MONDAY 10th August 2015
Well the Shaqiri transfer is definitely off with the Switzerland international opting for the delights of Stoke on Trent over move a loan move to Everton. Elsewhere the transfer rumours appear to have dried up a little today although there are one or two murmurings suggesting that a deal to bring Aaron Lennon back to Goodison Park on a permanent deal is close to fruition.
The evening is dominated by Roberto Martinez appearing on Sky Sports Monday Night Football and engaging in a frank and interesting debate with Jamie Carragher. The crux of the discussion was tactics, with ex-red Carragher appearing less than convinced of Martinez’ methods.
Over on Talksport, another ex-red, Stan Collymore highlighted the growing concerns of a number Evertonians, with the board in particular coming under intense scrutiny. Collymore challenged Bill Kenwright to appear live on the show, this would have amounted to professional suicide and unsurprisingly Bill ignored the controversial presenters generous offer.
Earlier in the day the u21s kicked off their season in disappointing fashion. After a brilliant pre-season campaign David Unsworth’s team lost 4-1 to a very strong Tottenham side which featured Hugo Lloris and England u21 international Alex Pritchard. Everton’s solitary goal was courtesy of Sam Byrne.
TUESDAY 11th August 2015
Positive news on the injury front with Gerard Deulofeu and Mo Besic both fit for the weekends clash with Southampton. Kevin Mirallas remains a doubt for the trip to St Mary’s, with Everton continuing to monitor his fitness closely.
WEDNESDAY 12th August 2015
It looks like Everton may finally be on the verge of completing an incoming transfer with Barnsley teen star Mason Holgate completing a medical today at Finch Farm. The eighteen year old looks set to follow the path trodden by John Stones in moving from Oakdale to Goodison. Let’s hope the move is equally successful.
THURSDAY 13th August 2015
Roberto Martinez held his pre-match press conference and was in pretty determined mood, reiterating that John Stones is not for sale and confirming that he still plans to bring in three more signings before the transfer window closes on 1st September.
Everton have tied up the transfer of Mason Holgate with the youngster completing a £1million move from Barnsley. Holgate is expected to go straight into the U21 squad, although he will also provide cover for the first team if required.
Later in the day the Capital One Cup draw pairs Everton with Holgate’s former club Barnsley. The Blues will travel to Yorkshire to take on the Tykes with a place in the 3rd round of the cup up for grabs.
FRIDAY 14th August 2015
With the Blues still quiet in the transfer market, the focus on social media remains the growing campaign against the board. The Daily Mirror have printed an anti-Kenwright piece penned by Joe Jennings the editor of fan site SOS1878. In doing so, the Mirror have become the first of the major national print media to report the growing unrest.
Late in the day and Twitter is awash with the news that their is to be an anti board banner flown over St Mary’s tomorrow. Let’s hope it doesn’t have a detrimental impact on the teams performance.
SATURDAY 15th August 2015
Game day and what a performance. After the disappointment of the opening day, Everton bounced back in tremendous fashion, taking all three points from the first away trip of the season. Lukaku twice and Barkley with a third ensured the Blues took a well deserved victory back to Merseyside.
Off the pitch and into the skys. The protest banner against Bill and the board took to the air and has certainly grabbed the media’s attention. The message appears to have been lost or certainly muddied in translation but it has probably started the group along a road that will continue to split the supporter base and it has taken the debate to a wider forum.
SUNDAY 16th August 2015
With the dust settling on yesterday’s victory, attention turns back to the transfer market. Dynamo Kiev number 10, Andriy Yarmolenko has been heavily linked with a move to Goodison, with the Echo cautiously stating that Everton are considering a move for the Ukrainian forward. Any move would require a a work permit although due to his international pedigree he shouldn’t struggle to meet the Governments criteria.
Elsewhere and Everton are facing competition from Villarreal for the signing of Argentine defender Ramiro Funes Mori. The Blues were hoping to complete a €5 transfer for the River Plate centre back but now face a battle for his signature.