What’s been happening in the world of football on Merseyside this week? Jennifer Jewell gives us the scoop….
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It came as no surprise when Everton announced last week that they were parting ways with manager Roberto Martinez. After weeks of campaigning from Evertonians, the club announced before the last game of the season that Martinez’s time was finally up and it’s now time for a change at Goodison Park.
David Unsworth and Joe Royle took the reigns at Goodison for the Blues’ final game of the campaign and former manager Royle is exploring a possible Director of Football role.
The big name in the mix to take over is Frank de Boer, who resigned from his position at Ajax in the same week. The Dutchman has shown he is keen to make an impression in the Premier League and believes Everton is the place for him; according to his brother, Ronald, anyway: “Frank is interested in the Everton job, but it’s not up to him to make the move. That’s up to the club. I think Everton would be a good fit for Frank.”
There’ll be no European football for Liverpool next season. After a promising start from Jurgen Klopp’s men in the Europa League final, the Reds surrendered a 1-0 lead to lose to Sevilla in Basel.
With a Champion’s League place up for grabs, Liverpool fans are understandably gutted that they threw away their chance to return to the top level of European football as Sevilla scored three goals in the second half.
Basel was swarmed with hopeful Liverpudlian, but they headed home disappointed – despite a wonderful goal from striker Daniel Sturridge.
It is back to the drawing board for Jürgen Klopp as he hopes to march Liverpool forward next season with the promising team he is clearly building at Anfield.
Farewell Tim… & Rom?
When Everton line up for their first game of the next campaign there will be no Tim Howard between the sticks after ten years at the Toffees. The much-loved American keeper penned a heartfelt note on Twitter to Evertonians after his final game, reflecting on his time on Merseyside.
So no Tim, but will star striker Romelu Lukaku still be wearing an Everton shirt come August?
Apparently not, according to the Belgian’s father. Roger Lukaku has said he expects his 23-year-old son to make a possible switch to either Manchester United or Bayern Munich.
Lukaku Snr believes: “Everton are asking around £65m for Rom. I think a transfer will be done before the Euros.” Watch this space.
Merseyside Stars Head to Euros
A number of Merseyside based players will be making their way to France to represent England at the Euros this summer. A few however will feel unlucky to miss out.
With Liverpool providing Roy Hodgson with five players in his provisional squad and a further two from Everton, Merseyside will be represented well in June. John Stones, Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson, James Miner, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Daniel Sturridge all made the cut, but the experienced pair of Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines were left out.
The red and blue of Merseyside will certainly be well supported this summer as our attention turns to international football.