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“Your job now is to stand by our new manager. That is important.” Few football lovers can afford to forget Sir Alex Ferguson’s final speech to the United fans before his emotional goodbye to the world’s biggest football club but few have remember the wisdom that was at the heart of his speech.  Sir Alex had an unremarkable first season in Manchester, finishing a disappointing 12th in League and only managing to get as far as the fourth round in the FA Cup, so the former Manager understands the value …

As a small army of Evertonians stood atop Everton Brow looking over our magnificent city, Roberto Martinez beamed as he prepared to push a big, suitably blue, button. Once pressed, the 227 year old lock up that has encapsulated blues from the first time they laid eyes on the illustrious badge, transformed from a mere brick and mortar structure that once imprisoned local fiends overnight to a magnificent, defining symbol of Everton Football Club. As the tower was swarmed by blue and proudly showcased the Everton crest, one could not …

Anybody with half an eye on this seasons Premier League will know its been terrifically exciting and probably the most open its ever been. The entire bottom half  are within 8 points of one another and everyone in the top half has something to play for whether it be an Europa League position, champions league spot or aiming for the title itself which means every game is vital. So what better time to step up and give some outstanding performances, and who amongst others have been doing that? ENGLAND PLAYERS.
We’re …

Much has been made of the topsy turvy nature of the current Premier League season and although this  has not be greatly exaggerated, there are few who have really considered  why it has been like that. The truth is that when you have so much change its bound to effect the stability of the league. Here are a few observations that should be made about this season’s top flight.
Where has David Moyes’ tracksuit gone?
The question from many pundits in the summer during the first few weeks of a very dull …

ARSENAL 1 – 1 EVERTON: 5 TACTICAL POINTS
Arsenal see less of the ball, but offer more directness
Arsenal had only 44 per cent of possession which is much lower than their season average – 55 per cent after this game. Again, their starting eleven featured no truly wide players. Their shape was pretty narrow, but there were two things which prevented them from dominating the game.
First, Arsenal pressed quite cautiously, especially for most of the first half. This allowed Everton to settle on the ball and pass out of defence.
Second, Everton …

Following loanee Romelu Lukaku’s more than impressive start to the Premier League season with the Toffees, scoring three goals and providing one assist in just two league appearances it begs the question to as why the 20 year-old, Belgian, is not currently leading the line for his parent club, Chelsea. The Belgium’s performance against Newcastle was so good that Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, described him as “unplayable”. Compare this with Chelsea’s current strike force who are yet to register a league goal between them.
Anyone who followed Chelsea’s pre season performances …

The emphasis was about the form of Joe Hart or, more to the point, the lack of it, however, it was his opposite number who should be in the headlines for his disappointing display in two of the three City goals. As anticipated the England number one retained his place who had a reasonable game.
Overall, the hosts were deserved winners because they carried the main threat unlike Everton who were content to use the effectiveness of their pace and power. Deadline day addition Romelu Lukaku looked more of a beast …

Fans, pundits and media alike are very good at raising expectations regarding young English talent. Often we get it quite wrong. However, I am going to stick my neck on the line and say that we haven’t seen a talent like Ross Barkley since Paul Gascoigne.
I can hear the Arsenal fans screaming “what about Jack Wilshere?” Yes Wilshere is an unbelievably talented footballer, but I think Barkley’s talent is more akin to the maverick Gascoigne.
What is so frustrating about watching the national team play, is the fear that English players …

We all miss Football when the season finishes and in odd ending years where there are no major tournaments we miss it even more. Last we had the Euro’s and then a big distraction in the fantastic Olympics that bought so much joy to the nation. This year we have had some more big British success in the break from football, the Lions winning down under, the Ashes, Justin Rose winning a major, Chris Froome winning the Tour de France and of course Andy Murray winning a certain tennis tournament …

One door closes and a new one opens and that’s the situation Everton fans find themselves in. Roberto Martinez became the Blues manager back in June, has begun his revolution in the Everton squad by leaving his Catalan stamp on the team’s playing style. At Wigan Martinez was known for his free flowing passing style of play; with a slick 3-4-3 formation. While being known for playing three at the back Martinez understands Everton have their own qualities; which combined will make the Blues a force to be reckoned with next season.
Roberto’s …