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Everton FC - The Club With Ambition

Started on 27 November 2014 by RD17
Latest Reply on 3 January 2015 by RD17
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Another very nice month in the league, keep fighting for the title! :D


Louis Van Gaal has blasted Everton and boss Zinedine Zidane after they’re victory over Manchester United this week.

Van Gaal was clearly unhappy with the result as United all but handed the second place spot to Everton. Everton have been a surprise package of the season as they battled for Champions League football. The win see’s Everton go eight points clear of United with seven games remaining. This is what Van Gaal had to say when he spoke to Talk Sport in his latest news conference.

Van Gaal: Of course they didn’t deserve the win. Look, they were tackling rough, going hard on our players. It is a disgrace, to see this in modern day football. When asked if his team were just simply out played, this is what he had to say. “By who? None of the Everton players have the credentials of my players? The corner which resulted in the winning goal, clearly came off an Everton player last, no corner. Today we have been robbed”.

Here’s what Zidane responded with: “ You know, I use to respect Van Gaal, a great manager but today he is wrong. He needs to get his head out of the sand, we were better across the park.


Zidane secured a dramatic double over United in March

Sky Sports has announced the Everton boss Zinedine Zidane has been award the manager of the month for his efforts during March.

Zidane has seen his side remain defeated throughout the calendar month, recording comfortable wins over Reading and Stoke. As well as this the Toffee’s beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. Meaning Everton join a small list of teams to do the double of the Red Devils.

Although the successful month saw them crash out the FA Cup, Everton sensational league form has seen them look more and more likely to secure a Champions League spot. Something which would be a very successful feat considering Everton finished 11th in the Premier League last campaign. Zidane will surely be hoping for more of the same from his players as the season draws to close.


“ This will go down in history “ – Zinedine Zidane


As we started the month, I was eager to calm the boys down. It was clear to everyone we were on the edge of something big here. I wanted to make sure we went about our business as usual. As we faced QPR we did just that, although we were extremely unlucky as they equalised with just minutes to play. From this we travelled to White Hart Lane, were the boys fought hard. Tottenham saw the majority of the possession throughout the game however never looked like scoring. We were happy for them to do this, as Baines scored in the first half. Another big double over a big team.

We then went off to two difficult defeats. Arsenal were just too strong for us. In this game I believe we scored too early and Arsenal came right back at us. The lads were understandably slightly nervous, however we wanted to move on quickly.

Which it was clear we did not as we entered the Merseyside Derby, an embarrassing day for everyone at the club. Made worse by Liverpool’s poor performance in the Premier League when compared to Everton’s. However we needed to put this behind us in order to confirm that second place spot.

I was happy we avoided defeated in the final three games. Due to both Manchester United and Arsenal both losing their games in hand, we knew a win against Hull would secure us the Second place spot in the league and Champions League football next season. With an added bonus of no qualifiers. The boys did just that in what was a very tight game, the tempo of the game was low as expect with the season drawing to a close. Two late goals were enough for us though.

Before a ball was even kicked on the final day, it was confirmed Everton would be in the Champions League after a second place finish in the Premier League. It was a weakened eleven that faced Wigan on the final day, the result was irrelevant as the fans were in party mood to say the least.

I have not awarded the player of the season award, as a few of the players did not live up to certain expectations. However I did want to use this to congratulate the team on their amazing season. Everyone has done so well to achieve what we have.

What a great season, made some great additions and have earned to get to where you are ;)
Denzy - thanks mate!

Neal - chelsea ran away with it! Cant argue with second place!

Jack - thanks :D hopefully bring in a couple more faces!
Second place! Cracking stuff, I can't wait to see what next season brings for Everton :)
As the season’s draws to a close, more and more speculation arises on the nominations for individual awards. With many highlights to a very exciting season, players and managers alike will all be hoping to hear their names read out to receive an award come the end of the season.

Today I am going to be casting an eye on the contenders for the player of the season awards, three men that have all been nominated and tipped to win, aren’t necessarily three you might expect to see on the list.

Eden Hazard – Chelsea

Here’s someone nearly everyone would have expected to see make the cut. Since arriving at Chelsea from Lille in 2012 Eden Hazard has soon become of one Chelsea’s and the Premier League’s most exciting talents. Tipped to be one of the brightest talents for the future. This season Hazard has brought the Premier League to light with his tricky and moments of genius. Having scored 12 goals and racked up 13 assists this season, Hazard is tipped as a hot favourite. The Belguim winger has never shied away from the possibility of being one of the best, but for sure he knows he has work to do. Achieving this would be one big step for Eden Hazard.

Salmon Rondon – Arsenal

Salmon Rondon has been a new name for the Premier League, moving to Arsenal over the summer. The powerful striker wasted no time in adapting to the Premier League. His physicality and seen him brush defenders aside and bag goal after goal for the Gunners. Rondon has scored 27 goals in competitions this season for the Gunners. The Venezuelan striker has been ever present in the Arsenal side, causing havoc for defence’s.

Aiden McGeady – Everton

One nomination that many could have been surprised about. However for anyone that have watched the Everton matches this season, would have known this was no mistake. The Irish winger has featured heavily under Zidane, who is thought to be a fan of his tricky and ability to grab a goal here and there. As well as that McGeady has been a tireless member of the Everton squad, giving 10 out of 10 every week. McGeady has been influential to Everton’s success this season. McGeady has scored 9 goals and recorded 10 assists in all competitions for the Toffee’s this season.


The Belgium winger has won the double with Chelsea this season

Chelsea’s Belgium wing wizard Eden Hazard has been announced as the Barclays Premier League Player of the Season. In the run up to the award ceremony Hazard was the bookies favourite
to win the award.

Hazard beat off competition from Arsenal’s new striker Salmon Rondon and Everton’s Aiden
McGeady. Hazard has become a focal point to the Chelsea team, helping secure the League and Capital One Cup double this season.

Hazard has soon become one the world’s best. There’s no doubt that some of his performances will have been noticed by the world’s best. However Chelsea will defiantly not look to sell Hazard and who knows what they could achieve with the Belgium star in their side.
Some good updates on show here. Belated congratulations on finishing second, you've done yourself proud!
P-Kiddy - Thanks! Champions League football is coming to Goodison Park ;)

Josh_MU - thanks mate. Very much appreciated :D


Everton have confirmed today that Arouna Kone, Samuel Eto’o and Leon Osman have decided not to extend their contracts with the club.

It is believe all three players have set their sights on retirement from football with an eye to go into a coaching role. It is unknown whether this would be at Everton or possibly one of their former clubs. Leon Osman will be the most a noticeable miss for fans and staff alike after the English midfielder spent nearly eighteen years at the club. Something that is almost unheard of in this day an age.

Arouna Kone departs the club after just three seasons with the club. Kone endured a torrid time at Goodison Park with continuous injury problems. Meaning game time came at a premium, Kone only managed to score two goals in all competitions. It is believe Kone is to head back to his homeland, Ivory Coast to do work within scouting.

Samuel Eto’o has also brought an end to an illustrious career and looking to take steps into management, rumours have emerged that Eto’o could be offered a job to manage the Everton under 18 side. Eto’o was at Everton for just two seasons and scored four goals in all competitions. Eto’o’s career included spells playing for clubs like Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea. Eto’o reached many highs with League titles and Champions League winner medals to his name.

Silvan Distin has also confirmed that he will not be renewing his contract. The experienced French defender will be looking to work within football, possible as a technical director. Distin will be another noticeable miss around the club. Distin ensured he left the club on good terms as they look to build to the future.

In other news at Goodison Park, both Steven Pienaar and Brian Oviedo have extended their contracts with the club. Both players are thought to be seen as rotation options for the first team by boss Zinedine Zidane. However he has made it clear they both still have a part to play at the club.

Pienaar has been handed a one year extension deal that will see him through till 2017 and Oviedo has had his contract extended until 2019.
Aww it;s a shame to see this players leaving :( Even if you didn't use them too often :P Time to maybe bring in some fresh young faces to become new Everton legends ;) Real shame about Osman's career coming to a close. He will be missed for sure.
Noobie - the clubs in that phase where we have to start moving on :) and hopefully, some youngster's in the youth teams have caught my eye :D

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