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Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Nov 28 10:10 PM
Rhino would still love the job if he could have it It’s looking like Everton will finally have a permanent manager soon, and it just might be Sam Allardyce . Either way, interim manager David Unsworth has had a rocky time of it and despite five losses in seven games, he would still welcome the op...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Nov 28 8:50 PM
Royal Blue Mersey — projecting our future demise since 2016 Against our better judgment, the RBM Writer Prediction League rolls on this week, following Everton ’s underwhelming capitulation against Southampton on Sunday. Unfortunately for us all, the Toffees play twice this week — against West Ha...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Nov 28 6:46 PM
It’s Watford and Marco Silva all over again While Everton majority shareowner Farhad Moshiri has revealed that the Blues are close to signing their next permanent manager, it’s looking like the Toffees are going to have to be more persuasive with Shakhtar Donetsk to prise away Paulo Fonseca. Port...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Nov 28 6:46 PM
Oh fun. If there’s one Everton fan in the world who really and truly wants Sam Allardyce to take over as manager get that man home from the pub because he’s had too many already. Paul Joyce of the Times suggests that by tomorrow evening, Big Sam will be signed on to take the Toffees through the r...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Nov 28 5:25 PM
Pep is very impressed by Paulo Fonseca’s work If Everton make Paulo Fonseca their next manager, one of their rivals in the Premier League is not going to be pleased at all by the appointment. Manchester City ’s Pep Guardiola had warned about Shakhtar Donetsk ahead of their Champions League group...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Nov 28 5:00 PM
Blues in advanced negotiations with Shakhtar’s Paulo Fonseca There have been two independent confirmations that Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca is in advanced talks with Everton to join the Blues as their next permanent manager. Portuguese daily O Jogo claims that the 44-year-old manager i...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Nov 28 3:22 PM
Not again. Everton head down to London for what is arguably their biggest game of the season so far. West Ham United sit two points below the Blues in the table, and a Hammers win would likely drop the Toffees into the relegation zone. Again. It’s dire, and it doesn’t look like David Unsworth can...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Nov 28 8:19 AM
In today’s links: Moyes backs Unsworth and Everton’s continued managerial mistakes Things seem bad right now for Everton . The team is pitiful. There’s no manager. And ownership seems completely inept. HOWEVER, the rest of the teams at the bottom of the Premier League are terrible too. So, glass...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 27 9:28 PM
Plenty of attention on Onyekuru nowadays Henry Onyekuru has been banging in the goals in Belgium’s Jupiler League, leading many journalists to name him their contender for Player of the Season, but his manager at Anderlecht is not impressed. The Nigerian forward came in for some criticism from He...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 27 8:13 PM
The Rhino is painfully unqualified for this job I think my non- Everton supporting friends and family are beginning to worry about me. They don’t understand why one day every weekend, by the time they see me, I’ve lost my will to live. They know I’ve gotten up early to watch Everton, and I’ve pro...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 27 7:15 PM
Blues’ Portuguese love-fest continues Despite the news from earlier today that Sam Allardyce is back in the manager picture while Everton continue to lurch from one poor performance to worse and worse, there continue to be more names linked with the club. The bookmakers might know more (or less)...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 27 6:00 PM
Manager search drags on. Everton had to fire Ronald Koeman. Had to. No complaints on that count at all, it had to be done. However, David Unsworth is clearly in way over his head trying to match wits against top flight managers. The man is great at developing talent, but he’s just not tactically...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 27 3:40 PM
Ex-England boss is back in the frame. Well, this is embarrassing. After awkwardly conducting a managerial search for the past five weeks in which Everton flirted heavily with Watford’s Marco Silva and also saw the club dismiss Sam Allardyce ’s public application for the job, it seems that Farhad...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 27 3:33 PM
Everton lose away from home in depressing fashion No urgency in attack According to the pre-match team sheet, Manager David Unsowrth was deploying his team in the usual 4-2-3-1. However, once the match began it was clear the team would be playing a more traditional 4-4-2. With Everton ceding the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 27 2:47 PM
Young forward not getting a fair chance. When Everton first signed Sandro Ramirez from Malaga, we at RBM speculated that he’d fit well as a wide forward in Ronald Koeman ’s system. The idea was that his tendency to drift out wide to receive the ball, and then cut inside to shoot would fit the Dut...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Nov 27 8:06 AM
In today’s links: Quotes from around the club, the latest Everton Show and some fun with the Everton Ladies “What is the point anymore?” That certainly seems to be the mindset of many of Everton ’s players right now. Getting beat is one thing. That’s going to happen. But to just look pathetic and...
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...