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Ticking the Boxes

Lyndon Lloyd
The Premier League will take its tentative steps towards reopening this month. It’ll be football, Jim, but not as we know and love it and it makes it difficult to gin up much enthusiasm
10/06/2020

The Predator

Lyndon Lloyd
The coronavirus crisis came at the worst time for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, forcing the shutdown of football when he was in a rich vein of form and on the cusp of the England setup but the young striker is no stranger to hard work and difficult circumstances
31/05/2020

Misfits, Mysteries and Nearly-Men – Luke Garbutt

Lyndon Lloyd
When he signed a five-year contract in 2015, it was greeted with relief. Instead of a blossoming career as Baines's natural successor, however, Luke Garbutt will leave Everton this summer having never fulfilled his early promise
13/05/2020

Misfits Mysteries and Nearly-Men – Henry Onyekuru

Lyndon Lloyd
Player recruitment under Steve Walsh showed ambition even if things didn't work out
06/05/2020

Unchartered waters and difficult decisions

Lyndon Lloyd
The Premier League has pencilled in a resumption of action for the first week of April but the feeling is that that is optimistic. The question that will be pondered anxiously between now and then is what happens next?
14/03/2020

Looking Forward to the Past

Lyndon Lloyd
As the 50th anniversary of Everton's 1969-70 League championship triumph approaches, Lyndon Lloyd chats with Dr David France about that wonderful side
12/03/2020

What are you made of?

Lyndon Lloyd
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
08/01/2020

Time for Marcel Brands to take the wheel

Lyndon Lloyd
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
10/12/2019

Belated mercy for Silva, Moshiri's failed gamble

Lyndon Lloyd
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
06/12/2019

El Muñeco – Could Everton go for “the next great Argentine manager”?

Lyndon Lloyd
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.
04/12/2019

Dead Man Walking

Lyndon Lloyd
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.
28/11/2019

The Revolving Door

Lyndon Lloyd
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
26/11/2019

The Protégé – Would Mikel Arteta represent gamble or coup for Everton?

Lyndon Lloyd
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?
25/11/2019

The Terrifying Spectre of Moyes

Lyndon Lloyd
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.
24/11/2019

Blue Dragon – A chat with David France

Lyndon Lloyd
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
14/11/2019

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Lyndon Lloyd
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.
07/11/2019

The Mis-Handling of Moise Kean

Lyndon Lloyd
Marco Silva’s management of the young Italian has gone from frustrating to highly dubious.
01/11/2019

The Change Imperative

Lyndon Lloyd
Marco Silva goes into a match that he himself has declared as "must-win" against a talented but unpredictable West Ham side.
18/10/2019

None So Blind As Those Who Will Not See

Lyndon Lloyd
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.
08/10/2019

Our Proposed New Home

Lyndon Lloyd
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.
16/08/2019

H8 LFC

Lyndon Lloyd
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
13/08/2019

Top-6 tilt could be touch-and-go as summer business falls just short

Lyndon Lloyd
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.
09/08/2019

The Most Improved

Lyndon Lloyd
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.
03/07/2019

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