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Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 11:40 PM
German is highly rated in the footballing world With Farhad Moshiri making the decision today to terminate Ronald Koeman’s time at Everton , the rumour mill has already gone into overdrive with possible replacements. With the season already underway, the expectation is that interim appointment Da...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 10:17 PM
There has to be better options out there, surely? One of the reasons why I was wary of Everton sacking Ronald Koeman was the lack of an obvious replacement. Ok, Sunday was grim and a change at the top was probably, regrettably, the right decision. But looking at the latest odds does not make plea...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 8:41 PM
Don’t get too excited. So, naturally, with Ronald Koeman gone, the plan is very simple - Everton are going to hire Carlo Ancelotti, sign Robert Lewandowski in January, and then win the FA Cup, the Europa League, and finish top four in the Premier League, right? Let’s slow our roll. The Blues aren...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 6:58 PM
Everton got to seventh last season, but stumbled badly this year Everton fired Ronald Koeman earlier today, and only the blissful ignorant will be surprised that the Toffees pulled the plug on what has been a most expensive experiment so far. After a honeymoon-ish first season under the Dutchman...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 6:21 PM
Please, God. Not now. It’s like transfer season all over again. Everton manager rumors are flying thick and fast, so I suppose this report could have been expected. Since he retired from playing, Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has been trying to get a managerial role like a kid hoping his pa...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 6:21 PM
The second shoe has dropped. As expected following the sacking of Ronald Koeman , Everton Football Club have handed over the temporary reins to U23 manager David Unsworth, per Sky Sports: U23 coach David Unsworth has been placed in temporary charge ahead of their trip to @ChelseaFC in the @Caraba...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 5:37 PM
This could be a second chance for some of the Toffees squad With Ronald Koeman getting the sack earlier today, the fortunes of a few players currently on the Everton squad are likely to change, especially if David Unsworth steps in as the interim caretaker of the team until the end of the season....
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 4:07 PM
Royal Blue Mersey’s crew weighs in with some opinions After leading Everton to seventh place last season, Ronald Koeman went into the summer and spent a whole bunch of cash as he tried to take the Blues into the top six. Instead, the selection of players he added over the summer have not gelled,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 3:17 PM
Manager out after just sixteen months in charge Everton have taken steps to correct the alarming slide the club has gone down this season by terminating manager Ronald Koeman ’s three-year contract halfway in. The rumour mill is cranking now as tonnes of names are being linked with the vacant pos...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 2:38 PM
Who’s next? There is sweet, sweet relief on the blue side of the Mersey. Ronald Koeman is gone, and he takes his nonsensical lineups, low scoring attacks, and underachievement with him. The problem is, Everton are now faced with one of the biggest decisions in club history. Who could be the right...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 2:24 PM
It was basically a matter of time, and now it’s happened Everton have announced that under-fire manager Ronald Koeman has left the club. In a statement released via social media just minutes ago, the Toffees announced that the Dutchman was no longer manager, but did not clarify whether he was bei...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 1:00 PM
Not much cheer for the youngsters either The Everton senior side underwent another chastening weekend, with most of the on-loan players not getting much time or joy either. Of the players to taste victories this weekend, defender Matthew Pennington played the whole game for Leeds United as they b...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 12:47 PM
A promising start ends in utter defeat Promising start, with an abysmal finish For the first 45 minutes Everton fans were treated to what was arguably the most entertaining match in the past few weeks. Wayne Rooney scored a goal reminiscent of his wonder strike against Arsenal 15 years ago, the t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 23 7:38 AM
In today’s links: Everton get stomped, Koeman on the brink and a ballboy trolls us all Ok, things have been bad this season for Everton . There’s no question about it. But this is the absolute low, right? The Europa League is as good as gone. Sure, there is plenty of time left in the regular seas...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 22 5:54 PM
Arsenal too good for a very poor Everton side Everton collapsed once more today in a 5-2 humiliation from Arsenal . Arsenal recorded five different scorers with Nacho Monreal , Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez finding the net. The five man defence didn’t seem to ha...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 22 5:24 PM
Manager’s comments after another huge disheartening loss Ronald Koeman continues to insist that he can still make something of this motley crew of highly-priced players, but meanwhile the results continue to act as nails in what can only be his Everton managerial career coffin. After today’s 5-2...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 22 4:03 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today Everton were hammered 5-2 by Arsenal at home to further throw Ronald Koeman’s future in even darker doubt. The visitors started off hot, tearing the Everton defence up to shreds with their quick passing and intricate running, and if...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 22 3:32 AM
The Toffees look to get back on track as they host Arsenal. The Premier League is changing more than ever. The established “big clubs” can’t push around the smaller clubs quite as easily as they used to. Everton ’s big-spending summer has resulted in a team fighting relegation. Arsenal , once ass...
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...