First of all, there is good news for Everton fans. Reports this week that club legend Leighton Baines is considering his future at Goodison Park now seem wide of the mark.
It had been suggested that the England international was tempted by a move to Los Angeles to play in MLS. However, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, the defender has no intention of leaving the club he has been with for 11 years.
He is said to be excited about working with a new manager.
For Everton, it is great news. Not only is Baines a legend, but he is also the best left-back at the club and a danger from set-pieces who is reliable from the spot.
This news should certainly be welcomed among the Everton faithful.
The Not-so Magnificent Eight
Unfortunately for other Everton players, their future is out of their hands. Everton have released a handful of their under-18 staff today. Captain Tom Scully is leaving, with the expectation he will join Norwich City – according to the Liverpool Echo.
Others who have been told they can depart are Stephen Duke-McKennna, Tom Murphy, Sid Kerr, Charlie Ball, Nathan Moore and Jordan Corke. Nathan Baxter has also been released. He was signed under Roberto Martinez’s reign from Vitesse Arnhem but has failed to develop at Finch Farm and will now need to find his way elsewhere.
The release of Scully and Duke-McKenna may come as something of a surprise, but it appears that Everton are ready to freshen up their youth-team.
Now some troubling news reported by The Sun today. They claim there are huge divisions in the camp at Everton, namely between the whole dressing room and, seemingly, Oumar Niasse.
The report suggests the ill-feeling in the camp got so bad that youngster Tom Davies has even contemplated quitting the club.
But the most alarming factor about this story is the supposed ‘dressing room insider’ feeding this sort of ‘story’ to the press.
Everton fans will not enjoy seeing the dirty laundry of the dressing room being aired out in the open.
These matters should be kept in-house and Everton must search out and give the mole the boot before anything else.