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    Homepage Article Assessing the wider significance of Ancelotti

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    Homepage Article The Appointment Of Duncan Ferguson

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    Homepage Article Tragedy and Farce

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    Homepage Article Case for the Defence

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    Homepage Update: Silva Linings

    The Derby came at the right time for Everton. Expectations have been slowly reduced through an underwhelming series of results allied to a longer term malaise that has set in around the derby. For Everton the game presented an opportunity where they had everything to gain and very little to...
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    Homepage Update: Where Next For Everton

    In times of difficulty the sensationalism of social media creates an immediacy that was not apparent in football even a decade ago. This truth lingers long as I attempt to evaluate quite how the club has got itself into the bind it is stuck in and how it can truly get itself out of such a bind...
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    Homepage Update: The Half Term Report

    When analyzing the first half of Everton’s season the curious point to note is the levels of optimism amongst the fanbase in spite of a moderate start in terms of results. For a fan base that can be broadly characterized as airing on the side of brutal realism as opposed to utopian optimism...
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    Homepage Update: The Derby Review

    “Those who love, friends and lovers, know that love is not only a blinding flash, but also a long and painful struggle in the darkness for the realization of definitive recognition and reconciliation.” Albert Camus, The Rebel. When outlining the future for humanity in 1984 George Orwell...
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    Homepage Update: Reflections on Koeman

    A year or so has passed since Ronald Koeman was removed from his position at Everton. Given the whirlwind 12 months that have followed his departure it is perhaps only now that we are able to gain a reflection of his 15 months in charge of the club. Full article...
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    Homepage Update: Post West Ham Reflections

    Sometimes there is a game and a performance that is best forgotten. For Silva and the Everton players I would suggest they will try to omit the game from their memory and not dwell on it too far. While the following will frustrate many fans, for the most part it is a game that is atypical of our...
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    Homepage Update: Assessing the Initial Start

    I’ve long felt the international break comes at an inopportune moment for most football spectators. England’s recent success at the World Cup has not changed my mind on that. It feels like you are just getting into the momentum of the new season and suddenly 2 weeks without football feels a long...
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    Homepage Update: The Season Preview

    The hardest thing in life is getting back into the saddle. Whether it’s work, love or life when you have been bitterly disappointed it requires courage to trust again. You can only ever grow, succeed and become fulfilled if you do so. Football for many is an odd cocktail of work, love and life...
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    Homepage Update: Evaluating Everton's Transfer Window

    I would say the transfer window could be framed in two differing ways. The first is a window of two segments, notably a first half which was slow on incomings with more emphasis based upon an austere approach to cost reduction. The second framework may be that there was more opaque lines of...
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    Homepage Update: Magnificent 7

    Squad demography When considering the positives of last season it’s very difficult to name any. The one striking omission should be the exposure the young players were afforded and how this could further impact the club positively going forward. As of the end of June I measured the ages of all...
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    Homepage Update: Scouse or English?

    My first memory of supporting England was the European Championships of 1996. Gary Neville would later remark that though he didn’t know it then, this was as good as it got for a young player playing for England. For me as a young fan, this was very much the Everest of my experience of watching...
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    Homepage Update: A Comment On The Transfer Business to Date

    catcherintherye submitted a new blog post Continue reading the Original Blog Post. In trying to comment and generalize from Everton’s pre season activity (or lack of) we are left with different competing and at times contradictory statements which all hold similar levels of validity. There...
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    Homepage Update: Once a blue- Thoughts on Waynes Departure

    Once a Blue The news of Wayne Rooney’s departure, for the 2nd time from the club will be met with none of the anger, sadness or relevance it did some 14 years ago when he first left. A move to DC United is both an enormous step down for England’s most decorated forward but also a unique and...
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    Homepage Update: How Can Silva Succeed at Everton?

    The appointment of Marco Silva has been met with overwhelmingly and arguably surprisingly positive feelings from most Evertonians. A recent poll on GrandOldTeam showed 89.5% are happy with the appointment which would make him as popular as any previous managerial appointment. While I had...
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    Homepage Update: Assessing the new board

    catcherintherye submitted an update to GrandOldTeam's homepage Assessing the new board After a disastrous season on the pitch, where huge sums of money spent on players led to an underwhelming finish, many critical things have been spoken and written about the ownership of the club. I had...
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