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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 - 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 - Tue Sep 26 2:51 PM
Toffees striker could play starring role in game as part of Everton’s sponsorship deal Wayne Rooney could find himself alongside Red, Chuck, Bomb and Matilda in a special Everton-themed version of Angry Birds. It was announced earlier this month that Rovio had agreed a sponsorship deal with Evert...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 5:34 PM
Koeman’s tactics kept his team in it Sunday, but lacked a key component Before I dig into my admittedly controversial thesis (that Everton could have actually beaten Manchester United ), let’s get an important point out of the way. The Toffees did not play poorly on Sunday. Period. I know the fin...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 4:10 PM
French midfielder sees improvements on the pitch, bemoans mistakes Manchester United ’s 4-0 win against visiting Everton on Sunday drew a range of reactions from fans and pundits. Some viewers saw a marked improvement from Thursday’s disastrous visit to Atalanta, and an Everton side that stood to...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 3:39 PM
Manager’s comments after heavy loss away at Old Trafford Everton fell to a fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions, with the 4-0 scoreline favouring the hosts Manchester United . The Blues looked much better than they have recently, and despite falling behind to an early goal, they gave a r...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 3:11 PM
Everton forward appeared in court on Monday and admitted charges. Earlier today, Everton forward Wayne Rooney appeared in the Stockport Magistrate’s Court, where he admitted the drink driving charges from September 1. Rooney has been banned from driving for two years, and ordered to perform 100 h...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 12:24 PM
Three thoughts from another poor result in Manchester Signs of positivity despite loss Don’t let the scoreline fool you, despite being dismantled late in the match by Manchester United , Everton showed some signs of improvement. As Everton settled into the match they showed a willingness to attac...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Sep 18 7:41 AM
In today’s links: quotes from Koeman and Schneiderlin plus more following Everton’s beating at the hands of Manchester United I’m not freaking out. You’re freaking out. Stop freaking out. Everything is fine. Wayne Rooney is just fine. The attack is just fine. The defense is just fine. It’s fine....
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 17 7:01 PM
Everton fall apart late despite better effort Everton lost 4-0 away at Manchester United in a much-improved performance, but the effort told in the end as the team capitulated late to pile on three goals as the Blues moved with more purpose but looked exhausted at the end. Who was your Man of the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 17 6:30 PM
Immediate thoughts after the Toffees’ trip to Old Trafford Everton and the fans could be forgiven for approaching this game against Manchester United with great trepidation. The team has been on a three-game slide where they’ve given up eight goals without scoring any, and the resulting loss of c...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 17 5:32 AM
Who’s in and who’s out for Blues game at OT Everton go into Sunday looking to arrest their alarming slide of three consecutive losses, but the task at hand is a challenging one. Waiting at Old Trafford today will be a Manchester United side that has been in rampant form, and with how awful the To...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 17 3:00 AM
Is this the match that gets Everton back on track? It certainly is a tall task against the Premier League leaders. Oh boy, this has the potential of being a nightmare afternoon for Everton . Manchester United , despite their disappointing draw at Stoke City last weekend, remains in the midst of a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 6:49 PM
Blues travel to Old Trafford as brutal early schedule continues It’s been tough going for Everton in the early days of the Premier League, on the back of two consecutive comprehensive defeats away at Chelsea and then home against Tottenham Hotspur . This weekend will not get any easier, with the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 5:27 PM
Defender not a fan of Manchester United anymore Despite being a product of the Manchester United youth system, Everton defender Michael Keane chose to not return to Old Trafford during this summer’s transfer window. Speaking to the Times’ Paul Joyce, Keane spoke about not being a fan of the Red D...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 11:38 AM
Blues travel to league-leaders United at the worst possible time So, where do we go from here? No team can sink into a crisis quite as quickly as Everton . After 18 months of what felt like genuine progress – both on and off the pitch – the team seems to have lurched two steps back to cancel out...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 10:21 AM
Everton at Manchester United is not a fun prospect Sunday’s game against Manchester United will pit the two main leaders of the zodiac signs against each other. Aquarius Jose Mourinho is an eccentric visionary. Aries Ronald Koeman is a natural born leader. One of them has Romelu Lukaku on their t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 9:00 AM
We joined forces with SB Nation’s Manchester United blog to talk about this weekend’s match. Many thanks to Brent from our fellow SB Nation blog The Busby Babe for taking the time to chat with us ahead of Everton ’s away match against Manchester United this weekend. RBM: How has Romelu Lukaku fit...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Sep 16 8:54 AM
Assessing the Blues’ personnel options ahead of their trip to Old Trafford. Everton Football Club head to Old Trafford tomorrow in what can only be termed catastrophically bad form. Part of the reason behind that has been Ronald Koeman’s lineup choices, as the Dutchman has used a narrow 4-2-3-1 f...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 15 8:43 PM
Things could get ugly quickly at Old Trafford, unfortunately It has not been a good week to watch Everton . Really the entire season has been a little rough, but losing by some lopsided scores over the past week has made it really suck. The good news for everyone is we get an opportunity to get b...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Sep 15 1:53 PM
Manager’s comments not giving anyone the warm fuzzies Ronald Koeman has spoken to the media today ahead of Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in the Premier League. While his comments didn’t necessarily say anything new, he did at least seem aware of the issues surrounding...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 2:30 PM
Our writers have made their bets for the week ahead. The Royal Blue Mersey writer prediction league is about to get a whole lot more interesting, as Everton begins participating in the Europa League group stage. More matches means more chances for our writers to pick up points — or more likely to...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 13 2:14 AM
Midfielder picked up hamstring injury Manchester United ’s star midfielder Paul Pogba left the Champions League game against Basel with a suspected hamstring injury. He seemed to pull up short after an innocuous challenge, but clutched at the back of his thigh before being taken off in the first...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sun Sep 10 3:36 PM
Schneiderlin says team bears responsibility as a whole If you were expecting Ronald Koeman to have given the Everton players the patented Sir Alex Ferguson ‘hairdryer treatment’ down 2-0 at the half, you will be disappointed. It turns out he very calmly explained to the players what they needed t...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Sep 6 5:17 PM
The player caught a serious earful. The last time Wayne Rooney made a fool of himself with alcohol, Ronald Koeman was asked about it. In his words: “In the case of Rooney it’s not my problem, he’s a Manchester United player, not my player.” Well, now Rooney is Ronald’s player and the no-nonsense...
Royal Blue Mersey - Fri Aug 25 4:34 PM
Blues’ boss offers update on striker chase. Despite Wayne Rooney ’s consistency and the remarkable emergence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton still need a starting caliber striker, and that fact is not lost on Ronald Koeman. In his pre-Chelsea press conference today , the Dutch manager indicated...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Aug 24 1:48 PM
Rooney’s called time on his international career on Wednesday When Wayne Rooney returned to Everton this summer, more than one person questioned how dedicated to the move he would be. Sure, the romance of it was nice but was he really coming back to give his all or was he just looking for a nice...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 1:38 PM
The Everton forward says he is now fully focused on the Toffees Everton ’s Wayne Rooney has confirmed his retirement from international football. Manager Gareth Southgate has left the Blues forward out of recent squads, with his last game coming in the World Cup qualifier against Scotland in Nove...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Aug 23 6:50 AM
Voices both for and against a return to the Three Lions for veteran Wayne Rooney appears to have a new lease of life at Everton , potting his second goal in two Premier League games yesterday. With England manager Gareth Southgate having watched two of the Toffees last two competitive games and a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Aug 21 11:39 PM
Rooney’s 200th league goal claims hard earned point at the Etihad Stadium Wayne Rooney made it two in two and became only the second player to reach 200 Premier League goals as he secured a point for Everton this evening. Ronald Koeman approached the game defensively going with 5 at the back and...