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Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Feb 22 11:34 PM
Forward’s transition further back is well underway It is very likely that Wayne Rooney’s days of playing as Everton ’s #10 are behind him, even if he aspires to play until the age of 40 like his former Manchester United teammate Ryan Giggs . In fact, as the last two games have shown , he seems we...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Feb 6 10:55 PM
If Patrice Evra is the answer - what is the question? Everton have been linked with a surprise move for former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra - though West Ham are expected to beat the Toffees to his signature. Evra is a free agent after his Marseille contract was cancelled in November f...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Feb 6 9:00 AM
Wazza opens up on first Monday Night Football stint If Wayne Rooney does indeed end up in football management, this season more than any other in his long and distinguished career will have taught him more than ever before. For one, he’s going to have to pick up the art of ‘manager-speak’. In his...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 22 4:31 PM
Big Sam says no. Sam Allardyce has come out and said something that a lot of us realized a while ago: Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson can’t play together. He cited their lack of pace as the reason why this couldn’t be done. Now, for some of you, this may suggest a selection dilemma, but it’s re...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 10 2:10 PM
Man Utd striker distances himself from comments made by Everton’s majority shareholder One of the more unexpected headlines to emerge from Tuesday’s AGM was a tale involving Romelu Lukaku , his mum, Chelsea and voodoo. Yes, voodoo. Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri claimed Lukaku backed...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Jan 3 9:56 AM
Big Sam was guilty of a cardinal sin that dates back to the Koeman reign When Sam Allardyce came to Everton in December, he inherited a strange situation. The Toffees have a few very talented players, a host of promising youngsters, and a fair number of decent (if not spectacular) players with su...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 2 6:35 PM
Mistakes plague Blues to second consecutive defeat Everton started off 2018 on the poorest note possible, putting in a 45-minute shift in a 90-minute game and getting punished for it by Manchester United scoring two ‘worldies’ in a 2-0 defeat. The Blues have now scored only one goal in the last f...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Jan 2 8:46 AM
Three Thoughts from frustrating loss Everton need a real striker This is stating the obvious, but Everton’s striker situation is not ideal. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has done a decent job doing the little things the position requires, but he still has time before he is a reliable contributor. Convers...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 1 7:37 PM
Grade the Everton players and manager on their performance today Lineups Everton Starting XI - Pickford; Martina, Williams, Keane, Holgate; Schneiderlin, Davies; Bolasie, Rooney, Vlasic; Niasse Subs: Robles, Jagielka, Lennon, McCarthy, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Kenny Manchester United Starting X...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 1 7:21 PM
Blues try hard but still lack the quality needed. Everton lost their second consecutive match today, falling 2-0 to Manchester United at Goodison Park. The Blues showed an interest in attacking the game, which was refreshing, but a howler of an afternoon from Mason Holgate and an ineffectiveness...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 1 12:17 PM
The Toffees look to kick off 2018 with three points over the big boys! The loss to Bournemouth earlier this week was a killer. Those were points that Everton likely counted on. Now, they have to host Manchester United , and hope to pull points from Jose “Park the Bus” Mourinho. It’s not impossibl...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 1 9:38 AM
Who’s in and who’s out for New Year’s Day clash at Goodison Quick turnaround for Everton after the defeat at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday, with the Blues hosting Manchester United on New Year’s Day at Goodison Park. The Saturday game marked three straight poor offensive showings for the Toffees, a...
Royal Blue Mersey - Mon Jan 1 8:00 AM
In today’s links: quotes from Mourinho and Allardyce, Everton’s kit and the Toffees rebuild Happy New Year, Blues ! Let’s be honest, 2017 was a bit of a letdown. Ronald Koeman spent a ton of money, brought in a fresh batch of talent, the team fell flat and the Dutchman was fired. Here’s hoping 20...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 20 10:21 PM
The Toffees boss thinks Wayne Rooney can go on for a while yet Sam Allardyce insists Wayne Rooney’s recent form is no flash in the pan and has backed the former England captain be a key Everton player for years to come. Rooney had a hand in all three Everton goals against Swansea on Monday, inclu...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 19 6:18 PM
It’s been Leighton and Wayne so far, is the third option the best? The last few matches have seen Everton ’s season turn around from utter and catastrophic failure back to respectability. After firing Ronald Koeman and watching David Unsworth bail out a sinking ship for over a month until help fi...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Dec 13 11:04 PM
Wayne Rooney scored. Again. Everton traveled to St. James Park in good heart, on the heels of a four game point streak. There were two changes from the side that faced Liverpool on Sunday - Morgan Schneiderlin and Aaron Lennon drew in for Tom Davies and Oumar Niasse, respectively. Wayne Rooney go...
Royal Blue Mersey - Tue Dec 12 7:00 PM
Big Sam has yet to taste defeat since becoming Toffees boss Well that was fun. Ok, for 77 minutes it wasn’t great. But Wayne Rooney’s leveller, Jurgen Klopp’s meltdown and the furious reaction from Kopites in the ensuing days makes it one of the most satisfying points taken from a derby game for...
Royal Blue Mersey - Sat Dec 9 7:00 AM
Manager wants the veteran to calm things down For his first Merseyside Derby, Sam Allardyce is hoping that Wayne Rooney will provide Everton with some veteran leadership as they prepare to face Liverpool ’s attacking prowess. Speaking to The Telegraph ahead of the game at Anfield, “Wayne has seen...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Dec 7 11:52 AM
Ronald Koeman identified the Manchester United man as a transfer target You’re likely getting a bit tired of hearing about how Everton failed to sign people in the summer. The botched job of replacing Romelu Lukaku , and failing to convince Olivier Giroud to swap London for Liverpool is one that...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Nov 30 4:18 PM
What does Sam really think about Wayne Rooney, the league, and finding a quick fix? Here is a hypothetical interview with new Everton manager, Sam Allardyce , where we used direct quotes from his 2015 autobiography, Big Sam , as his answers: Congratulations, Sam. Do you think you’re the right per...
Royal Blue Mersey - Thu Nov 30 8:00 AM
Manager explains Roo’s positioning last night Looking at the Everton starting lineup ahead of the game last night, it looked like Wayne Rooney would line up at the number 10 position in a 4-2-3-1 formation. However, as the game progressed, Roo was dropping between the centerbacks to come get the...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Nov 29 11:49 PM
Roo grateful on behalf of all of us Blues What a day Wayne Rooney had for Everton today. Scored an incredible hattrick in his return to the starting eleven, with the third of the lot being one of the best seen at Goodison Park in decades. As captain he led from the forefront, charging all over th...
Royal Blue Mersey - Wed Nov 1 6:46 PM
Unsworth says he wants to “freshen up” his selection for Europa League tie David Unsworth has confirmed Wayne Rooney , Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka have been left out of the travelling squad for their Europa League tie against Lyon. The Toffees have arrived in France ahead of Thursday’s Grou...
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 - 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 - 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...