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Marcel Brands – The Architect

There was an excellent programme on last night on Sky Premier League, 402, at 6-30pm.

It was in a series called Premier League World, and this one was called ‘The Architect’. It was about the career of Marcel Brands, and it is thoroughly enjoyable. It lasts about 30 minutes.

It didn’t have the usual Sky gobshites on it, but featured Van Gaal, Jol, Cocu, Van Nistelrooy, plus the senior guys at AZ Alkmaar, PSV, and others. It also had Ancelotti, and players, like Bernard, Richarlison, Mina.

It gives a decent insight into how this guy works and how highly he is rated.

It’s on again tonight at 7-30. If you get the chance, watch it.

It’s also on at 9-30 tonight and 10-00 tomorrow night
Chris  Williams     Posted 20/02/2020 at

Howards Way – Special London Screening with Graeme Sharp

The Howard Kendall film, Howard's Way, is finally coming to London — for one night only. Graeme Sharp will be our special guest as we watch this one-off showing in the Capital. If you are about, tickets are available through EventBrite via the following link for this wonderful Toffee event in the West End.

Everton Howard's Way - Special London Screening with Graeme Sharp

Rob Madigan     Posted 19/02/2020 at 13:26:52

Bramley-Moore Dock

Readers of ToffeeWeb will no doubt be aware that the club submitted its full and detailed Planning Application for the new stadium to Liverpool City Council on 24 December 2019. The People's Project website also posts the amended images and fly-through of the new stadium, reflecting the design changes since Summer 2019.

The Planning Application has the distinction of being the first to be recorded for 2020, having the reference number 20F/0001. Anyone who may wish to track its progress should use this reference when searching Liverpool City Council's website and the area dealing with current applications.

I viewed the relevant application pages last week and noted that, aside from a full description of the proposals and notification that the application has been validated, it has yet to be registered. Until that takes place, the application will not be the subject of formal consideration. Nor will arrangements be put in place for Public Consultation.

Similarly, notification of the application and an invitation for their comments will not be sent to all the relevant public authorities – frequently referred to as the statutory consultees. In layman's terms, all this means is that the clock will not start ticking on the process to determine the merits of the application until formal registration takes place.

I have had contact with the Case Officer for the application and much of what I note above reflects his advice. He has also indicated that they are hoping to make some arrangements with the club to enable members of the public to look at a paper copy of the application. Particularly useful if you want to pour over the architect's plans. Details of where and when will probably pop up on the Council's website, if not also at the People's Project site (my assumption).

I am aiming to keep track of the progress of the application and will post further notes on ToffeeWeb as and when there is more to report. Readers should in particular note that the formal process of public consultation on the application will afford the opportunity to submit comments to the Council expressing your whole-hearted support for the scheme. Every little helps!

Alasdair Jones     Posted 10/02/2020 at 15:35:48

Is Carlo Ancelotti the man to break the spell?

Looking at how the fixtures are falling... after Saturday against Crystal Palace, we might be in 7th place for 6 days! That’s if my math is correct!

Three points against Palace will jump us above Wolves and Man Utd onto 36 points. Due to our wonderful Winter Break (think I will be going skiing in Aspen, Colorado... or not!) there is no-one who can stop us – except ourselves and Palace – until Wolves play Leicester later in the week!

Now I am sure many of us have been here before with Everton in the last 5 years. All we needed was a win to jump into 4th, 5th or 6th place in the Premier League but we always failed miserably! Was it down to the players or could the blame be laid squarely at the feet of our managers who could never get us to win that important game?

Now, here we are again! A win against Crystal Palace at home and we are in 7th place for at least 6 days! Unbelievable based on where we were at the end of November! But is Carlo Ancelotti the magician to wave his wand and get us to 7th place? I thought maybe I should keep my fingers away from my iPad just in case I jinx it! We shall see...
David Cooper     Posted 03/02/2020 at 22:02:23

Mason Holgate: What will his ultimate position be?

If there was an award for most improved player, Mason Holgate would certainly be a contender. Long derided as too error-prone, as having poor positioning, and simply being 'Championship Standard' (the much-used criticism labelled at our youngsters).

Personally, I always thought there was a good player there, but he has even surpassed my expectations in the last few months after dislodging Michael Keane from the starting 11. His loan at West Brom has certainly improved him, and now a big future awaits the young man. The question I have, though, is: What will his ultimate position be?

Having been too much of a risk for central defence when he broke into the team, his athleticism meant that the bulk of his games so far have been at right-back. Certainly not his best position, but this has given him experience of playing further up the field.

Against Watford, he stepped into midfield, as he had done with Duncan Ferguson in charge, and looked the part. He's got a good touch, reads the game well, and knows how to pass a ball.

So, in the long term, could Mason step up and make the defensive midfield position his own?
Fran Mitchell     Posted 03/02/2020 at 10:41:28

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