News and gossip from the past week at Goodison Park.
Everton legend Graeme Sharp believes the Everton job is too big for Celtic manager Neil Lennon who has been linked with the job recently. The Glaswegian believes that the SPL’s rightful reputation as a one-team league means Lennon cannot have built the reputation he would have liked during his time at the club. It is believed David Moyes has tipped Malky Mackay of Cardiff City as his natural successor.
Former Wigan Athletic player Arjan De Zeeuw however thinks that Roberto Martinez is the obvious candidate for the job. He feels the Spaniard is too good a manager for Championship football and that if a Premier League club comes calling the 39-year-old should snap up the opportunity to manage at the highest level again next season.
However the Daily Mail believe that Gus Poyet could be in line for the job. The Uruguayan cast doubts over his long-term future at Brighton after they were defeated by Crystal Palace in the Championship play-off semi-final this week. Poyet admitted he could not guarantee his future after the humbling defeat.
Everton under-18’s have been thrashed in the semi-final of the Premier League title play-off by Reading. AA brace from Craig Tanner allied with goals from Jack Stacey and Dom Hyam saw the Berkshire side romp to a 4-0 triumph at Hogswood Park.
Tim Howard does not feel the effect of David Moyes’ impending departure will severely damage the club for next season; suggesting that the ‘’table is set for the next guy’’. In an interview with The Mirror the American made his intentions clear that the squad Moyes has built is strong enough to succeed without him and feels as long as the right man is appointed Everton will continue to succeed next season.
Two Everton youngsters are set to be named in Peter Taylor’s England squad for the Under-20s World Cup in Turkey. England are in the same group as Chile, Iraq and Egypt and midfield duo Ross Barkley and John Lundstram are both set to travel with the squad which takes place in June.
On the site we have taken a close look at the apparent pact between David Moyes and Bill Kenwright that will see the new Manchester United manager refraining from ‘poaching’ some of his Everton stars for his new project.
Finally we bring you the news of a rather embarrassing moment for three of Everton’s star players - after they arrived at the wrong party this weekend. Kevin Mirallas, Maraoune Fellaini and Sylvain Distin all accidentally arrived at Manchester United’s title celebrations rather than Phillip Neville’s leaving do - which was taking place just around the corner.
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