How Everton would love to emulate their rivals this weekend, a Manchester City side that have shed their status as the second team in town and leapfrogged United on the pitch and in terms of trophies and glory.
Tony Evans summarizes Everton's current plight as the Champions visit Goodison Park this weekend.
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1 Posted 27/09/2019 at 14:05:49
2 Posted 27/09/2019 at 14:18:55
I totally agree, why publish an article by someone is so avertly the opposite to those of us who support the Blues. Obviously still rankles with him the joy we showed when we stopped his beloved Reds getting the 3 points at Goodison and thus preventing them from winning the league.
They call us bitter, but they hate every club in the Sky 6 except Arsenal and the reason for that is Arsenal are no threat to them. Were we quite naturally just dislike our neighbours.
But we have to ask the question with an owner who has poured in £450 million since taking over why have we regressed.
3 Posted 27/09/2019 at 14:22:03
not that what he has to say isn't mainly true. Brands has mixed up his recruitment with players that can contribute now with players that will need a couple years to improve enough to propel us forwards. Unfortunately its those players that are in key positions, like goal scoring. Even so, Silva does not know his best 11, cant change his formation and is relying on his players to dig it out.
This game will be the best test of both players abiltiy and mental strength and what we need at this point in the season. If we show something it could kick start our season. If not... well there's always next week!
4 Posted 27/09/2019 at 14:23:45
5 Posted 27/09/2019 at 14:36:16
6 Posted 27/09/2019 at 14:46:07
I don't like Evans but I think he's setting out a widely held external perception of the club.
We need to ensure that he's proved wrong over time.
7 Posted 27/09/2019 at 15:05:09
The most concerning thing is Bramley Moore, because I was getting told off a very good source that Everton have been looking at new sites in Speke... this is very concerning news for me at the minute
8 Posted 27/09/2019 at 15:05:22
9 Posted 27/09/2019 at 15:10:27
He's not going to pick up any industry gongs or awards for the piece, but in broad brush strokes he describes Everton's plight with a legitimate comparison to Manchester's 'second club' and how they leapfrogged United to be #1 in their city.
The only contestable paragraph I read was this:
"Silva lacks the confidence of his players. The manager is exposed and before the Carabao Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday the Portuguese used phrases like “no one can hide” and “take responsibility.” These are the sort of words that signal serious division in the dressing room."
That is extremely speculative and his final sentence is an absurd conclusion to leap to.
The rest, as unpalatable as it reads for some, is (IMO) a fair and reasonable summation of our last decade compared to the rise of City.
10 Posted 27/09/2019 at 15:25:24
11 Posted 27/09/2019 at 15:26:40
I'm not sure on Silva right now, but I am sure that it wasn't Steve Walsh, who assembled Leicester's title winning team, but him and Koeman, definitely put Everton back at least three years, and this is why I hope Evertonians read this properly, and give the people in-charge a bit longer, even if they didn't want Silva in the first place.
My good source is a red, he could be at the wind-up, but he was saying that a certain reporter who works for the independent has been saying Everton have been looking at sites in Speke, which has nearly made me puke as much as that Liverpudlians article, hopefully it's the same journalist spouting the shite, or my mate is just taking the piss.
Let's hope Everton win tomorrow, and let's hope Liverpool, also come unstuck, a big price for the double, very unlikely to happen, but why do them bastards suddenly want Everton to win!?
12 Posted 27/09/2019 at 15:29:42
Jay @9, I hope you're right and he's wrong about the players' (or some players') attitude to Silva.
13 Posted 27/09/2019 at 15:35:52
14 Posted 27/09/2019 at 15:54:46
15 Posted 27/09/2019 at 15:55:43
16 Posted 27/09/2019 at 15:59:15
17 Posted 27/09/2019 at 17:17:31
As if they fuckin' care, they are terrified we are going to move there for the simple reason when we do we will have a much better chance of improving as a club and a team, nothing guaranteed, but the odds of improving are greatly increased.
18 Posted 27/09/2019 at 17:34:30
19 Posted 27/09/2019 at 17:51:02
20 Posted 27/09/2019 at 18:03:58
21 Posted 27/09/2019 at 18:13:07
22 Posted 27/09/2019 at 19:03:00
Whatever state we are in, it is in our hands now to put it right. We have missed the boat in so many ways when Kenwright failed to sell the club at the right time, because his first condition for a sale was always he had to be chairman. What a clown.
We can only put our faith in Moshiri and hope the 'project' is a success, to be fair he's pumped a lot of money into Everton. Then again he's made a lot of mistakes with his managerial appointments and subsequent player signings. Keep the faith and hope we win some Silva ware, and I'm Silva's harshest critic, but a cup win would make him a hero.
23 Posted 27/09/2019 at 20:23:39
24 Posted 27/09/2019 at 20:34:12
25 Posted 27/09/2019 at 20:40:53
26 Posted 27/09/2019 at 22:05:58
Apparently in the media, they have stated they have taken their place back on their horse.
Regardless, theres never been a more devious, spawny team, whove had the luck of a 1000 years across the last 5 decades.
Ill not extend the narrative as its legendary.
Forget the RS, their luck will run dry, and they will self implode.
The two spawny free kicks, last week at Chelsea, show the despicable extremes of VAR.
Value Add Results for the RS, and SFA, for us and most of the other teams pushing fora challenge this season.
Forget Peps, nice words, hes the best coach, tomorrow lets give them hell, on the pitch.
Its about time we done a good job on he pitch. 97 minutes and full effort, and no less can be accepted, if the coaching staff, are serious, about this season.
27 Posted 27/09/2019 at 22:23:22
This is life as an Evertonian, the truth sometimes hurts.
RS media? He's shooting from the hip on how he sees us.
28 Posted 27/09/2019 at 23:42:27
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!"
29 Posted 27/09/2019 at 23:56:28
Tomorrow, we hope that the team puts in a shift. Has Everton become scared of its own Shadow? I don't think so, the sole bearers of the club through era and eternity are the Evertonians, but tomorrow, after Tuesday, it's the time to put Man City into a place where they haven't been since we did them 4-0, and to date, in all competitions, Pep's worst aggregate defeat.
If it's the case, still, 3½ years on, then, that's a kind of solid teamness we lost sight of a long a time ago, when technology was different. The trains were different and life was different.
Now for Tomorrow and not Yesterday. Surely tomorrow Everton will play like the very good yesterdays?
30 Posted 28/09/2019 at 00:49:57
I'm liking your optimism, I just hope at least a few of our more important players are feeling the same way.
Win, lose or draw the Man City game, the more important one (for Silva) is the Burnley one and that's the one most will judge him on. I think a solid performance and win against Burnley will do much more for morale than a win against City at home.
We're always going to get up for City, but for Burnley?
31 Posted 28/09/2019 at 10:16:25
32 Posted 29/09/2019 at 11:15:07
Can you explain your comment about accents?
He is a football correspondent for The Times in the 21st Century — no idea what his accent has to do with anything.
33 Posted 30/09/2019 at 10:09:28
Recently, Evans has concentrated on authorship of books about Liverpool as a community as well as LFC. The latest is entitled 'Make the People Happy - An Intimate History of Liverpool FC.' Previous titles include 'Two Tribes: Liverpool, Everton and a City on the Brink'.
He describes himself as a Writer, Radical, Scouse Separatist, Football drinker and Beer Hooligan.
I've followed his work from his early days and just wish he had been an Evertonian!
34 Posted 03/10/2019 at 23:27:33
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