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Everton - Taking over Liverpool

In this Football Manager save my main aim will be to become the best team in England, taking that throne from rivals Liverpool.
Started on 30 December 2019 by TheUtdMachine
Latest Reply on 4 January 2020 by Griffo
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4 yearsEdited

Everton look for new manager following Marco Silva dismissal. Unknown Tom Bryce is the man who is to be confirmed as manager soon, stating his aims are to take liverpool of their perch and become the best team in the world

Everton, oh Everton, promising buys every summer as they look to be known as the best of the rest, but how it fails. They’ve looked at Ronald Koeman, Marco Silva and others but none have built this side to where they should be. This time, Everton are looking at a manager who will give them a clearer look into the future, understanding the club and making them the best in the world.

Tom, has been known for his sides high pressing, high energy and will look to make the most of key man Dominic Calvert Lewin upfront. His love for the experienced midfielder Gylfi Sigurdson is public information and he will look to get the best of him. Summer signing Moise Kean is held in high regard as well by the gaffer.

It will be interesting to see who the gaffer is going to bring in, and how this experiment by Everton works, but one thing we can say for sure is nil satis nisi optimum(nothing but the best is enough)
small thing i need help with, anybody know how to put pictures up here, struggling to figure out, sorry if it is obvious
Sent you instructions in a chat message mate :) best of luck with your story
The early days

On my first day at Goodison Park the board gave a clear plan of what is expected of me in my time at the club. Despite claiming I could do better, the board insisted on sticking to the plan stating, “if you can do more, we would love it, but we don't want to put that expectation.”

Transfer Window
Coming into the transfer window, the board only freed up 10 million for me. Despite hopes of getting a new midfielder and a new defender, the money was not there, and we were forced to buy to sell if we wanted real quality.

Since we couldn’t get the defender as desired, I took things to the reserves by promoting young Morgan Feeney into the first team, and reassuring Lewis Gibson with a new contract till 2022.

Looking at the outs, we have let Maarten Steklenbuurg go for 500k, as we didn’t see the use of him, with his desire to still play at this stage of his career. We wished Maarten great luck for his career, and we wouldn’t be opposed to seeing him back later. Another out was a clearer one which the fans took better. With 6 striking options I prefer over him, Oumar Niasse was dished out to VFL Wolfsburg for 5.5 million, giving the club an 8 million loss from when brought in.

Despite the outs, not enough money was raised for quality as Everton stayed quiet in the market, spending nothing and buying no one. The manager in a press conference stated, “I am happy with the squad inherited, I think we have every position covered.”

Pre Season

The first starting XI by the manager. Huge Surprise with Leighton Baines at CDM, however he started there in both games. Both games Everton amounted over 30 shots showing real domination.

The Squad


Jordan Pickford - 100% the number one going into the season, and bar miracle will keep that spot
Jonas Lossl - backup, cup keeper
Nicholas Hansen - 18 year old 3rd choice, still playing for the u23s when not needed in first team

Seamus Coleman
Leighton Baines - being trained as CDM
Michael Keane
Mason Holgate
Yerry Mina
Lucas Digne
Cuco Martina
Morgan Feeney
Djibril Sidibe

Leighton Baines
Andre Gomes
Gyfli Sigurdson
Anthony Gordon
Tom Davies
Beni Baningime
Morgan Schneiderlin
Fabian Delph
Jean-Philippe Gbamin

Theo Walcott
Alex Iwobi
Dominic Calvert Lewin
Moise Kean
Cenk Tosun
Glad we could get you up and underway :)
Good luck!
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4 yearsEdited
August Review
Winless at Goodison, Better on the road
Everton vs Leicester
First Game In Charge
Starting XI (everton) - Pickford, Sidibe, Keane, Mina, Digne, Schneiderlin, Gomes, Richarlison, Sigurdson, Bernard, Kean
Bench - Lossl, Baines, Holgate, Davies, Gordon, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin
Starting XI (leicester) - Schmeichel, Pereira, Soyuncu, Benkovic, Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Praet, Maddison, Vardy, Iheanacho
Everton started in the managers famed 4-2-3-1 that got him the job, and in the opening half they looked much the better team creating mammoth amount of clear cut chances, but the forwards struggled to find the back of the net to see of the game. Moise Kean and Bernard both did find the net, but shaky defensive moments allowed Leicester to go into half-time on level terms. The second half Leicester looked much the better team making it a matter of when not if they will score. Eventually, high flying RB Ricardo Pereira found the back of the net in the sixty-sixth minute, giving Leicester a firm griphold on the game. As the young Everton manager tried to go for the game, he brought on young Anthony Gordon for his Premier League debut, alongside Iwobi, and Davies, but it wasn’t enough to get them the points they wanted.
Everton - Moise Kean (6), Bernard (41)
Leicester - Iheanacho (27, 45+2), Pereira (66)

Time to go on the road
Aston Villa vs Everton

Starting XI (aston villa) - Heaton, Guilbert, Engels, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Trezeguet, Grealish, El Ghazi, Wesley
Starting XI (everton) - Pickford, Sidibe, Keane, Holgate(comes in for Mina), Digne, Schneiderlin, Gomes, Richarlison, Sigurdson, Bernard, Kean
BENCH - Lossl, Baines, Feeney, Davies, Gordon, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin
Everton started this game a lot quicker then the other one taking an early lead through Andre Gomes in the 4th minute, before swiftly doubling it through Bernard in the ninth. Everton, this time around went a little more defensive looking to keep the clean sheet, going into half time 2-0 up. The second half was more of a bore show, with neither side threatening massively. Everton had a slight scare in the 72nd minute, when Schneiderlin unnecessarily got a second yellow, forcing the 10 men Everton to have a tough last 20 minutes. This red card saw goalscorer, Bernard come of giving Morgan Feeney a first Premier League appearance. The other substitutes were Anthony Gordon, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin getting his first appearance under the new manager.

Digne picked up an injury keeping him out for a month, who will replace him at Goodison against Chelsea

Back at Goodison
Everton vs Chelsea

Starting XI (everton) Pickford, Sidibe, Keane, Holgate, Baines, Sigurdson, Gomes, Richarlison, Gordon, Bernard, Kean
Bench - Lossl, Coleman, Feeney, Davies, Baningime, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin
Starting XI (chelsea) - Kepa, Azpi, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso, Kovacic, Kante, Willian, Barkley, Pedro, Abraham

Everton fans were showing signs of optimism going into this one following the 2-0 victory over Burnley, but Chelsea were much bigger of a test. The first 30 minutes were statiscally very even with both sides not threatining too much, before Kovacic out of nowhere made it 1-0, and that would be the score till Half Time. Early on in the 2nd half, Sidibe scored a very good goal running from halfway, finishing after a good pass from midfield maestro, Gyfli Sigurdson, who played a deeper role in the game tonight. A poor back pass from Baines, combined with Pickford’s 50/50 decision of whether to come out or not saw Willian give Chelsea the lead they deserved. Against the run of play, Ross Barkley made it 3-1 putting the game out of hand for Everton.

Hull City vs Everton

Starting XI (hull city) - Mannion, Ramsay, Burke, MacDonald, Kingsley, Stewart, Honeyman, Irvine, Grosicki, Milinkovic, Eaves
Starting XI (everton) - Pickford, Sidibe, Keane, Holgate, Gibson(debut), Sigurdson, Gomes, Richarlison, Gordon(first start), Bernard, Kean

Everton’s new manager set out a strong side away from home against the Championship side, looking to put Everton back on form. Richarlison opened the scoring in the 16th minute, making the score 1-0 going into HT. Bernard opened the scoring in the second half in the 48th minute, before adding his second in the 84th minute, Michael Keane rounded up the scoring in the 91st minute with a header, giving Gylfi a second assist of the game rounding out a wonderful performance. Bernard snatched MOTM out of Gyfli’s hand following a two goal performance. Calvert-Lewin looked lively of the bench, but struggled in front of goal. Morgan Feeney came on, as well as Seamus Coleman, looking to give Sidibe a bit of a break.

Final Game of the month
Burnley vs Everton

Starting XI (burnley) - Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Gudmunson, Cork, Drinkwater, Rodriguez, Barnes, Wood
Starting XI (everton) - Pickford, Sidibe, Keane, Mina, Coleman, Gomes, Delph, Walcott, Sigurdson, Bernard, Richarlison

Everton, as they usually have this season started of quickly with a 13 minute opener coming from Walcott, making his first appearance this season. Sidibe didn’t wait long to score a scorcher from outside the box, making him a goal of the month contender in the 23rd minute. Going into the 2nd half Everton lead 2 nil and were hungry for more. Gyfli got his first of the campaign, when he found the net from the spot, before Walcott made it 4-0 in the 91st minute. Much to the hatred of the travelling Everton fans, there side conceded in the 94th and 95th minute from a quickfire Brady brace, despite only 2 minutes being added on.

Month Review
Player of the Month - Sidibe, FAULTLESS at the back, not one mistake, and picked up two goals going forward

We end the month at a good position to start with, as well as progression to the next round of the EFL Cup, where we play Lincoln City. also, look who we are above in the table, hows 14th?
Hi! Does anyone have feedback for how I can improve this story? First real story that I'm trying to continue for a while
2020-01-01 15:07#264567 TheUtdMachine : Hi! Does anyone have feedback for how I can improve this story? First real story that I'm trying to continue for a while

Look to start doing simple editing such as changing font sizes and bolding headers for a cleaner look :)
Mixed bag of results but you lost against very strong Chelsea and Leicester sides, so can't be too disheartened with them.

As with regards to the story, my advice would be to write the story in a way that you would like to read it. If you enjoy reading it back, then you're on to something.
Picking up some results against teams you'd expect to beat there, however, the top teams in the division look very troublesome for you moving forward!
Good luck with rebuilding Everton. It will take a fair bit of work to get them to their 80s heyday when they were yo-yoing with Liverpool.

They've some decent players, but are some way off top 6 as it stands as I'm sure you'll agree, some careful trimming and replacements will be needed, but theres the potential there with some good youth prospects.

Will be interesting to see how you get on with the journey.

Your motto perhaps should be borrowed from a certain Man Utd manager who said 'knock Liverpool of their F***** perch!'.

Of course, being a Liverpool supporter myself it is nice to see Man Utd struggling and Liverpool doing well after years of almost getting there. Having Everton being strong alongside them would be good for the city overall.
September Review
After an average month, how will the Blues react?

The gaffer stated in his press conference at the start of the month at how difficult this month would be, considering the fixture list starting of with Brighton, followed by Manchester United, Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup, before his first Merseyside Derby, which will be played at Goodison.

Everton vs Brighton
In his pre match notes, the gaffer stated they are looking for 3 points, to begin the month correctly
Everton Starting XI - Pickford, Sidibe, Mina, Keane, Digne, Delph, Gomes, Bernard, Gylfi, Walcott, Richarlison
Brighton - Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Webster, Dunk, Bernardo, Propper, Mooy, Gross, Alzate, Maupay
Despite Everton's efforts, an equalizer from prolific French striker Neil Maupay cancelling out Bernards goal, continuing his great form

Following a disappointing draw, Everton are forced into playing 2 games in 3 days.

Manchester United vs Everton
Does it get bigger?
Manchester United Starting XI - De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Pereira, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, James, Rashford
Everton - Pickford, Sidibe, Mina, Keane, Digne, Davies, Gomes, Iwobi, Gordon, Bernard, Kean
Everton go for a bit of a second string attack, with sights set on the Carabao Cup tie, almost surrendering to defeat at Old Trafford
United had over double the shots of Everton but a promising late run from Bernard, causing a Harry Maguire own goal, Everton steal a point.

Lincoln City vs Everton
Is this the competition Everton can win?
Lincoln City Starting XI - Vickers, Lewis, Bostwick, Shackell, Toffolo, Anderson, Payne, Morrell, Grant, Hesketh, Andrade
Everton - Lossl, Gibson, Keane, Holgate, Coleman, Baningime, Markelo, Walcott, Gordon, Calvert-Lewin, Tosun

Everton struggle to get a convincing win, but are through to the 4th round, where they have yet another Merseyside Derby

Everton vs Liverpool - THE BIG ONE
Can Everton upset inform Liverpool
Everton starting XI - Pickford, Sidibe, Mina, Keane, Digne, Delph, Gomes, Richarlison, Gylfi, Bernard, Kean
Liverpool XI - Adrian, TAA, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Lallana, Mane, Firmino

Everton faced their first derby under new manager with the sole focus of the fans being on the result in 90 minutes. Everton started of the game very lively with Richarlison missing a sitter, before hitting the post on the rebound. Lallana put Liverpool rightly on top in the 12th minute, before Trent seemed like he was setting up a long day for the Toffees, in the 17th minute giving Liverpool a 2-0 lead. Before half time, Egyptian wonder Mohammed Salah, seemed like he put the game to bed making it 3-0, giving home manager Tom, with a lot to do for a recovery. 10 minutes after the restart, it seemed like Moise Kean gave the side a consolation goal limiting the difference between the 2 sides, assisted by Gylfi. A wonderful corner routine aimed at near post Yerry Mina, gave Gylfi another assist and set up a classical last 15 minutes for the ages. Everton constantly pushed men forward, and for a moment Everton fan's were convinced they had a penalty when Robertson brought down Kean in the box. VAR gave Everton the chance to seal an incredible comeback, and it was Icelandic Gylfi, who was put to the task from the spot. With both managers on their knees, and hands on their heads, Gylfi stepped up, but a poor penalty down the middle allowed the Anfield Faithful to go home with a victory against local rivals.

Stats from game

Month Review
Everton go September winless in the League
Well... just 1 loss, 2 draws, positive in the cup, progressing to the next round setting up a rematch against the other half of Merseyside.
Player of the Month
Was gonna go to Gylfi without a doubt, but then he scuffed it up, so now he just about beats Moise Kean to the player of the month.
Tried a new style for this months review, where I made a deeper paragraph for one game rather then last months review style. Tried taking in some feedback especially the visual look of the review.
Any other improvements I could make?

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