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Fellaini's Contract

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It has all gone quiet on the Fellaini contract extension. Is Bungling Bill going to allow him to run down his contract à la Pienaar?

This Club is being run worse than a circus... Get him to sign an extension now or sell him.

I am sure Billy Liar lives in another time dimension: "The Yobo sale will be completed in the next 48 hours" over a week now in real time...

Maybe the Fortress Funds will turn up in the next 24 hrs? Bill ? Go, you are worse than useless.

Steve Sweeney, Prescot     Posted 10/07/2011 at 12:24:07

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Tom Owen
1   Posted 02/07/2011 at 05:42:22

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Is it just me or is anyone else getting sick of the situation with Yobo? I never rated him when he was playing with us, he quite often made Hibbo look bad and was always prone to serious, costly mistakes.

Expecting £5-6 million for him is wishful thinking ? he isn't worth anywhere close to that, take £2 million for him and have it done with, I reckon!

Ian Edwards
2   Posted 10/07/2011 at 15:07:39

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Sell Fellaini. Crap. A waste of £15M
Jamie Connor
3   Posted 10/07/2011 at 15:20:16

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Crap? Waste of ?15M? Are you joking, mate? When Fellaini is on his game, he can probably walk into any midfield. He makes the midfield look tiny and is a massive presence.
David Barks
4   Posted 10/07/2011 at 15:32:57

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Fellaini has 2 years remaining on his contract. It is not a Pienaar situation.
Ray Robinson
5   Posted 10/07/2011 at 15:32:18

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Tom, let's forget all those matches shall we when he played a blinder because he (admittedly) was prone to the odd individual error. I remember a game at Blackburn which we won 1-0 when he turned in one of the best centre half performances that I have ever seen in a blue shirt.
Alex Buckley
6   Posted 10/07/2011 at 15:32:33

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Ian, you're an armchair supporter if you say he's crap, but without a contract signed he's got to be sold!

The Yobo deal is getting ridiculous, I'm all for getting the best price but recently we've been stung by not accepting decent bids for the Yak & Peanuts.

The Board are just completely clueless ? if they were players, we'd release the lot! SACK THE BOARD!!!!!!!
Jay Harris
7   Posted 10/07/2011 at 16:15:42

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It's a bit like the search for investment that after 11 years has still had no success. If Yobo wanted to go and EFC want him to go then the club has his contract so why let him dictate the move. Why are we playing cat and mouse with some Greek team whose dealings are notorious anyway just because Yobo wants to go there!

Surely one of the promoted teams or another prem club would be interested in a player swap. >Could he be the downpayment on N'Zogbia? Could we persuade QPR to part with Tarabant or whatever his name is.

Even a swap for Ricardo Fuller would at least give us another forward option. Why nobody at EFC ever pushes anything is beyond me.
Paul Gladwell
8   Posted 10/07/2011 at 16:45:12

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Fellaini crap! I give up.
Ian Edwards
9   Posted 10/07/2011 at 18:09:23

Report abuse what has he done in the 3 or 4 years at the club...

Considerably more bookings than goals, a pirouette in the centre circle. sold a few wigs..sounds like a club legend to me.
Anthony Millington
10   Posted 10/07/2011 at 18:54:41

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Exactly, Steve ? we need to sign him up now or, if he doesn't want to stay, get rid. We can't afford to keep letting our star players leave for next to nothing! We've already missed out on a lot of money with Pienaar and Gosling... and now Yak and Yobo who we could have sold earlier for a good price. Not to mention Saha who we should really have cashed in on if the reported interest in him was true!
Gavin Ramejkis
11   Posted 10/07/2011 at 19:58:49

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I wouldn't say Fellaini is crap but also wouldn't call him a legend as we've yet to see a full season.

As far as 50p head Yobo goes, I never forgive him for that shoelace tying incident or his teeing up of Shrek for his goal but FFS 48 hours in la-la land's head could mean forever...
Dick Fearon
12   Posted 10/07/2011 at 21:28:12

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Hibbo's lack of interest in scoring one lousy goal is symptomatic of a depressing malaise surrounding our club. With little else to hope for I was left with a dream of holding a one man riot In this backwoods corner of Oz.

Now I have been told by a family member that my Blue and White festooned car with its EVERTON2 licence plate is a local target for ridicule or, what is even worse, pity.

Kunal Desai
13   Posted 10/07/2011 at 22:20:42

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BK is the perfect Chairman any business could wish for:

Cannot negotiate and buy players and now it would seem cannot negotiate the sale of players.

Keep up the good work Billy boy.
Ian Smitham
14   Posted 10/07/2011 at 23:02:05

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Ian @ 2 and 8, maybe we "Ian's" should stick together, but your comments on this and the other thread are ridiculous and I believe that calling "Fella" "crap" after 3 or 4 seasons (which is it?) is misguided.

I wonder whether you do not see the games, whether you are off your head, or a troll.

Crap ? Give me strength, FFS!
James Martin
15   Posted 10/07/2011 at 23:26:57

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If Fellaini had been sold, it would have been, "Oh here's Bill selling all our best players." If he signed a new deal on high wages showing our intent to keep him out of the clutches of a big club after a bad season, it would have been, "What a waste of money" (similar to the Arteta situation).

As it is, nothing has happened and therefore we must again criticise Kenwright. I'm not saying Kenwright is good or anything, far from it, but perhaps Fellaini didn't want to sign it? Maybe his agent is on holiday?

Maybe everyone has done the normal calm thing and just thought, "Take it easy, Marouane, no need to disrupt your trip to Austria with contract talk. Enjoy your stay, we'll deal with that when we get back to Finch Farm."

Robert Moore
16   Posted 11/07/2011 at 00:53:42

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Fellaini is the best player we have ? fact!

Get ready for this season ? he is gonna destroy!!! COYB

Stewart Oakes
17   Posted 11/07/2011 at 01:05:17

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People are saying we can't work out a deal to sell Yobo, but we did negotitate the sale of Yobo, when the loan deal was arranged; so was the sale price at the end of that loan... but now they are trying to lower the agreed price.
Steve Moore
18   Posted 11/07/2011 at 02:05:57

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Some of you guys make me wonder.... Fellaini class act, great player and at certain times in both of the last two seasons has looked our best player.

Yobo, thank you for the service, you made a few mistakes but you were a true blue. Now I wish you all the best in Turkey (not Greece). The problem with him signing at the moment has a lot to do with the Chairman of Fenerbahce being in court and nothing got to do with Bill.

Chris Bannantyne
19   Posted 11/07/2011 at 02:54:27

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Fellaini is a marvellous player, can't see how he can be considered crap...
Tony Cornmell
20   Posted 11/07/2011 at 04:46:07

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All the talk about Kenwright? Hasn't moyes stated that players only leave when he decides? So any blame or credit goes to the manager.
Paul Gladwell
21   Posted 11/07/2011 at 07:01:51

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The reason he has not completed a full season is not down to being injury prone, it's down to having lumps kicked out of him by yard dogs like that Greek thing across the park. Buy the Evertonian and read what Ratcliffe thinks of Fellaini, it's basically what most pundits and ex-players think of Fellaini.

And as for saying he has been booked more times than he has scored, I think you will find all our players including Cahill will have been booked more times than they have scored.

Ryan Holroyd
22   Posted 11/07/2011 at 08:11:53

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To be fair to Kenwright, hasn't the Fenerbahce chairman just been in court with match-fixing? Maybe that has held up the deal...
Steve Pugh
23   Posted 11/07/2011 at 08:13:15

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James #14, please don't talk sense. It spoils the inane rants.
David Price
24   Posted 11/07/2011 at 09:43:56

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Good one Steve.

I've a feeling Moyes has confidence in some of the young talent making a breakthrough, a repeat of Utd's class of 96 would be nice.

Before anyone says it, and yes, we'll probably get a few quid for them as well!

Bob Skelton
25   Posted 11/07/2011 at 09:58:53

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Guys, Fellaini is a good player.... He has struggled with injuries but he has been immense when fit.

The issue is quite simple. He will not commit to a new contract, he fancies winning something before he draws his pension...will he achieve that with Everton?? Not on our recent history.

If we do not want another Pienaar farce we have to sell him now... for reasonable money ? otherwise next season he will just let his contract run down and we'll be grovelling for a couple of mill around Christmas... again!
Anthony Hughes
26   Posted 11/07/2011 at 10:57:24

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I'd be surprised if Fellaini extends his contract. He is a good player, a high profile player and one of the stars of our squad. I'm pretty sure he's fancies himself for a move to a top four team or abroad for Champions League football. The inevitable will happen, he'll move on. Unless we receive huge investment and start to look like we're going to challenge at the top then this is going to become a familar scenario for years to come.
Eugene Ruane
27   Posted 11/07/2011 at 11:42:18

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He's, imo, a good player and I would like him to stay, but if (IF!) he can make a load more money somewhere else, he WILL be off. That is the way of things in 'the modern game' (and we're naive if we think things like loyalty or contracts etc, have any bearing).
Steve Sweeney
28   Posted 11/07/2011 at 11:44:07

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At least some are getting the gist of my post. He will most likely move on but the point is the ineptitude of the Everton Board. At the end of the season on the official site it was mooted and followed up in the local rag that contract talks were underway and that the big guy was looking at extending his contract. Well, folks, the new season is nearly upon us and there has not been any more talk of any contract extension.

My point in the original post is once again the board at EFC are doing nothing proactive.

Come January 2013, when Fellaini has 6 months left on his contract and is let go for next to nothing, the same old "we thought he would sign" crap will be spun out by Billy Liar's media lovies.

Wayne Smyth
29   Posted 11/07/2011 at 12:16:32

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Agree with Anthony (24), put yourself in Fellaini's position, or any of our better players. Would you extend? I certainly wouldn't, given that the club looks less and less competitive each season since he joined. I don't doubt that one condition of Fellaini committing to the club for a longer term is some evidence that the playing staff are going to be improved so that we have a decent chance of winning something.

Short of a miracle, we can safely expect Fellaini to be sold in the next 12 months probably because he will not sign a contract. If he has a blinder of a season, the only positive is that one of the rich clubs will come sniffing and DM will get a decent pot of money to reinvest.

While the current board are in place, I really doubt we are going to do anything but remain reliant on selling a player or two every season to stay afloat.
Norman Merrill
30   Posted 11/07/2011 at 18:18:02

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Ian Edwards ? if you're going to come on and berate a player, get your facts right, I doubt if you attend games? Fellaini been here 4 years? Joke!!
Elaine Riding
31   Posted 11/07/2011 at 18:41:14

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Fellaini is a very good Premier League player who wouldn't look out of place in one of the top sides in the league. How many other players in our squad could you say that about in all honesty (not loyalty!). I believe he has the size, bit of class, etc that would see him fit into a Champions League side, Utd for example, and not look out of place on the big stage.

I couldnt say this about Hibbert for example, no offence intended at all on the lad. I just pray that we haven't got a "Gentleman's agreement" with Fellaini, à la Gosling, and we don't end up losing even more money through our board's mis-management.

Rory Brennan
32   Posted 11/07/2011 at 21:13:52

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Fellaini is bloody brilliant, sign on the dotted line Felli lad.
James Flynn
33   Posted 12/07/2011 at 03:34:36

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Don't sell! Let's see how the current squad does next season.

Yeah we have a problem with ownership. Who can argue different?

But Moyes has maneuvered pretty well under fiscal constraint (what other team had a player leap 2 levels upward and score in double digits?).

I think we can make that last, frustrating, move into the big money this season.
Ray Roche
34   Posted 12/07/2011 at 07:29:35

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James, I can't see the squad doing any better than we did last year, and Fellaini will have another year less on his contract. If he won't sign by kick-off, sell him and invest ALL the fee in other players.
Erik Dols
35   Posted 12/07/2011 at 10:50:55

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Ray #34: "James, I can't see the squad doing any better than we did last year" Are you having a laugh? I thought the average opinion here was that we should have done better last year...

I am more and more surprised by the two-faced attitude of a lot of fans on this subject. On one hand, we are on the brink of relegation, on the other hand, we should have easily beaten the WBAs and Boltons and therefore should have ended higher up the league.

I don't really have a point here, just thought this to be rather remarkable...
James Flynn
36   Posted 13/07/2011 at 03:55:21

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Ray (34) - Thanks for replying. Well, I can see the squad doing better. What's the point of the off-season if we can't hope for the next.

I just go by what last season shows. All those one goal losses and all those draws.

We're right there. Moyes has re-built the squad these last 2 years. Why not it all comes together next season?
James Flynn
37   Posted 13/07/2011 at 04:10:02

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Erik (35) - The relegation bit is bullshit. Not your referring to it, but people here thinking it might happen. Under Moyes? Impossible.

My opinion is we were a goal or 2 away from jumping into the "Sky 4" group.

Of course I'm positive about this season. Why wouldn't I be. For all the frustrating losses and draws, we're right there. We're not some relegation side.
Ryan Rosenberg
38   Posted 13/07/2011 at 08:31:26

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Essien is now injured and out for six months. Watch Chelsea pounce...
Anthony Hughes
39   Posted 13/07/2011 at 09:18:19

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You could be right Ryan. Just listening on Talksport at the moment about our finances and it's so horrible hearing about "the bigger clubs higher up the food chain who may take our players off us to enable us to buy".
Alasdair Mackay
40   Posted 13/07/2011 at 16:56:57

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Fellaini is a great player, but I think at £25m he is overpriced and if we can get that for him I would take it now. We have Rodwell, Neville and Hetiinga who can all play defensive midfield to the required standard.

I was interested to see Diarra is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid. Anyone fancy Diarra plus £10m for Fellaini?
Andy Callan
41   Posted 14/07/2011 at 20:09:59

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The beauty of living in a free society is that we're all entitled to our own opinion.......

However the facts speak for themselves - EVERTON ARE BETTER WITHOUT FELLAINI. Jesus why can't you all see that this person is a liability.....?!?!?!?

Sell the fuckin' clown and at least give Moyes some cash to spend.

Steve - Bill WILL go when someone comes in with a wedge to buy the club mate. Until someone wants to buy then we're worth FUCK ALL.

How is the fact that Fellaini is utter shite the Chairmans fault.....?!?!?
Eugene Ruane
42   Posted 15/07/2011 at 08:42:56

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Shouty Andy Callan (41) - A few years back when Moyes DID have 'some cash to spend', he bought...Fellaini.

Repeat - Moyes bought Fellaini.

Does that help you understand how fucking stupid you sound?

Sell a player you think is shite, to give money to a manager who bought the 'shite' player in the first place.

You also persist in telling us shite like..

"Bill WILL go when someone comes in with a wedge to buy the club mate".

Well you obviously know something nobody else does.

Those who followed the DK inquiry (the ACTUAL inquiry rather than the Echo version) discovered that Everton are/were NOT for sale and instead, simply looking for 'investment'.

(if you have EVIDENCE of something different, please share)


Andy Callan
43   Posted 18/07/2011 at 09:21:59

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Eugine - the facts say that we're better off without Coco in the team...

The 'evidence' is there as our record is better without him. Simple as that.

I never defended the purchase of Fellaini - in fact it's just another example of why Kenwright doesn't want to give the manager money; because he buys shite like Fellaini.

My point is that it's not Kenwrights fault that nobodys wants to buy Everton, nor is it his fault when the manager buys someone that can't kick a fuckin' football either.

I've nee idea what 'poltroon' means; it sounds like a Jock golf course. What I do know is that you don't seem to be able to read...

Thank you and goodnight.
Eugene Ruane
44   Posted 19/07/2011 at 11:00:46

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Might I suggest

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