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Contributions from our editorial team and featured columnists.

Better off out of it

Lyndon Lloyd
While it would have been nice to see either or both of the Blues’ young Englishmen excel on the world stage, they were better off having played no part in Hodgson’s mess.

New Day Rising

Lyndon Lloyd
“Nothing will be the same” is the promise of Everton’s latest marketing slogan. By happy accident rather than clairvoyant design, it has turned out to be remarkably prescient as the promise of the Farhad Moshiri era begins to flower with the arrival of Ronald Koeman.

Now or never for Darron Gibson

Lyndon Lloyd
Now 28 but with just 38 league starts in four-and-a-half years, Darron Gibson's new two-year deal represents his last chance to make his name at Everton.

Koeman: Is the nomadic Dutchman ready to make his mark?

Lyndon Lloyd
Despite being tipped as a future Barcelona or Arsenal boss, Ronald Koeman has been described as one of the most underrated managers in Europe. As he stands on the brink of replacing Roberto Martinez at Everton, is he finally ready to fulfil that rich promise at the top level?

A Time for Patience

Lyndon Lloyd
There’s a fair bit of restlessness creeping into the collective Evertonian psyche as June approaches with no hint if a managerial appointment to replace Roberto Martinez but the magnitude and importance of the decision mean that the club is right to take their time.

De Boer: The Dutch master to lead Everton's renaissance?

Lyndon Lloyd
The departing Ajax boss is among the leading candidates to replace Martinez this summer. Four Dutch titles earned him a stellar reputation but has he sullied it over the past two years?

Lukaku's long goodbye lacks class

Lyndon Lloyd
The Belgian's publicly declaration that he has "made his decision" over his future reek of arrogance and are disrespectful to Everton and the fans.

The Crouching Wizard — Flavour of the month or genuine article?

Lyndon Lloyd
Unai Emery is the latest big name to be linked with the Everton job. He has a history of stabilising and improving struggling teams and has now won the Europa League three times in succession. Would he be a gamble or just the ticket to turn the Blues around?

The Sword of Damocles

Lyndon Lloyd
The chop when it finally came was painfully overdue but there can’t be an Evertonian left who didn’t feel that by the end, it was the only merciful thing to do to relieve Roberto Martinez of his managerial duties before the final home game with Norwich City.

The Vanity of Idealism

Lyndon Lloyd
Roberto Martinez's utopian vision is wholly at odds with Everton's dystopian present

Who could replace Roberto Martinez at Everton?

Lyndon Lloyd
With a second successive season of failure about to be consigned to the history books, Roberto Martinez’s future at Everton is squarely under the microscope. A look at some potential candidates whom the club could look at if he is dismissed in the coming weeks.

The False Parallels with 1984

Lyndon Lloyd
Why romantic comparisons between the present and Howard Kendall's transformative third full season in charge are misleading and an FA Cup triumph shouldn't buy Roberto Martinez more time unless it's accompanied by huge improvement over the last eight League games.

Bracing For the Inevitable?

Lyndon Lloyd
Another international break, another problematic media interview involving one of Everton’s Belgian contingent. Are the paving stones being laid for Romelu Lukaku's painful exit from Goodison Park or can the striker be persuaded to stay?

Our Precious

Lyndon Lloyd
The covetous eyes of the biggest clubs from the Premier League and Europe will be on Romelu Lukaku this summer but if Everton have no imperative to sell, perhaps only the whims of the Belgian himself could see him leave Goodison Park.

Everton being held back by Martinez's rigid ethos

Lyndon Lloyd
Discussing the post-mortem of sorts that has followed the 3-2 defeat to West Ham on Saturday.

Kenwright ushers in the winds of change

Lyndon Lloyd
As with any new chapter in the club’s history, Farhad Moshiri's investment in Everton is a step into the unknown that requires faith and patience but it could mark a turning point at the club in all the right ways.

The Appeal to Coincidence

Lyndon Lloyd
Roberto Martinez has been relying increasingly on bad luck as the explanation for a season of stark under-achievement build but there is only so far that that crutch will take him as the inquests into his team's failings build.

I'm sorry, Roberto, but this team IS under-achieving... massively

Lyndon Lloyd
It's galling to hear Martinez flatly deny that Everton are under-achieving this season and to insist that it's impossible to expect them to achieve at all given how "new" the team is. Because, by almost all measurement, they are under-achieving and have been for the last 18 months.

The times they are a-changing

Lyndon Lloyd
In conversation with Dr Everton's better half, Elizabeth France, about Bill Kenwright, his legacy and the future of the club.

Everton Must Stand Firm Over Precious Stones

Lyndon Lloyd
Chelsea have played their first card in what will probably a summer-long game over John Stones but if Everton harbour any ambitions of challenging for the top four again, then the club simply has to hold onto him unless Roman Abramovich offers silly money.

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