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December 2014

Martinez reiterates support for Mirallas

30 December
The Catalan insists that the Belgian is not playing for his future in the coming weeks despite the fact that he has started just two Premier League matches all season.

McCarthy back on the sidelines with groin problem

30 December
The Irish midfielder has been ruled out of this weekend's match against Tottenham Hotspur after suffering a recurrence of the groin injury that kept him out for most of December. Meanwhile, the club await further news on the condition of Tom Cleverley but Phil Jagielka is unlikely to feature on Sunday.

Everton hire new Academy Director

30 December
Dr Peter Vint, former Senior Director of Competitive Analysis, Research and Innovation with the US Olympic Committee, will take up the post on 4th January.

Everton's most difficult opponent? Everton  [MEDIA]

30 December
Michael Ball continues his frank assessment of the Blues' frustrating recent form and calls for brave decisions from Roberto Martinez, including giving Joel Robles a long overdue shot at earning the first-choice goalkeeper's role.

Tim Howards position at Everton has become farcical and he must be dropped  [MEDIA]

30 December
In his WST column, ToffeeWeb contributor Matt Jones doesn't mince words when it comes to the American's untenable position as Everton's first-choice goalkeeper.

Barry: We need to change our mentality

29 December
Gareth Barry says Everton can only blame themselves for once again failing to close a game out and hold on to three points in the wake of the debacle against Stoke where they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Everton hope to stave off interest in youngster

29 December
Manchester United have reportedly been courting Everton Academy prospect Joe Williams but the Blues are confident he will stay at Finch Farm.

Bainbridge signs pro deal with Everton

29 December
Jack Bainbridge has signed his first professional contract with Everton, the club have announced.

Reports suggest Naismith is set for Norwich move

29 December
Norwich City have reportedly agreed a deal in principle to finally sign Steven Naismith for £8m when the transfer window opens.

Injuries to midfield duo add to Blues' woe

29 December
Roberto Martinez has fresh injury concerns over James McCarthy and Tom Cleverley after both players were forced out of yesterday's defeat to Stoke.

Loan duo likely to stay at Doncaster until May

29 December
Conor Grant and Felipe Mattioni look to have secured extensions to their respective loan spells at Doncaster.

Martinez laments penalty decisions and defensive lapses

28 December
The Everton boss said that there is "real anger" in the dressing room at Mark Clattenburg's decision to deny Seamus Coleman a penalty and then award one to Marco Arnautovic in injury time this afternoon.

Everton beaten at the last in seven-goal thriller

28 December
Everton twice came from behind and were on course for a huge victory over Stoke but conceded two late goals, including a controversial stoppage time penalty, to lose a barnstorming festive encounter at Goodison Park.

Everton vs Stoke City

28 December
Fresh from a morale-boosting win at Newcastle on Boxing Day. Everton close out 2015 with a tricky home fixture at Goodison Park as Mark Hughes's improved Stoke City come to town.

Stones happy for travelling fans

27 December
John Stones says that Tom Cleverley's last-gasp goal at St James's Park was the perfect Christmas present for the 3,200 Blues who made the trip to Newcastle yesterday.

Martinez basks in dramatic win on Tyneside

26 December
Roberto Martinez says that today's victory over Newcastle was evidence of the lessons from recent weeks being learned by his charges.

Cleverley wins it at the death for Everton

26 December
Tom Cleverley earned three points for Everton in dramatic fashion, looping a header into the empty net following a corner to win it for the Blues who had looked destined to be held to yet another draw.

Newcastle United vs Everton

26 December
Having enjoyed the last three Boxing Days at home, Everton have been handed a trip back to the northeast for this year's post-Christmas fixture to face improving Newcastle United at St James's Park.

Happy Christmas from ToffeeWeb

25 December
Best wishes for Christmas and 2016 beyond and our thanks as always for your readership and support.

Martinez looking forward to quartet's return

24 December
Steven Pienaar could finally make his return to first-team action in the coming days after struggling for months with injury, while Phil Jagielka, James McCarthy and Bryan Oviedo are also expected back between now and the middle of January.

The men behind the latest takeover proposal

23 December
What promised to be a quiet period in the run-up to Christmas and the Boxing Day trip to Newcastle has been lit up by the news that an American-led investment group has signed a head of terms agreement with Everton for a ~£200m takeover and has begun a six-week examination of the club's finances.

Everton subject of 200m takeover bid

23 December
An American consortium has reportedly been granted a period of exclusivity to examine Everton's balance sheet with a view to completing a £200m takeover of the club after months of discussions.

Galloway happy to have found the 'whole package' in Everton

22 December
The young defender has been speaking of his delight at signing an improved deal at Goodison Park that ties him to the Blues until 2020, a reward for his impressive performances over the first four months of the season.

Michael Ball: Everton have become too predictable  [MEDIA]

21 December
The ex-Everton defender doesn't mince words in nailing the current Blues' problems in his latest column.

Wigan keen to keep Junior until the summer

21 December
Latics boss Gary Caldwell is hoping to get the injured Portuguese back from a groin problem and then see about extending his loan from Everton.

Martinez: We need to learn quickly

21 December
The Everton boss has bemoaned the naïvete and lack of "know-how" of his team after Saturday's defeat to Leicester which left the Blues with a return of just three points from the last four matches.

Naismith left out with ankle knock

19 December
Steven Naismith was ruled out of contention for the game against Leicester because of an ankle injury, it is being reported.

Martinez: We have to be better

19 December
Roberto Martinez was left searching for answers today after watching his Everton side become the latest victims of Leicester City's remarkable run of League form.

Foxes prey on Everton's defensive weakness to stay top

19 December
Everton slipped to their first defeat since October as the Premier League leaders exploited the shortcomings of Roberto Martinez's rearguard and held on to claim their first victory at Goodison Park for 30 years.

Limited Edition Duncan Ferguson Testimonial box sets now available

18 December
To mark Duncan Ferguson’s testimonial year, a special limited edition box-set is available to purchase now

Lukaku still eyeing a top four spot

18 December
The Belgian striker feels that Everton can still capitalise on the unpredictability of the Premier League this season.

Everton vs Leicester City

18 December
Everton kick off a crucial spell of six games in the space of three weeks – five of them at Goodison Park – with an intriguing clash with surprise Premier League leaders Leicester City this weekend.

Greorge Green: Paid too much, too young  [MEDIA]

17 December
The Guardian carries an interview with George Green, who blew a £45k signing-on fee at 16 and felt he didn't need to train as the £4,000-a-week Everton were paying him went to his head.

Blues will face Dagenham & Redbridge

16 December
Everton now know their opponents in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup after the Daggers beat Whitehawk 3-2 after extra time this evening.

Martinez rules out big departures in January

16 December
Roberto Martinez has moved to quash the inevitable media speculation surrounding his best players by saying that he will not entertain the notion of selling any of his top performers during next month's transfer window.

Blues spread Christmas cheer at Alder Hey

15 December
Everton's first-team players met patients at Alder Hey Children's Hospital on Tuesday.

Naismith eyes Festive fixtures for opportunities

15 December
Having played just 15 minutes of football for the first team since his last start in October, the Scottish forward is hoping to get sufficient playing time over the next month to win his place back in Everton's line-up.

U21s pegged back by Tottenham

14 December
Liam Walsh's second-half goal had the Blues on course for a win but Tottenham levelled from the spot in Southport.

Henen extends Fleetwood stay by a month

14 December
David Henen has had his loan spell with the League One side extended until early January.

Browning out for the rest of the season following surgery

14 December
The operation that the defender recently had on his damaged knee is going to require months of rehabilitation.

Martinez wants Everton to develop a ruthless streak

14 December
The Blues' boss has acknowledged his team's weaknesses in closing out games and, in particular, conceding from set-pieces but has again asked for patience from frustrated fans while his young team learns from the disappointments of the last three Premier League fixtures.

Baines: Blues need more composure

13 December
Reflecting on two more points that slipped away in the 1-1 draw at Norwich yesterday, Leighton Baines says that Everton still have a bit to learn.

Everton's Achilles heel exposed again

12 December
Everton threw away another two points as their defensive vulnerability at set-pieces was punished at Carrow Road. The Toffees went into the half-time interval a goal to the good but were left ruing a number of missed chances and the form of goalkeeper Declan Rudd.

Martinez: We have to turn draws into wins

12 December
The manager pin-pointed the obvious in his post-match statements after seeing his Everton side throw away another two points.

Young Blues dumped out by very late winner

11 December
Everton's Under-18s were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup this evening at Goodison Park by a last-gasp winner from Aston Villa's Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.

Norwich City vs Everton

11 December
Everton return to Carrow Road this weekend, the scene of Roberto Martinez's first game in charge, to face Norwich City looking to erase the frustration of Monday evening's draw with a victory over Alex Neil's men.

Everton in legal wrangle with Yorkshire farm  [MEDIA]

11 December
The club are apparently involved a legal dispute with a farm in the village of Everton, near Doncaster over the name of their shop.

Everton won't stand in Naismith's way if he elects to leave

11 December
Roberto Martinez says that he will sit down with Steven Naismith to assess his role in Everton's squad amid speculation that the Scot could look to leave the club to satisfy his desire for first-team football.

Galloway rewarded with new contract

10 December
Brendan Galloway has put pen to paper on an improved deal that ties him to Everton until 2020. The 19-year-old's new contract is a reflection of his impressive form at first-team level since breaking into the side last May.

McCarthy remains an injury doubt

10 December
James McCarthy will undergo another fitness test to assess his availability for Saturday's trip to Norwich City. The midfielder has missed the last two games with a hip problem.

Frustrated Naismith forced to bide his time

9 December
The Scotland international says he will weigh up his options when the January transfer window opens.

Lukaku: I need to keep working

9 December
Everton's goal machine might have attained the one-in-two goal ratio that was his target when he established himself in the Premier League but he has no intentions of resting on his laurels.

Martinez pleased with Everton's response

7 December
Roberto Martinez was left lamenting another defensive lapse but credited his players for the maturity of their response in this evening's draw with Crystal Palace.

Lukaku rescues a point as his scoring streak continues

7 December
Romelu Lukaku twice struck the woodwork but slotted the equaliser with nine minutes to go, cancelling out Scott Dann's 76th-minute header as Everton salvaged a point from a game they might have won with a bit more luck.

Blues face Dagenham or Whitehawk in the FA Cup

7 December
The draw for the FA Cup Third Round has handed Everton a home tie against either Dagenham & Redbridge or Whitehawk.

Evertons divine quartet starting to fulfil destiny  [MEDIA]

7 December
Chris Bascombe says that Roberto Martínez is cracking the code that will turn young guns Gerard Deulofeu, Ross Barkley, John Stones and Romelu Lukaku into stars.

Lukaku: Players are ready for the Champions League

7 December
The Belgian striker feels that the next step for Everton is to finish in the top four, something he feels is achievable this season.

Get behind Everton's Blue Box Appeal

7 December
Everton is urging local people to help ensure children in care across Merseyside have a truly BlueCrimbo this year.

Tim Howard is under pressure at Everton as his form suffers a dip  [MEDIA]

6 December
Matt Cheetham looks at Tim Howard's performance stats over the past two seasons for Sky Sports, comparing them with his peers, and the conclusion is not a favourable one for the American.

Funes Mori admits he misses River Plate

6 December
Ramiro Funes Mori says that he is homesick for Argentina and that he hopes to eventually return to his former club.

Everton vs Crystal Palace

6 December
Everton return to Premier League action for the televised Monday match with the incentive of sitting in sixth place by the end of the evening if they can overcome Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.

Grant scores FA Cup brace for Doncaster

6 December
Conor Grant continued his goalscoring form for Doncaster Rovers with two fine goals as they beat Cambridge United to reach the 3rd Round.

U21s beat Liverpool 3-1 in mini-derby

6 December
Goals from Antony Evans and Callum Connolly gave Everton U21s a 2-0 lead at half-time in the local 'mini-derby' with their Liverpool counterparts. An excellent goal from Kieran Dowell sealed the victory.

Youth and experience is the key for Geri

5 December
Gerard Deulofeu gives an enlightening interview to Sky Sports, showing how happy he is to be playing with Everton in the Premier League under his manager and fellow Catalan, Roberto Martinez.

U18s lose out vs Liverpool

5 December
Everton Under-18s remain top of the table despite suffering a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.

Injury updates from the manager

4 December
James McCarthy remains a doubt for Monday but Roberto Martinez has not given up hope of the midfielder being fit to face Palace.

Andy Gray regrets missed opportunity  [MEDIA]

5 December
The Scot famously turned down the opportunity to manage the Blues in 1997 after being tempted to remain at Sky Sports as a pundit but he now says it was a missed opportunity.

Roberto relishes competition for places

4 December
Roberto Martinez says that the number of options he has at his disposal means that it's very difficult for observers to deduce his first-choice team and it gives him important flexibility when it comes to preparing for a given opponent.

Fans' Forum vote now open

4 December
The vote to select new members to the Everton Fans' Forum is now open.

Everton reprieve fans involved in Bournemouth pitch incursion

4 December
The club have decided not to serve three supporters with stadium bans for their involvement in the incident at Vitality Stadium last weekend.

New recruit already training at Finch Farm

3 December
Matty Foulds won't officially sign for Everton until next month but the 17-year-old defensive prospect is already getting to know his future home.

Rodriguez on comeback trail after injury

3 December
Leandro Rodriguez is hoping he will be in a position to start knocking on the door of Everton's first team in the New Year after overcoming the hamstring problems that have hampered the early months of his Blues career.

Blues draw City in the semi-finals

2 December
Updated Everton will face Manchester City in their two-legged semi-final of the Capital One Cup, with the home leg at 8pm on 6th January.

Blues legend says Martinez's Everton is starting to gel

2 December
Tim Cahill says that his old club are approaching a different level now that Roberto Martinez's patience is starting to pay off.

Browning sidelined by knee surgery

2 December
Tyias Browning faces a spell out of action as he recovers from keyhole surgery on his injured knee.

Dave Thomas opens up about glaucoma, playing golf and his father rejecting Don Revie's mighty Leeds  [MEDIA]

2 December
Everrtonian author and journalist, Brian Viner, speaks with the wing legend about his hopes of getting a guide dog to assist him now that glaucoma has robbed him of almost all of his peripheral vision.

Scoring duo delighted as Everton progress

1 December
Lukaku and Deulofeu were in understandably high spirits after their goals steered the Blues into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.

Martinez pleased with professional Everton display

1 December
Roberto Martinez was full of praise for his side's mature performance in this evening's Capital One Cup quarter-final at Middlesbrough.

Michael Ball: Everton need to develop a nasty streak  [MEDIA]

1 December
The ex-Everton fullback says that Everton are too nice and lacked both a leader on the pitch to calm the storm in the final few seconds at Bournemouth.

Deulofeu magic sees Blues through

1 December
Everton are through to the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time in eight years thanks to a professional display at the Riverside that was lit up by two wonderful goals, scored by Gerard Deulofeu and Romelu Lukaku.

Everton Launch BlueCrimbo Blue Box Appeal

1 December
Everton has launched a charity appeal to ensure everyone across Merseyside has a truly BlueCrimbo this year.

Middlesbrough vs Everton

1 December
Everton step back on the road to Wembley this evening with a trip to the northeast to face Middlesbrough in the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup that they hope will swiftly diminish the disappointment of their last Premier League outing.

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