July 2011 Archives
TIM CAHILL says he is not concerned by speculation linking some of Everton's best players with moves away from Goodison Park and has tipped the club's young starlets to shine through this season.
VICTOR ANICHEBE has vowed to put his injury nightmare behind him as he prepares to be David Moyes' wing-man once again.
EVERTON Ladies are calling on Blues fans to be their 12th 'woman' as they take on Liverpool in a tense Merseyside derby tonight.
PHIL NEVILLE believes European qualification is Everton's minimum aim this season and believes David Moyes' side has the quality to achieve it.
SAY what you like about me - and someone who misses their flight deserves all they get, quite frankly (even though the airport staff at Paris did apologise for the long delay) - but one accusation that can't be levelled is that I don't make an impression.
PHILADELPHIA'S PPL Park is not the most luxurious place in American football by any stretch of the imagination.
For years now, Everton fans have been dumbfounded as to why no investor has come forward to purchase the club. This is not simply a case of blind favour or bias, but a view which incorporates the club's history, huge fanbase, international appeal, current staff and ability to progress. Last night's Dispatches documentary on Channel 4 may now finally shed light on the issue.
The documentary showed England legend Bryan Robson wheeling and dealing with, at best, delusional, at worst, corrupt and powerful Joe Sim, describing in harrowing detail the ease with which a football club can be bought and sold for profit.
The clubs mentioned as potential investment opportunities - Leicester City, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United for example - all represent teams that have slumped through relegation to a lower league not representative of the clubs' stature. In business terms, if these clubs can be returned to their former states ie the Premiership, they have a large potential for profit.
The question Evertonians ought to ask themselves in light of this is can the same be said of Everton?
To explain what I mean, it is best to contextualise Everton's status relative to other Premiership clubs. If the top six (Man Utd, Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool) are taken out of the equation for a second and 14 Premiership clubs are left in a hypothetical mini-league, Everton would represent the best performing side in this league over the last 5/6 years.
Past Europa League campaigns have indubitably taught Everton fans that in order for Everton to progress in both football and financial terms, Everton need to be qualifying for the Champions League at least, and ultimately challenging for the Premiership title.
Put simply, this is completely implausible such is the inability of a team like Everton to compete with the financial muscle of teams like Chelsea, Manchester United and recently Liverpool and Manchester City.
Everton cannot be bought cheaply in the way that a Sheffield Wednesday can, and even if investment were to come, Everton could not offer anything like the same potential for profit that a team like Wednesday can.
Since money was heavily injected into football to revolutionize the game, Everton have been at their highest peak during the Moyes era, their top market value you could say.
The cruel irony of this all is that if Everton and David Moyes weren't doing as well as they are, they would be a more attractive proposition for a potential buyer. As they slipped down the league table, their value would fall and their potential for profit would rise.
This means that the club are truly stagnant: bereft of the investment needed to progress, and needing to fail to become investable.
EVERTON skipper Phil Neville believes that David Moyes will give the Blues' youngsters the opportunity to showcase their talents as he prepares to face his hometown club Bury.
EVERTON may be returning to a tried and tested formula by playing two pre-season friendlies in the USA but for goalkeeper Tim Howard, next week's tour is almost like coming home.
A GROUP of fortunate Evertonians can claim to have put the club's new home strip through the rigours of a kick-about before their heroes even get the chance.
JOSEPH YOBO made a surprise return to Finch Farm yesterday - putting David Moyes' hopes of banking some much needed transfer cash in the balance.
THE first Merseyside derby of the new season will be a lunchtime kick-off after satellite television announced a batch of their live fixtures.
EVERTON FC'S young player of the season Seamus Coleman insists he won't let his meteoric rags to riches rise go to his head.
Everton FC skipper Phil Neville wants more teammates to join the online Twitterati
EVERTON skipper Phil Neville - or Fizzer18 as he is known in cyberspace - is encouraging his Blues teammates to join the Twitterati.
DEFENDER Sylvain Distin has turned down the opportunity to take a belated step into international football - so he can keep himself in the best possible shape for the new season with Everton FC.
Everton FC aim for peak condition at pre-season training camp in the Austrian Alps
THE fitness regime for Everton's pre-season training camp in the Austrian Alps this week is carefully worked out by David Moyes' backroom staff months in advance.
PRE-SEASON training is often a sick joke for Premier
League footballers. But Everton FC's returning footballers won't find
themselves throwing up this summer - even though training sessions are just as
tough as they've ever been.
Liverpool FC & Everton FC youngsters in action as England out of U17 World Cup to Germany (VIDEO)
ENGLAND Under-17s' World Cup dream is over after they were beaten 3-2 by Germany in last night's quarter-final in Mexico.
Women's World Cup: Everton FC Ladies's Jill Scott says England have more to give
"YOU ain't seen nothing yet!"
That's the warning to England's opponents at the Women's World Cup from Everton's Jill Scott as the midfielder prepares to face Japan in the third and final group game at the tournament in Germany.