Walsh becomes new Director of Football at Everton

21 July  101 Comments  [Jump to last]

Everton have secured the acquisition of Leicester City's highly-rated head of recruitment, Steve Walsh, as the club's new sporting director.

The 63-year-old, who was described last season by Sir Alex Ferguson, as the most influential figure in the 2015-16 title race, fills a new role at Goodison Park and Finch Farm, one that new major shareholder Farhad Moshiri had identified as a vital part of his plans for the club following the dismissal of Roberto Martinez and prior to the appointment of Ronald Koeman as manager.

Walsh, who once served as a European scout under Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea (where he helped sign Didier Drogba, Gianfranco Zola and Michael Essien) and was assistant boss to both Nigel Pearson and Claudio Ranieri at Leicester, has also been credited for uncovering the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N'Golo Kanté, three of the main driving forces behind the Foxes' stunning 2015-16 Premier League title triumph.

In addition to his 16 years at Chelsea for whom he initially worked part-time while holding down a PE-teacher role in Chorley, he has had spells at Newcastle United, and Hull City. His brother Mickey, now a football agent, was a Republic of Ireland international who played 29 times for Everton in the 1978-79 season, as well as also representing Blackpool, QPR and Porto.

Despite recently signing a new contract with the champions, Walsh now follows Kanté out of the King Power Stadium this summer as the French midfielder makes a £30m switch to Stamford Bridge and Walsh, believed to have been recommended to Moshiri by Koeman, leaves his scouting role to join the British-Iranian billionaire's revolution at Everton.

"I'm proud and privileged to become Director of Football at such a fantastic and historic club," Walsh said on his arrival. "It feels like a new era at Everton and that potential is what is most exciting.

"I know the club well. My roots are in the north-west and my brother, Mickey, was an Everton player in the Bob Latchford era and always proud of that fact. I also did my initial teacher training at Liverpool Hope University many years ago.

"I'm genuinely excited to be here at the club and very much looking forward to getting down to work."

Koeman, meanwhile, welcomed the Lancastrian to Everton by saying: “It's really good for the club to have someone in Steve who has shown his quality in his job at a number of clubs over many years.

“That's the experience and quality he will bring to us at a good time in the season. He has a great deal of knowledge about building for the long-term and the magnificent work he did at Leicester on top of the job he did at Chelsea makes us excited to have him here at Everton.”  


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Chris Williams
1 Posted 21/07/2016 at 15:28:59
Let the signings begin!

Pretty please.......

Mike Mulhall
2 Posted 21/07/2016 at 15:29:03
This is a strange feeling, we want them and we get them! Things are changing for the better. We deserve this change from the club after years of stagnating.

Koeman you blues!

James Marshall
3 Posted 21/07/2016 at 15:32:38
Great news. The Express are reporting we've made a £46m bid for Koulibaly...
Phil Walling
4 Posted 21/07/2016 at 15:38:25
Is he any good at getting rid of the unwanted?
Jim Potter
5 Posted 21/07/2016 at 15:39:33
Welcome, Mr Walsh. I hope you are as inspired with us as you were with the Foxes. Good luck.
James Stewart
7 Posted 21/07/2016 at 15:40:24
Good times, I hope he finds us the next Kante, Mahrez and Vardy.
Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 21/07/2016 at 15:41:46
Right, that's the Backroom and Office staff dealt with and we can now move on to the Marketing and Ticketing Offices before designing the new ground.

So, what's left? ... oh, yeah...

Sam Hoare
9 Posted 21/07/2016 at 15:43:19
Good news bout Walsh. Good but not great. Let's trust in the new regime.

In the meantime...Carvalho on his way? Hope so!

Dan Parker
10 Posted 21/07/2016 at 15:43:25
Raided Southampton and Leicester for their management talent, productive talks with the mayor on a new stadium. Get some signings in and grind out results on the pitch and things are looking up!
Neil Wood
11 Posted 21/07/2016 at 15:43:29
Now let him settle in for a few days or a week or so then we may see some movement in the transfer market. Things are "on the up" as they say.

Paul Holmes
13 Posted 21/07/2016 at 15:47:50
His brother was Micky Walsh who played for us in the Bob Latchford era. Good family connection with the club, so best of luck to him.
Andy Meighan
15 Posted 21/07/2016 at 16:09:20
Hope this Walsh fella does a better job for us than their kid.
Adam Smith
17 Posted 21/07/2016 at 16:28:42
Genuinely stunned and bewildered by this appointment; he was my old PE teacher!!!
Mike Allison
18 Posted 21/07/2016 at 16:35:39
Go on then Adam, what was he like?
Garry Richards
20 Posted 21/07/2016 at 16:46:40
I know it doesn't really matter but how old is this guy. We are saying 63 but most other sources I've looked at claim he's 51.
Paul Ellam
21 Posted 21/07/2016 at 16:51:17
Good to see we have got our man.
Surely the transfers will follow now?
Steavey Buckley
22 Posted 21/07/2016 at 16:54:53
I hope Steve Walsh has some cracking players up his sleeve because at the moment the present Everton squad will just about keep Everton in 11th position in the league.
Dave Pritchard
23 Posted 21/07/2016 at 16:57:19
Maybe we'll now bid for Vardy and Mahrez.
Lyndon Lloyd
24 Posted 21/07/2016 at 17:07:34
Garry (20), the confusion comes from the other Steve Walsh, "yard dog" defender formerly of Leicester who is now 51.

Although there is no age listed on our Steve Walsh's full Wikipedia page, the Wikipedia synopsis that comes up on a Google search for him still mentions that he is 51 because of initial confusion with the other Steve Walsh and the mistake has been propagated by the Echo in their recent reports.

Mark Ryan
25 Posted 21/07/2016 at 17:12:21
Great news for us again and best of luck to him. Can only be good for the club going forward. If this is what Moshiri and Koeman wanted, they have their man.
Jamie Crowley
26 Posted 21/07/2016 at 17:23:18
My word... Moshiri gets his man, doesn't he?

Moshiri is one driven man who likes to stay quiet and just gets it done.

Onwards! Love the current path we're on.

Geoff Evans
27 Posted 21/07/2016 at 17:34:52
At last... AMBITION!
Garry Corgan
28 Posted 21/07/2016 at 17:37:04
Yes Garry (#20) and Lyndon (#24), "our" Steve Walsh is indeed 62/63.
Ian Pilkington
29 Posted 21/07/2016 at 17:41:25
Lyndon,

He's not an Irishman, although his parents were Irish and his brother Micky played for the Republic. He's a Lancastrian from Chorley.

Adam Smith
30 Posted 21/07/2016 at 17:41:40
Mike (#18),

Well for starters, I always used to skive PE for my last 2 years of school!

But that aside, he was a genuinely nice bloke. It was known that he did a bit of scouting on the side for Chelsea but he didn't talk about it much, so I'd always just assumed that he was a scout who spotted talent at schoolboy level (just re-read that and it doesn't sound good, but you get my meaning!). My logic for this assumption being that he could combine it with his regular job, and the fact that it seemed strange for a Chelsea scout to be based in Chorley (Croston to be exact).

It was only after I'd left that I'd learnt that he was a first-team scout for Chelsea. I therefore thought that other people were having me on, as surely any PE teacher would use that to ingratiate themselves with the young lads they taught; but fair play to him he never did!

He would always talk freely about football, even with me and I was a total shit at school! He clearly had a big passion for it but, like I say never mentioned his other work.

I then bumped into him a good while after I'd left school (think it must have been about ten years ago now?) in a pub in Chorley. He was as friendly as ever but spoke freely about working for Chelsea and said that he was getting a plane to Germany in the morning because "Jose's sending me to Bremen," anyway I thought that was hot air and 'Jose' wouldn't even know who he was - again, shows you what I know.

My abiding memories of him are that he always used to tell all the lads to "bob down" before giving us instructions; send us "twice round the tennis courts" if we failed to listen to said instructions and also used to sing Billy Ocean's 'When the going gets tough, the tough get going' to us as we slogged our way through driving rain during cross country!

So, in short, Mike, nothing of use!!

Mick Davies
32 Posted 21/07/2016 at 17:43:04
Steavey @ 22, I disagree, I think our squad last season would have finished much higher with a manager who knew what he was doing.
Adam Smith
33 Posted 21/07/2016 at 17:46:16
On that note, he was a PE teacher in Chorley (his home town) whilst he scouted for Chelsea, not Chester, Lyndon!
Mike Allison
34 Posted 21/07/2016 at 17:50:26
Cheers, Adam... so who are we going to sign then...?
Adam Smith
35 Posted 21/07/2016 at 17:53:34
Billy Ocean?
Lyndon Lloyd
36 Posted 21/07/2016 at 17:55:14
Ian (29), Adam (33), thanks for the corrections. Wouldn't want to be propagating other errors from elsewhere ourselves! I have made the corrections.
Eddie Dunn
38 Posted 21/07/2016 at 18:06:22
This is such good news, along with our new manager. This perhaps shows that the club are putting the building blocks in place for the next few years.
Hopefully we will soon see some new players now this role is filled.
Can this be the start of our awakening?
Martin Nicholls
39 Posted 21/07/2016 at 18:14:20
Not sure that Moshiri has "got his man" (or at least his first choice) given speculation over Monchi and Overmars. If Walsh was indeed our first choice, why would he have signed new contract at Leicester?

Anyway, our DoF is now in place so hopefully the squad strengthening (and culling!) can now begin.

Colin Glassar
40 Posted 21/07/2016 at 18:35:34
Good luck, Walshy.
John Cartwright
41 Posted 21/07/2016 at 19:26:11
Well, sorry to be misery guts, but I am completely underwhelmed.
James Welford
42 Posted 21/07/2016 at 19:40:48
John Cartwright (41), the guy is respected in the business, Koeman is happy with him, he's been identified by Moshiri as the best he could get, and it's a totally new position that takes recruitment off Koeman so he can hopefully concentrate on getting the best out of the squad.

This is good all round for EFC, and not something to be underwhelmed by! Mahrez no doubt seemed an underwhelming signing.

Jay Harris
43 Posted 21/07/2016 at 19:41:26
I would much sooner this guy than Monchi.

He has had 20 years experience with the English leagues and obviously knows a player when he sees one.

Onwards and upwards with the Moshirir, Koeman and Walsh ticket.

Jay Harris
44 Posted 21/07/2016 at 19:52:16
John who would you have gone for and why?
Les Martin
45 Posted 21/07/2016 at 19:55:59
I hope Koeman did have a considerable "shout" in this appointment, as these two will need to get on very well.

Not sure still exactly what this role means, but hopefully in a few months it will become clearer when new signings have been made.

Obviously part of Mr Farhad's masterplan for the club and I wish him well.
Damian Wilde
46 Posted 21/07/2016 at 20:03:25
Is he basically chief scout?
Dan Davies
47 Posted 21/07/2016 at 20:03:41
Ok, new billionaire, new DoF, new manager. New players....

Couple of signings next week would be nice, now it starts to get interesting!

Lewis Barclay
48 Posted 21/07/2016 at 20:09:27
Why are so many mentioning his age on this thread and others.

His 20-odd years experience is invaluable.

Walsh, Koeman, Moshiri: let the good times roll!

Ian Bennett
49 Posted 21/07/2016 at 20:10:02
His talent spotting is exactly what I hope we get – world class players and undiscovered gems. Bring it on!
Phil Walling
50 Posted 21/07/2016 at 20:12:47
I'd be interested to know what 'The Talent Spotter General' will make of Niasse. And Sissoko come to that!
Colin Glassar
51 Posted 21/07/2016 at 20:20:41
Phil, any good young Cypriot lads that Walshy should look at?
Paul Burns
52 Posted 21/07/2016 at 20:29:40
Wonder what he'll make of Niasse?
Nick Armitage
53 Posted 21/07/2016 at 20:44:21
If he is 51 he had one hell of a paper round.
Phil Walling
54 Posted 21/07/2016 at 20:47:21
Colin, my local team, Pafos are in League 2 and no great shakes. From what little I've seen of them, Niasse would be quite an acquisition although I suspect Everton would have to pay all his wages. (£60k per week?)
Dennis Ng
55 Posted 21/07/2016 at 20:49:48
Welcome Steve!

Maybe now we'll start having unheralded players linked to us and no more of those insane fees flying around.

Colin Glassar
56 Posted 21/07/2016 at 20:50:22
Can you put a good word in for him, Phil? Tell them he's world class but isn't appreciated over here.
Steve Powell
57 Posted 21/07/2016 at 20:53:17
It does seem that there is a plan, doesn't it? The man at the top looks like he knows what he wants and is willing to do what he needs to get it and doesn't worry about what the likes of us are saying.
Quite right too, as long as it works.
Only time will tell if it does.
Helen Mallon
58 Posted 21/07/2016 at 20:56:43
John (#41), What were you expecting.
Andy Crooks
59 Posted 21/07/2016 at 21:03:46
I think this seems a good appointment. However, had not Mr Moshiri come on board, if Kenwright was still in control with the lamentable Martinez still in charge, frankly, this would be the summer from hell.

We are expecting major developments but it is the curse of Everton that we get our money in the biggest sellers market there has ever been in football.

Bob Hannigan
60 Posted 21/07/2016 at 21:03:49
Blue from the US of A since 1999 and an optimist. That said, I've been a bit frustrated with little or no inbound transfers so far this summer. However, I realize this is "the silly season" with respect to transfers but have been buoyed by the fact that we have a new gaffer, majority shareholder and sporting director.

Hopefully, by the time the current window ends and the new season kicks off, we will see many valued arrivals and a few wanted departures. We need and deserve it.

Tony Abrahams
61 Posted 21/07/2016 at 21:06:18
Mike (#34), I heard a whisper for the Austrian who plays for Stoke today.

He's only got 1 year left on his contract but, considering Stoke have just gave Liverpool £13 Million for a player in exactly the same position, I don't think that matters at the minute.

I heard Koeman was summoned to London with Moshiri wanting some major signings, but this isn't easy because our standing in the game isn't what it was. All rumour, of course!

Tony Draper
62 Posted 21/07/2016 at 21:21:23
Mick @32.

Our current squad could have finished higher last season without anyone in charge...

Erm...

Dave Abrahams
63 Posted 21/07/2016 at 21:23:58
Tony (61) what is the Austrian's name?
Alastair Donaldson
64 Posted 21/07/2016 at 21:36:17
With the ludicrous numbers being quoted by our vaunted tabloids and associated websites, let's hope his skill really is in unearthing quality at VFM. Moshiri may have money in the bank, but he clearly knows it's hard won easy gone.

Still waiting for the MARQUEE to arrive though ...lol

Tony Abrahams
65 Posted 21/07/2016 at 21:41:38
Begins with an A, Dave. Anoutavich, would be my guess at the spelling, hence "The Austrian".

I was talking to one of my mates, and he said he didn't fancy him. I don't watch as much footy these days, but he was one of the stand-out players in the league for me last season, at least until Stoke lost in The League Cup semis on penalties at Anfield when he scored a goal that night.

Rob Esteva
66 Posted 21/07/2016 at 21:45:06
Steve Powell @57

Totally agree – the lack of signings so far supports that. Would have been concerning if they had bought players and then brought him in, and better to bide their time for the right guy too.

Moshiri showing intent of actually running the club like a real business / company.

Andrew Rimmer
67 Posted 21/07/2016 at 21:50:24
I've had epiphanies in the last 15 years. One was that Arteta's inspired blues would win the league. Moyes spoiled that one. Another was in Martinez's (who I didn't want on the basis of why he was sacked) first season, where I though he might actually get a Champions League spot.

I'm now a calm bunny. I'm not expecting great things this season, obviously better than 12th but I am expecting great things in the next few years. I don't care who stays or goes this summer, I just know there is a plan in place and I'm keen to see this all through.
COYB

Peter Cummings
68 Posted 21/07/2016 at 21:50:53
A billionaire a new coaching crew a new director we are definitely moving on, meanwhile across Stanley Park.....................
Tony Abrahams
69 Posted 21/07/2016 at 21:51:27
I know you was laughing, Alastair, but it's a phrase that gets on my fucking nerves.

£15 Million gets you average these days, so a good talent spotter will definitely be a major asset if he can unearth us some unknown quality.

A lot of Leicester fans are saying that Walsh will be a bigger loss than Kante. I hope they are right, even if they have shown a lot of class with the gracious way in which they have accepted his departure.

Brian Hennessy
70 Posted 21/07/2016 at 22:29:29
This just fills me with so much excitement for the future.

Morshiri wanted Koeman – he got him;

Morshiri wanted Walsh – he got him.

I have officially decided that the good days are just around the corner at Everton...

Jose Walsh
71 Posted 21/07/2016 at 22:33:32
Tony (#61) – you could very well be correct about Koeman meeting Moshiri as he was on my carriage from Euston tonight and got off at Runcorn and was heading to Finch Farm. No sign of Riquelme though!
Tony Abrahams
73 Posted 21/07/2016 at 22:47:46
Jose, I was told Moshiri wants three major signings and Koeman was in London to talk to him about this.

We might be having a bit of trouble at the minute because our standing in the game has diminished over the years but hopefully we are ready to rise once again?

I also heard Koeman likes the lad Ritchie at Bournemouth because he considers players like this will improve the overall squad.

Ray Griffin
74 Posted 21/07/2016 at 23:00:06
Now at last we're competing at the right level, getting the proper people in to bring us forward. Usually, at this stage of the season, all we would have done was signed some overrated, overpriced, mediocre player who had a couple of good run-outs at the Euros.
Frank Crewe
75 Posted 21/07/2016 at 23:37:26
Well let's hope he has his eye on a bargain or two that Leicester would have got but will now be signed by us instead.

After all, if we had bought Kante and Mahrez for the fees Leicester did, we would have been grumbling about how cheap they were. Buy them now and they would be marquee signings.

Not all signings have to be for tens of millions. Prices are bandied around now like clubs are using monopoly money instead of the real thing. It's beginning to get unsavoury in what used to be a working class game.

Mike Dolan
76 Posted 21/07/2016 at 00:04:34
Welcome Steve Walsh, good luck as you begin the transition of our sleeping giant. The one small piece of advice I would give is just be honest with us and you'll be preaching to the choir, we'll be behind you 100%.
Ernie Baywood
77 Posted 22/07/2016 at 01:30:23
Would be interesting to hear more about our plans for the role. Hiring a chief scout as DoF seems like we've gone down a slightly different path than I had imagined when the first talk of a DoF came up.

I'm assuming that Ronald is therefore setting the vision for our style of play, which should then go right through the youth ranks and our transfer policy.

But if Ronald leaves... and managers are not long term employees, do we change from top to bottom entirely?

Or is Walsh's role greater than just transfers?

Regardless of the above, people who actually speak to Moshiri seem to be impressed. We might not have had a great outline of his intentions but you know that Walsh and Koeman have... and it's been enough to persuade them that something is happening with us that it's worth being a part of.

Paul Andrews
78 Posted 22/07/2016 at 07:41:53
Tony,

Ritchie is a good player, one who will develop into a better player.

Unfortunately he signed for Newcastle a couple of weeks ago.

Nathan Snell
79 Posted 22/07/2016 at 08:07:33
In my view, Ronald is here to build a team for short-term success and Walsh long-term. Therefore, irrespective of if Ronald leaves in 2 or 3 years, Walsh would've had time to identify, evaluate and bring in suitable candidates for the next growth step of the strategic plan.
Simon Jones
80 Posted 22/07/2016 at 08:33:19
Is it a sign of getting old when you are genuinely excited about a Director of Football being appointed?
Dave Abrahams
82 Posted 22/07/2016 at 09:16:43
Tony (73) I think Ritchie was sold a couple of weeks ago, can't think where he went to.
Dave Abrahams
83 Posted 22/07/2016 at 09:22:06
Benitez signed him for Newcastle on a five-year contract.
Tony Abrahams
84 Posted 22/07/2016 at 09:33:23
Just saw that, Dave, but these rumours I heard came from someone you would normally listen to.
Peter Barry
85 Posted 22/07/2016 at 10:31:34
Everyone else is busy signing new players and we sign a Director of Football who is 65 years old and everyone gets excited.
Brent Stephens
86 Posted 22/07/2016 at 10:42:33
Peter #85 "Everyone else is busy signing new players and we sign a Director of Football who is 65 years old and everyone gets excited."

So what's the issue with somebody being 65 years old? If he can do the job? Many people are older than that and continuing to do responsible jobs.

BTW, how old are you?

Mike Mulhall
87 Posted 22/07/2016 at 13:08:17
I find it hard to believe that people are negative about what is showing to be a ultra professional and positive change in approach by the club. No words, just actions. I for one am loving the approach that Moshiri is bringing to this club.
Ray Said
88 Posted 22/07/2016 at 13:20:29
I like the new approach. Laying the groundwork with staff appointments to whom the club will then delegate the responsibility of getting the right players in and taking time to assess the players we already have to see where the gaps are. Looks like a reasoned, business-like and long-term planning approach. We have not been used to this for the last 20 years and it will take some time to see the value.
Steavey Buckley
89 Posted 22/07/2016 at 16:01:04
Mick Davies: "I disagree, I think our squad last season would have finished much higher with a manager who knew what he was doing."

Have you noticed what is happening across the park at Anfield? Liverpool have just signed two cracking wingers, while Everton are stuck with likes of McGeady and Niasse.

Patrick Murphy
90 Posted 22/07/2016 at 16:10:04
Steavey (#89),

What's happening across the park mate, I'm so interested... NOT!

So they have bought players that we may or may not have been interested in... so what? Our manager hasn't been in the job too long, give the guy a break already, he can't just sack off players he has inherited – it will take time.

Mind you living in the shadow of the all-conquering German and his team does get tedious, particularly when they are constantly used as a reference point for all things Everton.

Jay Harris
91 Posted 22/07/2016 at 16:10:16
There is just no pleasing some people.

We are only just into the process of reorganising into a more professional outfit light years ahead of Kenwright's corner shop philosophy and a few weeks in people are pissing and moaning we have not signed anyone yet.

FFS Klopp has been in the job 6 months and I have no doubt the RS had an inferior squad to us.

Rome was not built in a day but at least we are now building on solid ground with Moshiri, Koeman and Walsh.

BTW, I think its a bonus Walsh is 60+, not 40, because he has that extra experience and knowledge.

We were not looking for a sprinter but a Director of Football and he fits the bill perfectly for me.

Mike Allison
92 Posted 22/07/2016 at 16:18:14
What point do you think you're making, Steavey? Comparing new signings with our two worst players does what exactly? We've already got three cracking wingers.
Tony Abrahams
93 Posted 22/07/2016 at 16:41:14
The only thing I notice across the park Steavey, is a big new stand, that is ready to open. Hopefully, we will get a stadium on the docks, so loads of those horrible Kopites can sound just like you!
Jamie Crowley
94 Posted 22/07/2016 at 17:07:10
Steavey -

They've also overpaid massively for some real duds...

Let them do whatever they want. In Koeman I trust...

Lallana, Ballotelli, Carrol, the Welsh Pirlo... the list is longer but I can't be arsed to write or bother...

Steve Foster
95 Posted 22/07/2016 at 17:17:34
Just watched the interview with Steve Walsh on the OS.

He never stopped smiling throughout. The words 'project' and 'foundations' popped up a few times.

Seems a nice bloke. I'm excited about this, I'm excited about the future. Early signs are very impressive.

As for bringing in players, I feel confident when we can get the right player, we will get him. I am feeling a faith in the club that I have not had for a very long time.

I can't wait for the season to start! COYB

Alan Bodell
96 Posted 22/07/2016 at 17:18:35
Jamie, you missed out Aquillani mate but I totally understand your lethargy as this dud is one of my favourite bits of repartee when confronted by a gobshite.
Eugene Ruane
97 Posted 22/07/2016 at 17:47:41
Wish him the best and hope he does really well because... that'll mean we're doing really well.

Have to say I find it impossible to get the least bit excited (even interested) about any signing that isn't a manager or a player.

George Cumiskey
98 Posted 22/07/2016 at 22:16:08
I used to think the manager was the DoF or the Chief Scout was the DoF... or even the Chairman was the DoF. Now I know the DoF is the DoF... where do they get these titles from?
Gerry Quinn
99 Posted 22/07/2016 at 23:17:52
Gary Lineker....quote, "The man who found all Leicester's stars is leaving to join Everton. Why would anyone ever do that?"

Someone remind me, please – where did we buy him from again?

Lewis Roll
100 Posted 22/07/2016 at 23:23:24
Gerry; you're on a wind up or you really don't get it?
Paul Smith
101 Posted 22/07/2016 at 23:40:21
Gerry
Even Lineker is capable or irony mate.
Paul Dewhurst
102 Posted 23/07/2016 at 07:19:04
It's good that we needed a manager and DOF and got them in place before for we spend / sell anyone. The way I read it they wanted a link between the manager and the new board, so they get the manager 1st. Then they get someone the board seems to trust in to work with the manager not the other way round. We now have till end of August to make signings it's never done early so I expect a few signing after the first game. Again teams wait to see who qualifies for champions league etc before selling / buying so six weeks to view the squad and a couple of games to get the right players. All pretty boring if you ask me ... But seems to be methodical and business like
David Hayes
103 Posted 23/07/2016 at 13:59:18
The signings whinners, please give it a rest – it's boring at best and annoying for the adults. This is an exciting time, relax and and enjoy it. It may all go tits up, or not but it's going to be a lot more fun than anytime before I can remember. COYMB.
Stan Schofield
105 Posted 23/07/2016 at 21:59:12
Yes, I'm not too fussed whether we make any 'marquee' signings in the near future. In fact, it would be very interesting to see how the existing squad fares under Koeman, given the management issues with Martinez. Then new signings can be identified as and when necessary.

For me, a major aspect of having funds available is that we no longer need to sell the best players. That's the main foundation on which we can progress.

Mike T Jones
106 Posted 23/07/2016 at 22:15:45
I wish people would stop referencing the shite
Peter Barry
107 Posted 24/07/2016 at 03:35:16
I am 70 Brent Stephens # 86 and would never even consider scouting or being a DoF at a football club.
Paul Ferry
108 Posted 24/07/2016 at 06:08:36
Peter (#107) – my hunch is that Walsh will be our most important signing of the summer mate. The key surely is the future, and this fella spotted Mahrez and Kante – took ages for Kante, story is he whispered his name each day in Claudio's ears – and I don't understand your 65 criticism, Walsh is 61 not 65 by the way, and he's a DoF not a player.

You, apparently, are opposed to a DoF but you don't tell us why.

Please do. And give articulate and reasoned arguments not one line generalizations with no substance.

To reiterate, my hunch, I hope it's right, is that Walsh will be our most important summer 2016 signing.

Tony Weedon
109 Posted 24/07/2016 at 06:20:06
I've felt things were dragging on a bit; plenty of talk and very little action, to say the least. I believe Steve Walsh could be the best signing we've made in a generation.

Coupled with Ronald Koeman and the funds that are now in place and assets to sell for serious money, I believe we are on the cusp of a bright future, if not this season then the next couple.

Koeman needs to off load good style as soon as possible. No more rose-coloured spectacles – we are down at the head with the lame and the lazy and need some hard decisions to be made to offload our underachievers.

Stones, Lukaku, McCarthy, and yes even Barkley who I believe has started to believe he's the finished article. I'm not the most patient of men, but I will have to grin and bear it if I want our Blues to be a success.
Darryl Ritchie
110 Posted 24/07/2016 at 07:26:27
Paul@108

I was just on another site, that had Leicester reaction to Walsh leaving. There was a comment comparing Everton landing Walsh and LFC (sorry Mike) signing Wijnaldum for 25 million. Liverpool did not fare well in the comparison, in fact, they were "lol'd".

I agree, Walsh will be a monstrous advantage for us, for years to come.

Brent Stephens
111 Posted 24/07/2016 at 11:32:44
Peter #107 - I'm still none the wiser a to why Walsh's age is of any relevance. Surely age can't be a barrier to his judgement? After all, HE's only mid-60s.

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