HOWARD KENDALL: Peter Reid will have Stoke City fired up for Everton FC's visit

By Howard Kendall on Apr 30, 10 07:54 AM in Columnists

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STOKE are one of the last teams you'd want to be playing after they have been beaten 7-0.

They're a proud club with a good management team and Everton's task will be made harder by the Stoke players who will be determined to make amends in front of their own fans.

Peter Reid is loving every minute of his time as Tony Pulis' number two, and Reidy will have them fired up with a few choice words make no mistake.


As much as he is happy as an assistant manager, I wouldn't rule him out of taking over at another club if the right offer comes along - he's a born leader.

Stoke have been very difficult to beat at the Britannia Stadium and Everton can't afford to do anything but win if they want to keep those faint hopes of Europe alive.

It's been said many times, but you can't underestimate how well the boys have done to even have a whiff of Europe, given the problems they've had this season.

You'd have hoped that maybe Aston Villa might have slipped up in this closing leg of the race for Europe, but none of the teams above us have let up unfortunately.

All the manager can ask now is that they finish on a high with six points.

What makes it all the more frustrating is that Portsmouth lost their appeal, and seventh would guarantee European football. The vital thing now is that David tries to conjure up a better start from the lads next season.

Although, they started slowly last season and still finished fifth, and when we won the title we started the season with two defeats to Spurs and West Bromich Albion.

This is definitely no time for pessimism.


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Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka looking good for World Cup

THE WORLD Cup remains on everyone's' lips, and Franco Baldini was at Goodison on Sunday to watch Everton's last-gasp win over Fulham.

No doubt he was there to watch Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka. Not ideal then, for Baines to make a very rare mistake and cost his side a goal.

Hopefully Baldini recognises his excellent form all season, and takes into account that he will probably never make a bad pass like that again.

It's just a shame the Spain selectors haven't been over to watch Mikel Arteta since his return from injury.

The lad's quality is beyond doubt, but you wonder if he is even on Vincente del Bosque's radar sometimes.

* FANS always like new signings but I don't think Everton need to do any re-building this summer.

Of course, if the manager believes he can make a genuine quality addition he will do it, but there is no panic.

Everton's bench is already very strong and it reminds me of when I had men like Alan Harper and Kevin Richardson who couldn't always get in the team.

It's going to be interesting seeing what David deems his best side when everyone is fit to play.

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