Good evening, here are your Everton headlines for Thursday October 8.
Amokachi reveals how cup cameo occurred
Former Everton fan favourite Daniel Amokachi once netted a pivotal brace for the Blues after coming off the bench against Tottenham, ensuring an FA Cup semi-final win and another trip to Wembley.
But his manager never sent him on.
In an interview with the Echo , Amokachi explains that he had been “on fire” in the reserves and was waiting for his chance to impact, but boss Joe Royle didn’t have quite as much faith in the Nigerian and, with Paul Rideout down injured, wanted to give his starter more time to recover rather than make the change.
So Amokachi took matters into his own hands:
“I gave the substitution slip to the fourth official, the ball went out of play and I get jumped into the team,” he said.
“Joe came running towards the touchline saying: ‘What are you guys doing?’ I looked at him, fixed my collar, and ran on to the pitch. Minutes later I was on the scoresheet, then again soon after.”
Everton went on to win the cup, and Amokachi became an icon to the supporters.
Southall points out Pickford agenda
Jordan Pickford hasn’t enjoyed a good run of late, with individual errors and inconsistency blighting his game.
Everton have now opted to sign Robin Olsen to give him more competition, while England have also opted to stand him down from the friendly against Wales.
But former goalkeeper Neville Southall feels there’s an agenda against Pickford in some quarters , writing of his “sympathy” for the former Sunderland stopper in the i .
“It feels like he’s had more stick recently than Boris Johnson – who’s done more damage to this country than Pickford ever will – but for me he’s still better than all the other English goalies,” says Southall.
Bernard primed for January exit
Brazilian winger Bernard could leave Everton for €7million in January, according to his agent.
There was some talk of a summer exit, but the Goodison Park club were unwilling to let that happen, Adriano Spadoto said to LaRoma24 , including on a loan deal.
But he also noted that “the player could be sold outright for around €7m” in the winter market, if he does not force his way into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.
He’s currently behind the likes of Richarlison and James Rodriguez for the wide attacking berths.