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Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 30 10:52 PM
Keane has been struggling with deep cut for some time now Despite having to be hospitalized over the weekend, Everton defender Michael Keane could be back for coming Sunday’s crucial game against Watford. Keane suffered a deep cut on his foot in the Blues’ Carabao Cup game against Sunderland over...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 30 8:50 PM
Surely this is not happening, is it? Since Ronald Koeman was sacked as manager of Everton a week ago, a host of names have been linked with the job, and then promptly discarded as well. Under-23s manager David Unsworth has been handed the position on an interim basis, though it is not clear how m...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 30 6:40 PM
Barton has a go at Unsworth. Joey Barton is not intelligent. I’m really not sure why people listen when he talks. But this is an Everton blog and he said something about our manager that that caused our manager to get asked about him so here I am, talking about one of the most useless people in t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 30 4:24 PM
What’s there to learn? Pace A Predictable Problem We knew going into the season that Everton , without Yannick Bolasie and Seamus Coleman , would struggle to find speed. The issue was worsened when Ronald Koeman refused to use Kevin Mirallas , Aaron Lennon , and Ademola Lookman. It initially appe...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 30 3:34 PM
Find laughter in the darkness. At least try. After what looked to be a transformative summer that was designed to take Everton into the top six and ask questions of the top four, the Blues find themselves living a nightmare in the Premier League, buried deep in the relegation zone with October co...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 30 7:40 AM
Blue Girls test Arsenal, still slip to a loss It was a tough day for Everton with both the Ladies and the lads losing 2-0 although the argument could be made that the women deserved a much better result against Arsenal . The Toffees did have a goal in the end of the first half off of a corner but...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 30 6:00 AM
In today’s links: recap the loss to Leicester, Moshiri wants Watford’s Silva, and updates on Keane and McCarthy This is not a drill. Everton are a bad football team. A new manager may not be changing that. Abandon the Europa League. Who cares about cup competitions? Put all of the effort into pro...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Oct 30 5:21 AM
Alarming afternoon as Everton soundly beaten again Everton were comfortably beaten by an energetic Leicester City side yesterday who out-battled the Toffees from start to finish. Goals from Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray were enough to get Claude Puel’s side all three points in his first game in ch...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 29 6:53 PM
Everton fail to improve in first match under Unsworth Ronald Koeman is finally out and Everton faced Leicester City in their first league match under David Unsworth. Points are desperately needed if Everton wish to stay out of a surprising relegation battle. Below are my thoughts during the match...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 29 6:53 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today Leicester beat Everton 2-0 to plunge the Toffees further into the relegation zone with two first half goals. Like midweek, Everton once again looked bereft of ideas in the first half as their quick thinking hosts hit them repeatedly...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 29 10:53 AM
What do the stars hold for Rhino and his long-term future? Always the bridesmaid and never the bride? David Unsworth is the caretaker manager for Everton for the second time now and he’s not being bashful about wanting the manager job permanently. Unsy states his case well; he’s managed the Under...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 29 8:43 AM
Who’s in and who’s out for the Blues at the Foxes Everton travel to Leicester City for the Sunday feature game, expecting to have Morgan Schneiderlin back following an injury and illness. The Blues shouldn’t have any other injuries, with Nikola Vlasic also expected to be over the bruised foot tha...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 29 6:39 AM
Youngster living up to his attacking potential Attacking midfielder Kieran Dowell had started the season well on loan at Nottingham Forest from Everton , scoring twice in nine starts and four substitute appearances. Though the Reds hit a rough patch in between, with six losses in eight weeks. How...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 29 4:22 AM
Can the Ladies seek revenge on Arsenal after they thumped the boys? A 1-1-1 Arsenal Women visits an 0-3 Everton Ladies Sunday, a few hours before the lads play. Both are coming off of very decisive wins in the Continental Cup, with Arsenal winning 7-0 over the London Bees while Everton beat Donca...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 29 2:00 AM
Unsworth’s men looked better midweek. Can they get a win against fellow bottom-feeders? It his first game at the helm, David Unsworth’s Everton team put together an uneven performance against Chelsea that likely deserved better than the Carabao Cup exit they were given. He should have the entire...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Oct 29 1:56 AM
Unsworth gets his Premier League away debut at Foxes David Unsworth’s changes looked immediately visible, especially in a torrid second half spell when they put Carabao Cup Fourth Round hosts Chelsea to the sword in his first game as interim manager. Now he gets to take his Toffees to fellow stru...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 28 4:39 PM
Rhino hopeful his Everton side can build on their encouraging performance against Chelsea It shows how bad things had got under Ronald Koeman that a spirited defeat was greeted so warmly by the Everton fans on Wednesday. Despite losing 1-0 the mood among the fans after the game was one of gentle...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 28 1:23 PM
Irish midfielder plagued by issue You’re not going to believe this (or maybe you are), but it sounds like Everton and Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy is going to be facing another extended layoff. The soon-to-turn 27-year-old apparently pulled his hamstring yet again during a traini...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 28 11:00 AM
Unsworth insists best performers will get playing time Speaking to the media ahead of Everton ’s trip to fellow-strugglers Leicester City on Sunday, caretaker manager David Unsworth said that the Toffees’ big money summer purchases would not have any preferential handling or get selected ahead of...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 28 9:32 AM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of David Unsworth’s second match in charge Everton head to the King Power Stadium in dire need of a victory. They currently reside in the relegation places, are out of one cup competition and soon to likely be out of another. It’s David Unsworth’s firs...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Oct 28 7:00 AM
We wouldn’t want him anyway, would we? Everton fans, who reveled in hearing Rafael Benitez being called the ‘fat Spanish waiter’ for years during his Liverpool tenure, will be thrilled to hear that he is not interested in pursuing the managerial vacancy at Goodison Park. Speaking to the media yes...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 27 6:24 PM
From youth performances to injury status, former manager had no clue We love listening to David Unsworth speak to the media. His passion for Everton and everything around the Club makes us all very happy. In addition, it also tells us that during the last days of the ill-fated tenure of Ronald Ko...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 27 5:28 PM
We’re starting to feel like a club again. Whether or not David Unsworth has what it takes to be the permanent manager at Everton remains to be seen. However, even in a loss and the aftermath of it I think he has shown he is the right man to lead Everton until the end of the season. Unsworth came...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 27 3:03 PM
Looking for her 6th MMA win As an Everton fan, Mixed Martial Arts fighter “Meatball” Molly McCann feels your pain: Don’t know what’s more heartbreaking, weight cut week in a fight camp or being an Evertonian at the minute — Molly McCann (@MeatballMolly) October 22, 2017 Good luck to the lads doin...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 27 2:06 PM
It’s still uncertain whether he would be allowed to, however. Henry Onyekuru has again talked up the possibility of cutting short his loan at Anderlecht and returning to Everton in January. Onyekuru joined the Toffees from KAS Eupen in the summer but was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht for t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 27 1:35 PM
Toffees reward Senegalese midfielder for strong start to Goodison career From the moment Idrissa Gueye stepped onto the pitch for Everton , it was clear it was a match made in heaven, and it appears the relationship between the hard-tackling midfielder and Everton is set to continue . According t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 27 8:49 AM
Mayor provides an update on Bramley-Moore project Amidst the fiasco surrounding the managerial position at Everton , the new stadium project being developed at the Bramley Moore docks has been all but forgotten to most fans. Speaking to the Liverpool Echo yesterday though, the city’s Mayor Joe An...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Oct 27 7:47 AM
In today’s links: the manager search continues, Unsworth looks forward and Mirallas is excited For the first time in a long time, it feels like Everton have a good chance to win in the league this weekend. It’s a tough away match, and a lot depends on the lineup that David Unsworth trots out agai...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 26 7:22 PM
This is what Koeman reduced us to. “Why would I leave Watford to go to Everton ?” This is what Marco Silva essentially had to say after being asked about the Everton job. Watford are historically irrelevant, Everton are spending at historic levels and the coach at Watford sees no reason why he sh...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 26 5:29 PM
There are still some questions about how the caretaker manager will handle things going forward Despite Everton ’s 2-1 loss the Chelsea in the Carabao Cup yesterday, there were positive signs from the players and their new (potentially temporary or permanent) manager, David Unsworth. From these v...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 26 2:53 PM
In today’s links: Unsworth gets high marks, Davies is happy and Beni, Beni, Beni! What is this feeling? It feels like there are tiny bubbles inside of me. The world looks a tad brighter. Songs sound sweeter. It feels like anything is possible. What is this? Oh my, it’s hope, isn’t it? Hope. Hope...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 26 10:26 AM
Answering all of your relevant, and irreverent, Everton questions. There is so much to get to in this mailbag I hardly know where to be ok that’s a lie pic.twitter.com/djx7jubW98 — Brian Foley (@foleysthoughts) October 23, 2017 @everton @RBMersey pic.twitter.com/RdcqFW7OoD — Brian Foley (@foleyst...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 26 8:34 AM
Former manager knew the axe was coming In his first comments to the media since his sacking from Everton , former manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that he could feel the pressure building from the Blues poor start to the season. The Dutchman was relieved of his duties on Monday afternoon after...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 26 6:45 AM
Signs of improvement as Blues unlucky to lose at Chelsea Everton were knocked out of the Carabao Cup yesterday evening despite a much-improved performance. The Blues dominated the 2nd half and were very unlucky not to get extra time at least. Goals from Antonio Rudiger and Willian were enough for...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Oct 26 12:27 AM
Manager knew his end at Everton was nigh before the season started Now that Ronald Koeman is not part of Everton anymore, he has opened up to the media regarding what happened over the summer transfer window with regards to the search for a striker, and when he knew the enormity of the task ahead...
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...