Goals galore at Goodison
Today in 2017...
Staggering to see how much the Everton team has changed since then!
'Incredible' Ferguson pivotal to Everton's revival
Carlo Ancelotti’s right hand man Duncan Ferguson has played a pivotal role in Everton’s revival reckons former Premier League striker Kevin Phillips.
The Scot was promoted to the post of assistant manager following the Italian’s arrival at Goodison Park after a passionate spell as caretaker boss following Marco Silva’s sacking.
Phillips told Football Insider:
“He’s pivotal to the success and I think every club needs someone in their ranks
that has been there at the club for a long time, has got an affiliation, love for the club because you need them sort of people.
“Duncan Ferguson did unbelievable when he did when he took over for a short period, his passion for the club, you saw on the touchline, was just incredible so you need people like them.
“Even in and around the club I can imagine Duncan Ferguson going down to the academy and just talking to young players, he is an inspiration at that football club.”
Same again Blues?
Everton finished eighth for the previous two seasons (albeit in rather different circumstances).
This season’s Premier League is very tight below the leading pack with just seven points separating Tottenham in fifth place and Crystal Palace in 14th.
So predicting a final finish place for the Blues might be difficult.
However, when it comes to wins, draws, loses and points...
talkSPORT metaphorically pouring petrol on a bonfire then running away with this question.
Despite being a dominant force under Don Revie and enjoying a brief revival under Howard Wilkinson in the early 1990s, ‘Dirty’ Leeds United have won far fewer honours than the rest and are currently not even in the Premier League so they can be discounted.
Newcastle United have four League Championships - but none since 1927 - and six FA Cups - but none since 1955.
Everton (9) have two more League Championships than Aston Villa (7) but the Midlanders have two more FA Cups (7) to the Blues (5).
They also have five League Cups - a competition Everton have never won - but have also dropped into the third tier of English football.
There is a European Cup win too from 1982 in an era when English clubs dominated the competition which is obviously a bona fide sore point for Evertonians given that their best-ever team in 1985 that had just won the European Cup-Winners’ Cup never got the chance to compete in UEFA’s senior competition.
Blues fear Feeney is out for the season
Some bad news on the injury front from our EFC correspondent Phil Kirkbride.
Everton fear Morgan Feeney could be sidelined for the rest of the season.
The 20-year-old suffered a hamstring injury playing his first game on loan with Tranmere Rovers at the weekend.
Feeney was taken off against Bolton Wanderers in time added on at the end of the second-half on Saturday and has now returned to Finch Farm for treatment.
Cover star Tosun
Everton striker Cenk Tosun - currently on loan at Crystal Palace - is suited and booted for the Turkish edition of FourFourTwo magazine.
Bernard explains Ancelotti style and reprising Fonseca role
Bernard has opened up on how Carlo Ancelotti has asked him to play at Everton.
The Brazilian said:
I am really happy with my performances and that I have been able to help the team.
“Part of that [reason for his influence] is the freedom Carlo Ancelotti has given me to play. Now it is a process of development and understanding what the coach wants from you, evolving and developing day to day.
“What the manager has asked from me is to look to find spaces between the defensive lines. I have been able to find this space, receive the ball and turn around and play it quickly.
“The freedom Carlo has given me is enabling me to find these spaces. And the process of learning under Carlo has been very quick because I played in that role previously.
“This is the way I played at Shakhtar Donetsk under Paulo Fonseca.
“Playing inside, you are closer to the goal, so more opportunities will come about: opportunities to help your teammates and, like against Newcastle, chances to shoot. I had one shot which went just over and and another from outside the box saved by the keeper.
“I will look to create assists for my teammates but also have in mind the scoring opportunities which may come about.”
Everton comeback and the fear of losing
FourFourTwo magazine have done and article on what Everton’s dramatic, late comeback win at Watford with 10 men tells us about the fear of losing.
In a broader sense, not specific just to Watford, it also documented the challenges created by under-performance. It showed the difficulties that a manager like Pearson has to overcome and also the extent of those various ailments; recovery depends on curing a very deep psychosis and removing a team, player-by-player, from that psychological mire.
Watford sunk right back into theirs on Saturday afternoon and it was grimly compelling.
They were betrayed by their nervous passes and by players who didn’t want the responsibility of rescuing the result.
And, finally, by Theo Walcott’s breakaway goal in stoppage-time. How does that even happen?
How did professional players reason that a single covering defender was enough security against Walcott, Richarlison and Moise Keane?
Instinctively, that should have felt wrong to every Watford player on the pitch.
Blues confident of new DCL deal claims report
Everton are confident of agreeing a new contract with Dominic Calvert-Lewin after positive preliminary discussions, Football Insider claims.
The striker, 22, was linked with Manchester United last month but the article says that the Blues have no intention of letting him go.
They say that an Everton source has told them that director of football Marcel Brands is working on tying Calvert-Lewis to a new and improved deal.
Early talks have gone well and there is hope at Goodison Park that an agreement can be reached in the coming months.
Gibson looks 'the real deal'
So says Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton after the on-loan Everton defender went straight into the side to make his debut on Saturday in their 2-1 win over Doncaster.
Barton, who also praised Gibson’s fellow Blue Callum Connolly, told the Blackpool Gazette:
“We’ve been tracking Lewis Gibson for a large period because we’ve been looking for a left-footed centre-half.
“Callum Connolly came in and did a shift for us on the left and did the basics superbly, but we’ve moved him over to his natural side, which releases Coyley (Lewie Coyle) and Wes Burns and allows us to press with a sort of front three.
“Lewis Gibson looked the real deal and handled it superbly, and he’ll come on so much for that.
“Connolly, flipping over to the right side, I think found another gear and was superb.”
Report claims Blues wanted Gabriel
Everton and Arsenal made offers for Lille defender Gabriel in January, but did not meet his valuation, according to reports in France say Team Talk.
Le10 Sport claim that the Blues and Gunners both made concrete offers for the Brazil Under-20 international, but they did not meet Lille’s valuation.
The French club have since tied him down to a new contract until 2023, but it is suggested they may concede defeat in their efforts to keep him if an acceptable offer comes in the summer – with the Premier League duo set to monitor his progress throughout the remainder of the season.
Happy 50th birthday Super Kev
Super Kevin Campbell, the man whose goals almost single-handedly saved Everton from relegation in 1999, and who over two decades on remains the Blues last Anfield match-winner at Anfield, celebrates his 50th birthday today.
Many happy returns big man!
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North West fans most dissatisfied with VAR
YouGov have carried out a national survey on fans’ feelings about VAR and supporters in our North West region are the most dissatisfied with the new officiating tool.
The results - delivered by Sky Sports - reveal just one in 25 fans believe VAR has worked ‘very well’ and one in four thinks the technology has ‘worked well’.
Another 26 per cent said VAR has worked ‘very badly’ and 34 per cent ‘fairly badly’, with remaining respondents voting neutrally or unsure.
Across Great Britain, the North West region of England - home to Everton of course - is most dissatisfied with VAR, where 35 per cent voted it has worked ‘very badly’.
Fans in Yorkshire (34 per cent) and the West Midlands (32 per cent) also emerged as leading complainants but anti-VAR sentiments were far less extreme in Scotland (17 per cent) and London (18 per cent).
So why are most fans dissatisfied with VAR? Nearly seven out of 10 felt it made watching games less enjoyable, while the minority, closer to one in 10, believed it had actually made matches more enjoyable.
But, despite the convincing vote of no confidence, 74 per cent of fans would actually keep VAR but implement changes and only 15 per cent want to scrap it entirely.
What changes, though? Well, encouraging on-field referees to use the pitch-side monitor proved most popular with 52 per cent in ‘strong support’.
Fans seeing VAR video footage in real-time also proved popular (49 per cent), followed by hearing conversations between VAR and the on-field referee (43 per cent) and a time limit on VAR decisions (42 per cent).