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Sam Allardyce Reveals Christmas Schedule for His Everton Players

Everton manager Sam Allardyce reveals that his players will not be called in for Christmas training, as he never liked the regime while as a player. The English tradition of Boxing Day football means that players will be called in for training on Christmas for the subsequent match. However, Allardyce says that he never found this to be beneficial and that it would be better if players went straight into the games. Fatigue is one of the commonly discussed elements at this time of the year, as players go through a gruelling schedule that involves matches on Boxing Day and New Year. There is also another match scheduled in between this period, thus making up for almost 7 to 8 matches – for the top teams – during December.

Allardyce has made a return to management with Everton and he will be looking to transform his successful days to Goodison Park. The former Bolton and Newcastle manager has experienced team and success wherever he has been, but he recently decided to leave the West Ham managerial role for the England job. After the controversy with England, Allardyce took some time off before returning to management. He has had a successful time back in the game after getting Everton unbeaten in six matches – including draws against Liverpool and Chelsea.
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Andy Gray believes Everton lack leadership

Everton legend Andy Gray believes his former club are devoid of confidence and leadership following their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Lyon. The Toffees suffered another damaging loss in the Europa League after Bertrand Traore bagged a late winner for Bruno Genesio’s men. As a result, the Merseyside outfit are at the bottom of Group E, and they require a huge upturn in form in the final three games in order to avoid elimination.

In a report covered by The Mirror, Gray was not pleased with the performance of his ex-club, and targeted Ashley Williams, in particular, after the Welshman involved himself in mini-brawl in the second-half, he said: “I watched on Thursday in ­despair and I ­texted two or three old ­team-mates to clarify what I’d seen was right. I wanted one of them to say, ‘No, no, no…’ But they came back and said exactly what I was ­thinking. I watched a squad devoid of ­confidence, devoid of belief and without leadership. If Ashley Williams thinks shoving a ­goalkeeper to the ground is leadership… No, it’s not. What I will ask is, ‘If not Koeman then who?’, because it’s always easy for ­people to say, ‘He has to go.”

Everton are presently lingering just two points above the drop zone after eight games played, and this is far beyond the expectation of the club’s hierarchy, who spent in excess of £120m in the summer. The Toffees were initially touted as potential candidates for the Champions League spot, but the departure of Romelu Lukaku has notably reduced their goal-scoring threat.

The likes of Sandro Ramirez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are still adapting to the pace of the Premier League whilst Wayne Rooney appears past his prime – with just one penalty goal scored in the past six outings. Everton take on Arsenal (Premier League) and Chelsea (League Cup) in the next two matches, and Gray is hopeful that the Toffees can at least provide a strong performance to bring cheer to the fans.

Medicine of confidence can help Everton – Ronald Koeman

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is hopeful that the club’s medicine of confidence will kick in when they host Bournemouth in the Premier League this weekend.


The Toffees have made a below-par start to their top-flight campaign, and this has resulted in them dropping into the relegation zone in 18th place. The Toffees have played the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the span of just five games, and they could consider themselves unlucky to have received such a tough fixture list at the start of the season.

Everton secured a comfortable 3-0 triumph over Sunderland in the League Cup on Wednesday night after Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored a brace and Koeman has challenged his side to hit a similar run of form in the league starting from the game against the Cherries. He said: “Now we need to see we’re still strong. I’m confident in what I saw yesterday – that’s always the best medicine, to get the confidence you need for good performances. Good performances normally mean winning games.” Continue Reading

Ronald Koeman Admits to Possibility of Signing Diego Costa

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has sensationally refused to rule out a potential move for Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who is very keen on leaving the club in this summer transfer window.


Costa was the top scorer at Chelsea last season as his 20 goals in the league helped the club lift the Premier league for a second time in the last three seasons. However, manager Antonio Conte decided to not make him out of the plans for the 2017-18 campaign and he has been at loggerheads with the club ever since. Costa has been angling towards a move to Atletico Madrid, his former club, but the move has not materialised due to a variety of issues.

Atletico Madrid are banned from signing new players until January. Hence, even if Costa makes the move, he will have to train without any football for the next few months. Furthermore, Atletico are also far away from matching Chelsea’s £ 50 million valuation of player. Continue Reading

KOEMAN: EXPECT MORE FROM EVERTON THIS SUMMER

Everton FC manager Ronald Koeman has dismissed talks that his side have been big spenders this summer.


The Dutchman insists that more activity should be expected before the transfer deadline. The former Ajax boss says he still wants to add at least three players in Gylfi Sigurdsson, a defender in the left wing and a goal poacher to play centre forward.

Koeman explained that after selling off RomeluLukakuto Manchester United in a mega deal that brought in around £90 million, the club was within their limits with regards to transfers so far.

“I heard every time that ‘Everton is spending £100 million, £100 million, £100 million’ but I saw the list and I think we’re 16th in the league for spending and we got £95 million for Lukaku. We’ve only spent £7 million. It’s a different picture then the media is talking. Three positions we need,” Koeman said. Continue Reading

Ronald Koeman insists Wayne Rooney is still one of the best in his position

Everton boss Ronald Koeman admits Wayne Rooney is still one of the best in his position despite falling out-of-favour with Manchester United and England last season.


The 31-year-old joined the Toffees on a free transfer earlier this month and he has since made an immediate impact for the Merseyside club.

Rooney hit a sublime long range effort in his comeback game against GorMahia while he also found the scoresheet against Belgian club Genk. The veteran made just 15 league starts for United last term, but Koeman does not believe the striker has lost his key attributes.

He told the club’s official website: “He has a lot of experience. He is an important player on the pitch but also important for his team-mates and certainly the young players to show them what you need to do to reach that high standard of football. That means he needs to be a leader off the pitch and if I see how he’s working and what he’s doing with all the players it’s really what we want. Every day in training so far and in the friendlies, you see why he’s one of the best in his position and one of the best players.” Continue Reading

Everton plot stunning swoop for Arsenal forward

Everton are planning a £30m bid for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott during this summer’s transfer window.


The England international bagged an impressive tally of 19 goals for the Gunners last season, but his future is still uncertain amid the club’s desire to sign a new attacker.

Walcott, 28, has been a brilliant servant for the north London giants over the past decade, racking 104 goals across all competitions, but his inconsistency in front of goal has brought frustration among the club’s faithful, who expect more from a player of his calibre.

According to The Mirror, the Toffees are lining up a potential attempt to sign Walcott, who is desperate to prove himself ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Walcott could not quite make the Three Lions squad despite his performances last season, and he will be concerned by the reduced playing time received during the backend of the Premier League campaign. Continue Reading

Ronald Koeman is glad to have Davy Klaassen in his Side

Ronald Koeman is glad at having secured the services of his countryman and one of the most promising young playmakers in the world Davy Klaassen.


Everton has paid a hefty amount to Ajax to buy Klaassen and Koeman is believed to be the big reason behind the signing of the Dutch player.

As per Koeman, Klaassen is one of those Footballers who are young, but, despite that, are very, very experienced and matured.

Generally, someone in his early twenties is not expected to lead a senior team, be it at any club, but, Klaassen wore the armband at Ajax when he was 22 only and that suggests what kind of a personality he possesses. Continue Reading

SWANSEA DEFEAT EVERTON TO LEAVE DANGER ZONE

The battle to remain in the top flight has entered another level with the defeat of Everton FC by Swansea.


Fernando Llorente’s header in the first half was enough to heat up the relegation battle. The 1-0 precious result for the Swans also hampered the Toffees dream of finishing higher in the Premier League this term.

Llorente grabbed his 13th goal of the term, helping the team to leapfrog their rivals Hull City to the 17th spot on the log. Hull had surprisingly lost to relegated Sunderland to put their hopes on a shaky front, particularly with few games left. Swansea are a point above them but if the season ends this way, it is the Tigers that would move back to the Sky Bet Championship.

Everton had already qualified for the Europa League so there was little to fight for. However in the final minutes of the duel, Paul Clement and his boys had their hearts in their mouth as Everton chased an equalizer.

Liberty stadium was bubbling with the news of Hull’s loss. The whole of Southern Wales prayed for their team to get a victory and victory did they get. The guests started the attempt at goal first as RomeluLukakusent his header straight at keeper Lukasz Fabianski. The middle was packed as both sides wanted to get the ball more. Everton saw more of the ball but they toyed with their chances, losing possession easily. Continue Reading

Ronald Koeman Praises Ross Barkley for Winning Goal against Watford

Ronald Koeman says that he is extremely pleased with Ross Barkley’s goal against Watford, which helped Everton end a disappointing run of results with a 1-0 win.


The midfielder scored from a long-range effort to once again illustrate his quality to the team. Prior to the game, the manager had warned the midfielder to sign a new contract or risk the possibility of being sold from Everton. Earlier in the campaign,Barkley was heavily criticised by Ronald Koeman for his failure to transfer his undoubted talent into action performances on the pitch. This criticism seems to have worked well, as Barkleyhas been in excellent form in the second half of the season.

The midfielder has now scored five goals and created nine for his teammates in 35 league appearances. Yet, rumours continue to persist around his future. Only a few years ago, a number of top clubs were ready to take Barkley even for around £35 million. Continue Reading

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