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A World In Motion Indeed

Lyndon Lloyd
There is so much magic woven into the tapestry of every World Cup in terms of what happens on the field. In his new book, World In Motion, Simon Hart brings the 1990 Finals back to life with a number of its various back stories and provides so much context to what was a pivotal tournament in so many ways.

“All You Need is Just a Little Patience…”

Lyndon Lloyd
The 2018 close season has already offered a fresh start and some optimism for Evertonians following the appointment of Marcel Brands and Marco Silva. Now the new management team needs time and backing to effect the big changes needed.

Boom, Bust & Bad Medicine — 2017-18 Season Review

Lyndon Lloyd
2017-18 may have offered few moments to savour but it will live long in the memory… hopefully as the nadir in a decade that has promised much but delivered very little


Lyndon Lloyd
Marcel Brands and whoever is drafted in as head coach have a big rebuilding task at hand. It won't happen overnight but where the director of football is concerned at least, Everton appear to have made a significant appointment

Sea Change at Everton as Moshiri Seeks to Correct Course

Lyndon Lloyd
There have been mis-steps under Moshiri's reign but they have not caused irrevocable damage. The swift moves witnessed this week provide a means to get the Iranian-born businessman’s project moving in the right direction again.

The Silva Lining to the Storm Clouds of 2017-18?

Lyndon Lloyd
It’s only speculation but Everton could call time on Sam Allardyce's tenure this week. Marco Silva and Paulo Fonseca remain the leading candidates to replace him judging by reports. A look at the former and what he might bring to Goodison.

Fairytale Unfulfilled – Rooney's Second Farewell Would Suit All Parties

Lyndon Lloyd
It seems as though this Sunday’s game at the London Stadium could be Wayne Rooney’s last competitive match in an Everton jersey. He would leave the Blues again with an air of unfulfilled promise

“Go On.” Unboxing the 2018-19 Home Kit

Lyndon Lloyd
Overall, it looks as though the club have scored with the 2018-19 home strip and another one of those stirring promotional videos to go with it

“Our Rightful Place”

Lyndon Lloyd
No club is ordained to be ever-successful but there is a strong case to be made for one club’s place at the proverbial “top table” of English football being “rightful” and that is Everton. We need not be apologetic about demanding we get back there or be hesitant in trying.

The Waiting Game

Lyndon Lloyd
If the various rumours and tabloid website reports are correct, Sam Allardyce travelled to London yesterday looking for assurances over his future but was left largely in continuing limbo. The simple lack of definitive backing for the manager was significant. If true, it suggests that Farhad Moshiri wants time to secure a more permanent appointment to lead Everton forward.

Strike While the Iron is Hot

Lyndon Lloyd
If Everton retain any serious interest in their top two managerial targets of last year, they should reopen the communication lines to Messers Silva and/or Fonseca immediately

Williams lost his rag... and his claim to the armband

Lyndon Lloyd
Ashley Williams abandoned his defensive duties and his responsibilities as leader on Saturday. It's time to give the team captaincy to someone far more worthy.

Decision Time

Lyndon Lloyd
Farhad Moshiri has just passed two years as the club’s major shareholder. He will have learned plenty in that time but Everton now need strong and unmistakable leadership from the top.

Rolls-Royce Coasting in Neutral

Lyndon Lloyd
Once lauded as Everton's Rolls-Royce, Morgan Schneiderlin has become a source of frustration this season. Blues fans have had enough but it's probably not too late for redemption.

Everton need Lookman more than Ademola needs a loan move

Lyndon Lloyd
Amid suggestions that Ademola Lookman could be sent out on loan, surely there's a better argument for using him judiciously in a Blues' first team that badly needs his precocious talents.

Allardyce’s no-risk approach – short-term expediency or dyed-in-the-wool trait?

Lyndon Lloyd
Sam Allardyce's unexpectedly rosey honeymoon period offered the journeyman boss an opportunity to reboot and begin re-building for Everton's future. Instead, his joyless, defensive approach has favoured ageing players without achieving positive results.

Farewell to the Flawed Diamond

Lyndon Lloyd
He may never reach the same level as Wayne Rooney or achieve as much but Barkley’s departure has conjured up the same feelings of disappointment and the loss of a homegrown player to a (currently) higher-achieving club.

Nihil Est Quam Salvos

Lyndon Lloyd
Fold away the “Our Motto Is Our Standard” banner and padlock the doors to the School of Science”. Sam Allardyce, disgraced ex-England manager, purveyor of quintessentially agricultural football and Premier League escapologist is now manager of Everton.

Paulo Fonseca – A risk/reward dilemma?

Lyndon Lloyd
Evertonian observers will know plenty about Sam Allardyce and Martin O'Neill, two of the three names said to be on Farhad Moshiri's shortlist, but emerging Portuguese manager Fonseca is a lesser-known quantity

Diminishing options on the listing ship Everton?

Lyndon Lloyd
The interim appointment of Unsworth may have seemed sound at the outset but Everton's worsening plight will surely force the Board to act quickly now

Comment: FA's decision to charge Niasse makes an uncomfortable rod for their own backs

Lyndon Lloyd
It almost seems as though the Football Association has gone out of its way to make life as difficult for itself as possible with their decision to charge Oumar Niasse with “successful deception of a match official” in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace.

Unsworth is Everton's bird in the hand... but for how long?

Lyndon Lloyd
His Blue credentials made him the ideal interim coach but the limited options for Koeman's successor mean he could stay in charge for longer than expected...

Green shoots of revival despite cup defeat at Chelsea

Lyndon Lloyd
A narrow loss at Stamford Bridge — or rather the performance that went with it — at least showed that the fight, the spirit, the organisation and the belief can be there to start putting wins on the board in the near future.

Nil Satis Nisi Optimum? Moshiri's own goal falls well short of Blues' motto

Lyndon Lloyd
Four years ago, the club removed our cherished motto from the crest. They reinstated it following howls of protest from supporters but if Farhad’s latest “statement” is any indication, it never made it back into the mission statement of the Board of Directors

Obstinate Koeman's reign reeks of a busted flush

Lyndon Lloyd
To say we expected a hell of lot more this season is an understatement and it calls into question the likelihood of success for Ronald’s three-year Everton “project”.

Deadline Day Echo from Everton's Austere Past

Lyndon Lloyd
Everton’s transfer deadline-day had an annoying sense of déjà vu last Thursday when the window closed without the club being able to land much-needed reinforcements.

The Long-Awaited 'No.10'?

Lyndon Lloyd
Gylfi Sigurdsson's arrival doesn't necessarily mean an end to Evertonian longing for the No.10 slot to be filled but he potentially has the talent to operate as the all-important central position behind the striker(s).

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