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The Goodison Grind.

  1. The Goodison Grind.

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    Moyes departs the Toffeemen! Smith takes charge!

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    David Moyes has stepped down as manager of Everton Football Club, in a statement he declared: "I've taken this club as far as I could, Now it is time for a new man to take this famous club forward. I wish whoever it is the best of luck!"

    That new man is relatively unknown manager Tim Smith. Smith, a keen student of the game, has been chosen ahead of many big names and at the age of 32 has become the youngest manager in Premier League history!

    Smith was approached by new reporters and had this to say: "I can't wait to take on this challenge, my aims will be to hold on to Key players such as Fellaini and Baines, they are pivotal to this club and to my aim of finishing in the top 8."

    When asked about transfers he said: "We are looking at a few options, as I do not wish sell our prize assets I realise my funds will be limited. I know who is and who isn't in my plans so hopefully we can sell one or two unwanted players and get my targets into the club in time for Pre-season."

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    Finish in the Top 8 of the Premier League
    Perform well in the FA Cup
    Hold onto Fellaini and Baines!
    Give youth a chance

    In order to get Everton into the top 8 I'll need to keep the majority of the squad together, holding onto Key players is a must therefore I will be rejecting any offers for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.

    I will use the Capital Cup to rotate my squad and have a look at my youngsters, however I will most likely be revamping the entire youth system and most will be released from the club if I deem them not good enough.

    Everton have a proud history in the FA Cup and I will be disappointed if we do not reach the 6th round if not further! I am looking to move on a couple of players in order to create some much needed funds as there are couple of young Brazilians who have caught my eye and might be available at incredible bargain prices...

    There are one or two promising youngsters at the club, Ross Barkley stands out amongst them and I'll be aiming to give him some playing time this season.

  4. Preseason & Transfers

    Preseason & Transfers 2012

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    Major Transfers Out:

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    Player Club Amount
    John Heitinga Fulham £10 million
    Darron Gibson Swansea £3.5 million
    Jan Mucha Bolton £1.7 million
    Steven Naismith West Brom Loan: £130k p/m
    Magaye Gueye Stoke Loan: £120k p/m

    The departures of these 5 players gave me nearly £15 million towards my transfer kitty. My aims were to get some quality youths for the midfield and develop them into Premiership stars.

    Transfers in:

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    Player Club Amount
    Andrea Poli Samporia £7 million
    Jack Butland Birmingham £4.2 million
    Wellington Nem Fluminense £3.5 million
    Adryan Flamengo £875k
    Jose Callejon Real Madrid Loan: £95k p/m
    Ayila Yussuf Dynamo Kyiv Loan: £45k p/m

    Overall I'm delighted with my transfers, Wellington Nem and Adryan were no-brainers due to their massive potential and low release clauses. Poli was recommended by my scouting team, he looks quite decent and hopefully will perform well alongside Fellaini in my midfield. Callejon is a player I admire greatly and will provide cover on either flank, Yussuf is a big stong CB who will cover for the ageing Distin. Would've liked a young Striker to cover for Jelavic but the finances just wouldn't stretch that far!

    All Everton club transfers can be viewed below:

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    Preston (Away): W 3-0
    Lincoln (Away): W 2-0
    Wuppertal (Away): W 3-0
    Halle (Away): W 2-0
    Jena (Away): D 0-0
    Osnabruck (Away): W 5-0

    Delighted with our results, 6 games played, all away from home, 15 goals scored and 0 conceded! I know it was against lesser opposition but these results can only help morale and help us towards achieving a successful first season together!

    Squad and Tactics:

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    Next update - August 2012

  5. Quote Originally Posted by LufcAnt View Post
    following this story. goodluck
    Thanks mate, looking forward to the challenge

  6. August 2012

    AUGUST 2012

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    The Premier League kicks off
    Decent start for Smith
    Capital One Cup disaster

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    Premier League

    Reading (Away): W 2-1
    Jelavic (24) Osman (69)
    MOM: Distin (9.0)

    Wigan (Home): D 1-1
    Osman (77)

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    Capital One Cup

    Bristol City (Away) L 0-1

    Summary: A solid start in the league with a win at Reading who missed a penalty before we took the lead. We did not perform well in our opening match at Goodison, conceding early and having to rely on Leon Osman for the second game in a row. The least said about the cup match the better. Yes I played a very young reserve side, but there should have been enough quality there to get the result but we fell behind early and never looked like coming back! Oh well, the board will not be happy but our focus is the league after all...

    Player of the month: Leon Osman

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    League Table & Transfer Round up

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    Next time...September 2012...Play Utd, Chelsea & Arsenal in a row!
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  7. hard start to season!

  8. SEPTEMBER 2012

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    Tough sequence of Premier League games for the Toffees
    Injury time action!

    Premier League

    West Ham (Away): W 2-0
    Pienaar (27) Mirallas (61)

    ***Disaster as Jelavic is ruled out for 2 months, Everton squad lacks depth***

    Manchester United (Home): L 2-3
    Mirallas (65) Wellington Nem (80)

    Chelsea (Away): D 3-3
    Pienaar (8) Osman (30) Mirallas (51)

    Arsenal (Home): W 3-0
    Anichebe (78) Callejon (80) Wellington Nem (82)

    MOM: Wellington Nem (9.0)

    Summary: A Solid home victory against the Hammers, we dictated the play and once the second goal went in we played the game out in relative comfort. Nikica Jelavic picked up a nasty injury on International duty and we will be without him for 2 months, not what we needed with our upcoming fixtures!

    Against United we held our own until Nani scored their winner in injury time, typical!

    A couple of days later saw us travel to Stamford Bridge. Described in the media as a 'ding-dong' affair, we took the lead twice in the game however Stefan Jovetic was on top form for his new club, we were hanging on towards the end and Jovetic had a goal ruled out in stoppage time which would have been his hat-trick and the winner. We'll take the point thank you very much!

    Home to the Gunners, both teams were dismal, I made some changes late in the second half but little did I know the effect they would have! 3 goals in 4 minutes! Arsenal looked stunned and if I'm honest so was I! 7 points out of 12, I'll take that considering the fixtures we had!

    Player of the month: Kevin Mirallas - 3 Goals in 4 games

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    League Table

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    Next time...October 2012...Climbing up that table!

  9. OCTOBER 2012

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    Hat-trick of victories
    Belgian connection thriving!

    Premier League

    Norwich (Home): W 2-1
    Mirallas (61
    ) Fellaini (83)
    MOM: Distin (9.0)

    West Brom (Home): W 4-1
    Baines (9) Mirallas (50, 90+2) Wellington Nem (86)
    MOM: Jagielka (8.9)

    Sunderland (Away): W 2-0
    Adryan (10) Pienaar (36)

    MOM: Jagielka (9.0)

    ***Kevin Mirallas ruled out for 3 weeks with thigh problem***

    Summary: A great month with 3 wins out of 3! We performed very well throughout the month, Mirallas continued his rich vein of goalscoring form in the absence of Jelavic. Young Brazilian talents Wellington Nem and Adryan continued to thrive amongst the senior players in the first team, chipping in with a goal each.

    Jagielka and Distin are rocks at the back! They hogged the Man of the Match champagne this month!

    The month ended on a sour note, after a great performance at the Stadium of Light I was informed that Mirallas had suffered a thigh strain and would miss our next 4 matches! Now I have to decide who to play up front as I'm not blessed with many out and out strikers...Perhaps Wellington Nem will thrive in this role or perhaps the young Greek striker Vellios might get a run out? Decisions decision!

    Player of the month: Phil Jagielka - 2 MOM performances in 3 games

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    League Table

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    Next Time...November sees more injuries hit the squad and our first meeting with City!
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  10. NOVEMBER 2012

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    Five games...
    Five injuries...
    Man City dominated?

    Premier League

    Southampton (Away): D
    Fellaini (34)
    MOM: Howard (9.2)

    ***Steven Pienaar ruled out for 6 weeks with sports hernia***

    Stoke (Home): D
    Osman (54)
    MOM: Jagielka (8.5)

    ***Leon Osman ruled out for 3 weeks***

    QPR (Away): W 5-1
    Wellington Nem (43, 46) Baines (45) Oviedo (47) Jelevic (76)

    MOM: Baines (9.0)

    ***Nikica Jelavic ruled out for 1 week***

    Fulham (Away): D 0-0
    MOM: Jagielka (9.0)

    ***Andrea Poli out for 2 weeks***

    Man City (Home): W 3-1
    Callejon (4) Mirallas (27) Adryan (34)

    MOM: Wellington Nem (8.6)

    ***Jose Callejon out for 6 weeks***

    Summary: Where to start? An unbeaten month but at one hell of a cost...5 players from my relatively small squad out injured. We are stretched to the max. My young Brazilians were not supposed to see so much playing time but currently I don't have any choice, thankfully they are playing fantastically and have blended in well!

    Two draws to start the month was disappointing, however when we travelled to play QPR we were 3rd in the table and they were 4th!!! After falling behind early I feared the worst but we came back and absolutely smashed them, scoring 4 goals in 5 minutes which is a personal record of mine!

    I rested a couple of key players for the Fulham game which backfired as we played out a bore draw, but it paid off soon after when the Reigning Champions came to Goodison...We sent them running with their tail between their legs! It was a sweet victory and gave the squad confidence leading into what promises to be a tough December!

    Player of the month: Wellington Nem - 1 MOM performance, 2 goals and 4 assists over the month

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    League Table

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    ***Up to 2nd!!! So Pleased with how its going so far***

    Manager News:
    *Bit spooky*
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    Next time...December...Manager Merry-go-round...1st Merseyside derby and a Red Card record!!!

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