Dyche: My Everton team will fight for the badge

30/01/2023 181comments  |  Jump to last

Sean Dyche has pledged to bring unity and fight back to Everton after finally being unveiled as the Blues' new manager.

The former Burnley boss signed a 2½-year deal over the weekend and was announced as Frank Lampard's successor by the club today.  

Dyche said that he and his staff, that includes his assistant and first-team coach from his time at Turf Moor, Ian Woan and Steve Stone, will aim to get the best out of the quality they have inherited while frantic work is expected between now and tomorrow's transfer deadline to add firepower to the team.

“It’s an honour to become Everton manager," Dyche said. "My staff and I are ready and eager to help get this great club back on track.

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“I know about Everton’s passionate fanbase and how precious this club is to them. We’re ready to work and ready to give them what they want. That starts with sweat on the shirt, effort and getting back to some of the basic principles of what Everton Football Club has stood for for a long time.

“We want to bring back a good feeling. We need the fans, we need unity and we need everyone aligned. That starts with us as staff and players.

“Our aim is to put out a team that works, that fights and wears the badge with pride. The connection with the fans can then grow very quickly because they’re so passionate.

“There is quality in this squad. But we have to make them shine. That’s the job of me and my staff.

“We want to change the shape of this club going forward, remodel it in our style, but in a way that we can win. That's the task in front of us - make sure we're building, tactically and technically, giving players organisation, allow them the freedom to play, to go and enjoy their football because it's brilliant when the team's playing with a smile, but we've got to win.”


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Dave Lynch
1 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:06:13
Sky Sports News reporting it's a done deal; 2½-year contract.
Jack Convery
2 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:10:36
Dyche said: “It's an honour to become Everton manager. My staff and I are ready and eager to help get this great club back on track.

“I know about Everton's passionate fanbase and how precious this club is to them. We're ready to work and ready to give them what they want. That starts with sweat on the shirt, effort and getting back to some of the basic principles of what Everton Football Club has stood for for a long time.

“We want to bring back a good feeling. We need the fans, we need unity and we need everyone aligned. That starts with us as staff and players.

“Our aim is to put out a team that works, that fights and wears the badge with pride. The connection with the fans can then grow very quickly because they're so passionate.

“There is quality in this squad. But we have to make them shine. That's the job of me and my staff.

“We want to change the shape of this club going forward, remodel it in our style, but in a way that we can win. That's the task in front of us - make sure we're building, tactically and technically, giving players organisation, allow them the freedom to play, to go and enjoy their football because it's brilliant when the team's playing with a smile, but we've got to win.”

Alan Johnson
3 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:13:39
Welcome on board Sean. Hoping it's not the Titanic.
John Zapa
4 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:14:03
Finally, that's out of the way. Just over 30 hours of the transfer window left, huge task ahead for the Club to sign the players the new manager needs to have a fighting chance of staying up.
Pete Williams
5 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:18:14
I like "sweat on the shirt" and "organisation". They are both essential! However, no mention of getting in any new players.

Looks like Moshiri has pocketed it or the Lampard bunch have taken it all in compensation. I hope I'm wrong but there's not long until we'll know.

I'll be glued to Sky Sports news for the next 33 hours with everything crossed.

Michael Lynch
6 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:19:39
First interview is pretty much what you'd expect from a down to earth guy like Dyche.

Confirms they're looking at additions, but also clear that the key thing is the players we already have here.

Usual guff about the fans blah blah, also a bit about the ex-Burnley players "spreading the word" to the rest of the squad about what to expect. He says that with a wolfish smile to be fair.

Lots of emphasis on hard work – in fact that expression is definitely used more than anything else in the interview. "The hard yards".

Asks to be given a chance to settle in really. I'm fine with that. He's got a few days to settle in until I expect him to beat Arsenal 3-0.

Nathan Ford
7 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:25:42
Sweat! Effort! Hard work! I bet a few of our players are shitting themselves. I hope it works and we see our boys fight for the badge but still feel pessimistic about the quality in the team. We need 3 or 4 players to give ourselves a fighting chance
Peter Fearon
8 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:26:43
Only one thing matters now. Nil Satis Nisi Salvos.
Tony Everan
9 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:28:51
Short, sweet and to the point, that will do for me.

I like the last sentence:

“It's brilliant when the team's playing with a smile, but we've got to win.”

He's saying winning trumps everything. It's what I want to hear from the manager.

None of this affects the issue that has been catastrophic for the club this season. We need goals, there's no goals in the squad, the signings made in the next 32 hours to address that go a long way to him achieving those wins.

Dave Lynch
10 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:30:17
Let's not kid ourselves... this shitshow is not going to change overnight. I'm still not convinced we can avoid the drop but feel like we have a better chance with Dyche than Lampard.

Jack Convery
11 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:31:02
Just watched his interview and there was more than a hint that he wants the fans onside from the off. Well he'll get that for sure, so who's been muddying the waters by suggesting he and the team need to mend some fences?

It wouldn't be one Mr Kenwright would it? For fuck's sake, Sean, do not fall for that guy's bullshit. If you do, you're already a goner.


Zack Yusof
12 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:32:40
Well this is a brand new experience for me after several decades of unwavering support, the feeling of total and utter disinterest at the unveiling of a new Everton manager and what he has to say about what he intends to do to rescue the club from the drop.

Who cares basically. If ever a club deserved relegation, it’s this hapless team under this rotten regime.

Derek Knox
13 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:32:56
Bloody Hell, they have kept that quiet, must have rushed it through. (?)

Never thought there were any problems in all honesty and jokes apart, but I am a lot more interested in arrivals /departures and not from any Airport.

Lyndon, just like to take the opportunity to thank you for all the coverage and stories over the past few weeks, it must have been hectic with all the goings on. Hopefully we can all get behind Sean Dyche and see another Great Escape for this season anyway. Even 17th will do, for now !

Allen Rodgers
14 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:33:46
Not confident but it's up to the players to put a shift in every week.
John Gall
16 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:34:09
Is it just me, or does he suddenly look very handsome, and his gravely voice very seductive, against a royal blue backdrop?
Colin Glassar
17 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:36:52
Kenwright's public backing = kiss of death. It was good while it lasted.

Good luck, Sean.

Mal van Schaick
18 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:37:33
All good words. Let's hope we sign a few, get rid of a few and make sure that this bunch of misfits clearly understand what is required of them or else they are out of the door. A few wins and we could be mid-table, if results go our way.

Good luck to Dyche, let's see what happens. Two big games coming up and if the players aren't motivated for these games, I hope that Dyche will read the riot act.

Dave Lynch
19 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:37:49
Anyone notice that the teary one was nowhere to be seen or heard at his unveiling or during his interview (see YouTube).

My guess is the fat shithouse hasn't got the balls to front up.

Mike Hughes
20 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:38:07
Good luck, Mr Dyche.

Keep us up in the Premier League and you'll become a legend.
Onwards and upwards.


Kevin Molloy
21 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:39:52
Hugely impressive first interview. He's started well.
Paul Kossoff
22 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:40:40
They all talk a good talk, but many of them can't do the walk, well at least until they are let go.

I have no idea why Everton think a manager who was sacked for threatening Burnley with relegation is deemed good enough to save us from it.

Of course I hope we stay up, but with the bums we have, and having not enough games left, I can't see Dyche making enough of a difference to count.

We still have a board and owner with absolutely no plan whatsoever. Stumbling from one appointment to the next with no continuity. Let's hope we are out of the Bottom 3 quickly but I won't hold my breath.

Will Mabon
23 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:41:43
“We want to change the shape of this club going forward, remodel it in our style, but in a way that we can win..."

Hmm - not team or squad; club.

Off to Ainsdale beach with 'em.

John Keating
24 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:46:09
The tossers on the Board have already said they will not be attending the game against Arsenal.

In that case, it might be an idea if all protests were suspended so that everything and everyone can be 100% focused on support for the new management and the team.

Should the Board decide thereafter that their lives are not in danger and can attend the games, then maybe protest can be revisited.

Anything we can get from the next 2 games would be fantastic and that is all we should be concentrating on.

Kevin Molloy
25 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:50:57
it's clear from that interview Dyche sees the fans negativity as an issue which could hinder the team. He's dead right. We've got to somehow turn that round, it's 100% counter productive.
Lynn Maher
26 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:51:22
John@19. Just hope the players decide to attend the game!
Garry Martin
27 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:52:43
All nice, positive, energising and motivational words; however, I do wonder who's written this theatrical masterpiece as an introduction to our new manager?

Don't get me wrong, I'm fully behind Sean, but, you'll forgive me for thinking it all sounds a bit dramatic and stage-managed as a way to give the EFC leaders a positive spin.

Good luck, Sean, you'll really need it with this shower of players and directors.

Rennie Smith
28 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:53:44
It's all fight, run, sweat, pies, fight from now on then. I look forward to getting a crick in me neck looking into the sky from my seat and the ball getting carried off injured at some point.

Seriously though, good luck to the fella cause he's going to need it. I'll be cheering the team on regardless, and I can imagine he would like nothing more than roughing up the Arsenal for at least a point.

Bill Gall
29 Posted 30/01/2023 at 14:59:51
He says what you would expect to hear from a new manager , but my belief is "Actions speak louder than words".

We still have the same problems and already the gossip merchants have started. He has 2 days to see what Thelwell has been working on, and see if we can get some quality in with a goalscorer and quality midfielder.

Jeff Spiers
30 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:00:39
John @19,

There will be fans outside Goodison looking for spare seats. Give the Board seats to them!

Joe McMahon
31 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:02:11
He's saying some encouraging things at least. Many new managers did, but Koeman certainly didn't and neither did Carlo. Onwards we go again, welcome Sean Dyche, Ian Woan and Steve Stone. I do remmeber Woan and Stone as players, and both very useful.
Colin Malone
32 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:04:11
Nothing much wrong with the squad. A blind man could see. I will repeat it. Bad. Bad coaching.

Obviously we need a couple of forward players and a right back for cover.

My problem is, with Dyche's 4-4-2 favoured formation. Who will the four be in midfield? He has got to work that one out before Saturday.

Tough decision.

Sean Roe
33 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:05:06
I wouldn't worry, Nick, there isn't a hope in hell of Gallagher agreeing to come to Everton. Have we even got £45M to spend if we want a striker as well?

I am extremely pleased we have Dyche and hope he can keep us up.

Ed Fitzgerald
34 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:12:20

Let's be even-handed with the fanbase, please. When your own board engages in a misinformation campaign intended to denigrate the fanbase, we are hardly going to be an example of unity and harmony, are we?

I can excuse mismanagement and incompetence to a degree but the shenanigans of Kenwright et al over the last few weeks over the so-called safety concerns are never going to be forgotten.

When you are being rebuked by the Police, that is a pretty low bar in terms of integrity. It's not fan toxicity but fan passivity over many decades that have brought us to this sorry point.

It was only last season the ‘toxic' fans were being lauded for keeping us up; this season, I fear the game is up for us.

Mark Ryan
35 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:14:45
He's got a disc beard, what's not to love?

Welcome, Sean. Let's get this show on the road! UTFTs

Derek Knox
36 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:19:13
One sure-fire way to hit the ground running is to get some sort of result against Arsenal and also an even better one away to the RS. From his Interview I think he knows what we want, but then again will he instil that into the players before then ?

Even if he does, it's still down to them to produce and not concede so easily.

John Pickles
37 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:24:18
This changes nothing, it's a sticking-plaster on a gaping wound.

Pressure to remove the Board needs to remain strong.

Craig Walker
38 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:26:03
A good start but then I was taken in by Rafa's mantra of improving the players by 2% or whatever it was. Lampard looked good in the first training session when he was telling them to look after the football.

The judgement will come when we go a goal down in games. Will the players roll their sleeves up or look like they can't wait to get into their Lamborghinis? Will Dyche be able to change things? Will he always have his favourites or will he drop underperformers?

One thing is for sure, I think we'll be fitter when he's had the opportunity to push them.

I'm happy with his appointment and think it could be similar to when Moyes first came in.

Barry Jones
39 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:28:08
Agree Nick, there is also Trossard, Bissouma, Lamptey and several others who have been brought through at Brighton. They also scout their managers a year or so in advance.
Barry Jones
40 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:30:05
And we bought Maupay.

I hope Dyche can get something out of him.

Bill Fairfield
41 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:31:44
Looking forward to Sean Dyche getting started. Heard him talk the talk, impressive.

Now let's see what unfolds on the pitch. Yes we need a forward. We also need an energetic, creative midfield player. COYB.

Rennie Smith
42 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:35:09
I think the board have fucked up again here, I think they've signed The Gypsy King by mistake. I wouldn't put it past them.

Get running yer big dosser!

Joe McMahon
43 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:36:22
Nick @48 spot on! We even paid 45 million for Gylfi Sigurdsson. This is excatly how we have wasted over a billion.
Dale Self
44 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:37:12
Geez, from some of these comments, you'd think the guy wasn't a Tory or something like that. Oh Frank, we miss you already, xoxo.
Eddie Dunn
45 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:39:47
Let's hope that Dyche influences our transfer targets, as so far Thelwell hasn't covered himself in glory.

I'm very glad that Sean Dyche is here and I will be hoping to see plenty of fight from the team when the Premier League leaders come to town.

Christy Ring
46 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:47:43
Wishing Sean all the best, speech was impressive, blood sweat and tears, no messing about, hit the ground running.

I see Gallagher has just turned us down, need a few players in rapid.

Zack Yusof
47 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:47:51
Barry #50

Japanese World Cup star Kauro Mitoma, the current Prem sensation with six in his last six games signed for a mere 3.5 mil.

World Cup winner Alexis MacAllister signed for a mere 9 million.

Amazing what good scouting can unearth isn’t it?

Speaking of good scouting , Roberto Di Zerbi, a progressive coach that was head hunted months in advance before being appointed in anticipation of Graham Potter leaving. Due diligence it’s called, pretty much a foreign phrase at Goodison Park these days.

This season, Brighton lost their manager, their best midfielder and main striker but continue to go from strength to strength without a fuss.

Everton, in the meantime, start out their new era promisingly by going for Bielsa but end up getting cold feet and end up panic-appointing a old school (antiquated) 4-4-2 loving, hoofballl specialist in Dyche.

Brighton, everything that Everton could be / should be but aren’t .

John Keating
48 Posted 30/01/2023 at 15:49:50
Just heard his interview on the official site and think what I said earlier may be beneficial.

No protests this weekend please, just 100% behind the staff and players.

Jerome Shields
49 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:00:10
'Change the Club' – Dyche will not be about to do that. It will take Kenwright and Barrett-Baxendale and some others to be gone and Moshiri to take responsibility and make sure it happens.

His objective of loyalty, hard work and organisation he can achieve, but he needs changes in the squad. Gallagher would be ideal, but won't come. Dyche will need to have players he knows and will be comfortable working with.

I do think that he might be able to survive relegation, but it will be a close thing. He has experience and hopefully has learnt a lot from his Burnley experience.

I do think he will work okay with the midfield. Defence needs to be sorted. It will be interesting to see how McNeil plays now. But Dyche needs players first and then maybe he can change Finch Farm which is badly needed.

Actually a good point was made earlier about Lampard and his team's compensation. This type of compensation has cost Everton a lot and will have an effect on transfers.

What I get from the bid for Gallagher, if true, is that Dyche has said he wants a good player coming in and not cheap crap. Good Luck to him.

The protest after the Arsenal game has to go ahead. Nothing has changed in relation to the real problem.


Barry Jones
50 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:04:04
I forgot all those other gems, Zack.

I just read this on a football analysis site about Burnley, under Dyche (2020-21).

"There isn't a player in the side that makes a high number of backwards or sideways passes. They simply look to go forward at nearly every opportunity and this is one of the key reasons for their lack of possession and their lack of pass accuracy."

So I suppose it's a double-edged sword. We may not have to endure painful backwards passing, but we may cough the ball up frequently. Let's hope we can tighten up the second part.

Justin Doone
51 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:05:09
I hoped the delay meant he wasn't coming, so that has disappointed me.

I'll try not to dwell on his poor win record, or that's he got Burnley relegated twice and plays totally awful anti-football crap.

The fact is he wasn't considered good enough last time but we are now more desperate than ever thanks to the board's lack of footballing knowledge. Bill now praises him which makes me worry even more.

Can we stay up with almost half a season still to play? Of courses we can. Will we blow the £40M down the drain on desperate deadline days signings, absolutely. Am I going to attend any matches with Sean in charge? No.

For all the fans who wanted Sean, are happy with Sean, believe he was the best of the 2 candidates, or even think he was a sensible choice for the shortlist, I hope you're happy and enjoy watching the team.

Good luck all blues, for now, I'm out.

Andy McGuffog
52 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:05:12
Good to know that we've actually become a joke clue in today's Guardian cryptic crossword.
Bjoern Haall
53 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:07:09
I am so disappointed. If he succeeds, we have to live with that mole-wacking football for at least one more year. If he fails he will be given a chance in the Championship. No more shit out.

I'm out… at least for two years.

Denis Richardson
54 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:08:27
All I can say is welcome aboard and I'll reserve judgment come mid May.

Moshiri, Kenwright board etc aside, the single most important priority is staying up this season. Get a player or two in today/tomorrow to help Dyche achieve that goal, then take stock in the summer.

I imagine he'll be on a massive bonus to avoid relegation, but that bonus will be a lot cheaper than getting relegated. If we go down, I'm pretty sure we'll do a Sunderland.

I'm quietly confident we'll now go up the table, next two games excepted, as we now have someone who is actually a proper football manager and not an ex-player learning the ropes. Dyche won't take any nonsense and will expect players to put a shift in so at the very least the 11 on the pitch will be running their socks off, that's the first step to being competitive. We should also tighten up at the back as he'll keep things very simple.

Let's look forward, just a shame it's Arsenal next but at least it's at home.

No time for negativity, let's get behind the team till May.

Please please sign a striker!

Zack Yusof
55 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:12:41
Barry #56

Having watched (and laughed) at Dyche's brand of “football” over the years, I won't be holding my breath in the hope that something different will occur.

Like a few others on this thread, I'm out. Got way better things to do with my weekends, like supporting my second favorite team – anyone that plays Liverpool – for starters.

Anything is better than watching this lot attempt to play 4-4-2 in the Premier League under Dyche.

Derek Knox
56 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:13:04
Andy @ 58, as long as it wasn't 1 down, (7) we should be okay !
Stephen Vincent
57 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:13:51
John Keating, not a chance, the board need to be aware that they have crossed the Rubicon and there is no turning back. I don't want to see them inside Goodison Park ever again.

There needs to be a plan to force them out. Time and again the main purpose of the protests gets sidelined by 'support the team'. Yes, let's support the team while they are on the pitch; once they have left, everything and everyone should be fair game to peaceful but vehement protest.

Pat Kelly
58 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:25:18
Let's see what we can get in the last day of the January sales. There's bound to be something left on the bargain rail. Up to 50% off. Never mind the quality, feel the width.
Mark Ryan
59 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:25:44
Best of luck to Sean. Right now the club need to be getting their eyes on how Brighton scout their players and look at coaches such as Steve Schumacher at Plymouth and follow his journey. Do some proper research moving forward. Who should be doing this just Thelwell on his own, Sharp ? what is he doing ?

Best of luck Mr Dyche

Julian Exshaw
60 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:27:01
I wouldn't have chosen him myself but what do I know? There's no question he's an honest, hard-working guy and I wish him all the luck in the world. Good luck Sean.
Barry Hesketh
61 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:32:27
I'll admit, I don't want to see protests this weekend; however, I still feel that Kenwright and company are pulling far too many of the strings. The Mirror reporting that Dyche was interviewed by Thelwell and Kenwright, but Moshiri wasn't present. Is that why there was a delay in announcing the former Burnley boss?

Everton should wear half-and-half shirts, because it sometimes feels as if we are supporting two Evertons, one of which Moshiri owns and the other that Kenwright runs.

Sean Dyche will need to concentrate on his squad and not get suckered into taking sides in what is appears to be the most dysfunctional leadership at any major club that we could imagine. It's a good job that we didn't take on Bielsa as he would already have resigned by now, once he saw the degree of sheer incompetence that seems to affect those in charge of the club.

Anyway, from here on in, it's all about the results on the park, and the rest of the stuff can be put on the back burner, because it would seem that nothing will remove the current mob, save a full buyout by some naive purchaser or an oil-rich state.

Good luck, Sean, I think you're going to need it.

Mark Ryan
62 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:41:38
It would be great to get Keane back to being a half-decent defender under Dyche. Give him some belief to perform.
Ian Riley
63 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:49:58
It's not Dyche's fault we have spent so much on very average and won nothing for nearly 30 years! He has taken on a tough job and relegation won't be his fault totally.

Those thinking he "Wouldn't be my choice", fine. The players we have and league position, Dyche is a perfect fit. Makes football simplistic. Fitness and work ethic. Skill will come through but without the first two we are finished. The guy has promotion and sustainability in the Premier League.

I'm a realist that with our squads over the past 30 years Premier League status throughout has been success. Welcome, Mr Dyche, and best of luck!!

Billy Roberts
64 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:50:29
I seemed to have landed on the "Let's stop supporting Everton" thread for flaky "fans".

I'm not sure how you stop supporting Everton for a couple of years and then rejoin? Is it like a gym membership? Remember, you are a supporter of Everton FC – not the manager!

I am not talking about going the match either; I haven't been for 2 seasons I mean these posters are genuinely divorcing themselves?? Rob Halligan will be heartbroken with you.

Anthony Dove
65 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:57:22
Good luck to him. However, if he wants unity, then Moshiri needs to announce before Saturday that Kenwright is stepping down at the end of the season. That can be accompanied by the usual stuff of great servant, years of loyal service, ill health etc etc.

There would then be no excuse for Moshiri and the Board not to attend the game. With the arrival of a new manager, what kind of message would their absence send out?

Alec Gaston
66 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:58:25
Billy 64 - well said.

Everyone is entitled to their option but there seems to be a few posters who have been to the Anthony Gordon School of Loyalty on here.

Neil Copeland
67 Posted 30/01/2023 at 16:59:49
For me, supporting Everton is part of my DNA. I was born a blue and will remain until my last day and even then my spirit will be an Evertonian forever. I love this club and always will regardless of its faults and the heartache it causes,

So, I cannot understand how other supporters can claim to be ‘out'. How does that even work? Particularly at a time when the new manager and team needs us more than ever.

Come on, snowflakes, get a grip or go and support someone else.

Tony Everan
68 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:01:58
Neil, You’ve got to laugh.

As Mickey Flanagan would say “They’re out, but they’re not out out “.

Neil Copeland
69 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:04:03
Tony, ha ha, maybe ‘out’ is the new ‘in’?
Brian Williams
70 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:06:02
Why do these people need to announce the fact that they're out?
Just stop posting!
Sean Roe
71 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:08:26
If Dyche has us playing ''like Burnley'', it will be for a very good reason. These players, just like the Burnley players, are severely limited as to what they are capable of.

Just maybe Dyche is a good manager that gets the very best out of what is available to him.

John Davies
72 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:08:56
All those who are "out". BYE. Close the door behind you please.
Rob Halligan
73 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:15:08
Billy # 64…

ep, but then again we're probably talking about people who have never set foot inside Goodison, so no great loss.

Alan McGuffog
74 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:16:54
John and Brian, yes indeed. We are shite but it's our shite. Why certain people need to post, ad nauseum, about how they are finished with the club defeats me. If you're no longer interested, fine, take up gardening or tap dancing but spare us your misery.
John Gall
75 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:18:51
When I first started going to the match, in 1975, at the age of 10, Everton was all about the 'School of Science'. Billy Bingham's team was ridiculed for its caution and negativity, even though we very nearly won the league. Everton were associated with style and success.

The club's connection with these qualities has now largely disappeared, for even Kendall's successful teams were more about intensity than elegance. So I guess this is what Dyche is tapping into – the Dogs of War Joe Royle stuff.

This is now what Everton means. And this is what we need isn't it? We're no longer aristocrats of the game, but rather a faded giant in need of a serious makeover.

I'm okay with it and I think he might just make it work. I only hope he can offer more than a team of grafters. Skill and organisation are going to be necessary to get us winning games too. It will fun watching an Everton team getting stuck in again, and being much more direct.

After watching Lampard's last game at West Ham, I really couldn't have taken any more of all that pointless, aimless possession. Bring on the changes, and, man how I wish some of you lot would just stop banging on about Kenwright.

Kieran Kinsella
76 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:19:42
This will be my last ever post until my next post. After years of supporting Everton I will not be supporting them in a game ever again until we play Arsenal.

[Slams door dramatically then creeps back in...]

Michael Lynch
77 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:22:39
I'm right behind you, Kieran, so mind how you slam that door, please.
Dave Evans
78 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:22:48
Welcome, Sean Dyche. Looking forward to the rest of the season.

A much-maligned manager, coaching a much-maligned team, supported by a much-maligned fanbase.

Unity at last! COYB

Rob Halligan
79 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:24:36
Kieran, look forward to hearing from you soon… like in the next 5 minutes or so when you reply to this!
Zack Yusof
80 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:29:16
Billy #64

Allow me to explain myself.

I’ve been a fan since 1980. To use your choice of word, I choose to “divorce” myself from this shit show of a club because after over four decades of diehard support, this moment feels like good natural point to remove myself from a toxic entity that has brought me nothing but grief for way too long. I’m no a glory hunter - I support Everton FFS - but I will no longer give my heart to a directionless sporting entity that is willing to sell its supporters and footballing principles down the swanee for short term gains. Does Everton even have any football principles any more?

I can put up with a lot of things but after having had to endure the tenures of Allardyce and Benitez thanks to this current regime, this latest panic appointment - obviously made with little or no thought to the long-term footballing progression of the club - just seems something totally unnecessary to have to endure. The fact that some supporters even agree with the appointment of Dyche over someone like Bielsa is a surefire sign that I’m no longer aligned with the beliefs and spirit of this club.

So rather than to have my mood and weekends constantly ruined, I choose to take a step back. Flaky? Nah, just being “realistic” like all those willing to accept this appointment. Hey, maybe Dyche will “get us” like Lampard did with his good old fashioned 442 hoofball.

Myself, I got into football and EFC primarily because I love artistic expression on the pitch, the dogged underdog spirit, the triumph of the collective, beautiful goals, ambition and a never-say-die attitude on the pitch, things you can’t buy with money as Moshiri and Kenwright have found out to their cost. I have never minded losing as it’s how you lose that really matters. But the way this Everton lose? Leaves me with a bitter taste they way we are so quick to down tools and accept mediocrity. This team gives me nothing but sadness and anger so why bother. Life’s too short. So yeah, more than happy to close the door behind me.

Mo Guindi
81 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:33:07
Been supporting this club since being star struck by a certain Mr Alan Ball in the '60s. Had to put up with Kopite wannabees in my teens in the '70s as well as ugly Leeds fans. I'll support the Blues even in the Conference League!

Having said that looking forward to some blood and thunder football for the next few months. Get Keane back, Tarkowski, Coady, Coleman, Davies, Onana, a toughened Iwobi, Gray and Calvert-Lewin.

Potentially a nasty team to play against. That is now what's needed – nastiness

Anthony Hawkins
82 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:35:52
Welcome Dyche! The fans know the strengths and weaknesses of the players already. We need you to get them playing as a team and to solve the miraculous goals we're sorely missing. I d on my see that being resolved with the current squad so hope that's plugged before the window shuts.

We can't expect a complete squad overhaul but at least some players brought in to galvanise the team.

Sadly, things will get very heated if positive changes results aren't seen in the next month.

Good luck in your new appointment and hope things work in your favour!

Neil Copeland
83 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:38:24
Zack #80, I think your last paragraph is why we have gone for Dyche. Bielsa may have thought he couldn’t keep us up or was afraid to even try hence the U21s idea.

As I say in an earlier post it’s all about DNA.


Danny O’Neill
84 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:38:45
He spoke well. Talked about hard word and has a lot of respect for Everton. But we've been there before and I am scarred as much as I am scared. Let's turn those words into action.

I'll get behind him even though he wasn't my obvious choice. Hopefully he can surprise me and turn this ship around.

Keep us up and then we can hopefully reset in the summer where it matters.

And you can go on to manage the best club in England with the most fanatical fanbase.

The last two managers of Lancashire clubs gave us our best periods in recent history. One gave us joy that first season and two semi-finals. The previous one, who stands proudly outside Goodison Park in a statue alongside his players, is our most successful manager.

Right now, I just want wins and points.

But it doesn't hide or distract from the real problems.

I liked how the footage showed Thelwell was showing him around and no sign of the real ulcer that has plagued this club of ours. Ours, not theirs.

Neal, I support Everton and have no understanding why. I just do and grew up knowing that I had to!!

Neil Tyrrell
85 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:41:00
Welcome aboard Mr Dyche and best of luck. You have a tough start but I believe you can keep us up.

As for those who are "out", may I suggest following Gordon to Newcastle? You won't be missed. Me, I'm putting on some Motorhead from Iron Fist, Don't Let the Bastards Grind Ya Down!!!

Derek Knox
86 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:43:30
Kieran @ 76, Aw, you will be missed mate, even if it is only for a brief hiatus, just don't do anything stupid, or take any funny pills, or the like in the meantime ! :-)
Darren Hind
87 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:46:12
"Our aim is to put out a team that works."

Dyche out!!!!

The guy's clearly a fucking revolutionary.

John Wignall
88 Posted 30/01/2023 at 17:46:54
If we stay up call the new stadium after Sean dyche good luck Sean can't be any worse than the last few managers
Pat Kelly
89 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:03:16
It's a lot better here since that Kinsella bloke left.
Tom Bowers
90 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:04:34
Whilst we all want to be upbeat about this (as we were a year ago) it wouldn't be unusual to be worried a little.

It may well take a few games to see if he can effectively change the strategy and mind set on the field and obviously we are not that foolish to expect anything from the next two games on tap but you never know, football is a funny game.

Without any new attacking options it will be difficult still but if they can shore up the midfield better then just perhaps more points may come their way to get them out of the dreaded relagation zone.

Duncan McDine
91 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:05:38
He says all the right things, but in fairness so did Frank Lampard. However, Dyche is a more experienced coach/manager. Hoping for the best, but not expecting miracles. The relationship between owner, chairman and board appears to be unchanged for now, so until it does, any “bounce” will be short lived I fear. Welcome to the circus Sean.
Derek Knox
92 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:17:08
Pat @ 89, " It's a lot better here since that Kinsella bloke left."

Just hope he hasn't done anything stupid !

It could be on your conscience if he has ! :-)

I am warming to this guy, more and more, however he could be a Ginger Minge in a few weeks time, but I don't think so. :-)

Dennis Stevens
93 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:18:16
Excellent, Kieran. I do love the drama of an online flounce!
Christine Foster
94 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:18:58
It's been a disgraceful tenure of the club that finds us with welcoming Sean Dyche as our saviour. No matter my heavy heart or great expectations I always have, his appointment underlines the pain inflicted on me by my club. From Ancelotti to Dyche in 18 months, the disappointment is heartbreaking,
It's where we are the pragmatists will say. They are right too, but I cannot remember feeling as disinterested as I do. That's how low I am, not about the manager, but how we ended up where we are.
Deep breath as I push it all aside, he better kick this lot into shape, I think he will succeed and I think there are a number of players who will be making calls to their agents today.. good.
He has my support no matter what.
Billy Bradshaw
95 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:23:54
I'm in.
Alan McGuffog
96 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:25:00
Zack...you say you started in 1980 and a reason being was " artistic expression "etc.
How well I remember the artistic expression of Billy Wright and his pals.
Me, I remember shite...not as bad as the shite we watch now but,basically...shite.
But we all hung in there and we had some fun a few years later. Keep the Faith amigo

Winston Williamson
97 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:29:38
Makes me laugh, genuinely, when people come on here and say ‘I’m done’ or ‘I’m out’. Not disrespecting anyone. I’ve said it myself loads of times. Just ask my wife.

Thing is, you’re not done or out. You’ll be back once the disappointment of Everton hiring a realistic manager has sunk in.

We Dont have Sheedy, Ball, Dixie or Kendall or Young anymore. They were all decades ago.

We have McNeil, Mykolenko, Maupay, Gray…basically, we’re shit, and you know it. Manager-wise, we’ve cut our cloth accordingly.

We’ve cried out for stability since our last ginger. We might just have it. Does that mean he should be here for 11 years? Only if he wins trophies. First objective? Pull away from oblivion! Because, let’s face it, based on form and player performances since October, we’re fucked.

Well, that’s me out and done….until I log back in after tea to see who we’ve not signed

Brent Stephens
98 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:29:43
Great stuff, Kieran. I can almost see the foppish flick of the wrist as you flounce off stage.

No need to change your name to get back on, as that other fella did to get back posting again here!

Jim Lloyd
99 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:32:23
No matter what Sean says, some will denigrate his words, denigrate the club, some will decide to "close the door on his way out and never darken Goodison again! I got called for saying to one broken hearted Blue of 60odd years supporting "Keep on mate, and don't throw away all that history you've helped to achieve, just by going."

He'd have seen the great players of the 60's, playing great football and should have won more than we did.

Seen the great team that Howard built, who would have been the best in Europe except for the "Victims" effing things up for us

Seen Joe Royles team save us from going down the pan and win us the cup.

Unfortunately, there's been a very selfish and devious bastard who came into this club on the back of his mate and his mate's wife. This devious selfish man, betrayed them and for the last 30 years has been the one who has turned this club into a basket case.

At the same time Evertonians have turned up in their tens of thousands to support the team.

If we hadn't the club would have folded, and the selfish bastard would have been responsible. Moshiri has come along, and for all his mistaken decisions and misspending, without him, we'd have been sunk.

I think that this 12 -18 months is the crisis time, where we are in danger of relegation on the one hand; and still being in the Premiership, going into our new stadium and getting rid of the louse as well;on thd other!

Those who say they want to go, I'd say it's easy to support our club, our team and manager, when we're winning all kinds.

Well this club is special, it's ours and without us it's nothing. So we support it.

The proof is in the actions, but some have already judged Sean Dyche and found him wanting. I'd say, this 6 months are vital, it's not a time to walk away

It seems like the Louse had inserted a little bit into his words about all pulling together. Well he should have thought of that when crying off from the next game.

However, I think Sean Dyche means what,he says. He will do his best to give us a team who will, first of all, pull their tripes out fot the Badge, the classy football will come after we start winning and carry on winning,

We've been in the top league since 1954 and were in danger. All the top managers would steer clear, just like Angelotti dun a runner.

To me, what Sean Dyche said was what I wanted to hear. I think he means what he says,It's not likely to turn us into Real Madrid, but it will give us a chance of avoiding the drop.

I thought that's what supporters did, support the team, especially for the next 18 games or so.

Christine Foster
100 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:33:16
As an aside, quietly, I have mentioned it before a few times in the past couple of weeks, but I believe there has been a change at the club, since headgate and the denunciation of fans, since Moshiri made his video replies with FAB, who said weeks before the fans questions were for the board, not Moshiri, since BK was left on his own watching till the end against WHU, a certain William Kenwright is no longer the front and centre of the club. Quietly moved aside, interviews and appointments nowhere to be seen. Damage limitation?
He may be licking his wounds, but that's not his style. I think (hope) he has left the building.
Joe McMahon
101 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:36:17
Kieran, all you need is a Bela Lugosi Cape. I don't want you to go anywhere, your passion alone RE Tom Davies often makes my day!
Colin Glassar
102 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:45:27
Any chance Dyche will introduce a dress code? Surely the Panto season is over?
Tony Everan
103 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:48:50
Great photo of a player coughing up his spleen after the first training session.

Can anyone identify who it is?


David Cooper
104 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:50:13
Before Burnley got relegated last year, I don’t think many teams, especially us, fancied playing Burnley at home or away. When going to Turf Moor you could always a expect a raucous crowd crammed into a small ground. In that respect Goodison is like that when the team shows effort, hard work and a goal. I’m hoping that Dyche and his team can do that to EFC. I think he will get more out of McNeil and give Tarks a boost of confidence which has been dented recently. He may even help Michael Keene to find his confidence again and his ability to get his head on our corners would be most welcome.
We can only hope but I think we are better off today than we were last week.
Pat Kelly
105 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:50:35
So Dyche wants to make the players shine. Looking at his photo, I think he has a head start.
Brian Denton
106 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:54:03
Andy McGuffog (52) the word play in that Guardian crossword is very similar to one I recall in The Hornet in 1967. A kid was holding up a weight marked '20 cwt' and the clue was "This team always weighs the same".
Alan McGuffog
107 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:55:21
Mike Gaynes
108 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:55:22
Did we get a transfer fee for Kieran?
John McFarlane Snr
109 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:55:43
Hi All, it would appear that some ''devoted fans''? have lost their faith in Everton, if my memory serves me right, there are at least 17,000 on the waiting list for season tickets, and they are prepared to replace them.

I believe this strengthens my view of, "If you can't lose don't play, and if you can't see your team lose don't go". I have received criticism on occasion for saying that I have been attending games at Goodison Park since 1948, and for revealing my age. So I'll just say that I was born on the 15th of July 1938 and you can maybe work it out for yourselves.

I'm hanging on for the Bramley Moore Stadium to be opened and people can say, "He used to be an Evertonian"

George Cumiskey
110 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:55:51
Christine @ 100 Headgate brilliant 🤣😅
Pat Kelly
111 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:55:53
Tony, #103, looks like the elusive Garner
Brent Stephens
112 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:58:28
Tony #103, that looks like Isaac Price "catching his breath"?
Mike Gaynes
113 Posted 30/01/2023 at 18:59:56
Pat, that was my guess too.

Coming back from a long injury layoff and finding Dyche waiting for you at training can't be a whole lot of fun.

Paul Smith
115 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:01:27
He’ll give it a go but my concern is the league is stronger this year. Are there 3 worse teams ? Saints maybe, then I’m struggling. Bournemouth ? Possibly, but still slotted 7 past us.
Alan McGuffog
116 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:01:27
He will be a blue for years to come, John
Brent Stephens
117 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:01:45
Ah, Garner! Yes!
Christine Foster
118 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:02:13
Whoever it is looks like he is choking on his own testicles.. the hard way...
Pat Kelly
119 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:02:34
The Kinsella transfer is off. He failed the medical.
Danny Baily
120 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:03:34
Paul 115, no, there aren't. But this guy is here for the longer term.
Kieran Kinsella
121 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:04:24

I did fail it. Didn't pass the psychological test due to obsessive fascination with Everton football club.

Neil Copeland
122 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:13:27
Kieran, back from the brink
Billy Roberts
123 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:14:40
Zack @80
Thanks for expanding a bit, I don't know why but I don't feel as despondent as I did with the stain of Allardyce or the absolute guaranteed shitshow that was Benitez's appointment.
Benitez was a busted flush and a divisive character, I could live with his LFC past ( still sort of desperate).
So the question is not just to you but the other Evertonians who have handed in their P45 and taken the voluntary redundancy today. imagine in your new Everton free future you are in a bar or a hotel and the Derby is on there is a gang of wanker Liverpool fans slagging Everton off and WE score a goal, are you just going to sit there and shrug and say to yourself hmmm I used to support them.
Good job I'm not emotionally attached anymore!!
At least give Dyche a chance for god sake.
Tony Everan
124 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:16:00
Yep, Garner, well spotted. He’ll be in bed early tonight.
Brian Harrison
125 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:16:01
I see the people organising the protest before the game on Saturday are still going ahead with the protest. I had hoped that maybe the protests could be put on hold, although I read that one of the leaders of the protest asked if we cancel the protest on Sat when is it OK for them to continue. Now I don't disagree that we do need a change, but Moshiri shows no sign of changing any members on the board anytime soon, and I doubt anymore protests will achieve this aim. What I find a bit strange is the protesters want shut of the owner and the board but were quite prepared to back our worst manager in our history, some even professing to be sorry he has gone.

I wish Dyche all the luck in the world and he will need it to keep this squad in the Premier league. As Roy Keane said they have some poor players and some arent even Premier League players. Again we employ a new manager with days left in the window, Danjuma was nearly signed but changed his mind, and today reportedly asked Chelsea about Connor Gallagher but he said he didnt want to play for Everton. So we have just over 24 hours left till the window closes and apparently Dyche wants a reserve defender from West Ham. Even though he was useless our last manager belatedly admitted we need a couple of striking options, even though he had ample time to address that problem. I would have hoped our DOF would have lined up a couple of attacking options irrespective of who are new manager was, but no we will be scrabbling round to get someone anyone in before the window closes.

Tony Abrahams
126 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:17:22
I hope you’re correct about that change with regards that fella John Gall has said everyone should stop mentioning (if only he would leave John) Christine, but hearing we have bid £40 million for Gallagher, does feel like a smokescreen, and I’m glad the player has allegedly turned us down.

If it’s not a smokescreen, I’m already worried about this Kevin Thelwell. We will see.

Pat Kelly
127 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:17:30
Kieran, glad to hear the new manager flounce is over.
Rob Halligan
128 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:23:57
Kieran, great to have you back. You’ve been sorely missed!!
Tony Everan
129 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:26:05
I agree with that Brian. Hold off the protest until we are safe. The players and manager don’t need any energy sapping distractions, they need to be focused on he job of getting some points in the bank.

And yes, Dyche and Thelwell must know we need goals. No manager on the planet will be able to save us without giving us much more goal threat. Kevin Thelwell needs to sign two players who can score and/or create otherwise we are up against it big time.

Derek Knox
130 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:30:34
Welcome back Kieran, only seems like yesterday, or even today, since you were last on here !
Ian Riley
131 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:32:09
If Everton were fighting at the bottom of league 2 I'd still feel the joy, frustration, passion, and love for this club. No one is going nowhere! You can't psychologically and you know it! Stop talking rubbish!

People are frustrated with the board for the club! People get frustrated with managers and players because of the club. We support the club! No matter how old from how young Everton is in your bones!

If you want to go? Go! You won't! Forget the board! Dyche and the players need our support! Everton fc is us! Most consistent relationship most of us will have in our lives is supporting this club! If you do leave the Everton family, bye and see you soon!!

Billy Roberts
132 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:35:27
Christine @ 118
And the easy way to choke on your own testicles is ??
I'm asking for a friend, he wants something less painful than following Everton!
Paul Birmingham
133 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:36:19
Impressed by Dyches interviews on the Box, and it’s given a sense of reality to 5his season, and 17 matches to play for, in the true sense.

There’s genuine hope, for the remainder of this season, in terms of the football side, and if any players arrive the next 27.5 hrs or so, then that will be some achievement, all considered.

It will be interesting to see how the players react to his training methods, and I believe that Dyche will suss any shirkers, very quickly.

Great to get some hard work and graft ethic and hopefully plenty of guts, fight and street tricks, with skill and flair, to drive Evertons cause to stay in this League.

I’m respectfully optimistic, and looking forward to see how, Everton play v Arsenal, and how Mr Ed, reacts in a couple of weeks, at our old ground. He didn’t like it when Burnley stuck it up them, a couple of years ago...


Jim Lloyd
134 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:38:02
Thanks Alan.
Paul (115), its debatable whether there are 3 worse teams than us. The way we've been playing, it is hard to see and cohesion, and the defernce being left wide open too often, any rapid passing and very few goal chances being created.

We have a number of good players, and some who aren't bad; but we're not an effective team. Whether we get any other players in, we'll have to wait and see. Hopefully a scorer and a creator/schemer come in. Even if we start the 2nd half with the same squad, I think Sean Dyche will get them fitter, more organised and more effective all round. I think he'll make more use of the likes of Ellis Sims. The thing is, he has 18 games to get this group into an effective team, who will win more than they will lose.
Dave Cooper (104) Good point, mate.

Keith Harrison
135 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:41:45
We're fucked.

Bill has already been on saying "Sean will be a great Everton manager. Farhad is impressed with him too". The same rhetoric for the last 38 managers we've had under Bill's tutelage.

The next thing, we'll be 'bidding' squillions on a player who is more likely to sign for Spartak Moscow than us, just to show we are up there with the big boys!! Oh, hang on a minute

Welcome back Kieran btw.

Peter Carpenter
136 Posted 30/01/2023 at 19:44:23
I already like what he says.
Jim Potter
137 Posted 30/01/2023 at 20:00:18
Good luck Sean. In better times you wouldn't feature in most people's short lists; but these are desperate times and I think you're as good a fit as we could hope for.

He's pragmatic and a realist - and yet he signed, so he must believe he can save us.

Miracles can happen.

Jim Potter
138 Posted 30/01/2023 at 20:04:35
And, unlike Fat Sam, if he does do the unthinkable, I'd be happy to give him that chance to carry on. Is he really a kick and rush manager? Or just a guy who's had to make do with sweet f.a. at a small provincial club for a decade?
Bobby Mallon
139 Posted 30/01/2023 at 20:07:30
Team to face Arsenal in a 4-1-4-1
Onana. That team should be hard to break down 😂

Joe McMahon
140 Posted 30/01/2023 at 20:09:34
Jim@138 he is, but yes hands were tied due to Burnley budget. He did try working on this when he sign Maxwell Cornet and previously steven defour (but unfortunately he was always injured)
Bobby Mallon
141 Posted 30/01/2023 at 20:11:08
Tony 103 I think it’s Garner
Anthony Lamb
142 Posted 30/01/2023 at 20:45:36
It’s a while since I have offered a few words to TW but I have been prompted by a number of comments made about the appointment of Mr Dyche. My first game watching Everton was at Oldham in the mid fifties when a 4-0 victory brought us up to the top division. Obviously I do not want my last years to witness us returning to the second tier!
However, in spite of some of the good, indeed great times I have witnessed over those many years the facts are that we are not at present one of the dominant clubs in the top division, have not been for many years, and by the looks of things may not be again for many years to come. We have won one competitive trophy in almost 40 years; we have never won the English second cup competition!
What amazes me is the arrogance that some people express towards Mr Dyche, as though he is not worthy to be appointed to this beloved club of ours which has an appalling recent 40 year history! We even have disparaging remarks about his own “lower level” playing career and his managerial role at a traditional “lesser” club than ours. Mr Wenger did quite well at Arsenal without playing at “top levels”anywhere and if memory serves me correctly was managing in Japan prior to transforming Arsenal and English football. I am not putting Mr Dyche in that bracket but could we have some respect for the man and not bemoan the fact that he is not the “Glamour figure” some people think Everton should have as a matter of course because of our “history”. “Glamour” has been tried in bucketloads of late and look where we are.
The dreadful state of our club of course has nothing whatsoever to do with Sean Dyche and lies solidly at the feet of the Board and the shambolic incompetence at all levels over many years.
Listening to his first interview he seems to me to be a very astute man, appreciative of the dire situation he is inheriting yet not bemoaning the fact. He is aware of the rupture between fans and Board but he skilfully focussed on the need for unity between fans and players while acknowledging that the latter have so much to do to ensure they play their part in cementing that unity. It appears that he will hopefully ensure that his players will at least compete; that he will demand fitness, wholehearted commitment and application. If he gets this squad to avoid relegation he will have been a tremendous success for, please forgive a 78 year olds nostalgia, he has not got any Youngs, Vernons, Morriseys, Holy Trinity’s, Latchfords, Linakers etc, to help him do it!
Give the man a warm welcome, support him in his efforts and after an appropriate period of time then make some assessments. Keeping us in the Premiership would be some achievement but if it is not to be, he could be just the solid kind of professional manager to help our club begin to rebuild its reputation which has been so sadly savaged for far too many years. Let’s wait and see, but at least let us be kind in our deliberations?
Chris Leyland
143 Posted 30/01/2023 at 20:55:31
If Dyche carried on his managerial career stats for the rest of this season then his 35% win rate and his 24.5% draw rate will see us get a further 23 points. That would leave us on 38 and we’d most likely be safe. That will do me!
Mark Ryan
144 Posted 30/01/2023 at 21:05:45
Dobbin on for Derby
Kieran Kinsella
145 Posted 30/01/2023 at 21:07:03
Anthony Lamb,

Good post. You can add Mourinho and Tuchel to the list of great managers who didn't have successful playing careers. In my opinion it's a different mindset and job skill altogether.

Raymond Fox
146 Posted 30/01/2023 at 21:08:10
Well said Anthony, he has a very very difficult task.

These first two games on form we shouldn't win, but I suppose the're a shot to nothing you could look at it that way. I have a feeling that we may upset Arsenal, they are due a fall anytime soon.

I just hope he is supported in a proper manner.

Nick Page
147 Posted 30/01/2023 at 21:11:32
Couldn’t agree more, Anthony Lamb. The arrogance of some of the fanbase is just bizarre. It’s not accepting mediocrity, that’s different, it’s about being realistic. And building something better….although in essence that’s highly unlikely until the club can be de-loused from the top down.
Sean Kelly
148 Posted 30/01/2023 at 21:11:55
Welcome aboard Mr Dyche. Give it your best shot and get them lazy sods working their nuts off especially on match day. FFS whatever you do don’t go up them stairs there’s a a blubberer and a blabberer up their and they will have your pants down lad.
You will get the support you need from proud Evertonians. Get the basics right with 90 + minutes of effort and commitment and we will be ok.
Nick Page
150 Posted 30/01/2023 at 21:26:24
“Kevin and I spent some valuable time with Sean over the past few days and he quickly convinced me that he has exactly the right attributes to make himself a great Everton manager – and a man who could inspire our fanbase. And Farhad felt the same when he met him, too,” the Blues chairman said.

Absolute vomit. Just can't help himself, can he, the massive bloodsucking parasite. It's always all about Bill. What is he even doing anywhere near the manager? It's the DoF's job and the owner's. End of story. He's so entrenched in the club, I fear we'll never see the back of the twat.

Fuck Off, Kenwright

Alec Gaston
151 Posted 30/01/2023 at 21:28:16
Anthony 142 - wise words and astutely put
Stu Darlington
152 Posted 30/01/2023 at 21:37:07
Welcome Sean.Pity you’ve got to save the club with less players than we had when Lampard was sacked.You’ve been hung out to dry before you’ve even started!
Plenty of media talk about showing interest in various players but bids either too low or players not interested but no sign of any incomings.The talk about Gallagher is just a smokescreen to divert our attention away from the fact that we have one day left and nobody coming.
“But we did try,honest”
Tick tock,tick tock.”Cut the red wire Bill,it’s always the red wire in the films.” No,no Farhad it’s the blue one,I’m almost sure “
“Well it’s not my decision Bill”
Kaboom!!! Bye Bye Everton!
Phil Wood
153 Posted 30/01/2023 at 21:46:12
Wishing Sean Dyche all the best and a big welcome.
I have never seen so many negative comments.
If your out then that's great because I won't have to hear your moaning at Goodison.
You don't give up before giving someone a chance. What kind of fans are you?
I don't blame anyone for stating they've had enough of the Owner and Board but for God's sake get off the new Managers case.
He's being set up as the whipping boy. Frank did nothing with the team but was accepted and escaped criticism for the most part. Sean Dyche is being crucified because his Burnley team put together on a shoestring did not play like Messi's Barcelona.
Can't please some people.
Neil Lawson
154 Posted 30/01/2023 at 21:54:45
On Skysports there is a compilation of Dyche's funnier moments during press conferences. Have a look. He comes across really well. Could be a really good fit. Wishing him the best.
Andy Crooks
155 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:18:47
Glad he's here to try and save us. I'm thoroughly enjoying the magnificent sense of entitlement displayed by those who are "out"
Put to shame by the loyal supporters of every team fallen on hard times, Derby, Sunderland Sheff Wed etc, and those for whom good times are a matter of perspective, eg every team in league two.
All of us like a good whinge but if you're out, you were never in to begin with.
Barry Rathbone
156 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:20:07
Good luck Mr Dyche I just hope you've got a crash hat you're gonna need it..

Hitting the ground running like no manager before on 2 bob and a squad of limping tortoises is the name of the game in this parish. 4 games without discernible improvement and the pitchfork brigade will be on the march quicker than you can say "he relegated Burnley".

But when the inevitable happens just think of all that juicy compo.

Joseph Walsh
157 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:25:27
Nick @150 - my thoughts exactly!

I hope Dyche works but he is set up to fail by THAT board and the structure.

It’s there for all to see in plain site now what most of us on here have said for years.

On the face of it there looks like an absolute roulette wheel scattergun approach to transfers which is reactionary. Trying to shoehorn random players into a patchwork quilt of a team.

I don’t know what the attraction is for any player in Europe unless it is purely cash now and that in itself attracts mercenaries but with the real risk of relegation would their agents be telling them to look at other clubs? I can only see lower league players wanting to come and then if we are building a championship team we know how that’s going to play out. We will pay over the odds for the odd gem down there but we need fight, grit and steel.

I just hope Dyche works but giving him 24 hours to bring players in is an absolute disgrace.
This should have happened at the World Cup when Lampard had lost those players

Tony Everan
158 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:26:07
Barry, He’ll need more than a crash helmet if we don’t sign a couple of players who can score/create some goals. I’m thinking divine intervention.
Neil Copeland
159 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:32:59
Andy #155, well said sir
Paul Birmingham
160 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:33:10
Anthony@142,thanks for very balanced summary.

I’m feeling rejuvenated, yes there’s a mountain to climb, but it’s doable, with the right leadership and management.

Let’s see what happens, by this time tomorrow.

Danny Baily
161 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:33:35
Joe 157, there weren't many on here calling for Frank to go prior to the Southampton game, when it would have made a difference. But there are plenty on here now saying he should have gone during the world cup.
Barry Lyndon
162 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:33:36
Good luck My Ginger Prince. Begone Lampards Pups Of Peace and cry havoc and let slip The Dogs Of War……
Oliver Molloy
163 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:47:01
Good luck Sean Dyche, I reckon you will need it.
Keep the club up and I'm sure most Evertonians will be forever grateful.

John Davies
164 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:47:16
Nick #150. I'm with you on that one. Watching & listening to Kenshite actually turns my stomach whilst boiling my blood at the same time. Vile, self obsessed leech who just can't stop himself from wanting to be on centre stage. A truly detestable man. Like you I wish he would f..k off.
Dan Nulty
165 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:53:59
Feels like the right fit for our situation. I have always liked him, not the way Burnley played under him, but he always comes across well.

Good luck to him and if he manages to keep us up he deserves a chance to move us forward next season.

Joe Corgan
166 Posted 30/01/2023 at 22:54:26
John @ 109: I don't think anybody's under any illusions about how old you are. You remind us in virtually every post.

Anyway, Dyche's messages to the fans today was par for the course. Nothing too insightful, and that's okay. He's got to go through the motions.

Playing for the badge? Putting in a shift? This might be the first Everton side I can remember where those two things weren't the biggest issues. I don't think our players have been running through walls for the club but I've definitely seen Everton teams look more interested than the current bunch of ratbags. Problem is, we're just not good enough. Just got to hope that Dyche find a system that's simple but effective enough that the player can adapt quickly and scrape across the line.

I'll be interested to see whether the fans' pressure on the board continues. If results pick up, do the protests die down? Do we suddenly, collectively decide that they're doing an alright job after all? Or have the board's recent actions, including Moshiri's interview, already gone some way to quelling the unrest? It seems to be me that the board were largely deemed unfit to run the club this time last week but in the turmoil of the past seven days, some of the pressure has subsided.

Jim Lloyd
167 Posted 30/01/2023 at 23:14:00
Well said Phil (153) Well said Anthony (142)
Jay Harris
168 Posted 31/01/2023 at 00:50:48
Looking forward to the Wilmslow being renamed the "Royal Dyke" at the end of the season.
Anthony can I ask if youre part of the Lambs of Langsdale street clan?
Simon Dalzell
169 Posted 31/01/2023 at 00:59:51
Welcome to the finest club on Earth Mr. Dyche. I have faith in you. Its going to be tough, but you are just the type of 'leader' we need now. The very best of luck.
Matt Smith
170 Posted 31/01/2023 at 02:24:17
How awkward did Thelwell look showing Dyche around the office.

“Now here’s the kitchen, tea and coffee available. The men’s is second on the right. Up these stairs are the directors offices...”

Kieran Kinsella
171 Posted 31/01/2023 at 03:16:35

I thought that too. Thelwell doesn’t seem like a big personality

Phil Lewis
172 Posted 31/01/2023 at 03:19:46
If you'd have told me several seasons ago, that even in our wildest dreams, we would consider either Allardyce, Benitez or Dyche as a potential manager for EFC, I'd have asked you which hallucinatory drug you'd ingested. Nowadays, these appointments barely raise an eyebrow, or warrant a headline. Such is the nature of our decline.
Therefore it is essential that we as supporters are realistic. We are in this position because it is exactly where we deserve to be. Inquests and blame serve little purpose right now. What matters is who is going to get us out of this mess and how do they propose to do it?
Sean Dyche does not appear to be an obvious Messiah, but out of the dubious bunch available to us, he seems the most experienced in survival matters, to at least point us in the direction of 'The Promised Land', if not actually lead us there.
I personally have little choice but to give the man a chance.
Critics say his use of a 442 tactics are outdated. Well we've tried virtually every other combination to no avail, so if that is his chosen formation, it's fine by me. Besides, DCL could undoubtedly use some close support, so why not play him with someone alongside up front.
Keane, McNeil and Tarkowski are all players Dyche is familiar with from their Burnley days, so if he wants them on the teamsheet against Arsenal, so be it. Radical changes are needed in these desperate days.
If all are fit, my team to face Arsenal (in 442 formation) would be; (assuming no new players are signed in time)
Coleman, Keane, Tarkowski, Godfrey.
McNeil, Davies, Onanu, Mykolenko.
Calvert-Lewin, Gray.
Laurie Hartley
173 Posted 31/01/2023 at 07:50:08
Phil # 172 - very interesting selection. I am looking forward to see who he picks for Arsenal.
Andy Duff
174 Posted 31/01/2023 at 08:01:02
"Relax, " said the Dyche man
"We are programmed to receive
You can check out any time you like
But you can never leave"

Unfortunately you'll be Everton for life like it or not. This weekend as we had no game I decided to go watch Prescot Cables my local non league team I thought it would be nice to see a team win Unbeaten in 2023 sitting in 6th playing 15th in the league (they lost 2-1 I brought the Everton curse with me)

Point is this this it was nice to watch real football no VAR proper tackles etc. I wanted Prescot to win they didn't but it didn't impact me, they lost I was over it seconds after the whistle. Only Everton can make me really care.

My Garmin watch tells me to relax when I'm watching Everton I'm convincedbl my death cert will say cause if death Everton.

I've thought similar things about Everton recently that's it I'm done. This current incarnation is not the Everton we love, the board attacking fans, players seemingly not caring.Deep down I know I'll never be done.

I'm not looking forward again hope is back the change could be what we need. No doubt they'll upset me again but I'll keep coming back.

If you can truly leave Everton behind then fair play to you. It might make you happier short term long term you'll want them back, you can check out any time. You'll never truly leave them.

Kim Vivian
175 Posted 31/01/2023 at 08:05:07
MESSAGE TO ED'S - is there a problem your end with this page? - a whole chunk of copy is shunted off the right hand side of the screen making the article and comments illegible. All other articles and comments on the site seem fine,

This is on a laptop, btw. Seems ok on my phone.


Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
176 Posted 31/01/2023 at 09:32:04
Hi Kim,

Sorry you're having a spot of bother with this page.

I checked it on my laptop and it seems to display okay, which may mean Lyndon has fixed the problem already? If you still see the issue, have you tried closing the window, logging off, shutting down the browser, the entire laptop, then restarting everything? Sometimes helps. Also deleting cookies?

Good luck!

Brian Hennessy
177 Posted 31/01/2023 at 09:44:14
I have the same problem on my laptop Kim. All other pages on the site seem fine except this one.
Peter Carpenter
178 Posted 31/01/2023 at 09:48:18
Interesting article on BBC Sport this morning;
The views of a couple of his former players.
Barry Hesketh
179 Posted 31/01/2023 at 09:57:32
Michael @178,

I too have the same issue as Kim, but only on this particular thread, I think the photo used at the top is oversized and that's distorting the display of this thread.

Anthony Lamb
180 Posted 31/01/2023 at 10:28:24
Hi Jay (168),

Sadly no, to the best of my knowledge I am not part of the Langsdale Street Lambs. My clan emanate from Scotland Road many moons ago! Thanks for the interest and may the Winslow continue to preserve your spirit of the Blues!

Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
181 Posted 31/01/2023 at 11:21:58
Okay. I see it now, when I reduce the zoom setting in Chrome.

Pulling out the photo makes no difference. I think it might be embedding the video...

No, there's some piece of code sneaking in from somewhere... A job for the coding expert, Lyndon.

Bill Fairfield
182 Posted 31/01/2023 at 11:29:58
For a couple of games they might fight for the badge, then revert to type.

Seen it and heard it all before. I have no faith in this squad, but looking forward to Dyche proving me wrong.

Kim Vivian
183 Posted 31/01/2023 at 11:41:56
Thanks Michael - I'm glad it's not just me! I had logged out and back in and restarted the laptop but to no avail. It's not the end of the world, however! I'll cope...
Pete Clarke
184 Posted 31/01/2023 at 14:50:11
Welcoming Sean Dyche to Goodison goes without saying especially given the fact that he’s probably the only person brave enough to tackle this shit show. I hope he receives a massive round of applause when he walks on to the pitch. This is and may be the biggest job he will ever have in his life and let’s hope fortune Favours the brave with him at the helm.
At the same time, and I’m sure Dyche will understand this, there should be a continued protest of Anti Kenwright and his cronies banners to let these absolute losers know that we want them gone. The banners can get the message across in silence whilst the supporters back the team. Let’s not let up on this or he will be back with that horrible smug look on his face thinking everything is fine again.
Arsenal are a top team right now and they are going to cause us lots of problems as they have done to every opposition they have faced this season. I’d be very happy with a nil nil backs to the wall draw but hoping for a big upset to give Dyche a dream start.

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