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Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Nov 26 4:07 PM
Blues defense invigorates previously tepid Saints attack After losing 5-1 at home on Thursday night to Atalanta, you can forgive Everton fans who chose to skip Sunday’s match against Southampton in favor of something more enjoyable, like a root canal. After David Unsworth cited Thursday’s debacle...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Nov 26 4:07 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today Lineups Everton Starting XI - Pickford; Baines, Keane, Jagielka, Kenny; Schneiderlin, Gueye; Mirallas, Sigurdsson, Lennon; Calvert-Lewin. Bench - Robles, Williams, Sandro, Rooney, Vlasic, Lookman, Baningime. Southampton Starting XI...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Nov 26 6:22 AM
Who’s in and who’s out for today’s game Everton will be without suspended Tom Davies and Oumar Niasse for today’s trip to Southampton . Davies is out after picking up five cautions while Niasse has been controversially handed a two-match ban for simulation following a panel review. As far as inju...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Nov 26 3:37 AM
Can the Blues rebound from their mid-week embarrassment in the Europa League? It’s the Ronald Koeman Cup without Ronald Koeman. Are you ready for some attacking football? Well, look elsewhere. These two sides have combines for just 21 goals this season. Everton have 12 scores and Southampton have...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Nov 25 8:23 PM
Will this be Unsworth’s final game in charge? It’s been another bruising week for Everton ians, with this already shambolic season plunging to new depths. First we had Oumar Niasse’s ridiculous two-match ban issued by the FA for diving against Crystal Palace last weekend. Niasse was the only Ever...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Nov 25 4:59 PM
Will this be Unsworth’s final game in charge? It’s been another bruising week for Everton ians, with this already shambolic season plunging to new depths. First we had Oumar Niasse’s ridiculous two-match ban issued by the FA for diving against Crystal Palace last weekend. Niasse was the only Ever...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Nov 25 4:31 PM
Toffees head to the Saints needing points desperately Everton have picked up four points from their last two games against Watford FC and Crystal Palace , but face a challenge going to St. Mary’s Stadium to take on Southampton . The two former Ronald Koeman sides are both struggling, with tomorro...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Nov 25 3:00 PM
Predictions are sad when the club is bad Everton ’s march to mediocrity continues, and good bloggers that we are, the Royal Blue Mersey staff is back once again to solemnly make their predictions for the Toffees’ upcoming match. Last week, against league-worst Crystal Palace , we were relatively...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Nov 25 2:44 PM
Everton’s much lauded director of football is under pressure Everton ’s director of football Steve Walsh could follow Ronald Koeman out of the exit door as the club consider a complete overhaul of their managerial structure. The Times is reporting that Walsh’s position is “under review” as the fa...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Nov 25 2:33 PM
Do we have to? Unfortunately, Everton are back tomorrow, making a trip to St. Mary’s to face Southampton . The Saints are struggling this season, too, and a Toffees win will see them pass the south coast club in the table. Let’s line ‘em up, shall we? Tactics and Formation Last weekend, Unsworth...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Nov 24 8:26 PM
The authorities have opened a huge can of worms by suspending the Everton striker The FA have published their written reasons for Oumar Niasse’s two-game ban for diving, saying the striker "exaggerated the effect of a normal contact to deceive the referee". Niasse became the first player to be ba...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Nov 24 4:55 PM
Everton defender has World Cup ambitions Gabby George had planned on watching today’s England World Cup qualifier game with coach Andy Spence in the stands but turns out she will be a part of the team instead. The Everton defender was added to the squad after Liverpool Ladies player Casey Stoney...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Nov 24 4:40 PM
Says the players know “exactly how he feels” after 5-1 loss You can forgive David Unsworth for being a few minutes late to today’s Southampton pre-match press conference. Everton ’s caretaker manager knew there wouldn’t be a lot of good things to talk about after the Toffees lost 5-1 to Atalanta...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Nov 24 3:11 PM
Comments come on the heels of 5-1 Atalanta drubbing After one of the most embarrassing showings Everton supporters can remember, the club’s owner Farhad Moshiri came out today and spoke on the topic of the managerial search. After almost a month has passed without a full time manager and the unce...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Nov 24 8:01 AM
In today’s links: Everton are bad, bad, bad, oh so very bad. The game on Thursday didn’t mean anything, and boy did Everton play like they knew it. The team stunk up the joint. Fans are mad. David Unsworth is mad. The players should be embarrassed. It was an atrocious ass-kicking, and at home, no...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Nov 24 12:14 AM
Dismal Blues battered by Atalanta Everton ’s abysmal season took a devastating new turn as they were embarrassed at home to Atalanta tonight. Sandro Ramirez opened his Everton account but it would not be a night for celebration as Bryan Christante and Andreas Cornelius both scored braces either s...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Nov 23 4:39 PM
Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers, and everyone else too Spending some time with the family, so this week’s mailbag is brief. Also, it’s not a mailbag, just some Thanksgiving Day related memes. Happy Holidays! For the non-American readers who don’t get what the whole hullabaloo is ab...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Nov 23 2:51 PM
The club has agreed a deal to lease the land at Liverpool Waters Everton have announced that their proposed move to Bramley Moore Dock has taken a giant step forward, with an agreement for the club to lease the land having been formally signed. Everton Stadium Development Limited and Peel Land an...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Nov 23 7:58 AM
In today’s links: Ladies win big, Men expect to win vs Atalanta, and face-off with Arsenal for youngster It’s matchday and Thanksgiving day all in one! If you’re in America, enjoy your day! Hopefully Everton don’t ruin it for you. Granted, the game doesn’t mean much, but going out of Europe on a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Nov 23 3:41 AM
The Blues can’t advance, but this Thanksgiving Day matchup could give the backups a chance to shine Happy Thanksgiving, Blues! For American Everton ians, this is a day of family, food and football. Unfortunately, both the NFL and Everton are kind of crap this season. But that doesn’t mean we won’...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Nov 22 9:24 PM
Everton’s European hopes may already be over, but that doesn’t meant Thursday’s game is meaningless Justice for Oumar!! Right, now that’s out of the way, lets get down to business. Actually, no, I can’t let this pass without comment on the ridiculous two-match ban issued to Niasse by the FA. Rega...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Nov 22 8:56 PM
Watford remain resolute - their manager isn’t going anywhere Everton have reportedly given up on their pursuit of number one managerial target Marco Silva. The Independent report that Everton finally accept the Watford boss is not going anywhere until at least the end of the season. The news is a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Nov 22 6:30 PM
Dutchman has struggled to establish himself this season Less than six months ago Davy Klaassen was leading his Ajax Amsterdam side on to the pitch to play the Europa League final against Manchester United . Now he finds himself an outcast in a struggling Everton side, unable to even get on the su...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Nov 22 5:30 PM
Is this coming out of Ashley Williams’ wages? Everton ’s week is simply not getting any better. Minutes after the FA upheld the two-match ban for striker Oumar Niasse for simulation, the UEFA announced that the club would be fined €30, 000 (£26, 650) for the melee that ensued at Goodison Park dur...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Nov 22 5:24 PM
The Yak announces he’s quitting, on his 35th birthday Former Everton striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu always played the game in his own inimitable way, and today on his 35th birthday, announced that he is retiring from football. His career spanned multiple continents and he has played at various levels o...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Nov 22 3:16 PM
Ridiculous. Everton ’s worst fears regarding the Oumar Niasse “diving” situation have been confirmed. The Football Association have rejected the club’s appeal, and officially banned Niasse from participating in the Blues’ upcoming matches against Southampton and West Ham United . BREAKING: Oumar...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Nov 22 2:43 PM
When will the winger make his return? When healthy, Yannick Bolasie is one of Everton ’s best wide attackers. Given how bad the wide attacking play has been for Everton this year (largely due to R K refusing to play actual wide players so that he could indulge his obsession with central attacking...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Nov 22 9:52 AM
Dutchman denies any contact with the club There has been a new name associated with the vacant permanent manager position at Everton this week, and it’s none other than former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal. The tabloids have been rife with chatter that the 66-year-old is ready to return t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Nov 22 8:55 AM
Club has appealed two-match suspension Everton are not going to take the decision by the Football Association to make an example of Oumar Niasse lightly. Reports from the Daily Mail state that the Club is irate and lodged an appeal yesterday against the two-match suspension for the Senegal strike...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Nov 22 8:03 AM
In today’s links: Klassen to play in Europe, Van Gaal has not been approached and Pickford wants more England caps Well, Blues, it’s almost Thanksgiving for those of us in America. Despite the fact that Everton have been ridiculously frustrating this season, we’re thankful to have them in our liv...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Nov 21 7:04 PM
We suffered with you, Gerard. Over the past few years of Everton football, it feels safe to say that Gerard Deulofeu has been one of the most mercurial and polarizing players that have come through the doors of Finch Farm. The Spaniard was either deeply loved or deeply hated, and there seemed to...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Nov 21 3:46 PM
Oh now we’re really livid! The Football Association in its infinite (lack of) wisdom has decided to make an example out of Everton ’s Oumar Niasse, making him the first player in the Premier League to be hit by a two-match suspension for diving. The new rule put in place for this season allows fo...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Nov 21 2:32 PM
Striker has until this evening to appeal Just when you thought Everton ’s season couldn’t get any more surreal, it did. After drawing a penalty in the 5th minute against Crystal Palace on Sunday, Oumar Niasse has been formally charged with diving by the FA. The Senegalese striker becomes the firs...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Nov 21 9:00 AM
A quick look at how Everton’s loanees did over the weekend Speedy forward Henry Onyekuru was the pick of Everton ’s youth crop plying their trades elsewhere this weekend. The Nigerian starlet popped up to score what turned out to be the winner with just ten minutes to play as Anderlecht won 2-1 a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Nov 21 8:33 AM
In today’s links: Baines is a PK beast, Everton’s manager search and Barton rips Pickford Everton are never going to sign a new manager, are they? This is just David Unsworth’s team forever now. The Rhino is gonna be at the helm and the Blues are going to go down, down, down. Everything is fine....
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 20 7:23 PM
This kid can play. No wonder there’s interest in him. Henry Onyekuru isn’t just a great young prospect by Everton standards, he’s one of the better up and coming prospects anywhere in Europe and clubs are starting to notice. According to Daily Post Nigeria , Barcelona , Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindho...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 20 4:23 PM
I don’t like it either. Okay, I’m gonna give everyone a brief moment to voice all their consternation at the idea of Everton playing Pulis ball. Aaaaannnnnd go: Okay, if that’s out of our systems now, let’s look at the facts. Sam Allardyce has moved on from the idea of coaching the Blues, Watford...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 20 4:00 PM
The Rhino’s tactics are getting more and more laughable Everton deserved to lose to Crystal Palace on Saturday — and it wasn’t particularly close. An Eagles side playing two wingers at striker, a midfield four composed entirely of central midfielders, and Julian Speroni in goal dominated Everton...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 20 9:41 AM
Plenty of attention on pacy Boro teenager Everton are building quite the stable of England youth internationals, so it’s no surprise that Middlesbrough ’s emerging star Marcus Tavernier is being keenly watched by the Blues. The 18-year-old picked up his first four England Under-19 international c...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 20 8:43 AM
Silva has had plenty of opportunities to play down speculation linking him with a move to Goodison Park - he has consistently refused to do so Watford may have made their stance regarding Marco Silva perfectly clear, but the Portuguese doesn’t seem to have read the script. The Hornets have alread...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 20 8:00 AM
In today’s links: Everton draw at Palace, Unsworth wants to stick as manager, and the U23s lose to Liverpool Well, Everton didn’t lose over the weekend. So, that’s good. But they fell down the table anyway, down to 16th place. Yikes. That said, it was an away match against a desperate Crystal Pal...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 20 6:28 AM
Forward fights back against accusations A minute into the game on Saturday at Crystal Palace and Everton were reeling once again. For the fifteenth time in seventeen games the Blues had conceded first, and going down a goal away from Goodison Park it looked like it was all over when the game had...