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The challenge for Ancelotti and Brands this summer will be threefold: improve the overall quality of the squad, address its balance and engender a shift in mentality
Everton’s dismal 3-1 defeat at home Bournemouth on the final day summed up a Premier League campaign that fans will be glad to see the back of.
As this depressing season ended with a 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth, it is time to give out grades, so here is my school report on the underperforming bunch. Marks out of 10.
When Carlo Ancelotti was appointed as our manager, my heart sank. Getting the call from Everton must be like winning the lottery for a manager. Every ex-player working for this club is accused of being on easy street, looked after by Uncle Bill. Being an Evertonian at the club is a crime... yet any success this club has enjoyed in the past has always achieved with an Evertonian at the helm. Somebody who actually cares about and loves the club.
Comparing Carlo to what some view as our 'weakest' manager in the Premier League era during his darkest hour is no real barometer to be setting – and may only serve to produce an intentional heavily biased outcome.
People often talk about watershed moments in a team's history; well, last night proved once and for all the faceless wonders who masqueraded as Everton players have no short- or long-term future at the club
More than any world class manager or spectacular new stadium, I long for players who care.
Maybe Carol Ancelotti is not a busted flush as some wish to portray him as. And maybe, just maybe, players some posters like to praise or flay are not quite as good – or as bad – as they believe.
As many of you will have seen, there have been many comments posted on Toffeeweb concerning the Liverpool fans' celebrations of their long-awaited Premier League trophy win the past two nights, following their title victory. Michael Kenrick asked me to do a fan piece on all things Red Shite fans. (I don't know if he was joking or not??)
According to the long-term weather forecast, we are in for a scorching few weeks from the beginning of July, which should give us a real indication of just how good we can cope with summer football in this country.
As we prepare for the final nine games of the season, what should be the objective for the Toffees? Beating the Spawn of Satan is a given but, apart from that, what else is there to play for?
The theme of this article is the transfer dealings of the two managers that succeeded Harry Catterick, and whose objective would be to rebuild the team and ultimately create a Championship-winning side. How did Billy Bingham and then Gordon Lee fare in comparison to the “shrewd operator”?
Who'd be my greatest player? Without doubt — Alex Young. He's not the best Everton player I've ever seen but, to me, he was everything I want in my cult hero.
Today, Alan Ball would have been 75 years old. This is very hard to imagine as my memories of him would always be of a bundle of energy, a young man of supreme fitness and stamina, allied to an unquenchable desire to win, and much-underrated skills.
"When we were all sat around in the back room, my eldest pulls out a season ticket. My very own! For my 60 years, I have waited to get one and what happens? Covid-bloody-19!"
The next transfer window is going to be a trial for the blues, how will we fair is anyone’s guess.
A look back to December 1992 and the players who made up Howard Kendall's team that day
For more than several months towards the end of the 2012-13 season, media speculation had surrounded the future of David Moyes at Everton and whether he would sign an extension to his contract or seek pastures new.
Everton's fall from grace after winning the Football League Championship in 1970 is something that rankled with me as it unfolded in the early '70s. Writing a few weeks back about the 1970 Championship win (Our Golden Anniversary) reignited my need to try and get a handle on why it all came about.
A non-Scouse Evertonian reminisces about following the Toffees in the 1970s
I recently purchased a book called The Ruhleben Football Association, a true story about British prisoners of war, taken prisoner during The Great War
1 April 2020 marked the Golden Anniversary of Everton securing the First Division Championship trophy in that most memorable 1969-70 season.
I present some personal memories, a non-Everton footballing link with the Bundesliga club, and Jonjoe Kenny, who is currently on loan there.
By the beginning of April 2005, Evertonians were dreaming about their team qualifying for the Champions League in the 2005-06 season.
The English Game, a beautifully crafted dramatisation of one of the most interesting subtexts in the early days of Association Football, pre-League, when friendly matches took place up and down the country, the game was almost completely amateur and the FA Cup really was 'the big one'
Today, the 28 March, is the 50th anniversary of my first game at Goodison Park.
Aged just 6 I went along with my Dad to watch us beat Chelsea 5-2.
As we sit out an unplanned break to football, it is the perfect time to review Carlo Ancelotti’s start at the Blues. Has he really lived up to the 'Carlo Fantastico' song in his early tenure?
With Carlo Ancelotti wanting to give Leighton Baines another 1-year extension to his contract at the Blues, this brings into focus the lack of quality we have in the full-back position.
Walter Smith's halting reign came to an ignominious end and David Moyes was plucked from relative obscurity to lead Everton away from the threat of relegation
A nostalgic look back at a pivotal period in the Moyes Era, when Everton appeared to be emerging as a side that could compete with the best of the Premier League
There are 20 Everton players who are out on loan or perhaps coming to the end of their top-level career over the next 2 summers.
The objective of any football academy is to produce good footballers, some of whom, it is hoped, will become first-team players for the football club.
Is it a peculiarly Evertonian thing, that we prefer to criticise players rather than the people who sanction the signings and salaries of those players?
Should Everton dip into the transfer market before the January window shuts? I would emphatically argue No.
An update to an article on the same theme from earlier this season.
This weekend promises to be an interesting time for one Blue's son's first visit to the Grand Old Lady. How will the players respond to their embarrassment last Sunday?
We don’t just have dead wood at the club, they have been here for so long the dead wood has rotted away and become nothing but dead bones. As we now enter the January window it is that time again to look at the squad and hope we can at least ship out some of the rubbish.
Can Everton, with its confused transfer strategy and their elder statesman manager at the helm. compete with the current trends in the Premier League?
So here we are with a week to contemplate one of the worst days in our history. How shall we get across our anger and disillusionment when we next take our seats at Goodison on Saturday? The answer is simple. We won’t.
A very quick version of my annual summer transfer speculation about the sort of players that we could use and who some of the options might be.
One of Ancelotti’s first comments was that the club needs togetherness, the patience and support of the fans. Duncan Ferguson has already shown us the way. Through love. We are so desperate to beat our neighbours in the FA cup but I believe we never help ourselves due to the hate we have for them. Is there a better mental approach?
At the end of the last Millennium, Everton Football Club had amassed more top-flight points than any other club, and Bill Kenwright had won his battle for control of the Goodison Park club.
Do those Everton fans critical of the keeper suffer from some form confirmation bias because they watch him every week and other keepers not as much?
Everton now have a manager who has won titles AND trophies and that will command the respect of the players in a way that his predecessors could not
Carlo hasn't even got his coat off yet, but I'm already hoping and worrying (in equal measure) at what he can achieve, how he may fail. My head's wrecked with ifs, buts and maybes.
Any Evertonian who "knows their ‘istory" will get the title of this piece: a nod to the 1980s band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and the publicly expressed desire by the club’s de facto owner, Farhad Moshiri, to appoint a ‘Hollywood Manager’.
With Ancelotti, Moshiri again has stars in his eyes and we are ending up with a past-his-best, upgraded Ronald Koeman.
I’m not anti-Moshiri. Just a confused and worried fan that sees no real plan or clear direction in place. I wish Mr Ancelotti all the good fortune in the world.
I dread getting up to the news that Ancelotti has been confirmed as the new Everton boss. Him failing at Goodison is not simply a possibility; I believe it to be a certainty... a forgone conclusion.
A look at recent Everton managers, why they were chosen and why nearly all have failed. It also attempts to examine who is involved in choosing the Everton manager and, finally, who would ideally be the next Everton manager.
Who would have thought, just 4 days after the Anfield debacle...
Seriously: What just happened?
There was one valuable lesson from yesterday's victory over Chelsea: the importance of simplicity.
We have a majority owner making all big decisions, a DOF buying some players, Bill on the side pushing his agenda and a head coach who is trying to make a silk purse out of a pigs ear. It is a totally dysfunctional and chaotic operation.
A familiar tale...
If Farhad Moshiri wants to protect his sizeable investment from disappearing into the Championship, he needs to take one decision of true leadership and hand the reins to Marcel Brands
Nothing has changed since October when it had become clear that Everton under Marco Silva were wasting one of the easiest starts on paper to a Premier League season.
There's not a day that goes by when I'm not fed up of some Tory beaut's ego being massaged on 5 Live to turn to TalkShite and hear Alan Brazil say, out of his prolapsed anus of a mouth, "What about Davie Moyes for the Everton job, hey?"
IF - a very big IF - there is anything in this and it comes to pass, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss Jorge Jesus.
It seems so many cannot understand why we might be keeping hold of Marco Silva. Maybe, as someone who still backs Silva, I can give you an insight into what Moshiri might be thinking.
It seems as though Marco Silva's tenure is like a cracked window or mobile phone screen – eventually you get fed up and have to get a new one
I am writing to you not to criticise your devotion to Everton Football Club but to offer some constructive thoughts for you to consider.
How I started to support Everton and my wants for the next manager.
It was with an uncommon mixture of whimsy nostalgia and visceral anger that I set off one afternoon last week to catch a showing of “Howard’s Way” at FACT in the city centre.
With the high expectations that attach to expensive incoming players, and the frustration amongst many about the reluctance to use young players, I am prompted recall how the club performed in relation to these matters during my earlier years as a Blues supporter. This led me to consider the way in which previous teams were assembled. How successful or otherwise was Harry Catterick in the 1960s in his quest to rejuvenate and remodel his Championship team of 1963?
What if we had told Lukaku he had to stay and honour his contract?
The fallout from the game against Tottenham and the Son - Gomes incident has been staggering in how the club lost the narrative and allowed Spurs to set the agenda.
The film is a wonderful tribute to a man who did wonderful things for Everton Football Club, for us as Evertonians. Beautifully pitched, it captures the men who Howard Kendall assembled, their feelings and reminisces, perfectly.
Even if Marco Silva gets us out of this mess, he clearly will never steer Everton to greatness. We have needed a big manager with a big personality for years
Over the last three seasons, Everton Football Club have made desperate attempts to climb back up the football ladder. We must have spent about £600M on players in the last three seasons. Unfortunately, we still don't have one player that would get a regular game for a top club…
I’m hoping that Silva demonstrates sufficient flexibility and intelligence to select his strategy, formation and players on merit and build on the glimmer of hope that was our best performance to date under his stewardship
The Blues are looking like a team that has become like a lump of stale bread. I think Silva can turn this around with the options outlined below... but he has to start now by making these changes and baking some fresh bread.
The famed physicist's quote regarding his definition of madness has been posted so many times by frustrated fans, it can perhaps, accurately summarise a regrettable period of the club’s recent history.
Evertonians have been hearing a powerful message about our team’s greatness for several years now. Perversely, the boasts of "greatness" usually follow a dismal defeat.
In an ever-changing world with high demands we have no room for complacency and mediocrity. Get busy living or get busy dying. What is it to be Everton? A choice to remain miserable and in the shadows of darkness (you know who) or do we make a decision to move in a winning direction?
The 'soft centre' we have runs right through the club like a bad apple. Kenwright's benevolent nature means we fail to recruit even the best coaching staff. Why do we have to employ ex-blues onto the coaching staff?
This is not the time to "start again" we need to keep faith with the longer-term objectives and planning that both Silva and Brands have introduced
As fans we have the right to be ambitious for our club but is this starting to run the risk of being counter-productive? Is the very argument that we should not be putting a ceiling on our ambitions actually unwittingly restricting us?
At home, we are seasoned professionals, knowing our job and more often than not executing it. Since 2004, we are expected to win just 5 times on the road out of 19 opportunities. So what’s the difference?
With the exception of Howard Kendall, and possibly big Joe Royle, we have brought in a steady stream of duds. But boy — have we rewarded them! Walker, Smith, Moyes, Martinez, Koeman and Allardyce.
Graham Souness must have been conceived, raised and whelped into existence in the most spiteful of circumstances. A series of outrageously outrageous events that etched a litany of grievances onto his forehead, each line another stroke of outrage. Permanently angry at everything the sun touches.
Momentous changes are happening at our club with the stadium, the first team transformation and the evolution of our style and our philosophy. We must support the team and allow Marcel and Marco to create a brighter future.
What is our best team at the moment? Or rather, based on the back end of last season, what would be our first-choice starting XI at the moment?
Everton have a very solid base very early in the season which we’ve not had for years, some of our summer recruits appear to be the real deal and this season could be one to remember. But we must take each game step by step and not get carried away
As we embark on a new season what should blues expect from the 2019-20 campaign. With the positivity around the designs for Bramley-Moore Dock, will the season on the pitch match this positivity?
I took to social media to ask thousands of Blues to pick the players who have stunk the place out at Goodison Park since 1992, the names who just never cut it and the footballers who simply failed to live up to their potential or price tag.
I miss Ken Buckley’s ‘From My Seat’ reports. As a rare matchgoer these days, I can only do these retrospective reports. I have plenty more and I hope others chip in, too.
The signing of Moise Kean is a step in the right direction as Everton seek more potency up front, but Marcel Brands must redouble his efforts to recruit goalscoring talent if Everton are to challenge the Top 6 long term
Do high expectations drive you to be your very best? Or do they just grind you into the ground when you continually fail to achieve them?
Just when we seem to be close to that elusive Top 6 place, along comes the transfer window. Whilst we buy some quality, we inevitably seem to lose our key players and we just have to start all over again, rather than building on. It’s been like this for years.
How do we assess the Blues' business in the transfer market? Below is an assessment of how the Toffees' fared. All marks are out of 10.
Do we remember the days of Walter Smith and Gascoigne, Ginola, Blomqvist? How times have changed!
So here I am writing a story about my trip to Bremen, sitting in my lounge at home, having done a 12-hour excursion to Amsterdam airport and back.
A fan event was held at Finch Farm today for all those fans who attended every game, home and away, last season.
In total, we are paying out around £700k a week on players that are mostly nowhere near the matchday squad. Marcel Brands has an almighty job on his hands. He may have to take a similar strategy to last year.
Since it emerged that we were looking at building a stadium there, I have generally taken a wait-and-see approach, even been a bit of a sceptic. Having been on a site visit on Wednesday, I have warmed to the idea
Here we were to bid a fond goodbye to our friend, the Reverend Harry Ross.
In the definitive history of Everton Football Club, 'The School of Science', Gordon Lee is fondly remembered at Goodison Park.
There is a growing tide of discontent with the implementation of VAR amongst them and just how intrusive it is to the natural flow of the game. Let's consider its evolution thus far