June 2009 Archives
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EVERTON have denied reports that they have lodged a ÃÂ£5m bid for Sheffield United's promising full-back Kyle Naughton.
EVERTON midfielder Steven Pienaar will return to South Africa's starting line-up for their make or break clash with New Zealand in the Confederations Cup today.
EVERTON midfielder Steven Pienaar will return to South Africa's starting line up for their make or break clash with New Zealand in the Confederations Cup tomorrow.
FOOTBALL-LOVING Dawn Georgeson has signed for Everton - to help improve the lives of disabled people almost 6,000 miles from home.
JACK RODWELL got his European Under-21 Championship campaign off to a winning start in Halmstad last night.
The Everton teenager came on for the final five minutes of England's opening game with Finland and helped them see out a 2-1 victory despite being down to 10 men.
Michael Mancienne had been sent off in the first half for a professional foul and Tim Sparv's resulting penalty levelled Lee Cattermole's goal.
Everton FC are opening a new store at LiverpoolOne affectionately titled EvertonTwo. In a reverse irony of the commercial decline of Everton Football Club within Liverpool, it marks a fundamental shift in positioning of the club within the public eye. Everton FC now stand toe to toe with the Kopites in a way the supporters have been demanding for years within the heart of our own city and beyond. With a new merchandising setup through Kitbag, Everton can now look to be marketed and pushed in the public eye in a way that has been lacking under JJB Sports, much to the annoyance of the average Everton supporter. For years it seemed, Everton made no progress off the pitch although already we may be seeing positive movement there with new stores and new prescence back where we belong - in the city that's all ours.
The real irony is that it has come at a time that the Kopites are in financial meltdown, with no more money to spend, with a ÃÂ£43million pre-tax loss (larger than Everton's apparent overall debts). The "genius" that is the Spaniard Rafael Benitez must like his followers - learn how to manage on a budget. Ironic in itself, how will a club founded for profit manage making continuing losses year in year out? Staggnation and decline is inevitable, much to the chargrin of Evertonians - the pendulum is swinging.
This week saw Benitez attempting to reposition the sinking ship as "the heart of the city" in an interview with Radio City - City Sport. Time and again the Spaniard mentioned the Kopites being "the heart of the city" and that the Kopites were prepared "to fight" for their "supporters". In other terms, Benitez was acknowledging just what a mess those in red find themselves. They are "skint". Any players they actually manage to buy this season only pushes them further into debt. A debt which the Kopites are having to look to renegotiate with the banks in a decreasingly worse position. All this pressure will no doubt build further so that Evertonians have many more months to look forward to with the latest taunt to the Kopites - "you're skint".
EVERTON keeper Tim Howard - who kept a club record number of clean sheets last season - will "scratch, claw and fight" to try and extend that impressive sequence against world champions Italy tonight.
USA kick off their Confederations Cup campaign against Italy in Pretoria tonight, with Howard admitting: "We're nobody's favourite for the title. We know that. But we're going to scratch, claw and fight to get some results here."
With Brazil, Italy and Egypt in their group, the Blues keeper accepts he could be busy over the next week.
"We must use this tournament to build up our momentum game by game and look forward to 2010 as a great opportunity," added Howard.
LARS JACOBSEN could be set for an Everton exit with Premier League new boys Burnley considering a move for the Danish international right-back.
Everton announced their list of players released by the club over the weekend including Portuguese left-back Nuno Valente, Dutch winger Andy van der Meyde and Ecuadorian midfielder Segundo Castillo - who has returned to Serbian club Red Star Belgrade following the end of his season-long loan spell - but Jacobsen was not officially released despite only signing a one-year deal at Goodison Park last summer after joining from relegated Bundesliga side Nuremberg.
Youngsters John Paul Kissock, Scott Spencer, Eunan O'Kane and Cory Sinnott have also been let go alongside Academy players Thomas McCready, Luke Powell, Michael Jensen and Daniel Redmond but Jacobsen could yet be offered a contract extension by Everton.
JOLEON LESCOTT has admitted he is unhappy with speculation linking him with a move to Manchester City.
But the Everton defender says the only thing on his mind at present is a holiday.
The 26-year-old, who won his seventh England cap on Wednesday, has been the subject of increasing speculation about a ÃÂ£15m-plus bid from Manchester City this summer.
But Lescott bristled when asked about the stories while on international duty this week.
EVERTON starlet Jack Rodwell has the potential to become the new Rio Ferdinand, according to Arsenal hero and Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith.
Everton must contest a two-legged play-off round to reach the new Europa League, with ties played on August 20 and 27.
It's obvious that from the mid point of last season to the end we really struggled with injury problems, and to be honest, performed exceptionally given the circumstances. To finish fifth, when prospects of that at the beginning of the season (with a fully fit squad) seemed bleak, and to reach the final of the FA Cup for the first time in over a decade, was a momentus achievement.
Even though the squad will no doubt be stronger when the key players arrive back in full training (Yak, Arteta & Jags), we will definately struggle to equal what we have achieved this season, let alone better it without bolstering the squad with high profile signings. Acquisitions of a quality right back and striker would make the team a serious contender for fourth spot and if Glen Johnson doesn't move to City or Liverpool, why not try to get him on Everton's books? Obviously this man's been all over the press recently and it seems unlikely he'll be within our price range anyway, but how about one world class striker who has seemingly been overlooked by everybody...Eidur Gudjohnsen.
The Icelandic forward has proved himself prolific in the Premier League, but although he may be on a great wage and be a Champions' League winner, he isn't getting much playing time at all at FC Barcelona. He'd surely welcome a move back to the Premier League, and unlikely to be the right fit for the top four, why not go to number five?