Everton Football Manager 2018 Series: Episode 0

Managerless Everton. ‘Trophyless in 27 years’ Everton. “What the p*****g hell are you playing at!?” Everton.

This English giant has slept for too long. Now, a new challenger emerges from the shadows to bring back the glory days to this wildly inconsistent club.

Step forward ‘Couldn’t Even Make it at Sunday League Level’ internationally renowned fledgling boss Tom Power…


NB: Before we begin this journey, a couple of alterations have been made ahead of this Football Manager save.

Firstly, the squad has been updated to reflect the incomings and outgoings during the January transfer window. Hola Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott, ‘Ta-ra’ Ross Barkley and a hearty farewell Aaron Lennon, Gethin Jones and Liam Walsh.

Secondly, Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen will be kept at Goodison for the time being as this journey begins ahead of the closure of the winter window. Should either depart by the end of transfer deadline day – or anyone else for that matter – well, a decision will need to be made about keeping them.

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Nothing like an Everton squad without the customary ‘legs falling off’ injury crisis.

Thirdly, the club’s staff has been modified as best as possible to remove anyone brought in by Ronald Koeman before his departure last October, enabling us to have a clean slate to work with backroom staff wise.

And, finally, Everton will be moving to Bramley-Moore Dock in time for the 2022/2023 season in line with the club’s current vision to be their new world-class stadium. Because why wouldn’t we be?

Okay, housekeeping done, let’s press on!


Goodison Park and its fans have suffered long enough in recent times. Managers, players, the dawn of a new century and countless pints have come and gone since the Toffees last tasted success. It’s high time we change that.

A brief welcome from owner Farhad Moshiri, chairman Bill Kenwright, first-team coach Duncan Ferguson and director of football Steve Walsh – alright, so not so brief – and it was time to run the rule over the squad.

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The usually mild mannered Roy Hodgson has taken an immediate dislike to me, so there’s that.

And a bloated squad at that. A creaking defence with no alternative to the heroic Leighton Baines at left-back, a glut of centre midfielders despite Ross ‘snake man’ Barkley’s departure, not many stars in the peak ’25-30′ age bracket and two new strikers who would need more time to bed in than someone who’s just returned from a week-long bender at Glastonbury.

Oh, and the youngsters. So. Many. Talented. Youngsters. At senior, Under-23 and Under-19 level. It’s a good job they aren’t all ready to play now.

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I don’t care if Susan’s devastated that you have to leave, Jim. You’re going to North America and that’s final.

Pre-season friendlies were set up, training sessions, individual foci and coach assignments were given an overhaul, scouts sent off to various backwaters of the globe, staff job vacancies were posted in the window of the nearby Post Office (that’s still a thing, right?) and tactics were whipped into shape.

A long first day completed and it was time to move this story on. And that, dear readers, is where our story truly begins…

Yeah, not this episode. It’s the next one you want. Whenever you’re ready.

Next time: Pre-season matches, an injury crisis circa ‘the David Moyes era’ and an emotional rollercoaster of an Europa League third play-off round…

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