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Moshiri’s Big Gamble

Lyndon Lloyd
His prior association with Liverpool and diminished reputation mean the appointment of Rafael Benitez is fraught with difficulty and he will have very little margin for error with many Everton fans. It's either a hugely courageous or tone-deaf decision by Farhad Moshiri that could be mad enough to work or go the same way as his last four managerial appointments

Moshiri’s Everton Less a Museum Than a Hall of Mirrors

Lyndon Lloyd
Things may be under control behind the scenes with Marcel Brands assessing a list of managerial candidates but the impression from the outside is of a club wracked by indecision and internal conflict. Either way, in the vacuum of communication, frustration is mounting, with the Rafael Benitez speculation adding fuel to the fire of discontent

NES: Seal of Mediocrity or Hero-in-Waiting?

Lyndon Lloyd
With his seemingly imminent appointment as Everton manager, Blues fans are having trouble seeing past Wolves' sorry 2020-21 season under Nuno Espirito Santo. Worrying metrics thrown up in this past campaign are definitely pause for thought but observations from students of the game reveal a more complex, astute and driven man than his reserved demeanour suggests.

Christophe Galtier – A Gallic Gamble Worth Taking?

Lyndon Lloyd
Untried in the Premier League but with demonstrable success under his belt with Saint-Étienne and Lille, the 54-year-old with the piercing eyes has been described as France's hottest managerial property. In a field devoid of exciting candidates, might he be the outsider option to ignite Everton's revival?

Carlo, We Hardly Knew You

Lyndon Lloyd
Carlo Ancelotti appeared for all the world as though he had found home with Everton but, less than 18 months into a 4½-year contract, he is gone. Whether he's not the honourable elder statesman he paints himself out to be in his book, or is simply the embodiment of pragmatism, his departure might not be the worst thing for Everton.

Progress Stalled Again – 2020-21 Season Review

Lyndon Lloyd
A season hugely affected by the pandemic petered out with Everton winning just three of their last 12 matches and ending the campaign on the flattest of notes with a dispiriting defeat on the final day

Evolution 2021, Part I: The Saleable Asset

Lyndon Lloyd
Moise Kean arrived at Everton as a symbol of a new transfer strategy focused on signing hungry, young talent that could form the bedrock of a new squad. All the signs are now that he has played his last game for the Toffees as they stand to make a tidy profit on a player who, ultimately, wasn't the right fit

One rule for some and another for the rest. End the hypocrisy and penalise England’s Shameless Six

Lyndon Lloyd
Docked points, hefty fines and governance changes should be on the cards at home but Uefa hold the greatest power

Sometimes it Doesn't Matter How You Win

Lyndon Lloyd
In the Premier League era, this fixture has ranked up there among the most miserable on Everton’s calendar. So forgive Evertonians for revelling in a first win at Arsenal since 1996, one that provides another platform from which to resume the push for Europe

A Battle Was Won but the War Against Greed isn’t Over

Lyndon Lloyd
On a night of high drama that saw the proposed Super League topple, euphoric victory for supporter power and the pressure of the "left-behinds" was claimed but without a co-ordinated, unflinching and punitive response from the Premier League and Uefa against the rebel clubs and their naked money-grab, it won't count for much

Disgusting but inevitable, the Super League money grab shows too much is never enough

Lyndon Lloyd
Will Fifa, Uefa, the Premier League and governing bodies of the Continent’s other big leagues stand behind their threats? Will they even be able to in the face of legal protections boasted by the Dirty Dozen? Modern football faces its biggest crisis

Mentality Shift: Derby Milestone Can Define Everton's Season in the Right Way

Lyndon Lloyd
As momentous as it was, the triumph over Liverpool can't be the be-all and end-all of the Blues' season. Rather it should be used as the catalyst for a decisive change in the players’ belief against lesser sides, particularly at home

Passion Play – Can Carlo Provide the Spark to Ignite Languid Blues?

Lyndon Lloyd
Coming close to a year to day since Chelsea's last visit to Goodison Park, this weekend's clash with Frank Lampard's team offers an interesting contrast between the personalities in charge of Everton and, perhaps, the performance from the team

Review: A Grand Old Team To Report

Lyndon Lloyd
As a slice of Everton history, David Prentice's new book is a fascinating and frequently humourous skip down memory lane; an insider’s insight into the way football used to be recounted with the enthusiasm and love of a devoted Blue.

Saints defeat and selection problems throw up early-season issues for Ancelotti

Lyndon Lloyd
Injuries, suspensions and, perhaps, an emerging dilemma over how best to accommodate James Rodriguez are some of the things that will be on the manager's mind as he prepares for Newcastle

Red Myopia and An Embarrassing National Outcry

Lyndon Lloyd
The levels of pearl-clutching and near hysteria that has dominated the aftermath of Saturday’s controversial Merseyside derby really have been something to behold

Short-sighted and hubristic, the Cabal's grand plan would kill the goose that lays the golden egg

Lyndon Lloyd
The "Project Big Picture" proposals cooked up by two of the big six and their Trojan Horse in the EFL, Rick Parry, would slowly and ironically erode what has made the Premier League the exciting competition it so often is today

Shrewd moves and decisive action: Everton can view summer window as a big success

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton have emerged from the close season with an impressively upgraded squad and go into the international break sitting on top of the pile having far exceeded expectations and infused long-suffering Toffees with overdue optimism

Toffee Soccer – Everton and North America

Lyndon Lloyd
Lyndon Lloyd chats with David France ahead of the release of his new book

Summer 'Evolution' Primes Everton for Better Things

Lyndon Lloyd
After last season, Evertonians have been understandably cautious in their optimism and outlook for the new campaign but with a significantly strengthened midfield and Ancelotti at the helm, there is hope that 2020-21 will be a season of marked progress

Brazilian dynamo Allan promises to be Ancelotti's midfield linchpin

Lyndon Lloyd
Allan Marques was unveiled as part of an anticipated £70m worth of incoming midfield talent today, with James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucouré expected to follow shortly — a trio of moves that promises to radically overhaul the Blues’ massively under-performing mid-section

Brands's Challenges Make for Slow-Motion Summer

Lyndon Lloyd
Where recruitment is concerned, the buck stops with Marcel Brands but, ultimately, his efforts will continue to be hindered by a number of factors, some of them beyond his control

Another Season Wasted Amid Continuing Instability at Goodison

Lyndon Lloyd
Marco Silva became the latest casualty of Everton's managerial merry-go-round, Carlo Ancelotti arrived before historic disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic ensured that fans just wanted 2019-20 to be over as quickly as possible

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