men at the top in Brands and Silva to take us into the top 6 and further. Onwards and upwards
55 Posted 03/04/2019 at 18:03:20
Can't blame the man a bit -- he's 29 and if he's ever gonna make his CL dream come true, it must be now.
And he has been as brilliant after the PSG approach as before. My player of the season and nobody else even a close second. So I'll regretfully wish him the very best.
56 Posted 03/04/2019 at 18:17:54
If we have a massive stadium that always has 10,000 empty seats, the atmosphere will suffer, and the club will have to charge more to the fans that do go.
For me, 52,000 seems ideal for where the club is at, and where we will probably be.
57 Posted 03/04/2019 at 19:14:28
58 Posted 03/04/2019 at 20:04:23
"Lucas Digne, Everton
Our highest rated new signing this season, Lucas Digne has made the left-back place his own at Everton. What was a position of strength in Leighton Baines pomp has become so once more at Goodison Park. The Frenchman has had a direct hand in seven goals this season (four goals and three assists) and his delivery from wide has been outstanding. The 25-year-old has made more accurate crosses than any other player in the league (68) and he has created more chances than any other defender (56) by a distance. Rating: 7.33"
Seemingly over the mid-season slump he failed to recover from in his only season at Watford, Richardsons return to form will come as a relief to Everton fans given the fee the club spent on him last summer. The Brazilian winger recently scored his 12th league goal of the campaign – a total no other summer signing can better – and he is one of only two players aged 21 or under, along with Marcus Rashford, to have hit double figures this season. His consistency remains an issue, but that is understandable at his age. Rating: 6.89
59 Posted 03/04/2019 at 20:12:31
Not easily replaceable, and if he departs a huge loss, but youd like to think MB, has a cover plan.
Regards the ground size and capacity, optimum planning scale. Id like to see the released issue of plans if and when, they go public later, this year.
The club must have done some capacity modelling based on perhaps the last 20 years home gates, and perhaps Evertons away support, which has always been superb even in recent hard economic times and club success, which has been nil, in terms of the first team.
I dont see an easy cost upgrade option, to 60k, if the initial foot print is built, but to build an easy plug in/ add on upgrade scheme, at minimum cost and planning permission would make sense, if it is cost effective and can be done. Would an upgrade option plan be under written into a legally binding design plan?
I had it on good authority from inside the club 3 years ago that they had a plan that was easily doable to add another tier to the Park End.
So perhaps Dan Meiss, will have the scope to build this option in to his design for BMD, or would the plan to increase capacity be at the option of turning seats to terrace?
Economically and where the fortunes of the UK go, after all the government chaos remains to be seen, but Liverpool and the City region, will need their own contingency plans, to make the future sustainable, and who knows, if Brexit is a factor in terms of economic support plans for the north end docks regeneration?
Still what happens on the park comes first, and Ill take good fighting performances like last Saturday every week.
That would be some improvement.
60 Posted 03/04/2019 at 20:14:51
There is still some deadwood to go but I don't think thats a problem for Marcel as he looks as though he is in totaI control of the situation, think its going to be an exciting summer.
As for the comments about Tottenham's ground yes it is magnificent and looks worth the wait for their fans. However we should not underestimate the possibilities of Bramley dock as the whole are is going to be regenerated.
If its anything like the M & S Arena area and with the back drop of the Mersey then it could be the most spectacular looking stadium and site in the Country as its setting is unique.
Exciting times ahead and our turn is coming...watch that space !
61 Posted 03/04/2019 at 20:19:51
PSG came in for him in January, he could have moaned, he could have downed tools, gone on strike etc to push for the move, but no. He made it clear that he was interested in the move, but at no moment was he unprofessional. And since he was denied, his performances have argueably been even better. He, for me, is our player of the season, with Digne a close second.
Look at Arnautovic at west ham when denied his "dream move" to china - playing woefully, awful attitude, getting booed by his fans.
At 29, the lad deserves a shot at Champions League football. If we get 35-40 million for him, it will be a huge loss, and very difficult to replace...but our failure to meet the standards he set mean we will lose him.
62 Posted 03/04/2019 at 20:24:15
I think had Silva not been the third coach in three years he might be on the dole. A very lucky guy for my money. I hope knows he cannot be afforded another run like the one he had over Christmas & the New year. The balance between implementing his style and getting results with what he has, has been THE problem all year. He has attempted to run before he can walk.
What is worth noting, the overall plan on recruitment seems to be solid and with clear intentions. This years crop have been positive but not without some adjustments issues.
I remain very doubtful about Silva but it looks like he has another chance under Brands.
63 Posted 03/04/2019 at 20:37:10
64 Posted 03/04/2019 at 21:15:14
PSG are interested in the Man.Unt. midfielder who does the same type of job as Gana and whose contract is up in July, so he is a free agent, cant think of his name,but United are refusing his demands for a big wage rise to sign another contract, PSG would save money signing the United player.
65 Posted 03/04/2019 at 21:24:12
Not a bad player amongst them is what I thought, and hopefully we can sign a few more good players this summer to go alongside them?
Gana Gueye, has been unbelievable since PSG, came in for him, and has proven that actions will always speak louder than words. I want him to stay now, but also really respect him now, and if he gets another chance to play for a champions lge team, I wouldnt begrudge him one little bit.
66 Posted 03/04/2019 at 21:26:28
Hope you're right, however, because if PSG is less interested in Gana, it increases the chances he will stay.
67 Posted 03/04/2019 at 21:38:03
If he gets a move, not a single Evertonian will demonise him, he wouldn't be booed upon returning. We'll be disappointed, but we'll all say 'top player, top bloke'.
A rare thing in today's game.
68 Posted 03/04/2019 at 21:40:22
69 Posted 03/04/2019 at 21:45:49
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71 Posted 03/04/2019 at 22:13:30
I have never once said Silva should be replaced. I believe any manager deserves at least two seasons (grabbing egotistical ex England managers aside)
I can see what Silva is trying to do. The problem he has is the playing staff available cant or wont carry out his plan in equal measure.
I do think one or two additions to the current 11 will transform our fortunes next season under Silva's guidance.
I'm not convinced by Marcel Brands. Lucas Digne; hit overall. Richarlison; hit. Yerry Mina; Miss. Bernard; hit and miss for me. Andre Gomes; hit and miss. Kurt Zouma; miss for me.
I would like to see Mason Holgate given a chance (I believe he will be better than Zouma or Mina) Tosun is a better player (all round)than DCL right now. Williams, Martina, Walcott, Shneiderlin, Mirallas, McCarthy, Baines and Jagielka need to move on. Baines and Jags have been fine servants and owe us nothing. The rest I would expect a fee.
Marcel Brands may surprise me but right now I'm not convinced. What he has done at PSV doesn't translate to the EPL in my opinion. Prove me wrong Mr. Brands
72 Posted 03/04/2019 at 22:33:04
And that's exactly why we should not "over-build" capacity. The opener at Spurs' new field had empty seats. That's incredible to me.
There are more than a few "small parks" here in the States for various sports. The smaller parks make for a better game day experience, and the demand for tickets if you constantly sell out creates a fantastic atmosphere.
Fenway Park, PNC Field (Pirates), Wrigley Field, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, etc.
I've been to a lot of stadiums in my lifetime here. Bigger does NOT equate to better, and in fact bigger is often worse. It completely sterilizes the atmosphere.
73 Posted 03/04/2019 at 22:33:23
74 Posted 03/04/2019 at 22:47:25
City also tonight, massive game for them to go back to t he top but so many vacant seats.
A full 52K bear pit I s better than 10-15K empty seats to r 90% of the home games.
75 Posted 03/04/2019 at 22:49:26
76 Posted 03/04/2019 at 23:20:00
Best buy this season is Digne, nobody seems disappointed now about Tierney.
Biggest disappointment to me this season has been Mina. I was really looking forward to seeing him play for us. Ive thought we lacked an aggressive centre half, dominant in the air for years. Hope he gets fit and is able to play next season, would like to see whether or not hes a good player. Thought he was very good at Stamford Bridge.
77 Posted 03/04/2019 at 23:31:39
Spurs next home game is Huddersfield, who have been given an allocation of 3003. Funny figure for an away allocation, but there you go.
78 Posted 04/04/2019 at 00:30:30
It now looks that it is working out and the objectives for the first season will be realised. As well as the playing squad and Manager, work has started on the backroom staff, starting with the scouting system.
The Summer will continue like last summer, with a continuous attempt to reduce the wages bill, with the priority being to offload players that are surplus and to reduce the age profile.
Transfers in will be to increase competition in positions. It's likely that players that are not up to speed, will be expected to work hard and improve in the preseason.
Brands has had a impressive first season.
79 Posted 04/04/2019 at 00:53:57
80 Posted 04/04/2019 at 07:13:11
81 Posted 04/04/2019 at 07:36:58
I know Walcott has been awful the majority of this season and maybe he is but Im probably one of a couple (maybe with Silva alone!) who think theres a good player there. Couldnt argue if he was off loaded after his season this year however.
82 Posted 04/04/2019 at 09:37:17
Back to Brands and Silva, nice to hear that they are both on the same page when it comes to transfer targets for the summer. Now whether they can land their targets is another matter. their major problem was how to reduce the first team squad from the size it is now. The amount of players on high wages that are out on loan is staggering, we have virtually no chance of recuperating anywhere near the amounts paid for these players. I feel sorry for Brands and Silva as I believe their budget for new signings may well be dependent on how much of the deadwood they can move on. Only clubs who are regularly in the Champions league can possibly fund the wage bill that Everton have at present.
This season was always going to be difficult with a new manager and a new DOF plus 6 new first team players to bed in. I would be quite happy with just 2or 3 new signings as I don't think another 5/6 coming in would help. Maybe its no surprise that we are now starting to put together a run of results as manager and players are beginning to understand one another better. I am hopeful that next season we may see the best of this team, but that will depend on if Gana and Zouma leave who we bring in to replace them. I hope both stay but I fear one or both could go in the summer.
83 Posted 04/04/2019 at 09:53:36
84 Posted 04/04/2019 at 10:26:20
The situation though is not that simple though unfortunately with this ban that has been imposed on them, mind you they have stock piles of players on loan, as well as the squad they have. the ultimate decision obviously lies with Chelsea, fingers crossed though.
I think the Gomes situation will be easier to resolve, although this could be slightly complicated, if reports are true that there are a couple of Clubs keeping an eye on the situation, but I think the only way that will affect things is that it may bump the price up. That is assuming that they have not already agreed a price with Barca.
The one we will truly miss, and difficult to replace will be Gana, apparently PSG are still interested and the player wants his twilight dream to come true, so even if we get a handsome fee for him, getting a like for like player will be nigh on impossible.
This lad Patrik Schick (23 year old Czech striker) has been mentioned a few times on various outlets, (no smoke without fire possibly) but what worries me slightly, is that Roma want to offload, not long after acquiring his services, @ £20M has been mentioned.
Colin @80, Redmond is getting on a bit now mate, but seems to be one of these players who is improving with age, we could have had him from Birmingham, and he wanted to come for £1.5M, but Norwich got him instead. I'd be surprised if we could get Wan Bissaka ( I would think Spuds have him earmarked) and if Palace stay up? Not totally convinced about Dacoure, who would cost a lot @£40-50M would be an upgrade on the possibly departing Gana!
85 Posted 04/04/2019 at 12:38:11
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91 Posted 04/04/2019 at 14:09:32
92 Posted 04/04/2019 at 14:11:41
But it is understood Spurs may never be able to play in a full house – because their floating pitch knocks out three rows of seats.
There is an official “absolute” capacity for safety certificate purposes, but that is only available for events when the pitch is not in place – such as NFL games and rugby
Basically, the ground floor, when the pitch is not in place, is 1.5 metres lower than when it is, meaning that the first 3 rows are actually below the football pitch and cant be sold.
93 Posted 04/04/2019 at 14:16:36
Meanwhile in the backwater that is Scouseland, We HOPE to deliver one in BMD at half that price.
We may possibly, hopefully, click our heels and dream of home, and with a good tail-wind behind us. if god gives us his blessing etc etc fuckin etc. Then sign a deal that will give us an option on maybe, thinking about the potential opportunity, of building a new stadium.
This is in a part of the ripe for redevelopment, that will put the great city right back center stage. we need to stop faffing about and get moving
94 Posted 04/04/2019 at 14:55:51
95 Posted 04/04/2019 at 14:57:53
96 Posted 04/04/2019 at 15:01:43
You are correct. My son is renting an ex council flat in Brixton that has a market value of £440,000
97 Posted 04/04/2019 at 16:10:26
£1 billion because it is a lot more than just a stadium. 600 homes, a medium-sized hotel and more, not to mention £ losing value over the last 3 years. All done on loans so a big risk but as long as they get that big stadium naming project in place they will breathe a little easier. Time will tell.
Worth the risk?
98 Posted 04/04/2019 at 17:33:09
Can't see the point in it myself.
We're sticking... it's time to stick. So, hey, weird as it may sound... and no, no pointless 'love-ins' as also has been snidily stated is going on(???) but, ya know, why not let's try a bit of the old positivity for a change, chaps???
It rubs off, ya know!!!
99 Posted 04/04/2019 at 18:29:06
Continuity with a manager seems right on the face of it but that nonsense must not be allowed to happen ever again.
100 Posted 05/04/2019 at 17:02:40
101 Posted 06/04/2019 at 04:37:52
You ask "who wants continuous mediocrity?"
You obviously think you've made a great point there, but clearly you don't get – or maybe don't give a fuck – that is only valid if we all just assume – as you clearly do – that 'mediocre' is all we are, and all our manager is.
So we just ignore anything else to the contrary, then? Like the last two games... ? Like both games against the RS? ... like any other time we haven't been at all mediocre???
Well, fuck that.
Don't get me wrong – if we lose most of our games till the end of the season, go shite again, then I'll almost certainly be right with ya (again), wanting Silva out!! (And no, it wouldn't be the first time I've been inclined that way, either!) But needlessly looking back from when we should be feeling at least pretty positive, based on the most recent performances (and significant others!) to see only the negatives, just to justify your own negative overview – and, okay, of those other like-minded naysayers of the all too regularly absolutely pointless, unhelpful, persuasion... (???) – Naah, not for me, or those like me, that, pal!!!
As I say, fuck that.
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