SISSOKO REVEALS WHY HE SNUBBED EVERTON

Former Newcastle United player Moussa Sissoko has explained why he snubbed interests from Everton during the transfer window.


The France international opted to move to Tottenham Hotspurs. He disclosed the reasons for his move to spurs ahead of Everton, and it is not stunning.

“Why would I have joined Everton? Spurs are a bigger club. Without wishing to offend Everton, Tottenham in my opinion is a bigger club than Everton,” Sissoko explained.

The player moved to White Hart Lane for £30 million with his pricing rising after his impressive run at the Euro 2016 for France. The 27-year old drew interests from all quarters after the Euro. The player reportedly switched off his phone to avoid calls from Everton coach Ronald Koeman ahead of his spurs move. Koeman wanted to convince him to join his movement for the new term but the player had decided already. Read More

EVERTON OWNER FARHAD MOSHIRI CONTINUES WITH CHANGES

Barely six months ago, Farhad Moshiri entered the lives of “Evertonians,” but has forced sweeping changes in the team and club as a whole.


A majority of Everton fans don’t even know him much, despite the changes he has made in the football club. He is reported to have made the decision to own the club on February 27th when he acquired half the available stake in Everton. He hasn’t made much appearances, aside a few statements and a brief appearances on the club’s website.

In the short time he has owned the club, the club’s manager has been sacked and a top replacement gotten. Steve Walsh has been poached from the Premier League champions, and plans are in place for a new stadium even as a facelift for Goodison is in place.

Fans want top players to join the recent crop in the squad, but the process has been frustrating. Moshiri said he was set to provide coach Ronald Koeman funds to acquire more players before the transfer deadline – which closes 11pm Wednesday, August 31. This summer Wales international Ashley Williams joined from Swansea, even as the club lost John Stones to Manchester City in a big money move.
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Everton To Bid For Krul

Everton has joined the race for getting the players they want.

Their interest currently lies in Tim Krul. Ronald Koeman is a long term fan of Krul and he wishes to get the player for his goal keeping skills. You might have seen Krul in his goal keeper position as he has been a constant figure for Newcastle United and adhered to the training sessions as was required of him. The transfer market coming alive will certainly see Krul was part of a tug of war. His current team would probably be resisting his transfer while Everton would be looking to place a lucrative bid for the player. Their interest is not without purpose. The new boss of the team, Ronald Koeman would be looking at Krul as he has great admiration for his skills.
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DE BOER INTERESTED IN EVERTON JOB, HIS BROTHER SAYS

Ronald, brother to Frank de Boer says the tactician is keen on the Everton Manager’s role, though he added that:


“It’s not up to him to make the move, that’s up to the club.”

The Toffees have also been linked with Southampton boss Ronald Koeman and Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez following the sacking of current coach, Roberto Martinez. Benitez is an “almost perfect fit” for Everton, former England defender Danny Mills told BBC Radio 5 live. He said the former Liverpool boss would be open to a return to Merseyside.

Mills said:

“He lives there, his family is there and he’d be happy going back.

He also added it was “not beyond the realms of possibility” that Benitez ended up Everton and Martinez replaced him at Newcastle, where he would likely use the advantage of the clause of his contract to leave as they have been relegated.

There are other contenders in current Manchester City coach, Manuel Pellegrini, set to leave as the club has appointed Bayern boss, Pep Guardiola as the next in line from this summer. There are others in Mark Hughes, Brendan Rodgers, David Moyes, Martin O’Neill and Unai Emery. Hughes has impressed at Stoke City and Rodgers remains out of a job since being sacked by Liverpool in October. Former Toffees boss Moyes, who spent 11 years in charge at Goodison, is also available after unsuccessful stints at Manchester United and Real Sociedad. O’Neill will guide the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 but has yet to sign a new contract for the 2018 World Cup while Emery will secure a hat-trick of Europa League titles with Sevilla if the Spanish side beat Liverpool in this season’s final. Read More

TIM HOWARD SHOWS HIS AFFECTION FOR EVERTON

Tim Howard has taken to popular social media tool, Twitter; to reveal the level of affection he has his former club. Howard agreed to a move to Colorado Rapids for a three-and-a-half-year deal from the end of this season. The goalkeeper for the United States agreed to go back home after over a decade in England.

Tim Howard started his career with The Red Devils in 2003 before moving to Everton. The 37-year-old would be leaving The Toffees after his disappointing performance this season and falling in the pecking order at the club.

He performed brilliantly for Everton over the years but just ha to leave the club as things went awry. Playing top flight football in the English Premier League at his current age is no small feat.

The American is being replaced in the first team by Joel Robles. Everton are currently in 12th position in the table having garnered 38 points from 30 matches.

Howard remains the first choice for the US. Even though the deal has been concluded, the goalkeeper would be added to the Colorado Rapids’s club roster when the Secondary Transfer Window opens in the first week of July. He would also be added when there’s the International Transfer Certificate (ITC).

However, the MLS outfit have gone on to announced the acquisition after agreeing to a deal with the player through the allocation process. Colorado Rapids was the first in the Allocation Ranking Order on a January 14 trade with the Chicago Fire this year.

Howard tweeted via his handle: @TimHowardGK. Read More

SLADE LEFT DISAPPOINTED

Russell Slade is disappointed Everton couldn’t make use of the chances versus Nottingham Forest the other day.

Everton desperately wanted a win to boost their chances to make the playoffs, but, Forest denied that by playing some ultra defensive Football.

The Blues were clearly the better team in the contest in all aspects, but, it’s because of their failure to convert the chances, they fell short of victory.

Slade was of the opinion that Forest’s defensive play was a factor, but, according to him, the number of chances his team got; they should definitely have scored more than one goal in the game.”

In the words of Slade, “We could have scored a couple more goals in the first 45 minutes. But, we missed the opportunities.”

“Their strategy was pretty clear. They wanted to be as deep as they could. But, it was up to us to unlock the defence and we failed to do that, much to our disappointment.”

“We have to be more ruthless and make sure the pressure we put on opposition, we don’t let it get released. We must make the opportunities count.”

There was, however, not too much of disappointment in the Forest camp.

Their boss Dougie Freedman was quoted as saying, “Our plan was to take the pace out of the game later on and lessen the intensity of the Everton supporters.”

“A good team performance I would say. The youngsters played really well. It was fantastic to see them get going right away.”

This was the 10th draw for Nottingham Forest in the English second tier in the ongoing season. They have won 7 games too and with a total of 31 points, they are currently stationed at no. 14 in the points table, 5 places below Cardiff City.

Everton will be without defender Leighton Baines for much of the pre-season tour of the Far East

Everton will be without defender Leighton Baines for much of the pre-season tour of the Far East after the club revealed that the left back had undergone an ankle surgery.

Roberto Martinez has already stated that Baines has been suffering from an injury to his left ankle for several years. However, he has been unable to correct them due to a consistent run of matches for club and the international team. Baines went under the knife towards the end of last season. This forced him to miss the last two games of the league, while also being unavailable for England duty during the Euro 2016 qualifying game against Slovenia.

It appears that he has still not recovered full fitness in order to be able to train with the team. The performances of the 30-year-old has certainly dropped compared to the figures four or five years ago. However, he continues to still retain an important status in the team. Everton resisted the urge to sell him when Manchester United came calling two years ago. Baines was valued at around £ 20 million by the Merseyside club. Now that he has hit 30 years of age, the valuations are likely to drop. Aside from the absence of the England left back, Martinez will also be without Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson. Read More

Everton players facing worst stage

When you are going well as a team and getting the results that you desire, all seems good. People talk about the way you play the game together and how the whole group enjoys the success of any individual, but, a few losses and everything can change quickly.

All of a sudden, it starts falling apart for you. Players tend to focus more on personal performances and try and make sure that they don’t come under the scrutiny of the critics.

You can also lose your confidence in each other. Read More

Leighton Baines delighted with Team Progress in Europa League

Everton defender Leighton Baines has expressed his delight at the club being able to progress to the next stage of the Europa League with relative ease.

Everton returned to this Premier competition in Roberto Martinez’ first season in charge. They almost qualified for the Champions League after a spectacular run of form towards the end of the season. This season, they may be struggling much more than expected, but Everton’s performances in the Europa League have been impressive nonetheless. From this season onwards, winners of the Europa League will get a place in the next season’s Champions League.

This is a huge bonus and incentive for Everton to try and win the competition, which will feature the likes of Liverpool going into the knockout stages. Everton’s league form may not be consistent, but Baines says that the club are already looking forward to playing in the knockout stages of the European competition. The Merseyside outfit will be coming up against Young Boys of Switzerland. Their opposition have not been doing well in the Swiss league and currently trail leaders FC Basel by a whopping eight points. A big advantage for the Swiss team will be the winter break, which will provide them some much needed time to get the squad together.

“We’ve qualified for Europe and done well thus far.We’re excited to go into next year and do as well as we can in the Europa League. It’s a competition that we have embraced. I’ve got three children and we still have a great time. When you’re sitting around the dinner table and your parents and partner are having drink, you sort of have to draw the line there. But it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. We come in, train for a few hours on Christmas morning and go back to our families,” said Baines about the Europa league and Christmas schedule in England.