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Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 21 3:22 PM
Is this the weekend the turnaround begins? Everton play Arsenal in Premier League action this weekend, with fans hoping that this game will spark the Blues once again like it did last December when the Toffees broke out of a slump in this very fixture.
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 21 3:00 PM
Veteran defender Ashley Williams talks about the last fortnight for him In an interview with evertontv ahead of the Sunday game between Everton and Arsenal , veteran defender Ashley Williams has said that the players are still united behind their beleaguered manager Ronald Koeman . “We all like h...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 21 2:54 PM
Dutchman insists he is the man to turn things around ahead of Arsenal visit Everton ’s quest to discover new and inventive ways of losing football matches continued on Thursday as defeat to Lyon all but ended their hopes of playing European football beyond Christmas. To cap it off a supporter tri...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 21 11:37 AM
Will he get a start on Sunday after his Europa antics? Has the Angry Birds sleeve gotten to Ashley Williams ’ head? In a post match interview , he said that the team is angry they are not getting the results they want. Some people felt that his push on the Lyons goalkeeper and the ensuing brawl s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 21 9:46 AM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their increasingly crucial match at Goodison Park Somewhat unfortunately, Everton have to play another game this week. After losing to Lyon in the Europa League, the Blues host Arsenal at Goodison Park what seems like mere hours later. Ronald Koeman...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 21 7:36 AM
We joined forces with SB Nation’s Arsenal blog to talk about this weekend’s match. Many thanks to Aaron Lerner ( @AaronCLerner ) from our fellow SB Nation blog The Short Fuse for taking the time to chat with us ahead of Everton ’s home match against Arsenal this weekend. RBM: Arsenal only brought...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 20 6:09 PM
Koeman confirms veterans will be back in the squad It’ll be just over fifteen years to the day that Wayne Rooney announced his arrival to the Premier League with a wonder goal for Everton against Arsenal . Beleaguered manager Ronald Koeman will be hoping for a similar stroke of genius as his job...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 20 5:51 PM
Their biggest edge over the Gunners from the start of the season is gone now. Going into the season, I thought Everton had a really good chance to finish ahead of Arsenal . Mea culpa. But, in my defense, when the season started, we had a distinct advantage over the Gunners that is gone now. That...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 20 3:38 PM
Toffees boss has no intention of throwing the towel in just yet Ronald Koeman remains defiant and is confident of changing Everton ’s fortunes despite their alarming slump in form. The Toffees’ 2-1 defeat to Lyon on Thursday was their sixth loss in 10 matches in all competitions. The result means...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 20 11:24 AM
A UEFA charge is likely to follow after trouble broke out during Thursday’s game at Goodison Park Everton have confirmed they have identified the supporter who aimed a punch at a Lyon player and will ban him from future fixtures. The club will also make a formal complaint to the police, who have...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 20 10:25 AM
Koeman on very thin ice as Blues humbled once more Time is almost up for Ronald Koeman after yet another disappointing result which leaves Everton all but out of the Europa League. Goals from Nabil Fekir and Bertrand Traore either side of an Ashley Williams leveller were enough for the visitors t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 20 9:10 AM
Can the Toffees make it six league wins in a row? At least there is somethign to cheer about around Goodison. A win for Everton ’s U-23 squad today over Sunderland would catapult them to the top of the Premier League 2 for the time being. The young Blues currently find themselves in second, two p...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 20 7:22 AM
In today’s links: another loss, possible discipline and quotes from around the club Don’t even look at me, Everton . I don’t want to see you. I don’t want to hear you. I don’t even what to think about you. As far as I’m concerned, you’re dead to me until Sunday, when I will torture myself yet aga...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 10:16 PM
Dead inside. Everton were effectively eliminated from the Europa League today with three games remaining in the group stage. The Blues were downed by Lyon by a 2-1 scoreline. Bertrand Traore and Nabil Fekir scored for the French club, while Ashley Williams notched for Everton. Elsewhere, Atalanta...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 2:02 PM
Blues in a must-win European clash tonight Everton take on Ligue 1 side Lyon at Goodison Park knowing defeat would all but end their hopes of reaching the knockout stages. The Toffees have just one point from their opening two matches - a 3-0 thrashing at Atalanta and a disappointing 2-2 draw at...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 1:07 PM
Everton take on Ligue 1 side Lyon at Goodison Park knowing defeat would all but end their hopes of reaching the knockout stages. The Toffees have just one point from their opening two matches - a 3-0 thrashing at Atalanta and a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Apollon Limassol. Lyon have yet to...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 8:40 AM
We’ve got another weird one, folks. The problems at Everton Football Club are well known. Too many #10s. Too many central midfielders. No backup left back, and precious little cover at center back. No striker. Apparently, per sources in Portugal , the solution could be to back up the Brinks truck...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 7:29 AM
In today’s links: RBM’s Brian Foley is featured in the Echo, a Lyon preview and Koeman in trouble It is match day once again! Everton ’s boys in blue need three points desperately. A draw would be bad, but a loss would be absolutely crushing. Can they get the win? Sure, it could happen. I mean, t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 7:07 AM
Apparently young defenders do exist, and the Blues are looking Ruben Vinagre is a staple of the Portugal national team’s youth setup and has been playing very well for Wolverhampton . So well, in fact, that he is drawing the attention of some big clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester City . Wit...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 5:50 AM
Who’s in and who’s out as Everton face critical Europa League clash Everton will have youngster Jonjoe Kenny facing a late fitness test to see if he is available for today’s Europa League clash against Lyon after he picked up a knock during England youth international duty. From the longer term i...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 19 3:35 AM
The Blues desperately need to get three points to keep their hopes of advancing alive. Despite Everton ’s struggles thus far in the Europa League, they still find themselves well within striking distance of the knockout round. The Blues enter matchday in last place in Group E with just one point...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 7:00 PM
The Toffees need a win on Thursday - for a number of reasons If one image symbolises Everton ’s start to the 2017-18 season it’s the sight of a haggard, unshaven Ronald Koeman taking his seat at Finch Farm ahead of his press conference on Wednesday. The Dutchman, so often a picture of calm author...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 6:56 PM
Confidence is at an all-time low As has been the case with a lot of things this season, Everton has taken the fun out of making predictions. The club was poor again last week, this time against newly-promoted Brighton and Hove Albion — managing a lucky 1-1 draw to bring its Premier League points...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 5:22 PM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their massive Europa League match at Goodison. Another week, another must win game for Everton if they ever intend to get the 2017-18 season back on track. Problem is, Olympique Lyonnais are very talented and pose a serious threat. Despite sitting 6...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 4:36 PM
Defender speaks to media ahead of key Europa League clash Everton face a do-or-die Europa League clash tomorrow against Olympique Lyonnais, with anything less than a win likely spelling an end to the Blues’ European campaign. Defender Michael Keane spoke to the media along with under-pressure man...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 4:14 PM
Manager’s comments ahead of crucial Europa League fixture tomorrow If you thought Everton ’s horrendous start to the season meant manager Ronald Koeman could be on his way out, think again. Despite spending over £150 million over the summer transfer window, Koeman has obstinately refused to put h...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 4:14 PM
Yet another failure in the transfer market. Ronald Koeman claimed in a presser today that Everton tried, and failed to sign Memphis Depay. Now, I am not entirely sure why he tried to do this, as it makes absolutely no sense. Don’t get me wrong - this isn’t a criticism of Depay at all - I think he...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 12:49 PM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions. So we begin the cycle again. Will this week be different? Are the players ready to show some desire? Is Ronald Koeman aware of what positions the members of his team play? To be honest, it’s not just frustrating to be an Everton f...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 18 7:45 AM
In today’s links: Southall on Twitter, Osman on Everton and DCL on growing up What exactly is the tipping point at Everton ? How bad do things have to get before a drastic change is made? Leicester have already sacked their manager. The Foxes only have two fewer points than the Toffees, and they...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 17 6:22 PM
What a Leicester firing could mean for Everton Since taking over at Leicester City , Craig Shakespeare has produced the sixth most points in the English Premier League, one more than Koeman’s Everton . He also ripped the soul out of Sevilla’s season in a way that I’d never actually seen before. G...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 17 4:15 PM
A good example of the problem Everton face. We’re really at the Koeman out stage. I said a few weeks ago that he needed to win every game up to the Arsenal game for me to remain Koeman in and, well the man just won’t pick a team that makes any dang sense. So rumors have clown all over the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 17 4:15 PM
Everton’s trend of taking one step forward and two steps back continued at the Amex. If you’ve been reading Royal Blue Mersey throughout this dumpster fire of a season, you have surely heard my two requirements for a successful Everton lineup against a team of equal or less quality: Gylfi Sigurds...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 17 8:06 AM
In today’s links: the fans are fed up, bookies pick Koeman’s heir and Pickford impresses How did we get here? The summer was so promising. No reasonable person was expecting a title challenge, but most thought Everton would push for the top four. It hasn’t happened, and now the season is turning...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 16 5:09 PM
Laugh out your sadness. Laughter, as they say, is good medicine. Given the form that Everton are in right now, we could all use a little pick me up. With that in mind, it’s time to debut a new little feature at Royal Blue Mersey: Monday Memes. Let’s get it: Fin.
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 16 3:33 PM
What can we learn? Koeman should not be coaching for his job Despite the rising tide of hot takes and brinksmanship in the Everton Twitterverse, the blame for this team’s early season struggles cannot be laid solely at the feet of the manager. An infusion of cash and a summer of record spending h...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 16 1:07 PM
Blues gifted point after another poor performance Everton ians were left desperately disappointed again as a late penalty was needed to snatch a point from the South coast. Everton didn’t start too badly and put the home side under some early pressure. Nikola Vlasic and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s mo...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 16 7:34 AM
In today’s links: Rooney saves Everton, the mayor’s not happy and Koeman is at a loss Words don’t do it justice at this point. What is Ronald Koeman doing at Everton ? The Blues needed a penalty to bail them out of another loss on Sunday. This wasn’t against of the “big clubs” that embarrassed th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 15 4:25 AM
Goodbye international break! Hello, Premier League. The Blues head to face Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday. The international break is well and truly behind us. Now, it’s back to the Premier League. Next up for Everton is a trip to play top flight new boys, Brighton and Hove Albion, who entere...