McCarthy signs new five-year deal at Everton

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Mirallas to follow suit in committing to the Blues
Everton have confirmed that James McCarthy has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at the club.

The 24 year-old has signed an extension to his existing deal that contracts him to the Blues until 2020 which puts an end to misguided, media-fuelled speculation over his future at Goodison Park.

Talk of McCarthy being unsettled at Everton because of supposedly unfulfilled contractual problems first surfaced towards the end of last season but the Irish international was unequivocal in his assertions that he was perfectly happy and harboured no desire to leave.

Reports in the tabloid media have continued throughout the summer, however, with some outlets insistent that McCarthy had held showdown talks with Roberto Martinez where he had announced his intention to leave Everton. Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United were all put forward as potential destinations for the former Wigan man but him staying put was always the most likely outcome.

Im buzzing and delighted to be committing my future long-term to Everton," McCarthy told evertontv. "Ive loved every minute Ive been here, with the fans having made me feel so welcome from day one, as well as the players and staff.

This is a brilliant club with a brilliant fanbase and what we want to try to do is bring some success here and push forward.

"The gaffer is trying to build a team and a squad for the long-term and Im excited to be a part of that and to be a part of this team."

His team-mate Kevin Mirallas is expected follow suit and also commit his future to Everton in the coming days. The Belgian midfielder has been the subject of similar speculation after he indicated a desire for Champions League football but to date, the Toffees have only received concrete interest from West Ham and were quick to knock back a paltry 6m bid last month.

Mirallas is believed to have agreed new terms and just needs to complete the formalities.


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Jamie Crowley
1 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:28:11
Fantastic news. This kid does all the dirty work and has an engine that doesn't quit.

Very happy he's committed to Everton long term.

Peter McHugh
2 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:29:34
Ian McDowell
3 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:29:58
Brilliant news. I'm delighted. COYB!
Brent Stephens
4 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:30:38
Happy at this. Did somebody say not long ago that he was sure to be on his way?
Eddie Dunn
5 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:31:11
Trevor Peers
6 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:31:42
Some good news at last, he's a diamond.
Conor Skelly
7 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:32:13
Great news. Expect more positive news to follow in coming weeks.
William Cartwright
8 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:33:14
Nice one!
Danny O'Neill
9 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:33:28
Sky and the Daily Mail will be fuming!!
Colin Glassar
10 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:34:41
Now what are the media hounds going to say about our "unhappy player"? They are so full of it that they don't deserve my disdain.

At least Jamie Redknapp (ssn) had the sense to say Stones should stay at Everton for the foreseeable future although Jim White had to put in his little dig with "well he's still an Everton player for now". Twat!!

Philip Roberts
11 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:35:17
A bit of good news at last, just goes to show what a pile of shite the press peddle, but I think most of us know that anyway.

Mark Riding
12 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:37:39
No one else will give him any credit, so I will.

Well done, Roberto, for pulling this one off.

Peter Gorman
13 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:40:48
Sorry Mark but you are scraping the barrel there.
John Raftery
14 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:43:39
I never expected him to leave. The only surprise for me was that this has been completed during the transfer window. I fully expected it to happen in September once the dust had settled. Well done Everton and up yours to the national media!
Mark Riding
15 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:44:20
Why is that then Peter? Clearly the manager has persuaded McCarthy to sign on again and play FOR HIM!

Oh, I realise Roberto is shite / Catalan Clown / Tappy Tappy (delete as applicable) on TW, but for once just a tiny bit of credit, a mere nod of the head in appreciation wouldn’t go amiss.

As it stands, this window has been good business for our club.

Paul Hewitt
17 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:46:12
Excellent news. Now lets tell Chelsea to do one and make me really happy.
Darryl Ritchie
18 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:46:17
We are NOT a selling club!!! (Tongue firmly in cheek.)
Colin Malone
19 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:50:55
Great News. Let's hope he will wear blinkers this season and start asking for the ball. Then he would deffo be a diamond.
Rob Halligan
20 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:53:39
Well said Mark #12 & #15.
Peter Morris
21 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:55:38
I’m afraid that we are simply cannon fodder for these media twats who see us as a supply line for their favourites in Manchester and London. Because we lack the financial clout of the ’Sky elite,’ it is simply judged that we have no right to expect to retain the services of players who may add quality to one of these teams, so we should bow to the inevitable, take the cash and shut up.

Rio Ferdinand’s assertion that John Stones should go to Man Utd rather than Chelsea because he would play every week was outrageous, implying it is one of only two possible outcomes, and ignores the fact that John plays every week for the club that holds his registration, and again assumes that we have no right to expect to keep him.

I really hope that John comes out and puts paid to all of this rabble rousing by committing himself once and for all to EFC, an outcome that would be met with perplexed indignation and puzzlement, no doubt.

Gavin McGarvey
22 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:58:08
Really pleased about this. McCarthy has been at the heart of the team since he arrived and we really missed him while he was out injured. I can see him adding some more goals to his game this season too. COYB.
William Cartwright
23 Posted 06/08/2015 at 17:58:35
Garbutt, Henen, Mirallas (hopefully/likely), Stones (keep the faith), Duelofeu, McCarthy,(thankfully), Lennon (probably), Cleverley... Thank you so far Roberto and I am looking forward to the next three!
Marlon Wilson
24 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:00:58
Working at Sky HQ, I hear a lot of the tabloid nonsense first hand. One that never caused concern though was James McCarthy wanting to leave our great club...

He’s far from being the finished article but displays everything I want from an Everton player and being only 24 will only get better.

The fact he’s decided to commit some of the best years of his career to us shows he believes in what RM is trying to do so let’s all get behind the team and get stuck in to Watford on Saturday.

Darren Bailey
25 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:02:21
Great news. The best piece of business so far this summer. A real show of intent from the club & the player. Had to be followed up with a couple of exciting purchases though.
Keith Harrison
26 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:04:23
It seems that, despite all the unhappy player/lost the dressing room/selling club/won’t play youngsters etc etc levelled at Roberto, there are plenty who want to extend their contracts, or sign up.

Distin was rumoured to have had a bust up last year, but apart from him, and Chris Long who signed for Burnley, every other player wants to sign longer contracts and stay at the club. We have also stated today that 3 players are needed, and I think we will get the right players, even if they are late.

We haven’t had -- in my opinion -- a brilliant pre-season, but let's wait to see how the season starts to unfold before the wailing and gnashing of teeth commences.

Colin Glassar
27 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:04:34
Peter, you’d have thought they’d learnt their lesson after the Baines to Man Utd fiasco (see Sam Wallace -- "How can a club like Everton deny Baines the chance to play for a top team?") but these guys are mercenaries of the lowest sort. They can all go and fuck themselves!!
William Cartwright
28 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:09:41
Colin, do you have a link for the see Sam Wallace comments . . .
Paul Tran
29 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:12:04
Another case of media speculation being turned into a tale of woe/opportunity to have a pop at Martinez.

Great news that our most committed player on the pitch has shown commitment to the club.......and the manager.

Will be even better if we see a good performance and result on Saturday followed by the customary late transfer action from our club's paymasters.

Ian Jones
30 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:12:28
Good news about McCarthy although I am one who did say I thought he might go for a bid in excess of £20 million. So as some have said. Good piece of work by Martinez and whoever else was responsible for helping him sign.

Re Stones. I have also said that whilst I don't want him to go, I could be persuaded if over £30 million plus a player or two were offered as well. Saw comments from press conference. Whilst it was stated that he is an Everton player, it would have been great to state that he isn't for sale at all.

Chris Wilson
31 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:12:44
I literally laughed out loud, Colin Glassar. I have been much more calm this summer because of the patience preached by yourself. You have prepared us for the various stages of media "speculation" that we will endure as the transfer window reaches its crescendo, regarding our players who supposedly want to leave for the "Big Clubs."

But I have noticed that you’ve been very saucy the last few days. What’s up?

Danny O'Neill
32 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:17:16
Peter, he’d (Stones) probably be tarred with the "lacking ambition" tag I’d he came out and done something as outrageous as that! Feels like the media have been actively trying / hoping to sell our players all summer. Sky are more interested in the transfer window than the football.

Funny how the Mail broke it on their site and couldn’t resist a quote along the lines of "a player persistently linked with a move away this summer". Their "links" with never a quote or formal reference to give it credibility. Just pure lazy and optimistic journalism with no foundations in the truth.

Chad Schofield
33 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:17:31
That's brilliant news!!! And of course Martinez deserves and the club credit.

I'm sure it won't stop rumours next, but at least it serves as a reminder not to get too involved in paper talk.

James is a great player who's not yet hit his prime... great stuff!

Daniel Lawrence
34 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:21:20
Here's hoping he shows more interest now then than he has pre-season.
Colin Glassar
35 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:23:18
You might have to look for it on YouTube, William, or in the Sunday Supplement archives. If it wasn’t so infuriating seeing him lose it on live telly it would’ve been funny.

Imagine the scene. He’d been one of the most vocal champions in the media of Bainsey’s move to Man Utd. Almost on a daily basis he was writing about this imminent move and how it was going to happen in the next 24 hours. I think it was Henry Winter who pulled him up on this and the fella lost it completely. He was red in the face, almost fell off his chair and started hissing shite like, "If you were Baines wouldn’t you want to go? Which player wouldn’t want to go to a top team like Man Utd? Why do Everton think they can keep him? Everton have to be realistic when a big club come calling" etc... plus the above quote.

It was then that I realised there must be something more to this than just a desire to break the news. These guys are in the back pockets of their big teams. They aren’t interested in being objective or impartial -- they are hacks and they are corrupt.

Ross Edwards
36 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:26:15
Excellent news. Always great when the Mirror are made to look like clueless, bullshitting mugs.
Brent Stephens
37 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:28:08
Peter #13, I'm far from a Roberto fan but I think it's disingenuous not to applaud him for this at least. Let's be even-handed.
Tom R Owen
38 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:30:26
BBC on the case with a photo of Gerard Deulofeu with the article! Wankers
Peter Morris
39 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:30:56
Colin(23). At least Sam Wallace is honest enough to admit that he is a Man United supporter, so his statement would be legitimate in a Man United 'in house rag' or fanzine, but in the national media, I think it is a disgrace.
Jay Harris
40 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:32:44
Great news but what about Mirallas.

Getting a bit concerned too about Roberto's quote that Stones may have had his head affected by the Chelsea and media shinanagans.

Hopefully Stones and Mirallas are going nowhere too.

It is about time some authority took control of these media idiots who make outrageous claims.

Surely some form of censorship needs to be applied to some of this bordering on libelous suggestions e.g. "McCarthy has told Everton he wants to leave". when the player himself says "he is delighted to be at Everton".

Kelvin Thomas
42 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:43:20
Interesting Colin. With everything that Roberto has said regarding Stones and a 1001 stories in the media continuing regardless you can't help but think they are Chelski's 12 man!
Nick Armitage
43 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:49:02
Wow. Great news. I had heard otherwise and while I don't rave about him as much as most, I'd rather he wore a blue shirt than any other. Good news.
Chris Wilson
44 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:49:39
Did someone get the stopwatch going on how long it takes for the media to fade out the "McCarthy signs new deal with Everton" stories, and amp up the "Martinez admits Stones has his head turned" headlines again? Think we could be witnessing a World Record here.
Joe Foster
45 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:53:19
Just seen that on BBC, Tom R. Absolutely classic, they could not even be bothered to put the correct players pic up on the article. [*shakes head*]
Christy Ring
46 Posted 06/08/2015 at 18:58:04
Absolutely thrilled, well deserved and long overdue. Hopefully now Kenwright will spend the cash for 3 top quality players. Bob's outlay so far has been an absolute joke.
Colin Glassar
47 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:02:25
Love the way the media are now spinning the "Martinez hints at Stones unrest" or "Everton boss leaves door open for Chelsea'" etc...... What fucking part didn't they get from the press conference? He, Martinez, said he's an Everton player and there's no story there, end of. Are they so fucking dimwitted or are they just malicious?
Keith Glazzard
48 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:05:50
Good lad. We love him for all the right reasons (a few more goals please Jimmy) and he loves us for all the right reasons.
There is sentiment in football.
Brian Cleveland
49 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:08:05
So all done nice and quietly, behind closed doors, no fuss... just like it should be.

People are quick to slag off the press (and rightly so), but how many TWers got caught up in the hype? I saw lots of comments during the friendlies to the tune of "playing like he wants away", etc.

Too much knee jerking that only further fuels the fiction peddled as news.

Stu Smith
50 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:13:19
Danny O’Neill, in my previous job, where on a occasions I had spare time, I often kept a record of how often the media were wrong with transfers, sackings, new managers etc.

Unsurprisingly they were wrong far more times than right.

Keith Monaghan
51 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:13:30
I’m another who’d not have been too upset for him to go -- I’d have taken £20M for sure -- however, I’m happy for him to stay, and will be delighted if Mirallas signs a new deal, without doubt our player who most frightens the opposition.

I love the Mirror being ve made to look stupid & remember how they tried for months to move Bainsey to Man Utd -- now they’ve got Dopey "I forgot" Rio trying to shift Stones that way; I hope that ends the same way too. Stones will be a lot better than Rio, and doesn’t need to leave EFC to achieve that.

Some of the journos are certainly in the know, but it’s great when they get it wrong, eg, they were all telling the world ’Arry was nailed on to get the England manager’s job & Moyes to replace him at Spurs, when Roy Hodgson then got the England job!

Paul Ellam
53 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:25:15
Sean McCann
54 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:30:18
Made up. Runs forever and will hopefully score a few more this season. Would love us to buy a top class striker to back up Rom.
Aidy Dews
55 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:37:34
Great news, best bit of business we'll do this summer imo! He's vital to us in that midfield, covers every blade of grass and sweeps things up nicely in front of the back four.

Keep Stones, get Mirallas signed up again and sign 3 good players for the team and things will start to look a lot more rosey at Goodison.

Craig Mills
56 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:38:57
A nice boost before Saturday, would be great if KM signs on the dotted line too,
Ian Jones
57 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:40:28
Colin @ 41. The whole Stones thing won't go away. So frustrating but I don't think we have actually said he is not for sale. Hoping you know the inside story..
Paul Jeronovich
58 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:43:04
Great news. Exposes the shite that is written in the papers.
Colin Metcalfe
59 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:45:01
Great news! It's quite clear that the so-called big clubs have the gutter press in their pocket and are quite happy for those "journalists" to do their dirty work and unsettle players .
Chris Gould
60 Posted 06/08/2015 at 19:59:12
I think this was a done deal a while ago. Announcing it a couple of days before the season kicks off gives the fans a lift going into the first match.

Mirallas will be announced soon, but hopefully not to soften any announcement of Stones leaving. If McCarthy was sold on the idea that RM is building a team for the future then surely that means Stones stays. If not, McCarthy has been sold a lie.

Andy Walker
61 Posted 06/08/2015 at 20:02:04
That's good news. Lets hope we can get Mirallas sorted, I really rate him.

Don't forget the Barnsley fans weren't exactly happy about a certain central defender's media stories a couple of years ago.

The media sources its back page stories from agents and PR companies acting and be paid fo,r by players. I reckon Stones prefers to stay up north rather than go to London and to get this message out he's used the media. He is clearly ambitious having left Barnsley for a much bigger club. If he feels there's a bigger club than Everton then clearly he is going to be interested.

Alastair Donaldson
62 Posted 06/08/2015 at 20:24:53
Sky to blame for the bullshit 24/7 "news" we get in this country..... it would be nice if it had no effect, but sadly just like Fox News calling the US election results, previously, it does have an impact and becomes self-sustaining... mind you, enough of us consume it, which keeps it going.

I think Stones is very happy where he is and has no need to move for the foreseeable. He’s got a lot of decent young talent around him, some old donkeys as well... but a few decent signings and everything to play for this year.

We need to win Saturday. COYB.

Bill Gall
63 Posted 06/08/2015 at 20:26:37
About bloody time, there was no need for such a long time sorting out a contract that was promised, unless the club were just trying to detract from the fact they have not brought in any more players for the start of the season.
Kevin Jones
64 Posted 06/08/2015 at 20:31:05
Those red loving arseholes on the BBC have it on their football page with a picture of Geri. How much disrespect are we going have to put up with from these fucking morons. I'll be sending yet another complaint to them


Paul Tran
66 Posted 06/08/2015 at 20:39:57
Sky aren't to blame at all. Nobody has to take their desperation for a story as gospel truth and a reason to fear the worst. They only have as much power as you give them and this site has given them plenty.

Meanwhile, in the real world, a player who has signed twice for the same manager has, err, signed for him again.

Not that surprising, is it?

Ian McDowell
67 Posted 06/08/2015 at 20:40:03
Get your BBC licence fee cancelled. Completely inept journalism.
Dave Ganley
68 Posted 06/08/2015 at 20:40:05
Great news at last, Jimmy Mac is a great player for us. Hope Kev signs up again too
Jim Bennings
69 Posted 06/08/2015 at 20:50:11
Great news!!

I don't think I could have stomached seeing James McCarthy in a Spurs shirt lining up against us on August 29th, it would have hurt, so it's nice for once to hear some positive news.

Dave Abrahams
70 Posted 06/08/2015 at 20:50:45
Bill Gall (55), quite correct, why has the club taken so long to give James the deal he was promised.

Lyndon, OP this hasn’t been going since the end of the season, but since the end of season 2013-14, well over 15 months.

Nevertheless, I’m absolutely delighted that James has signed a new contract, his name should be the on the team sheet first, every week. Now how about some more good news before the end of the transfer window?

Chris Wilson
71 Posted 06/08/2015 at 20:57:28
Chris Gould, I think you’re correct about the timing of the announcement, but I think this was finalized within the last week or so. Although I agree, they have been working on it for awhile now; well maybe a month or so?.

Don’t forget, the press really started to declare how "unhappy" James has been since Cleverley arrived which was July; I mean, they were stating how he’s had "showdown talks with Roberto", "feels disrespected that Cleverley is making more money", "feels disrespected that Everton haven’t offered him a new deal", "wants a move", etc.

Then it went quiet for about a week during the John Stones media feeding frenzy. A McCarthy story would pop up here and there, but there wasn’t really anything until about a week ago, when Tottenahm announced they have moved on from JM and were now chasing a Bundesliga player. The contract negotiations between Everton and James must have just reached an inevitability point for Spurs to bail so quickly.

Phil Hoyle
72 Posted 06/08/2015 at 21:32:01
Superb news! Great timing - hopefully it will give the whole squad a boost for Saturday.
Brent Stephens
77 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:12:33
Charles - all positives must have a negative!
Steve Jenkins
78 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:14:03
Great news!

It’s starting to look like we might at least be able to hold onto to all the players we want to keep, at least for this season. Although I’m reluctant to celebrate too much until the windows closes.

If Mirallas signs a new contract -- and the board can blow the cobwebs off the check book and bring in 3 players of quality -- I will feel a lot more positive about the new season than I was a few days ago.

That being said, it’s just papering over the cracks, this club will not begin to move forward until we have new owners & board.

Off the field -- we’re not even treading water anymore, we’re falling further and further behind.

Matt Muzi
79 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:14:28
Fantastic news, puts the media stories into perspective somewhat!!

Has anyone seen images of the banners someone has stuck round Goodison?

Jon Withey
80 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:15:59
Meanwhile West Ham are straight out of the Europa League.
Mike Childs
82 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:18:32
I’m with you, Dan Lawrence, as he has seemed real disinterested in the 2 preseason games I’ve watched. Hopefully he will pick up where he left off last season getting forward more. If only RM would bench Barry then Jimmy Mac and Cleverley could switch between attacking and defending giving the opposition something extra to think about.
John Crook
83 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:25:29
I wonder if this will count as one of the '3 new signings'.
Colin Glassar
84 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:26:06
Ian @50 even better, we've told them TWICE we're not selling him. Now if they don't understand that that's their problem but if they want it in Russian then that's easy as well......... Fuckoffski Jose!
Oliver Molloy
85 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:40:06
Wonder how much of a rise he got, anybody know?

Matt @ 70, what is the story with these images?

Murdo Laing
86 Posted 06/08/2015 at 22:51:13
Jimmy Mac, Jimmy, Oh Jimmy Mac, It’s good to have you back

(Even though you never "went" in the first place... unless you believe the Daily Mirror and its top hound-dog journos who said he was deffo signing for Spurs.)

It’s silly season isn’t it? Just to add a tad of perspective here, McCarthy cost us about £2 million less than the net loss that Man Utd have shipped on Nosferatu just now, in his sale to PSG and the spunking of what, £15 million for a handful of games? It’s barely merited a shrug in the media.

You have to see the funny side? It is time for Jimmy to really show his full potential though, we do need him let off leash.

Steven Jones
87 Posted 06/08/2015 at 23:32:07
I am not fan of McCarthy... he is not a Bracewell. He takes for ever to turn around and is very very average in his pressing and tackling..

Great news on the progress in protecting our players but I wished Besic was playing.

Brian Swift
88 Posted 06/08/2015 at 23:42:44
Roberto should tell Stones (for the Chelsea manager's sake) to stay with Everton two or three years and Chelsea and Man Utd won't be big enough clubs for him. Real Madrid maybe.
Teddy Bertin
89 Posted 07/08/2015 at 00:18:27
Shall we dig through the archives and pull out all the quotes on TW stating that Martinez and the board have really made a mess of this situation and are a disgrace to our club etc etc?

I only read a few days ago on here that when the majority have an opinion on here that they can’t all be wrong, well here’s an instance where the majority were wrong. It was being dealt with professionally behind the scenes and his contributions last year have been rewarded.

I think the board’s ability to attract and keep players has improved significantly under Martinez and I hope that we’re able to pull off a few more cracking signings before the window closes to add some much need creativity into the side.

Ste Dodd
90 Posted 07/08/2015 at 00:26:58
Fantastic news just when we needed it. Keeping the players we want to keep is as good as new signings for me. 3 more players is better news as well. Shame it's so late but this is Everton...

Keep the faith, better things to come this year

Colin Gee
91 Posted 07/08/2015 at 00:37:59
Great news McCarthy signing a new contract, makes the Press and Sky Sports look bigger fools than they already are!

We now need Super Kev to sign his and I would also reward Stones by giving him a new deal too, to give Chelsea and the Press another two fingers.

Just the two backup centre-halves and the No 10 to sign up tomorrow now....

Teddy Bertin
92 Posted 07/08/2015 at 00:41:59
I'm feeling so optimistic I've even put a tenner on Kone to score this weekend
Ant Dwyer
94 Posted 07/08/2015 at 01:10:58
I am amazed by this, all the shite in the press and all a load of bollocks, wow.

I even spoke to a mate of McCarthy's who claimed I would be wise to bet on him joining Spurs as his agent had already agreed a deal with them, trebling his wages to £105k per week.

Goes to show that bullshit is everywhere.

Ernie Baywood
95 Posted 07/08/2015 at 02:39:09
Obviously good news from a player perspective. It means we won't be selling him in the next month and is a 'statement of intent'. Yes, another one.

There is a counter-theory that we've probably given a substantial pay rise to a player who already had a decent time to go on his contract. And we've done that to ward off interest from clubs that we or the player perceive to be "bigger". That doesn't feel like success, even if it's just the way things are I guess.

Craig Fletcher
96 Posted 07/08/2015 at 03:25:11
I’d say it’s almost certain he got a pay rise, Ernie (83).It’s just the way it is these days so we might as well accept it. James McCarthy has fully deserved it though over the past two years, I feel.

A counter-theory to go with your counter-theory is that signing existing players to longer contracts, even with pay increases, makes a lot more sense than paying transfer fees for players to come to our club. There is then an inevitable "bedding in" period, especially if said player has come from a foreign league, before he is up to speed and we see the best of him.

Abhishek Saha
97 Posted 07/08/2015 at 04:07:20
McCarthy is one of those players whose absence are felt more then their presence. He had an injury affected last season and according to me that made the most difference to our performance in the last season and the one before.
Darren Bailey
98 Posted 07/08/2015 at 06:05:06
Teddy-don't get too carried away. You're just throwing money away now!
Kieran Fitzgerald
100 Posted 07/08/2015 at 07:04:37
Speaking of the BBC, I checked the gossip column on their football page just now. Apparently we're planning to bid for Honda, who's unsettled at Milan. Fingers eyes and toes crossed that there's some truth in that one.
Tom Bowers
101 Posted 07/08/2015 at 08:34:24
This was a no-brainer. The lad has been excellent and we hope he proves a big asset starting Saturday along with Stones and a few others.

It’s time to put all the negativity aside for a while and I must admit I too have been guilty of it.

It’s understandable given the let down of last season and the apparent lack of activity and results during the last few weeks.

One hopes that even if Lukaku doesn’t show against Watford that the team will still get a victory as a good start, particularly at home is essential.

I would love to see Ross start and turn on the style we all know he is capable of and with Cleverley backing him up they should have the strength to control the midfield where I believe most games are won and lost.

Sam Hoare
102 Posted 07/08/2015 at 08:49:20
Good news and I hope he can push forward on the pitch, both metaphorically and literally.

Being a box to box style player he needs to add a few more goals and assists to his game and help us move the ball forward quicker, although one assumes it's up to the manager to give him this license.

Ged Simpson
103 Posted 07/08/2015 at 09:03:23
Great news.

Wonder if this wave of optimism on TW could catch on?

Steve Carse
104 Posted 07/08/2015 at 09:11:30
Ged, if it does then expect it to be dissipated by 3:10 tomorrow after we’ve watched 10 minutes of RM’s ’go nowhere’ football.
Harold Matthews
108 Posted 07/08/2015 at 10:20:04
I could never imagine him playing for another club and the new contract was no surprise. Even so, it feels like justice has been done and I'm thrilled to bits for the lad. A terrific midfielder and a passionate True Blue. Sometimes a bit too passionate but he is a red-headed Irishman who doesn't like to lose.

Hopefully he will strip fairly fit for the weekend. Normally gains a few pounds during the holidays and struggles through pre-season but he didn't look too bad the other day. Nowhere near his best but probably ordered to save a bit.

His instructions are usually governed by the ability of the front players to keep the ball. We're much more dangerous when Lukaku and Naismith play but we're also more likely to be hit by sudden counter-attacks. Let off the leash when they were both missing away ro Swansea, he continually pressed forward and combined with Jags, Barkley, Baines and Kone to provide the assist for the Lennon goal. One of the best moves of the season.

Paul Cherrington
109 Posted 07/08/2015 at 10:36:17
This is great news and well done to the manager & club for getting him signed up. Good work that, as he is an important player for us.
Drew Shortis
110 Posted 07/08/2015 at 10:53:49
It would appear, despite all the doom and gloom, that Roberto Martinez has still got the players on board with his project. He has said that it is a long term plan to build a young and talented squad of players with the ability to challenge for the Champions League. Sure last season was a massive let-down after the first, but without mountains of cash to invest in personnel it was always going to take time.

Deulofeu has brought into it. Garbutt and McCarthy have both been convinced. Youngsters like McAleny, Dowell, Browning, Ledson and Galloway are coming through. I do think Martinez needs to improve himself as a tactical manager and learn how to play the press game more shrewdly, but I still believe his long term plan is the right way to go.

Everton are not in the position to expect immediate success. We can't throw money at the transfer market to take short-cuts. By gradually adding layers and keeping hold of our best young players the foundations for future success are being laid. If players like Stones do eventually leave it should be for a huge fee that can be re-invested in adding more depth and quality to the squad. We don't have to sell just to balance the books.

I think the key to our season will be if Martinez can learn from his mistakes of last season and if key players like Lukaku and Barkley can improve. If this can be achieved then the dream will be back on track.

Julian Wait
111 Posted 07/08/2015 at 11:47:32
As my newspaper of choice, and being in the UK and able to buy it for three weeks for the first time in 5 years, I am very disappointed in the Guardian's obvious support of the move of Stones to Chelsea, and Chelsea specifically (multiple articles including one specifically knocking Man Utd as well). They've turned into the Daily Mial (sic).
Colin Glassar
112 Posted 07/08/2015 at 12:04:51
Jon 74, Bilic is one of the three managers I have down to be the first to be sacked this season (Rainieri and McClaren being the other two).
Iain Latchford
113 Posted 07/08/2015 at 12:42:51
I am reliably informed Everton received £23m from Barclays yesterday. Apparently they were on the phone daily chasing the money.

This means a) There are some transfers imminent, or b) They have cash problems.

Take your pick. I know which one I am going for.

Jon Withey
114 Posted 07/08/2015 at 12:46:50
Colin 96 : Agree on Bilic and Ranieri -- I have a bit more faith in McClaren.

Anyway, I suppose my point was that two of those guys were touted as replacements for Martinez on here -- it’s obviously not that straightforward.

Colin Glassar
115 Posted 07/08/2015 at 12:55:45
I was going to say Rodgers, instead of McClaren, Jon but that would be to good to be true.

As an aside, condolences to the Neville family for the loss of dad, Neville Neville.

Guy Hastings
116 Posted 07/08/2015 at 13:12:34
Juilian -- have to agree with your over The Guardian -- so much click-driven shite. How the Top Six compare to last season is just typical of the click-fodder we’re constantly being fed.
Winston Williamson
118 Posted 07/08/2015 at 13:19:20
Re. Media articles.
I do not buy 'news'papers and rarely surf the internet for stories. I avoid the BBC news and SKY news. I get my rumour fix from ToffeeWeb (the best bits from Colin G), but view it all with a pinch of mustard :)

This way I don't get infuriated, disheartened or propagandenised. I watch football with the sound turned down and rarely watch MoTD 'pundits' analyise a game.

It allows for a much calmer and simpler life. I highly recommend it :)

I'm made up McCarthy has signed up again. He's a good midfielder, not great, but good, and is probably the best we have. Mirallas re-signing is slightly more important and we can wait with baited breath.

Steve King
119 Posted 07/08/2015 at 15:53:22
Wasn’t sure where to post this so here seems as good a place as any...

I see Leroy Fer just failed a medical at Sunderland. The guy appears to have some inherent problems with his knees.

I’m actually quite glad to see it as the suspicions/conspiracies it raised about the way Everton’s board run things was very worrying!

John Hughes
120 Posted 07/08/2015 at 15:57:33
Sky just stated that Kevin Mirallas has signed 3-year contract, so piss off, Levy. COYB
Stephen Brown
121 Posted 07/08/2015 at 15:57:41
SSN saying Mirallas has signed new 3 year deal!
Terence Tipler
123 Posted 07/08/2015 at 16:00:27
Steve K , re Leroy Fer. He failed his medical due to a recent ankle injury that he still has an issue with, and nothing to do with the knee problem that supposedly scuppered his move to Everton.
Colin Glassar
124 Posted 07/08/2015 at 16:03:30
More good news about Kev. Not one of his biggest fans but good to see you stay Kev.
James Marshall
125 Posted 07/08/2015 at 16:28:31
I think what this proves is that we as Everton supporters don’t have, and have no right to all the inside information on contracts. Everyone has been going nuts about McCarthy all summer, yet he was probably never going to do anything other than sign a new deal anyway!

Great news, and also Mirallas -- it would seem odd to me if Stones was sold now.

Peter Mills
126 Posted 07/08/2015 at 17:03:43
Harold#93, if I didn't know better I might think you were describing a racehorse!

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