May 2011 Archives


Everton FC's stars should remain at Goodison Park - Blues legend Neville Southall

NEVILLE SOUTHALL believes Everton's in-demand stars should resist overtures from the Premier League's top sides this summer to remain at Goodison Park.

30 years ago today - the appointment of Howard Kendall that changed Everton FC forever

THE board of directors at Goodison Park took a decision, 30 years ago today, that changed the course of Everton's history.
artetaliverpool2010_450.jpgMikel Arteta: Everton FC must make Goodison Park a fortress again

MIKEL ARTETA wants to put his below par season behind him and help make Goodison a fortress again next term.

Greg O'Keeffe's end of season report - The unwelcome return of the slow start left Everton FC too far off the Premier League's top dogs

IT WAS a light-hearted aside from Phil Jagielka, but it summed up the ultimate woe of Everton's season. Asked recently about a strategy for success in the next campaign, the England defender said: "We can pretend it's January instead of August when the season begins and get a good start."

A season of two halves: Everton FC's 2010/11 campaign in pictures (GALLERY)

EVERTON'S 2010/11 season was the proverbial curate's egg - good in parts.

Everton FC jury: Blues fans give their final verdict on a mixed season at Goodison

IF Everton was a race horse the form guide would read: 'Start terrible, pick up pace midway and finish strongly' - but you wouldn't put any cash on it, would you?

Everton FC letters: Next season could be a perfect time for Blues youngsters

A TREMENDOUS victory against Chelsea with a wonder goal scored by Jermaine Beckford - his 10th of the season.


David Moyes seeks certainty over Everton FC's summer transfer budget

DAVID MOYES admits it will not be easy to plan his summer transfer strategy until he knows his budget.

Leighton Baines proves his worth as Everton FC's main supply line

THERE was understandable Evertonian anxiety when Steven Pienaar swapped The Street for The Lane in January - and took his rich supply of goal chances with him.

For several months now - you could argue the entire season - Evertonians have been desperate for the season to end. The team's abject displays, clear lack of quality and poor results rapidly eroded the bedrock of optimism that previous years had created. There is a feeling that the club must now start again.

But this is easier said than done. David Moyes and Bill Kenwright, more publicly than any other Premiership manager and chairman, bemoan the lack of funds the club has to bolster the squad. Therefore, the issue is quite black and white: Everton must sell to buy.

This is a sore issue for Everton fans having seen important team members like Rooney, Lescott and Pienaar move on in recent years. With this sort of transfer, managers must balance the negative effect of losing the player with the potential to rebuild for the better, and to be fair to Moyes, he has done this each time. To have received over £50m for those players and also established Everton as a team regularly challenging for Europe is both good business and excellent management. So credit where it is due.

But for now, which of the current squad falls under that criteria? Which player could raise funds without destroying the team?

Leighton Baines? No chance. His 5 goals and 11 assists (the only defender in the top 20 with only Nani, Fabregas and Drogba ahead of him) demonstrates his essential contribution to the team. So no chance.

Marouane Fellaini? Although Everton fans would admit to being a little dissatisfied with him at times, there is a clear consensus that he has definite quality and further potential. Evertonians would like to see the team built around him as he is young, powerful, versatile and dynamic. Moyes too sees him this way so again, another non-starter.

It seems there is only one player who could be sold for a healthy sum without damaging the team: Jack Rodwell.

Rodwell has undoubted potential but frankly, he has had undoubted potential for the last four years. And though Evertonians are immensely proud of their youth academy and respect Moyes' faith in the youngsters, most would be indifferent, if not happy about Rodwell's departure.

To hear constant speculation about teams like Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly ready to offer £20m plus for Rodwell is baffling to me. He has to date only two Premiership goals and only two assists, and though his seasons are frequently blighted by lengthy injuries, this is a very poor return. Compared to, for example, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, who most Evertonians would be happy to see move on (8 goals and 3 assists) and Seamus Coleman who has only just broken into the team (4 goals and 2 assists), it is clear that Rodwell is not an essential part of the team.

So like I said, it is black and white: sell Rodwell and buy two strikers, a creative midfielder, and a centre back, and give the club the chance to push one again.


Everton FC charity £1million Lottery help for young offenders

EVERTON'S official charity has scooped nearly £1m to help prevent young offenders slipping into a life of crime.

Phil Neville: David Moyes is the man to take Everton FC forward

PHIL NEVILLE believes David Moyes is the man to take Everton forwards - but has conceded the club may need to sell one of its star players if it is to progress.

Plenty to play for Everton FC in Chelsea season closer says Sylvain Distin

CHELSEA are safe in second place, Everton look secure in seventh - but that doesn't mean there's nothing to play for as the curtain falls on the 2010/11 season at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Everton FC letters: So many have failed to deliver for the Blues this season

EVERTON'S season has been woeful. With our strongest squad for years and so much expectancy going into the season, too many people failed to deliver - and that includes Moyes.

Everton FC jury: Blues fans on the West Brom defeat and the side's progress this season

GIVEN how our season has been, it came as no surprise to me that we were beaten at The Hawthorns last Saturday.


Everton FC's Johnny Heitinga insists his future lies at Goodison Park

JOHNNY HEITINGA insists that he does not want to be part of any transfer speculation at Everton this summer.

Duncan Ferguson to be welcomed into Everton Giants hall of fame

EVERTON Giants. As the name suggests, it's a roll call of the most revered and respected names in Everton's illustrious history.

Everton FC end of season survey - have your say on the Blues' campaign

AFTER a poor start to the season, David Moyes has turned things round for Everton in 2011. A great run of new year form has seen the Blues climb the Premier League table to cement a respectable final position.


Everton FC's Diniyar Bilyaletdinov set to escape further punishment after West Bromwich Albion red card

DINIYAR BILYALETDINOV is set to escape an FA disciplinary charge, despite appearing to make gestures at West Brom supporters during Everton's defeat at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Ian Snodin: Everton FC's defeat at West Brom was not for want of effort

DEFEAT to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday was hard to take for David Moyes and the boys, and brings to an end a frustrating away campaign.

Everton FC's Tim Cahill backs Jermaine Beckford to hit double figures

TIM CAHILL is hoping Jermaine Beckford can cap a promising debut season in the Premier League by netting his 10th goal of the campaign against Chelsea on Sunday.


Tim Cahill: Victor Anichebe is on the right track to win Everton FC fans over

TIM CAHILL believes Victor Anichebe's energetic performance against Manchester City could yet see him win over the Everton fans.

Everton FC's Seamus Coleman wants to banish a true low-point with victory over West Brom

IT WAS ice cold in Merseyside on Saturday, November 27 but most supporters exited Goodison Park bubbling over with red-hot rage.

Everton FC jury: Blues fans on the win over Manchester City & the return of Duncan Ferguson

THE legend came home! Big Dunc was back at Goodison on Saturday to a tremendous reception. It was great to see the big man back!

Everton FC letters: David Moyes must be more attacking in the future

AT Goodison on Saturday Everton stunk the place out in the first half with one player up front AT HOME.


Phil Jagielka playing better than any other defender in the country says Everton FC boss David Moyes

DAVID MOYES reckons there is no better defender in the Premier League at present than Phil Jagielka.

Everton FC academy stars hoping to become the cream of the national crop

THEY are the young players who have propelled Everton's renowned academy onto the brink of national glory.

Win VIP tickets to Everton FC's game at West Brom

The ECHO has three VIP tickets to give away for Everton's away clash with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday in the Glidden suite.


Duncan Ferguson spirit inspired us, says Everton FC midfielder Tim Cahill

TIM CAHILL believes a chat with his Everton role model Duncan Ferguson inspired him to help Everton complete a remarkable fight-back against Manchester City.

Everton FC 2 Manchester City 1: Leon Osman powers Blues to victory

BACK at his old Goodison stomping ground, Duncan Ferguson pumped his fists and punched the air - but it was the present day Blues who showed all their fighting spirit to secure yet another memorable victory against Manchester City.

David Prentice: Everton FC star Tim Cahill has qualities money can't buy

TEAM-MATE Tim Howard memorably described him as like "an annoying little gnat." Manchester City supporters would no doubt have more colourful descriptions.

Everton FC boss David Moyes hails aerial threat of Leon Osman

DAVID MOYES hailed the aerial contribution of one of his smallest players, Leon Osman, as he compared the midfielder's match-winning header against Manchester City to Toffees great Andy Gray.

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