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Royal Blue: The Everton FC Podcast
48 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Royal Blue: Farhad Moshiri's managerial conundrum as Rafa Benitez links cause divide at Goodison
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.
38 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
Royal Blue: Nuno Espirito Santo latest and James Rodriguez future as Everton new stadium work begins
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.
50 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Royal Blue: Nuno Espirito Santo, Farhad Moshiri and the next Everton manager considered
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.
55 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Analysing Everton: Runners and riders to replace Ancelotti at Goodison Park | Nuno, Potter, Favre
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.
47 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Royal Blue: Carlo Ancelotti walks out on Everton to rejoin Real Madrid | Why, What next & Who do the Blues turn to now?
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.
59 minutes | May 27, 2021
Analysing Everton: Where Everton’s season went wrong & how Marcel Brands and Carlo Ancelotti fix it this summer
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.
50 minutes | May 24, 2021
Royal Blue: What comes next for Everton and Carlo Ancelotti after disappointing season end
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.
47 minutes | May 21, 2021
Royal Blue: Everton's James Rodriguez frustrations & permutations for European football ahead of final day
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.
50 minutes | May 17, 2021
Royal Blue: Carlo Ancelotti question asked as Everton face another massive transfer window
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.
40 minutes | May 14, 2021
Royal Blue: Creativity void, Richarlison drought, and time to banish the home Blues
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.
42 minutes | May 10, 2021
Royal Blue: Everton's massive improvements in West Ham win and how to take them into Aston Villa
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...
55 minutes | May 8, 2021
Royal Blue: Everton's crunch fixture against West Ham and Carlo Ancelotti's attacking desire
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.
37 minutes | May 3, 2021
Royal Blue: Villa heap on further Goodison woes as Everton feel James void opens up while Pickford upturn continues
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.
51 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Royal Blue: Everton’s European ambitions come into focus as Aston Villa come to Goodison | Doucoure back in training for Blues
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.
40 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Royal Blue: Pickford's resurgence, Delph's re-emergence, and how the fight for Europe is looking after huge Arsenal win
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.
42 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Royal Blue: What should happen to the breakaway six, Brands' new deal, exciting new talents, and Arsenal previewed
Dave Prentice, Adam Jones, Gavin Buckland and - belatedly, after a few audio problems - Sam Carroll join Phil Kirkbride for the latest Royal Blue podcast. On the agenda is the fallout from the seeming collapse of the European Super League and whether the breakaway six Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, should still face sanctions despite withdrawing from the despised project. Talk then turns to the new Champions League model, and Carlo Ancelotti's enthusiasm for it, before the panel discuss Marcel Brands' new deal, some of the exciting young talents he is helping bring through the academy, and Friday's crunch clash with fellow European hopefuls Arsenal.
42 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Royal Blue: Everton's fantastic response to Super League proposals and what it means for English football
Sunday was a huge day in the footballing world after an announcement was made by 12 clubs over the creation of "The Super League". The proposals have been slammed by fans, pundits and governing bodies over the last 48 hours - and Everton have now thrown their response into the mix. And, as ever, it was fantastic. So Adam Jones is joined by Phil Kirkbride, Dave Prentice and Chris Beesley to discuss the Blues' damning statement, plus the reactions of both Denise Barrett-Baxendale and Farhad Moshiri. The panel also discuss the implications of the proposals and what this all should mean for English football in the future.
42 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
Royal Blue: James Rodriguez Everton’s most gifted player of all-time?
After winning a penalty and dictating much of proceedings at Goodison Park on Friday night, Royal Blue is here to assess the importance of James Rodriguez. Host Phil Kirkbride is joined by Adam Jones and Chris Beesley to reflect on the 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, with the Blues’ European hopes beginning to fade. Having been rested and given time to reach his peak fitness levels, the panel analyse Carlo Ancelotti’s treatment of James Rodriguez and his place amongst some Everton favourites of yesteryear. Gylfi Sigurdsson’s performance is also debated having scored twice against Jose Mourinho’s side before getting onto Alex Iwobi’s stuttering Everton career. Enjoy.
42 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
Royal Blue: Everton injuries peak at wrong time as Jean-Philippe Gbamin blow explored
The Royal Blue Podcast returns hours after Adam Jones and Sam Carroll arrived back in Liverpool following their trip to the South Coast for the goalless draw at Brighton and Hove Albion. Adam and Sam are joined by Dave Prentice and Gavin Buckland to discuss the game which was marred by injuries to Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Joshua King. With the Everton injury list now the worst in the Premier League, the panel discuss the impact on Marcel Brands' summer transfer plans as well as where Carlo Ancelotti will ideally strengthen. There is also talk around Fabian Delph, Andre Gomes, Richarlison and James Rodriguez. And there is time to mention possibly the only good news of the week so far - the reopening of the pubs. You can follow the Royal Blue Podcast on Facebook to join in the Everton discussion. Enjoy.
38 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Royal Blue: Everton's midfield injuries stack up ahead of Brighton as Joshua King future assessed
Everton are back in action against Brighton on Monday evening, but they could have somewhat of an injury crisis in midfield. Andre Gomes will miss the game while Allan faces a late check on his fitness - with Abdoulaye Doucoure already out of action. So, who will start? And what system will Carlo Ancelotti play? Host Adam Jones is joined by Dave Prentice, Connor O'Neill and Gavin Buckland to discuss all of that ahead of the trip to the South Coast. The lads also talk over the future of Joshua King, after Ancelotti's interesting comments on the forward's future in Friday's press conference. Enjoy.
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