June 2009 Archives
EVERTON are negotiating with Manchester City to keep Brazilian striker Jo for a season-long loan.
EVERTON'S new home kit has outstripped all previous records.
SIX of Merseyside football's founding fathers were back in their Liverpool home this week.
LARS JACOBSEN last night completed his switch to Blackburn Rovers on a two-year deal.
Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry has denied reports that Everton have submitted a bid for goalkeeper Joe Lewis.
With all of the "will he", "won't he" over Joleon Lescott's link with Manchester City clouds what is really going on with Everton this summer. It's excellent camouflage for what Moyes really has planned for how he intends to continue the building up process ready for next season.
Lescott still has a large proportion of his contract left to run, he has several close friends in the Everton squad with whom he has played his career best football (Jagielka particularly), he is now back into his favoured position with another potential England international in the position he previously occupied (Baines). Everton are in European competition (Manchester City are not), and operate a close knit squad of players with an excellent atmosphere, discipline and morale under David Moyes. David Moyes' man management skills are second to none, and in this instance the future of the player (Lescott) is not jeopardised by remaining with Everton - because Everton are looking to strengthen - but not undergoing a circus-like "revolution", but through sustainable development where the players' development are central to the success of the club.
This is the "Moyes-Doctrine" - the way he's done it as an Evertonian in charge of The School of Science.
This way the players are not mere "mercenaries" they are the heart and soul of the club - the exception in today's cynical money-mad footballing world. This is Everton's greatest strength and is why we continue to fight all the way when others would have given up with the challenges Everton faced in recent times. It's something Evertonians are proud of and sets us apart from anybody else.
For this reason, and because Lescott is central to Everton's progress along with his international aspirations being best served by stability - Lescott will remain with Everton unless Manchester City dig "Kaka" deep into those oil-money reserves to the point Everton could fund their future stadium several times over. Additionally, who would Moyes then go out and replace Lescott with for the ridiculously low sums being quoted? Everton and Moyes aren't stupid. "Citeh" should stop wasting our time and their's.
Now we return to the central issue. Everton's own transfer strategy this summer under David Moyes... Everton are in the buying market this summer. Not selling. These facts speak for themselves: that players that come to Everton FC - the school of science, improve. This is how the club can be sold to new recruits under David Moyes.
EVERTON will pursue a 'bright, young thing' transfer policy this summer as David Moyes aims to take his side up another level.
TOP of Africa is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Johannesburg but Tim Howard will be on top of the world if his mammoth season ends on a high.
The Masters Cup returns to the Echo Arena today, featuring legends teams representing Liverpool, Everton, Tranmere and Wigan.
BY now, the dossier that was dispatched to all and sundry earlier this month will either be well-thumbed or gathering dust.
Some managers will have taken one look at the sales pitch from Michael Owen's representatives proclaiming that the former European Footballer of the Year is looking for "a fresh challenge" and been left cold.
Others, however, will be excited, rubbing their hands with glee that the chance to work with one of the greatest goalscorers in the modern era has cropped up; they will be the ones frantically working out whether they can make the sums work out.
EVERTON have endured bigger transfer shocks than the summer's day in 1977 when Ken McNaught decided the grass was greener elsewhere..
I'm thinking Alan Ball, Steve McMahon, Nick Barmby, Once a Blue . . . to list but a few.
But to a naive 14-year-old who still believed that Everton Football Club was the centre of the sporting uinverse, Ken McNaught's defection to Aston Villa was a shaker.
Because it was a sign that Everton lacked ambition.
EVERTON today ruled out a move for Tom Huddlestone - as the club began to make alternative arrangements after the cancellation of their trip to Ghana.
HUNDREDS of Everton fans planning to follow the club to Ghana next month will lose around ÃÂ£600 each after the game was cancelled.
WHILE one of England's young lions has been left sour by his experience in Sweden, for Jack Rodwell it has been a trip to remember.
EVERTON'S hopes for signing Tom Huddlestone were last night boosted after a source close to the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder revealed he is desperate to play regular Premier League football.
EVERTON'S proposed trip to Ghana next month has been scrapped while Malaga will be the team's final pre-season opponents.
THE 1906 FA Cup Trophy is set to take pride of place in a new exhibition of Everton memorabilia.
TIM HOWARD today admitted to still being in shock that his season could yet end with a winner's medal.
Everton's goalkeeper performed heroics last night as the United States pulled off one of the biggest shocks in international football for many years by beating Spain 2-0.
That victory means the US will now face Brazil or South Africa in the final of the Confederations Cup on Sunday night in Johannesburg but it doesn't tell the whole story.
Howard and his team-mates looked set to be on the first plane home after losing their two matches but a 3-0 win over Egypt, coupled with Brazil beating Italy by the same score, opened the door for them and they have taken advantage in spectacular style.
IT SEEMS as though the whole country is talking about Jack Rodwell this week.
On Monday night Stuart Pearce made wholesale changes to the England under 21 side playing over in Sweden and the Everton teenager was one of the beneficiaries. He got his first start in the tournament and made a big impression, not only with his equalising header in a 1-1 draw with Germany, but also for his all round performance.
Stories linking him with a move to Manchester United on the back of that game seem rather unlikely, given that everyone in football has been aware of Rodwell for absolutely ages. You can be almost certain that Sir Alex Ferguson's scouting network is quite sophisticated and that they don't first become aware of emerging English players when they appear for their country on Sky Sports.
On a similar vein, how optimistic are the agency handling Michael Owen that they think a glossy brochure can allay Premier League managers' concerns about pouring money into their client's capacious pockets?