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Why player trading for Everton is difficult this window and why Marcel Brands's voice is key
Comparing the expected goals (xG) and attacking performance of Everton's three main strikers
First analysis of the 2018-19 accounts plus news from the General Meeting including the USM first right of refusal on naming rights
A look forward to what hopefully is a constructive and informative Annual General Meeting of Everton shareholders
The latest chapter from Becky Tallentire's 2004 book featuring the stories of the women behind some of Everton's greatest ever players features Maureen Harvey, wife of the "White Pele" and one arm of the famed Holy Trinity, Colin Harvey.
A look at the Everton squad, who needs to be moved and the financial consequences of doing so
Evertonians were let down wholesale by their team last Sunday but by the older, more experienced heads in particular. The backlash against them has been righteously indignant but now it's time for them to front up as men in a way they didn't at Anfield and set off on the path to redemption and a possible road to the top six
Profit and sustainability explained and what it means for transfer budgets
Meet Ray Parr, the man who became mates with Everton's greats
The Story of John ‘Jack’ Bell: Victorian Sporting Superstar and Union Pioneer
He was hailed as the exciting next piece in the Blues’ jigsaw when he arrived last year. He must, now, as the most qualified person on the board and as the director of football, be allowed to get on with making decisions, formulating strategies and to steer Everton forward… starting with the selection of Everton’s next manager
We are a club chained to a habitual way of doing things, habitual at least in the context of Kenwright’s grip over the club this past 20 years and most importantly, Moshiri’s failure to provide fresh leadership, discipline and processes. The dealings of the last few days are a symptom.
Marco Silva's time as Everton boss is over just halfway through his three-year term. Let down in large measure by poor recruitment and bedevilled by some awful luck, the Portuguese was ultimately exposed as being too stubborn to change or simply out of his depth
An international team-mate of Diego Simeone and Mauricio Pochettino, Marcelo Gallardo has spent the last seven years building an impressive resume of trophy wins in South America and has restored River Plate as one of that Continent's giants. On the landscape of potential replacements for Marco Silva, the 43-year-old is easily one of the most intriguing and, interestingly, he has leapt into pole position in the betting to be Everton's next manager.
Farhad Moshiri and the Board may have resisted any knee-jerk impulse to fire Marco Silva and appoint an unpopular interim coach like two years ago but it still leaves the Portuguese hanging by a thread for at least the next two games. Barring a miraculous run of results, the hierarchy will surely act but they must use any time in the interim to find the right successor.
There has been huge reluctance to usher in further instability at Everton by removing Marco Silva and triggering yet another change in manager but if the Director of Football model works as intended, it need not be all that disruptive
Last Friday, the Everton FC Heritage Society organised and hosted the ‘Catterick 100’ event to celebrate the life and achievements of Harry Catterick who would have turned 100 on 26th November.
He has been lauded by Manchester City's players for his role in their success, Pep Guardiola feels he already has the tools to become a top manager and Arsenal are reportedly considering him again should they sack Unai Emery but would Mikel Arteta represent too big a gamble for Farhad Moshiri as Marco Silva's replacement at Everton?
The shortlist of potential candidates to replace Marco Silva is just that — short. Which is why the leap for the media to David Moyes, currently unemployed because of a string of failed or middling managerial spells, has been so easy to make but it would be a hugely retrograde and deeply unpopular step to bring him back, even for just a few months.
Stein, Dean and Dunn – that trio of names is immortalised in Goodison folklore as the Everton scorers in the 1933 FA Cup Final victory over Manchester City. William Ralph Dean needs no introduction but today’s Blues supporters may be less familiar with the two scoring Scots: Jimmy Stein and his compatriot, Jimmy Dunn, whose son chats with Rob Sawyer about his dad and two footballing brothers.
The table never lies, the old maxim goes. However, the table takes a good 10 games or so to take shape and the one that does not lie is the one after 38 games. So, can we have any indication of how such a table might look? Well, yes.
With another seemingly interminable international break upon us – albeit, thankfully, the last one of the calendar year – I took the opportunity to catch up with the Good Doctor Everton and ask him about his new collaboration with Rob Sawyer, the biography of striking legend Roy Vernon
In the next two months we will get a much clearer idea of where the club stands on many of the issues surrounding this beloved but potentially beleaguered institution of ours.
Marco Silva’s admission that he is impressing on Richarlison the need to stay on his feet is long overdue because, while Everton continue to be the victims of galling double standards, the Brazilian needs to do all he can to change the perceptions of him.
If you were watching BBC Look North West on September 26th 2019 you may have caught a report about BBC Music Day which included a snippet about a mass singsong at the National Football Museum. The singers were drawn from football clubs across the North West and the newly formed Everton in the Community Friday lunchtime singing group represented the Blues.
Marco Silva’s management of the young Italian has gone from frustrating to highly dubious.
Slight – almost frail looking – he appeared ill-equipped for the hurly-burly of professional football. But appearances can so often be deceptive and Eddie Thomas enjoyed a fruitful career over eleven years.
As a bit of light relief, given our present travails, and with an eye to nostalgia, I thought I would pen and submit this short article.
Perhaps I'm alone in finding something deeply dysfunctional about Uefa's reaction to the Turkish team's so-called 'military' salute in recognition of their troops in Syria.
Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri is believed to be willing to give Silva time to turn things around, although another poor performance against the Hammers could cause a rethink.
Marco Silva goes into a match that he himself has declared as "must-win" against a talented but unpredictable West Ham side.
The incomplete summer recruitment made for less than ideal circumstances this season but none of Everton's personnel issues, even in aggregate, really account for how poor the team has been. That is clearly down to other factors that ultimately rest at the feet of the manager.
I posted on another thread about the basic statistics of our current situation. But now I am going to update it and it makes even worse reading.
The story of a man who made 11 league appearances for Everton during the 1904-05 season.
His stats are not showing a wasteful striker, but simply one not getting enough chances. His xG is about level with the goals he scores.
KitAid, founded in 1998, donates used and new (surplus) shirts to teams in various parts of the world
Here we are again. Just 6 games into a manager’s second season, and the pressure is well and truly on for a squad of mercenaries and "stepping-stoners" lacking unity of purpose and shared ambition.
Genuine cult heroes are hard to find these days but, needless to say, barring a miracle, we will never see the likes of "Big Dunc" again. He’s the player who made watching Everton in the 90s worthwhile.
Baseball may be a minority sport in the UK but 80 years ago Merseyside was a hotbed of this popular American pastime. Had it not been for the outbreak of War in 1939 perhaps it would have gained a proper foothold in our sporting life.
A World Cup star for Nigeria in 1994, Daniel Amokachi was Mike Walker's marquee acquisition that summer. The striker's spell at Goodison Park would outstrip that of the manager who signed him and while his record was fairly unremarkable, he is one of the more noteworthy players of the mid-1990s due to the extraordinary circumstances around his brace in an FA Cup semi-final.
127 years ago Everton unveiled its new stadium at Mere Green – it would become known as Goodison Park on account of its proximity to Goodison Road. The first football match would take place on 2 September - a friendly against Bolton Wanderers. Athletic News was on hand to report on developments.
Nigel Ipinson-Fleming was born in 1970 and raised on Spellow Lane, just round the corner from Goodison Park. In spite of his proximity to the famous old ground, he would eventually follow the rival team from across Stanley Park – but he is also quick to acknowledge the greatness of the Everton team of his teenage years.
Clarence Herbert Berry, who joined in 1908 and played for the club until 1912, was the first Rugby League player to switch codes and sign for Everton
In a region of France known as the Forgotten Front lies an area dubbed “the Nursery Sector”, where new formations arriving on the Western front in WWI were often given their first front line experience. One was the 2/10th (Scottish) Battalion of the King’s Liverpool which included Corporal Wilfred Toman, formerly of Everton FC who was killed there on 2nd May 1917
A look at Everton's finances, some projections, the club's business plan and funding options as the consultation for Bramley-Moore Dock draws to a close
Two strong-willed, complicated, men form the axis of a new book by Gavin Buckland which explores, in greater detail than ever before, Everton during the trophy-laden 1960s
Like the overwhelming majority of Evertonians it seems, judging by the voting on our current poll, I was pretty pleased with what I saw when the first visuals of Bramley-Moore Dock were revealed. I'd love to see a couple of unique touches added to the inside, though.
Boyhood Blues, FA Cup winners, Premier League record-breakers and five Scousers. This is the ultimate Everton squad of the Premier League era.
A chat with Elizabeth France, wife of the good Dr Everton, on renewed hope for the new season – possibly the make or break season under Mr Moshiri’s ownership
The failure to replace Kurt Zouma was frustrating because the recruitment this summer has, otherwise, been hugely encouraging, leaving Marco Silva with a more dangerous outfit going forward but thin at the back. Everton will rely on Keane and Mina forging a meaningful partnership, some luck with injuries and some help from the some of the so-called "big six" this season.
Should the Blues build around the England U21 man and hope that he scores more goals, or should they sign another striker to challenge and maybe replace him?
A top-half-of-the-table finish is always good, but Everton will always fight hard to go a place or better than the previous season.
With twelve days to run, we are just over half-way to the £5000 target. David and I would greatly appreciate the support of ToffeeWeb readers to get this over the line so that the biography can be published in the autumn.
Profit & Loss account situation, it is unlikely in the extreme that we will see significant inward transfer activity involving highly valued players this summer
It's not hyperbole to suggest that at one stage Michael Keane was close to being written off in some quarters as another expensive but ultimately inadequate signing from the Steve Walsh era. He's come a long way since in the space of Marco Silva's first season in charge.
David France and I have teamed up to bring Roy’s colourful story to a wider audience and give him the credit he so richly merits. With deCoubertin Books, we have recently launched a Kickstarter initiative in anticipation of publication this autumn.
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