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Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 25 11:25 PM
Manager’s comments after Everton dumped out of Carabao Cup Everton put in a much-improved performance in the second half but were unable to overcome an early goal from Chelsea , losing 2-1 and getting eliminated from the Carabao Cup at the Fourth Round stage earlier today. After the game, caretak...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 25 10:32 PM
Better. Much better. But not enough. Everton were eliminated in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup today by a 2-1 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Rudiger and Willian scored for the home side, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted late for the Blues. James McCarthy returned from injury,...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 25 10:32 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today The Toffees miserable run in the League Cup (or whatever they call it every year) continued again this season as they were dumped out in the Fourth Round today. Chelsea dominated the game in the first half and pressed Everton into t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 25 7:31 PM
Dutch paper defends the ex-manager, but how? Why? Let me pause from singing songs and shouting for joy that Ronald Koeman is gone to inspect another element of this current Everton situation. Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad has decided that a good deal of the blame falls at the feet of Steve Wal...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 25 7:03 PM
Deadline day signing lifts lid on Everton’s striker search In an interview with Croatian media house 24Sata (via Goal ), youngster Nikola Vlasic has revealed that he had asked for the #19 shirt when his transfer to Everton was confirmed, but was told by the club that the number was being held for...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 25 12:25 PM
Rhino says his side have a “wonderful opportunity” to put in a performance at Stamford Bridge Everton interim boss David Unsworth insists his side have nothing to fear from their Carabao Cup fourth round trip to Chelsea tonight. Unsworth will be taking charge for the first time since he was place...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 25 9:18 AM
David Unsworth’s first match in charge is a league cup match against the defending Premier League champions. Ronald Koeman is gone, and it is about time. Whether it was entirely his fault or not (mostly likely not), the club needed a seismic shakeup. The players are not performing up to their lof...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Oct 25 7:33 AM
In today’s links: It’s matchday vs Chelsea, follow up on the manager race and details on Koeman’s downfall Today is gonna be a good day. David Unsworth will get to flex his managerial muscle against Chelsea and the boys should feel at least a little bit amped to impress their “new” boss. Right? R...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 10:58 PM
The disciplinarian had reportedly gone too far. When Ronald Koeman was initially hired to replace Roberto Martinez as manager of Everton , one of the positive things was the Dutchman’s straight talking. He was firm, he was disciplined, and in the end, it may have been his undoing. According to a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 10:18 PM
Everton travel to London to take on Chelsea Everton finally made the long-awaited change on Monday, sacking Ronald Koeman and installing Under-23s manager David Unsworth as the interim in that role. The Blues travel to Chelsea on Wednesday to take on the Londoners in a Round of 16 fixture of the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 9:28 PM
Rhino begins his interim tenure with tough trip to Stamford Bridge A whirlwind 48 hours has transformed the mood around Everton heading into Wednesday’s Carabao Cup fourth round trip to Chelsea . Gloom and despair hung over Goodison Park on Sunday as the stands rapidly emptied with each passing A...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 8:19 PM
The Spaniard played for Everton from 2005 to 2011. If a report from ESPN FC is to be believed, former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta is among the candidates for the vacant manager position at Goodison Park. “Sources close to the club” have told ESPN FC that the Spaniard is on Everton’s shortlist...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 8:19 PM
Veteran manager linked to Everton could be going to the Far East Champions League winner and legendary manager Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with a move to China. Via the Mirror , Chinese newspaper Nanfang Daily is claiming that the 58 year old is close to signing a deal with Super League club...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 6:25 PM
A look back at the former manager’s sixteen month tenure With Ronald Koeman now having departed Everton , there are certain mannerisms and things he did that we can’t say we have been big fans of, and will not have to talk about any more. The Dutchman came to Everton with a strong record in the P...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 5:30 PM
Week of uncertainty creates dissension in the RBM ranks Everything in the Everton world over the past month has revolved around Ronald Koeman , his managerial shortcomings, and his future with the club — with our weekly predictions being no different! Last week, with Everton facing a must-win mat...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 4:34 PM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their first match without Ronald Koeman, in the Carabao Cup. The Blues begin the post-Koeman era in a tight spot. Everton reside in the relegation places in the league, and essentially are out of Europe. Besides that, the club have an interim manage...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 3:30 PM
The Arsenal match was a microcosm of Koeman’s season Like many of my Everton -supporting counterparts across the world, I’ve been calling for Ronald Koeman to be sacked over the recent weeks and months. The deed is finally done, with the Dutchman leaving the club on Monday. The final straw was no...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 3:19 PM
Rhino makes it clear he wants the top job in stirring opening press conference David Unsworth sent a clear message to the Everton board by openly declaring his desire to take the manager’s job on a permanent basis. Everton confirmed Unsworth as interim manager on Tuesday morning following the dep...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 3:00 PM
Interim manager speaks to the media for the first time After the strict regimental nature of Ronald Koeman’s tenure at Everton , there is change in the air for the Blues with interim manager David Unsworth. Speaking to the media for the first time since taking over for the Dutchman, Unsworth was...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 2:50 PM
Interim manager spoke frankly on wantaway midfielder. One of the major storylines from the abbreviated tenure of Ronald Koeman was how the Dutchman essentially alienated born-and-bred Everton ian Ross Barkley . The midfielder was the Blues’ second leading scorer last season, yet Koeman’s public c...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 1:54 PM
German media is abuzz with speculation Latest rumours from the German media house Sports Bild are saying that Everton have two former Bundesliga managers in their sights. Carlo Ancelotti was let go by Bayern Munich a few weeks ago following a string of poor results. The Italian had reportedly sai...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 11:31 AM
Dutchman thanks everyone at the club for their support Ronald Koeman has thanked everyone at Everton for their support despite his understandable disappointment at his sacking. Koeman was sacked on Monday after Sunday’s 5-2 defeat at Arsenal left the Toffees in the relegation zone. It was a disap...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 10:45 AM
Burnley boss is the current bookies’ favourite to replace Koeman Sean Dyche says he is “flattered” to be linked with the Everton job but insists he remains focused on Burnley . Dyche is the current bookies favourite to replace Ronald Koeman , who was sacked on Monday after just 16 months in charg...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 10:45 AM
I already sense this won’t go down well Former Everton captain Phil Neville has declared his interest in the vacant manager’s position at Goodison Park, according to BBC Sport . The Toffees sacked Ronald Koeman on Monday and a wide variety of names have already been linked with the job. Ryan Gigg...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Oct 24 7:54 AM
In today’s links: follow up on Koeman’s departure, Sportpesa apologizes and the U18s beat City It’s not a happy day on Merseyside. Ronald Koeman is gone because Everton are one of the worst teams in the Premier League. The defense is leaky and the attack lacks venom while the midfield runs hot an...
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...