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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, Paul Wheelock and Gavin Buckland, Ian Croll’s View from the Gwladys Street, and Post-Game.

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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!  
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!
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.
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.
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.
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