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LEIGHTON BAINES believes it would be a mistake for anyone to make rash predictions about Everton's potential, even though they are struggling to find their true form.

The Blues' left-back was one of the few players to emerge with credit after his side were beaten 2-0 by Chicago Fire in the early hours of this morning and hopes this is now an end to his injury woes.

However, results are troubling him at the moment as he has watched Everton draw one and lose three of their opening five friendlies, much to the growing displeasure of manager David Moyes.

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AFTER 24 hours of subterfuge, politics, claim and counter-claim, football returned to the top of the Evertonian agenda today.

Of course, the politics that accompanied Keith Wyness' abrupt departure from his role as chief executive will provide an intriguing - and potentially explosive - backdrop to the new campaign and it is a story that could run and run.

Each party has only issued terse statements on the matter and there is no doubt Wyness and Everton will be scrutinising each move the other makes in the coming weeks.

You do not have to be a genius to figure that there are huge amounts of bad blood around.

Boardroom machinations, however, are not something that figure high on the agenda in the dressing room, particularly at this time of year, and the only thoughts on the minds of Everton's players are how preparations are ticking along ahead of the big kick-off.

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DAVID MOYES pulled no punches today as he delivered a damning verdict on Everton's latest defeat and needless red card for James Vaughan.

The Blues lost for the third time in five pre-season games in the early hours of the morning - this time a 2-0 defeat against Chicago Fire - and Moyes' mood was darkened further by an awful tackle from Vaughan, for which he was rightly sent off.

by Neil Hodgson, Liverpool Echo

WALTON MP Peter Kilfoyle claims he is the victim of "smear tactics" after Everton fans reported him to a Parliamentary watchdog.

Members of the Keep Everton in Our City (Keioc) campaign opposed to the Blues' proposed move from Goodison Park to Kirkby have called for the probe.

It follows a letter sent by Mr Kilfoyle earlier this month to Baroness Andrews OBE who will decide whether or not to call in the Everton scheme for further scrutiny.

Mr Kilfoyle's letter supported the move.

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WELL then, we've all been a bit concerned about the lack of news coming out of the club in recent weeks, but most people were hoping for the announcement of a couple of new signings, something definite about the ground move or at least progress with David Moyes's contract.

Few could have foreseen the chief executive, Keith Wyness, handing in his gun and his badge.

But gone he has, and speculation is rife over just what motivated the ex-Aberdeen chief executive to tender his resignation.

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Story by Vicki Kellaway
THE highs and lows of being a Liverpool or Everton fan have been captured on camera for a city exhibition.

Tabitha Jussa spent much of last season at Anfield and Goodison, but her target was not the action on the pitch, but the spectacle in the stands.

She snapped everyone from children, stewards and diehard fans to the scores of ex-footballers who turn up to support their former teams

IT'S a scene being played out at the homes of many Evertonians this summer. Desperate for any smidgeon of transfer gossip, supporters are scouring the newspapers, trawling the internet and flicking manically through television channels in search of even the tiniest rumour.

Hours are lost fuelling the addiction of knowing who is interested in whom, which player is moving where and, more importantly, any snippet of Everton-related news.

Those fans might be surprised to learn they are not alone in this quest for information.

JAMES VAUGHAN was sent off as Everton slipped to defeat against Chicago Fire in the first game of their US tour.

Vaughan, who was making his first appearance of pre-season as a second-half substitute, was given a straight red card by referee Landis Wiley in the last minute for a late tackle on Fire's Daniel Woolard.

Goals in either half from Chris Rolfe and Tomasz Frankowski gave the Major League Soccer side a deserved 2-0 win at Toyota Park.

By Sean McGuire

THE legacy of former Everton chief executive Keith Wyness will not become apparent for at least a couple of years yet.

While a manager's impact can largely be measured on a season-by-season, if not game-by-game, basis, the role of chief executive is much harder to assess.

Projects are generally more long-term, such as developing a brand, developing a stadium and targeting new countries for supporters.

Story by Ben Schofield

FORMER Everton FC chief executive Keith Wyness said last night he is seeking legal advice over his shock resignation from the club.

Wyness said he was "waiting for lawyers to advise me" as removal men yesterday collected his per-sonal effects from Goodison Park.

The former CEO refused to go into detail about motives behind his departure from Everton after nearly four years in the board-room or the nature of any possible legal dispute with the club.

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