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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, View from the Gwladys Street with Ian Croll, and Post-Game.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 47:24


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 36:18


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 40:58

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 31:59

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 43:08


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 44:02


    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.


    Royal Blue: 'Mess at Molineux' and Defensive Disagreements

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 51:50


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 55:47

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 41:31

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 50:32


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 42:34

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 36:39

    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

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 43:27


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 49:01

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 42:23


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 42:02


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 42:30


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 40:17


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 49:16


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 41:17


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 38:27


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 44:03


    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!


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 43:21


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 33:03

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 49:44


    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!


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 42:40

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 40:23


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 50:44


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 53:10

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 58:38

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 53:15

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 43:29


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 43:29


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 46:59


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 50:29


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 58:17


    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?


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 48:12

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 37:53


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 49:39


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 55:11

    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.

    Royal Blue: Carlo Ancelotti walks out on Everton to rejoin Real Madrid | Why, What next & Who do the Blues turn to now?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 47:25


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 58:59

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 50:32


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 47:23


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 49:43


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 39:30


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 42:16


    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...


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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2021 55:34


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 37:20

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 51:13


    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.


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 40:15


    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.


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