News and gossip from an eventful week at Goodison Park.
Of course the landscape of Everton FC has been dominated by events that have transpired at another Premier League club. After Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from the game this summer it has emerged fast that David Moyes will be the man to replace him. After eleven years’ service at Goodison Park the fellow Glaswegian’s contract expires this summer and an announcement is expected in the coming hours which will confirm that Everton’s game with West Ham on Sunday will be his last in front of the home crowd.
News has already started to reach us about the potential replacements for Moyes at Goodison Park. Roberto Martinez of Wigan Athletic has been installed as the immediate favourite for the role while Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is also expected to be mentioned in regards to the job. Martinez refused to be drawn on the subject in his press-conference; instead he wanted to focus on the FA Cup Final this Saturday.
Rafa Benitez is also a name being mentioned. He brought great success to Merseyside before while in charge of local rivals Liverpool but considering his previous history with the red-side of the city it would be a shock appointment.
Meanwhile former Everton and Manchester United striker Mark Hughes has also been linked with the job. The former QPR boss’ appointment would ‘be suicide’ according to former Everton youth teamer and perennial football bad-boy Joey Barton; and I am inclined to agree with him.
Other names being strongly linked with the expected vacancy include Neil Lennon, Martin O’Neill, Vitor Pereira, Gus Poyet and current club captain Phil Neville.
Aleksander Dragovic has revealed his dream to play in the Premier League; giving Everton hope in attracting the Austrian international to Goodison Park ahead of Arsenal. He claims he often speaks to Aston Villa compatriot Andreas Weimann about the league and is convinced he wants a move from FC Basel.
An ‘extraordinary general meeting’ is likely to happen this summer at the club; where shareholders can quiz Bill Kenwright and co on the future of Everton FC. The club scrapped annual meetings in 2008 but after a ballot the necessary shareholder votes have been attained to force a meeting this summer. It is unclear what will be on the agenda and Everton released a sparse official statement.
Everton under-18’s have qualified for the end of season play-offs after a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. Kevin Sheedy’s men took the lead through Jonjoe Kenny only to be pegged back by The Eagles. Ryan Ledson then regained them the lead after the hour before Palace fought back once again. They will face second-placed Reading.
On the site we have been following the Moyes deal very closely and I shared my opinion on why pride makes me happy to see him leave for United. We also assessed five candidates to take over, whether Fellaini and Baines would be following him and if Moyes could work with Wayne Rooney again?
What are your thoughts on everything Everton FC from the past week?
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