Everton have been members of the Premier League for its duration, and are one of just a handful of teams who formed the football league. Everton have a fanatical following both at home and on the road. David Moyes and Roberto Martinez led the team to prominence in the Premier League but were both blighted by never winning a trophy. Having finished with the services of Martinez after the penultimate game of the 2015/16 season, can Everton finally win a trophy?
Everton used to be one of English football’s biggest names. In the mid-1980’s, they won two league titles and the F.A. Cup under the stewardship of perhaps their most treasured son, manager Howard Kendall. But the success of Everton has not been limited to the 1980’s, with a 1995 F.A.Cup win over Manchester United coming courtesy of a solitary goal from Paul Rideout.
A few years after the Premier League was formed, Everton were in danger of relegation. They survived on goal difference alone, pipping Bolton Wanderers to stay in the divison by the smallest of margins. Things started to turn around when Everton hired David Moyes. His tenure was helped dramtically by the emergence of 16-year-old prodigy Wayne Rooney.
With Rooney in the side, Everton were safe from relegation fears. Moyes also made astute business decisions with the money the club received from selling Rooney to Manchester United. A well-drilled, organized and determined squad, Everton performed consistently well under Moyes’ leadership, even qualifying for the UEFA Champions League preliminary round in 2005.
Villareal beat Everton 4-2 on aggregate, eventually making it all the way to the semi-finals of the competition.
Everton endured a woeful second half to the 2015/16 season, with the wheels coming off Roberto Martinez’ side. Moyes’ replacement will have to identify potential targets in the transfer window, but maybe more importantly, retain the services of John Stones and forward Romelu Lukaku, both of whom would command exorbitant fees in excess of £30m.
Everton need a new identity, and some stability. Having been taken over by Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri, fans can expect a few changes and quite possibly an injection of finances.
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Check out the latest game for the men from Merseyside, otherwise known as the Toffees. Will they bite off more than they can chew, or improve on a disappointing 2015-16 season?
Everton Season Schedule
Having endured a painful season at home in the 2015/16 campaign, Everton will be desperate to get off to a good start at Goodison Park.
Everton League Standings
Will The Toffeemen improve upon their 11th place finish or remain in the bottom half of the table? Check out the latest Premier League table right here.
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Everton struggled in 2015/16, but still displayed some brilliant free-flowing football at times. There are several shining lights in their side, like Ross Barkley, John Stones and Kevin Mirallas, all of whom are capable of match-winning pieces of skill. Take a look at the best of Everton in the past twelve months.
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is crucial to Everton’s success. The young striker scored 23 goals for The Toffees during the 2015-16 season, and if Everton can keep clubs like Chelsea and Real Madrid away from him, they will never be in serious relegation trouble.
Back Everton to win home games against lesser teams. Last year’s dreadful home form will be a huge area of focus so look for them to show significant improvement at Goodison. I