Browsing some of the Everton fan sites on the internet, you can easily see how adamant Evertonians are that they are still fans of a big club. In terms of honours, history and support, this is undoubtedly true. However, money now dictates the beautiful game and with chairman Bill Kenwright tipping the sofa every summer, it is easy for outsiders to treat Everton with the same respect as Bolton, Wigan and Hull. Even the most optimistic of blues have been pushed to breaking point lately, with Fellaini Snr’s comments regarding his son’s future.

“The big clubs see that he is doing well. So he is very closely followed by Chelsea,” his father said, before adding, “I hope that I will see him work at a big club. Marouane belongs at a really top club and he will only get better.”

With Lescott leaving in the summer to “further his career” and constant speculation over young Jack Rodwell’s future, this truly is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Foreign footballers, rightly or wrongly, are not expected to learn about the history of the club they represent which renders Everton’s illustrious tradition obsolete. If Everton are to hang on to their star players, they need investment.

There was a time when fans trawled the internet for rumours on who would be coming to Goodison, not who would be leaving. However, this January has already seen speculation regarding the futures of Saha, Pienaar, Rodwell, Neill and Fellaini. It seems Evertonians are saying the Hail Marys so their players stay, as opposed to the usual hopes of Manuel Fernandes coming around the mountain to revive his Goodison career.

A year ago, things would have been different. The only thing to divide the fans more than Belgian powerhouse Fellaini in recent times was Kirkby, so many would have been filling their cars up with petrol to drop the 22-year-old off at the Bridge themselves. However, having been reverted back to his natural position in the last few months, Fellaini has flourished and has swayed popular opinion. The timing of the comments of Fellaini Snr could not have been worse, given that many fans believe his son to be the man to build the Everton team of the future around.

Furthermore, many Evertonians would have dismissed these comments last year, believing that their players are cut from a different cloth to the modern-day mercenaries that are so often talked about; after all, Fellaini celebrates very passionately and kisses the badge, doesn’t he? Evertonians do not need to be reminded of a centre-half who played for Everton, celebrated with passion and said he would play for the Merseyside club for the rest of his career given the chance, only to leave in the summer having handed in a transfer request and alienated himself from the rest of the squad.

Would Fellaini leave? Probably. His father is clearly an important figure in his life and his comments will no doubt have an important impact on the holding midfielder. It seems that blues all across the land will now be biting their nails because of their star players leaving, as opposed to scouring the web for news of any incoming players, and hoping that the players whose futures are in doubt show more loyalty than that showed by Everton’s last departure.

Written By Craig Rimmer

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  • dguin
    5 years ago

    Ridiculous. I know your job as a low paid and low level journalist is based on stoking peoples opinions and causing people to be outraged, but this is too far. Spouting stupid comments like this shows either that your desperate for any opinion on your so far dwindling career, or a basic knowledge of the history of football. Im guessing its a mixture. Everton, Wigan, Bolton. What stands out from that sentence?? 9 league titles. Who won them all?? Everton. Chelsea, Tottenham, Man City, a combined 7, still not near everton. I think even outsiders know were not in the same bracket, and you know it too. If you talk about the history of English football, It has and always will be Man Utd, Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool. Maybe Villa too. Stick to this site, its where you belong.

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  • dave
    5 years ago

    Well said, dguin.

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  • tim
    5 years ago

    awful, awful piece.

    However, money now dictates the beautiful game and with chairman Kenwright tipping the sofa every summer, it is easy for outsiders to treat Everton with the same respect as Bolton, Wigan and Hull.

    Same as Wigan and Hull, have you been taking your pills lad?

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  • Dave T
    5 years ago

    Craig “amateur sports journalist” Rimmer.

    So a quote from the News of The World is apparently gospel these days is it?

    Anyone who thinks Everton aren’t a big club are sadly misinformed. And frankly won’t be reading any of your rubbish again. Its all speculative rubbish.

    Dgun and Tim said it right. Even if we did sell anyone, theres plenty of other players around to get in replacement.

    If they’re stupid enough to want away let them go the way of Lescott.

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  • jim bobbys
    5 years ago

    ok fair enough, i suppose you are entitled to your own opinion but at least get your facts right.
    You say that foreign footballers are not expected to learn about the hisory of the clubs they play for. Well that may be true for some clubs but you couldnt be further from the truth in regards to everton.In fact fellaini said himself in an interview on everton tv that he was made to learn all about everton’s illustrious history.
    at least get your facts right mate, you clearly have done no research for this article. very lazy jounalism

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  • steve williams
    5 years ago

    Craig you,ve been reading too many of Tony Cascerino,s articles who,s TC
    which newspaper did you use to work for
    picking on EFC to further your career is very stupid I don,t know whats worse being a stupid person or a stupid journalist

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  • Penis
    5 years ago

    Worst article ever!! get a job your good at.

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  • Craig Rimmer
    5 years ago

    Of course, in terms of league titles, history, support etc. we’re a big club. However, look at how the media view Everton. I’m a season ticket holder and an away day regular, I’m not having a sly jibe at the team I’ve spent my life loving just for a bit of poxy sports journalism.

    A lot of you are living in denial; a denial that I was living in last summer until Lescott wanted to leave.

    Look at some of the ignorance, even in the last few weeks:

    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/29122009/58/premier-league-steven-pienaar-david-vaughan-clinch-win-everton.html

    BBC’s Post Match Interview with Moyes after the Arsenal game. The interviewer says “Such composure, such coolness under pressure from one so young” when talking about Steven Pienaar. Now every football fan worth their salt knows Pienaar’s no spring chicken.

    Football Manager 2010.

    “English Premiership Leading Clubs:

    Man Utd
    Liverpool
    Chelsea
    Arsenal
    Man City
    Tottenham”

    Man City? With their 2 league titles and nothing for 33 years?

    I have a lot of mates who support other clubs and they often pidgeon-hole us with the likes of Hull, Stoke etc. Extremely disrespectful, I know, but something that just happens.

    Look at how the media portray it. The term “Big Four” was coined about eight years ago by some pundit and it’s now become some gospel thing. Something which is now accepted as pretty much fact. It’s a gimmick.

    This article is clearly above you if you can’t grasp that. I am not calling us a small club, I’m merely addressing the media’s view of us; a view which, unfortunately, foreign players and the like tend to subscribe to also.

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  • steve williams
    5 years ago

    Hands up craig you win your post is above us all Lol just don,t post it on toffee web they will skin you alive keep it hidden away on here

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  • jim bobbys
    5 years ago

    i dont give 2 @#~ if you are a season ticket holder and an away day regular. you say it as if that gives your opinion more importance than evryone else posting here. To say the article is above us all just proves how weak your argument is.
    as if football manager 2010 and your mates decide which are the big teams. how old are you, 10?
    we all know what dictates and defines a big club and it is much more than money. perhaps you are just too naive to realise it….

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