Royal Blue: The Everton FC Podcast

Royal Blue: The Everton FC Podcast

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Everton FC podcasts from the Liverpool ECHO, including our main Royal Blue show with Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice, Adam Jones, Sam Carroll, Chris Beesley, Paul Wheelock and Gavin Buckland, the Alan Myers Everton Podcast, and View from the Gwladys Street with Ian Croll.

Episodes

Royal Blue Podcast: Abdoulaye Doucouré - To Start or not to Start & is Brentford a Six-Pointer?

Welcome back to the latest edition of the Royal Blue Podcast!Host Phil Kirkbridge is joined by the usual suspects Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gav Buckland to reflect on the recent Toffees performances including the recent loss away to Manchester City.With most of the talk regarding Abdoulaye Doucouré's return (or perhaps non-return) from injury, the lads debate other whether the French midfielder should start or not.Attention then turns to the Striker issues, with Rafa Benitez's recent Press Conference raising eyebrows, where he named the 'remaining' attacking options his side has left, and what impact this may have on his side.And of course, the lads preview this weekend's clash with Brentford in London, and give their predictions of what could be a sticky encounter for the Toffees.Enjoy.
26/11/2147m 24s

Royal Blue: Everton left with the Blues after loss at Etihad as Rafa Benitez waits on stars to return

The Royal Blue Podcast returns this week to discuss the disappointing 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday. Everton fell to a heavy loss as Rafa Benitez continues to wait for several star players - including Yerry Mina, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin - to return. Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Chris Beesley to discuss poor performances from several individuals and what comes next during a tough run of fixtures. There is also time to discuss a new club for Tony Hibbert and transfer rumours linking Jordan Pickford with a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Enjoy.
22/11/2136m 18s

Royal Blue Podcast: Can Everton really get a result at Man City, will Fabian Delph shine again & should Everton cash in on Jordan Pickford?

It's the ground where Everton regularly took a knife to a gunfight - and came out on top.The Toffees won on four successive visits to Manchester City in the noughties - and even enjoyed back to back draws in 2016 and 2017.But that was then. They haven't won at the Etihad since 2010 - and Phil Kirkbride, Gavin Buckland and David Prentice try to keep it upbeat as they discuss Sunday's post-international break visit.They discuss line ups, the importance of Fabian Delph, Jordan Pickford's future and can Everton realistically expect to come away from the champions with a positive result. Spoiler. Someone does.
19/11/2140m 58s

Royal Blue Podcast: Calvert-Lewin chat, Ross Barkley 'return' & Marcel Brands' January transfer plans

The Royal Blue Podcast returns this week to cure your international break boredom!Sam Carroll is joined by Dave Prentice, Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland to discuss another eventful seven days at Goodison Park.Rafa Benitez continues to make his mark behind-the-scenes after it was confirmed director of medical services Danny Donachie will leave after a review into the recent injury record at the club.Everton have also been linked with a January move for Ross Barkley, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin won plaudits for his appearance on the cover of fashion magazine Homme Plus.The panel discuss all of this on the latest episode as well as answering questions posed on social media, including Marcel Brands, Farhad Moshiri and Financial Fair Play.
12/11/2131m 59s

Royal Blue Podcast: Fabian Delph can rewrite Everton story as Mason Holgate and Jean-Philippe Gbamin worry emerges

The Royal Blue Podcast returns to assess the Premier League draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday as well as the impending international break.Sam Carroll is joined by guests Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Chris Beesley as they talk through the refereeing performance of Chris Kavanagh and several notable performances at Goodison Park.Fabian Delph has the chance to rewrite his Everton story after a man-of-the-match showing against Spurs but the panel are concerned by the performances of Mason Holgate - sent off on Sunday - and Jean-Philippe Gbamin this term.There is also time to preview the international break as Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin continue their recovery from injury.You can join the Royal Blue Podcasts group on Facebook to join the conversation or follow @LivEchoEFC on Twitter.
08/11/2143m 8s

Royal Blue Podcast: Everton's team selection for visit of Spurs, finding a system to suit Fabian Delph

The Royal Blue podcast team are back for a second time this week to preview Sunday's game with Spurs at Goodison.After having an impact off the bench against Wolves on Monday night, Fabian Delph is in the frame to start the game but how does Rafa Benitez choose a system that brings the best out of him?Would playing 4-3-3 - a formation Benitez doesn't use often - allow for Anthony Gordon to start the game?Host Phil Kirkbride asks these questions, and more, to Adam Jones and Gav Buckland.The Goodison atmosphere, Gomes' situation and much more is also discussed.
05/11/2144m 2s

Royal Blue: 'Mess at Molineux' and Defensive Disagreements

Join Phil Kirkbride, Chris Beesley, Adam Jones and Gav Buckland as they dissect Everton's 2-1 loss away to Wolves on Monday night. The defensive issues against Watford were on display once again, with the players even arguing with each other at times. The panel discuss Rafa's tactics with particular reference to the midfield, and which personnel should be deployed in Doucoure's absence. The quartet then look ahead to this weekend's clash with Tottenham and their newly appointed coach, Antonio Conte. Enjoy.
02/11/2151m 50s

Royal Blue: Walter Smith | SPECIAL | Tribute, tales and stories of former Everton manager

Today's Royal Blue podcast is an edition we'd rather not have recorded. It's a special tribute to the former Everton manager, Walter Smith, who passed away on Monday aged 73. Alan Myers, who was the club's Communication Manager when Walter was manager, Kevin Campbell, who Walter brought to the club on loan, signed permanently in 1999 then made the club captain, and David Prentice, who was the Echo's Everton correspondent when Walter was at the helm, all share their recollections and memories of a very special man. It's a sad subject, but with plenty of uplifting moments about a man who enriched their lives and everyone he came into contact with.
27/10/2155m 47s

Royal Blue: Watford shambles dissected as Salomon Rondon and set piece debates continue

Host Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Chris Beesley and Gav Buckland to try and understand what happened at Goodison Park on Saturday. Everton were beaten 5-2 at the hands of Watford thanks to a disgraceful collapse in the final moments of the match, in which the hosts conceded four goals in 13 minutes. Set pieces were again a problem for Rafa Benitez's side, but the gaping defensive issues didn't stop there. Our panel also discussed the effectiveness of Salomon Rondon and how poor the Blues looked in midfield without the influence of Abdoulaye Doucoure. Some harsh truths needed to be told. Enjoy.
25/10/2141m 31s

Royal Blue: Everton's injury problems, the team's run of fixtures, Watford and ticket price analysis

The Royal Blue team had plenty to get their teeth stuck into in the latest edition of the podcast. Top of the agenda today, as host Phil Kirkbride posed the questions to Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gav Buckland, was Everton's growing injury problems. A week that had already confirmed a lay-off for Abdoulaye Doucoure also brought us confirmation of a set-back for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and an injury to Yerry Mina. The panel assess Everton's injury problems and look at how Rafa Benitez will cope for the upcoming games. Today's conversation then moves onto ticket prices after the club confirmed the cost of coming to Goodison will go up next season as Everton begin the process of working out how life will look at the new stadium.
22/10/2150m 32s

Royal Blue: Iwobi and Rondon struggle but they were not the only ones as Moyes gets one over Everton

Host Sam Carroll is joined by Dave Prentice and Chris Beesley for the first Royal Blue podcast recorded in first person since March 2020. But sadly the panel, which also includes Gavin Buckland from home, are not reflecting on a fourth straight Everton Goodison Park win. Instead, they look back at the 1-0 defeat to West Ham United on Sunday. They discuss all the big talking points from what was a disappointing outcome, including the controversial decision to award a corner that led to the only goal of the game, and the performances of Salomon Rondon and Alex Iwobi. But while that duo had afternoons to forget, they were not the only ones, with questions about the form of Ben Godfrey and whether the crowd could have done more to inspire the off-colour players also debated.
18/10/2142m 34s

Royal Blue: Moyes, Zouma and Vlasic return to Goodison as Rafa continues to change minds

Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland join Sam Carroll for your Friday edition of the Royal Blue podcast to look ahead to Sunday's visit of West Ham United to L4. The match will mark the return of David Moyes, along with Kurt Zouma and Nikola Vlasic, to Everton. It's now more than nine years since Moyes left the Blues for Manchester United. His derisory bids for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines after he moved to United soured his relationship with Evertonians. But, with time proving just what a good job he did at Goodison Park, has that frostiness cooled? Equally, are Blues taking Rafa Benitez, who used to go up against Moyes when he was in charge of Liverpool, closer to their hearts? Both questions are discussed by Sam, Gav and Prenno, who held an exclusive interview with Benitez for the Liverpool ECHO this week, which you can read by clicking the links below. And with Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin still sidelined, the panel also ask whether Sunday is the perfect time for Salomon Rondon to kick start his Everton career. Enjoy.https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rafa-benitez-everton-ferguson-exclusive-21855347https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/rafa-benitez-everton-moshiri-exclusive-21843777
15/10/2136m 39s

Royal Blue: Newcastle United takeover, what it means for Everton, and rating Rafa's start

There's no doubting the big football story of the week - the Saudi Arabia-backed takeover of Newcastle United. But what does it mean for the Everton? And given the ethical concerns around the deal, how easily does it sit that it has been given the green light by the Premier League? Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland join Phil Kirkbride to discuss that on the latest Royal Blue podcast, as well as assessing Everton's start to the season so far and the performance of new manager Rafa Benitez.
08/10/2143m 27s

Analysing Everton: Benitez's Blues reassessed as numbers don't lie behind impressive start

By popular demand, David Hughes and Josh Williams are back with Analysing Everton, their excellent tactics and analytics podcast. And it's a good time to return with the Blues just two points off top spot going into the international break following the 1-1 draw at Manchester United last weekend. So have our hosts changed their pre-season predictions? David and Josh give their opinions on that, then dig deep into the numbers to explain whether Everton's impressive start to the campaign is built on solid foundations. Focusing on what new boss Rafa Benitez has done to the team, they also look at the performances of prominent individual players, including Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend and Abdoulaye Doucoure, and also talk about where Dwight McNeil, the Burnley winger who was linked with a move to Goodison Park in the summer, could fit in.
06/10/2149m 1s

Royal Blue: Townsend and Doucoure steal show at Old Trafford once again but Mina importance is rising

Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones, Chris Beesley and Dave Prentice for the Royal Blue podcast to talk Everton's excellent 1-1 draw at Manchester United, the performances of Andros Townsend, Anthony Gordon and Abdoulaye Doucoure, and whether Tom Davies should have shot instead of passed to Yerry Mina. Speaking of Mina, his increasingly impressive displays are discussed, as is the start to the campaign, and the work done by Rafa Benitez, going into the international break.
04/10/2142m 23s

Royal Blue: United preview, Davies chance, and Rafa's talks with Richarlison

Adam Jones, Chris Beesley and Dave Prentice join Adam Jones to look ahead to tomorrow's trip to Manchester United in the latest Royal Blue podcast. With Alex Iwobi joining the walking wounded, could there be a start for Tom Davies at Old Trafford in what is a big season for the Everton midfielder? Also up for discussion is Salomon Rondon's Blues career so far, the prospect of Dominic Calvert-Lewin's and Richarlison's return, plus the talks Rafa Benitez held with the latter this week.
01/10/2142m 2s

Royal Blue: Doucoure delight, Dobbin debut & Richarlison speaks on Everton future

Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice and Connor O’Neill for the latest Royal Blue podcast, looking back on the weekend’s win over Norwich City and more. Having seen off the Canaries at Goodison Park, the analysis focuses on the midfield Rafa Benitez has put together with Abdoulaye Doucoure one of those kicking on under the Spaniard. Lewis Dobbin’s cameo from the bench leads the discussion onto Everton’s academy pathway before moving onto Richarlison’s future following the latest comments made by the Brazilian. Enjoy.
28/09/2142m 30s

Royal Blue: Final word on James Rodriguez as Everton look to bounce back from yet another League Cup disappointment with must-win match

Sam Carroll, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland join host Adam Jones for the Royal Blue podcast. Looking back at the disappointing Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out defeat at QPR on Tuesday, they pick out the players who let themselves down and the handful who did themselves a favour. James Rodriguez was nowhere to be seen at Loftus Road Instead, he was in Qatar, finalising his move to Al Rayyan. The panel have the final word on the Colombian superstar who never got to play in front of fans at Goodison Park before looking ahead to a 'must-win' match at home to Norwich City on Saturday.
24/09/2140m 17s

Royal Blue: James Rodriguez exit assessed as Everton squad stretched already

The Royal Blue Podcast returns to assess the potential exit of James Rodriguez to Qatar and the Premier League defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday. Sam Carroll is joined by guests Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland as they also talk through the Carabao Cup trip to Queens Park Rangers. Gavin believes Everton were put in a difficult position by Carlo Ancelotti and Rodriguez while Dave insists the parting of the ways seems to be mutual between the Colombian and Rafa Benitez. There is also time to discuss The Boys from the Blue Stuff - a new book by Gavin set to be released at the end of September with a glowing reference from fellow author Dave. You can follow the Royal Blue Podcasts group on Facebook. Enjoy.
20/09/2149m 16s

Royal Blue: Shifting perceptions and transforming Doucoure, but Villa offer Benitez his biggest test yet

The Royal Blue Podcast is back and hoping Everton can continue their unbeaten start to the 2021/22 season. Rafa Benitez takes his side to face Aston Villa on Saturday evening with the Blues riding high on what has been a very strong start to the campaign. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gav Buckland to discuss the perception of the new boss after his opening five matches of the term - and look ahead to what could be a very interesting encounter with Dean Smith's side this weekend. The panel also talk over the latest stadium news as Bramley-Moore Dock is ready to receive a £45m funding boost.
17/09/2141m 17s

Royal Blue: Oh what a night! Sensational six-minute spell leaves Blues in heaven and continues Rafa's dream start

Adam Jones, David Prentice and Gavin Buckland join Phil Kirkbride to reflect on last night's stirring 3-1 win over Burnley at an electric Goodison Park, in the latest edition of the Royal Blue podcast, focussing on the performances of the likes of Andros Townsend, Demarai Gray, Andre Gomes, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane.
14/09/2138m 27s

Royal Blue: What might happen next with Dwight McNeil and James Rodriguez as Salomon Rondon talks the Everton way

Adam Jones, David Prentice and Gavin Buckland join Phil Kirkbride for the Royal Blue podcast to preview Everton v Burnley at Goodison Park on Monday and react to an interesting Rafa Benitez podcast. Dwight McNeil, Salomon Rondon, Donny van de Beek and James Rodriguez are all discussed. Enjoy!
10/09/2144m 3s

Royal Blue: Everton's transfer window assessed as Rondon arrives but right-back and Rodriguez issues remain

Adam Jones and Connor O’Neill join host Phil Kirkbride to look back on Everton’s summer transfer window after deadline day saw the arrival of Salomon Rondon but not a new right-back, or the departure of James Rodriguez.
01/09/2143m 21s

Royal Blue: Calvert-Lewin keeps cool despite Richarlison sulk & Blues preparing late spending spree?

The Royal Blue podcast is back as Everton continued their unbeaten start to the season in impressive fashion. Goals from Demarai Gray and Dominic Calvert-Lewin secured a 2-0 win over Brighton at the weekend, and our panel had a lot to say on the match. Host Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland to discuss an impressive performance from the Blues and also delve into *that* penalty incident involving Richarlison. And of course, with transfer deadline day just around the corner, the lads also discuss what business they can see Everton completing before 11pm on Tuesday. Enjoy.
30/08/2133m 3s

Royal Blue: Luis Diaz swap for James Rodriguez, Benitez’s Richarlison to PSG stance & Moise Kean to Juventus?

As the transfer window heads into its final few days, Everton are right at the centre of most of the big deals taking place! Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gav Buckland to get into the Blues’ proposed swap swoop for Porto winger Luis Diaz with James Rodriguez being offered in exchange. With Cristiano Ronaldo linked with a Juventus exit - and Kylian Mbappe eyeing a move away from PSG, Moise Kean and Richarlison have both been rumoured with moves. Plus, there’s the small matter of Everton’s visit to Brighton to preview!
27/08/2149m 44s

Royal Blue: Demarai Gray sparkles at Leeds as DCL joins illustrious company in Everton history books

The Royal Blue podcast is back after what was a pulsating game against Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday. Host Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland to discuss the finer details of Everton's 2-2 draw with Marcelo Bielsa's side. Top of the agenda is discussion surrounding the two goalscorers at the weekend, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Demarai Gray, while the panel talk over the Blues' attacking promise under Benitez. Also discussed are the mistakes at the back, and Tuesday evening's upcoming trip to face Huddersfield Town in the League Cup. Enjoy.
23/08/2142m 40s

Royal Blue: Surprise signing, transfer difficulties and a huge Elland Road test

The Royal Blue podcast team gather for the second time this week as they look ahead to Everton's game with Leeds United. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gav Buckland to preview the trip to Elland Road. How will the Blues' players keep a ferocious home support quiet, as Leeds play a Premier League game in front of their fans for the first time since 2004? Will Rafa Benitez stick with the side that defeated Southampton or does he have to make changes at the back? The panel try to answer these questions as well as discussing the arrival of new signing Andy Lonergan, the state of play with regards Everton's transfer business as well as the futures of James Rodriguez and Moise Kean. Enjoy.
20/08/2140m 23s

Royal Blue: Everton’s transfer priorities as Gray & Townsend show promise as Blues begin with win

Sam Carroll is back in the host chair for the latest Royal Blue podcast, looking back on the opening day win over Southampton and the transfer window. Joined by Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice and Adam Jones they analyse Everton’s win over the Saints with Rafa Benitez beginning his Blues tenure with a win at Goodison Park. The debut showings of Demarai Gray and Andros Townsend are also dissected with the two wingers giving cause for optimism. Plus, Everton’s transfer needs are debated, including whether or not Moise Kean and James Rodriguez will remain at the club beyond the close of the window and what signings Marcel Brands will be hoping to land. Enjoy.
18/08/2150m 44s

Royal Blue: Richarlison ready for the opening day despite summer exploits | 2021/22 Season Preview, Predictions & Transfer Latest

Ahead of the start of the new Premier League season, the Royal Blue podcast look ahead to the campaign to come. Following on from Rafa Benitez’s press conference ahead of the visit of Southampton, Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Chris Beesley and Gav Buckland to have their say on the major talking points out of Goodison Park. The future of James Rodriguez as well as what else the Blues need to do in the transfer market is also up for discussion prior to our predictions for the opening day’s game with the Saints. Enjoy.
13/08/2153m 10s

Analysing Everton: Rafa Benitez’s squad options, Demarai Gray Blues’ secret weapon & why Moise Kean's Everton move hasn't worked out?

Ahead of the start of the new season, David Hughes and Josh Williams are back with an analytical take of what Everton can achieve for the coming campaign. Discussing the make-up of Rafa Benitez's squad, Demarai Gray's role he could play at Goodison Park upon arriving this summer as well as Moise Kean's wish to leave are all covered. Linking to Ademola Lookman and Nikola Vlasic's Everton careers, Dave and Josh also consider why the move to Everton hasn't worked for Kean. Plus there's a preview of the opening game of the new season against Southampton. Enjoy.
12/08/2158m 38s

Royal Blue: United preview | James and Kean futures | Rom remembered | Countdown to Goodison return

Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland join Phil Kirkbride for the latest Royal Blue podcast, which starts with a preview of Everton's final pre-season friendly at Manchester United on Saturday, and what we need to see from it. James Rodriguez and Moise Kean look likely to feature at Old Trafford but their futures look far from certain - at a time when Everton need them to be, especially with financial regulations to keep right side of. Other clubs have no such concerns and after debating the spending of Aston Villa, who have money to burn following the £100m sale of Jack Grealish to Manchester City, the panel look at the possible return of former Blues striker Romelu Lukaku to the Premier League and Chelsea. But it's another return that gets Phil, Gav and Prenno truly excited, with the countdown now well and truly on for a full Goodison Park house once again on Saturday week.
06/08/2153m 15s

Royal Blue: Everton’s pre-season winners and losers as Rafa Benitez assesses transfer market needs

Join Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Sam Carroll for the latest news from Goodison Park as the new season draws closer. Following the Blues second win out in the US, beating Pumas 1-0, the panel look back on the pre-season preparations to date before looking to the transfer market. With Everton linked with PSV Eindhoven’s Denzell Dumfries and Burnley winger Dwight McNeil, we bring you the latest the pursuit for additions to the squad. Enjoy.
30/07/2143m 29s

Royal Blue: Bramley-Moore Dock latest, Benitez’s Blues pre-season preparations & transfer targets

Adam Jones is joined by Phil Kirkbride,Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Connor O’Neill to get into all the latest Everton talking points. From the first official day at the Bramley-Moore Dock stadium site to pre-season preparations in Florida all bases are covered. Plus there’s the latest from the transfer market fresh from last week’s triple swoop for Asmir Begovic, Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray. Enjoy.
27/07/2143m 29s

Royal Blue: Rafa's first press conference and first pre-season outing - and what the Euros will do for Pickford

Adam Jones is joined by Chris Beesley, Connor O'Neill and Gav Buckland for the latest Royal Blue podcast as they react to Rafa Benitez's first press conference as Everton boss, and his first pre-season outing in charge of the club, as well as Jordan Pickford's performance in the Euro 2020 final and whether Dominic Calvert-Lewin should be disappointed he didn't get on.
14/07/2146m 59s

Royal Blue: Rodriguez, Richarlison and Kean questions to answer as new era at Everton gets set to begin

Adam Jones, Sam Carroll and Chris Beesley join host Phil Kirkbride for the latest Royal Blue podcast, following the return to training of the Everton players under new manager Rafa Benitez. But why were some of Benitez's squad missing? And who has the biggest points to prove? The futures of James Rodriguez and Moise Kean are discussed as is the club's decision to allow Richarlison to play at the Olympics. And the podcast ends on an upbeat note as the Blues get set to start work on their magnificent new ground at Bramley-Moore Dock.
07/07/2150m 29s

Royal Blue: Reaction to Rafa Benitez’s appointment as Everton manager

Fresh from the new former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has been given the Everton manager’s job, Royal Blue reacts. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Adam Jones, Chris Beesley and Gav Buckland to analyse the decision. From the search to fill the vacancy, led by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri through to the image it presents for the Blues and the style of play Benitez will bring, all avenues are explored. Plus, with the Spaniard set to officially start in his new role at the start of new week, what can Blues fans expect for next season?
30/06/2158m 17s

Royal Blue: Farhad Moshiri's managerial conundrum as Rafa Benitez links cause divide at Goodison

Join Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Gav Buckland for the latest Royal Blue podcast as they debate links with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and discuss the Blues' next steps. The divide caused regarding the potential appointment of the Spaniard are brought into the conversation as well as his recent managerial record. Comparisons to Carlo Ancelotti are drawn with Benitez having held a similar position within European football added to having managed both Real Madrid and Napoli. If not, Benitez then who? The panel look through the other options open to Farhad Moshiri and Marcel Brands with Everton's search for a manager set to run on.You can join the Royal Blue Podcasts group on Facebook to join the conversation with other supporters or follow the panel on Twitter.
18/06/2148m 12s

Royal Blue: Nuno Espirito Santo latest and James Rodriguez future as Everton new stadium work begins

The Royal Blue Podcast returns to discuss the continued search for a new manager to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Everton. Nuno Espirito Santo is the current favourite for the position and Sam Carroll is joined by Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Chris Beesley to consider what the Portuguese can offer. Dave admits he is 'underwhelmed' by the appointment while Adam reflects on what the search means for Marcel Brands in his position as director of football and the transfer landscape as a whole following links with Denzel Dumfries. The future of James Rodriguez is also pondered after he admitted he was 'fine' to remain another season at Everton during the weekend. And there is breaking news to discuss after Everton entered their new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock to begin preliminary work on the site. Chris gives a detailed history lesson of the 50-year search which led to Bramley-Moore. You can join the Royal Blue Podcasts group on Facebook to join the conversation with other supporters or follow the panel on Twitter. Enjoy.
14/06/2137m 53s

Royal Blue: Nuno Espirito Santo, Farhad Moshiri and the next Everton manager considered

Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones and Dave Prentice to analyse who is in the running to succeed the Italian after he returned to Real Madrid on Tuesday. Dave insists David Moyes and Eddie Howe are not viable candidates in the Everton boardroom while left-field options - such as Claudio Ranieri and Maurizio Sarri - are also considered. The trio also react to Everton confirming their retained list at the end of the season as Josh King was released without starting a game, and Yannick Bolasie and Muhamed Besic said goodbye after difficult Goodison Park spells. There is also time for a first ever game of Everton New Manager Bingo - complete with live theme tune! Enjoy.
04/06/2149m 39s

Analysing Everton: Runners and riders to replace Ancelotti at Goodison Park | Nuno, Potter, Favre

Following a tumultuous week at Goodison Park, David Hughes and Josh Williams are back with Analysing Everton to assess who could replace Carlo Ancelotti. Before getting into replacement, the guys have their say on Ancelotti's departure for Real Madrid and whether or not he was on the road to long-term success with the Blues. From the bookies' favourite Nuno Espirito Santo to others linked with the vacancy such as Graham Potter and Duncan Ferguson we analyse the pros and cons to the contenders for the vacancy. Plus, David and Josh each throw in their own wildcard option to be considered too. Enjoy.
03/06/2155m 11s

Royal Blue: Carlo Ancelotti walks out to rejoin Real Madrid | Why, what next & who do the Blues turn to now?

Fresh from the news Carlo Ancelotti has left Goodison Park to return to Real Madrid, the Royal Blue podcast is here to react. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland to share their views on Ancelotti’s decision to leave. From the shock, emotion and reasoning for his departure, the panel give their sentiments on the Italians decision to leave less than 18 months after arriving. Marcel Brands role in Everton moving forward is considered before mentioning potential successors for the hot seat at Goodison Park.
01/06/2147m 25s

Analysing Everton: Where Everton’s season went wrong & how Marcel Brands and Carlo Ancelotti fix it this summer

Following the end of the season, Analysing Everton returns with a season review as David Hughes and Josh Williams take a statistical and analytical approach to the Blues’ season. Looking through a number of the key performance indicators, they delve into the numbers to explain what and where the season tailed off for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. After addressing the final few months of the campaign, which ultimately led to the Blues finishing in 10th place, they then move on to address the club’s approach in the transfer market and give their view on the task in hand for Marcel Brands and Ancelotti in improving upon this season next time around. Enjoy.
27/05/2158m 59s

Royal Blue: What comes next for Everton and Carlo Ancelotti after disappointing season end

The Royal Blue Podcast returns to pick over the wreckage of a 5-0 defeat at Premier League champions Manchester City on the final day of the season and review a disappointing season for Everton. Carlo Ancelotti took his side to the Etihad knowing European qualification was still a possibility but watched as the visitors were decimated by the Champions League finalists. Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland to dissect the defeat and begin to look ahead to what is a crucial transfer window for Ancelotti and Marcel Brands. Adam highlights the need for pace to be brought into the club during the summer while Dave demands a change of penalty taker after another spot-kick failure by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Gavin, meanwhile, believes Ancelotti must improve his own performance from the dugout next season if Everton are to improve. You can join the Royal Blue Podcasts group on Facebook or send your thoughts and questions to @SamCarroll0 on Twitter.
24/05/2150m 32s

Royal Blue: Everton's James Rodriguez frustrations & permutations for European football ahead of final day

Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland ahead of the final day of the season. Before previewing the visit to Man City on the final day of the Premier League season, the guys look back on the win over Wolves at Goodison Park as 6,500 were in attendance to see Richarlison grab the game's only goal. Missing for the Blues though was James Rodriguez, leading to the panel debating how Carlo Ancelotti plans for next season and what impact the Colombian's injury-hit season will have for squad building for next season. Ahead of the visit to the Etihad, the panel give their customary predictions and discuss the permutations behind the Blues aiming to secure European qualification on the final day. Enjoy.
21/05/2147m 23s

Royal Blue: Carlo Ancelotti question asked as Everton face another massive transfer window

The Royal Blue Podcast returns after the dismal home defeat to Sheffield United on Sunday. Everton were edged out by an early Daniel Jebbison goal - the 17-year-old making his first Premier League start - to leave their chances of qualifying for European football next season almost non-existent. Sam Carroll is joined by Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Connor O'Neill to look at what went wrong at Goodison Park and how much blame must be shouldered by manager Carlo Ancelotti. The quartet also peer into what the summer transfer window holds for Everton and Farhad Moshiri, with the majority shareholder in attendance to witness the defeat to already-relegated Sheffield United. There is also time to analyse the form of Richarlison and Mason Holgate as well as the pointed post-match remarks of Ancelotti. You can join the Royal Blue Podcasts group on Facebook.
17/05/2149m 43s

Royal Blue: Creativity void, Richarlison drought, and time to banish the home Blues

As Everton prepare to welcome Sheffield United to Goodison Park on Sunday, join Adam Jones, Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland for the latest Royal Blue podcast. Fresh from the goalless draw at Villa Park, the panel discuss the lack of creativity against Aston Villa without James Rodriguez and the omission of Tom Davies from Carlo Ancelotti’s midfield. Richarlison’s goal drought is brought into the debate, too, ahead of the Blades’ visit, which is set to be the final game at Goodison without fans, before 6,500 Evertonians will be present for next Wednesday's clash with Wolves. Enjoy.
14/05/2139m 30s

Royal Blue: Everton's massive improvements in West Ham win and how to take them into Aston Villa

Adam Jones is joined by Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland for another positive edition of the Royal Blue podcast! That's because Everton secured their 11th away Premier League win of the season on Sunday afternoon with a 1-0 victory over West Ham United thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin's goal. The panel discuss the major improvements on show from the Blues, including standout performances from a lot of players, and look ahead to how they can take that into their next match against Aston Villa. Hope is back, once again...
10/05/2142m 16s

Royal Blue: Everton's crunch fixture against West Ham and Carlo Ancelotti's attacking desire

Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones and Gav Buckland to look ahead to Everton's crucial tie against West Ham at the weekend. Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he wants to play more attacking football in the future, and he could welcome back Abdoulaye Doucoure for this match, but James Rodriguez is out again. The panel discuss how Everton should set up and talk over the job former Blues boss David Moyes has achieved with the Hammers so far this term. The lads also look at the latest Super League "sanctions" from UEFA and talk over a swoop for James Carragher. Enjoy.
08/05/2155m 34s

Royal Blue: Villa heap on further Goodison woes as Everton feel James void opens up while Pickford upturn continues

After Everton fell to an eighth Goodison Park defeat of the Premier League season, the Royal Blue podcast is here to react. Host Adam Jones is joined by Chris Beesley, Connor O'Neill and Gav Buckland as they pick through the 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday evening. Amongst the talking points is the nature of the latest defeat for Carlo Ancelotti's side, the creative void left by following an injury to James Rodriguez in the warm-up before getting onto another impressive showing from Jordan Pickford. Enjoy.
03/05/2137m 20s

Royal Blue: Everton’s European ambitions come into focus as Aston Villa come to Goodison | Doucoure back in training for Blues

Everton welcome Aston Villa to Goodison Park as the race for European qualification in the Premier League heats up. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones and Gav Buckland to look ahead to the meeting at Goodison, with the Blues looking to build on the win over Arsenal last time out. The panel discuss the importance of European qualification, whether in the Champions League, Europa League or Europa Conference League, plus Josh King’s future, or lack of as well as Abdoulaye Doucoure’s return to training and Finch Farm before finishing by giving their predictions on the action. Enjoy.
30/04/2151m 13s

Royal Blue: Pickford's resurgence, Delph's re-emergence, and how the fight for Europe is looking after huge Arsenal win

Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Gavin Buckland join Adam Jones for a positively upbeat Royal Blue podcast after Everton won at Arsenal for the first time in 25 years to boost their hopes of finishing in the European places. It was a win that owed much to a superb late save from Jordan Pickford who, on the quiet, has got back to his best. Ben Godfrey and Mason Holgate were in solid form in front of the England goalkeeper, but going forward, who are Everton's first-choice centre-backs? The panel discuss that, plus the surprise return of Fabian Delph, as well as assessing how the fight for Europe is shaping up. Enjoy.
26/04/2140m 15s

Royal Blue: What should happen to the breakaway six, Brands' new deal, exciting new talents, and Arsenal previewed

Dave Prentice, Adam Jones, Gavin Buckland and - belatedly, after a few audio problems - Sam Carroll join Phil Kirkbride for the latest Royal Blue podcast. On the agenda is the fallout from the seeming collapse of the European Super League and whether the breakaway six Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, should still face sanctions despite withdrawing from the despised project. Talk then turns to the new Champions League model, and Carlo Ancelotti's enthusiasm for it, before the panel discuss Marcel Brands' new deal, some of the exciting young talents he is helping bring through the academy, and Friday's crunch clash with fellow European hopefuls Arsenal.
22/04/2141m 36s

Royal Blue: Everton's fantastic response to Super League proposals and what it means for English football

Sunday was a huge day in the footballing world after an announcement was made by 12 clubs over the creation of "The Super League". The proposals have been slammed by fans, pundits and governing bodies over the last 48 hours - and Everton have now thrown their response into the mix. And, as ever, it was fantastic. So Adam Jones is joined by Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice and Chris Beesley to discuss the Blues' damning statement, plus the reactions of both Denise Barrett-Baxendale and Farhad Moshiri. The panel also discuss the implications of the proposals and what this all should mean for English football in the future.
20/04/2141m 49s

Royal Blue: James Rodriguez Everton’s most gifted player of all-time?

After winning a penalty and dictating much of proceedings at Goodison Park on Friday night, Royal Blue is here to assess the importance of James Rodriguez. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones and Chris Beesley to reflect on the 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, with the Blues’ European hopes beginning to fade. Having been rested and given time to reach his peak fitness levels, the panel analyse Carlo Ancelotti’s treatment of James Rodriguez and his place amongst some Everton favourites of yesteryear. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s performance is also debated having scored twice against Jose Mourinho’s side before getting onto Alex Iwobi’s stuttering Everton career. Enjoy.
18/04/2142m 30s

Royal Blue: Everton injuries peak at wrong time as Jean-Philippe Gbamin blow explored

The Royal Blue Podcast returns hours after Adam Jones and Sam Carroll arrived back in Liverpool following their trip to the South Coast for the goalless draw at Brighton and Hove Albion. Adam and Sam are joined by Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland to discuss the game which was marred by injuries to Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Joshua King. With the Everton injury list now the worst in the Premier League, the panel discuss the impact on Marcel Brands' summer transfer plans as well as where Carlo Ancelotti will ideally strengthen. There is also talk around Fabian Delph, Andre Gomes, Richarlison and James Rodriguez. And there is time to mention possibly the only good news of the week so far - the reopening of the pubs. You can follow the Royal Blue Podcast on Facebook to join in the Everton discussion. Enjoy.
13/04/2141m 56s

Royal Blue: Everton's midfield injuries stack up ahead of Brighton as Joshua King future assessed

Everton are back in action against Brighton on Monday evening, but they could have somewhat of an injury crisis in midfield. Andre Gomes will miss the game while Allan faces a late check on his fitness - with Abdoulaye Doucoure already out of action. So, who will start? And what system will Carlo Ancelotti play? Host Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Connor O'Neill and Gavin Buckland to discuss all of that ahead of the trip to the South Coast. The lads also talk over the future of Joshua King, after Ancelotti's interesting comments on the forward's future in Friday's press conference. Enjoy.
09/04/2138m 18s

Royal Blue: James Rodriguez shines but Everton find new ways to frustrate as Euro hopes hit

Host Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Gavin Buckland to look back on last night's 1-1 Goodison Park draw with Crystal Palace that meant Everton missed another opportunity to truly close the gap on the Champions League places. The panel marvel at the performance of the goalscorer, James Rodriguez, but lament the finishing of the normally reliable Dominic Calvert-Lewin, as well as Richarlison, and assess whether Carlo Ancelotti got it right with his selection and his substitutions.
06/04/2142m 28s

Royal Blue: Gbamin ready, Koulibaly transfer, and Everton's player of the season so far

The Royal Blue Podcast returns with a positive Good Friday edition. Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland as the quartet discuss the return of Jean-Philippe Gbamin, what it means for Everton and their transfer plans, links to Kalidou Koulibaly and the future of Joao Virginia. Gavin also considers the 'unimpressive' decision of the Republic of Ireland to field Seamus Coleman three times in six days during the international break while wondering whether he could keep a clean sheet against San Marino. Dave gives his take on Carlo Ancelotti insisting Everton only need 'two or three' new signings in the summer while Adam chooses his player of the season. You can follow the Royal Blue podcast group on Facebook or send your thoughts on the episode to @SamCarroll0.
02/04/2146m 20s

Analysing Everton: Success of James, Carlo's style, DCL's ceiling, and what transfers the Blues should target

David Hughes and Josh Williams are back with their Analysing Everton tactics and scouting podcast - and it's a special one as they turn the whole of the show over to our listeners. Answering questions sent in beforehand, the panellists talk transfers, whether James Rodriguez's move should be a deemed a success or not, Dominic Calvert-Lewin's ceiling, Carlo Ancelotti's style of football, and much more else besides. Enjoy.
01/04/211h 8m

Royal Blue: 'THIS IS IT' | Bramley Moore-Dock given go-ahead as Farhad Moshiri gets set to deliver Everton legacy

Join Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice, Adam Jones, Sam Carroll and Gavin Buckland for a very special Royal Blue podcast reacting to the news that the government have given Everton the go-ahead to build their spectacular new ground at Bramley-Moore Dock. Looking back on what was a truly momentous day in the club’s history, including how the announcement even took Blues officials by surprise, the panel sum up the excitement in the fanbase and also the sadness that one day, not too long in the future now, we will have to leave Goodison Park behind. Enjoy.
27/03/2145m 25s

Royal Blue: How Everton should face Man City challenge and Jean-Philippe Gbamin returns to Finch Farm

Everton are undoubtedly facing a tough test this weekend as Man City visit Goodison Park in the quarter final of the FA Cup. But, Carlo Ancelotti had a certain amount of confidence about his side - and so do our podcast panel. Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland to discuss Joao Virginia starting in goal and how the Blues can challenge Pep Guardiola's side. The lads also discuss a return to Finch Farm for Jean-Philippe Gbamin after his long-term injury absence and assess how positive the coming weeks can be for the 25-year-old. Expect a certain amount of positivity and some interesting predictions at the end...
19/03/2143m 22s

Royal Blue: Dismal Everton home form continues as Doucoure-shaped gap appears in Blues' midfield

The Royal Blue Podcast returns this week to discuss the dismal defeat to Burnley at Goodison Park and where it went wrong for Everton. Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland as they debate the 'preferred position' of Alex Iwobi, Mason Holgate as a right-back, the absence of Abdoulaye Doucoure and a 'Jekyll and Hyde' showing from Dominic Calvert-Lewin. There is also time for Dave to briefly lock himself out of the video call while Gavin assesses the progress Everton have made and what it means for next season. You join the Royal Blue Podcast group on Facebook and follow @SamCarroll0, @Adam_Jones94, @prenno and @GavinBuckland1 on Twitter for all the latest Everton news.
15/03/2136m 47s

Royal Blue: Alex Iwobi conundrum, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez blow & Davide Ancelotti's role in Blues' resurgence

Carlo Ancelotti has responded to Alex Iwobi's cryptic message about playing in his favoured position ahead of Everton's clash with Burnley at Goodison Park. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland to discuss Ancelotti's press conference ahead of taking on the Clarets including the latest injury news surrounding Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez. Plus, ahead of giving match predictions on how the game could play out at Goodison, the panel discuss the importance of the role of assistant manager following Davide Ancelotti speaking exclusively to the ECHO.
12/03/2147m 30s

Analysing Everton: How has Carlo Ancelotti continued to work his magic to defy Everton's underlying numbers?

Following a few weeks away, Analysing Everton is back to rule an eye over the Blues recent run from a statistical and analytical viewpoint. David Hughes and Josh Williams look back on the run of results since the Merseyside derby win and try to get to the bottom of how Everton have maintained their strong form, despite the underlying numbers. Plenty of the praise goes to manager Carlo Ancelotti and his ability to set up the side, as the guys look deep into the numbers and assess the hopes for European qualification. EnjoyDavide Ancelotti Liverpool ECHO exclusive: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/davide-ancelotti-carlo-everton-tactics-20018439
11/03/2136m 27s

Royal Blue: Abdoulaye Doucoure, James Rodriguez and why Carlo Ancelotti struck right tone after Chelsea defeat

Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland join Phil Kirkbride to look back at Everton's 2-0 loss at Chelsea on Monday night - and Carlo Ancelotti's reaction to what was his side's first defeat on the road since November. Also on the agenda is the injury sustained by Abdoulaye Doucoure, the fitness of James Rodriguez, and the job a certain David Moyes is doing at top-four rivals West Ham United.
09/03/2129m 54s

Royal Blue: West Brom win, Champions League hopes and Everton's Chelsea challenge assessed

Carlo Ancelotti was delighted to see his side secure their third consecutive Premier League win on Thursday, as was our Royal Blue panel! Richarlison's second half strike kept up Everton's hopes of potential Champions League qualification by briefly pushing them up to fourth in the table, before a Chelsea win over Liverpool had them overtake the Blues. A trip to Stamford Bridge is next on the horizon, and that will surely be a huge test for the credentials of this side. Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gav Buckland to revel in the good mood currently surrounding Everton and assess what could be to come in the future. Enjoy.
05/03/2142m 7s

Royal Blue: Big Sam stands in way of Everton and top four after home comforts restored

Dave Prentice and Adam Jones join host Phil Kirkbride as the Royal Blue podcast returns to review Everton's 1-0 win over Southampton on Monday and preview Thursday's visit to Sam Allardyce's West Brom. Richarlison's early strike ensured the Blues beat the Saintsand ended their run of five Premier League games without a win at Goodison Park. But there's also praise for the performances of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jordan Pickford and the returning Allan before talk turns to the showdown with the relegation-haunted Baggies, who are of course managed by former Everton boss Allardyce. Victory over Big Sam's side would haul the Blues into the top four for a couple of hours at least and would set them up nicely for next Monday's huge match at Chelsea. Enjoy.
02/03/2138m 34s

Royal Blue: Farhad Moshiri's Everton dream taking shape five years on as Bramley-Moore dock moves big step towards reality

The Royal Blue podcast has plenty to talk about after a jam-packed and hugely significant week at Everton. On the heels of Monday’s show, which reflected on an historic win at Anfield, host Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Gav Buckland get stuck into the events which have followed. At the top of the agenda is the Blues taking a massive step towards building a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock after Liverpool City Council gave its seal of approval. The panel talk about the excitement of the big move, and what it will do for the club, but they also reflect on the prospect of leaving Goodison Park in the future. Carlo Ancelotti's players return to the ground on Monday night for a game with Southampton, with the lads discussing what needs to change for Everton to arrest some worrying results at home. And in the final part of the podcast, they look back on Farhad Moshiri's time at the club as he prepares to reach his fifth anniversary. Enjoy.
26/02/2151m 35s

Royal Blue: What it means to end Everton's Anfield derby wait for a win, Carlo's tactical masterclass & Pickford proving doubters wrong

The Royal Blue Podcast returns this week to record several 'firsts' live on-air after the stunning win at Liverpool on Saturday. It is the first time Gavin Buckland has been able to talk about an Everton victory at Anfield since the beginning of his podcast career while host Guy Clarke is handed a debut in the hot-seat. Sam Carroll also introduces a noisy washing machine to the podcast for the first time while Adam Jones and Dave Prentice bring some much-needed sanity to the discussion around Carlo Ancelotti, Jordan Pickford, penalties and partying into the night. There is also time to reflect on what it means for Everton's chances of qualifying for Europe while Gavin brings out his official Premier League rulebook to prove referee Chris Kavanagh was correct all along. You can join the Royal Blue Podcast group on Facebook or find Dave, Adam, Gavin, Guy and Sam on Twitter. Enjoy.
22/02/2146m 2s

Post-Game SPECIAL | Liverpool 0-2 Everton | Blues have new derby heroes - not only Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson

Following Everton's first Anfield derby win since September 1999, we're here with a special Royal Blue post-game offering. The ECHO's Everton reporter Adam Jones reflects on the Blues' historic victory at Anfield, with Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson writing their names into the history books. We also bring you Carlo Ancelotti's post-match press conference following his tactical masterclass as the Blues finally break the hoodoo! Enjoy!
20/02/2111m 54s

Royal Blue: Reflecting on Man City defeat and finding reasons to be quietly confident for the derby

It’s that time again – the Merseyside derby at Anfield. But before getting stuck into the trip across Stanley Park, Phil Kirkbride, Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland examine Everton’s midweek defeat to Manchester City and the reaction to it. But, in the main, the latest Royal Blue podcast focuses on Liverpool v Everton on Saturday night. With no home supporters present, and with Liverpool suffering from poor home form and a lack of fit and available defenders, can Everton supporters be quietly confident about winning at their biggest rivals for the first time since 1999? The panel discuss that as well as the big team selection decisions facing Carlo Ancelotti – including who plays centre-back, whether Allan comes straight back into the side, and whether the Blues boss should go with two up front in an attempt to pressurise Liverpool’s makeshift defence. Enjoy.
19/02/2141m 46s

Analysing Everton: Stylistic match-up that provides Blues with chance of a generation to break Anfield hoodoo

Ahead of the Anfield Merseyside derby, Analysing Everton is back after a couple of disappointing results for the Blues. David Hughes is joined by Josh Williams to look through the statistical and analytical data around the Blues’ defeat to Man City before previewing Saturday’s trip to the Reds. Can the Blues end their Anfield hoodoo? Where will the key battles be and how far have Everton come under Carlo Ancelotti in comparison to Marco Silva? Enjoy.
18/02/2143m 33s

Royal Blue: Bramley-Moore dock stadium planning takes next step, Everton's commitment to the community - and that result against Fulham

Everton have taken the next steps in the process to moving to the proposed Bramley-Moore dock development ahead of a planning meeting at Liverpool City Council next week. Following recommendation by the Planning Officer the project is given the green light, Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones and Dave Prentice to talk through the significance of the news. As much as the next steps in the process, what the latest developments mean and the work Everton are doing in the community to ensure the project is a success. Plus, the panel get onto the 2-0 defeat to Fulham prior to looking ahead to the week to come with Manchester City and Liverpool up next for Carlo Ancelotti's Blues. You can join the Royal Blue Podcast group on Facebook or follow @Adam_Jones94, @prenno and @SamCarroll0 on Twitter. Enjoy.
15/02/2137m 45s

Royal Blue: Summing up THAT FA Cup win and previewing the visit of Fulham

The Royal Blue Podcast returns with a nine-goal thriller on the menu as well as encouraging injury news from Carlo Ancelotti. Phil Kirkbride hosts a panel of Dave Prentice, Gavin Buckland and Sam Carroll as the quartet sandwich the incredible FA Cup 5-4 win over Tottenham Hotspur around the other big talking points from Goodison Park. There is also the small matter of the visit of Fulham to Merseyside on Sunday to preview, while a midfield headache and a first start for new signing Joshua King are also discussed. There is confidence in the customary predictions, too, but the FA Cup quarter-final draw with Manchester City is met with a mixed reaction. Enjoy.
12/02/2141m 32s

Royal Blue: Dramatic Manchester United draw, Tom Davies' performance and how important Spurs becomes

Everton secured a 3-3 draw against Manchester United in the most dramatic of fashion on Saturday evening. And our latest podcast panel has recovered just enough to dissect the performance! Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Chris Beesley and Gav Buckland to talk over a brilliant comeback from Carlo Ancelotti's side at Old Trafford. The performances of Tom Davies, Andre Gomes and Robin Olsen come under the microscope - and the lads also look ahead to the FA Cup and a visit of Spurs to Goodison. Would they rather it be away from home? And how important is the FA Cup this term? All that and more is answered...
08/02/2147m 53s

Royal Blue: Reliant Robin (Olsen), Ben Godfrey 'surprise' & Old Trafford test looms for Blues

As Everton gear up for a trip to Old Trafford, fresh from victory at Elland Road, the Royal Blue podcast is back. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Gav Buckland to discuss the win at Leeds United. The panel discuss how Carlo Ancelotti has got Everton performing so well on the road, Robin Olsen's showing between the sticks in place of the injured Jordan Pickford and how impressive Ben Godfrey has been since his move from Norwich City. Plus we preview Saturday's visit to Old Trafford as the Blues' hopes of a European finish begin to come into focus. Enjoy.
05/02/2140m 3s

Royal Blue: Everton January transfer window assessed, 'win-win' Josh King signing & Koeman's comments

A bumper Royal Blue Podcast discusses the closing of the January transfer window, a disappointing defeat to Newcastle United and looking ahead to what could be a crucial week in the season for Everton. Adam Jones hosts while Dave Prentice and Sam Carroll consider the deadline day signing of Josh King, Anthony Gordon heading to Preston North End on loan and why it sets up an intriguing summer transfer window for Marcel Brands and Carlo Ancelotti. Prentice also laments comments made by Ronald Koeman about his old club, while Carroll uses a coincidental set of occurrences - including his nan moving house and Wayne Rooney becoming manager of Derby County - to predict victory at Leeds United. You can join the Royal Blue Podcast group on Facebook or follow @Adam_Jones94, @prenno and @SamCarroll0 on Twitter. Enjoy.
02/02/2145m 55s

Royal Blue: Transfer deadline day latest | Perisic & King linked | Tosun, Kenny & Bernard joining Lossl through exit?

The Liverpool ECHO's Everton FC reporter Adam Jones joins Guy Clarke to provide the latest update on Everton's transfer deadline day dealings - including rumours of a move to sign Inter Milan's winger Ivan Perisic and interest in Bournemouth winger Josh King. Plus we discuss the outgoings with Jonas Lossl, Cenk Tosun, Bernard and Jonjoe Kenny all heading for the exit door at Goodison Park. Enjoy.
01/02/2113m 25s

Royal Blue: The brilliance of James Rodriguez, Jordan Pickford's latest blunder and what to expect ahead of transfer deadline day

It's never dull at Goodison and, as ever, the Royal Blue podcast team have plenty to get through in his episode. The panel reflect on the midweek draw with Leicester City, eulogising about the goal from James Rodriguez but agonise over yet another gaffe from Jordan Pickford. Pickford's form - and his future - is up for discussion with host Phil Kirkbride joined by Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland. There is some disagreement over Carlo Ancelotti's tactics in the game, with one saying the Blues boss used his experience well, with another saying he made mistakes. Off the pitch, Cenk Tosun looks like he's going, Bernard could be going but Yannick Bolasie has gone. The panel look back at the Goodison career of Bolasie and debate the impact of the serious knee injury he suffered early in his first season. Plus there are the customary predictions as Everton welcome Newcastle United to Goodison. Enjoy.
29/01/2138m 15s

Analysing Everton: Error-prone Pickford analysed, why James Rodriguez doesn’t have to defend and what to expect of Newcastle

Following on from Everton's 1-1 draw with Leicester City at Goodison Park, Analysing Everton is back to have a deep dive into the Blues' recent fortunes. David Hughes and Josh Williams look back, with an analytical and statistical eye on the Blues' draw with the Foxes. What forced Carlo Ancelotti's hand into a defence-first approach? How costly has Jordan Pickford proved to be? And just why James Rodriguez doesn't need to defend. All that - plus a look ahead to the visit of Newcastle United to Goodison on Saturday. Enjoy.
28/01/2144m 54s

Royal Blue: James Rodriguez runs the show as Carlo Ancelotti hints at Thierry Small future

The Royal Blue Podcast returns to discuss the entertaining 3-0 FA Cup victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Goodison Park on Sunday. Everton progressed to the fifth round thanks to goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison and Yerry Mina as host Sam Carroll listens in on Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland waxing lyrical over the performance of James Rodriguez. Rodriguez and his technical abilities are praised while there is a special nod to Carlo Ancelotti for his handling of Thierry Small, who became the youngest-ever player to represent the first-team when he made his debut at the weekend. The panel also previewed the crucial midweek visit of Leicester City which could shape the rest of the campaign for Everton in their hunt for European football. Enjoy.
25/01/2144m 31s

Royal Blue: DCL's back with a chance to get back in the goals - and is the FA Cup the top priority for the Blues?

Everton are finally back in action this weekend! Carlo Ancelotti's side will welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Goodison Park on Sunday night in the FA Cup to kick off a run of three matches in a week. But how crucial will these matches be? And where should Everton's priorities lie? The cup or the push for Europe in the Premier League? Our host Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland to also discuss some interesting injury news, including the return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and how strongly the Blues should line-up against the Championship Owls.
22/01/2138m 46s

Royal Blue: Champions League hopes, January transfer plans and should Everton send Ellis Simms out on loan?

Everton might not have been in action at the weekend but our latest Royal Blue podcast is still full of talking points. Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland to discuss the club's ambitions for the rest of the season after a fantastic start under Carlo Ancelotti. Should the Blues be listening to the views of certain pundits at the weekend, and do they need the addition of quality in January to try and capitalise on their current position? The panel also look at a 1-1 draw in the mini-derby on Monday night and discuss the birthday of an Everton legend earlier in the week! Enjoy.
19/01/2148m 54s

Everton set to pocket one of biggest fees seen in women's game with Damaris Egurrola sale | And all change across the park

Everton Women are set to pocket one of the biggest transfer fees seen in the women’s game after French giants Lyon triggered the £100,000 release cause in Damaris Egurrola’s contract. So for this special podcast focusing on women’s football on Merseyside, the Liverpool ECHO’s Sam Carroll is joined by broadcaster Sarah Halpin, who works closely with the Blues, Emma Sanders of BBC Sport, and Kathryn Batte of the Daily Mail to discuss the huge deal and what it will mean for manager Willie Kirk. The panel also look across the park to Liverpool Women, who are starting the search for a new manager after Vicky Jepson left by mutual consent this week after 12 years at the club. And the podcast rounds off by previewing big games this weekend for both Everton and Liverpool. Enjoy.
16/01/2135m 15s

Royal Blue: Marcel Brands AGM comments, Ben Godfrey's growing reputation & the great gherkin debate...

No game to preview but no bother for the Royal Blue podcast panel as they have plenty to get their teeth stuck into today. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland as they look back on a top four-boosting win over Wolves, discuss Marcel Brands' comments from the General Meeting and ask if it's time to reconsider what Everton's strongest starting XI is? The versatility - and durability - of Lucas Digne is hailed as the Royal Blue crew wax lyrical about James Rodriguez and a system that was made for him. Brands says he does not expect Everrton to sign any players this month but, instead, focus on offloading some and the lads discuss whether we should take the director of football's words at face value or still hold out hope for arrivals? Ben Godfrey also comes in for praise and it is discussed if he would now have to be considered as part of Everton's strongest XI, when everyone is fit and available. Enjoy.
15/01/2139m 38s

Analysing Everton: Blues defying the data as Davide Ancelotti’s set-piece revolution & Carlo’s defensive reset pay dividends

Following Everton’s 2-1 away win over Wolves, Analysing Everton is back for the first episode of 2021. David Hughes and Josh Williams are here to look through the statistical and analytical data to examine what has been behind the Blues strong recent form. From set-piece efficiency and the ‘reset’ defensively the guys look at how Everton have defied the data to win five of the last six in the Premier League. Enjoy.
14/01/2149m 16s

Royal Blue: Rotherham win, Cenk Tosun importance and how Everton should approach Wolves game

The Royal Blue podcast is back to discuss what has been a hectic few days for Everton. The Blues confirmed their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup, just about, after an extra time victory over Rotherham United at Goodison Park. But there was little chance to celebrate as Carlo Ancelotti's side are back in action against Wolves on Tuesday - with Dominic Calvert-Lewin ruled out through injury. Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Chris Beesley and Connor O'Neill to discuss the importance of Cenk Tosun after his goalscoring outing, the worries surrounding Everton's midfield and the delight of seeing Lucas Digne back in action. Enjoy.
11/01/2145m 0s

Marine v Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup Preview: Non-League Merseyside heroes set for biggest game in their history

Join Guy Clarke and Sam Carroll for a special podcast ahead of non-league Marine’s huge FA Cup tie at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Celebrating the Mariners’ historic run to the third round, as well as previewing the big match itself, which will be shown live on BBC One on Sunday (5pm kick-off), Guy and Sam speak to the club’s manager Neil Young, who has been balancing his job at Merseyrail with masterminding how to get the better of Jose Mourinho’s Spurs, who are an incredible 160 places higher up the football pyramid. Neil discusses Marine’s innovate approach to sponsorship and virtual ticketing, after the hammer blow of no fans being allowed to watch the biggest game in the club’s history, just what it will be like to go up against Mourinho in the dugout, and just how difficult Covid-19 has made everything. Good luck Marine – Royal Blue and Evertonians will be rooting for you!
09/01/2134m 36s

Royal Blue: Lucas Digne’s speedy return, Cenk Tosun’s last chance, keep or sell Bernard, and what to make of Robin Olsen

Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland join host Phil Kirkbride for the Royal Blue podcast as they welcome the speedy return of Lucas Digne and wonder, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin one of a number of players rested for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Rotherham United, whether Cenk Tosun can save an Everton career that could come to an end this month. Speculation also surrounds the future of Roma-target Bernard, so the panel discuss Everton's Brazilian midfielder, as well as their on-loan Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen, with rumours suggesting the two players could make a permanent switch in the opposite directions. Also up for discussion is the spiralling coronavirus outbreaks in football squads across the country before the podcast ends on a happier note with a very confident predictions round. Enjoy.
08/01/2143m 28s

Royal Blue: Everton, Moise Kean transfer question and laughable Chris Sutton claims

The Royal Blue Podcast returns for the first time in 2021 to discuss the defeat to West Ham United, Richarlison, Moise Kean, Gylfi Sigurdsson and the bizarre claims of Chris Sutton. Host Sam Carroll is joined by Dave Prentice, Gavin Buckland and Connor O'Neill as they reflect on a 'night to forget' at Goodison Park on New Year's Day as David Moyes spoiled the festivities. Sutton accused Calvert-Lewin of diving to win a penalty against West Ham but his theory is rubbished as 'laughable' by the panel while they make judgement calls on Moise Kean and his future - after a reported £31m PSG bid - and whether Gylfi Sigurdsson deserves a new contract. You can join the Royal Blue Podcast group on Facebook or message @SamCarroll0 on Twitter.
04/01/2144m 4s

Royal Blue: Man City postponement debate and Everton's win over Sheffield United dissected

There should have been two matches to discuss on this podcast, but a late postponement meant Everton's clash with Man City on Monday evening was called off. The Blues are asking for full information from the Premier League in the wake of the incident, and it's caused a lot of debate over the last few hours. Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Connor O'Neill to look at how things should have been decided - and how annoyed Everton should really be at the whole situation. The panel also looks back on yet another win for the Blues, with Carlo Ancelotti's side battling to a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United on Boxing Day. What a December Everton managed in the end! Enjoy!
29/12/2038m 47s

Royal Blue: Another League Cup chance wasted, Gomes concerns, and bouncing back against the Blades

This is not the podcast we wanted to record but record it we must as Dave Prentice, Connor O’Neill and Gavin Buckland join host Sam Carroll to pick the bones out of last night’s 2-0 Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester United at Goodison Park. From Everton’s start to the match to the difference in quality between the respective squads, and from the performance of the officials to concerns over Andre Gomes, it’s all here in detail as the panel look back over another chance of League Cup glory wasted. But it’s Christmas Eve, so let’s end on a positive note, and the little fact of the matter that the Blues could go as high as second in the Premier League with victory at struggling Sheffield United on Boxing Day. Prenno, Connor, Gav and Sam preview that game, and wonder what changes Carlo Ancelotti can make, as well as giving their usual score predictions. Thanks for listening - and all the best for Christmas.
24/12/2030m 51s

Royal Blue: Huge Goodison night on horizon as buoyant Blues switch sights from top four to silverware

Welcome to the latest Royal Blue podcast as stand-in host Paul Wheelock is joined by David Prentice, Chris Beesley and Connor O’Neill to look back on Saturday’s 2-1 win over Arsenal that hauled Carlo Ancelotti’s in-form side up to second for the night – and to look ahead to Wednesday’s massive Carabao Cup quarter-final clash at home to Manchester United.
21/12/2038m 21s

Royal Blue: Doucoure’s opportunity, goalkeeper rotation and one year of Carlo as Blues boss

Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Gavin Buckland for the latest Royal Blue podcast as they look back on the superb 2-0 win at Leicester City and look forward to Saturday night’s visit of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to Goodison Park. They also review some of the big talking points of Carlo Ancelotti’s press conference from earlier in the afternoon including the Blues boss's comments on Abdoulaye Doucoure and the rotation of his goalkeepers, Jordan Pickford and Robin Olsen. And, before giving their usual score predictions, the panel assess Ancelotti’s first 12 months in charge ahead of his first anniversary as Everton manager.
18/12/2048m 54s

Royal Blue: Blues back to winning ways as Ben Godfrey and Co see off Chelsea in front of 2,000 returning fans at Goodison

The Royal Blue Podcast is back! And with smiles on the faces of the panel, too. Host Sam Carroll is joined by Dave Prentice and Paul Wheelock to discuss the victory over Chelsea on Saturday, a victory made sweeter by the return of 2,000 Evertonians to Goodison Park. The impact the crowd had on proceedings is discussed as well as the performances of Ben Godfrey, Richarlison, as well as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with the panel attempting to identify the game in which Carlo Ancelotti could choose to rest his star striker. With a trip to Leicester City also on the horizon, the latest episode of the podcast previews what could be an important game in the Premier League race for Europe. There is also time spent considering the future of Jonjoe Kenny and whether Niels Nkounkou could leave on loan in January. Enjoy the podcast? You can join the Royal Blue Podcast group on Facebook or message @SamCarroll0, @prenno and @PaulWheelock on Twitter.
14/12/2034m 40s

Royal Blue: James Rodriguez out of Chelsea visit | Does Jonjoe Kenny have an Everton future? | Fans returning to Goodison

Ahead of the return of fans to Goodison Park, the Royal Blue podcast is here to look ahead to Saturday's visit of Chelsea. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice - and latterly Gav Buckland to get into all the big talking points. From the team news, with James Rodriguez missing through injury, to the lack of opportunity for Jonjoe Kenny and Niels Nkounkou the panel discuss whether or not Kenny has a long-term future at the club. Plus, we touch on the fans returning with 2,000 heading back to Goodison for the first time since March. Enjoy.
11/12/2045m 58s

Analysing Everton: Square pegs, lack of versatility and underlying numbers behind Everton's inconsistencies

After a couple of weeks away, Analysing Everton is back! Join David Hughes and Josh Williams as they look into the underlying numbers of Everton's recent run of form, discuss the selection choices available to Carlo Ancelotti and the impact of the squad profile. Centre to the discussion on formations and options is Fabian Delph, who continues to be beset by injury during his Blues career after coming off in the 1-1 draw with Burnley last time out. How Ancelotti dealt with Richarlison's absence is also analysed so too the changes of formation and personnel in defence. Plus the guys preview the weekend's action with title challengers Chelsea as they prepare to visit Goodison Park with fans returning for the first time since March. Enjoy.
10/12/2043m 4s

Royal Blue: Everton's disappointing Burnley result in context and James Rodriguez's performance assessed

Our Royal Blue podcast panel are back to discuss Everton's 1-1 draw with Burnley at Turf Moor.Host Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Connor O'Neill and Gav Buckland to analyse what was a rather disappointing result for Carlo Ancelotti's side. Three-at-the-back was preferred again and showed more issues, the Blues were left to rue a late missed chance - but there were some important highlights to note. The panel also discuss the performance of James Rodriguez after some "interesting" comments in the national media about the playmaker...
07/12/2037m 23s

Royal Blue: Calvert-Lewin, Digne, Holgate, Richarlison - who will be your Everton Fans' Footballer of the Year?

The Liverpool ECHO and the Royal Blue podcast is today helping launch the inaugural Fans’ Footballer of the Year awards. As well as the main award, there is a ‘club’ award for each of the 20 Premier League outfits. Four Blues players are in the running for the Everton award – Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Lucas Digne, Mason Holgate and Richarlison. The quartet were selected by the Liverpool ECHO’s EFC correspondent Phil Kirkbride – and supporters can now vote for the winner at www.fansfootballeroftheyear.co.uk. And, to celebrate the launch of the awards, Phil is joined by his ECHO colleagues, and fellow Royal Blue regulars, Sam Carroll and Connor O’Neill for this special podcast to ask who, out of Calvert-Lewin, Digne, Holgate and Richarlison, should triumph, and which players they expect to have a big 2021.Blues supporters have until Thursday, December 17 to vote at www.fansfootballeroftheyear.co.uk. The winner of the Liverpool ECHO's Everton Fans' Footballer of the Year 2020 will be revealed on Monday, December 21.
07/12/2015m 15s

Royal Blue: Carlo Ancelotti out to get Everton back on track at Burnley and what will he be shopping for in the winter transfer window?

The Royal Blue Podcast returns to discuss a trip to Burnley that has taken on increased significance for Carlo Ancelotti and Everton. The Blues have lost four of their last five Premier League matches and Phil Kirkbride and his panel attempt to explore what has gone wrong since the early-season and where the fix will come from. Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Sam Carroll talk formation, team selection and the January transfer window as the need for reinforcements is highlighted. The future of Cenk Tosun is also contemplated by Prentice after Ancelotti praised the Turkish striker in his press conference on Friday afternoon; while the customary predictions at the end of the show suggest a confidence that Everton will return to winning ways at Turf Moor in the early kick-off on Saturday. Enjoy.
04/12/2040m 36s

View from the Gwladys Street: Ancelotti tinkering needs to stop as Richarlison silences Carragher

Everton now looking back at a fourth defeat in five games with the likes of Burnley, Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester to come in the league over the festive period. Leeds United came to Goodison Park on Saturday full of life, full of vigour, full of energy, attributes which Everton lacked. Defensive issues reared their ugly head yet again, with Ancelotti’s men left exposed countless times. Everton’s defensive issues are no secret, but against Leeds that was the worst defensive display to date.To discuss, debate and analyse Saturday’s performance, host Ian Croll is joined by Rob Astell and local up and coming musician Mason Owens. With Burnley to come on Saturday, the lads also discuss what Ancelotti can do in order to bring balance back to the team but more importantly, pick up three vital points.
01/12/2026m 33s

Royal Blue: Wing-back worries, a new role for Allan and Everton's loss to Leeds discussed

What a crazy game it was on Saturday night. Leeds came out 1-0 winners against Everton at Goodison Park in a match of fine margins, missed chances, disallowed goals - but ultimately disappointment for the Blues. Carlo Ancelotti stuck with his three-man defence, but his team selection certainly raised eyebrows. Was it the right decision? Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Chris Beesley and Gav Buckland to discuss exactly that. The panel also talk about James Rodriguez, chances for youngsters over the next few weeks, and seeing a new side of Allan. Enjoy.
30/11/2040m 14s

Royal Blue: How to deal with Digne absence, fans set for return to Goodison & what to expect of Bielsa's Leeds

Ahead of Everton taking on Leeds United on Saturday evening, the Royal Blue podcast have a number of key talking points to get into as Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland. First up on the agenda is the injury to Lucas Digne with the Frenchman expected to be out for up to three months. Marcel Brands' future is also up for discussion along with the potential return of fans to Goodison Park. Ahead of Saturday's visit of Leeds the panel also have their say on Marcelo Bielsa's side before ending with their usual predictions. Enjoy.
27/11/2040m 10s

View from the Gwladys Street: Iwobi consistency, Rodriguez expectations, January transfers & Olsen mind games

The View from the Gwladys Street podcast returns this week and so too did Everton’s winning form after a 3-2 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Host Ian Croll is joined by Connor Bennett and Ben Crawford for this week’s show. It’s a jam packed agenda as the lads look back at the Fulham victory, preview the up and coming Leeds game as well as touch upon individual performances of Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Rodriguez, Doucoure and Iwobi. There is lots to talk about as ever with additional discussion on Robin Olsen’s Pickford ‘mind games’ and the latest opinion on Everton’s potential business in the January transfer window.
25/11/201h 4m

Royal Blue: Richarlison return, formation change and room for improvement as Everton return to winning ways

Everton finally got back to winning ways on Sunday....just about. A Dominic Calvert-Lewin double and an Abdoulaye Doucoure header were enough to secure a 3-2 win over Fulham after what was an extremely nervy second half. There were a good number of positives to take from the match but still clear room for improvement, making for some interesting conversation. Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Gav Buckland and Connor O'Neill to discuss Everton's formation change, defensive issues, Richarlison's return and Dominic Calvert-Lewin's incredible scoring run. Lots for the lads to talk about as ever!
23/11/2035m 33s

Royal Blue: Five substitute discussion, Ancelotti's Isco comments and build-up to Everton's Fulham clash

Finally we're ready to welcome Everton back this weekend! The final international break of 2020 is done with and the focus can be back on club football right up until March. For Carlo Ancelotti's side, that means a trip to face Fulham at Craven Cottage this weekend, with Richarlison back involved and some positive injury news elsewhere. Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones and Gav Buckland to discuss whether Everton can back to winning ways and if the potential of a five-substitute rule could benefit the Blues at all. And, of course, there's more chat about Isco after the manager's latest comments...
20/11/2039m 11s

Royal Blue: International break injury, formation dilemma and your Everton questions answered

Everton news is right at the top of the agenda for our podcast panel even during the doldrums of another international break! Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Connor O'Neill and Gav Buckland to discuss all the latest updates around Goodison Park during what has already been an interesting week. The panel are on hand to answer fan-submitted questions on the need for the international break after a particular Everton injury, formation concerns for Carlo Ancelotti and who the club's main penalty taker should now be. It's an interesting listen as ever! Enjoy.
13/11/2035m 8s

View From The Gwladys Street: Rodriguez central role a must, the Gordon question and the Ancelotti concern

No win in four. Defeats in the last three. Nine goals conceded in four games. Key players injured or suspended. From first to seventh in less than a month. It’s been quite a painful few weeks. Host Ian Croll is joined by Mark Crotty and Neil Leahey for this week’s View from the Glwadys Street fan podcast to pick through the wreckage of the last four games. The Manchester United defeat is high on the agenda but the talk turns to more than that and how the Blues have ended up in this mini slump. Decisions from Ancelotti have come into question. With key players missing he’s unfortunately had to work with what he’s got, but could he have done more? The balance of the squad comes into question as the lads discuss and debate which formation currently suits the players Ancelotti has at his disposal. As with every fan podcast, the lads finish off with a positive despite what has been a torrid few weeks.
10/11/2052m 11s

Royal Blue: Defensive problems, midfield dilemma and Everton's loss to Manchester United discussed

Everton unfortunately fell to their third straight defeat on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 loss to Manchester United. A Bruno Fernandes double and a late Edinson Cavani strike gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side all three points against a lacklustre Blues, who had initially taken the lead through Bernard. Carlo Ancelotti had key players back for the game, so what went wrong? Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Gav Buckland and Connor O'Neill to discuss defensive issues, a potential midfield dilemma, fitness concerns and another example of the treatment of Jordan Pickford. Enjoy.
09/11/2035m 11s

Royal Blue: Isco to help lighten load on James? And has Carlo got goalkeeping call correct?

James Rodriguez, Seamus Coleman, Lucas Digne and Mason Holgate... Everton will be boosted by the return of four key players for tomorrow's visit of Manchester United to Goodison Park. But with Carlo Ancelotti admitting at his pre-match press conference that Rodriguez is not fully fit, the Royal Blue podcast wonder whether that underlines just how important the Colombian has already become to Everton? And if he has, do the Blues need more players of Rodriguez's calibre? That leads host Phil Kirkbride and regular guests Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland to discussing the merits of a move for another Real Madrid midfielder, Isco. Talk then turns to United and their under-pressure manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the podcast ends with a discussion about Ancelotti's decision to recall Jordan Pickford, plus the usual predicitions. Enjoy.
06/11/2037m 48s

Analysing Everton: Newcastle dissected, United previewed and what Andre Gomes needs to bring the best out of him

The Analysing Everton podcast is back to dissect the disappointing defeat at Newcastle United and ask whether it answered the question that, beyond Carlo Ancelotti’s exciting first-choice starting XI, has he got the strength in depth needed for a push for the top six? One player who Evertonians would have expected to be a regular in Ancelotti’s starting line-up is Andre Gomes. But the Portuguese’s struggles continued at St James’ Park leading our hosts David Hughes and Josh Williams to examine just exactly what he brings to the team and what his best role is. But while Gomes and his team-mates did not do themselves justice for the second match running, did Ancelotti make a rare misstep with his selection and formation? David and Josh talk that then focus on the performance of debutant goalkeeper Robin Olsen, before turning their attention to Saturday’s visit to Goodison Park of Manchester United, whose performance numbers should give the Blues encouragement that they can return to winning ways.
05/11/2057m 57s

View from the Gwladys: Baffling team selection, Pickford omission & the Gomes concern

Everton lost back to back Premier League matches for the first time under Carlo Ancelotti after being beated 2-1 by Newcastle on Sunday. The Blues were looking for a quick bounce back after their loss to Southampton however it wasn’t to be as a second half double from Callum Wilson was enough to secure the win for Steve Bruce’s side. Joining host Ian Croll to talk through the monstrosity that was Sunday afternoon is Rob Astell, John Howard and Matthew Barry. The lads discuss the Pickford omission, the Andre Gomes problem and try to figure out how Carlo Ancelotti got it so wrong against the Magpies. Despite defeat the lads look at the positives with key personnel yet to return and a big game against Manchester United up next to get the ball rolling again.
03/11/2050m 42s

Royal Blue: Changing formations, Robin Olsen and Everton's loss to Newcastle dissected

Everton suffered back-to-back league defeats for the first time under Carlo Ancelotti with a 2-1 loss at Newcastle United on Sunday. A much-changed Blues line-up caught the eye of many before the match, but couldn't produce the necessary performance on the pitch. A double from Callum Wilson was enough to cancel out Dominic Calvert-Lewin's late strike, with Ancelotti's side struggling to create throughout. That left a lot for our panel to discuss. Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Gav Buckland and Chris Beesley to talk over Everton's formation change, how Robin Olsen's debut affects Jordan Pickford and the defensive frailties on display for the Blues. Enjoy.
02/11/2038m 12s

Royal Blue: A Grand Old Team To Report | Special | Dave Prentice on 45 years following Everton Football Club

Following on from the launch of his book: A Grand Old Team To Report, Dave Prentice sits down with Phil Kirkbride and Adam Jones for a special offering from the Royal Blue podcast. The guys look through some of the highlights of the book, including the controversial sale of star striker Duncan Ferguson to Newcastle United under the nose of Walter Smith, plus Prenno's rapport with David Moyes and a number of other high profile characters during his time reporting on the Blues. The guys talk through Prenno's career covering Everton, the access to players and being involved in pre-season tours - as well as a couple of tales having gone out socialising with the players during the 90s.For 40% off and to get your copy of A Grand Old Team To Report, head to the Reach Sport bookshop by following this link: https://reachsportshop.com/book/a-grand-old-team-to-report-45-years-following-everton-football-club/
31/10/2030m 22s

Royal Blue: Shapes and systems | Nkounkou's chance to impress | Women looking to lead the way to cup success

Ahead of Everton's visit to Newcastle United we talk team news, formations and fringe players looking to impress for Carlo Ancelotti. Prior to Sunday's game, Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice and Adam Jones to react to Carlo Ancelotti's press conference, preview the game with the Magpies and discuss Everton Women's FA Cup Final with Manchester City, which also takes place on Sunday. With James Rodriguez ruled out of contention for Sunday's visit to St. James' Park, the panel look at what options are open to Ancelotti, including a change of formation which may suit Niels Nkounkou with the Frenchman set to start in place of Lucas Digne. Plus, with the Women's Cup final set to take place on Sunday, the guys also look at Alisher Usmanov's latest sponsorship involvement. Enjoy.
30/10/2027m 16s

Analysing Everton: Underlying numbers give Blues reason for cheer | How Newcastle are breaking xG model and why Everton should be prepared

After the Blues suffered their first defeat of the season, Analysing Everton is back to look over the result against Southampton, why things went as they did before getting onto the weekend's visit to Newcastle United. Join David Hughes and Josh Williams as they look into Carlo Ancelotti's Alex Iwobi 'test', why he may be better suited elsewhere in the Everton system and how much Richarlison was missed. Moving on, Dave explores the underlying numbers after the first six games of the new season to get a grasp of where the Blues' season is heading. Plus the guys preview the weekend's game with Newcastle and look into why they over-perform their xG and why Everton must be wary. Enjoy.
29/10/2053m 39s

View from the Gwladys: Southampton, Digne, Iwobi & clean sheet woes

In this week’s View from the Gwladys Street podcast, Ian Croll is joined by Tom Clarke from the Toffee Blues and Graham Callaghan. The Toffees' unbeaten start to the season came to a crushing end at the hands of Southampton with a 2-0 defeat. Disappointing to say the least but we must remember Carlo Ancelotti’s men sit top of the table after a strong start to the campaign. Everton not only had to contend with defeat but yet another straight red card was handed out to Lucas Digne – a decision which caused plenty of debate. James Rodriguez, who didn’t have his best game for the Blues, was seen clutching his hamstring as well. Certainly not how Everton wanted to spend their Sunday afternoon down South, but with Newcastle up next, the players must now regain their focus.
27/10/2026m 16s

Royal Blue: Digne's red card and poor individual performances can't overshadow strong Everton start

Unfortunately, Everton were dealt their first defeat of the season this weekend. Southampton came away with a 2-0 win from the Blues' latest match, with things compounded in the second half by Lucas Digne's controversial red card. But, our Royal Blue podcast panel weren't about to let one bad day at the office get them down about Everton's beginning to the season. Adam Jones was joined by Sam Carroll, Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland to discuss the defeat to Southampton, Carlo Ancelotti's problems in replacing both Richarlison and Seamus Coleman, and why Digne shouldn't have been sent off. And, the lads end on a positive, upbeat note - which is worth sticking around for! Enjoy.
26/10/2039m 35s

Analysing Everton: Pickford, Rodriguez, DCL, Gomes and the derby dissected | What Carlo should do for St Mary’s ‘acid test’

David Hughes and Josh Williams return for the latest instalment of their Analysing Everton tactics podcast – and they start by taking a deep dive into the 2-2 Merseyside derby draw with Liverpool at Goodison Park last weekend. Steering clear of the controversy surrounding you know what, our hosts analyse the performances in particular of Jordan Pickford, James Rodriguez and Andre Gomes, while paying aCristiano Ronaldo-sized compliment to the on-fire Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Talk then turns to Sunday’s trip to Southampton where Everton will be without Seamus Coleman, Richarlison and possibly Rodriguez, too, although the latter’s chances of playing have improved since this podcast was recorded on Friday morning. Shorn of at least two of his key men, should Carlo Ancelotti stick with the formation that has taken the Blues to the top of the Premier League or should he mix it up? And who will come in for Richarlison and – hopefully not – Rodriguez? That’s all discussed in an Everton must-listen.
24/10/2058m 57s

Royal Blue: Carlo's 'cute' James play to take spotlight off Pickford but has he made the right call for Southampton?

Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland for the Friday edition of the Royal Blue podcast and they start by discussing the big news from Carlo Ancelotti’s press conference that James Rodriguez could actually be fit for Sunday’s trip to Southampton after all. Earlier in the week Everton boss Ancelotti had cast doubt on the Colombian’s chances of featuring at St Mary’s. So in retrospect was it all a clever ploy from the wily Italian to take some of the spotlight away from Jordan Pickford? The Blues goalkeeper has come in for all sorts of criticism following his challenge on Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby. But has the reaction, both on social media and in the mainstream media, gone way over the top? The panel discuss that as well as Ancelotti’s decision to keep faith with his under-fire number one for the clash with Southampton. There’s also talk and condemnation of plans for a European Premier League and praise for the incredible work Manchester Untied striker Marcus Rashford is doing to ensure children have access to free school meals over half-term. Plus there’s a quick plug for Prenno’s brilliant new Everton book, which you can order by clicking on the link below, and which we’ll soon be focusing on in a special podcast. Have a good weekend, Blues! https://reachsportshop.com/book/a-grand-old-team-to-report-45-years-following-everton-football-club/
23/10/2046m 15s

Royal Blue: Jordan Pickford's challenge, the reaction to it, and paying tribute to Lucas Digne, the league's best left-back

So... another eventual Merseyside derby, then. But before getting stuck into the subject that has dominated the agenda in the 48 hours since the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, Adam Jones, Dave Prentice, Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland kick off the latest Royal Blue podcast by actually discussing Everton's performance. Talk then, inevitably, turns to Jordan Pickford's challenge on Virgil van Dijk, and the reaction to it in the traditional media and on social media. The other flashpoints of the game are also examined, including Richarlison's sending-off, while there is praise for debutant Ben Godfrey, and particularly for Lucas Digne, whose pinpoint cross was headed in by the on-fire Dominic Calvert-Lewin to ensure the Blues of the point that kept them top of the Premier League table. Enjoy.
19/10/2040m 12s

Analysing Everton: Everton vs Liverpool Preview | The James Rodriguez play that the Red side fear

It’s a special joint edition of the Liverpool ECHO’s Analysing Everton and Analysing Anfield podcasts as we preview Saturday’s Everton v Liverpool Merseyside derby at Goodison Park. In the blue corner we have David Hughes, and in the red corner we have Josh Williams, but despite their allegiances, they remain as objective as ever as they pick apart what could be the most intriguing derby in years. Everton will go into the 12.30pm kick-off riding high at the top of the Premier League while Liverpool will make the short trip across Stanley Park with tails between their legs after the heavy defeat at Aston Villa before the international break. Surely, then, Carlo Ancelotti will instruct his side to take the game to the defending champions? David and Josh discuss that, and use the underlying statistics to explain why this is a true battle of the best two teams in the country on form at the moment, before turning their thoughts to which areas both the Blues and the Reds will look to exploit. There’s a special look at the respective under-fire goalkeepers, Jordan Pickford and Adrian, and why their performances could be the deciding factors in the game, and there’s also analysis of James Rodriguez’s influence and why Jurgen Klopp should throw Thiago Alcantara straight in at the deep end.
16/10/2059m 50s

Royal Blue: Cautious optimism the order of the day as Everton look to end derby wait

It's the night before the Merseyside derby between Premier League leaders Everton and defending champions Liverpool at Goodison Park - and the Royal Blue podcast, hosted by Phil Kirkbride and featuring Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland, is here to discuss all the big pre-match talking points. From the feelings in the fan base to Jordan Pickford, and Carlo Ancelotti's approach and mentality to just what a long-awaited victory would do for the whole club, it's a must-listen. Prenno even promises Adam a bottle of bubbly if his score prediction comes in. We'll drink to that!
16/10/2045m 34s

View from the Gwladys Street: The Merseyside derby preview – assessing the season so far

The View from the Gwladys Street podcast returns to the Royal Blue airwaves for the first time in a long time and after a two week international break Everton return to action on Saturday against the old enemy. Liverpool make the short journey across Stanley Park to face the table topping Toffees in an eagerly anticipated match. To preview this weekend’s encounter, Ian Croll, Rob Astell, Connor Bennett and Mark Crotty take the hot seats in the first Everton fan podcast on the Royal Blue channel since March. There’s plenty on the agenda to get through with the assessment of the season so far, derby day nerves and predictions, as well as what Carlo Ancelotti’s men can achieve come the end of the season. The lads also comment on the breaking news surrounding ‘Project Big Picture’.
14/10/2054m 3s

Royal Blue: Moise Kean, Cenk Tosun, Bernard and the Everton transfer questions that are yet to be answered

Everton’s transfer business continues to dominate the second Royal Blue podcast of the week as Phil Kirkbride is joined by Gavin Buckland and Paul Wheelock. Top of the agenda is Moise Kean and whether his loan move to Paris Saint-Germain is a precursor to a permanent exit from Goodison Park. Unless the Blues sign a replacement for Kean before the domestic transfer closes next week, the returning Cenk Tosun will act as under-study to the on-fire Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Are you happy with that? And could Tosun actually thrive at long last in the new-look Everton set-up? Talk then turns to Bernard, and those links to Roma, plus whether Carlo Ancelotti and Marcel Brands will and should look to buy again when the January transfer window opens. Enjoy.
09/10/2032m 8s

Royal Blue: Robin Olsen arrival and what it means for Jordan Pickford | And should Everton move for Josh King after striker exits?

After another three points, and after another two new signings, the Royal Blue podcast is back! Robin Olsen followed the expected arrival of defender Ben Godfrey on transfer deadline day and host Sam Carroll, Adam Jones (after a marathon shift!), David Prentice and Paul Wheelock discuss the loan deal for the Sweden international goalkeeper and what it means for Jordan Pickford, whose critics grew louder after an error led to a Brighton goal in Saturday’s 4-2 win at Goodison Park. The panel also discuss the Everton careers of Sandro Ramirez and Theo Walcott, who have now played their last games for the club after departing on Monday. Their exits followed that of Moise Kean, and in an otherwise impressive recruitment plan, have they left Carlo Ancelotti short up front? If they have, is the answer signing Bournemouth’s Josh King before the domestic transfer window shuts? We discuss that, plus lots more. Enjoy.
06/10/2035m 12s

Royal Blue: Everton's Ben Godfrey pursuit, DCL's England call-up & Carlo planning to clip to Seagulls' wings as Blues aim for seven in a row

It's been another hectic week for Everton! The Blues continued their brilliant start to the season with a win over West Ham to progress to the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup, while the club's women's side booked their place in the Women's FA Cup final with a win over Birmingham City! Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Gav Buckland, Sam Carroll and Adam Jones to look back on those performances and the injuries to Allan and Richarlison in particular that might cause some debate ahead of the visit of Brighton this weekend. Of course, there is the matter of transfer rumours to discuss as well with a deal for Ben Godfrey edging closer, while Yannick Bolasie's future was also part of the conversation. Another lively podcast to round off a similarly busy week for the Blues! Enjoy.
02/10/2043m 13s

Analysing Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin's 'monster' season & how underlying numbers show it isn't all-out attack for new-look Blues

Dominic Calvert-Lewin's second hat-trick of the season ensured Everton made it through to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals following the 4-1 victory over West Ham United at Goodison Park. Reacting to the win over the Hammers, the Blues' fast-start to the new Premier League campaign, and digging deep into the numbers behind DCL's blistering form, David Hughes and Josh Williams are here with the latest edition of Analysing Everton. The guys also look into the underlying numbers and suggest there's reason to stay optimistic with Carlo Ancelotti's side's encouraging defensive statistics as well as what is happening at the top end of the pitch. Plus, they preview the weekend's visit of Brighton and Hove Albion from a statistical and tactical point of view, assessing what threats Graham Potter's side may cause. Enjoy.
01/10/2052m 12s

Royal Blue: Top of the league then top of the charts... what a weekend to be an Evertonian!

Top of the league then top of the charts! And throw in an incredible FA Women’s Cup success, too, and it really was a weekend to remember for everyone involved with Everton Football Club. Little wonder, then, that the latest Royal Blue podcast is even more ebullient than the last one. But there’s only place host Adam Jones and guests Chris Beesley, Sam Carroll, David Prentice and Gavin Buckland can start... and that’s Evertonians getting ‘Spirit of the Blues’ above Miles Cyrus, Drake and a host of other music superstars to number one in the iTunes charts. Blues downloaded the 35-year-old club anthem in their droves after it was dubbed over the top of social media videos following Everton’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace which, for a day at the least, took Carlo Ancelotti's transformed team into top spot in the Premier League. Naturally, that win is discussed, with focus on another goal for the red-hot Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and another impressive performance from captain Seamus Coleman, before talk turns to Wednesday’s Carabao Cup tie at home to David Moyes’ West Ham United. Enjoy!
28/09/2039m 40s

Royal Blue: Pickford, Nkounkou, Gordon and Carlo's ultimatum to his free-scoring strikers

Positivity abounds in the latest Royal Blue podcast as Chris Beesley, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland join Phil Kirkbride to reflect on the 5-2 Carabao Cup win at Fleetwood Town that maintained Everton’s perfect start to the new season. But first up is the need to address the one negative from what was another encouraging evening for Blues – the performance of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Carlo Ancelotti and Neville Southall have given the England number one their backing, so should everyone else too? And what appears to be Pickford’s biggest problem at the moment? Both questions are discussed and answered before talk turns to three of the best performers at Fleetwood – surprise-package Niels Nkounkou, Bernard, and Anthony Gordon. Moise Kean also had a good night as he made it two goals for the campaign. But why doesn’t he look happy? Carlo won’t be happy if Kean, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all meet his goal target, that's for sure, with the panel discussing the manager’s brilliant comments before Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace – a preview of which rounds off a must-listen podcast. Enjoy.
25/09/2044m 50s

Analysing Everton: James Rodriguez, a one-man goal contribution machine | 'New' Everton emerging under Ancelotti

Analysing Everton returns to look back on the Blues' strong start to the new Premier League season, with the wins over Tottenham Hotspur and West Brom. David Hughes and Josh Williams analyse the performances of Carlo Ancelotti's side, how James Rodriguez has changed the dynamic for the Blues in terms of attacking output, as well as the growing influence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Plus, are a 'new' Everton emerging having won away to a top-six team as well as coming from behind to beat the Baggies? Plus, the guys look ahead to Saturday's visit to Crystal Palace. Enjoy.
23/09/2056m 34s

Royal Blue: James the hero as DCL bags hat-trick against West Brom | And are the Blues set for a Carabao Cup run?

Everton's great start to the season rolls on! The Blues secured their third win in as many matches in all competitions with a 5-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park on Saturday. Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagged a hat trick while James Rodriguez scored his first goal for the club - and they were just two of the major points for Evertonians to discuss. Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and debutant Connor O'Neill to scrutinise the club's latest victory and look ahead to a crucial Carabao Cup tie against Fleetwood Town. Stay tuned for an interesting prediction from one panel member to say the very least...
21/09/2036m 50s

Royal Blue: Niels Nkounkou promise, Moise Kean patience, and did Everton sign James Rodriguez on a free?

Having won both of the opening two games of the season without conceding a goal, join Phil Kirkbride, Adam Jones, Chris Beesley and Paul Wheelock as we look back on a successful start to the new campaign for Carlo Ancelotti's side, who beat Salford City 3-0 in the Carabao Cup at Goodison Park on Wednesday night to follow the 1-0 opening-day Premier League victory at Tottenham Hotspur. The panel discuss the showing against Salford, including analysing the performances of both Moise Kean and debutant Niels Nkounkou. With reports emerging that Everton did not actually pay Real Madrid a free for James Rodriguez, the guys look in more depth into the move, before previewing the weekend's action as Slaven Bilic's West Bromwich Albion head to Goodison. Enjoy.
18/09/2040m 33s

Royal Blue: Blues buoyant as Carlo's side make a statement on the opening day

It's a buzzing Royal Blue podcast as Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Gavin Buckland and Paul Wheelock to reflect on Everton's superb 1-0 opening-day victory at Tottenham Hotspur. New boys Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure all come in for special praise, as does the match-winner Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Andre Gomes, as the panel look back on a real statement victory for Carlo Ancelotti's side, before looking ahead to Wednesday's Carabao Cup clash with Salford City, and wondering whether squad rotation should come into force. Enjoy.
14/09/2039m 11s

Royal Blue: The big Everton questions answered on eve of new season as Leighton Baines makes swift return

Just two before Everton kick-start their Premier League season, the Royal Blue podcast is back. And host Phil Kirkbride has a host of questions for Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland to answer, including: What position should Carlo Ancelotti next target to strengthen? Which of Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure will have the biggest impact? And what constitutes a good campaign for the Blues? The panel also reacts to the breaking news that David Unsworth has a new role and that Leighton Baines will be making a quick return to the club that he served so superbly as a player. Enjoy.
11/09/2041m 12s

Analysing Everton: 'Midfield boss' Allan, 'unique' Doucoure and 'elite' Rodriguez | What exciting new trio will bring to the Blues

The Analysing Everton podcast is back! And with the Blues having completed the exciting signings of Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure, it could not be more perfectly timed! David Hughes and Josh Williams look at what the trio will bring to Everton, where they will fit in, and where it leaves the players they are certain to replace in Carlo Ancelotti's starting line-up. Our tactics experts also preview the opening day trip to Tottenham Hotspur, and what Jose Mourinho may have planned, and wonder where Ancelotti's new-look side could finish this season. Enjoy.
10/09/201h 6m

Royal Blue: Excitement palpable as Everton line-up stunning triple swoop for Allan, Rodriguez and Doucoure

Everton don’t half find a way of pulling you back in. After a demoralising end to last season left fans wondering what the immediate future held, Evertonians are buzzing again at the prospect of what could be a momentous week in the transfer market. And so, too, is the latest Royal Blue podcast, hosted by Sam Carroll, and featuring Dave Prentice and Paul Wheelock, as they react to the news that Everton are lining up an incredible triple swoop for Allan, James Rodriguez and Abdoulaye Doucoure. Our panellists discuss each of the potential signings, wonder how and where they will fit into Carlo Ancelotti’s system, and what benefit they could have to Andre Gomes. Enjoy – and keep your eye on the Liverpool ECHO’s website for the all the latest on the deals to sign Allan, Rodriguez and Doucoure. Enjoy.
03/09/2036m 16s

Royal Blue: The deal with James Rodriguez, a tribute to Gareth Barry, and what do Everton have in store for Leighton Baines?

Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Gavin Buckland for the latest edition of the Royal Blue podcast, which starts with a look back on the opening pre-season friendly at Blackpool. Do you take Everton's performance with a pinch of salt or do you attribute something more concerning to it? And what should we make of Gylfi Sigurdsson's comments after the match about the position he has operated in under Carlo Ancelotti? Our panel answer those questions and then get stuck into the subject on most Blues fans' lips at the moment - Real Madrid midfielder James Rodiriguez. Should Everton move heaven and earth to get a player Ancelotti clearly wants? And, if they do, which players do they ship out? Especially seeing as the Blues also remain in talks to sign Allan and Abdoulaye Doucouré. Midfield is clearly an area of the field Ancelotti wants to improve, and no doubt the Italian would have liked to have worked with Gareth Barry in his prime. The former Goodison favourite has announced his retirement from football, leading our panel to offer warm tributes to arguably one of the best transfers the club has made in recent years. There's also time to talk what role Everton have in store for Leighton Baines, now that he has also hung up his boots, as well as the new third kit and the latest on the move to Bramley-Moore Dock. Enjoy.
28/08/2044m 52s

Royal Blue: Gabriel, Doucouré and Allan transfers discussed as pre-season gets under way

With Everton kick-starting their pre-season this weekend, the Royal Blue podcast returns after its own mini summer break. But before Phil Kirkbride, Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland get stuck into Saturday's trip to Blackpool, they talk the big topic among Evertonians at present - transfers, or their lack of them. What we do know is that the Blues have pulled out of a deal for Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes but are pursuing midfielders Abdoulaye Doucouré and Allan from Watford and Napoli respectively. The panel discuss the merits of all that as well as which players could and must go to help fund what would be two big-money moves if they both came off. And there's also time to talk two former Blues, Romelu Lukaku and Ronald Koeman, who have both been in the news this week. Enjoy.
21/08/2042m 44s

Antonee Robinson on leaving Everton, Wigan Athletic rollercoaster and just how close he came to joining AC Milan

The 2020/21 season has proven to be stranger than fiction for former Everton left-back  Antonee Robinson after joining Wigan Athletic last summer. Just days after suffering relegation with the Latics, the United States international sits down for a candid interview with Theo Squires to share all on a controversial season at the DW Stadium, the lowdown on how a heart problem ended any chance of a dream deadline day move to AC Milan in January, as well as enlightening insight on his Everton exit before looking to the future and his hopes of playing at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It’s a fascinating listen about a remarkable season so sit back and enjoy.
11/08/2021m 19s

Royal Blue: Carlo Ancelotti's Everton re-build & quality over quantity in the transfer market

Just how big is the rebuilding job ahead of Carlo Ancelotti at Everton? The Royal Blue podcast team get their teeth stuck into trying to answer the burning question at Goodison, in today's episode. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland to assess the challenge facing Ancelotti and the worrying trends that emerged from the final part of the season. The panel wonder if the transfer window, with only a handful of signings expected, will provide all of the answers to Everton's problems or, as is more likely, will Ancelotti's coaching acumen be the bigger deciding factor next term. Systems, formations, mindset and the club captaincy are all up for discussion. Enjoy
07/08/2038m 15s

The future of women's football, how it's reported, and Everton's aims for the season

Emma Sanders, Kathryn Batte and Sarah Halpin join Sam Carroll for a special Royal Blue podcast focusing on women's football. Sanders, a reporter for the BBC, features on the panel alongside Daily Mail journalist Batte and Everton Women media maestro Halpin to discuss the challenge of growing the women's game and how clubs can work with the media to allow better coverage. The trio also assess the upcoming season for Everton and Liverpool as well as their route into the media and any advice they may have for aspiring young journalists and broadcasters listening. Everton finished sixth in the Women's Super League under Willie Kirk last season while Liverpool and Vicky Jepson suffered relegation on a points-per-game basis following the early curtailment of the campaign due to coronavirus.
06/08/2049m 5s

Royal Blue: End of Season awards special & farewell to Leighton Baines

It's end of season review time on the Royal Blue podcast.Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Gav Buckland, Adam Jones and Sam Carroll and asks them to argue their choices in four categories.The panel make their case for Everton's player of the season, goal of the season, performance of the season and disappointment of the season. And in the spirit of debate, discussion and entertainment, the lads were asked to make sure they each chose differently in every category. Let us know if you agree with their picks and, ultimately, which one was deemed the winner. The panel finish by talking about Leighton Baines' decision to retire from football. Enjoy.
31/07/2048m 13s

Royal Blue: The players with a point to prove more than most as Carlo Ancelotti's plots his Everton evolution

It's the final Royal Blue preview podcast of the season as host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Sam Carroll and Dave Prentice to look ahead to Sunday's final game at home to relegated Bournemouth. After the panel answer Phil's question about important it is to finish such a disappointing campaign on a high, they pick the players who most need to make a point against the Cherries, who must win to stand any chance of staying up. Talk then turns to the message sent by Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti in his pre-match press conference and the need to get any transfer business done early. And, as well as usual (this time wildly positive) score predictions, Phil and Co talk about the two team who have already been promoted to the Premier League and some former Evertonians now plying their trade in the Championship who have not been as fortunate. Enjoy.
24/07/2044m 33s

Royal Blue: Andre Gomes, Richarlison, Jarrad Branthwaite and a formation question for Carlo Ancelotti

After four games without a win and four pretty miserable performances, excuse the latest Royal Blue podcast, hosted by Phil Kirkbride and featuring Chris Beesley and Dave Prentice, for being positively upbeat after Carlo Ancelotti’s side returned to winning ways with a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Sheffield United. There is praise for Andre Gomes’ vastly-improved display while there is a question for Blues boss Ancelotti over whether he should stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation given it brought the best out of the Portuguese, along with Gylfi Sigurdsson, who also showed signs of form at Bramall Lane. The match-winner, Richarlison, is also hailed, while Phil surprises Prenno with a stat that he can’t believe but which underlines the Brazilian’s huge potential. The panel also look at the winning goal itself and wonder whether it is the latest example of a marginal gain Everton must make the most of going forward. And of course the podcast cannot fail to mention the composed display of teenager Jarrad Branthwaite. But there are also warm words for Branthwaite’s senior centre-back partner Michael Keane, who since the restart, has certainly grown in stature. Enjoy.
21/07/2039m 15s

Inside the Everton academy | Highs, lows and memories to last a lifetime

Phil Kirkbride is joined by three former Everton youth-team players for this special Royal Blue podcast – Plymouth Argyle midfielder Conor Grant, Macclesfield Town winger Ben Tollitt, and the Liverpool ECHO’s own Sam Carroll, who pulled on the shirt of his beloved Blues before moving into journalism. The trio talk about how they came to be signed by Everton, and the buzz at achieving what so many young players dream of doing, but also just how hard it is to take the next step in what, at even a young age, is a fiercely competitive environment. There is the disappointment of leaving the Blues, but also great stories of great times, friendships, coaches and parents. Enjoy.
19/07/2051m 16s

Royal Blue: Villa woes | Moise Kean conundrum | Hojbjerg the Blues' midfield saviour? | Branthwaite optimism ahead of visit to Blades

It's been another difficult week at Goodison as Everton limp towards the end of the season and the Royal Blue podcast panel are back to try and make sense of it. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Gav Buckland and Adam Jones as they reflect on a 1-1 draw at home to relegation-threatened Aston Villa and analyse why the Blues could only muster one shot on target. The fitness of Dominic Calvert-Lewin is discussed as are the chances of Moise Kean featuring more before the end of the season - why won't Carlo Ancelotti start him? Would having Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the team on Thursday night have made a difference? Everton want the Southampton midfielder and the lads look at how he would potentially fit into the team. One of few positives to emerge from the game with Villa was the performance of Jarrad Branthwaite and the panel talk about his potential before finishing this week's pod with a look at Monday's trip to Sheffield United who have the stinging criticism of manager Chris Wilder ringing in their ears. Enjoy.
17/07/2048m 50s

Royal Blue: Dreadful Wolves display, Coleman's home truths and what comes next for Everton?

The Royal Blue podcast returns and, unfortunately, there is another defeat for our panel to dissect. Everton were dreadful on Sunday as they were beaten 3-0 at the hands of Wolves, effectively ending any hopes of European football next season. Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Gav Buckland and Sam Carroll to discuss the problems on display in detail. Seamus Coleman's post-match comments, Jordan Pickford's mistakes and the upcoming transfer window all are included in a lively chat.
13/07/2040m 15s

Royal Blue: Midfield conundrum, time to move away from the 4-4-2 & time for Moise Kean to lead the line?

The Royal Blue podcast returns after Everton drew 1-1 with Southampton at Goodison Park on Thursday. Carlo Ancelotti will be pondering his midfield options ahead of the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend and Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland joined host Sam Carroll to discuss Andre Gomes, Alex Iwobi and other issues in the central area. The importance of Richarlison was highlighted by his goal against Southampton in midweek but the panel also debate whether it is time for Moise Kean to be unleashed as Dominic Calvert-Lewin continues to search for his first goal since the restart. Formation changes, rotation possibilities and transfer needs are also brought to you in the latest episode as the trio build-up to the game against Wolves in what will be a short turnaround for Everton and Ancelotti. Enjoy.
10/07/2038m 41s

Kevin Campbell Exclusive: Carlo, DCL, the midfield, Thiago Silva, and tonight's Southampton match

Our Everton FC reporter Adam Jones got a chance to speak to former Everton favourite Kevin Campbell ahead of tonight's visit of Southampton to Goodison Park (6pm kick-off), which fans can watch for free on Amazon Prime Video and stream for free on Twitch. Adam and Super Kev talk the impact of Carlo Ancelotti and what he needs to do next; the transformation of Dominic Calvert-Lewin this season into a proper Everton No 9, which Campbell himself was; this summer's transfer priorities and those links to Brazil great Thiago Silva; the midfield, Anthony Gordon and Alex Iwobi, and, of course, a little bit about this evening's game versus the Saints. Enjoy.You can watch Everton v Southampton at 6pm Thursday 9 July for free on Amazon Prime Video, or fans can stream the game at no cost on Twitch.
09/07/2019m 2s

Analysing Everton: Andre Gomes & Alex Iwobi come in for questioning as Blues' squad imbalance comes to the fore once more

Analysing Everton is back once more amidst a flurry of games for the Blues to get into some of the key statistical and analytical information around Carlo Ancelotti's side. Fresh from the 1-0 defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur and prior to facing both Southampton and Wolves, Dave Hughes and Josh Williams look back on the result in London. Coming in for questioning are two of Ancelotti's midfield men in Andre Gomes and Alex Iwobi. Both have struggled to give a cutting edge to the Blues in the final third of the pitch as we delve into the data to work out whether the individuals are underperforming, or whether it is the imbalance within the Blues' squad leading to the below par showings. Enjoy.
08/07/2059m 57s

Royal Blue: Letdown in London, major midfield problems, and mindless desecration of Dixie Dean statue

Twenty-four hours after Everton's dispiriting defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, the Royal Blue podcast returns to pick the bones out of a display that had all the hallmarks of so many ones that preceded the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti. Host Phil Kirkbride, along with Chris Beesley, Sam Carroll and Dave Prentice, look at what went wrong in north London, focusing particularly on the midfield. There aren't too many positives, understandably, but the performance off the bench of Anthony Gordon was definitely one of them. However, there was absolutely nothing positive about seeing the mindless damage done to the Dixie Dean statue and memorial outside Goodison Park. The panel also have strong views on that before turning their attention to the visit of Southampton to L4 on Thursday night.
07/07/2035m 44s

hummel EXCLUSIVE: Adam Jones speak with hummel Chief Brand Officer Filip Trulsson | Why Everton, inspiration for designs and more!

Following swiftly on from Everton revealing their new hummel kits ahead of the 2020/21 season, the ECHO's Everton reporter Adam Jones has been speaking exclusively with hummel Chief Brand Officer Filip Trulsson. Catch their conversation as Filip explains the lengths hummel have gone to in order to deliver a bespoke design for their first set of Everton kits. He also explains why the brand were keen to get involved with the Blues and also touches on the guided tour he was given at Goodison Park by Graeme Sharp. Plus, we ask more about the links between Everton and hummel with their famous chevrons set to don the famous Blue shirts and also how club's iconic Z-Cars anthem is the inspiration behind that idea, with its soundbar expanded and embossed in a striking manner. Enjoy.
04/07/2016m 18s

Royal Blue: Carlo's tactical masterclass | European hopes | New kit & new signing!

From Carlo Ancelotti's tactical "masterclass" to a new kit and a new signing, there's plenty packed in to this edition of the Royal Blue podcast. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones and Gav Buckland to look back over a win over Leicester City, look ahead to a trip to Spurs and the future in a new strip and with a new left-back at the club. The panel ask whether the midweek win has flown under the radar and praise Ancelotti's handling of a squad hit by injuries since the lockdown. The chase for Europe is talked about as is a pivotal game in that hunt - Monday night's trip to Spurs. Should the Blues be wary of a wounded Jose Mourinho, who will be smarting from the defeat to Sheffield United? Or is the Portuguese coach not the force he once was? Everton released next season's hummel home kit today, to widespread acclaim, and the lads share in their admiration for the designs. The signing of Niels Nkounkou, a free transfer from Marseille, is discussed as well as what it means in the future for Everton. Also news that Jean-Philippe Gbamin could be back for the start of next term, is also on the agenda.
03/07/2046m 55s

Analysing Everton: Carlo's class shines through as Blues make impressive start to action post-lockdown | Set-pieces, tactics, man management

Having picked up seven points from nine on offer in the first three games back after the lockdown, Everton remain within reach of European-finish to the Premier League campaign. With the action now back and in full flow, Analysing Everton makes a long awaited return to Royal Blue. Join Dave Hughes and Josh Williams as they look back on the draw with Liverpool and wins over both Norwich City and Leicester City as well as discuss whether or not a European finish is out of the reach of Carlo Ancelotti's Blues. In the focus is the improvement defensive under the Italian, how set-pieces have gone from a weakness to a strength for the Blues as well as how Ancelotti continues to adapt and remain at the top of his game. Enjoy.
02/07/201h 1m

Royal Blue: Blues welcome Foxes to Goodison while Bolasie outlines his own intentions but can he still have a future at Everton?

The agenda for today's Royal Blue podcast includes Yerry Mina, Fabian Delph, the visit of Leicester City, Yannick Bolasie and Jonjoe Kenny. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones and Sam Carroll to preview Wednesday night's game at Goodison plus discuss what Carlo Ancelotti said at this pre-match press conference, as well as all the other Blues news. Ancelotti confirmed that Mina is fit again and will be in the squad to face Leicester while Djibril Sidibe will return to training on Friday and Theo Walcott next week. But Delph remains injured and the panel talk about their frustrations over a stop-start first season at Everton for the midfielder. Confidence is high for another Everton win as the panel point to Leicester's packed start, which has only seen them draw two of their opening three league and cup games. Bolasie is also talking in a confident mood today, declaring his intention to return to Everton in pre-season and fight for his place, but the panel don't share the winger's optimism. Yet, there is greater hope that on the back of a successful season on loan at Schalke, Kenny has done enough to force his way into Ancelotti's thinking. Enjoy.
30/06/2044m 16s

Royal Blue: Blues continue Carlo's European charge, Niasse set to the exit door & Baines wait goes on

Buoyed by the victory over Norwich City the Royal Blue podcast team are back with a spring in their step today. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland to look back on the 1-0 win at Carrow Road and ask how realistic Carlo Ancelotti's Europa League aims are? Also up for discussion are match-winner Michael Keane - should he score more goals than he does? - as well as the man who laid on the assist, Lucas Digne. Is the Everton left-back having a good season? The surprise social media outburst of architect Dan Meis, in which he made his feelings at no longer being "directly engaged" in Everton's new stadium project clear, is also on the agenda.The lads also discuss the news this week that Oumar Niasse and Cuco Martina will be released at the end of their contracts next week. Niasse, predictably, dominates this segment of the discussion before the pod moves onto Leighton Baines. The Blues' hero has signed a short-term extension to his contract but the club await a response to the offer of a new one-year deal. Is the wait any reason for concern? Dave and Gav have their say. Enjoy.
26/06/2046m 47s

Royal Blue: What does the future hold for Leighton Baines as Blues head to Carrow Road with revenge in their sights

The Royal Blue podcast returns from home - 24 hours after the last edition! - to discuss the Premier League trip to rock-bottom Norwich City for Everton on Wednesday. Everton contested an evenly-fought encounter with top-of-the-table Liverpool on Sunday but will face an entirely different prospect at Carrow Road with Daniel Farke desperately hoping to guide his team to an unlikely escape act. Host Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland as the panel pick apart Carlo Ancelotti's press conference, the line-up options available to him and the differing tactics that could be employed against the Canaries. Plus, they get into the future of Leighton Baines as that was on the agenda as Ancelotti spoke with the media ahead of the trip to Carrow Road. Norwich have enjoyed 48 hours extra rest than Everton, who will be hoping to avenge the home defeat suffered at Goodison Park under Marco SIlva in November. Enjoy.
23/06/2032m 6s

Royal Blue: Everton return with Merseyside derby point as Richarlison leads the way, while Schneiderlin heads for the exit

The Royal Blue podcast returns from home to dissect the goalless draw played out between Everton and Liverpool in the 236th Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park on Sunday. Both sides were three months without football due to the outbreak of coronavirus but contested an evenly-fought encounter with Tom Davies, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin having opportunities for the home side. Host Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones and Dave Prentice to discuss whether Everton deserved victory, the tactics employed by Carlo Ancelotti, Seamus Coleman and the midfield performances of Alex Iwobi and Andre Gomes. The panel also talked through the impending exit of Morgan Schneiderlin to French club Nice and the news that Maarten Stekelenburg has signed a new short-term contract ahead of a summer move to Ajax, where he started his career. Enjoy.
22/06/2037m 41s

Royal Blue: Goodison derby with a difference & Richarlison sets the tone for Everton to follow

Finally, Everton are back in action this weekend! The Blues welcome Liverpool to an empty Goodison Park on Sunday evening for the 236th Merseyside derby as they return to Premier League football for the first time in over three months. What a game to have first up. Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland to discuss just how Everton might be affected by not having the home support behind them this weekend. One player who has stoked the flames of the derby atmosphere with no fans able to be in attendance is Richarlison. The panel also discuss the Blues' injury situation and, of course, make their ever-accurate score predictions for the upcoming game! Enjoy.
19/06/2031m 13s

Royal Blue: Anthony Gordon to get Merseyside derby chance & what to do in defence as the injuries mount up

The Royal Blue podcast returned from home this week to discuss the Everton intrasquad friendly played behind closed doors at Goodison Park on Saturday. Anthony Gordon caught the eye with a goal - further strengthening his chances of being involved in the squad to face Liverpool - while Cuco Martina operated as a makeshift centre-back with Yerry Mina out injured. Host Sam Carroll asked Adam Jones and Dave Prentice their thoughts on Gordon, Martina and a host of other topics, including how a young player would react to being included for a Merseyside Derby played in front of a select crowd. With the podcast to return later in the week to look ahead to the visit of Liverpool, Luke Garbutt - who will leave this summer - and young goalkeeper Joao Virginia are also discussed. Enjoy.
15/06/2036m 58s

Royal Blue: Everton's class clear for all to see whilst injury hits Carlo's squad again & Nice time to cash in on Morgan Schneiderlin?

On today's bumper edition of the Royal Blue podcast we discuss everything from commercial deals to selling Morgan Schneiderlin. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Gav Buckland to talk through the major talking points coming out of Goodison this week. We start by assessing the club's new shirt sponsorship deal with Cazoo and the merits of ending the agreement with SportPesa before moving onto the news that players, board members and other key staff have taken wage cuts and deferrals - plus a generous donation from fans that was matched by Farhad Moshiri and Bill Kenwright. Goodison was given the go-ahead to host next weekend's Merseyside derby and we talk about how players will deal with no fans inside the ground and how Everton can overcome the challenges of making the stadium bio-secure. Carlo Ancelotti's preparations for the game have been dealt a blow this week with the news that Theo Walcott has been ruled out and Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph are concerns. The panel discuss who should play on the right-wing and conclude the podcast by talking about the futures of Maarten Stekelenburg, Djibril Sidibe and Schneiderlin, who has been the subject of interest from Nice. Enjoy.
12/06/2050m 54s

Royal Blue: Moise Kean to take opportunity handed by Premier League rule change & time to cash in on academy prospects?

The Premier League have this week voted in favour of allowing teams to use five subs when the season resumes - but which Everton player will benefit the most? We ask that question and many more on the latest edition of the Royal Blue podcast. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Sam Carroll and Gavin Buckland to discuss the use of five subs and if Carlo Ancelotti could use the final nine games of the campaign to experiment with the team. The panel discuss the Merseyside derby and argue that for the 'integrity' of the competition, the game has to take place at Goodison and not at a neutral venue. And what is the mood among Evertonians about the season resuming? The lads debate that as well as the prospect of the club selling young striker Fraser Hornby. Enjoy.
06/06/2036m 11s

Royal Blue: Leighton Baines offered Everton extension & Mina adds to Blues injury woes

Everton were finally dealt a slice of good news on Wednesday as Leighton Baines was offered a new one-year contract at Goodison Park. The iconic defender has been brilliant when stepping into the side this term so this might not have come as a surprise, but it's certainly a welcome boost to supporters. This is, of course, after another injury was confirmed recently, with Yerry Mina picking up a thigh issue in training. Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Sam Carroll to discuss Everton's brilliant position at left-back - compared to the potential issues in central defence. Enjoy.
03/06/2039m 39s

Royal Blue: Gbamin dealt further injury blow as Everton left to ponder next move into the market

Unfortunately, just as it seemed Jean-Philippe Gbamin might play a part for Everton this season, the opportunity has once again been taken away. The midfielder has suffered another serious injury which will keep him on the sidelines for the long term as his back luck at Goodison Park continues. Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones and Sam Carroll to discuss that situation and where that leaves both the player and the club in the long run. Also on the agenda is the potential of a Merseyside derby being played both behind-closed-doors and at a neutral venue - which causes a very interesting debate. Enjoy.
29/05/2030m 19s

Royal Blue: Gbamin and Kean to play crucial role in Everton's future with transfer uncertainty looming

Everton are facing up to a new transfer reality because of the coronavirus crisis. Planned spending looks as though it will have to be reined in and frees, loans and swaps could dominate the market when it opens. And on today's podcast, host Phil Kirkbride asks Sam Carroll and Adam Jones how confident they are that the Blues can still find the right players to improve the squad. We also look at a developing trend in the Bundesliga where there have only been three home wins in 22 matches, since the league resumed. So how concerned are the lads about the potential impact Everton could feel when games at Goodison are played behind closed doors, too? And in the final part of today's podcast, we assess the comments from Jean-Philippe Gbamin as he sets a target of playing again this season.
27/05/2037m 0s

Royal Blue: Q&A Special | Hummel kit deal, How Ancelotti and Brands move Everton forward & Bramley-Moore Dock

Today we tackle your questions on the Royal Blue podcast. Listeners put a whole host of topics on the table for host Phil Kirkbride, Adam Jones and Sam Carroll to get their teeth stuck into. There were questions on the new kit deal with Hummel, future shirt sponsorship deals and potential pre-season tours of the US. The four key areas for Everton to target in the next transfer window, a question about the suitability of Adrien Rabiot and the future of Jonjoe Kenny. We had questions about a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, FFP, Ancelotti's system and potential rule changes. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
22/05/2048m 37s

Royal Blue: Record kit deal with Hummel announced | 1995 FA Cup win and how Everton return to the top table

It's all about the past, present and future on today's Royal Blue podcast. On the anniversary of Everton's 1995 FA Cup win, we ask why supporters are conflicted by the date and the panel discuss what has got to happen to bring silverware back to Goodison. Host Phil Kirkbride opens the podcast by talking about the day's breaking news, that Everton have struck a club-record kit deal with hummel to supply the club ahead of next season. Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Sam Carroll shares their hopes for what the new deal could bring. And the third element of today's podcast, sees the lads talk through the latest developments in Project Restart, the league-wide testing, a return to training and the prospect of behind closed doors games. Enjoy.
20/05/2028m 12s

Royal Blue: European Cup Winners' Cup win remembered | Latest on Premier League return

The Royal Blue Podcast returns - from home - to discuss the latest talking points surrounding Everton and the return of Premier League football. Host Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones and Dave Prentice as the trio dissect European Cup Winners' Cup glory, the latest government comments about the Premier League and talented prospects coming through the ranks at Goodison Park. Everton lifted the Cup Winners' Cup 35 years ago on Friday and Prentice delivers his memories of the victory over Rapid Vienna while Jones is encouraged by the willingness of current players to get behind the Howard's Way documentary film. A statement made by culture secretary Oliver Dowden about the Premier League returning in June is pondered while the podcast also discusses which partnership from different eras of modern Everton history they would like to have seen turning out together. Enjoy!
15/05/2035m 59s

Royal Blue: The big Premier League question and what Everton should do with Niasee, Martina and Stekelenburg

The government has given the Premier League the green light to restart the season in June but the big question that kicks off this latest episode of the Royal Blue podcast is: should we be even talking about playing football again? Host Phil Kirkbride, Adam Jones and Chris Beesley also discuss the issues of playing out the campaign at neutral venues, and what will happen if or, in more likelihood, when a player gets tested positive for coronavirus once the action resumes. And what should Everton do about Oumar Niasse, Cuco Martina and Martin Stekelenburg, whose current contracts will expire before the season ends? And should the Blues wrap up a deal for the on-loan Djibril Sidibé?
12/05/2033m 29s

Royal Blue: Joe Royle, the FA Cup, Kendall's second return and another last-day survival

The second part of our 1990s special begins with the appointment of Joe Royle as Everton manager. His impact was immediate, and lasting, as he kept the Blues up and then won the FA Cup. Everton would just miss out on qualifying for Europe the following season as a revamped squad, with Andrei Kanchelskis scoring 16 times in the league, looking like they would revive the club's fortunes. But the 1990s would prove a troublesome decade for the club and as the team's form dipped, a meeting between Royle and owner Peter Johnson would set about more dramatic change. Host Phil Kirkbride is, once again, joined by Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland to discuss the second-half of the decade which saw Kendall's second comeback, another last day survival job and the arrival of Walter Smith.
28/04/201h 14m

Royal Blue: Everton in 1990s, Kendall's return, his resignation, Mike Walker and survival on the final day

Our latest Royal Blue podcast special sees us tackle the 1990s at Everton. In part one of our look at the decade, host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland to look at the birth of a new decade, right up until the sacking of Mike Walker. As with our 80s specials, Prentice and Buckland provide wonderful insight, commentary and knowledge about a turbulent period of the Blues' history. This first part of the 90s would, eventually, pave the way for Joe Royle to lead the club to 1995 FA Cup success, but before that came hirings, firings and a survival battle on the final day of the season. With tales of signings that didn't happen, tales from the press box and more, this podcast is the first of two parts on Everton in the 90s. Enjoy.
24/04/201h 4m

Royal Blue: The fall of Marco Silva at Everton and the next steps for Jean Philippe-Gbamin

The Royal Blue Podcast returns on lockdown to discuss the fall of Marco Silva at Everton and the loss of Idrissa Gana Gueye as well as the next steps for Jean-Philippe Gbamin. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Sam Carroll as they reflect on the one-year anniversary of the 4-0 victory over Manchester United at Goodison Park. The win is hailed as the high-point of Silva's short tenure and the panel assess whether the transfer of Gueye to Paris Saint Germain hindered Everton more than initially expected. Gbamin and his return to action is also on the agenda as well as assessing the performances of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford as he faces scrutiny over his position as number one for club and country.
22/04/2037m 34s

Royal Blue: Dissecting Graeme Sharp's Premier League comments and what happens now with Gylfi Sigurdsson

Everton legend Graeme Sharp’s call for the Premier League to be scrapped is one of the big talking points of the Royal Blue podcast. Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Chris Beesley also discuss the future of Gylfi Sigurdsson with reports suggesting the Blues will have to take a huge loss if they choose to sell the Icelandic midfielder. And also on the agenda is two famous FA Cup semi-finals that took place on this day in years gone by – one we’re quite happy never to talk about again, and the other we’ll never stop talking about. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
14/04/2037m 58s

Royal Blue: Everton and the big changes coming football’s way

A special Royal Blue podcast as we also get the view from across the park on furloughing staff, players’ wage cuts, the prospect of behind-closed-doors football, and changes to the transfer market. Days before Everton were set to welcome Liverpool to Goodison Park, the Premier League was shut down, which it continues to be. So, to replace the derby that never was, Royal Blue regulars Phil Kirkbride and Adam Jones are joined by Paul Gorst and Joe Rimmer of the Liverpool ECHO’s Blood Red: Liverpool FC podcast for a Merseyside take on the big issues surrounding our clubs and football worldwide.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/04/2036m 3s

Special: Matt Jackson recalls Everton's 4-1 thrashing of Tottenham and how Joe Royle's 'Dogs of War' prevented the so-called 'Dream Final'

Everton's 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the 1995 FA Cup semi-final is regarded as one of the Blues' greatest-ever displays - particularly in a big game - and the best performance of Joe Roye's tenure as manager. April 9, 2020 is the 25th anniversary of the match at Elland Road and in a Royal Blue podcast special, Chris Beesley speaks to Matt Jackson - scorer of the opening goal that afternoon. The former Blues right-back discusses why he believes his side enjoyed a psychological advantage before a ball was even kicked, his header from Andy Hinchcliffe's corner kick, the mystery behind super super Daniel Amokachi's introduction into the game and the delight of 'The Dogs of War' at denying the so-called 'Dream Final' between Spurs and the previous season's double winners, Manchester United. Jackson also offers his opinion on the current Everton side under Carlo Ancelotti and what he really thought about his old team-mate Duncan Ferguson going into management. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/04/2015m 18s

Everton in the 1980s: Colin Harvey as a manager, why it didn't work out, and why the job he took on was harder than it looked

This is the second part of our special look at Everton in the 1980s. In part one, we looked at the years that came before Howard Kendall's side won league titles, European honours and domestic cups - and how a relegation fight at the start of the decade would ultimately lead to success. In part two, we look at how a changing Everton tried to live up to the expectations and standards set by that great team of Kendall's, after the manager left for Bibao. Host Phil Kirkbride is, again, joined by Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland to talk us through the first two-and-a-half seasons of Colin Harvey's reign, the players from the title-winning era, the new ones, a British record signing and much more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/04/2050m 55s

View from the Gwladys: Where did it all go wrong for Marco Silva?

Still no football to speak of so this week we are going to do some short-term reminiscing. Thursday December 5th 2019 was the day Marco Silva’s tenure at Everton Football Club came to an end. That after the final straw of a humiliating 5-2 derby defeat to Liverpool. We all know what happened after that with the short-term appointment of Duncan Ferguson and the then permanent appointment of Carlo Ancelotti. But we are hear this week to discuss and debate on Marco Silva and where it all went wrong. This week’s podcast includes, Ian Croll, Rob Astell and Graham Callaghan. Enjoy!  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/04/2039m 26s

Everton in the 1980s, Gordon Lee, Howard Kendall and what came before the great Blues side

This is the first of a two-part podcast special on Everton in the 1980s.But here we focus not on the great Howard Kendall side that won league titles, lifted a European trophy and won an FA Cup, but on the years before and after that.Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland to talk about Everton entering the new decade and how they began to lay the foundations to build one of the finest sides Goodison has ever seen.From Gordon Lee, his sacking, important signings, the appointment of Kendall and much, much more, the Royal Blue podcast talks through the first part of Everton in the 80s. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/04/2048m 28s

Royal Blue: Everton waiting for Premier League comeback as unfulfilled potential discussed

The Royal Blue Podcast returns - in lockdown - to discuss when the Premier League could return from the current hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.From their respective homes, host Phil Kirkbride is joined by David Prentice, Adam Jones and Sam Carroll as the suspension of the campaign is mulled over following reports action could return in a TV 'mega event' to boost morale and complete the season.Kirkbride also asks his guests about players who failed to fulfil their potential at Goodison Park as names such as Kevin Mirallas, Gerard Deulofeu, Luke Garbutt and Jack Rodwell are mentioned.The Royal Blue Podcast will return later this week and you can send your own questions to the panel on Twitter via @SamCarroll0 or by joining the Royal Blue Podcast group on Facebook. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
31/03/2035m 22s

View from the Gwladys: Everton players rated for the season so far plus league return latest

Still no football to speak of due to the coronavirus pandemic so we thought it was a good time to look back over the season and rate and grade Everton’s first team squad so far. Ian Croll is joined by Rob Astell and Ben Crawford for the latest View from the Gwladys Street podcast to share their thoughts and opinions on how Everton’s current first team have rated individually. The conversation starts with the latest reports coming out on the Premier League return but stay tuned for some interesting ratings out of 10. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30/03/201h 14m

Royal Blue: Who is Everton's best right back, and who is the most under-appreciated player?

It's time for part two of us answering your questions on Everton.The Royal Blue podcast is back, from across the city once again, to discuss all things at Goodison Park in the continued absence of football.Top of the agenda for Phil Kirkbride, Adam Jones and Dave Prentice is the right back situation and whether Jonjoe Kenny has earned an opportunity next term.Under-appreciated players, midfielders and potential loan exits are also discussed by our panel - and don't forget to send your questions in through Twitter and Facebook if you want to be involved! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/03/2031m 3s

The Agenda: The Quiet Leader, Premier League return & Bramley-Moore hopes

Ian Croll and Connor O’Neill return to the Royal Blue table to answer your questions in this week’s Agenda Podcast. Moise Kean, Carlo Ancelotti, Leighton Baines, Lucas Digne, Coronavirus and Roberto Martinez all feature. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/03/2033m 46s

Royal Blue: Transfers, coronavirus, Netflix and who to isolate with

Our Royal Blue podcast is back and are answering your questions on a wide range of topics. Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Sam Carroll and Gavin Buckland to talk about realistic transfers, Netflix recommendations, and which Everton players you would want to isolate with. Be sure to get your questions in on Facebook or Twitter for future episodes! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/03/2047m 43s

Royal Blue: How extended Premier League suspension affects Everton as Steve Walsh returns to football

The show goes on!Our Royal Blue podcast panel are scattered around Merseyside and Wirral while working from home, but there is still lots to discuss in the world of football.Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Chris Beesley and Sam Carroll from the comfort of their own homes to discuss the extended suspension of Premier League football and how that might affect Everton in particular.The lads also discuss Steve Walsh on his return to football, looking back on his best and worst signings during his time as the Blues director of football.Our podcasts will not be going away! So stick with us and keep safe. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/03/2041m 31s

View from the Gwladys: Coronavirus, Everton and what happens next to the Premier League season

The conversation in this week’s fan podcast should be centred around the Merseyside derby. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case as the world faces an unprecedented crisis with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. All Premier League football has been abandoned to the earliest date of April 3. How likely football is to return for that time still remains uncertain. Ian Croll and Rob Astell are the only two on this week’s show. The lads sit down with mic in hand to discuss the past week and what they think and should happen moving forward. Stay safe people. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/03/2037m 14s

Royal Blue: What Premier League can do about coronavirus return and how Everton should deal with break

Premier League football might have been suspended until at least April 3 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but our Royal Blue podcast hasn't!Sam Carroll is joined by Chris Beesley, Adam Jones and Dave Prentice to analyse what comes next for Everton during the break from action and why it was the right call to postpone top division football for the time-being.Look out for each other, keep well, and listen to the podcast to pass the time if you're self-isolating. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16/03/2034m 37s

Analysing Everton: Disaster at Chelsea, defensive concerns and a look ahead to the Merseyside Derby

David and Josh look back on a bad day in the capital, some worrying defensive trends and look ahead to a big Merseyside derby For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/03/2039m 4s

The Agenda: Sigurdsson the passenger, Carlo’s ambitions & Rooney’s Everton jibe

Ian Croll and Connor O’Neill return to the Royal Blue table to answer your questions in this week’s Agenda Podcast. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney, Djibril Sidibe, Carlo Ancelotti, Moise Kean and of course Chris Wood all feature. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/03/2036m 51s

Royal Blue: Carlo Ancelotti has summer decisions to make as Chelsea debacle highlights transfer needs

The Royal Blue Podcast returns to dissect the 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Everton limped to a heavy loss in London following goals from Mason Mount, Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud and host Phil Kirkbride asks the panel where it all went wrong for Carlo Ancelotti and his side.Midfield options and the performances of Michael Keane and Mason Holgate are discussed as well as the need for other sources of consistent goals.Dave Prentice believes the performance was the darkest he has seen in Royal Blue since a 4-1 loss at Coventry City in 1997 while Gavin Buckland and Sam Carroll are also on hand to assess the future of Djibril Sidibe after his transfer comments.The Royal Blue Podcast will return later this week to preview Monday's Merseyside Derby between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/03/2047m 55s

View from the Gwladys: Everton players’ commitment in question as Ancelotti faces hardest job of career

Shambles, toothless, pathetic – just some of the words to describe Everton’s performance against Chelsea. Without a doubt Everton’s worst performance under Carlo Ancelotti leaving a huge cloud over the Blues’ European aspirations. Everton never really got going at Stamford Bridge and a 4-0 drubbing could’ve been a lot worse. Ian Croll and guests of Ben Crawford and Stuey Carroll sit down around the Royal Blue table to discuss, debate and scrutinize what unfolded on Sunday afternoon. Who was to blame and did last week’s VAR decision kill any momentum as quite clearly every single Everton player on that pitch wasn’t at the races. This week’s show is a hard listen but it’s all part of the weekly Everton therapy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/03/2055m 15s

Royal Blue: Why Carlo Ancelotti is already adored by Everton and how important new contracts are

Evertonians love Carlo Ancelotti, that much is clear. The boss has spoken this week about how much he enjoys living in the city and his trips to Bootle Strand and Crosby Beach among other places, which has only put him in higher esteem with Blues fans.He's a very popular figure at Everton, but how has he managed to do it so quickly? Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland to discuss exactly that - along with conversations on new contracts, potential Champions League qualification and previewing this weekend's trip to Chelsea. Strap in for a bumper episode! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/03/2051m 33s

Analysing Everton - Manchester United, Baines, Holgate, progressive midfielders and Chelsea.

On this week's episode, David and Josh discuss Everton's 1-1 draw with Manchester United, pay homage to Leighton Baines, run through some potential midfield targets in the summer before looking ahead to Chelsea.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/03/2049m 56s

View from the Gwladys: VAR fury combined with Pickford frustration makes for tough Sunday afternoon

The focus on this week’s fan podcast is very much on Everton’s draw with Manchester United. Unfortunately however Everton’s strong second half display is overshadowed by talk of what occurred in the final few minutes of Sunday afternoon’s match at Goodison Park. Host Ian Croll is joined by Graham Callaghan and Rob Astell who try to make sense of all the drama. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jordan Pickford and a Chelsea preview are all on the agenda but the farce that is VAR and the decisions made by the match officials dominate this week’s show. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/03/2049m 54s

American Toffee Podcast special as VAR controversy strikes Everton once again

VAR, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.That seems to be the case for Everton at the moment.Technology denied the Blues a late winner, and a penalty in the process, against Manchester United after a promising second half display.Adam Jones is joined by David Prentice and special guests Alex Johnson and James Boyman from the American Toffee Podcast to dissect every aspect of the game including VAR, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and much more.Our guests also talk about their experiences of following Everton from across the pond and what their first ever taste of Goodison Park was like.It's not one to be missed For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02/03/2037m 11s

Royal Blue: How Morgan Schneiderlin injury will affect Everton and dangers Manchester United will pose

It's another important match for Everton this weekend as they take on Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.But Carlo Ancelotti has been dealt another injury blow ahead of it.Morgan Schneiderlin has had surgery on his knee and will face an extended spell on the sidelines, while Lucas Digne will face a late fitness test.But how will that affect Everton?Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland to discuss the impact of Schneiderlin's absence, take an in-depth look at Andre Gomes' return and talk over the threat of Manchester United. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/02/2047m 11s

Analysing Everton: The better side at Arsenal? Adjustments under Ancelotti and previewing Manchester United

Analysing Everton is back with David and Josh as they scrutinise a competitive display at Arsenal, highlight some notable tactical changes under Ancelotti before previewing Manchester United. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26/02/2050m 57s

Royal Blue: Andre Gomes' remarkable return, Djibril Sidibe debate and what Carlo Ancelotti will learn from Arsenal defeat

It was a frustrating weekend for Everton. Despite taking the lead inside 50 seconds and dominating large portions of the second half on Sunday, the Blues were beaten 3-2 by Arsenal. But, despite that, there were a wealth of positives to be able to take from the game - not least the incredible return of Andre Gomes for the final 35 minutes. Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Chris Beesley dissect every aspect of Everton's display in north London - both positive and negative. Gomes, the midfield dilemma, Djibril Sidibe and lots more are on the agenda! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/02/2039m 12s

View from the Gwladys: Old Everton habits die hard but Andre Gomes offers signs of brighter future

Ian Croll is joined by Ben Crawford and Gary Callaghan who analyse and discuss the defeat against Arsenal in this week’s View from the Gwladys Street podcast. Frustration is the overall theme but the overriding positive has to be the return and impact of Andre Gomes. A number of players struggled on Sunday and the lads question where the likes of Sigurdsson, Iwobi and Schneiderlin go from here. Djibril Sidibe hasn’t had the best of times lately and there is much debate on whether he has been found out. Calvert-Lewin got Everton off to the perfect start but missed some great opportunities to get the Blues back in the game. Was he unlucky or just not clinical enough? It was a disappointing result but the lads do their best to take positives from it heading into a must win against Manchester United on at the weekend. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/02/2039m 42s

Royal Blue: Everton dream becomes ever-closer to reality as Carlo Ancelotti looks to end four-year wait

The Royal Blue Podcast returns this week as the panel discuss Everton's trip to Arsenal, Andre Gomes' comeback and the release of planning applications for the move to a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Gavin Buckland and Sam Carroll as they sift through a busy week at Goodison Park. The trio of guests debate whether Carlo Ancelotti would be right to start Andre Gomes at the Emirates on Sunday while former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta's progress since being appointed Arsenal manager is reviewed.In the same week planning applications for Bramley-Moore Dock were uploaded to the Liverpool Council website, Prentice admits there will be an uplift in mood around the club as the stadium move becomes ever-closer to reality. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21/02/2055m 31s

View from the Gwladys: Assessing Everton’s rivals in the fight for European Football & the return of Andre Gomes

Everton haven’t played since the 8th February but a lot has happened since that 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. United’s win over Chelsea on Monday night and Manchester City’s impending European football ban has left the race for Champions League qualification wide open.The winter break is almost over and the lads on this week’s show are desperate for their weekly fix of Premier League action. On this week’s View from the Gwladys Street podcast Ian Croll is joined by Connor Bennett and Ben Crawford who sit down and assess Everton’s rivals in the fight for Europe. The lads also discuss Manchester City’s financial fair play situation and how it will impact the Blues. Carlo Ancelotti’s men return to action on Sunday against Arsenal with former Goodison favourite Mikel Arteta in the opposition dugout. The match at the Emirates is previewed along with the return of Andre Gomes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19/02/2047m 52s

Royal Blue: Everton ambitions after Man City FFP ruling and what comes next for Andre Gomes

It might be Everton's winter break, but it's still been a very interesting week.Man City's Financial Fair Play ruling and ban from European football for two years, as things stand at least, have brought up an interesting conversation.If fifth place in England's top division does earn a spot in next year's Champions League, can the Blues realistically set their sights on it?Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Chris Beesley to discuss exactly that.The panel also chat about Andre Gomes after his return in a behind-closed-doors match and Everton's decision to end their partnership with SportPesa early. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/02/2036m 2s

Exclusive: David Unsworth on shadowing Carlo Ancelotti, Marcel Brands and the current state of Everton under-23s

The ECHO was invited behind-the-scenes at Finch Farm this week to spend time with Everton under-23 manager David Unsworth.Phil Kirkbride and Sam Carroll recorded a special academy podcast with Unsworth discussing emerging talent, the standard of u-23 football and new signing Jarrad Branthwaite.The former Everton defender also speaks about his relationship with Carlo Ancelotti and reveals he has been shadowing the new Everton manager in first-team training once-a-week after his appointment in December.Unsworth says the role as u-23 boss has changed since the arrival of Marcel Brands as director of football in the summer of 2018 and asserts he is more determined than ever to produce players for the first-team at Goodison Park.Send your thoughts on the podcast to @philkecho or @SamCarroll0. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
14/02/2031m 39s

The Agenda: Why Ancelotti is feeling the love and rating Everton players’ fashion sense

Ian Croll and Connor O’Neill sit down and answer your questions in this week’s Agenda Podcast. There’s no game for the Blues at the weekend but that doesn’t mean to say there won’t be any interest as there will be a keen eye on Everton’s European rivals. This week’s questions include mentions of Ancelotti’s long term future, the right-back situation, Moise Kean, Jordan Pickford and Djibril Sidibe. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/02/2024m 33s

Royal Blue: Everton full-back dilemma leaves answers in short supply as Richarlison goal-target set

Seamus Coleman. Djibril Sidibe. Jonjoe Kenny.Three names to occupy the right-back berth and, you would think, only two spaces available in Marcel Brands and Carlo Ancelotti's plan for a 23-man squad at Everton next season.One name will presumably need to be offloaded to reach the two-per-position quota at Goodison Park and the Royal Blue Podcast met this week to discuss the dilemma.The victory over Crystal Palace, Richarlison's importance and Jordan Pickford's progress are also on the menu as host Phil Kirkbride, the ECHO's Everton correspondent, is joined by Chris Beesley and Sam Carroll.Phil asks the panel what holiday destination they would choose if they were a footballer on their winter break while comparisons with Ronald Koeman's side of 2016/17 are made. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/02/2040m 59s

View from the Gwladys: Best and worst of Pickford, Euro expectations & the Ancelotti factor

Everton’s push for a European place gathered further momentum following the Blues’ 3-1 win over Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon! Goals from Bernard, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewis ensured victory was secured despite a slight scare from former Liverpool forward Christian Benteke! Carlo Ancelotti’s men are now unbeaten in five Premier League games with the points accumulated over the past few weeks giving them a real chance of European qualification. Ian Croll is joined by Rob Astell and Gary Callaghan for this week’s Everton fan podcast. The View from the Gwladys Street agenda varies with talk of the Palace win, Jordan Pickford, Theo Walcott, Europe, the Winter Break & Sidibe sock drama. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/02/2048m 58s

Royal Blue: Everton's battle for European football and its importance to Carlo Ancelotti

Host Phil Kirkbride speaks to Chris Beesley and Sam Carroll ahead of Everton's final game before their winter break at home to Crystal Palace.There's plenty on the agenda with James McCarthy's return to Goodison Park discussed and the potential merits of Wilfried Zaha's proposed move from the Eagles to the Blues last summer also debated.Given Everton's dramatic rise over the past couple of months, going from being in the relegation zone at the time of Marco Silva's sacking to the fringes of a Europa League place under Carlo Ancelotti, the prospect of qualifying for Europe and the importance of European football come under the microscope.The development of Dominic Calvert-Lewin during the Blues climb up the table is examined, while the new additions to Goodison Park's exterior prompt a conversation regarding Alisher Usmanov's possible involvement in the proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/02/2039m 31s

Analysing Everton: Subtle Ancelotti adjustments making the difference

David and Josh look at the impact of Carlo Ancelotti on two key players, the introduction of set-piece routines, picking up key results and thereafter look ahead to Palace.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/02/2047m 43s

Royal Blue: Importance of Everton's last-minute win over Watford and transfer window assessed

Managed to recover from Saturday yet?Everton secured a dramatic 3-2 victory over Watford last weekend thanks to a Yerry Mina brace and a last-minute winner from Theo Walcott.The brilliant form over Carlo Ancelotti continues, and suddenly the possibility of European football is on the horizon once again...Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Gavin Buckland and (eventually!) David Prentice to assess how important that win really was.The lads also chat about the closing stages of the transfer window, and answer a selection of your questions surrounding the current situation of the Blues.Subscribe for more podcasts! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/02/2044m 52s

View from the Gwladys: The Watford comeback, the Moise Kean ‘assist’ & Richarlison’s future

Everton don’t do comebacks and they certainly don’t do last minute winners, so to get both in one game was rather pleasing. The scenes following Everton’s 3-2 comeback victory over Watford at the weekend will be will be a welcome sight and after the Newcastle capitulation, it was much needed. Everton now are firmly in the race for a European spot with plenty of points still to play for. In this week’s View from the Gwladys, Ian Croll, Tom Clarke and Ben Crawford discuss the fallout from Saturday’s victory. The all important question is asked; Did Moise Kean intend to pass to Theo Walcott? There’s plenty of talk on the Watford win but also on the agenda is Richarlison’s future and discussion rages on whether the Brazilian forward has a long-term future at the club. The final segment is on the transfer window and whether the Blues have missed an opportunity in not targeting someone in January. Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/02/2042m 15s

Royal Blue: What Gbamin and Gomes updates mean for Everton and why quiet January was right

And so we have reached January transfer deadline day, but it's set to be a quiet one for Everton.With just hours left of the window it seems the Blues will not make a senior signing over the course of this month, but is that a good thing?Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Sam Carroll and Gavin Buckland to discuss just that.The panel also mention two big injury updates from Carlo Ancelotti, both with hugely different consequences, and also talk about a "bid" from Barcelona for Richarlison.Lots to discuss in a bumper episode! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
31/01/2048m 47s

Analysing Everton: Reviewing Everton’s rivals transfer business and looking ahead to Watford

David and Josh review some of the transfer business made by some of Everton's rivals this month, consider whether the Toffees missed out on any of these players and thereafter look ahead to Watford this weekend. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30/01/2051m 23s

The Agenda: Barcelona's reported £85million Richarlison bid bombshell

News of an £85million bid for Everton forward Richarlison broke online just as the lads were about to enter the podcast studio. The Barcelona bombshell without a doubt came from no where and became the hot topic in this week’s Agenda podcast. Ian Croll and Connor O’Neill answer your questions but first, they address the unwelcome news on Everton’s Brazilian forward For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
29/01/2029m 38s

Analysing Everton: Assessing Everton's Newcastle performance beyond the result

This week, David and Josh examine the fallout from West Ham and Newcastle before taking questions from some of the show's listeners For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/01/2053m 15s

View from the Gwladys: Everton’s best performance of the season ruined by two minutes of madness

We should be talking about Moise Kean’s first Everton goal. We should be talking about Bernard’s Man of the Match performance. We should be talking about the stellar performances of Morgan Schneiderlin and Fabian Delph. We should be talking about a routine 2-0 Everton win over Newcastle. Instead we’re talking about the craziest two minutes a Goodison Park crowd has seen in a long time. In this week’s View from the Gwladys Street podcast, Ian Croll, Gary Callaghan and Connor Bennett sit down and discuss Tuesday night’s draw with Newcastle. WARNING: Not for the faint-hearted For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/01/2036m 36s

Royal Blue: The good, the bad and the ugly of Everton's draw with Newcastle discussed

It's a tale of two halves in this latest edition of the Royal Blue podcast.The first-half focuses on how well Everton had played for almost all of Tuesday night's game with Newcastle United, establishing a two goal lead after a commanding performance. The second-half moves onto the events of the 94th and 95th minutes at Goodison. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland to dissect the Blues' performance - for better and for worse - a first goal for Moise Kean, another for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and why Carlo Ancelotti's men are firmly in the race for Europe despite the midweek draw. Sit back, relax and enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/01/2045m 20s

Royal Blue: The task facing Marcel Brands and how Everton should deal with Richarlison's West Ham absence

It's been another eventful week for Everton. The club held its General Meeting on Tuesday in which record losses were announced, a deal over stadium naming rights option with USM was confirmed and Marcel Brands gave a candid speech about the task on his hands.And that's before this weekend's match against West Ham came into the equation - with Carlo Ancelotti confirming he will be without both Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson for the clash. Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland to dissect all of the big Blues news and look ahead to an important meeting with former manager David Moyes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/01/2044m 16s

Analysing Everton: The hosts analyse Saturday's 1-0 win over Brighton at Goodison Park, analyse potential January transfer targets, and look

The hosts analyse Saturday's 1-0 win over Brighton at Goodison ParkAnalyse potential January transfer targetsLook ahead to the upcoming clash with David Moyes' West Ham side. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16/01/2054m 12s

The Agenda: Everton transfer talk and realistic aims for the remainder of the season

WATCH THE AGENDA PODCAST ON YOUTUBE - HEREThe Royal Blue Agenda podcast returns after a few weeks off with plenty discuss. The January Transfer Window is in full swing and this week’s questions submitted by you the fans centre very much around potential incomings and outgoings. Ian Croll and Connor O’Neill are sat in the hot seats to answer your questions as they also discuss and react to all the news coming out of Everton’s AGM. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15/01/2029m 35s

View from the Gwladys: Everton’s win over Brighton a step in the right direction but there’s plenty still to prove

The win over Brighton – not pretty by any means but Everton secured the win. At this stage of this season, less than three weeks into Carlo Ancelotti’s reign as Everton manager, that’s all that matters. Blues’ fans expect to be entertained, but who cares when you have a manager who can win you games. In this week’s View from the Gwladys Street, Ian Croll sits down with Graham Callaghan and Rob Astell who discuss, debate and analyse Everton’s performance against Brighton. There is plenty on the agenda for the lads to get their teeth in to; Sigurdsson’s new deeper role and can he benefit from a change? Does Saturday’s goal for Richarlison prove he is a striker? Why Dominic Calvert-Lewin must improve his goal return or expect to be a bit part player under Ancelotti in the future. The lads also discuss VAR and how Everton yet again became a victim rather than benefiting. Thankfully it didn’t alter the result. All that and plenty more in the View from the Gwladys Street podcast. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
14/01/2049m 29s

Royal Blue: Everton beat Brighton at flat Goodison Park as Richarlison paves the way forward

Subscribe to the Royal Blue YouTube channel - HEREA win is a win.A result was all that mattered for Everton heading into Saturday's game against Brighton, and the Blues came away with all three points thanks to their Brazilian talisman once again.Richarlison scored the only goal of a 1-0 win at an understandably flat Goodison Park, although that doesn't mean the match was devoid of talking points.Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice and Sam Carroll to talk Richarlison, Bernard, VAR and looking up the table once again.A little more upbeat to kick off this week! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/01/2031m 28s

Royal Blue: Angry Everton fans at the training ground, Delph's spat and Cenk Tosun's loan on the agenda

Angry fans descending on Finch Farm to confront the Everton players, Fabian Delph's social media spat and Carlo Ancelotti's press conference are all discussed in the second Royal Blue podcast of the week.Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Chris Beesley to also talk about Cenk Tosun's loan move to Crystal Palace, the visit of Brighton, the injury update on Andre Gomes and the future of Jordan Pickford.The panel are also asked for their predictions as Everton go about starting to make amends for the humiliation at Anfield last weekend. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/01/2042m 1s

Transfer News: Everton striker Cenk Tosun edges closer to January window exit

Sam Carroll and Phil Kirkbride discuss the possible transfer of Cenk Tosun to Crystal Palace, how likely it is and if it would benefit Everton. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/01/205m 22s

Analysing Everton: The Anfield horror show, recruitment and looking ahead to Brighton

This week on Analysing Everton, David Hughes and Josh Williams return to  discuss Everton's terrible display at Anfield, whether psychology should play a bigger part in their recruitment process and thereafter look ahead to Brighton. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/01/2044m 58s

View from the Gwladys: Everton’s derby embarrassment another kick in the teeth to long suffering fans

It’s a brand new year, it’s a brand new decade, but unfortunately it’s still the same old Everton. The Blues succumbed to yet another embarrassing Anfield derby defeat, this time in the FA Cup and this time against a Liverpool team who fielded players who weren’t even born the last time Everton won at Anfield. Ian Croll is joined by Rob Astell and Ben Crawford as they sit down to assess and analyse the fiasco that was Sunday afternoon’s Merseyside derby defeat in the first View from the Gwladys Street fan podcast of 2020. It may be a hard listen but please tune in for the duration of the podcast as they’ve got a lot to get through. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/01/2049m 27s

Royal Blue: What Everton must do after Anfield embarrassment - and what next for failing midfield?

After a Christmas break the Royal Blue podcast is back, but in circumstances no-one will have wanted.Everton were embarrassed again at the hands of bitter rivals Liverpool in their latest outing, despite the hosts playing a distinctly second-string side. Curtis Jones bagged the only goal in the second half to condemn Carlo Ancelotti's Blues to another defeat and knock them out of the FA Cup.It was a performance lacking fight, desire and passion - and our podcast panel had a lot to say.Sam Carroll was joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Chris Beesley to wonder what happens next for the Blues and how this failing squad can earn any respect back. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/01/2037m 49s

Royal Blue: Carlo Ancelotti, his first Everton press conference as manager and January transfer plans

Carlo Ancelotti is the new Everton manager.The 60-year-old Italian hosted his first press conference at Goodison Park on Monday morning after watching Saturday's goalless draw with Arsenal from the stands alongside Farhad Moshiri, Bill Kenwright and Marcel Brands.The ECHO's head of sport Dave Prentice, Everton correspondent Phil Kirkbride and breaking news writer Sam Carroll were all in attendance to witness Ancelotti address the media for the first time and form a three-man panel on a festive Royal Blue Podcast.Moshiri's ambition, transfer plans and what attracted the three-times Champions League winner to Merseyside is all discussed as well as looking ahead to the Boxing Day visit of Burnley.There's also time to reflect on the majority comments made by Moshiri to Talksport about Ancelotti, Marco Silva and the Goodison Park atmosphere. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/12/1927m 56s

Analysing Everton - Dissecting United, Leicester, Kean, Ancelotti and looking ahead to Arsenal

This week on Analysing Everton, David Hughes and Josh Williams recap Everton’s trip to Old Trafford, discuss their cup tie with Leicester City and drill down the numbers behind Moise Kean. They also look ahead to Ancelotti’s arrival and Arsenal’s trip to Goodison. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19/12/1946m 6s

View from the Gwladys: Ancelotti hope, Ferguson looking the part and the Moise Kean sub

Everton 1 Manchester United 1 and it’s fair to say we were all disappointed not to come away with all three points at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. In this week’s fan podcast, Ian Croll, Ben Crawford and Rob Astell sit down and discuss the latest news coming out of Everton FC. Four unexpected points in two games...Duncan has come in and not only steadied the ship but he has given us our identity back The United performance and result was a massive plus but one negative following the game was the reaction to the Moise Kean substitution. Was Ferguson’s decision right? The lads get into over that one. There were some individual stand out performances on Sunday afternoon with DCL once again putting in a MOTM performance and Mason Holgate impressing as an emergency holding midfielder. Can he forge a permanent place there in the future? Carlo Ancelotti continues to be linked with the club and is believed to be in negotiations. Can Everton lure him to Goodison Park? Finally, Leicester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday is a massive game with Ferguson definitely in charge. The lads preview that one. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16/12/1947m 54s

Analysing Everton: Everton's win vs Chelsea, the psychological impact of Ferguson, is Ancelotti right for the club & the Man Utd fixture

On this weeks show, David Hughes and Josh Williams discuss Everton's great win vs Chelsea and the psychological impact of Ducan Ferguson. They also inspect the merits of Carlo Ancelotti and whether he is the correct appointment for the club before looking ahead to the Blues trip to Old Trafford  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/12/1950m 4s

The Agenda: Ferguson more than capable, January transfer planning and who comes in?

The Agenda podcast is back by popular demand as Ian Croll and Connor O’Neill sit down and answer your questions. Everything from Duncan Ferguson, the manager search, Richarlison’s future, Gylfi Sigurdsson and of course, Burnley’s Chris Wood are all on the agenda. Even Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets a mention. Ferguson is set to be in charge for the trip to Old Trafford but does the manager position need to be filled as soon as possible? Who is the right man and can Farhad Moshiri get this appointment right. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/12/1934m 11s

Royal Blue: Everton's manager search, Duncan Ferguson and the prospect of Carlo Ancelotti coming to Goodison

The Royal Blue podcast team have reconvened to discuss Everton's on-going search for a new manager. Nearly a week has passed since the sacking of Marco Silva and with the club keen on making an appointment as "swiftly" as possible, we take a look at the situation. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prenitce, Sam Carroll and Gav Buckland to reflect on Duncan Ferguson's debut in the dugout, the prospect of Carlo Ancelotti getting the job and the timeframe the club should be working to. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/12/1943m 9s

View from the Gwladys: Big Dunc’s impact and how long can it last?

A humiliating Merseyside derby defeat and the sacking of Marco Silva left Everton’s season in tatters but all that was forgotten on Saturday afternoon as the Blues secured a 3-1 victory at Goodison Park against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. In this week’s View from the Gwladys Street, Ian Croll, Ben Crawford and Gary Callaghan are beaming from ear to ear as they sit down and discuss the events of the last few days. Duncan Ferguson was appointed caretaker manager on the Thursday, much to the surprise of many, but by late Saturday afternoon, it was a decision truly justified. The impact Ferguson had was extraordinary. A man loved by the fans, he took to his interim role like a duck to water. What does the future have in store for the big man? As to be expected, everything is still up in the air with Everton expected to appoint a permanent manager. It’s anyone’s guess as to when that will be. Until that time, Ferguson will stay in charge of first team duties with a huge game at Old Trafford on the horizon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/12/1949m 39s

Royal Blue: The situation at Everton after Marco Silva sacking and what comes next for the Blues

Following a humiliating defeat at Anfield, Marco Silva's Everton tenure came to an end.The boss had been under a lot of pressure for some time but a derby defeat was the final straw, with Duncan Ferguson taking temporary charge of the first team until a permanent manager is brought.Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland to discuss exactly what led the Blues to this point, what comes next and what kind of manager Everton should be on the hunt for.As you can imagine, there is a lot to discuss... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/12/1944m 42s

Analysing Everton: Dissecting the Derby, reflecting on Silva and assessing what happens next

David Hughes and Josh Williams undertake a tactical recap of a tough week for Everton, reflect on the clubs current sticky situation and look ahead to what comes next For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/12/1953m 47s

Royal Blue: What the Merseyside derby could do for Marco Silva after heart-breaking Leicester loss

There's hardly any time for Everton to recover from what was a gut-wrenching loss to Leicester before another match comes on the horizon. Just the small matter of a Merseyside derby at Anfield, no big deal... Marco Silva is certainly feeling the pressure as Blues manager and faces the prospect of a tough match against Premier League leaders Liverpool, with his job potentially on the line. Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland to discuss the Leicester loss, what a win (or loss) across Stanley Park would do for the manager and what system Everton should play after switching things up at the weekend. As ever, there's a lot to be said...WATCH THE PODCAST HERE For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/12/1939m 20s

View from the Gwladys: Relegation a real possibility and Anfield damage limitation

Intense questions are still being asked about the future of Marco Silva and after 14 games of the season gone, he finds himself on the brink. Another defeat away to Leicester City sees Everton with 14 points in 17th position. Certainly not the start many associated with the club would have anticipated. Things don’t get much easier for the Toffees in their next two games as a daunting trip to Anfield awaits and then a home match against Chelsea. Farhard Moshiri is sticking with Silva, but how much longer can the show of faith last? In this week’s View from the Gwladys Street, Ian Croll, Rob Astell and Graham Callaghan look back at the Leicester defeat and try to work out how Everton can come away from Anfield unscathed. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02/12/1944m 5s

Royal Blue: Marco Silva comments on future and assessing Everton's midfield crisis

Marco Silva faced the intense gaze of the media on Friday afternoon ahead of Everton's match against Leicester this weekend.Shortly after a message of support was released from Marcel Brands the boss was questioned heavily on his future, his relationship with the fans and how he thinks things might be turned around. Phil Kirkbride and Adam Jones were both at Finch Farm for the presser, and they're joined by Paul Wheelock to dissect every one of Silva's words.Discussion on Silva's message, a proposed new contract for Richarlison and a real midfield crisis also come up on what is a lean and mean episode of the podcast. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
29/11/1923m 22s

The Agenda: Who's really in charge at Everton and should youth be given a chance?

The Agenda podcast is brought to you by Ian Croll and Connor O’Neill who read out and answer the questions sent in via social media.   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/11/1934m 13s

Royal Blue: What happens next for Everton and Marco Silva as Goodison Park turns toxic after Norwich embarrassment

Defeat to Norwich at the weekend has left Everton in a truly dreadful position. Marco Silva's position as manager is under the most intense pressure he has faced since joining the club in the summer of 2018, with loud chants of dissent being heard from the home support as the Canaries won 2-0. The Portuguese boss is still in position, but how long will that last? Phil Kirkbride is joined by Sam Carroll, Adam Jones and Chris Beesley to discuss the managerial situation at Everton, how we got to this point, and what the club should do next.Watch and subscribe via YouTube For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/11/1940m 27s

Analysing Everton: Recurring mistakes proving to be the underdoing of Marco Silva as he enters last chance saloon

On the latest Analysing Everton, David Hughes and Josh Williams examine Marco Silva’s tactical mistakes vs Norwich City and consider what the game means for his future. They also give their thoughts on the direction of any future Everton manager and look ahead to the Blues tough trip away to Leicester City For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26/11/1945m 22s

View from the Gwladys: Disgraceful Norwich display, Silva’s decision-making and what next?

Without a doubt one of the worst displays seen at Goodison Park this season. Something which unfortunately, is no longer a rarity under Marco Silva. Everton were diabolical against Norwich. The team placed bottom of the league prior to Saturday’s game were well worth their win. In this week’s View from the Gwladys Street, host Ian Croll and guests, Tom Clarke and Max Carlyle summarise their feelings coming out of Goodison on Saturday evening as boos rang around the stadium. From the outside looking in, the club is a complete mess. Uncertainty over Marco Silva’s future has resulted in a long list of managers to be linked with the club.The lads discuss potential candidates and whether Marco Silva will survive the week. From what we understand, Silva will still be in charge at Leicester. How can he pick himself and his players up as Everton approach a nightmare December run? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/11/1942m 51s

Royal Blue: Silva faces his latest 'must-win' match against Norwich City, with a starting XI which picks itself

Everton correspondent Phil Kirkbride, Everton expert Gavin Buckland and Echo Sports Editor Dave Prentice discuss the options for the visit of The Canaries. And there's one position which causes plenty of debate.There's also discussion about what role Moise Kean should play at the weekend and Steve Walsh's cryptic comments aired in an interview earlier this week. And yes, because it's Gavin and Prenno, there's a very brief stroll down Memory Lane with references to Mickey Walsh and a famous derby match 25 years ago this week. Make the Royal Blue podcast part of your pre-match routine as the Blues prepare to take on bottom of the table Norwich City at Goodison Park. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/11/1930m 32s

Analysing Everton: The staples of Marco Silva's philosophy, assessing Brands' recruitment and explaining why the table doesn't reflect the B

David Hughes and Josh Williams bring you the brand new Royal Blue show, Analysing Everton, which delves into the underlying performances and all the key data from Goodison Park. In this first episode, they look into the foundations of Marco Silva's philosophy at Everton and examine his sides underlying numbers to determine whether the current table accurately reflects their performances. They also assess the Blues' recruitment under Marcel Brands, rate Alex Iwobi vs Gylfi Sigurdsson and weigh in on Moise Kean’s future prospects before looking ahead to the visit of Norwich City this coming weekend. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21/11/1958m 36s

View from the Gwladys: Everton’s memorable moments from the last decade including goals, matches, players & managers

It's been an interesting decade for Everton Football Club. The David Moyes era ended when he went to Manchester United, and Everton have had four permanent managers since then. Farhad Moshiri completed his takeover of the club in 2016 and has spent millions, as well as accelerated plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.In this week’s View from the Gwladys, host Ian Croll and guests Rob Astell and Connor O’Neill discuss, debate and reminisce over the past 10 years. They reveal their team of the decade, best player, standout match, memorable goal and low point since 2010. The lads also pick their manager of the decade which is unfortunately slim pickings. There have been many ups and downs over the past 10 years. Relive it all through this week’s fan podcast. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/11/1955m 12s

View from the Gwladys: Moise Kean woes, away day relief, Davies resurgence and 2019 points prediction

Moise Kean has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week. The out of form striker was left out of match day squad for the trip to Southampton after a second breach of club regulations. This is understand to be as a result of turning up late for a team meeting. Silva also revealed it was not for the first time.On a more positive note, Everton secured their first away win of the season against Southampton. With the away day monkey now off Silva’s back, can his team go on a run up the table? The resurgence of Tom Davies when it was needed most is a welcome addition. In form and scoring for the first time in 18 months is always good for confidence.Host, Ian Croll and guests Connor O’Neill and Ben Crawford jump into the hot topics coming out of Goodison Park in the latest View from the Gwladys Street fan podcast. To finish off, the lads predict how many points Everton will pick for the remainder of 2019.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
14/11/1950m 56s

Royal Blue: Assessing Moise Kean's squad omission and what Everton need to take from important away win

Finally, Everton have won a game away from home. It was a long time coming! Phil Kirkbride is joined by Chris Beesley, Gavin Buckland and Adam Jones to discuss just how important that victory is for the Blues, and what Marco Silva needs to take from that game. The news of Moise Kean's omission from the squad at the weekend is also discussed, with a number of differing opinions being aired around the teenager. With Richarlison, Tom Davies and Mason Holgate also taking centre-stage - this is a lively edition! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/11/1939m 56s

Royal Blue: Why Heung-Min Son's red card shouldn't have been rescinded and how Everton should react to VAR controversies

Controversy has dominated the conversation around Everton over the past week. The club's draw with Spurs might be a good few days gone now, but the ramifications of that match are still being felt. Phil Kirkbride is joined by David Prentice, Gavin Buckland and Adam Jones to discuss all of those - including a decision to rescind Heung-Min Son's red card for a foul on Andre Gomes. The narrative to that incident in the wider media is also discussed - as of course is VAR and whether Marco Silva should be more angry about decisions going against his side. And there's the little matter of a match against Southampton to preview, and our panel talk about whether this is a must-win game for the boss or not. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/11/1956m 23s

The Agenda: Richarlison’s antics, January reinforcements and Moshiri lessons to be learned

Plenty of questions to be read out and answered in the latest Agenda podcast. Ian Croll and Connor O’Neill sit down and get through as many as possible. Richarlison, Gomes, Silva, Moyes, VAR, Tom Davies and Cenk Tosun are all hot topics. It’s never a dull day as an Evertonian and this week has been no different.Plenty to discuss...  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/11/1945m 45s

Royal Blue: Exclusive chat with Everton legend Derek Mountfield

Everton legend Derek Mountfield makes a guest appearance alongside ECHO Head of Sport David Prentice and host Chris Beesley in a Royal Blue podcast special.Looking forward to getting back together with his team-mates from the most-successful season in Everton's history for the first time in more than three decades at the St George's Hall showing of new film Howard's Way which pays tribute to the glorious 1984/85 campaign, Derek regales us with a mountain of magical memories as towering as one of his trademark headers which were the backbone of the centre-half's 14 goals that term as he and his pals enjoyed the best year of their lives.A lifelong Blue who lived the dream of turning out for his boyhood heroes during their finest hour, Mountfield recalls in vivid detail many of the pivotal moments from his time at Goodison Park and speaks candidly on how Marco Silva's current side have struggled to live up to such ideals.He also explains his own role in the film which involved him clambering up into his loft to unearth a treasure trove of Everton artefacts and speaks about finally lifting the lid on living with epilepsy – a condition that he and his employers kept secret from the public throughout his playing career but which he suspects may have ultimately curtailed his time at the Blues. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/11/1935m 19s

View from the Gwladys: Son’s tackle and why Silva’s clear lack of fight is cause for concern

A difficult game for the Blues against Spurs turned into a nightmare as arguably Everton’s best midfielder, Andre Gomes suffered a nightmare injury leaving his season in tatters. If things couldn’t get any worse, VAR was up to its old tricks again. Yes, Sunday will be one to remember, but for all the wrong reasons. This week’s fan podcast sees host Ian Croll joined by guests, Ben Crawford and Tom Clarke as they look back at a torrid afternoon at Goodison Park. The Son tackle, the Andre Gomes injury, the farce that has become VAR. We haven’t even got to the footballing side of things yet. Everton’s performance wasn’t the best, but to take a positive, Marco Silva’s men didn’t lose the game taking a point in the last minute with a Cenk Tosun header. Marco Silva was visible shaken in his post-match press conference and the lads question whether he has the fight to take Everton forward. Where do Everton go from here? The immediate answer is Southampton away, but what does Marco Silva do with his team selection and how does he lift his players? All that and plenty more in this week’s fan show. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/11/1945m 15s

Royal Blue: Gomes injury, VAR farce, and where Spurs draw leaves Marco Silva

Sam Carroll, Adam Jones and Paul Wheelock look back on an incident-packed, and ultimately, very sad afternoon at Goodison Park in the latest Royal Blue podcast. Andre Gomes’ season-ending injury, plus VAR and the performance of referee Martin Atkinson, dominate before talk turns to Everton’s display itself against Tottenham Hotspur, and where the 1-1 draw leaves Marco Silva. Also on the agenda is the resurgence of Tom Davies and what happens next for Cenk Tosun after his last-gasp equaliser.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/11/1935m 9s

Royal Blue: Everton's centre-back conundrum, Carabao Cup reaction and how Blues should approach difficult Spurs clash

A win is a win, and that's exactly what Everton managed on Tuesday night against Watford. It might not have been pretty on occasion, but the Blues got through to the next round and secured a tie against Leicester City in mid-December thanks to goals from Mason Holgate and Richarlison. And the former of those is at the centre of an interesting discussion for our podcast panel. Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Adam Jones to review the win over Watford, the upcoming Carabao Cup tie and what is a crucial game against Spurs this weekend. With discussion on the centre-back conundrum, Moise Kean and the small matter of a mini-Merseyside Derby to boot, this is a jam-packed episode - enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/11/1944m 35s

View from the Gwladys: Moise Kean ‘mis-management’ and Theo Walcott’s Road to Damascus

Everton’s performance this week in the Carabao Cup was certainly not the most eye-catching display but a win is a win and Everton being in the hat for the next round is the most important thing.A quarter-final spot awaits Everton in December and who knows what a victory in the next round could lead to if the Blues can strike up some consistency. In this week’s fan podcast, the lads look back over the Watford win and preview what comes next for Marco Silva’s men. Spurs head to Goodison Park having not won an away game in the Premier League since February. Three points surely nailed on for Everton then?Other topics on the agenda include Moise Kean and how he is being managed by Marco Silva, Yerry Mina and his frustrating injury record – plus Richarlison and where he is most effective. Host, Ian Croll and guests Rob Astell and Stuey Carroll are in for the latest show. Enjoy For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
31/10/1947m 31s

Royal Blue: VAR's huge flaws, Everton's mentality issue and a vital Carabao Cup match against Watford

After a good performance against West Ham, things came crashing down to earth for Everton this weekend.And VAR was unfortunately at the centre of it.Adam Jones is joined by Sam Carroll, Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland to discuss the controversial decision which changed the Blues' match against Brighton, and everything else that went wrong on the south coast.The lads also preview what is a crucial Carabao Cup game against Watford and what changes Marco Silva needs to make to get a result out of his side; For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/10/1946m 14s

The Agenda: Paying a visit to the VAR truck, player mentality and Everton tattoos

A demoralising defeat away to Brighton has left Everton back at square one.After so much promise and positivity following the West Ham win, Marco Silva’s men let a 2-1 lead slip into a 3-2 defeat. Plenty of mitigating circumstances surround the defeat of course but regardless of that, it’s yet another away defeat for Marco Silva and another occasion when his team has failed to come back from a losing position.There are a number of interesting question submissions in this week’s Agenda show. Give it a listen as Ian Croll and Connor O’Neill react to the Brighton defeat and preview the Watford EFL Cup game. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/10/1925m 51s

Royal Blue: The selection dilemma facing Everton and how Yerry Mina's absence would affect the squad

Can Everton secure their first back-to-back wins of the season?That's the question facing Marco Silva at the minute as he prepares to take the Blues down to Brighton for what will be a crucial game on Saturday.Last weekend's win over West Ham was certainly promising, but it's now time to turn that into a string of positive results.But, with Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin returning, will the boss be tempted to change? And how will a potential injury to Yerry Mina affect things?Phil Kirkbride, Adam Jones and Gav Buckland sit down to talk about exactly that - while also discussing the battle for right back and how to get the best out of Richarlison. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/10/1939m 48s

Press conference: Marco Silva talks VAR, Yerry Mina, selection headaches and Brighton ahead of trip to The Amex

Marco Silva has been speaking to the media ahead of Everton’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. The Toffees head to the south coast off the back of a 2-0 win over West Ham at Goodison. Silva discusses the impact of VAR in the Premier League so far, gives an injury update on the likes of Yerry Mina, Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin before getting onto giving his thoughts on what threats Brighton may pose on Saturday afternoon. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/10/1914m 30s

The Agenda: Walcott’s twin brother, Richarlison’s best position and eating humble Everton pie

The Agenda: You the listeners send in the questions, you the listeners set the agenda. Some seriously interesting questions submitted via our loyal Royal Blue listeners in this one. Take a listen and enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/10/1930m 58s

Royal Blue: Convincing West Ham win eases pressure on Marco Silva as Everton find freedom once again

Finally, Everton were able to end their poor run of form in the Premier League.After four straight defeats had heaped the pressure on Marco Silva before the international break, the Blues returned to secure a convincing 2-0 victory over West Ham on Saturday.The free-flowing attacking football was back on full display, and should really have led to more goals.Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones and Chris Beesley to discuss the best performers in this weekend's win - including Djibril Sidibe's place in the side and what happens next for Tom Davies.There are certainly still interesting debates to be had around Everton... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/10/1930m 39s

View from the Gwladys: The awkward Gylfi Sigurdsson question and why the players showed they are fully behind Silva

Happy, happy, happy, happy, happy. Following over six weeks of misery, finally the fan podcast was a positive place to be to talk all things Everton. A win against West Ham and a performance to be proud of. A great team display and individual performances all over the park that made it very difficult to pick a Man of the Match. The pressure was well and truly on Marco Silva heading into this one and the players truly told where their heads are with a strong performance. This week’s View from the Gwladys Street fan podcast is hosted by Ian Croll with guests Ben Crawford and Rob Astell. You won’t find anyone moaning in this one. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/10/1946m 22s

Royal Blue: Marco Silva's must-win match and is it time for a change at 10

The Royal Blue Podcast returns this week ahead of Everton's crunch clash against West Ham United at Goodison Park. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by guests Adam Jones and Sam Carroll as the panel discuss Marco Silva, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Djibril Sidibe and the game with the Hammers that has taken on a grave significance. Silva's future, of course, is a key talking point and the trio ponder where victory - and, sadly, defeat - would leave the former Watford boss. Sigurdsson's position in the team is under threat from Alex Iwobi and his form is dissected while the impending Premier League debut of Sidibe - and what he needs to do to oust Seamus Coleman - also features.You can join the Royal Blue Podcast group on Facebook or send your thoughts on the episode to @philkecho, @Adam_Jones94 and @SamCarroll0. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/10/1942m 51s

Press Conference: Marco Silva on West Ham, injury news, Keane form and chance for Davies

Marco Silva was back in front of the media at Finch Farm on Friday to preview the visit of West Ham United to Goodison Park - a match the under-pressure Everton manager has already labelled a 'must-win'. And you can listen to what Silva had to say here. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/10/199m 49s

The Agenda: Silva’s stubbornness, zonal marking, Brands under scrutiny and Sigurdsson’s role analysed

Welcome to The Agenda podcast. A podcast were you the listeners send in the questions, you the listeners set the agenda. On this week’s show we have Connor O’Neill and Ian Croll who answer your questions sent in via our Royal Blue Facebook Page and our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Talking points on this week's agenda include Silva and his strategy - why stick with the same plan if it's not working?Why does every corner kick feel like we've conceded a penalty?Should Everton sign Burnley striker Chris Wood?Should Everton persist with Marco Silva?Is Marcel Brands to blame as much as the manager?Plenty more included in this week's Agenda show. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/10/1934m 26s

View from the Gwladys Street: Marco Silva has one more match to save his job as another defeat is unthinkable

This week’s View from the Gwladys Street sees a mixed response on whether Marco Silva should keep his job! Host, Ian Croll is joined by Mark Crotty and Connor Bennett who discuss the future of the Everton boss! Four straight league defeats in a row has heaped the pressure on Silva and a loss against West Ham could be the end of his reign. It looks like Silva will be given the opportunity to salvage a terrible start to the season in the next home game at least! An international break stands in the way first and time could be what Silva needs to get the players back he needs to name a full strength team! Silva’s mindset and tactical awareness comes into question although the blame doesn’t solely fall on him. This is an issue much bigger than Marco Silva.Time is ticking and a win against West Ham is a must! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/10/1951m 20s

Special Edition: The making of an Everton movie, Howard's Way tells the story of the Blues greatest team

In a special edition of Royal Blue, Chris Beesley speaks to ECHO Head of Sport David Prentice and director Rob Sloman about the forthcoming Everton film Howard's Way.Released in November, Howard's Way tells the story of the Blues journey through a decade of disappointment during the 1970s to re-emerge as one of football's greatest teams during 1984/85 – the most-successful season in the club's history under the inspired leadership of their dynamic young manager, Howard Kendall.Rob explains why he made the film, which features fresh interviews with all of Everton squad from the time, why he believes this is a story worth telling and how he put the whole project together.David details what made this particular team so special – both on and off the pitch – and points out how their achievements have not always received the recognition they deserve.Sandwiched between periods of frustration before and since, this is a gripping tale of Blues brilliance featuring a varied cast of fascinating characters who helped to light up Goodison Park before circumstances beyond their control denied them from fulfilling what should have been their destiny. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/10/1933m 46s

Burnley post-match: Everton hit crisis point after losing four games in a row but international break could be what Silva needs

Adam Jones and Ian Croll sit down to discuss Everton’s 1-0 defeat to Burnley in the latest post-match reaction podcast. Four defeats in a row now for Marco Silva’s men has left the Blues in somewhat of a crisis. The pressure is well and truly on Silva after saying prior to the game ‘this was a must win’The Blues lost - and now have a two week break to mull of proceedings before a huge game at Goodison Park against West Ham.Adam and Ian discuss what went wrong, the positives, Coleman’s red card and whether Silva can pull his men out of this mess. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/10/197m 0s

Royal Blue: Stopping the rot, the striker debate, and the case for Anthony Gordon

The trip to Turf Moor and who should lead the line against Burnley for Everton dominates the latest Royal Blue podcast, hosted by Phil Kirkbride and featuring Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland. After three straight defeats, can the Blues stop the rot against the Clarets and stop the pressure piling on Marco Silva? And should Silva go with Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Moise Kean up top? Another question our panel attempt to answer concerns the highly-rated Anthony Gordon after Silva admitted the winger is close to a place in his first-team squad. Tim Cahill’s return to the Blues is also addressed before the lads give their usual pre-match predictions. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/10/1947m 28s

Press Conference: Gomes and Walcott fitness, Zouma interest, and pressure on Silva

Marco Silva was back in front of the media this afternoon to preview Everton's trip to Burnley. Also on the agenda was the fitness of Andre Gomes and Theo Walcott, a possible move to bring Kurt Zouma back to Goodison Park, Fabian Delph's recall to the England side, plus the form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Jordan Pickford. Silva also addressed the pressure he is under and what the improved performance against Manchester City could do to spark his side's stuttering season into life. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/10/1913m 15s

The Alan Myers Everton Podcast: Interviews with Joe Royle and Paul Rideout | The 25-year trophy wait with Dave Prentice

We're coming to the end of Alan Myers' first series of Everton podcasts on the Royal Blue channel. We're not being biased when we say they've been nothing short of superb. But we reckon the penultimate episode of series one could be his best yet. It features must-listen interviews with the last manager to lead the Blues to a trophy 25 years ago, and the striker who scored the winning goal in the famous 1995 FA Cup final success over Manchester United. We're talking, of course, about Joe Royle and Paul Rideout. But before we hear from Joe and Paul, Alan speaks to the Liverpool ECHO's head of sport, and former Everton FC reporter, Dave Prentice, about why it is taking the Blues so long to add more silverware to the Goodison Park trophy cabinet, and when the barren run will come to an end. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/10/191h 51m

View from the Gwladys Street: Four Premier League defeats in a row is unthinkable – Silva must find a way to avoid unwanted statistic

The View from the Gwladys Street fan podcast returns after a short hiatus. It’s been a few weeks since the lads sat round the table and since then Everton’s season has taken somewhat of a tumble! Three Premier League defeats in a row to Bournemouth, Sheffield United and Manchester City has piled considerable pressure on Marco Silva heading into Saturday’s away match with Burnley. Host Ian Croll is joined by Rob Astell and Ben Crawford who discuss, debate and moan about all things Everton. The City defeat is of course on the agenda. The lads give their positive reaction despite defeat and debate what Marco Silva can do to get the club out of this ‘mini crisis’ Defeat against Burnley heading into the International break is just unthinkable. Other topics on the agenda are Pickford’s reaction, Schneiderlin’s contribution and when well Andre Gomes return. Plenty to discuss in this one. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/10/1945m 55s

Royal Blue: Gavin Buckland talks his new book, Money Can't Buy Us Love: Everton in the 1960s

We brought a familiar voice into the Echo studio for our latest podcast. Gavin Buckland, a regular on Royal Blue, joined Phil Kirkbride and Dave Prentice to talk his brilliant new book, Money Can't Buy Us Love: Everton in the 1960s. It's a superb listen as Gav reveals how close the Blues came to signing a player regarded as one of the greatest to play the game, the similarities between the great Harry Catterick and Jose Mourinho, and just what happened with Alan Ball's controversial sale to Arsenal. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
29/09/1944m 59s

Post-Game: Better but still beaten as Everton lose to defending champions Manchester City

Well, the positive was it was a much better performance. Plus the fact the Blues were playing the defending champions and the best team in the country. But the bottom line is it is now three straight defeats for Everton going into next Saturday's trip to Burnley. To pick the bones out of the 3-1 loss to Manchester City, we get the verdicts of our Blues correspondent Phil Kirkbride and Sam Carroll, before hearing Marco Silva's short after-match press conference in full. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/09/199m 1s

Royal Blue: Finding a way to beat Man City and the pressure on Marco Silva

Your Royal Blue podcast with Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice and Sam Carroll previews the big Saturday night clash with Manchester City at Goodison Park and looks at the ways Everton can beat the defending champions. But who should lead the Blues attack? Moise Kean or Dominic Calvert-Lewin? That is up for discussion, as is the much-needed Carabao Cup win at Sheffield Wednesday, and whether it alleviated the pressure on manager Marco Silva, if he is under any pressure at all. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/09/1923m 23s

Press Conference: Silva gives injury update on Gomes, assesses start to season, and previews Man City

Marco Silva was back in front of the media at Finch Farm this afternoon to preview the visit of defending champions Manchester City to Goodison Park. Also on the agenda was injury news, the battles for the right-back and striking spots, the amount of goals Silva's side are conceding, and his view of the season so far, as well as a report linking the Everton boss with a move to Sporting Lisbon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/09/1913m 36s

Post-Game: Everton book place in Carabao Cup fourth round with much-needed win at Sheffield Wednesday

Well, that was very much needed. After dreadful Premier League defeats to Sheffield United and Bournemouth raised questions about Marco Silva and his Everton side, there was a much-needed response on Tuesday night when two early goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin secured a 2-0 win at Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the Carabao Cup. And, in this Post-Game podcast, we react to the win with our Blues reporting team at Hillsborough, Phil Kirkbride and Chris Beesley, before you have the chance to listen to Silva's interesting after-match press conference in full. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/09/1913m 5s

Royal Blue: Marco Silva's elephant in the room as Everton enter crunch week

The Royal Blue Podcast returns following a miserable weekend for Everton. A home reverse to newly-promoted Sheffield United means the pressure has been turned up on manager Marco Silva ahead of what is now a crucial week. Host Sam Carroll is joined by Chris Beesley, Paul Wheelock and Gavin Buckland to trawl through the debris of defeat left by the Blades. Gylfi Sigurdsson's position in the starting XI comes under scrutiny while Chris assesses Everton's poor start to the campaign in light of difficult openings for top-six rivals Manchester United, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers. The quartet then look ahead to a massive week for Silva starting at Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup and ending with the visit of champions Manchester City at the weekend. Send your thoughts on the podcast to @SamCarroll0 and join the Royal Blue Podcast group on Facebook. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/09/1935m 31s

The Alan Myers Everton Podcast: Where are the Blues heading? | Interviews with Nick Barmby, Tony Grant, Paul Wilkinson & Robbie Wakenshaw

The Alan Myers Everton Podcast is back after our host with the most had the temerity to take an actual holiday! But, my word, has he returned with a bumper edition. There is an update from Blues midfielder Tony Grant in Australia and interviews with ex-strikers Paul Wilkinson and Robbie Wakenshaw, who have very interesting stories to tell after memorable starts to their Everton careers. And that is all followed by Alan's sitdown with Nick Barmby, who became the first Blues player to cross the Merseyside divide in 41 years when he joined Liverpool in 2000. Barmby speaks for the first time about the controversial move but also speaks warmly of his time at Goodison Park. And before all that Alan chats with ECHO football writer Chris Beesley and Royal Blue regular Gavin Buckland, who chats about his new Everton book, Money Can't Buy Us Love. Which is an apt title given the main conversation between the trio. Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/09/191h 55m

Royal Blue: Everton's Phil Jagielka decision rears its head while Dominic Calvert-Lewin continues to provide attacking conundrum

The Royal Blue Podcast returns for a bumper instalment ahead of Everton's visit of Sheffield United on Saturday. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Everton reporter Adam Jones, regular guest Gavin Buckland and ECHO reporter Sam Carroll to look ahead to the Premier League clash at Goodison Park and chew the fat on all the week's big talking points. Marco Silva's comments on Ademola Lookman - who joined RB Leipzig in the summer after protracted transfer negotiations - are digested while the group also look at Muhamed Besic's situation at this weekend's opponents. There is more talk on Everton's centre-backs - or lack of - while the decision to release Phil Jagielka on a free transfer is considered. You can follow the Royal Blue Podcast page on Facebook to add your comments on the weekly podcast as well as posing any questions you might have to the team. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/09/1959m 34s

Royal Blue: Brittle Everton and the major problem Marco Silva must solve

It’s the morning after the afternoon before and host Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones, Paul Wheelock and Connor O’Neill to pick the bones out of the desperately disappointing defeat at Bournemouth. No player in blue could say they played well, but how much did Marco Silva’s team selection play a part? Our panel answer that before attempting to understand why the Blues are so bad away from home given their excellent form at Goodison Park. Also on the agenda is Dominic Calvert-Lewin and his partnership with Gylfi Sigurdsson, the team’s mentality, Fabian Delph, and what is a big week for Silva and his side.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16/09/1941m 59s

Post-Game: New away-day no-show as Everton are beaten at Bournemouth

One step forward, two steps back - it's the Everton way, certainly this season. After missing the chance to go top earlier in the campaign, the Blues blew the opportunity to move into third in the early standings as they were beaten 3-1 at their bogey ground. On this podcast, our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride analyses yet another below-par performance away from home, before his ECHO colleague Chris Beesley delivers his verdict. And we finish with every word of Blues boss Marco Silva's after-match press conference. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15/09/1913m 21s

Royal Blue: The player key to ending the Bournemouth hex and is Kurt Zouma missing the Marco Silva touch

Your essential Friday Everton FC listening is in! In the latest Royal Blue podcast, Adam Jones, Sam Carroll, Dave Prentice and host Phil Kikbride preview Sunday's trip to Bournemouth and wonder why Everton's record at Dean Court has been so poor, what will change it, and whether Fabian Delph is the answer. They also look at the Blues' starting XI from last season's corresponding fixture and ask whether Marco Silva now has a stronger side. Also on the agenda is the FA punishment handed out to Yerry Mina as well as Kurt Zouma's form and whether his Chelsea dip speaks volumes for the work Silva did with him at Goodison Park. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/09/1939m 47s

Press Conference: Plan for Tom Davies, Bournemouth trip, and Iwobi's importance

Marco Silva was back in front of the media at Finch Farm today to preview the trip to Bournemouth on Sunday. Also on the agenda was the plan for Tom Davies, following his impressive showing for England Under-21s, and Alex Iwobi's start to his Blues career, and just how important the summer signing can be. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/09/1915m 4s

Royal Blue: The transformation of Michael Keane at Everton and what comes next for Jonjoe Kenny

The international break continues to drag but that does not deter our Everton writers from returning to the ECHO studio and recording this week's first instalment of the Royal Blue podcast. Host Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Chris Beesley to discuss Jordan Pickford's England shut-out, the transformation of Michael Keane and Tom Davies' statement to Marco Silva. They also dissect Jonjoe Kenny's comments about his Everton future as well as reflecting on the 13th anniversary of the stunning 3-0 win over Liverpool at Goodison Park back in 2006. On top of this, Sam, Adam, Prenno and Chris find time to debate the biggest overall star to represent the Toffees. Enjoy - and just as a reminder, you can join the Royal Blue podcast group on Facebook, and send your thoughts on the podcasts to @SamCarroll0 or @Adam_Jones94 on Twitter. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/09/1941m 41s

Royal Blue: Covering Everton's highs and lows and the best signing of the last ten years assessed

It's the international weekend but our Royal Blue Podcast returns for a weekend special.Host Sam Carroll asks Dave Prentice and Chris Beesley - who own more than 50 years of journalistic experience combined - about their first ever interviews, being starstruck in front of notable Blues and the best moment of their careers.Debutant Connor O'Neill gives his thoughts on his favourite Everton atmosphere of all time while the panel discuss the game they would never return to - not even for £1,000,000!The podcast ends with a light-hearted debate over the club's best signing of the last ten years and there is also time to rank the Rocky movies.You can join the Royal Blue Podcast group on Facebook and send your thoughts on the podcast to @SamCarroll0. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/09/1942m 51s

View from the Gwladys Street: A fluid front four, a signing surprise, and a maturing Pickford

They say a week is a long time in politics, especially in this country at the moment, but a week can also be a long time in football, especially being an Everton supporter. After being left completely down in the dumps by the defeat and performance at Aston Villa, this week's View from the Gwladys Street Blues fans' podcast is a much more uplifting listen after back-to-back victories for Marco Silva's side. Max Carlyle, Anthony McEllin and Connor O'Neill join host Paul Wheelock to look back on the wins over Lincoln City and Wolves, and much more else besides. Including... the impact made by Fabian Delph, whether Sunday's two-goal hero Richarlison is a centre-forward in-waiting, the improvement in Gylfi Sigurdsson and whether that has to do with his seemingly lack of chemistry with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the surprise at just how good Alex Iwobi has been, and whether we are seeing a more mature Jordan Pickford. Oh, and backing Everton to break into the top six this season. We told you it was more upbeat! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/09/1939m 9s

Royal Blue: Everton's monumental man Fabian Delph and assessing the summer transfer window after Yannick Bolasie exit

Another week and another Everton victory at Goodison Park. The Royal Blue Podcast returns to discuss the 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, an impressive debut from Fabian Delph and Richarlison's goalscoring heroics.Host Sam Carroll is joined by Everton reporter Adam Jones, Chris Beesley and Dave Prentice as they praise Alex Iwobi's start to life in Royal Blue as well as the futures of Theo Walcott and Tom Davies. With Yannick Bolasie joining Sporting Lisbon late on European transfer deadline day, the quartet assess the window as a whole - both incomings and outgoings - before naming the duo left in limbo at Finch Farm. You can follow the Royal Blue Podcast group on Facebook and send your thoughts on the latest episode to @SamCarroll0. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/09/1941m 12s

The Alan Myers Everton Podcast: Don Hutchison interview - Tears with Howard, cross words with Walter and that disallowed derby goal

Welcome to episode nine of the one and only Alan Myers Everton Podcast. And guess what? It's another belter. Matters get under way with Alan being joined in the studio by the Liverpool ECHO's Paul Wheelock. With more players set to leave Goodison Park before the closure of the European transfer window, they talk the Blues' squad strength, also hearing from Marco Silva on the subject, before discussing Kevin Mirallas after he finally left the club for good. Then talk turns to the magnificent Lucas Digne, and Richarlison's goal celebration in the midweek win at Lincoln City. And then comes the main course - a superb interview with former Everton captain Don Hutchison. There are so many highlights, but his first-hand insight of what happened before and after THAT Coventry City game will take some topping. But so will the tale of his contract negotiations with Walter Smith, what it was like to take the captain's armband off Duncan Ferguson, and THAT disallowed derby goal. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
31/08/1954m 32s

Royal Blue: Cup upset avoided, impressive Sincil Bank showings and now onto Wolves

After the debate over team selections, trophy droughts and potential banana skins it all came together for Everton on Wednesday night in Lincoln. The Blues overcame a shocking start to defeat their League One hosts 4-2 and progress to the third round of the League Cup. And the Royal Blue podcast panel reflect on an entertaining evening a Sincil Bank, one that was full of goals, chances and talking points. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined at the table by Adam Jones and Dave Prentice to pick apart the win, discuss which players stood out and the selection headaches Marco Silva may be left with. We talk the love for Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean's performance, the excellent debut of Fabian Delph and ask how long it will be before Djibril Sidibe will put Seamus Coleman under pressure. The lads are asked if Lucas Digne's free-kick was the best of his three scored in royal blue before the conversation moves to the visit of Wolves on Sunday. Can Everton take advantage of a Europa League hangover and head into the international break on the back of a morale-boosting win? Sit back, relax and enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
29/08/1948m 11s

View from the Gwladys Street: What's up with Gylfi, time to unleash Kean, and a big week for the Blues

The View from the Gwladys Street podcast is back, and with regular host Ian Croll on honeymoon, Connor O'Neil takes over the hosting reins to discuss what, even at this early stage of the season, is a big week for Everton. Joined by Connor Bennett and Paul Wheelock, the trio talk Friday night's shambolic defeat at Aston Villa and whether it's time Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson are taken out of the team given the former's inability to turn his undoubted graft into goals and the latter's anonymous start to the campaign. The lads then preview the Carabao Cup clash at Lincoln City, discussing what players they'd like Marco Silva to bring in, before giving their thoughts on the terribly-timed news that Jean-Philippe Gbamin could be out for up to three months. Despite the Blues looking light in certain areas, it's also clear more players would be allowed to leave before the closure of the European transfer window. But will they go? And just how will Everton get on against Lincoln and then Wolves on Sunday? Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/08/1943m 25s

Royal Blue: Why Everton need a cup run under Marco Silva - and how to cope with Jean-Philippe Gbamin blow

Everton need a morale-boosting win over Lincoln City this week to repair the damage inflicted by Aston Villa last Friday. Marco Silva's side fell to a disappointing defeat at newly-promoted Villa and the Royal Blue podcast returns to stumble through the rubble of the loss and look ahead to what could be a crucial seven days. With Jean-Philippe Gbamin injured for at least the next six weeks, host Phil Kirkbride asks the panel to assess the blow and contemplate potential replacements. Adam Jones, Gavin Buckland and Sam Carroll then put themselves in the shoes of Silva to pick their starting XI for the Carabao Cup tie at Lincoln City before deciding on what personnel the manager is likely to opt for. The visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday is also touched on with the quartet agreeing two victories in the space of several days would be the perfect remedy to a testing week.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/08/1944m 13s

Press Conference: Gbamin injury update, Lincoln preview, and Delph return

Marco Silva was back in front of the media at Finch Farm on Tuesday afternoon to preview Wednesday's Carabao Cup clash at Lincoln City. The Blues also gave an injury update on Jean-Philippe Gbamin and the importance of the returning Fabian Delph, as well as reflecting on the disappointing defeat at Aston Villa, and Alex Iwobi's performance off the bench during that match. Enjoy - and we'll be back later with the Royal Blue podcast. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/08/1914m 46s

The Alan Myers Everton Podcast: Villa reviewed and Lincoln previewed | Interviews with Boa Morte, Brands and Limpar

Let's face it, we all need cheering up after what we witnessed at Villa Park on Friday night. You're in luck, then, because Alan Myers is back with his much-loved Everton podcast. To kick things off our host is joined by the ECHO's Everton FC reporter Phil Kirkbride and football writer Chris Beesley as they pick the bones out of the 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa and look ahead to the Carabao Cup clash at Lincoln City. That is followed by a hat-trick of top-class interviews. The first is with new Blues assistant manager Luis Borte, we then hear from the club's director of football Marcel Brands about the signings of Alex Iwobi and Andre Gomes, before Alan serves up the main course - a long chat with one of the heroes of the 1995 FA Cup final win, Anders Limpar. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/08/191h 2m

Post-Game: Reaction from Phil Kirkbride, Adam Jones and Marco Silva as Everton's unbeaten start ends in desperately disappointing fashion

Top of the league? Sadly, you are having a laugh. Yes, Everton had to go chance to take over at the summit of the Premier League for the first time in 12 years on Friday night with victory at winless Aston Villa. But, in a performance that will raises some big early-season questions, they were beaten 2-0 and deservedly so. It's true they had some big chances but their overall display did not merit any more than what they got. That feeling is underlined in the Post-Game podcast with the excellent verdicts of our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride and reporter Adam Jones, who were at Villa Park. And they are followed by Blues boss Marco Silva's after-match press conference in full. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/08/1912m 1s

Royal Blue: Marco Silva's selection posers as the Blues bid to go top of the Premier League

The chance to go top of the Premier League table for the first time in 12 years with victory at Aston Villa on Friday night dominates the latest Royal Blue podcast, hosted as ever by our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride and featuring Adam Jones, Sam Carroll and Dave Prentice. But while even a stay at the summit may only be fleeting, what would it do, and what would a strong start to the season do, which looks possible given the favourable fixtures, for the Blues? Our panel discuss that along with who should start in midfield and an even bigger selection poser for Marco Silva. Also on the agenda is Richarlison, and why an old saying rings true for the brilliant Brazilian, while Sam explains his particular dislike for Villa. And before the usual predictions, there is a discussion over new comments made by Romelu Lukaku that underline why the Belgian will never be truly loved by the Goodison faithful even if he remains the club's record Premier League goalscorer. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/08/1939m 48s

View from the Gwladys Street: Everton’s relationship with VAR | Clean sheets aplenty | Richarlison's form | Villa Preview

The first home game of a new season is always a special occasion at Goodison Park. Saturday afternoon’s encounter with Watford was no different. The optimism, the eagerness, the atmosphere and of course, The Siren. It was all there. Despite not being the most riveting of games, the Blues got over the line with a 1-0 win. Three points was all that mattered. In this week’s View from the Gwladys Street fan podcast, host Ian Croll is joined by Rob Astell and Ben Crawford who happily discuss what was a well deserved Everton victory. Plenty to go at in this week’s show; the performances of several key players were up for debate. The impact and contributions of Richarlison, Sigurdsson and others once again come up in debate. VAR and the positive/negative effect it is having on the game. Fortunately, it fell Everton’s way on Saturday but is it still the way forward? To finish off the lads preview Friday’s trip to Aston Villa and have their say on whether Everton win be top of the league come Friday night. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/08/1943m 33s

Royal Blue: What Farhad Moshiri thinks of Yerry Mina - and Jordan Pickford's Everton potential

The Royal Blue Podcast returns after Everton got their Premier League campaign truly up and running with a 1-0 victory over Watford on Saturday thanks to Bernard's first-half strike. Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Moise Kean made their Goodison debuts and our Blues reporter Adam Jones gives the lowdown on their performances. Dave Prentice, who was invited into the boardroom pre-match, divulges Farhad Moshiri's thoughts on Yerry Mina after another shut-out on Merseyside as Chris Beesley assesses Marco Silva's credentials for a top-six push. Host Sam Carroll, meanwhile, talks Jordan Pickford and his potential after the stopper's impressive start to the new season. The futures of Yannick Bolasie, Kevin Mirallas and Oumar Niasse are also discussed while Everton's under-23 problem is pondered. Enjoy - and don't forget, you can join the Royal Blue Podcast Facebook group HERE. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19/08/1941m 10s

Royal Blue: Everton's midfield options discussed as injuries and suspension leave squad thin

Marco Silva has Everton's midfield on his mind as injuries and suspension leave his options thin on the ground ahead of the visit of Watford.And it is there, and trying to work out what the Blues boss will, where this edition of the Royal Blue podcast kicks-off.Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice and Adam Jones as they look ahead to the first game at Goodison of the season.The lads wonder if the atmosphere will be as electric as it was towards the end of last season or if Silva needs to select one of his new attackers to help light the touch paper?The form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin is discussed as is the expectation on the man now challenging him for his spot - Moise Kean - and how the manager will handle that.The final part of the podcast focuses on the interview Marcel Brands gave this week in which he outlined his future for Everton in the transfer market, the role the fans played in signing Andre Gomes and why Silva will improve the squad's young players.Sit back, relax and enjoy For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16/08/1936m 55s

Royal Blue: Everton's draw with Crystal Palace assessed and the headaches facing Marco Silva

Everton's Premier League season finally got underway at the weekend, but it was a bit of a flat start to the campaign if truth be told.The Blues travelled to face Crystal Palace and came away with a point after a 0-0 stalemate between the two sides - with both missing chances to claim victories.There were positives to take for Marco Silva, but also there were a few questions that will have been raised by the performance.A sending off to Morgan Schneiderlin and an injury to Andre Gomes means that there could be a dilemma facing the boss heading into the match against Watford next week.Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Chris Beesley and Gavin Buckland to discuss those options - and what Everton fans can take from yet another opening day draw. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/08/1933m 5s

View from the Gwladys Street: Everton’s summer transfer business and the impact it will have on the season | Palace draw deja vu

Probably not the deadline day Everton fans were expecting and probably not the opening result Everton fans were hoping for. But regardless of that, there is still plenty of optimism around the club. After all, who knows what the season may bring. A draw against Palace on the opening day will certainly go down as a disappointment, but for most Everton fans, the season well and truly begins against Watford at Goodison Park on Saturday. In this week’s View from the Glwadys Street fan podcast, host, Ian Croll is joined by Connor O’Neill and Mark Crotty who discuss and debate the outcome of deadline day and what impact Everton’s transfer business will have for the remainder of the season. Crystal Palace away was never going to be an easy game, but the Blues had their chances and probably should’ve taken all three points. The Morgan Schneiderlin red card killed any chances of claiming all three points as Marco Silva's men settled for the draw in the later stages. With that then, there is plenty to discuss in this week’s fan show... The Keane and Mina partnership and why it can flourish if given the chance. Why Sigurdsson needs to do more or watch his back. Plus why anyone shouting at Gbamin for his slow start will be called a Wally. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/08/191h 4m

Royal Blue: What to make of Everton's transfer window and should Blues regret not signing Wilfried Zaha?

As expected, transfer deadline day was a hectic affair for Everton.Rumours around Wilfried Zaha were rife and the Blues attempted a late move for Marcos Rojo - but neither man came through the doors at Goodison Park.Instead, Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi was the man who became the Blues' seventh and final signing of the summer, putting pen-to-paper on a five-year contract.So, where does that leave Everton?Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones and Sam Carroll to assess the Blues' dealings over the summer, ask whether the club should regret not signing Zaha and address the potential conundrum at centre-back facing Marco Silva.It's a lively discussion! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/08/1942m 45s

View from the Gwladys Street: Everton’s pursuit of Zaha, Doucoure, Iwobi and Smalling discussed heading into Deadline Day

The most sacred of days in the English Football calender is upon us. It’s Deadline Day! Marco Silva demanded four more signings by the close of the window and so far Everton will have to work quickly to make those demands a reality. Zaha, Doucoure, Iwobi, Smalling, McCarthy, Niasse, Tosun and Bolasie all make the agenda this week. There has been plenty of activity, however, today topped it all off. There was movement from both sides as Everton launched another record bid for Wilfried Zaha, which was rejected again. Zaha is reported to have handed in a transfer request following the Palace stance, but since then, it’s been all quietPlenty of names and transfers to discuss in the latest View from the Gwladys Street fan podcast with host, Ian Croll and guests, Rob Astell and John Howard. As we head into Deadline Day, this is one not to be missed. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/08/1941m 54s

The Alan Myers Everton Podcast: Paul Gascoigne, Dave Watson and Dan Meis interviews | Kean, Gbamin and an exciting last week of the window

We're pretty sure we said this after episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 but this is the best Alan Myers Everton podcast yet! Featuring interviews with Dan Meis, the man who has designed the Blues' proposed new ground at Bramley-Moore Dock, as well as Goodison great Dave Watson, the last man to captain the club to silverware, and the legendary Paul Gascoigne who, sounding healthy and happy, reminisces on his time in an Everton shirt. There's also plenty of present-day talk with the ECHO's Sam Carroll and Ian Croll who discuss the signings of Moise Kean and Jean-Philippe Gbamin, the brilliance of Marcel Brands, the departure of Idrissa Gueye and what could follow in the final four days of the window. If Alan's right, you'll be very happy indeed. Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/08/191h 26m

Pre-Season Diary #9: A final friendly, an injury concern and a hectic final week of the window

Welcome to your ninth and final entry into our pre-season tour diary, orated by our Everton FC reporter Adam Jones after the Blues rounded off their pre-season preparations with a 0-0 draw at Werder Bremen. Adam looks back on aspects of the performance, both positive and negative, the injury to Fabian Delph and who could replace him in the first XI for the opener at Crystal Palace, the battle for the striking spot, and his excellent and interesting after-match interview with Everton manager Marco Silva. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/08/1915m 22s

Pre-Season Diary #8: Travel problems, a new signing and one last chance to impress

Welcome to our eighth pre-season diary of the summer. Unlike the first seven, there's no Phil Kirkbride, who is on a weekend off, so instead we've got our Everton FC reporter Adam Jones to provide us with a dispatch from the Blues' final station point, Bremen, where Marco Silva's side will round off their preparations with a clash against Werder on Saturday. Adam will be hoping for a less taxing afternoon after a bit of nightmare trip to Germany which culminated with a new signing and, as you may have seen on Twitter, a well-deserved Currywurst and beer, The signing in question, of course, is midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin. Adam discusses the arrival of the £25m man from Mainz before pondering Blues boss Silva's options in the centre of the park and previewing the Werder Bremen clash. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02/08/1914m 41s

Royal Blue: A week to go before Everton's transfer window closes

Everton have a week before the Premier League transfer window shuts.And as the Royal Blue panel sat down to record this latest podcast there were still five signings to be ticked off the club's wish-list.Host Phil Kirkbride asks Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Gav Buckland if they were confident the Blues would complete all the business they want in just seven days.Everton are hoping to add a new centre-back to the squad with Chelsea's Kurt Zouma their No1 target but the panel wonder, with time running out, if the club need to cut their losses and look to other targets.Today's discussion also heavily involves Moise Kean and his move to Goodison which is progressing.There's undoubted excitement over the 19-year-old's arrival but where will he fit in and will his signing add further weight to the belief Marco Silva could change formation this season?And, if so, where does this leave Gylfi Sigurdsson?The latest podcast also includes Henry Onyekuru's impending departure as well as much, much more.Sit back, relax and enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/08/1941m 43s

View from the Gwladys Street: Everton’s bizarre Zaha pursuit, Bramley-Moore designs, Kean bid and Gueye farewell

It’s been somewhat of surreal few days for Everton fans. The release of the proposed stadium designs for the Bramley-Moore site. The bizarre 72 hour pursuit of Wilfried Zaha which seemingly ended on Monday night. The departure of crowd favourite, Idrissa Gueye. The accepted bid for Juventus star Moise Kean. To put it bluntly, there has been plenty going on.In this week’s View from the Gwladys Street, podcast host, Ian Croll is joined by Rob Astell, Connor O’Neill and Matthew Barry to discuss what has transpired. All that and plenty more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
31/07/191h 0m

Royal Blue: Everton's interest in Zaha and Kean and how they will go about replacing Gueye

Transfer talk dominates the latest Royal Blue podcast, hosted by Phil Kirkbride and featuring Adam Jones and Dave Prentice, who spell out Everton's interest in Wilfried Zaha and Moise Kean and wonder whether the club has the time to get through all the business it needs to do in the final 10 days of the transfer window. Our panel also look into the Blues' pre-season performances so far, and question whether too much is being read into them, before the focus shifts to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and his intention to take over the club's number 9 shirt. Also on the agenda is Idrissa Gueye's impending move to Paris Saint-Germain and another Goodison exit that has already taken place. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
29/07/1937m 47s

Exclusive interview with Dan Meis about his magnificent designs for Everton's new Bramley-Moore Dock stadium

When the designs arrived, they certainly didn't disappoint. So who better to talk about Everton's proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock than the man who has designed it, architect Dan Meis. In this exclusive interview with our Blues correspondent Phil Kirkbride, Meis discusses his designs, capacity, costs, being the face of the project and his role in the future, the influence of Bill Kenwright, and why Everton are building a 'Ferrari and not a Bentley'. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/07/1912m 47s

Phil Kirkbride's Pre-Season Diary #7: Marco Silva's transfer message and Dominic Calvert-Lewin's No 9 aim

Welcome to the seventh entry into our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride's pre-season tour diary. Whereas our last podcast was positively upbeat after the club unveiled designs for their new ground at Bramley-Moore Dock, the back-to-back defeats to Sevilla and Mainz in the Opel Cup, combined with a lack of activity in the transfer market, means this, our latest offering on the Royal Blue podcast channel, is more downbeat. Not that you can read too much in pre-season, but as Phil makes clear, Blues boss Marco Silva believes there is a lot of work to be done and off the pitch before the season gets under way at Crystal Palace on August 10. But will there be enough time to do it? Phil discusses that, analyses Silva's honest and candid post-match interview, and reveals Dominic Calvert-Lewin's aim after returning to training. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/07/1913m 48s

Royal Blue: Special reaction podcast to the unveiling of images of Everton's proposed new ground at Bramley-Moore Dock

It is a significant day in the history of Everton FC - the day when the club, and world-renowned architect Dan Meis, reveal the designs for its iconic new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. No doubt you will be reading all about it on the Liverpool ECHO website, and looking over and over again at the images of the magnificent waterfront stadium, but we also have a special Royal Blue podcast for you listen to, hosted by our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride and featuring Dave Prentice and Adam Jones. It's superb. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/07/1929m 3s

Press Conference: Full audio of Fabian Delph's first press conference as an Everton player

He made his Everton debut in Wednesday night's 0-0 draw at Wigan Athletic, but on the eve of the friendly, Fabian Delph sat down in front of the media at Finch Farm for the first time after the midfielder completed his move from Manchester City. The England international came across very well indeed - and you can listen to exactly what he had to say here. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/07/199m 40s

The Alan Myers Everton Podcast: Andre Gomes and Dave Thomas interviews | Transfer talk | Tony Grant update

Welcome to the sixth serving of the superb Alan Myers podcast on all things Everton FC. We kick things off with Alan talking to Gavin Buckland and Paul Wheelock about Kurt Zouma, Ademola Lookman and pre-seasons past and present, which includes a brilliant story about the time Fabrizio Ravanelli turned down the chance to join the Blues despite Howard Kendall bringing out the finest China. One man who has signed for Everton is Andre Gomes and, in the first of the podcast's three interviews, we hear Alan's sitdown with the Portuguese playmaker at Finch Farm. The comes an update from a former Blues midfielder, Tony Grant, who is coaching alongside his big mate Robbie Fowler in Australia, before the main course - a funny, brilliant, and emotional long chat with much-loved ex-Everton winger Dave Thomas. It really is a must-listen - as is the whole podcast. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
23/07/199s

Phil Kirkbride's Pre-Season Diary #6: Pricey pints, mountain dashes, and a sitdown with Marco Silva

The Blues will round their stay in Switzerland with a friendly against Monaco on Friday. But before that we have the latest pre-season tour diary from our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride, who gets us underway with a word of warning for any supporters planning to travel to the picturesque Alpine village of Verbier for the match... the beer is pricey. Now Phil assures us he's not been handing over £8 for a pint (!) himself, and we tend to believe him given some of the interviews he's had to prep for and conduct while on reporting duty - not least his sitdown with Blues boss Marco Silva. Phil goes over some of the highlights from that, including the search for a right-back, and Idrissa Gueye's future, as well as reacting to the news that another youngster has gone out on loan. And before Phil signs off, there's also time for a brilliant anecdote about how he ended up having to run halfway down a mountain after taking an unexpected phone call. Now after all that, he did deserve a pint. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/07/1915m 3s

View from the Gwladys Street: Fabian Delph and why his transfer completely goes against Everton’s transfer policy

Fabian Delph may not be the star studded signing many Everton fans crave this Summer, but you won’t hear anyone moaning about the £9million purchase on this podcast. Marco Silva and Marcel Brands have gone against the grain with this transfer. The model of buying up and coming young, hungry, ambitious players, on low wages completely thrown out of the window with this one.Is that necessarily a bad thing, however? Delph may not be all those but what he does offer is a wealth of experience, a winning mentality, versatility and a real eagerness to play football. This week, host Ian Croll is joined by regular guest Connor Bennett and first timer Simon Paul, from the NSNO Everton Twitter account. The lads share their thoughts on the Delph transfer which quickly turned to a positive discussion of what he may bring to the squad. The remaining segments of the podcast includes discussion over what to do over Kurt Zouma, who should be next club captain following the release of Phil Jagielka and can we trust Keane and Mina to form a partnership as formidable as the main two from last season?All that and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/07/1942m 54s

Royal Blue: Fabian Delph, Idrissa Gueye and what Everton's next transfer priority should be

Fresh from producing his latest pre-season audio diary, we've got our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride on the line from the sun-kissed Alps for the week's first Royal Blue podcast, hosted by Dave Prentice and also featuring Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland back at the ECHO studio. Understandably, Prenno kick things off by getting Phil's verdict on the Blues' latest summer signing, Fabian Delph, followed by those of Adam, who is a paid-up member of the Delph fan club, and Gav, who is getting there. Prenno then asks Phil whether the arrival of the Manchester City midfielder means Idrissa Gueye is on his way, about the mood and focus in the Everton camp in Switzerland, and some interesting comments from Jonas Lossl. After we leave Phil, talk turns to modern pre-season schedules, which allows Prenno to recall some brilliant Blues stories from summers past, the departure of Antonee Robinson, and the prospects for some of the club's other academy graduates. Also on the agenda is a new position for Tom Davies and, of course, more transfers, and why Diego Costa should not be an option, and how everyone would feel if Dominic Calvert-Lewin started the season as Everton's first-choice forward. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16/07/1934m 14s

Phil Kirkbride's Pre-Season Diary #5: Sion reflections, Kevin Mirallas at right-back, and the blossoming of Michael Keane

After a short stay back at home, our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride has jetted out to the picturesque setting of Verbier in Switzerland, where he watched Marco Silva's side continue their pre-season preparations with a 0-0 draw with FC Sion on Sunday afternoon. Phil looks back at what he viewed as an improved performance from a Blues team with a more familiar look to it, explains the decision to start Kevin Mirallas at right-back (!) and why Oumar Niasse hasn't changed much. Where there has been a change has been in Michael Keane, and Phil examines the difference in the centre-back compared to 12 months ago. He also offers an interesting statistic about Mason Holgate, picks out one youngster for particular praise, and reveals why Jonas Lossl and Tom Davies left the rest of Everton squad waiting after joining supporters in a bar. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15/07/1914m 34s

Phil Kirkbride's Pre-Season Diary #4: Marco Silva gets down to business as transfer dealings shift in gear

Welcome to the fourth entry into the pre-season audio tour diary of our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride, who is providing the inside track on the Blues' preparations for the 2019-20 campaign, from Kenya to Germany and many other places in between. Speaking of Kenya, Phil kicks things off by looking back on Everton's stay in Nairobi and their opening pre-season friendly in which, he reveals, it was the youngsters who caught the eye. Marco Silva and the squad have since moved to Switzerland for a week-long training camp and matches against FC Sion and Monaco. Phil will join them this weekend and he explains why pre-season will really start under the shadow of the Alps. And it's not only going to be busy on the training pitch. Speaking on Friday afternoon, Phil says there has been a notable gear shift in movement behind the scenes on the transfer front, which was underlined by the breaking story he published last night about Fabian Delph (which can be read in full HERE). But on this podcast our Everton man talks about three players who have gone out on loan, one of whom's Goodison career is effectively over, and gives the latest on Ademola Lookman and where the club stands when it comes to interest in the in-demand Nicolas Pepe. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/07/1916m 1s

Royal Blue: Stevo Timothy and Sinead McGrath discuss Farmer Michael and Kathleen, love for Everton and mental health triumphs

It's a very special edition of the Royal Blue podcast. Everton turns to "Evernton!" as the talent behind the viral success "Farmer Michael and Kathleen", Stevo Timothy and Sinead McGrath, join Adam Jones and David Prentice to discuss a wide range of topics. The pair are on usually hilarious form as they discuss their experiences coming through the comedic ranks and how they first discovered the love of Everton fans. The duo also delve into serious topics about battles with mental health throughout the years and how they have admirably come through each struggle, now discussing how they keep the conversation open and try to help as many people as they possibly can. Emotional, hard-hitting, funny and entertaining - this one is a must-listen.*Please note the podcast contains bad language For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/07/1954m 41s

View from the Gwladys Street: Everton transfer talk and why the recent inactivity is a concern

This week sees the return of the View from the Gwladys Street Everton fan podcast after a short pre-season break. With a month to go before the big kick-off, Blues fans are waiting in anticipation for new signings. With the likes of prime target Andre Gomes already in the bag, the discussion this week on the show is very much centred around who will follow him through the Goodison Park door. The list of players linked with the Blues is endless and the lads on this week’s show discuss the plausibility of the recent transfer rumours and whether the likes of Diego Costa, Danny Welbeck, Fabian Delph, David Neres and Callum Wilson all linked with the club over the past month are good enough.Host Ian Croll is joined by Rob Astell and Graham Callaghan who exchange views on the transfer business so far as well as the lack of activity since the promising early stages. COYB! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/07/1953m 27s

The Alan Myers Everton Podcast: Interviews with Leighton Baines, Neville Southall and Jimmy Martin + Kenya debrief

The wait is over – the fifth episode of the brilliant Alan Myers Everton Podcast is in! And, once again, there is a lot to get stuck into before episode six follows in a fortnight’s time. Alan is firstly joined in the studio by our Everton FC reporter Adam Jones and Liverpool ECHO colleague Paul Wheelock to look back on the opening friendly of the summer against Kariobangi Sharks and some of the positives that came out of it. Then comes Alan’s exclusive interview with Blues defender Leighton Baines about his decision to sign a new contract with the club, his battle for the left-back spot with Lucas Digne... and his photography! Alan also grabs a quick word with Goodison great Neville Southall, and gets him to take part in the podcast’s newest feature, before interviewing Everton Ladies manager Willie Kirk. But the big chat comes at the end of the must-listen podcast with Alan sitting down with the Blues’ legendary kitman, the one-and-only Jimmy Martin. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/07/1958m 50s

Phil Kirkbride's Pre-Season Diary #3: Chats with Sasha and Silva, traffic problems, Virginia's future, and Walcott the big attraction

The Blues players arrived in Nairobi on Saturday morning - and that made a busy day for Marco Silva's squad and for our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride, who also found time to fit in this, his latest entry into his pre-season audio diary. It's a good one, as Phil gives us an insight into the interviews he has conducted with director Sasha Ryazantsev - as well as Silva after the Blues boss appeared alongside Theo Walcott in front of the starstruck Kenyan press. Phil explains why Walcott, in particular, is such a big deal for the locals, and why the club had to cancel one of their planned activities. Plenty of youngsters have made the trip, and Phil looks at the futures of Joe Williams and Antonee Robinson as well as revealing why Joao Virginina has been left at home. And, of course, there's also talk of Sunday's opening friendly. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/07/1912m 32s

Royal Blue: Baffling Unesco claims, different Gomes expectations, and kits past and present

Our Everton FC reporter Phil Kirkbride may be in Kenya preparing for the Blues' first pre-season friendly, while Adam Jones is deservedly putting his feet-up on holiday, but that hasn't stopped us from recording a Royal Blue podcast to kick-start your weekend in style. Sam Carroll - on his day off, no less - takes over the host's seat while Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland are the guests, who get us under way with memories of pre-season past. Then comes the meaty stuff as Prenno tears into Unesco and their warning that it could take the city's World Heritage status away if developments including Everton's new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock threaten the 'authenticity and integrity' of Liverpool's waterfront. Speaking of Bramley-Moore, Gav struggles to contain his excitement over the project before talk turns to the actual football, what Andre Gomes had to say at his press conference following his permanent move from Barcelona, and what position Prenno believes Marco Silva still needs to fill. Our trio also talk Phil Jagielka's move back to Sheffield United and pick our their favourite Everton kits after the Blues' latest offering was unveiled this week. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/07/1942m 34s

Phil Kirkbride's Pre-Season Diary #2: Leon Osman on Kenya trip, Everton players he likes to watch the most, and David Moyes' mentality tests

The second entry into Phil Kirkbride's pre-season audio tour diary is a cracker as our Everton FC correspondent catches up with ex-Blues favourite Leon Osman for a special podcast in Kenya. Everton will kick off their summer friendlies on Sunday when they take on Kariobangi Sharks at the Kasarani Stadium. But Ossie, along with former Blues team-mate Steven Pienaar, are already out in Nairobi, and after they handed out kit and training wear to dozens of local football teams as part of SportPesa's Kits for Africa campaign, the former sat down with Phil for a chat. On the agenda was the ex-England international's second trip to Kenya in two years, the clash with Kariobangi Sharks, and his thoughts on the job being done by Marco Silva, and the current players he likes watching the most. Ossie also talks about another of his old team-mates, Phil Jagielka, and remembers David Moyes' infamous pre-season training routines. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/07/1923m 31s

Andre Gomes on his love for Everton, his time at Barcelona, and wanting Kurt Zouma to join him at Goodison Park

Andre Gomes was paraded in front on the media on Thursday afternoon after completing his £22m move from Barcelona to the Blues, where he had performed so impressively on loan last season. And after being asked to give his verdict on Everton's smart new kit, which he was wearing at the press conference, the classy Portuguese midfielder explained why he has chosen to make a permanent switch to Goodison and what his time at the Nou Cup was like. And amongst other topics addressed, Gomes expresses his love for Blues supporters - the feeling's mutual! - and discusses the chances of Kurt Zouma following in his path and putting pen to paper on a permanent deal. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/07/1912m 38s

Phil Kirkbride's Pre-Season Diary #1: Setting the scene for Everton's stay in Kenya

The Royal Blue podcast is officially on tour! And to celebrate the fact, our host, and Everton FC correspondent, Phil Kirkbride will be recording pre-season audio entries from a summer that will take Marco Silva's side to Kenya, Switzerland, Germany and to Wigan, too. Episode one is effectively a scene-setter after Phil landed in Nairobi. He explains why the first team do not fly out to the Kenyan capital until the end of the week and the three very interesting people he would lke to speak during his stay. Phil also looks ahead to the centrepiece of the tour, Sunday's friendly with Kariobangi Sharks, and what players could be involved. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/07/198m 28s

Royal Blue: The return of Andre Gomes and what next for Everton's transfer window

There's an unsurprising theme in this week's special midweek Royal Blue podcast. Everton completed the signing of Portuguese midfield maestro Andre Gomes late Tuesday and host Sam Carroll acted swiftly to pull together a crack team of pundits to discuss the transfer. The ECHO's Head of Sport Dave Prentice is joined by Everton reporter Adam Jones and Paul Wheelock as the guests wax lyrical about Gomes' potential at Goodison Park. As well as the bonus of securing a cut-price £22m deal for the 25-year-old, the importance of trusting Marco Silva, Marcel Brands and Bill Kenwright at the negotiating table is discussed, as well as who will be next through the doors at Finch Farm. Kurt Zouma's name crops up, naturally, while the future of Morgan Schneiderlin and several Everton misfits are all pondered. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26/06/1936m 39s

The Alan Myers Everton Podcast: Baines, Gomes, Vlasic and Neres chat + interviews with Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Andy Burnham and Colin Harv

Alan Myers is back with the fourth episode of his brilliant Everton podcast - and it's a bumper one to say the least! Little wonder, then, that the usual chat that kicks off the podcast, which also features Liverpool ECHO duo Sam Carroll and Paul Wheelock, is trimmed back a bit. But the trio still fit in discussion over Leighton Baines' new deal, the departure of Nikola Vlasic, the imminent arrival of Andre Gomes, and who Marco Silva and Marcel Brands could turn to next. However, the vast majority of the show is dedicated to the three exclusive interviews Alan has conducted since episode three (which you can listen to HERE, if you haven't done so already). The first of which sees our host sit down with Everton CEO Denise Barrett-Baxendale, who talks about her first year in the job, Bramley-Moore Dock, Phil Jagielka, and the club's plans for the summer. Alan then chats to Andy Burnham, the Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester, who talks growing up as a Blue, the time he advised a group of fans who were against the stadium move to Kirkby, and his message for Silva and Brands. Both are superb interviews - and the same can certainly be said about Alan's sitdown with Everton great Colin Harvey, which is an absolute-listen. And if that's not enough, Alan also catches up with community hero Steve Johnson, who is Everton's cup-winning disability manager. Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/06/191h 42m

Royal Blue: Andre Gomes, Nikola Vlasic & how Everton's stadium move is taking positive steps forward

The Royal Blue Podcast returns after a busy week for Everton in the transfer market.On the same day that CSKA Moscow announced a £14m move for Nikola Vlasic, who spent last season on loan in Russia, Marcel Brands struck a £22m deal with Barcelona to sign Andre Gomes on a permanent deal.With talks ongoing with the Portuguese international, guests Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland discuss his importance to Marco Silva's midfield as well as the savvy nature of Vlasic's sale.Leighton Baines' new contract - confirmed on the same day as Vlasic and Gomes - is also discussed while attentions turn to Kurt Zouma and Chelsea's transfer ban.ECHO Head of Sport Dave and Everton's official club statistician Gavin also provide a tantalising - and exciting - teaser on the proposed ground move to Bramley-Moore Dock. Join host Sam Carroll and his guests for all the latest from Goodison Park. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21/06/1940m 48s

Royal Blue: The Everton transfer that would mark a signal of intent - and the fixture list that offers hope

With Phil Kirkbride, Adam Jones and Dave Prentice on holiday – not together, we think – there is a new-look line-up for our latest Royal Blue podcast, which is hosted by Sam Carroll and features Chris Beesley and Paul Wheelock. The trio start by looking at Everton’s Premier League fixtures, which were released 24 hours earlier. All three are confident the Blues can get off to a flying start – providing very recent history doesn’t repeat itself – and negotiate what looks a very tricky December. The pre-season fixtures are also out – at last – but have Everton missed a trick by not going on a tour of America? Chris reckons they have – and he’s also surprised a special Goodison Park match has not been announced yet. Talk then turns to Andre Gomes’ proposed move to the Blues and what the midfielder needs to do more of if he does indeed join the club on a permanent basis. Also on the agenda are kits – namely where the new home one is and what age is too old to buy replica shirts – and the latest update on Bramley-Moore Dock. And the podcast rounds off with a look at how the transfer window is covered by publications like the ECHO, and why many things have changed, some things have not. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
14/06/1941m 25s

The Alan Myers Everton Podcast: Farhad Moshiri's move, a new appointment, transfer talk + interviews with Duncan Ferguson and Tony Grant

It's episode three of The Alan Myers Everton Podcast and, once again, he's lined up some big-name interviews - as well as bringing along some familiar voices. The show kicks off with Alan being joined by Royal Blue Podcast trio Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland to talk Farhad Moshiri, Luis Boa Morte, Andre Gomes, Kurt Zouma and transfers, as well as summer memories of being a Blue. Prenno's anecdote, in particular, is something else. You will then hear Alan's chat with former Everton midfielder and scout Tony Grant, before he jets off on a new adventure, before another must-listen podcast with a rare interview with Blues legend and current first-team coach Duncan Ferguson. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/06/191h 24m

Royal Blue: What West Ham's interest in Andre Gomes means for Everton and what might have been for Ronald Koeman

After a quiet few weeks since the end of the Premier League season, things are start to happen at Everton, and just after your latest Royal Blue podcast was recorded, captain Phil Jagielka announced he would be leaving the club after 12 years of sterling service once his contract expires. Host Phil Kirkbride had quizzed Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland on why it was taking so long to get a resolution on the long-serving defender's future. But while we now have that, the question over whether fellow Blues stalwart Leighton Baines will sign a new deal remains unanswered. Why that is the case is discussed here, as is West Ham United's pursuit of Andre Gomes. Should Everton be worried? Also on the agenda is the club's apparent desire to appoint a certain Luis Boa Morte as Marco Silva's new number two before talks turns to Phil's recent interview with former Blues boss Ronald Koeman. Did Koeman deserve more time at Goodison? And would he have fared better under the club's current structure? Whatever your thoughts on Koeman - and let's face it, sympathy for the Dutchman is in short supply - it makes for interesting listening. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/06/1949m 48s

Royal Blue: The two forwards Everton won't be signing and what one targeted position could mean for Ademola Lookman

With summer looming, increasingly the talk is turning to transfers, or as things currently stand at Everton, the lack of them. Yes, the Blues may have snapped up goalkeeper Jonas Lössl on a free, but links with further new additions have so far been in short supply. So why is it so quiet? And is that a cause for concern? Our top Blues reporting trio Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice and Adam Jones attempt to answer those questions and many more besides in your latest Royal Blue podcast. Two players Marco Silva and Marcel Brands definitely want to sign are Kurt Zouma and Andre Gomes. But what are the obstacles presently standing in their way and how long do you give it before moving on to new targets? Prenno gives an insight into what Howard Kendall used to do in situations such as these before Adam wonders whether Silva has the squad in place to cope if Everton were to start the new season without all their transfer business being done. Phil understands the Blues will not be chasing two players who have being linked with moves to Goodison Park but does confirm that the club is chasing a left-footed winger. But what does that mean for Ademola Lookman? Our men in the know discuss that before they focus on the clubs promoted from the Championship, which includes a nightclub recommendation from Prenno. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30/05/1934m 42s

The Alan Myers Everton Podcast: Exclusive interviews with David Moyes, David Unsworth and Mickaël Madar

It's the second episode of The Alan Myers Everton Podcast - and, just like the first, it's a must-listen. Alan brings you three exclusive interviews. The first of which is a chat with the man who sat in the Goodison Park hotseat for 11 years before his departure to Manchester United, David Moyes. The Scot talks about why the Blues were the club for him, after previously turning down other Premier League jobs, how he turned the club from relegation candidates to Champions League and Europa League qualifiers, how he dealt with the massive spotlight on Wayne Rooney, his best signing, his relationship with Bill Kenwright, how his move to United came about, as well as his thoughts on the current Everton crop. Alan then speaks to David Unsworth, who famously scored the first goal of Moyes' reign, about what it was like to be a Blues player at that time. The pair also speak about Unsy's current role at Everton, as the highly successful manager of the club's under-23s team, but only after Alan calls France to speak to former Blues striker Mickaël Madar, who talks warmly of the late, great Howard Kendall. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30/05/191h 4m

View from the Gwladys Street: Big Fat Everton End of Season Quiz

No introductions needed for this one. In the last fan podcast before a short pre-season break, Connor O’Neill and Connor Bennett battle it out to see who can be crowned quiz champion. Ian Croll is the host asking all the questions and with not much news other than the usual transfer rumours, we thought we’d have some fun. The quiz is split into three sections. The first a standard question and answer round consisting of 10 question. The second is a quotes round consisting of 10 quotes to which the lads have to guess who said it. The third and final section is a five question – quick fire shoot out round.This is one not to be missed. Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30/05/1927m 54s

Royal Blue: Lossl arrival, favourite free transfers, and an Everton story that's not had the attention it warrants

The first signing of Everton's summer has been confirmed! Jonas Lossl will officially join the Blues on July 1 after putting pen to paper on a three year deal. And the Royal Blue podcast team sat down just after the goalkeeper's arrival was confirmed to talk about the Danish international's addition to the squad. The 30-year-old joins on a free after being released by Huddersfield Town and so the panel discuss their favourite free transfers from Everton history. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Chris Beesley and Gav Buckland to discuss this and more. The discussion moves onto the wider point of signing players from relegated clubs, and the pros and cons of doing so. And with the arrival of Lossl, the lads discuss what next for Maarten Stekelenburg. The final segment of the second podcast of the week centres around the expected departure of Marco Silva's No2 Joao Pedro Sousa and why a significant story has not been given the attention it warrants. Sit back, relax and enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/05/1937m 29s

Royal Blue: Why Everton's move for Lössl makes sense and is it a case of Gomes or Zouma

Friday's Royal Blue podcast focused on the players heading out of Goodison Park this summer. But the latest edition of our flagship show concentrates on the men who be could making permanent moves to Everton during the summer transfer window - starting with Jonas Lössl. The Huddersfield Town goalkeeper has been tipped to join the Blues on a free transfer. But what do our panel, Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland, make of that? One of our trio is 'underwhelmed' but his colleagues believe it represents sound transfer business with money needed for other areas of the pitch. But what, host Phil Kirkbride asks, does it mean for the highly-rated Joao Virginia? Whoever plays in goal, will they be lining up behind Kurt Zouma next season? Prenno, Adam and Gav are asked about Everton's chances of landing the Chelsea defender and if the deciding factor will be player power. The pursuit of Andre Gomes is also discussed with opinions split on where the midfielder sits in the Blues' list of priorities and just what exactly is the Portuguese's best position. And, not for the first time on this podcast, the issue of a new striker is raised. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21/05/1941m 9s

View from the Gwladys Street: The Everton Fan End Of Season Review

This is the podcast where we look back on the campaign as whole. The ups, the downs, the highs and the lows. The overall verdict of the season from the fans who have followed the Blues all year round.There’s a full squad for this one. No last minute injuries, No last minute pull outs. Guests include Graham Callaghan, Connor O’Neill and Rob Astell with host, Ian Croll.The lads give their opinion player of the season, young player of the season, moment of the season, regret of the season, biggest disappointment of the season, that’s just to name a few.Sit back and enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
20/05/191h 4m

The Alan Myers Everton Podcast: Keane, Stubbs, Bramley-Moore Dock and Silva's first season

We have teamed up with broadcaster and big Evertonian Alan Myers for a brand new podcast on the Royal Blue channel - and what a first episode to begin with! It kicks off with Alan in the studio with two fellow Blues, the ECHO's sports editor Dave Prentice and writer Sam Carroll. They look back on the first season under Marco Silva and Marcel Brands before we get the opinion of former Everton defender Alan Stubbs. Stubbs and ex-Blues striker Yakubu, along with Prenno and Sam, also give their take on the future of the club's forward line, including the development of Dominic Calvert-Lewin. With Kurt Zouma heading back to Chelsea after a successful campaign on loan at Goodison, the make-up of Everton's backline is also discussed before Alan speaks to the man who is certain to start the new season in the heart of the Everton defence - the impressive Michael Keane. And that's not all. Alan gets the verdict of a family of Blues before the hour-long podcast ends with an interview with the club's director of communications Richard Kenyon about Bramley-Moore Dock. Enjoy - it's a belter. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19/05/1958m 10s

Royal Blue: What is Everton's transfer priority this summer - buying or selling?

That is the first question on today's edition of the Royal Blue podcast as the panel go into depth on the potential outgoings from Goodison.Everton will attempt to reduce their bloated squad again this summer and reduce a wage bill that topped £145m in the latest set of accounts - but how hard is the task at hand?And do Marcel Brands, Marco Silva and the Blues board have a tougher job at getting rid of the deadwood this summer, than they did last?Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Gavin Buckland and Chris Beesley to talk through all of this plus, they give us their take on reports that Ademola Lookman has been put up for sale.The lads say who they believe will be the hardest of Everton's unwanted players to sell and then play a bit of Fantasy Football in debating potential transfer fees the Blues could recoup for certain players.Sit back, relax and enjoy For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/05/1942m 18s

Lars Jacobsen on overcoming injury heartbreak to play in the 2009 FA Cup final, working with Moyes and playing with Arteta, Cahill and Baine

For Evertoninans, Saturday's FA Cup final between Manchester City and Watford may well refresh the memory of the last time their side reached a Wembley showpiece. That came in 2009 when, despite Louis Saha scoring the fastest goal in FA Cup final history, the Blues were eventually beaten 2-1 by a Chelsea team in their pomp. An unlikely substitute for David Moyes that boiling hot day was Lars Jacobsen, who came on for Tony Hibbert at half-time in what would prove to be his last appearance for the club. And nearly 10 years on, our Everton FC reporter Adam Jones caught up with the former Denmark international for a special Royal Blue podcast. In it, Jacobsen explains how he eventually became a Blue, with a little help from Tommy Gravesen, what it was like playing alongside the likes of Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill and Leighton Baines, and what is was like playing for Moyes, who got his man at the second time of asking. Life at Goodison could not have got off to a worse start for Jacobsen but he did fight his way back to fitness to battle Hibbert for the right-back spot, which culminated in that afternoon at Wembley. The 39-year-old recalls what was going through his mind when Moyes told him he would be coming on in the second half, and why he made a decision to leave after the game. The decision to join up with Sam Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers was one he still regrets seeing as he proudly calls Everton the biggest and best club he played for in his career. And before this must-listen podcast ends, Jacobsen gives his opinion on the current Blues crop, who he watches regularly as a pundit back home in Denmark. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16/05/1944m 14s

View from the Gwladys Street: Everton’s end of season party atmosphere was great but 8th place finish is no cause for celebration

A solid display in the final game of the Premier League season culminated in Everton finishing the season in 8th position. Not exceptional by any means, but Blues fans are looking at the bigger picture.The feeling from last year’s 8th place finish under Sam Allardyce is completely different. There is a sense of expectation of what can be achieved should Everton make strides in the transfer window.In this week’s View from the Gwladys Street fan podcast, Ian Croll is joined by Rob Astell and Connor O’Neill who plow through the last few day’s events. The agenda consists of some Tottenham reaction. A major topic of discussion is the two forgotten men in Everton’s squad Tosun/Walcott and whether they can still have an impact in a blue shirt.There was no Jonjoe Kenny in Marco Silva’s side on Sunday – Is this the end for him? To finish off the lads lap up and laugh at our fans’ reaction to Liverpool not winning the league and pinpoint the exact moment that cost them the title. Ahem... Goodison Park!It makes for good listening. Enjoy!   For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
14/05/191h 0m

Royal Blue: Marco Silva's big successes from the season and the moments he will reflect on with regret

It's the end of season review on this edition of the Royal Blue podcast.Everton rounded off Marco Silva's first campaign in charge with a 2-2 draw with Champions League finalists Spurs on Sunday.The Blues finished in the same league position as last season but with more points, more wins, having scored more and conceded less.And today's panel are disappointed that another season has gone by without silverware and no European football secured, they find plenty of reasons to feel positive.Host Phil Kirkbride asks Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Sam Carroll to discuss Marco Silva's big successes from the season, the moments he will reflect on with regret, as well as the best signing from last summer.The lads also talk us through their surprises of the season.Sit back, relax and enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/05/1937m 33s

Royal Blue: Everton's chances of signing Andre Gomes and a surprise name in the Goodison sales

There may still be one Premier League game to go, but the transfer speculation has already started. And one story that will have concerned Evertonians emanating from Spain on Friday was that on-loan Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes has agreed to join Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Marco Silva played down those suggestions at his weekly press conference, but should Blues fans worry the classy Portuguese playmaker could go elsewhere? It's a clear Barcelona would like to move him on, but given the rebuilding job that is needed to be done at the Nou Camp, could that play into Everton's hands? And surely given the fact Gomes appears very happy at Goodison helps matters? Those are the questions host Phil Kirkbride, Adam Jones and Paul Wheelock attempt to answer in the latest Royal Blue podcast. They also talk Chelsea's transfer ban and what it means for the Blues' pursuit of Kurt Zouma. Hopefully the centre-back will be back in an Everton shirt next season, but Phil asks Adam and Paul which players who may appear in Sunday's trip to Tottenham will not don the Royal Blue again? One name in particular comes as a surprise. Before a must-listen podcast ends with predicted line-ups and scorelines for the Spurs clash. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/05/1935m 36s

Press Conference: Silva on Spurs Gomes reports, Schneiderlin form, and double striker injury

Marco Silva was back in front of the media this afternoon for the final time this season - and we have every word the Everton manager had to say in what was an interesting press conference. The Blues head to Tottenham Hotspur's new ground on Sunday and Silva is asked whether it could be the perfect time to play Mauricio Pochettino's men given their exerts in midweek, when they produced a miraculous recovery to beat Ajax and qualify for the Champions League final. Tottenham's success is even more impressive given they did not sign a single player in the summer or January. But if reports from Spain are to be believed, Spurs are set to steal Andre Gomes from the under the noses of Everton, who were also dealt a blow this week in their pursuit of Kurt Zouma when Chelsea's transfer ban was upheld. Silva speaks on both subjects, as well as Morgan Schneiderlin's form, the futures of Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines, the season as a whole, the excellent defensive record, and the areas of improvement for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who the Blues boss confirms will be one of two strikers to miss the trip to Tottenham. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
10/05/1915m 17s

View from the Gwladys Street: Everton’s Zouma plans thrown into doubt, the Gueye conundrum and the enigma that is Morgan Schneiderlin

The end of season run in can be the catalyst for greater things under Marco Silva next season. He just needs the resource and backing to take that next step. Host, Ian Croll is joined by Connor Bennett and Rob Astell for this week’s View from the Gwladys Street podcast. The show this week focuses on Wednesday’s breaking news that Chelsea are unable to sign players for the next two years after their appeal was rejected.Does this mean the end of a great relationship between Everton and Zouma? After being cast out in the wilderness, Morgan Schneiderlin is now back in the fold, but how long for? Is his immediate future with the Blues? There is a section of fan questions to get through, plus the question is asked whether Everton fans should feel short changed by Idrissa Gueye. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
08/05/1942m 12s

The inside story of one of the most important days in Goodison history 25 years on - Everton 3 Wimbledon 2

We have a very special Royal Blue podcast for you looking back on one of the most dramatic and important days in Everton's history - the nerve-shredding 3-2 victory over Wimbledon at Goodison Park on the final day of the 1993-94 that ensured the club's Premier League survival in the most unlikely of fashions. The Blues were staring down the abyss before and during the never-to-be-forgotten encounter but, thanks to an incredible comeback and results elsewhere, they got the win they needed and eventually finished two points and three places above the relegation places. And to remember the match, which took place 25 years ago today, we have spoken to three of the players who played a starring role. Dave Prentice, our head of sport, caught up with two-goal hero Graham Stuart and Ian Snodin while Chris Beesley, one of our football writers at the ECHO, caught up with Barry Horne, whose stunning long-range strike brought Everton level after the man affectionately known as 'Diamond' had halved the lead the Crazy Gang of Wimbledon had opened up. It's a superb and fascinating listen on day which will live long in the memory, albeit one that not a single Blue will ever want to go through again. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/05/1932m 23s

Royal Blue: Fortress Goodison, Schneiderlin redemption and why Solskjaer is right about Everton

Just like at Goodison Park on Friday night, spirits are high in the ECHO's recording studio for the first Royal Blue podcast of the week after Everton cruised to a routine 2-0 win over Burnley in their final home game of the season. But Dave Prentice, who is joined by Sam Carroll, Paul Wheelock and host Phil Kirkbride, argues that the first half-an-hour was anything but routine as well as reminding supporters at the contrast between that and what was served up in the last home match of last season. Paul and Sam wish the current campaign had longer to play while the latter also praises Richarlison and wonders just how the brilliant Brazilian wasn't awarded the opening goal against Burnley. The Blues' hopes of Europe were dashed the following day when Wolves defeated Fulham but is there is an upside to another season without Europa League football? The panel discuss that, the future of the revitalised Morgan Schneiderlin, and whether captain Phil Jagielka's late introduction off the bench versus the Clarets was a symbolic gesture given his contract is set to expire. Everton's pre-season plans are also up for debate as are comments made by Manchester United Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
06/05/1930m 43s

Post-Game: Everton keep European hopes alive with comfortable victory over Burnley

Everton's record for their final five home games of the season reads P5 W4 D1 G9 A0, and 13 points from a possible 15, after they signed off their Goodison Park programme in style with a comfortable 2-0 win over Burnley. Paul Wheelock kicks us off - he can't get his heard round the fact Richarlison's goal has been credited to Ben Mee - before our Everton FC reporter Adam Silva provides his definitive verdict on the night's action. And a short but sweet podcast rounds off with the full audio from Marco Silva's post-match press conference - which includes whether his decision to bring on out-of-contract captain Phil Jagielka late on was a symbolic gesture. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/05/197m 19s

Royal Blue: The Holy Trinity, the need for European football, and a Goodison send-off

Moments before Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Chris Beesley were set to record the latest Royal Blue podcast, there was an impromptu visitor to the ECHO - none other than David France, the man who created the Everton Former Players Foundation and Everton Heritage Society, and who assembled the finest collection of Blues memorabilia in the world. Naturally, we invited him on to the pod, which fittingly starts with a discussion over the 'Holy Trinity' statue that will be unveiled before the final home game of the season against Burnley on Friday. David, who is over from America for the match and the ceremony, tells a great anecdote about the great Alan Ball, Howard Kendall and Colin Harvey while Adam and Chris explain what the legendary trio mean to them. Adam also explains why the atmosphere should be as good as it was for the draw with Liverpool and wins over Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, before talk turns to why the club needs European football, if not this season then definitely next. Given it is the last home game, the panel then get reflective, with David pulling no punches on how he views the campaign. That said, he does believe Marco Silva is building a strong side. His only fear, however, is that players such as Idrissa Gueye will be tempted elsewhere. But with the Blues finishing the season strongly, the podcasts ends on a similar note, with words of praise for the likes of Bernard and the young players coming through the ranks. And there is also time for our usual predictions - including a unique one from David. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02/05/1941m 54s

Press Conference: Silva on fight for Europe, Davies deal and future, plus Mina and Walcott fitness

Marco Silva was in front of the media on Thursday morning to preview Everton's final home game of the season against Burnley. The Blues, realistically, need to win it and then beat Tottenham Hotspur on the last day to stand any chance of qualifying for Europe, and Silva is asked about the fight for seventh place and whether it is one worth winning, given the recent struggles of both Everton and Burnley. The Blues boss is also quizzed on the new contract for Tom Davies, as well as the fitness of Yerry Mina and Theo Walcott, and the 5-1 victory his side achieved at Turf Moor back in December. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02/05/197m 51s

Royal Blue: Tom Davies' new deal, the race for Europe, and the next step in Everton's development

Adam Jones, Sam Carroll and Gavin Buckland are back with the latest Royal Blue podcast, which is hosted by Paul Wheelock given our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride is taking a well-deserved week off. And the panel start by discussing the new and improved contract handed to Tom Davies. The deal shows the faith Marco Silva and Marcel Brands have in the young midfielder, but Gav also argues it is a good way of protecting an asset. Davies has found first-opportunities limited of late, but the trio believe he has not been helped by different managers playing him in different positions. But what role suits Everton's youngest ever captain best? Holding midfielder? Box-to-box midfielder? No 10? Right-back?! All are discussed before talk turns to Saturday's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace. It felt like two points dropped in the race for Europe, but were there positives to take? Adam, Sam and Gav believe there were, particularly defensively, but did it underline the need for the type of player who can make a difference in games against teams who are happy to sit back? We're not talking, however, about a new striker. There is still a chance, of course, that Silva's side could finish seventh. But while the panel would be disappointed to miss out on Europa League football, Paul wonders whether it could actually aid the club in closing the gap on the top six next season. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30/04/1936m 25s

View from the Gwladys Street: The striker question that won't go away and banishing a myth about Marco

Everton will go into their last home game of the season at Goodison Park in good spirits after taking 17 points from the last 27 on offer, but did Saturday's 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace highlight a problem that has never really been solved since Romelu Lukaku's departure. It's one of the big talking points of the View from the Gwladys Street fans' podcast, featuring Blues Tom Clarke and Anthony McEllin and hosted by Paul Wheelock. The trio are full of praise for the job Dominic Calvert-Lewin has done leading the job but does the 22-year-old's lack of goal threat - for the time being at least - underline why the number one priority for Marco Silva and Marcel Brands this summer has to be a prolific striker. Potential targets are offered up while there is also a wilful discussion about Lukaku's form at Manchester United and some unsurprising comments from the forward. Despite the stalemate at Selhurst Park damaging Everton's chances of making Europe, there is plenty of praise and surprise at two statistics offered up by Paul, which banish a certain Silva myth. Talk then turns to the futures of loaees Kurt Zouma and Andre Gomes and stalwarts Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka, who could all be appearing in a blue shirt (or just at the ground, in the suspended Gomes' case) at Goodison for the last time on Friday against Burnley. Victory over Sean Dyche's side would strengthen Everton's prospects of finishing seventh, but even they were to come eighth, or lower, Tom and Anthony explain why this season has been so much better than last and why it offers real hope for the future. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
29/04/1939m 20s

Post-Game: Everton left to rue lack of killer touch after dominating Crystal Palace

Everton made it seven clean sheets in their last nine matches by drawing 0-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. But a lack of killer touch in the final third cost the Blues a deserved three points, which could prove costly in the pursuit of seventh place. Phil Kirkbride and Sam Carroll were at Selhurst Park for the ECHO and they kick off this podcast by delivering their verdicts on what they witnessed, before you’ll be able to listen to Marco Silva’s press conference in full. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/04/197m 23s

Royal Blue: The future of two True Blues and the other Everton player snubbed by the PFA

With Marcel Brands and Marco Silva set to hold talks over the future of Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines, with the expectation that the long-serving duo will get an answer on new contracts before the final home game of the season, a large part of the latest Royal Blue podcast concerns two players who have been cornerstones for the club. Phil Kirkbride is the man firing the questions at Dave Prentice, Sam Carroll and Paul Wheelock, who start by discussing whether it's right that Baines - as is anticipated - is offered a new deal. But will he accept? And is there another club in the Premier League that has such strength in depth at left-back? Prenno then gives his hunch as to whether Jags will also be given the chance to stay, which leads to a debate about whether Everton can be afford to be sentimental when it comes to their captain. The second part of the podcast concentrates on the PFA Team of the Year and the omission of Lucas Digne. But given Paul Pogba bizarrely did get in, Phil wonders if a different Blues player should also feel hard done-by. And before he and Sam head off to London, the panel preview Saturday's clash at Crystal Palace and give their predictions. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26/04/1934m 26s

Press Conference: Silva on Palace trip, top-six chances, and Digne, Richarlison and Walcott fitness

Marco Silva has just finished his pre-Crystal Palace press conference at Finch Farm where, as well as giving his thoughts on the trip to Selhurst Park, he was asked whether he thought last weekend’s stunning win over Manchester United was the best performance of his reign, and whether his Everton side have got the credit they deserve for the way they played. The Blues boss is also quizzed on whether he feels his players now fully understand his methods and whether the next step in their development is to be consistent and beat teams like Palace. Silva also comments on the race for Europe, the possibility of challenging the top six next season, and the latest on the fitness of Lucas Digne, Richarlison and Theo Walcott. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/04/1910m 52s

View from the Gwladys Street: Everton’s win over United was special, but this is no time to rest on our laurels

Everton 4 Manchester United 0. That’s pretty much all you need to know if you’re listening to this week’s fan show. Many on today’s podcast weren’t even born the last time the footballing world witnessed a Toffee’s scoreline of that ilk against arguably the most dominant team in English football.Host, Ian Croll and guests John Howard, Connor O’Neill and Zak Dunstan drool over Everton’s performance on what was an Easter Sunday that will go down long in the memory. Everton dominated from start to finish in Sunday’s Premier League encounter even to the point were Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to come out and publicly apologize for his side’s wretched display. Take nothing away from Everton of course and take no notice of what the National media say. Everton controlled the game and shined when it mattered. If you want to listen to four Blues talk glowingly about an epic Sunday afternoon, then this is the podcast for you. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/04/1951m 14s

Royal Blue: Reliving a great Goodison day, valuing Gueye, and appreciating Gylfi

We usually record our first Royal Blue podcast of the week on a Tuesday, but there was no chance of waiting until then, not after a performance like that, Bank Holiday or no Bank Holiday. Yes, for the third home game running, Everton were nothing short of magnificent as Manchester United followed Arsenal and Chelsea out of Goodison Park with their tails between their legs, and host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Chris Beesley to reflect on the 4-0 thumping. Phil asks the trio what impressed them most about the performance and to name different man-of-the-matches. There's also discussion about why the brilliant Blues are not getting the credit they deserve on a national level, as well as Idrissa Gueye, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson, before talk turns to the unbelievable atmosphere in the ground. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/04/1940m 54s

Post-Game: Everton go seventh after humiliating Manchester United at ecstatic Goodison Park

If Chelsea was good, and Arsenal even better, then what we witnessed today has to go down as Everton's best performance under Marco Silva yet, as his resurgent side made it three straight victories over top-six teams at Goodison Park with a 4-0 demolition of Manchester United. Little wonder, then, the Post-Game podcast is a very happy place indeed. It starts with the definitive verdict of our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride and Everton FC reporter Adam Jones, includes every word that Blues boss Silva had to say after the match, and finishes with the view from the terraces as Evertonian Tom Clarke gives his say on what was a special afternoon. COYB! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/04/1911m 58s

Royal Blue: Rom's return, Gomes' replacement, and the chances of Everton going Dutch again

If Everton needed any additional motivation to bounce back from last weekend's disappointing defeat at Fulham, then the sight of Manchester United rocking up at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon should do it. Particularly given the travelling party is expected to contain the Blues' all-time Premier League top-scorer Romelu Lukaku, who would be making a first return to his former club. And that topic dominates the first part of the Royal Blue podcast, hosted by Phil Kirkbride and featuring Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Sam Carroll. The panel discuss the reaction Lukaku is likely to receive, whether he's improved as a player since signing for United, and whether Everton should or would take him back. One man the Blues will be desperate to have back next season is Andre Gomes. But with the on-loan midfielder suspended on Sunday, who should come in to replace him? Prenno, Adam and Sam have their say before talk turns to the future of Jonjoe Kenny, in the week in which the Under-23s lifted the Premier League 2 title for the second time in three years. And before the usual score predictions, Phil asks whether Everton should re-enter the Eredivisie market this summer. It was a move that ended badly with the acquisition of Davy Klaassen, but with Marcel Brands and not Steve Walsh on board, and given the way Ajax are playing in the Champions League, is going Dutch worth exploring once again? It's a good debate, which include a very interesting anecdote about Ronald Koeman from Prenno. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
19/04/1937m 20s

Press Conference: Silva on reaction to Fulham defeat, Gomes ban and future, and visit of United

Marco Silva was back in front of the media at Finch Farm on Thursday afternoon for his weekly press conference. He was asked about his players’ reaction to the desperately disappointing defeat at Fulham and whether the nature of the 2-0 reverse surprised him. The Blues boss was also quizzed on Andre Gomes’ retrospective three-game ban, received for his tackle on Aleksandar Mitrovic, and whether the on-loan Barcelona midfielder will be seen in an Everton shirt at Goodison Park again. Gomes, of course, will be suspended for Sunday’s visit of Manchester United, which Silva previews as well as giving an injury update on Yerry Mina and his thoughts on the U23s’ title triumph. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/04/198m 3s

Royal Blue: Everton's attitude, Jagielka's future, and what a Gomes ban could mean

Talk about one step forward, two steps back. With Evertonians buoyant after a three-game winning run that culminated in the superb success over Arsenal, Marco Silva's side did their best to bring them back to earth with an abject display in losing at relegated Fulham. And it's the 2-0 Craven Cottage reverse, and the reasons behind it, that kicks off the latest Royal Blue podcast, hosted by Phil Kirkbride and featuring Chris Beesley, Sam Carroll and Gavin Buckland. The blame seemed to lie with the players, but did Silva make a mistake by keeping faith with Phil Jagielka, who was given a rough ride by Aleksandar Mitrović. That leads the panel to revisit the discussion over whether Mitrović would be a good summer signing for the Blues before talk turns to Jagielka's contract situation, which rounds off the first part of the podcast. Salt was rubbed into wounds when news emerged that Andre Gomes had been charged with violent conduct for a tackle he made on Mitrović in the final minute of the match - and the tackle itself, the charge and what it means for the midfielder's Everton future are all debated. But the podcast does end on an upbeat note as Phil and Co talk the Under-23s' Premier League 2 title win, and which of David Unsworth's youngsters are ready to make the step up. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
16/04/1940m 44s

View from the Gwladys Street: Everton’s desire non-existent in must win game against Fulham | Why FA must take strong action against acts of

After a prosperous few weeks, defeat to Fulham has brought Everton’s revolution to a shuddering halt. All that good work has gone to waste in the space of an abject 90 minutes down in London. This week, Ian Croll is joined by Connor O’Neill and Rob Astell who pull no punches with their feelings towards Marco Silva’s men. The lads question where the desire was and question whether there’s an attitude problem when it comes to playing against the so called smaller teams. How much do the players really want Europa League football? This is definitely an interesting segment. To finish off, the lads preview the Easter Sunday encounter with Manchester United and ask why the FA no longer seem to be coming down hard on acts of simulation. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15/04/191h 3m

Post-Game: Everton revival comes crashing to an end at already relegated Fulham

Let's not beat around the bush, that was unacceptable. Everton still have credit it in the bank after a run of three straight victories over Arsenal, West Ham and Chelsea and 13 points from a possible 18 before the trip to already relegated Fulham. However, they fell below the standards required at Craven Cottage and in the end they could have no complaints about the 2-0 defeat. Let's face it, it's not a defeat many of us will want to mull over, so it is a short-but-no-so-sweet Post-Game podcast, featuring the verdicts of our Everton FC reporters Phil Kirkbride and Adam Jones, before you hear what Marco Silva had to say about what was a desperately disappointing afternoon. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
13/04/196m 34s

Royal Blue: The Gueye example that could work again and asking whether Silva is right about the Europa League

A fourth win on the run for Everton at Fulham on Saturday would only boost the feelgood factor currently surrounding Goodison Park. The same, however, cannot be said of the Cottagers, who along with Huddersfield Town, have already been relegated. But the latest Royal Blue podcast, hosted as ever by Phil Kirkbride and featuring a front two of Dave Prentice and Adam Jones, wonders whether there are any Fulham players Everton could pick off in the summer. That spawns a discussion about the merits of signing players from teams who have been demoted with Idrissa Gueye - whose future is debate - a prime example of how it can work.Talk then turns to the issue of Europa League football, and the lads are asked for their thoughts on Marco Silva's declaration that it is vital to the Blues. Phil, Prenno and Adam go into depth about the tournament, demands on the squad, attitudes to the competition and what it means for signing new players, before the final part of the podcast focuses on the improvements Silva has made at Everton as he closes in on matching last season's points tally with a number of games to spare. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/04/1942m 3s

Press Conference: Silva on Gueye to United and Neres links, European football and latest team news

Marco Silva was back in front of the media at Finch Farm this afternoon to preview Saturday's trip to Fulham - and much more else besides. The start of the press conference was dominated by transfer talk - namely reports linking Idrissa Gueye to Manchester United and Ajax Champions League star David Neres to Everton as well as the futures of on-loan duo Kurt Zouma and Andre Gomes. Silva also discusses positive comments made by Zouma, as well as the prospect of European football next season, the reason behind a run of five clean sheets in six matches and the form of Bernard. And as well as all that, the Blues boss gives an update on the fitness of Michael Keane, Morgan Schneiderlin and Yerry Mina. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
11/04/1916m 58s

Royal Blue: Everton's magnificent Arsenal display was vital for Marco Silva - and what comes next for Phil Jagielka

Another tough test against a top six side - and another win for Everton!Marco Silva's side were able to secure their third victory in a row with a convincing triumph over Arsenal on Sunday - with the 1-0 scoreline really not reflecting the Blues' dominance of the match at all.The mood around Goodison Park is high, as it is in our Royal Blue podcast room!Host Sam Carroll is joined by Adam Jones, Dave Prentice and Gav Buckland to discuss the best bits of a fine Everton win at the weekend.The lads assess Dominic Calvert Lewin's performance and how crucial he is to Everton, how Silva has turned around his side's defence and highlight what Phil Jagielka's return could mean for his future.Join us for the latest feel-good podcast. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/04/1942m 54s

View from the Gwladys Street: Winning when it matters is something Silva must instil into Everton | Jagielka's future | Europa League debate

The feel good factor is back. Three wins in three has seen to that. Everton are now playing with a sense of freedom and clearly enjoying their football. Who should take the credit? The manager? The players? The fans? Does it really matter? Whoever takes the recognition this is more like it from Everton.Host Ian Croll and guest, Rob Astell, Gary Callaghan and Graham Callaghan look back over the Arsenal win, and what a win it was. Also on the agenda is Jagielka’s future and whether he should now stay. Are Everton better off without European football or stayed they continue to go all out. The lads have their say on that one.Following on from the Arsenal win, the fan show is one not to be missed. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/04/1951m 35s

Post-Game: Resurgent Everton impress as Arsenal are left out-fought and out-thought

What a great afternoon that was. Everton beat Arsenal 1-0 at a raucous Goodison Park to make it three wins on the spin and 13 points from the last 18. Little wonder, then, it is a buzzing Post-Game podcast, featuring our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride, every word of Marco Silva's press conference after the match, and the view from the stands with Blues fan Max Carlyle. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/04/1914m 17s

Press Conference: Silva on Pickford's frame of mind, Richarlison rumours, and Walcott's future

Marco Silva was back in front of the media this afternoon for his pre-Arsenal press conference. As well as previewing the visit of Arsenal to Goodison on Sunday, the Everton manager addressed the ridiculous rumours linking Richarlison to Liverpool as well as giving his opinion on the video that that appeared to show Jordan Pickford in a fight outside of a bar. Silva also talked Theo Walcott's future and Seamus Coleman's form as well as nation-wide issues, including racism in football and the amount of money spent on agents. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/04/1911m 37s

View from the Gwladys Street: Coleman's form and future, the Zouma and Gomes question, and faith in Brands

After the rousing 2-0 win at West Ham, the latest View from the Gwladys Street Everton fans' podcast, hosted by Paul Wheelock and featuring Connor O'Neil and John Howard, is an upbeat one. The trio pick the bones out of the best performance of Marco Silva's reign so far and pay tribute to the man who set the Blues on their way to an ultimately comfortable victory. There are also words of praise for Seamus Coleman. But does the captain's reversal in form mean the club does not need to sign another right-back this summer? Connor and John have their say on that before giving their verdict on whether Everton should pursue permanent deals for Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma - and for how much. That leads to a debate about which player the Blues would be loathe to lose but may have to, as well as the job being done by Marcel Brands. Talk then turns to the battle for seventh place and possible Europa League qualification and Sunday's visit of Arsenal to Goodison. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/04/1952m 30s

Royal Blue: The West Ham win, Marcel Brands' transfer plans and Everton's player of the season

Everton's victory over West Ham at the London Stadium makes for an upbeat instalment of the Royal Blue podcast. Adam Jones waxes lyrical about the performance of Marco Silva's side while fellow guests Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland are similarly enthused. Marcel Brands' comments at the London Innovation Summit are explored as Phil Kirkbride reports from the capital with Everton's director of football delivering a presentation and Q&A. Host Sam Carroll then talks Bernard and what he can bring to the team, whether Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines deserve new deals at Goodison Park and why Kurt Zouma's set-piece goal should be a more regular occurrence for the Toffees. The podcast finishes on Everton's end-of-season awards evening after voting for the Dixies opened online. A unanimous vote quickly descends into debate as Lucas Digne, Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Gylfi Sigurdsson are all mooted for awards. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
02/04/1945m 12s

Post-Game: Everton's best yet under Silva as end-of-season improvement continues

Performance of the season? It's certainly up for debate on a buoyant Post-Game podcast after Everton made it back-to-back 2-0 victories by following up their superb second-half showing against Chelsea with a dominant display from first whistle to last against West Ham United in the capital on Saturday night. Phil Kirkbride and Adam Jones were at the London Stadium for the ECHO and they kick off the pod by delivering their verdicts. You'll then hear the thoughts of Marco Silva with every word the Everton manager had to say in his press conference after the match. And then you'll get the view from the stands with Blues season-ticket holder Ian Croll. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
30/03/1918m 53s

Royal Blue: One that got away, memories of a Blues great, and the new kit deal

With the end of the final international break of the season here at long last, the Royal Blue podcast returns to look ahead to the Saturday tea-time clash with West Ham and much more else besides. Host Phil Kirkbride gets us under way by asking Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gav Buckland to pick the one Hammers player they would like to see in the Royal Blue shirt. Ronald Koeman was interested in signing Marko Arnautovic when he was Everton boss but walked away from a deal because of wages. Did the Blues miss a trick? A trip to West Ham, of course, means talking about the London Stadium, and the panel share their experiences of the Hammers' home ground and why they hope the Blues see the warning signs. Talk then turns to the new multi-year contract with kit supplier Umbro, shirt sales, global presence and comparing the deal with other clubs. Tim Cahill announced his retirement this week, and the lads pick their favourite moment from his Everton career, then name the one player out on loan who has to be brought back to the club in the summer, before rounding off another must-listen podcast by previewing the new documentary Two Tribes, which is aired after the West Ham match. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
29/03/1950m 29s

Press Conference: Silva on 'serious' Mina and injury a reminder over Richarlison

Marco Silva was back in front of the media at Finch Farm this afternoon and after addressing two national stories, he gave his reaction to all the big Everton talking points, including the fitness of Yerry Mina, Michael Keane's performances for England, the news surrounding Blues great Tim Cahill, a reminder over Richarlison, and of course, Saturday's trip to West Ham. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/03/1916m 47s

View from the Gwladys Street: Everton's player ratings for the season so far

It's been a disappointing campaign in general for Everton - but how have individual players fared?This week’s View from the Gwladys Street fan podcast focuses on how the players have performed so far this season.The scores are determined via ratings between 1-10 as host Ian Croll is joined by Rob Astell, Connor Bennett and Connor O’Neill who reveal some surprising highs and lows for certain individuals in Everton’s squad.How would you rate the likes of Theo Walcott, Jordan Pickford, Kurt Zouma, Richarlison and Andre Gomes, just to name a few?The lads pull no punches with their assessments.Get in touch via Twitter and let Ian, Rob and the two Connors know if you agree or disagree.@Iancroll1 @RobAstell @ConnorBennett14 @ConnorOn95 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/03/191h 15m

Royal Blue: Why the Blues are looking at Rafael Leao and taking inspiration from Tottenham's new ground

It's the first of two Royal Blue podcasts for the week with host Phil Kirkbride joined by regular guests Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Chris Beesley, who kick things off by debating Michael Ball's latest column for the ECHO in which he calls on Everton to sign a back-up goalkeeper this summer. Does Jordan Pickford need fresh competition? And is a new number two a luxury the club cannot afford? The panel have their say before talk turns to transfer target Rafael Leao and whether a move for the 'Portuguese Mbappe' will solve a long-standing problem. That in turns leads to a discussion about the work of Marcel Brands, and the differences between the Dutchman and his predecessor Steve Walsh. Before the podcast rounds off with a detailed chat about Tottenham's impressive new stadium, what inspiration the Blues can take from it as they look to Bramley-Moore Dock, and also including the issue of single-tier stands, statues and naming rights. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26/03/1945m 6s

Richarlison, Gylfi's penalties and an improving defence - the stats to make you think differently about Everton

We've got a special Royal Blue podcast for you as Sam Carroll and Dave Prentice are joined by Bradley Cates, the man behind the brilliant EFC Statto Twitter account (click HERE to follow). Bradley, an eight-time Countdown winner, has statistics so good that he even has a Liverpool legend - and boyhood Blue - asking for his help. And what he says he here won't half surprise our listeners - just as it did to Dave, whose own stats books are the stuff of ECHO legend, and host Sam. From a heartening stat that shows the (attacking) progression from last season to this, to the one about Richarlison's consistency, it really is fascinating stuff. Then there are the numbers behind Gylfi Sigurdsson's penalty conversion, which may make you think twice about Marco Silva handing the spot-kick responsibility to another Everton player; the Jordan Pickford and Ellis Simms stats, and particularly the clean sheet and corner ones... the list is endless. And throw in some brilliant Prenno stories about Wimbledon in '94, Neville Southall and Wayne Rooney, and you've got a great Blues listen. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
24/03/1946m 37s

The Agenda: The Everton striker search and where Onyekuru and Vlasic fit in

Welcome to our new Q&A podcast on the Royal Blue channel. We’re calling it The Agenda, though we’re open to suggestions. But basically the agenda (see what we did there?) is set by members of our Royal Blue page on Facebook (click HERE to join). You let us know what questions you’d like answering and topics discussed and the Everton writers and fans at the ECHO will do their best to answer them as well as a having a bit of a laugh along the way. For this inaugural episode, Adam Jones, Sam Carroll and Ian Croll join host Paul Wheelock to talk the striker you would target if Farhad Moshiri handed you £50m to spend, the type of striker the Blues will realistically attempt to sign in the summer, the future of Henry Onyekuru and Nikola Vlasic, the form of Andre Gomes, Duncan Ferguson, the most exciting Goodison game you’ve been to, and why it might be better to call this podcast Happiness to Despair. Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
22/03/1951m 55s

View from the Gwladys Street: Another corner turned for Everton but how many more to go?

25 long games Everton went without beating any of the established top six sides in the Premier League, dating back to January 15th, 2017. And after Silva’s 9th time of asking he’s managed to do it…A wave of optimism descended upon Goodison Park following the final whistle on Sunday evening. The season may be effectively over, but victory over Chelsea gave Blues fans something to shout about. This week’s View from the Gwladys Street podcast is hosted by Ian Croll with guests Max Carlyle and Connor O’Neill. The lads assess the victory and delve into how Everton managed to secure all three points. Did Silva get lucky or was it master game plan? The fans have their say. Other talking points on the agenda are Pickford and the England No 1 conundrum. Should Yerry Mina be given an extended run in the first team. The Barkley clap - was it genuine or was it sarcastic? The podcast finishes off discussing where Howard Kendall sits in the list of all time greatest managers, as published by France Football website earlier this week. Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
21/03/1937m 54s

Royal Blue: The significance of Chelsea victory for Silva and a revealing Richarlison statistic

Marco Silva was shocked to learn that it had been over two years since the Blues had beaten a top-six side. But were the Royal Blue podcast panel? Host Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Chris Beesley pick the bones out of the excellent 2-0 victory over Chelsea and wonder just how significant it was for manager Marco Silva. Phil also gets the lads to name a different man-of-the-match which, without giving the game away, does not include Richarlison, whose first season at Goodison is discussed, as is a stat about he compares with some of Europe's best young forwards. Also up for debate is Gylfi Sigurdsson's penalty taking, Ross Barkley's return and whether Silva's task has been made harder this season by a better standard in the Premier League. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
18/03/1942m 33s

Post-Game: Top-six hoodoo banished as Silva enjoys high point of Everton reign

What a second-half performance that was. Yes, whatever Marco Silva said at half-time certainly did the trick as Everton emerged a different team after the restart to run out deserving 2-0 winners over Chelsea at an enraptured Goodison Park. And to reflect on the Blues' first victory over a top-six side since January 2017, we get the get the verdict from the press box with our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride and our Everton FC reporter Adam Jones, the verdict from the stands with Evertonian Tom Clarke, and the verdict from the dugout with every word of Silva’s post-match press conference. Enjoy! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
17/03/1920m 14s

Press Conference: Silva on officials, Pickford criticism, Mina form and Goodison atmosphere

Marco Silva has just finished his pre-Chelsea press conference - and you can listen to every word the Everton manager had to say here. It starts with Silva responding to his FA charge, which came about after his side threw away a two-goal lead in losing 3-2 at Newcastle last Saturday. Silva also discusses the blame he and the players should shoulder for the needless defeat, the criticism of Jordan Pickford after his St James' Park nightmare, and the fitness and form of Yerry Mina. The Blues boss also reveals the latest team news and explains why the fans will be so important v Chelsea on Sunday. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
15/03/1915m 9s

View from the Gwladys Street: Leadership, Pickford and the Barkley question

With the dust having settled on Everton’s needless defeat at Newcastle United, the View from the Gwladys Street podcast returns, hosted by Paul Wheelock, featuring big Evertonians Rob Astell, Connor O’Neill and debutant Anthony McEllin, and listener questions submitted on our Royal Blue Facebook page (click HERE to join). The panel sift through the wreckage of St James’ Park, lament the lack of leaders in this current Everton team and wonder what portion of the blame manager Marco Silva – and the officials – should take for the collapse. A lot of focus centres on the performance of Jordan Pickford and his difficult second season at Goodison Park. Richarlison’s form is called into question, too. But there are positives, namely a blossoming partnership that has Rob recalling one of the Blues’ best, and the predictions for Chelsea, which will see the first return to L4 of a certain Ross Barkley. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
12/03/1949m 54s

Post-Game: One step forward two steps back for Everton as they blow lead to lose at Newcastle United

As Phil Kirkbride says during this Post-Game podcast, if any match sums up Everton's season to date, then it was this one. From 2-0 up and cruising to somehow losing 3-2, the Blues' inconsistencies were laid bare as they succumb to a Newcaslte United side who could hardly believe their luck. Phil starts us off, before his ECHO sportsdesk colleague Chris Beesley, who was also at St James' Park, has his say. You will then hear every single word of Marco Silva's press conference after the match, in which he talks the differences between the first and second-half displays, Newcastle's controversial winner, Jordan Pickford, and the reason why skipper Seamus Coleman pulled out of the starting line-up just before kick-off. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
09/03/1911m 52s

Royal Blue: What needs to happen in the final nine games and what Silva sees in Walcott

The latest Royal Blue podcast is in, hosted by Phil Kirkbride and featuring Dave Prentice, Adam Jones and Gavin Buckland. The panel discuss what they want to see from the final nine games of the season, which Marco Silva has called ‘cup finals’ as he eyes a seventh-place finish. But do the Blues need Europa League football? Talk then turns to Ademola Lookman, Bernard and Theo Walcott, and whether any members of the club’s under-23s side, who are closing in on the Premier League 2 title, will get their chance in the first team before the campaign is out. Also up for debate is the trip to Newcastle United and why Everton’s away record is better than you think. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
08/03/1945m 10s

Press Conference: Silva on Newcastle and run-in, team news and Pickford

Everton manager Marco Silva has just faced the media at Finch Farm, where he talked VAR, following last night's Champions League match in Paris, his aims for the final nine games of the season, which kick-off this Saturday with the trip to Newcastle United. He then goes on to reveal the latest on the fitness of Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka and what he made of Jordan Pickford's Merseyside derby performance. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
07/03/195m 53s

View from the Gwladys Street: Everton fans didn’t celebrate derby point, they celebrated causing the dent in Liverpool’s title hopes

Okay, Everton didn’t get the win everyone was hoping for, but a result nonetheless has at least dented Liverpool’s title hopes. Celebrating a point? You must be joking! Celebrating a Liverpool title hiccup? Absolutely!This week’s View from the Gwladys Street is brought to you by host, Ian Croll and guests, John Howard and Connor Bennett who are all on good form. The lads dissect the 233rd Merseyside derby. The positives, the negatives, the atmosphere, even the wind gets a mention. Thanks for that one Jurgen!This week’s fan podcast is a must listen. Don’t miss out! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
05/03/1956m 14s

Royal Blue: Why Everton's derby draw deserved to be celebrated - and the importance of the Goodison Park crowd

There's an upbeat mood in the air for the latest Royal Blue podcast, hosted by Phil Kirkbride and featuring Adam Jones and Chris Beesley.While Everton may not have ended their long wait for a Merseyside derby win, there was a lot to be positive about the performance on Sunday and the panel explain why the draw was so celebrated and why it should not be dismissed.That leads on to the role Blues boss Marco Silva played in the outcome and his tactical battle with opposite number Jurgen Klopp, who of course fanned the flames going into the game with his 'World Cup final' comments.Chris was actually in the room with Klopp at the moment he made them and offers an interesting insight into the mind of the Liverpool manager.The panel also have plenty of choices when it comes to naming a man of the match for Everton while they also tackle a very tricky recruitment question.Then a large part of a must-listen podcast is dedicated to the incredible atmosphere generated by Blues supporters at Goodison Park on Sunday.Phil, Adam and Chris discuss why it was important and why, over the long-term, it could prove a real difference for the players.And there's also time to praise Everton and England's number one.Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
04/03/1934m 56s

Post-Game: Players and supporters respond as Everton earn deserved derby draw with Liverpool

So that long wait for a win over Liverpool goes on for Everton.But backed by one of the best atmospheres at Goodison Park for some time, the Blues certainly delivered in terms of their effort and commitment, and with a bit more care in the final third, could even have nicked it.The Post-Game podcast starts with the verdict of Phil Kirkbride, our Everton FC correspondent.Then you’ll be able to hear every word of Marco Silva’s press conference – which includes the Blues boss responding to Jurgen Klopp’s claim his Liverpool side were not helped by the wind.And we then get the view from the stands with host Paul Wheelock’s conversation with Everton season-ticket holder Rob Astell. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
03/03/1916m 38s

Royal Blue: What next for Morgan Schneiderlin and how Goodison Park must be for the Merseyside derby

It's your pre-Merseyside derby Royal Blue podcast with host Phil Kirkbride and regular guests Adam Jones, Gavin Buckland and Sam Carroll.But before the panel get stuck into Sunday's massive match, they talk the confidence-boosting win at Cardiff City and what it means for Marco Silva.The Blues boss sprung a surprise by recalling Morgan Schneiderlin to his starting line-up but the midfielder justified that decision.That leads to the questions: Why hasn't Schneiderlin started sooner? Can he still have a future at the club? And are we all going over the top given it was 'only' Cardiff?Adam, Gav and Sam tackle them before thoughts turn to the visit of Liverpool to Goodison Park, Jurgen Klopp's 'World Cup final' comment, Silva's response to it, the atmosphere needed in the ground, and the big factor in Everton's favour.The second half of the podcast is dedicated to answering questions submitted by Evertonians at our first-ever Royal Blue Live event earlier in the week that Phil and the rest of the panel didn't quite get around to answering.Topics include the search for a new striker, Silva's future and Farhad Moshiri.Enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/03/1945m 45s

Marco Silva on Merseyside derby, Jagielka and Schneiderlin, and his response to Jurgen Klopp's 'World Cup final' comments

Not long to go now, Blues.And Marco Silva whetted the appetite for Sunday's huge Merseyside derby with Liverpool at Goodison Park by holding a press conference at Finch Farm earlier today.You can listen to it all here as the Everton manager discusses the match itself, the club's wretched recent record against the Reds,what has to be done to change that, and what a win would actually do for his side's season.Silva also talks the selection headaches Phil Jagielka and Morgan Schneiderlin have given him - as well as responding to the Jurgen Klopp comment that Sunday's game will be like a 'World Cup final' for the Blues.Enjoy - and we'll be back later with the Royal Blue podcast. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/03/197m 7s

View from the Gwladys Street: Everton fans’ verdict on the Moshiri reign | Cardiff reaction | Merseyside derby preview

This week’s fan show is split into three segments. In a nutshell, Cardiff, Moshiri and Liverpool.Guests include Rob Astell and Tom Clarke with your host, Ian Croll.Everton’s resounding 3-0 win over Cardiff has certainly lifted the mood. Let’s face it, it was a much needed win. The lads discuss whether the second half display is the real Marco Silva side.This week also marks a major Everton anniversary. It’s three years to the week since Farhad Moshiri became Everton’s majority shareholder. The lads look back over his reign and discuss what has been his successes and failures. It’s certainly an interesting one.The show finishes off with a preview of the impending Merseyside derby. Should Marco Silva change a winning team? How can Liverpool be stopped? What do the lads make of Klopp’s World Cup comments? There’s also some interesting predictions. Give it a listen.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
01/03/1939m 26s

Royal Blue Live: Join Alan Myers, Michael Ball, Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice and Greg O’Keeffe for a brilliant night of Everton talk

A very warm welcome to a special recording of our first-ever Royal Blue Live event that took place at the Baltic Market in Liverpool on Wednesday.Hosted by Alan Myers, the show featured former Blues defender Michael Ball, as well as our Everton FC correspondent Phil Kirkbride, head of sport Dave Prentice, and our former Everton FC correspondent and editor Greg O’Keeffe.The evening kicked off with Alan in conversation with Prenno before the audience tackled a fiendishly difficult quiz set by the latter.The rest of the night was dedicated to questions submitted by Evertonians prior to and during the event.It’s a great listen as the panel talk Marco Silva’s future, three years of Farhad Moshiri, the search for a new striker, Bramley-Moore Dock, this Sunday’s Merseyside derby, and much more.Enjoy.Note this podcast does contain some explicit language For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
28/02/191h 26m

Why Farhad Moshiri has increased his shares in Everton – and what he won’t be doing next

It’s exactly three years ago today that Farhad Moshiri became Everton’s majority shareholder.To coincide with that, our Everton FC reporter Phil Kirkbride has produced two special podcasts.Hopefully you’ve listened to the first (click HERE if you haven't), in which Phil and our former Everton FC editor Greg O'Keeffe look back on Moshiri’s first three years in charge and look ahead to the club’s future under his watch.Now here’s the second.It features Phil interviewing John Blain, the chairman of the Everton FC Shareholders’ Association and co-founder of the Everton Business Matters podcast.They discuss Moshiri’s decision to further increase his shareholding in the Blues, the significance of it, what it changes, and what’s in it for him.Also up for debate is whether the Iranian billionaire plans to buy out supporters with small stakes in the club.While John gives an insight into Moshiri the man from his annual meetings with him.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
27/02/1917m 49s

Post-Game: Everton stop the rot with emphatic victory at Cardiff City

Well, what a relief that was.After a 17-day break, which followed three Premier League defeats on the spin, Everton returned to action and returned to winning ways tonight with a 3-0 victory at Cardiff City which, come the end, was every bit as comfortable as the final scoreline suggested.Two goals from top-scorer Gylfi Sigurdsson and one from Dominic Calvert-Lewin ensured the Blues stopped the rot and set themselves up nicely for Sunday’s Merseyside at Goodison Park.But this podcast concentrates on what happened at the Cardiff City Stadium and starts with the verdict of our Everton FC correspondent and reporter, Phil Kirkbride and Adam Jones.You'll then hear host Paul Wheelock's conversation with Cardiff-based Everton season-ticket holder Matthew Barry, who for once had a short trip home after attending tonight’s match.Before the podcast ends with the full audio from Marco Silva’s press conference who I’m sure speaks for us all when he says he hopes the result turns around the Blues’ season.And, before we go, just to let you know some tickets remain for our first-ever Royal Blue Live event, held at the Baltic Market in Liverpool city centre on Wednesday (February 27).Tickets cost £5, include a free drink, and can be purchased by clicking HERE. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26/02/1917m 9s

The inside track on Farhad Moshiri's three years at Everton - his greatest lessons learned, successes and failures

It remains one of the most seismic moments in Everton’s history. Three years ago this week, out of nowhere, Farhad Moshiri became the club’s majority shareholder.And to coincide with the anniversary, two of the reporters who covered the takeover at the time, and have followed the story since, have joined together to produce a special Royal Blue podcast.You’ll know them both well. Phil Kirkbride is our Everton FC correspondent and Greg O’Keeffe is our former Everton FC editor and now host of the All Together Now podcast.And they provide the inside track on what it was like to report on Moshiri’s shock arrival, what has happened since, including his head-spinning first summer in charge, and what will happen in the future.Included in that is the Iranian billionaire’s first major act – sacking Roberto Martinez – and which of his subsequent appointments – Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh – he regrets the most.The firing of that duo, plus Sam Allardyce’s six-month reign, are also discussed, as are the biggest lessons Moshiri has learned along with his greatest successes and failures.It’s a brilliant, insightful listen – enjoy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26/02/1950m 20s

Royal Blue: Marco Silva, what he's like away from the cameras, and the importance of the Cardiff City match to his future

With injury and unavailability ravaging the ECHO sportsdesk, there’s no Kirkbride, no Prentice, no Buckland, no Beesley and no Carroll for the latest Royal Blue podcast.But one of our big names has been passed fit, and Everton FC reporter Adam Jones joins stand-in host Paul Wheelock to preview tonight's massive match at Cardiff City and answer questions from listeners that were submitted on Twitter and on our Royal Blue Facebook page, which you can join by clicking HERE.Adam was at Finch Farm on Monday morning for Silva's pre-Cardiff press conference and he gives his reaction to the Everton's manager response to one question in particular - and then an insight into what the Portuguese is like, away from the cameras, in his one-to-one interviews with the ECHO.There is no doubt that Silva has come under increasing pressure in a worrying run of 10 defeats from the last 16 games in all competitions.But is it time the players carried some of the blame? And, if they cannot stand up and be counted, is it time for two old heads to return to the team?Adam answers those questions before mulling over the listener ones that have been sent in. A lot surround Silva's future.Oh, and the little matter of this weekend's Merseyside derby gets a mention, too.Which no doubt will be covered more in our first ever Royal Blue Live event, held at the Baltic Market in Liverpool city centre this coming Wednesday (February 27).Tickets cost just a fiver, include a free drink, and can be purchased by clicking HERE. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
26/02/1935m 2s

Marco Silva on Cardiff City, Kurt Zouma, team news - and bristling at the suggestion he needs to do something 'radically different'

Marco Silva has just sat down in front of the media to preview Tuesday's trip to Cardiff City - and we have every word the Everton manager had to say at Finch Farm right here.Silva talks how he would have dealt with Kepa Arrizabalaga's actions at Wembley on Sunday, and gives his reaction to the news that a financial settlement has been reached with his former club Watford, before he tackles the questions Blues fans will want answering.Namely, what his squad have been working on during their 17-day break, the conversations he has had with his players in an effort to turn Everton's season around, and just how important the Cardiff clash is.Silva also gives injury updates on Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Yerry Mina and whether Chelsea's imminent transfer ban will hit his attempts to sign Kurt Zouma on a permanent basis.But the Blues boss probably saves his most impassioned answer until last. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
25/02/1913m 6s

View from the Gwladys Street: The Everton identity crisis and can it be fixed?

This week’s fan show is slightly later than normal, but as they say, better late than never. The latest View from the Gwladys Street sees the return of Rob Astell, Connor Bennett and Connor O’Neill with your host, Ian Croll. The lads are in good spirits for this week’s show. That’s what a break from Everton will do for you. With Everton currently in the middle of an enforced 17 day break, you’d think there would be little to talk about. Cardiff City are set to host the Blues on Tuesday in what is a must not lose encounter. The lads preview the fixture, have their say on who must play and of course, give their predictions. That segment is brief however with the focus throughout the show on Everton’s identity. Have we lost it? When did we lose it? Do we even need one? There’s plenty of debate and discussion on this one. The topic of Everton’s potential new stadium and those leaked images also makes an appearance. The lads give their opinion on the designs and whether Everton can deliver.The show touches on what is the most effective way to spend this current break. A warm weather training camp or are the answers to be found closer to home at Finch Farm? The podcast finishes off as always with the fan questions. A question not to be missed comes all the way from New Zealand. Listen out for it – it’s a cracker. Anyone interested in coming along to our Royal Blue Live Podcast event at the Baltic Market on Wednesday 27th February please click HERE. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
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