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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.
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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 Toffee’s 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 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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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!
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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