Mar 282015

The ECHO’s liveblog is the only place for all the latest news, views rumours and more about Everton FC – produced by us and gathered from around the world

Joe Rimmer and the team will be with you today from 9am to ensure constant coverage of all things Blue, including news, great photos, nostalgia, live interviews and much more.

Alex Rea will then join the fun from 3pm to take you all the way through to 11pm to ensure you are always updated on all the breaking news from Goodison.

There will be polls, stats and live webchats with our brand new EFC reporter Phil Kirkbride each week, plus the inside line from Finch Farm as we bring you every press conference and interview.

We want you to get involved too – tell us your thoughts on what’s happening at Goodison by tweeting Joe @joerimmer88 or Alex @AlexReaSport. You can also tweet our EFC Twitter page @LivEchoEFC with all your thoughts on the days events.

Stick with the ECHO for the best EFC coverage around.

Good morning
Joe Rimmer

Good morning and welcome to the Everton FC liveblog. I’m Joe Rimmer and I’m here throughout the day today to ensure your weekend is completely EFC-free thanks to Roy Hodgson’s boys.

Indeed, if you are sick of reading the name Harry Kane on every other website, then join us here on the ECHO’s EFC liveblog where, I promise, we will make no mention of him again.

Instead we will be bringing you all the latest Blues news and views as and when they happen. Don’t go away.

Joe Rimmer

I promised not to mention his name again – but do you know that fella from London that the whole country is going nuts about at the moment?


It’s always the same, I remember the hype when Francis Jeffers scored on his England debut…

— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 28, 2015

Steven Naismith
Joe Rimmer
Naisy can pick up the slack

Everton don’t need to worry if Romelu Lukaku isn’t fit for this weekend’s clash with Southampton.

Because Steven Naismith is always ready and willing to pick up the slack.

“Steven Naismith knows that position inside, out,” said Martinez.

“Every player plays that position a little differently. Rom and Arouna are powerful players with their back to play. Naisy is not someone who needs to play that way. He makes fantastic runs in behind the centre-halves and instead of holding the ball up, he is someone who picks up good positions.

“It is about using the different qualities of people who can play in that No 9 role. He is a proper, proper No9 without having that back to goal play.

“So we have options in that position so I am not too worried about that.”

Click here to read more.

Royal Blue
Joe Rimmer
Barkley’s future as a midfield powerhouse

Phil Kirkbride spoke to Roberto Martinez this week about Ross Barkley’s future position at Everton.

The Blues boss reckons Barkley can play as a false nine for Everton – but says his future remains at the heart of midfield for the Blues. LONDON, ENGLAND – Sunday, March 22, 2015: Everton’s Ross Barkley in action against Queens Park Rangers during the Premier League match at Loftus Road. (Pic by Chris Brunskill/Propaganda)

Click here to take a look at this week’s Royal Blue.

Joe Rimmer

Have you taken on our Everton naughty noughties quiz yet?

It’s not easy..

Everton manager Walter Smith celebrates gaining the Carling Manager of the Month award for September Everton manager Walter Smith celebrates gaining the Carling Manager of the Month award for September

Give it a go.

On this day
Joe Rimmer
Transfer rumours
Joe Rimmer
Everton to take Dunk

Transfer rumours are even more wild and wonderful on a Saturday – and here they are:

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Brighton & Hove Albion’s Lewis Dunk (right) battle for the ball during the FA Cup Fourth Round match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton.

“Everton are locked in a three-way battle to sign Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk this summer according to the Mirror.

“With Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz both out of contract at the end of the season, the Blues could be set to revamp their defensive options and are said to be on a collision course with West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion for his signature.”

A collision course? I like the sound of that. Click here to read more.

Joe Rimmer

Romelu Lukaku: Only Luis Suárez (153) has had more shots on target in the Premier League in the past 3 seasons than Lukaku (127)

— (@WhoScored) March 28, 2015

Joe Rimmer
Top stories
Joe Rimmer

Here’s the top stories of the week. There’s some good ones in there, including Bryan Oviedo, graffiti, Morrissey and a chance to have another go at our 1990s quiz.

Everton's Bryan Oviedo Everton’s Bryan Oviedo

Click here to take a look.

Joe Rimmer

INTERNATIONALS: Disappointment for @harrycharsley and ROI U19s who lost a closely fought game with Germany 3-2 earlier today #EFC

— Everton (@Everton) March 28, 2015

Joe Rimmer
Joe Rimmer
Everton hailed by UNICEF

Everton’s community ethos provided inspiration to children in Kiev during the Blues visit to the Ukrainian capital – and international charity UNICEF now intend to use the activity as a model of best practice for social partnership.

Click here to read more.

On this day
Joe Rimmer
Joe Rimmer

Right, that’s all from me for today. Chris Beesley will be on the liveblogs from 10.30am tomorrow.

Join him then. Have a good Saturday evening folks!

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