🎙ToffeeWeb Podcast: ‘Buckle Up!’

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Lyndon, Paul and Adam try and pick the positives out of Everton's walloping at the hands of Arsenal, look ahead to what is now a massive sway game at Nottingham Forest and whether Sean Dyche's approach or personnel will be any different and ponder how many points will be enough to stay up this season.


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Danny O’Neill
1 Posted 03/03/2023 at 10:22:48
Strap in an enjoy the ride. They're not taking me down without a fight.

Thanks for the listen. Some comments.

I like Dyche's honesty. It might be words but he is pretty to the point.

The Emirates and Highbury before it has just been one of those places in recent decades. In the course of as season, I'd have chalked that one off at the beginning of the season. It's a Native American burial ground for Everton, where bad things happen. Let's move on and look ahead. We need to.

We need players to strike with purpose and confidence. They seem like rabbits caught in the headlights when they get a chance. I think the phrase is grow a pair.

I don't like playing the victim card, but many officials seem star struck when we play these teams. I haven't watched it back and I won't, but to me at the time looking across the pitch, that was offside and I didn't need VAR lines to tell me that.

McNeil is starting to show the player he can be, that I called out earlier this season, when many were doubting him. Switch him to the right so he can cut in and have a go on goal with that left foot. His delivery is great, but there is nothing to aim for, so switch him. Despite Maupay's effort and hard work, he's no target man.

I don;'t think Keane had too bad a game and Tarkowski is leading the line under pressure. We need our midfield to take ownership and protect the defence, whoever is playing there.

We have to take care of our own results. Do that and we will be fine. Don't worry about those around us.

Starting on Sunday. I'm putting the Eagles on to relax me. Still 48 hours to go.

John Raftery
2 Posted 03/03/2023 at 14:54:44
I agree we shouldn’t be too disheartened about losing to a top class team like Arsenal.

Paul makes a good point about the need for courage in front of goal. Shoot on sight must be the motto with criticism reserved for players who take the easy option of laying the ball off to a team mate. That’s why I and a few others applauded Maupay for at least having a go in the second half even though his shot ended up in row 26.

Referees always favour the teams near the top of the table. It has always been so. It’s one of the reasons it is so difficult to climb away from the foot of the table.

Bill Gall
3 Posted 03/03/2023 at 15:46:19
Well I suppose this can be called a back's to the wall fight for survival. We have enough players including the manager and his staff who have been through this situation before, and for 40 min during the last game, proved that the tactics and players where up to it.
We were playing the #1 team in the league away from home, and it proved if we stop making stupid mistakes we can earn points from our remaining games to stay up.
It would be nice if teams above us go on a extended loosing run but our survival in the premiership is up to us not them.
One observation from the last game, if the manager changes a player almost immediately for making a mistake, how come a player who was bought as a goalscorer, does not score yet plays every game.
Living in hope has gone out the window, we need players who wear the shirt for pride not just for a living.
Dennis Stevens
4 Posted 03/03/2023 at 15:53:17
Listening to the Eagles ? Desperate times indeed, Danny!
Tony Abrahams
5 Posted 03/03/2023 at 16:35:40
Around eleven months ago, Dyche allegedly told his Burnley players that Everton, had forgotten how to win. Everton who also never had any midfield goalscorers, have since sold two forward players for £100 million, and replaced them with Maupay, which is incredible really because i’m certain Dyche, would have sooner been left with Rondon!

The mismanagement of Everton, has been nothing short of atrocious. Absolutely sickening, incredibly disgusting, downright disgraceful, and not something that any Evertonian, must really want to reflect on right now, simply because it must fill most of us with real anger?

We have got to keep fighting though, because it’s the only way. Getting angry or feeling sorry for ourselves has got to wait, and through the depths of our despair, we have got to somehow find the will to keep believing.

Most of the football world in this country, must surely now be waiting for us to fall through the trap door, and a lot of Evertonians, no longer have any belief that we can survive.

We can survive and we will survive, but only if we stick together, give each other some hope, and get our fucking centre forward fit, as soon as possible. The bastards are waiting for us, preparing funerals, and no doubt arranging party’s to laugh at our demise, so let’s fight, fight, fight, with all our might, whilst singing we shall not be moved🙏

Nick West
6 Posted 03/03/2023 at 16:50:40
Survival basically comes down to how many times we can get DCL on a pitch.
Barry Hesketh
7 Posted 03/03/2023 at 16:57:02
Tony @5

Perhaps, the protests are having an effect, at least according to Alan Myers in his Everton Reporter Notebook piece on the Sky Sports website.

It's been another difficult week for Everton, defeats to Aston Villa and Arsenal putting the club back in the relegation zone with the prospect of a crunch game at Nottingham Forest to come on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

However, the winds of change are sweeping through the corridors of Goodison as I write. The fans' protestations for a clean sweep at the top of the club have been noted by the owner Farhad Moshiri and moves are afoot which would bring a much-improved mood around the club.

It's not clear yet how deep or far reaching the changes will be but what is apparent is that Moshiri is taking decisive steps to end the current impasse between the fans and the board.

The development of the club's new stadium at Bramley Moore Dock is progressing well and new investment in the form of the purchase of a minority stake in the club by American investment company MSP Sports Capital is in its final stages of completion.

That investment will coincide with the progressive work going on at the site of the new stadium, which has seen the exciting structure rise on the waterfront in recent months.

It will also lead to a new-look board of directors, something which has been demanded by the fans for some time now.

Moshiri is well aware of what needs to be done and will act in order to present a new era which the fans can embrace.



Tony Abrahams
8 Posted 03/03/2023 at 17:05:54
Seven years to late Barry, and although we are paying badly for the past, we can do nothing except learn hopefully, and then try and move forward with renewed vigour!
Bill Gall
9 Posted 03/03/2023 at 17:27:09
we can only move forward by recognizing our mistakes , with time running out, apart from paper talk, I don't see any changes that is overcoming the mistakes.
Tony Abrahams
10 Posted 03/03/2023 at 17:40:48
I think it’s impossible to rectify the mistakes Bill, so we must learn from them and hope they are never allowed to happen again.

The club is like it’s always been during the Kenwright era. Not quite good enough but there was enough people happy so as not to force the real changes that were needed donkey’s years ago.

It’s the same now, the new stadium is waiting at the end of the rainbow, but there’s a chance the clouds are going to get much darker, and the rainbow will get lost in those clouds.

We can’t move on until the nepotistic poison has been removed, and even then it’s not going to be easy, because the mistakes are deeply embedded into the fabric that has been created by our saviour, over many, many years of pure ineptitude.

Danny O’Neill
11 Posted 03/03/2023 at 18:05:20
I hope that speculation has legs Barry.

But right now, I can only think about Sunday and getting 3 very important points. Then beat Brentford at home.

The world will be a different and happier place.

Just fight for it Everton.

Ian Pilkington
12 Posted 03/03/2023 at 18:16:51

I got talking to a very knowledgable twenty- something Burnley fan on the train the other day. Needless to say I asked for his opinion about Dyche.

He expected Dyche to keep us up, but without me mentioning our striker crisis, said that Dyche would have had Rondón as first choice in the absence of DCL!

Ben King
13 Posted 03/03/2023 at 21:09:35
Great pod. I, like many, assumed we had a striker waiting to sign by the fact we jettisoned Rondon.

How stupid we were. The irony being that Rondon would have been very useful in our current situation (I’ll ignore the fact that our potential saviours rest on a 34 yr old Salomon Rondon or a half fit 33 yr old Ayew who we couldn’t even attract).

Makes you hate every aspect of the administration at Everton.

The comment on the referees in the pod was excellent. The ‘proof’ was when Rooney came back and played for us and we started getting marginal decisions eg the soft penalty push on DCL at Anfield for the draw. Refs have a free rein to screw us over at the moment and our PR is non existent in creating an outcry to impact future decisions.

Great pod and thanks for taking my question. I WOULD take 38 points and yet paradoxically don’t think it’d be enough

Fun times

Tony Abrahams
14 Posted 03/03/2023 at 22:01:43
When you want your team to play aggressive and forward thinking football, then I think it’s all about second and third phases Ian. It’s about trying to get the ball into the centre forwards feet, and then make little angles to play off him.

Dyche’s style of play will only ever be effective when he’s got someone up front who can make the ball stick, imo, and it’s possibly why he hasn’t tried Demari Grey up top, even though we all know he’s a much better player than any of our other forward players.

The wide men have got to work their bollocks off, and getting back and into shape, is absolutely massive, which is probably why Demari hasn’t had a game out wide either yet!

“It’s all about the centre forward though, he’s definitely the most important player, and without Lewin, we are not really working on a system that can win us games, but rather a system that is trying to keep us in games”

Even the people who don’t really like DCL, must realize it’s imperative he gets fit very soon, although my other view is that if Dominic, hasn’t been took away from the squad, to build up his strength and fitness, then I’m worried, because he hasn’t really been that effective, even when he has been fit enough to play?

Robin Emmerson
15 Posted 03/03/2023 at 12:52:17
I am a Gloucestershire Evertonian of over 55 years who like every "true blue" is watching with dismay as everything unravels. I have "mates" down here who support clubs in the Big Six (including the RS!) who appreciate football and are absolutely desperate for Everton to stay up because of our history and heritage .
Sadly, I believe the game may well be up for us this season for the many reasons put forward so succinctly by other posters on this site but like most I will continue to support the cause if the worst should happen.
Not living in the North West I am out of the loop regarding the politics involving a certain Mr Kenwright and the rest of the board although with the volume of anti-sentiment I am sure that there's no smoke without fire. I, myself find it amazing how any credible company management can spend half a billion and be in a worse condition afterwards let alone in the absolute wet and smelly that we find ourselves presently.
The stark reality is we're absolutely staring down the barrel and the only hope we've got is to focus and concentrate on the hope that we may be able to slip the noose again and live to fight another day if we all pull in the right direction and back the team. Unfortunately, there is no magic wand and all the negativity surrounding the "Board" will only help our opponents on the pitch. There will be Karma and a day of reckoning if it is deserving for the individuals concerned but all my concern at present is for our Premier League status and hopefully a chance to see us return to at least being a competitive club. Let's look forward to the right result on Sunday and then onwards and upwards. It's a Grand Old Team, COYB!

Danny O’Neill
16 Posted 04/03/2023 at 13:02:11
Robin, I spent a lot of my career in Gloucestershire.

You are as much an Evertonian as I am. My roots are in the city but I have spent many years away. It doesn't matter where we come from. We are Everton.

It might haver been you but I met a lad and dad from Gloucester in the Winslow briefly at the Place home game last season and gave the youngster a pep talk. His night must have been the best of his life. Wait until we win something.

We're on a rocky road right now, but we are not done.

Right now, as far as I'm concerned, the politics can wait for in between matches and then go full on revolution in the summer once we are safe.

Will Mabon
17 Posted 04/03/2023 at 13:47:54
"Moshiri is well aware of what needs to be done and will act in order to present a new era which the fans can embrace."

The old ones are the best.

Christine Foster
18 Posted 04/03/2023 at 14:08:29
I suspect the winds of change will amount to the sacrificial lamb, of DBB being thrown to the wolves. A couple of investor board members with voting rights to replace, one of whom being the new CEO. Kenwright? Can't see him being replaced, but I can see his influence removed.
In my opinion any changes will only bring peace and focus if both are gone.
Nick Page
19 Posted 04/03/2023 at 14:24:51
Totally agree, Christine.

Kenwright won't go quietly or otherwise. The man is so totally arrogant and deluded; he thinks he is Everton. Without him, we're nothing in his mind.

It's all the fans' fault but, like that clip of him outside Goodison Park having a go at someone about the Blue Union – big brave man behind a fence with his chauffeur-driven car. Makes me puke. King of the Hill Kenwright. Not even an Evertonian.

But whatever happens, the protests have to go on until we're well rid of the despicable parasite. A man that has systematically destroyed EFC piece by piece. Should never be forgiven.

Danny O’Neill
20 Posted 04/03/2023 at 14:44:54
I would want Kenwright out of the equation. Go and retire to enjoy the theatre. Come back as the supporter you claim to be.

Sharp a childhood hero of mine, should go. I don't actually know what purpose he serves, but then I don't have insider knowledge.

This might not sit comfortably with everyone, but I don't have objection to DBB remaining, just move her sideways and out of the CEO role. Let her focus on EitC, which does admirable work. After all, that's pretty much what she does now anyway.

Hopefully change is finally on its way. The immediate change being a win tomorrow.

Eric Myles
21 Posted 04/03/2023 at 14:48:14
Take it easy Danny #1, you're beginning to sound like a Desperado.

I can't tell you why but one of these nights we'll get a new kid in town, Kenwright and his lyin eyes will be already gone, (yeah, when hell freezes over), we'll get the long run of tropies we deserve (how long you ask?) and you'll have no more complaints of heartache tonight after a match.

Nick Page
22 Posted 04/03/2023 at 14:55:44
Danny - the lot of them are complicit in the lies and abject failure and the lot of them should go and never ever ever come back again. Not welcome
Eric Myles
23 Posted 05/03/2023 at 00:56:48
Oops, missed a chance to get Witchy Woman in there as well.

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