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Summer Break – Everton

It has become something of a received wisdom within the present day that the mainstream media exist as the pinnacle of what is possible in sports journalism. Whilst it is not in our interest to reject this assumption, here at A Team of John O’Sheas we believe that some of the most perceptive insight regarding the top teams in the country comes from the fans themselves.

 

In the course of this podcast series, we will be bringing together some of the most influential fans from across the Premier League to give you the low-down on the teams that they watch week in, week out. We’ll look back over the season just gone, try to get a handle on the transfer activity that rumbles on through the summer months, and look forwards to the next season which, as always, seems to creep up on us with ever increasing speed.

In this episode, we find ourselves in the blue half of Liverpool. Across the past couple of decades, Everton have been experiencing something of a purple patch in which, but for a few seasons, they have been finishing consistently in the top half of the table. Now, after a couple of dud seasons at the end of Roberto Martinez’s tenure, they find themselves returning to their place amongst the best of the rest, finishing 7th in the league just outside the newly demarcated top 6 that has appeared in the last couple of seasons. With Ronald Koeman now in charge of the club and a place in European competition, there is a level of positivity about the club, not least due to a frenetic spending spree in the summer transfer window. But it is hard to know what is next for the club: the gap between the top six and everyone else has never been wider and it seems unlikely that Everton will bridge this gap in a season. Is the only goal consistency then? Or should Everton target cup competitions in order to give their fans the glory they crave?

Joining us today are two faces that will be familiar to many in the Everton-supporting community: Mark Godfrey and Chris Smith. Mark is the editor of The Football Pink magazine and website and has been an Evertonian through thick and mostly thin for over 35 years. He regularly guests in other publications such as When Saturday Comes, the Everton fanzine When Skies Are Grey, and the Scottish football magazine, Nutmeg. Chris is a writer and blogger who runs therussianlinesman.com and appears in other publications, not least Mark’s The Football Pink, from time to time. Born in the late eighties, he has only really encountered Everton at a low ebb, but hopes that that’s about to change.

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