Ancelotti pleased with team confidence and spirit

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Carlo Ancelotti puts into context the small changes he has made since becoming Everton manager just 10 days ago

Carlo Ancelotti says his team's test against Manchester City will be a good indication of where Everton stand now that things have stabilised since Marco Silva's departure four weeks ago.

The Blues take on the defending Premier League champions on New Year's Day and it will be the sternest test of the Italian manager's fledgeling tenure following successive wins over Burnley and Newcastle United.

"It will a fantastic test for us against City, to see where we are," Ancelotti told evertonfc.com. "It's a really strong team but we have confidence to do our best and play a fantastic game. The moment is good for us and it's good to have this kind of test. We have to be happy to complete against the top teams.

"We need to have the confidence to compete and to be focussed on our football. We don't have to look too much to the opponents' team because they are really strong. It's better to be focussed on our football.

"I was surprised by the spirit of the team. The work that Duncan [Ferguson] did was really good because he increased the spirit and so I've found players with character and good attitude. The players have adapted really well and we have to look forward.

"[In this period of transition] it can be dangerous to change a lot, the players can be confused. Defensively we have changed a little bit. Offensively, the style, we have changed a little bit. I haven't changed a lot since because we haven't had time [with the Christmas fixtures]."

"The players have shown confidence in the games and I hope this can continue in the next games which are really difficult."

Ancelotti revealed that Morgan Schneiderlin has resumed full training with the first team and should be available for selection in the FA Cup tie against Liverpool this coming weekend.

He also indicated that while he feels he has inherited a strong squad, there may be scope to make targeted additions during the January transfer window. Ancelotti said that he would sit down with the board after the 5th of January to discuss potential acquisitions.  


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Pat Kelly
1 Posted 31/12/2019 at 12:10:35
We may as well beat them now. That other shower have the title sewn up.
Martyn Valentine
2 Posted 31/12/2019 at 12:10:50
What a refreshing change to hear that approach as opposed to 'knife to a gunfight'!!
Bill Watson
3 Posted 31/12/2019 at 12:22:30
Good to hear a positive approach to what will be a very challenging test.

It was a bit worrying that, at Newcastle, we appeared to have reverted to zonal marking in defending corners and set pieces.

I agree a few tweaks here and there is just fine for starters. Football's a simple game so best to keep it simple. Players, especially some of ours, are easily confused!

Kim Vivian
4 Posted 31/12/2019 at 12:36:26
Great attitude. Common sense comments and conspicuous lack of bullshit. Been looking forward to this game and see it as a nice warm up for the FA cup tie. To come away with anything from the Etihad (notwithstanding certain results this year) is a big ask, and so long as we continue with the attitude and progress we seem to be making I will be happy. Come away with a result and Sunday will be interesting.

I think we'll draw that and take 'em on the replay.

Tony Abrahams
5 Posted 31/12/2019 at 12:44:18
I didn’t know there was replays in the cup anymore Kim, but I’ve just checked and it looks like they still have them for both the 3rd/4th rounds.
Neal Kernohan
6 Posted 31/12/2019 at 12:50:39
Ohhh dear Morgan is fit...
Jerome Shields
7 Posted 31/12/2019 at 12:52:12
Ancelotti is more into fine tuning and getting the best out of what he had got to work with. He will keep pushing the boundaries of the players he has got, to see what they are capable of. Duncan has done a good job at motivating squad.
Tom Bowers
8 Posted 31/12/2019 at 13:05:00
Pleasing so far but a long way to go. Certainly the spirit and confidence has been raised but whether that will be enough just yet we will have to wait and see.

Tough games coming up and we shouldn't expect too much against and VAR club RS but the Carlo and Dunc. partnership has done well so far.

Eric Paul
9 Posted 31/12/2019 at 13:25:22
Jerome
I think Carlo would have had a different start if he come in straight after silva, there is a lot to be said for the job Dunc did in motivating the squad.
Shaun Laycock
10 Posted 31/12/2019 at 13:28:12
This will be a good barometer for us. Looking for a plan, progression from the team and fight. My team would be (442):
Pickford
Coleman
Holgate
Mina
Digne
Sidibe
Delph
Siggy
Richie
Kean
DCL

In Don Carlo We Trust. COYB.

Jerome Shields
11 Posted 31/12/2019 at 13:30:48
Ancelotti will be trying to get more out of Schnerderlin as well. He will be doing likewise with Tosun and Niasse. In fact everyone will be being worked on.

Ancelotti has shown he is a master tactian as far as game management is concerned. Everton have lost their predictability and Ancelotti will be using all skills that players have and developing them to fit into his variations on his master plan.

Newcastle did not expect a attacking Everton, that morphed into offensive Everton, all in one game. Bruce looked a bit shellshocked at the end of the game.

Ancelotti is a really good Football Manager.

Daniel A Johnson
12 Posted 31/12/2019 at 13:38:04
Ancelotti is no mug and he clearly recognises the work Duncan put in, he references it in every interview so kudos for him for that.

Unlike Allardyce who would have mugged it for all its worth for himself.

He can see a motivated squad but now against City he gest to see how we play football.

Asbjørn Opstad
13 Posted 31/12/2019 at 13:43:47
#11 Well put, Jerome. The game-management vs. Newcastle was a joy and thrill to watch - Ancelotti's proactive and reactive grips.

Feeling so much better with Carlo and Dunc at the helm

Happy new year to all Evertonians :-)

Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 31/12/2019 at 13:45:45
Jerome (11), has Niasse been on the bench since the new manager has selected the squad, surprises me if he hasn’t, because he gives a lot mote energy than Tosun, but I am quite relaxed with Ancelotti picking Everton’s squad.
Tom Barton
15 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:00:15
Jerome @11, Daniel@12,
I have to agree with both you lads,
I suspect it is even clearer with Carlo, I think he has allowed every player, inc Snides, a fresh start, especially with the lack of prep time he has had, but I'm certain any player not fitting with his thoughts will be out on their arse before they friggin know it, this man is no mug.
Also, his public comments toward big Dunc is both respectful and very classy.
The man is class, just class.
Jamie Crowley
16 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:00:51
Reading Morgan’s back I thought of something.

If the guy plays, I’m ready to give him a chance and see what he can do under Ancelotti. Schneiderlin has driven me mostly mad, my biggest beef with him being he slows down play to an absolute crawl.

But seeing the way we’ve played since Ancelotti has taken over, I don’t think Carlo will allow Morgan to do that.

Schneiderlin has talent. FFS, anyone at this level does. It’ll be very interesting to see a Morgan Schneiderlin playing the ball forward and quickly, and being told NOT to play it sideways. Maybe he can have a revival in an Ancelotti system?

Besides, our midfield options are scant as hell. Might as well think positive and get behind the guy; hoping he’s been told to play in a much different manner than we are accustomed to seeing.

Knowing me after his first sideways pass I’ll be calling for him to get hooked.

Derek Taylor
17 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:07:49
Should Everton fail to impress tomorrow, the knockers will be back with a vengeance. It's all too boring to have little to moan about but none of us ever anticipated the appointment of manager of this quality. If it goes wrong it will be the players at fault not he, believe me.
Des Farren
18 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:20:07
Jerome@7 and Eric @9. I agree with you both regarding Ferguson's motivational qualities.
My question, and that's all it is, is where were these qualities in evidence before now? After all he has been a first team coach for some years but nowhere, at anytime, has anyone, to my knowledge,
referenced them?
Brent Stephens
19 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:22:18
The reference to Duncan is a nice touch. Respect. This up-and-coming manager Carlo might just go places, given his first games and his off-field diplomacy.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

20 Posted 31/12/2019 at 14:35:49
Carlo Ancelotti just exudes calm authority it appears to me every time he speaks.

It is never about 'the self' with him (unlike, for example, Sam Allardyce).

He is keenly aware it is a team game. He always talks positively about his players, his coaching staff, the upcoming games (unlike, for example, David Moyes).

He also appears an extremely self-centered and balanced man. When asked about his reported sightings in downtown Liverpool, he answered with a casual shrug.

"I like to live a normal life, not live at Finch Farm 24 hours a day. I like to go out to restaurants. I really like the city."

It's going to be an interesting watch tomorrow.

Kevin Dyer
21 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:00:44
#14 Dave I doubt Ancelotti has ever encountered such a poor technical player as Niasse in all his travels. I'd be shocked if he got anywhere near the matchday 11 tbh, given how CA wants to exert control in a game, something that Niasse, for all his effort adds nothing to.

As for Schneiderlin, he has ability as a footballer, so no reason CA cannot bring that out. I think all the players will try and raise their game now they are playing for a renowned manager. Whether he's part of the long-term picture is doubtful but I'm sure he'll contribute this season.

Kevin Dyer
22 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:02:20
Jay #20 I liked his comments about the city too. Sidibe should take notes!
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

23 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:03:00
This is worth watching. A definite upgrade on the usual 'Everton Unseen' vids the club pastes together with poor video and audio at times of a match day.

Link

This is a very slick and professional 12 minutes video of the away day at Newcastle.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

24 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:05:57
Kevin @ 22.

You've intrigued me with your Sidibe reference. Has he been less than flattering about the city?

Brian Williams
25 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:14:14
Jay#24.
Jay, Sid was unintentionally (IMO) uncomplimentary about the city. He said that it had had many problems in the past and was sad because of it.
I'm pretty sure his meaning was somewhat lost in translation and I personally feel we shouldn't be like those across the park can be and be completely and instantly offended.
From the rough quotes I saw he said nothing that didn't have strong elements of truth to be honest.
Steve Brown
26 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:14:51
Sidibe told French news outlet L’Est Eclair: “It’s going well, I’m acclimatising bit by bit. I needed a bit of time, which is completely normal, especially since the Premier League is different.

“It’s an excellent league, probably the best in the world, with a lot of intensity.

“I live near Manchester, like the majority of players at Liverpool and Everton. Why? Let’s say Liverpool is a bit of a… sad town, that went through some suffering in the past.

Tony Hill
27 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:21:03
He could say the city is a shit heap provided he keeps putting those crosses in.
Jamie Crowley
28 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:22:57
From my limited and distant knowledge, Sid’s said nothing that isn’t true. There’s a sad history behind Liverpool of dilapidation and abject poverty in certain sectors.

It’s a major city. It happens. It’s nice to read about how regenerated it is and how cosmopolitan it has become.

How can anyone take offense to Sidibe’s comments? Don’t understand that.

Joe McMahon
29 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:23:31
Manchester is mainly a shit heap also, the players live in select areas of Cheshire.
Tony Hill
30 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:28:50
I don't think anyone will take offence, Jamie. Liverpool is a cracking city, of course, and continues to reinvent itself.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

31 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:35:44
Thanks for those explanations about Sidibe.

Basically nothing to see here then.

On my first trip back in 20 odd years a couple of years back I thought the inner city was hugely transformed. My Brazilian missus was well impressed.

Of course, high up her to do list was the Beatles museum and tour, but what literally moved her to tears was the outstanding International Slavery Museum, because of the strong trading links with Brazil where so many of the human cargo were traded to.

I'd move back in a heartbeat if I could. Great eats and drinking holes everywhere.

Tony Hill
32 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:37:27
You're right about the food, Jay. Some superb places now. The whole city feels great.
Brian Harrison
33 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:38:58
I said when he signed that I couldnt believe we had convinced one of the worlds best managers to be our manager. I don't know what was said by who or what was promised to him, but I am just delighted he is here. I would just hope that people stop referring to past managers, thats gone just look forward for a change with a positive outlook.

Not only a great manager who dwarfs the achievements of any previous managers we have had, but also a great man manager. He has been full of praise for the work Duncan has done, and rightly so. I am sure he realizes that if Duncan hadnt got good results before he came, he could well have taken over a team in the bottom 3 or worse.

He will know there is much to be done to completely turn things around, and we now face 2 of the toughest games of the season Man City away and then the league leaders in the Cup. This will be a good test of this teams new found confidence, and Ancelotti will learn more about his players from these 2 games than any other games left this season.

Dave Williams
34 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:51:13
Des #18, I don't think Duncan was allowed such a prominent role by previous managers. He can only communicate with players during a game if the manager ie. his immediate boss, allows him to do so. He has now shown what he can do with the shackles off and hopefully Carlo will allow him to be more directly involved.
Chad Schofield
35 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:52:02
The difference in class between Allardyce trying to claim Unsworth's West Ham win to Ancelotti's pointing to Ferguson's short spell is blinding.

Clearly when things are tougher, the press conferences will be harder, but he really is class.

Ferguson brought both passion and an humble assuredness off the pitch. Long term I would love him to get his chance with us, but it would be fantastic for him, and for us all, if things continue in this manner (I don't quite mean 100% win rate, although that'd be 'nice!). What a phenomenal (for want of a better superlative) change since the start of December!

Dave Abrahams
36 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:52:56
Kevin (21), fair enough, I understand your point of view, mine was solely in two players, if Tosun has been in the squad since Ancelotti has been selecting it then there is no reason that Niasse shouldn’t also be in it, no big deal if both of them are omitted, but one is as good or as bad as the other. My preference is for Niasse.
Jerome Shields
37 Posted 31/12/2019 at 15:59:43
Dereck #17,

Some players will let the side down. Walcott was poor 90% of the time and Sigurdsson became anonymous as usual at the end of the first half against Newcastle. Ancelotti was assertive in addressing both issues with his subs. Ancelotti, as he says in his interview, is still open to see what players are capable of when challenged. I detect that he is actually looking forward to the Man City game to find out.

Of course Everton will have difficult games, but Ancelotti will work hard with players to overcome these difficult times. He has the players on his side and there is not one Everton player who is going to question his authority or methods, unlike Bayen Munich or the notorious Chelsea dressing room.

Des #28,

Duncan over the years has kept his head down and kept his nose clean, because he needed the job. He has been loyal to whoever he reported too, keeping his own opinions to himself. He has worked hard and closely with players. But, no matter how good you are, you are only as good as the Management team you belong to. When he took over as caretaker, the other coaches and player pulled in behind him. He had built up their respect over years. The performance that Duncan got out of Everton was not achieved overnight, but over years and personally with everyone involved.

He now is recognised and working with the best Manager he ever worked with, who thinks he is capable. Confidence added to ability makes all the difference. Some players will improve for the same reason.

Joe McMahon
38 Posted 31/12/2019 at 16:03:16
Mark Noble now trying to sell David Moyes to WHU fans reminds me of when SAF tried to sell him to United fans. It's so refreshing to finally have a winner at the wheel of Everton. Us suffering fans have waited decades for this. We at last will be playing in Champions League I'm convinced in 2 years.
Mike Gaynes
39 Posted 31/12/2019 at 16:05:59
Disappointing news about Schneiderlin, but I feel certain we can overcome his availability.
Andy Crooks
40 Posted 31/12/2019 at 16:06:30
Jay @31, I know what you mean. I saw Everton a lot in the eighties and Liverpool was run down. Nothing like Belfast, which, in the eighties, was as grim as anywhere in the western world, but still, sad.

Not now. I have been lucky enough to return thanks to many on here but especially the Abrahams family. It is a wonderful, vibrant city with great people.

I want to bring my wife for a visit, midweek, she hates football!! Pete Mills, we spoke about the old city and I would love to hear more about it.

Mike Gaynes, when are you coming over? Pick up Jamie Crowley on the way.

Mike Gaynes
41 Posted 31/12/2019 at 16:09:40
No problem, Andy. We Yanks love to carpool.
John Boon
42 Posted 31/12/2019 at 16:32:48
As Evertonians we always expect the best. We now have a Management team in Ancelotto and Dunc that may provide for those expectations. We also need to give EVERY player the chance to be reviewed by Ancelotti. Some players may benefit from a new manager, and some of those that have been under performing may surprise supporters if they are given a new lease to prove their worth.If they don't take this opportunity I am sure Ancelotti will know what steps to take. When he played he was always a hard worker so effort is an automatic expectation.
Alan McGuffog
43 Posted 31/12/2019 at 16:33:54
Joe...exactly. most players live in areas like Prestbury, Hale, Bowden, Alderley Edge. You don't find them snuggled up in Collyhurst, Harpurey or Beswick
Ray Smith
44 Posted 31/12/2019 at 16:48:36
Des 18

I firmly believe that under Koeman, Alardyce and Silva, Duncan was held back for fear of seeing what we have recently seen under his stewardship.

During the above 3’s charge, the big man sat through the games, quiet, subdued and never spoken too in respect of what was happening on the pitch.

Why did they keep him? Because he’s bloody good at what he does, that’s why.

Some TW’s have in the past asked what he does other than put the cones out. Total disrespect.

I was at Brighton before Koeman got the sack, and DF in the warm up stood around totally disinterested with what was going on, and when the players were called off he walked (yes walked) slowly well behind the players.
Is this the demeanour of a man with blue blood?

I take my hat to him for putting up with such derisory treatment for so long.

We are now seeing the real DF.
Ancelotti has seen straight away his qualities, which the last 3 between them couldn’t see.

Mark Murphy
45 Posted 31/12/2019 at 16:55:17
The difference Ancellotti has brought to me means I'll be gutted if we lose to City whereas before I'd be pragmatic and think at least it keeps them in touch with Liverpool.

I really really really no longer care what they do - Everton excite me!!

Happy new year to good blues everywhere!
UTFT!!

Tom Bowers
46 Posted 31/12/2019 at 16:59:43
We will all be anxious over the next few weeks to see if the upward trend can continue and if Carlo can bring in someone to strengthen the squad if he sees fit.

No one doubts that the City game tomorrow will be tough to win and equally the RS cup-tie but after that there are some fairly winnable games that hopefully will see the Blues climb higher in the table.

Defence is the key and with a fit squad and the new-found spirit I would hope that more teams will find it a little more difficult to get results against us as they did in the first part of the season.

Paul Tran
47 Posted 31/12/2019 at 17:01:00
The thing about Ancelotti is that he's doing what any good manager in any walk of life does. Clear instructions, enough authority and gravitas so he doesn't need to rant and rave, credits his colleagues & team rather than himself, praised in public (I'm sure he bollocks in private!). Above all, he knows what he's doing and has a quiet confidence.

For all the doom and gloom and annual relegation fears on here, maybe Ancelotti's seen what plenty of my non-Evertonian friends see; a bloody big club waiting to be revived, a decent squad that needs organising & motivating, the chance to build a good team and take it to BMD. There's 9 million other reasons too, but achievers tend to want to achieve again - perhaps he's just seen another good opportunity.

Either way, we'll learn plenty over the next two games.

Happy New Year to Blues all over the world.

Paul Hewitt
48 Posted 31/12/2019 at 17:11:10
Sidibe had been living in Monaco don't forget. Coming to Liverpool must have been an eye-opener for him.
Joe McMahon
49 Posted 31/12/2019 at 17:23:56
Alan @43, ha ha, nor Crumpsall or Cheatham Hill.
Raymond Fox
50 Posted 31/12/2019 at 17:25:28
The match betting is 1/4 City 11/2 the draw 10/1 Everton.
City are obvious favourites, but 1/4 ? I think you would have to be a brave man to take 1/4.
I think we might suprise a few tomorrow, we wont be a pushover.
Jamie Crowley
51 Posted 31/12/2019 at 17:27:24
Mike - I'll fly-pool no problem.

Andy Crooks -

Forgive me if I'm repeating myself, not sure if I mentioned to you? After my mate passed, and the initial wave of emotion which cascaded in a, “We've to get over there” sentiment passed, my wife and I spoke.

She wanted a new kitchen.

New kitchens aren't cheap. 😬. So the kitchen won and the trip was postponed. Frankly, I think it was a sound decision. Why? Because the wife felt it was a sound decision.

My plan is to make it over prior to Goodison closing, then over after Bramley-Moore Dock is built - but after some of the initial hub-bub has died down.

I want to see Everton play in the flesh under Carlo for sure.

John Boon
52 Posted 31/12/2019 at 17:30:31
Quick response to Paul (47). I agree with eveything that you have to say, with one exception. While I have been very disappointed over the last number of years it has been because we have not been able to get close to pre season expectations. However I have never really considered that we would be relegated, even at the few times that we have hovered around the bottom of the table.

I was a young supporter when we were last relegated in 1951. We had been so bad that I remember being certain that we would be relegated the pre season before it actually happened. Strangely enough, in my naivety, I wasn't that disappointed because I thought it would give me a chance to see teams that I had never seen before. I certainly would not want it to happen again.

I know we had some close calls such as the Wimbledon game in the early nineties. Since then I have always expected Everton to move away from the bottom dwellers. However. they have never made me totally satisfied with the one exception in 1995. Today I can say I am more positive that "Happy New Years May be Ahead".

Best of luck to all Evertonians

Andy Crooks
53 Posted 31/12/2019 at 17:30:55
Ray Smith @ 44. I bow to no one in the disdain I have afforded Duncan Ferguson. I doubt there is another poster on here who has been more vitriolic about him. Your post, it seems to me is correct.

Duncan Ferguson has paved the way for Carlo. He has, to no small extent, saved our club. He has been a joy to watch. Sometimes being wrong is enjoyable.

Andy Crooks
54 Posted 31/12/2019 at 17:34:25
Jamie, my wife wants a new kitchen. With me in it 24/ 7 in a chef's outfit.
Tom Barton
55 Posted 31/12/2019 at 17:38:28
Andy Crooks,

Respect to you and your simple honesty. Although I don't know you, best wishes for a safe and happy New Year.

Same to all Blues.

Martin Mason
56 Posted 31/12/2019 at 17:51:31
I'm so pleased this man came to Everton. What an answer to anybody who believes that the club accepts mediocrity. What a myth matched only by the concept that fans accept it.
Ste Traverse
57 Posted 31/12/2019 at 18:29:26
I recall seeing a post on here a week or so ago off someone saying they were 'underwhelmed' by the Ancelotti appointment. Doubt he's saying that now. The man oozes class, we are so lucky to have him.

Happy New Year to all Blues out there!

Joe McMahon
58 Posted 31/12/2019 at 18:34:21
Steve @57, really? The mind boggles doesn't it. He's one of the biggest names in current world football management.
Phil Greenough
59 Posted 31/12/2019 at 18:37:56
Joe, why not? You can't please all of the people, all of the time.
Derek Taylor
60 Posted 31/12/2019 at 18:50:56
Let's face it, only the forebearance of Bill Kenwright kept Duncan in a job whilst Everton suffered under Koeman. Allardyce and Silva. Because of this, many Evertonians - including me - would have had him out of the picture well before he was given the chance to show how the job should be done.

I have never been a fan of the Chairman but Gawd knows where Everton would be now if he hadn't been on hand to counter the owner's ignorance ever since the takeover,

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

61 Posted 31/12/2019 at 18:51:41
Jamie @ 51.

"New kitchens aren’t cheap. So the kitchen won and the trip was postponed. Frankly, I think it was a sound decision. Why? Because the wife felt it was a sound decision."

A genuine laugh out loud moment, Jamie, which recalls a memory from my already not so recent trip back to Liverpool.

Someone asked me what do I do these days.

I looked at them with incredulity on my face and replied:

"What do I do?! I'm married to a Brazilian woman! I do what I'm bloody well told!"

You're missus hasn't got any Brazilian Amazonian ancestry has she? Or more likely knowing a little of your history, Celtic blood from the old country like yourself?

Matriarchs not to be trifled with!

Nicholas Ryan
62 Posted 31/12/2019 at 19:02:44
In all this talk of Manchester suburbs; I seem to remember David Beckham saying, that they called their son Brooklyn, because that's where he was conceived: "Bloody good job it wasn't Chorlton-cum-Hardy" said my Manc mate!

Happy New Year everyone.

Andy Crooks
63 Posted 31/12/2019 at 20:00:42
Jay, out of pure nosiness, your life sounds pretty exotic. How did you manage it? The most exotic thing I have ever done was date, briefly, a girl with ginger hair.
Jerome Shields
64 Posted 31/12/2019 at 20:08:06
Dereck#60

Big Sam was told on getting the Everton job that he could get rid of Duncan. Big Sam found him professional and someone who was knowledge and good at his job.

It looks like Duncan survived at Everton on his work and ability. I myself often queried why he was being kept.

I now admit I was totally wrong and think he is vital to Everton progress under Ancelotti.

Jerome Shields
65 Posted 31/12/2019 at 20:13:54
Andy (#54) & Jay (#61),

In a survey, it was found that, if a man lost what he considered vital, their partner would prefer the money spent on a new fitted kitchen rather than a replacement.

Julian Exshaw
66 Posted 31/12/2019 at 20:37:16
Off topic but have a happy new year everyone!!! It's been quite a meagre 2019 for Evertonians but I think most of us feel we will take off in 2020. It's about time we did.

Take care and see you all in 2020.

Eddie Dunn
67 Posted 31/12/2019 at 20:38:31
Derek- that is a good example of not judging everything in black and white, there are grey areas.

Mike Jones
68 Posted 31/12/2019 at 20:52:43
Off Topic the reason for the Bobby Madley sacking seems a little sad. Stupid joke, but a really vindictive friend.
Andy Crooks
69 Posted 31/12/2019 at 20:56:15
Mike, what's that about?
Dave Brierley
70 Posted 31/12/2019 at 21:22:21
Jamie Crowley and Jay Wood BRZ. You boys need to grow a pair.
Enjoy your kitchens.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

71 Posted 31/12/2019 at 21:32:27
Dave @ 70.

To quote the classic Basil Fawlty line.

Link

Mike Jones
72 Posted 31/12/2019 at 21:38:15
Andy, apparently he didn’t take part in his child’s sports day race for dad’s and was called fat. And he then sent a video of a disabled person walking past his car to a’mate’ on his phone with the message ‘I’d have beaten him
on sports day’. Apparently he and the friend fell out so the friend shared it publicly. Sacked for mocking the disabled.
Dave Brierley
73 Posted 31/12/2019 at 21:48:57
Jay seriously. Can you imagine the Abrahams Dave & Tony cancelling their season tickets cos their misses need new carpet or a bathroom update? Would Lyndon cancel his trip to South Africa cos his missus was planning a 2-week break in Florida? Would Michael forego his spa treatments in Cancun?

No is the answer.

Regards to Sybil.

(By the way, just joking. Happy New Year)

Paul Birmingham
74 Posted 31/12/2019 at 22:18:29
Tomorrow’s a big test, but Everton, can let City do their homework, and worrying.

Tomorrow the players can express themselves and play with no fear.

I’m feeling optimistic and a good performance and carry on from the Toon.

A good start to 2020, hopefully at City, and another notch on the life journey for me.

HNY 2020 and good health to All Evertonians.

Jerome Shields
75 Posted 31/12/2019 at 23:00:04
Happy New Year to all fellow ToffeeWebbers.
Colin Maughn
76 Posted 01/01/2020 at 00:02:39
Happy New Year to all blue fans and Toffee Weber's. May God bless the club and all of us from Sunny Barbados
Jerome Shields
77 Posted 01/01/2020 at 00:39:47
Personally, I prefer Liverpool to Manchester, more historical and greater variety. People are also nicer. Sidebe needs to get around a bit more. Hopefully he is working flatout at Finch Farm and grateful to be driving opposite to the rush hour. Though the Liverpool Manchester road is a torture.

I suspect his comments reflect imperfect translation.

There must be something about January and New Fitted Kitchens. I got caught for one last January. My daughter and his Australian boyfriend also arrived home and I found myself scaling a Mountain with them, , that he had read about in Australia. , and I had never heard off. I paid for accommodation and meals The weather was atrocious. They then went skiing in Austria where it was -40. The poor Aussie thought he was going to die. So much for the tuffness of a Aussie Rugby League Ref. They are in India this year at 20 degrees , leaving 50 degrees behind in Adelaide.

The whole of January cost me a fortune last year. The Latvian Kithchen designer , would pepper her conversation with Latvian, which seem in my mind to equate to swear words , but she was a terrific designer.

Ray Smith
78 Posted 01/01/2020 at 00:43:28
Andy 53

Happy new year.

Peter Mills
79 Posted 01/01/2020 at 00:47:17
Andy#40, any time you and the long-suffering Mrs Crook fancy a visit, just let us know and we will show you the sights.
David Midgley
80 Posted 01/01/2020 at 02:06:26
Andy #53.

Maybe the wrong Duncan got a knighthood in the
New Year's Honours.

Some women go for men in uniform ,firemen ,sailors even chefs .

Laurie Hartley
81 Posted 31/12/2019 at 03:10:04
Going into this match against City there are a few things I am sure of:

Our manager won’t be out thought
We are not beaten before we start
Our players will be up for it
Our away fans will make a lot of noise

I have put my lucky royal blue and white polo shirt on again today and also when I went to the local supermarket this morning the top shopping basket was blue - all the ones underneath it (about 30) were red. It has got to be a sign.

Up the Blues !!!!

Derek Knox
82 Posted 01/01/2020 at 08:47:37
Happy New Year to all on TW. This has been a good thread to read, and like all others I am optimistic for good times ahead, they are surely long overdue. Maybe our luck will change too.
Martin Berry
83 Posted 03/01/2020 at 11:47:38
What a difference a month makes !
Genuinely excited for the future
Stephen Davies
84 Posted 03/01/2020 at 14:15:17
Here we go

https://members.boardhost.com/peoplesforum/msg/1578059836.html

USMANOV IS involved.

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