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Examining the example set by Borussia Dortmund.
Richard Tolman provides some follow-up on the takeover rumours he provided six months ago.
The Blue Union report from their latest meeting at The Casa on 8th June with Goodison legend Neville Southall and KEIOC's Colin Fitzpatrick.
Paul McAllister reports from the Blue Union meeting at The Casa on Saturday afternoon, capturing the irrepressible essence of a unique former player who understands the inside of the club.
An in-depth look at the current Everton squad and where Roberto Martinez should look to improve in the summer transfer window.
Ian Macdonald recounts his cycling odyssey from the Stadium of Light to Goodison Park in support of Everton in the Community
What will Everton do with the new wealth they are set to see from next season onwards?
Calling for cooler heads as the next chapter of Everton's history begins
With Bill Kenwright close to making his Herculean decision, who will be Everton's next manager?
The current Everton management have recently proved yet again that they have an innate ability to market in anyway positively Everton Football Club. Not only this, all they seem capable of is creating situations which paint EFC in a wholly negative light.
"[W]hen I saw the new badge on the official website, something inside me died."
As the backlash over the new Everton badge grows, fans are encouraged to send their disapproval to the Club.
Ian seems to be going for angling for Steve Clarke (!) as the new Everton manager, controversially grouping current favourite Martinez in amongst the 'lepers'!?!
More deliberations over the agonizingly protracted decision on who is to be the next Everton Manager...
More thoughts on the deepening morass that is the selection process for the new Everton manager...
In an in-depth look at the Scot's 11-year tenure, specifically addressing the criticisms leveled at him.
David Moyes's last act as Everton boss should be to consult in the appointment of his successor, argues Stefan Tosev.
Making the case for Bilbao manager as the ideal replacement for David Moyes
I am lucky enough to be of an age to have seen great Championship-winning sides at Goodison Park and have many memories of my childhood days at the Old Lady (it was state of the art back then) and Bellefield.
A trip out to London for the last game of the season, London trips always stretch the wallet but it was the manager's last game in charge and always a chance it might be the game where we at last win at the home of a team where the manager hasn’t won in all his 11 years of residency... and wouldn’t you just know it — he didn’t break that duck.
It is perhaps with some irony that David Moyes's final match in charge of Everton could be viewed as a perfect microcosm of his entire reign.
How is Everton going to shape up after the Moyes Era?
Some reservations about how Roberto Martinez might try to change Everton's playing style, if he were to become the next manager.
There has been a lot of talk about who we get in to replace David Moyes and not enough talk about whether all of Moyes’s duties should go to one man.
"Vitor Pereira has shown that he is a winner. He would attract high quality young players from abroad and would look to push us upward from the day he arrived."
Not so fond memories of Everton's last European adventure...
Making the case for Steve Clarke as the new Everton manager
Match Report: Everton v West Ham Utd
On the hour mark, a Moyes chant from the Street End was picked up by all four sides of Goodison which set up a Phil Spector like ‘Wall of Sound’. You just had to be in attendance to get the utter emotional outpouring that it brought. As all our anthems were belted out I saw hardened ‘Home and Away’ers’ wiping tears from their eyes. Yes, I included, it was just one of those things that happen at Goodison now and again and you know you will never forget it. There was no doubt Moyes was leaving with the thanks of the vast majority of match goers. Hell he had to turn and return to the bench...
Another review of the Moyes Era
I am calling on all Evertonians fortunate enough to attend tomorrow's game to do us proud, and give Moyes a good sending off.
A definitive analysis of Everton managerial predisposition
Arguing the case, as Howard Kendall has, for appointing Duncan Ferguson as the new Everton manager.
"Firstly, Moyes must be given the acclaim he has earned. Secondly, we need to think carefully about recruitment and take advice."
More reaction to the Departure of David Moyes.
A personal take on the mixed emotions and confused reactions precipitated by the departure of David Moyes.
David Moyes has been there through it all. From my first day at high school, my first kiss, my first pint, to my first away day. Moyes was always in charge.
A fond look back 50 years to the day Everton won the 1963 League Championship.
"We need money, yet while we don’t have it Moyes will keep us up there, with a chance."
First-time poster, Tony, floats a radical idea for changing the dynamic at the derby.
David Moyes has demonstrated considerable skills at football management during his 11 years at the club, and every fan should be thankful that we have had him here. But he has reached his own glass ceiling, and instead of pushing our faces against the glass and looking on at the top four with envious but resigned eyes, he should be pushing against the glass with a determination to break through it.
Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Moyes tenure.
What Goodison Park said to me, as a 4-year-old, approaching the ground on my Dad's shoulders, having ‘driven’ the bus at the front of the top deck and jumped off at the Mons 'cos the exercise kept him going, past the Water Works and through the terraced streets, then St Luke’s and Goodison Road,... What Goodison Park has always said to me, is 'Wow!'; a secular cathedral of epic scale, proportion and beauty.
I wrote couple of articles a few years ago about how a team play to a manager’s ethos — especially in the critical moments and, regardless of some moments of individual excellence or indeed individual errors, like Baines's howler the other day, the way the team play overall is the Moyes way. It’s as we all know primarily defensive and a wee bit old school: effective-ish but not inspiring.
"I live in Ireland, a land were Manchester United and Liverpool shirts are everywhere you turn, but the sacred Royal Blue is a much harder sight to come across."
I was at The Emirates last night and feel compelled to write up some of my feelings on the performance.
Almost exactly a year ago, I posted a fan article entitled ‘Cheer Up, Anichebe’. Have just watched his goal and celebrations and the contrast could not be greater – could this knee-slidin’, gun-totin’, SMILING scorer be the same guy who, after going on a mini-scoring spree last spring, looked like he had sentenced his family to death by ruining a shady betting syndicate’s big gamble each time he hit the back of the net?
Recognition for the contribution Phil Neville made to Everton during a crucial period for the club.
"Is the Blue Union actually needed? Are they just making the situation worse? Would we be better off without them? If they’re sticking around, could they do more?"
Nick Entwistle digests the contrasting fortunes of Everton's last two games in a broader biological, psychological and social context for both player and fan.
Everton's performances in the reamining games through the final quarter of the season hold the key to their progression into the Champions League, 2013-14.
"With ten games to go and Everton with pretty much nothing to aim for, I think we should just go gung-ho for the rest of the season."
The biggest single problem is that there is ZERO pressure on anyone involved with the club from within its own little bubble.
Preparing for a post-Moyes era?
A retrospective assessment of where David Moyes went wrong against Wigan in Saturday's FA Cup quarter final disaster
Like all of us, I crave the slightest bit of success again. I get wrapped up in forward thinking on the back of two or three wins. I'll start thinking that we are going to be back to where we belong again because we've beaten Man Utd at home. One thing persists though. We are ALWAYS let down when it matters.
There's an ingredient that was starkly absent on Saturday against Wigan: Passion.
A rambling discourse on the Wigan game and its aftermath.
A review of the current Everton situation, which is not down to one man or one single cause, this analysis is broken down into the related key areas of Moyes, Kenwright and our financial situation.
Everton are rapidly approaching a Tipping Point were action and changes need to happen at all levels of the club. If not, we will spiral into Decline and it will be painful.
Should we abandon all thought of a big-money buyout?
A relatively new fan from New York weighs in on Everton's immediate future
Moving the team on next season... after Moyes, Fellaini and Baines have gone.
It’s great to progress, particularly when I was fearing elimination and I feel a home game against Wigan on a Saturday afternoon with a vibrant crowd could be enough to spur Everton on to Wembley once again.
In truth, I believe that Moyes is a good solid manager, arguably one of the better modern-day managers, but I don’t believe he is a great manager, or at least not as yet.
Everton supporters have rightly questioned what the hell is going on... but do we have the answers and are we asking the right questions?
An eerie comparison between the last three months of Smith and last two months Moyes...
I have read a lot of opinions on David Moyes, both good and bad, and I'd just like to give my views on his time here.
We all look at our translated club motto – “Nothing But the Best” – and should realise that its sentiments are from a bygone age... What a bloody noose it must be around any Everton manager’s neck. We, as fans, hold it like a gun against the club / manager’s head because we long for it to be true.
Dave Thomas in conversation with Rob Sawyer
Heightened expectations, years of a bare trophy cabinet, the dour predictions of our manager have all led us to believe that we should be better off.
David Moyes's announcement about delaying his decision on a new contract at Everton means substantial uncertainty going forward...
A little premature anticipation of next month's 11-year anniversary celebrating the Moyes Era at Everton
... if it's getting too hard to take me to the match these days, I don't mind giving it a miss.
Top goalscorers for England
Statman alert! It's Points Per Game in Overdrive!!!
Has David Moyes lost his managerial focus?
Time for Johnny Heitinga to go.... only the transfer window ist geslossen!
An Everton fan chronicles the distinctly underwhelming denouement of the January Transfer Window.
Everton need to do everything they can to secure Champions League football this season
Everton should have been the team of the 1970s... Why did it all go wrong? And why so quickly?
Looking ahead to deadline day by looking back at the Blues' past activity in January
On the occasion of their seventh FA Cup meeting in January 2013, a look back at the first meeting between two historic northwest clubs in 1887
Discussing the merits of tactics versus player quality at three very different clubs
Has the Sky Sports era and, specifically, Everton's recent Premier League performance made fans more impatient and unrealistic in their expectations?
"Saturday was the perfect example of the issue that Moyes has yet to overcome and will, for me , mean he will never take on a so called ‘bigger job’."
Reminiscence of a top-of-the-table clash from 50 seasons ago between eventual champions Everton and Tottenham.
Barry Jones takes the media to task over their reporting of Everton's latest accounts
An impromptu missive on the realities of the increasingly moribund saga that surrounds the ownership of Everton Football Club.
Thirteen years prior to the end of the 20th Century, Everton were Champions of England; now, on the threshold of the thirteenth year into the 21st Century, what is the future for Everton FC and its supporters?
From some of the reactions, you would think the Big Fella had committed murder. Marouane is getting it from all sides yet, although his reaction was foolish, its nothing we haven't all seen before.
Players need to know they cannot get away with abusing a referee, cannot get away with fouling in the box, cannot abuse other players racially and finally, they need to realise that football IS a contact sport — not touch rugby.
Match Report: Stoke City (A)
The Unknown. If David Moyes moves on, that is exactly where we will be... But strangely, if he stays on, we might also be in the unknown — A brave new world of Champions League and increased income.
This season, I have seen a big upturn... After years and years of taking our punishment off the big boys, now we go after them. We fear nobody... but there are four things that are stopping us from going 4th.
A ToffeeWeb newcomer thinks we don't remember some of the the less successful players brought to Everton by David Moyes.
Who has the hutzpah to finish top 4 this season?
Zaid Omar recently visited Goodison Park with his family for the first time to watch the Merseyside derby.
am just enjoying the ride at the moment. It's the best Everton team I have watched since 1995 so I cannot find any reason to be negative...
A trip to Reading for what should be a routine three points was anything but routine with the Blues ending up losing those routine points, falling to our second defeat of the season and allowing Reading their first win of the season.
Everton’s players need literal patience on the pitch
These things even themselves out in the end, Episode 34.
The next four games, and the three that follow it (in the space of ten days) represent two very different sorts of tests that will tell us a lot about where we really stand.
"We've got every chance haven't we," he said. "We're at home and we've got good players. Why shouldn't we go into it with confidence?"
Donovan's string of comments and interviews, coupled with my belief that there is a gentlemen's agreement for a discount deal in January – both lead me to believe Donovan will be signing a three year contract in January for a fee of around £1.5 million
Could Everton play the Italian 3-5-2 Formation? Would it work?
The balance of bad decisions seems to be swinging heavily against us.
The infamous disallowed goal against Villarreal that could have forced extra time for Everton in the Champions League qualifying round, 2005.
first look at Jelavic and he appears to be nothing out of the ordinary. He not blessed with blistering pace nor is he likely to dribble around 3 defenders and bend a curling shot into the top corner...
Are Everton likely to have a group of English youngsters who can push Shelvey, Stirling, Henderson and Wisdom for an England call-up?
I was a happy man when Harvey was sacked and I was ecstatic when I heard that Kendall Mk II would be his successor. Hindsight tells me what a fool I was. The more I reflect on my folly, the more do I admire Colin Harvey. This man, in spite of being sacked and humiliated, still consented to being Kendall MkII´s second-in-command. His love for Everton FC must have been truly infinite.
An American Evertonian's Goodison Odessey
A virtual challange to the Football Manager in you...
Everton players in the Leeds game had a sloppy, half-hearted approach to the game — they seemed clearly aware they were not there to win.
Fan ownership: how we took control of our football club, Wycombe Wanderers
Time to "Man up"? A preview from the Swans camp...
Bad Officiating? Who... us?!?!?
So frustrating... but also so much to be pleased with:
Everton 2 - 2 Newcastle Utd
After yesterday’s outpouring of sympathy for the families of the Hillsborough victims, the sincere respect expressed on ToffeeWeb for the campaigners, and the profound sense of Merseyside unity that emerged, I can’t help wondering where this leaves the relationship between fans of Everton and LFC? Will it improve things, or will the bile resurface in a few days time?
The continual battle between loyalty and ambition
Is 'ambition' one of the most misused words in football?
8 months ago, Everton were in a bit of a mess and Moyes had gone stale...
What Bill Kenwright might say if he could talk honestly to the fans of Everton FC
The draw for this competition at this stage 25 years ago was to set up a night to remember.
A good start to the season... but do we???
Evertonians who come under the ‘not quite’ bracket in terms of their overblown promise in the Manger database
David Moyes to have assembled two 'teams' during his reign. The second imploded last season, and now we are seeing the emergence of his Third Team...
Any qualified referees who want to participate in the independent assessment of decisions made during Premier League games?
James Corbett pens this fine tribute to his grandfather, Charles Mills, a devoted family man and Evertonian who passed away this week.
Everton have made a great start to the season and Tony Marsh is looking for it to continue...
In the away section of Goodison Park last night, Man Utd fans, frustrated by their team’s performance, started chanting at Everton supporters making reference to the Hillsborough Disaster.
Shocking error on email confirmation of a season-ticket transfer...
USA take some lustre off Mexico's Olympic Gold Medal, Tim Howard denying two goals with a couple of brilliant saves that allowed the USA to win in Mexico for the first time ever.
Like an addict who just can't stay away, Nick is back to ponder the summer gone and the season still to come.
Five goals, a pitch invasion, and Everton finishing with ten men; who said pre-season is meaningless? On reflection, the details count for little as fans came to pay tribute to Tony Hibbert.
Where on one hand you have disciplined, professional athletes, on the other you have footballers that appear to need to be constantly coddled by clubs in order to keep fitness and avoid disgracing themselves in nightclubs.
Are we too hung up on the stadium issue? Should we be equally or even more focused on turning round EFC as a business?
With the recent talk of Baines and Fellaini having to go to fund future moves, the question must be asked: What is the current value of John Heitinga in the Transfer Market?
Heading into the new season...
Stevie Hammell Testimonial.
Ramblings on the summer pastime of Squad Analysis
The story of a Swedish wedding and a chance encounter with Iain the Blue Barman at Winstrom's Pub, Stockholm
The things that mean 'Everton' to you...
Outsourcing of Everton's merchandising operations restricts distribution and take-up to the continuing detriment of Everton Football Club.
A review of what Steven Pienaar means to Everton
This is the season...
As the new season approaches, it would be an opportune time to assess what we will be up against in the coming season.
"I found it cathartic to write a little reflection of my favourite memories of Westy"
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