Season of transition enters 32nd year.

Everton’s ‘season of transition’ has now entered its 32nd year. Fans have been requested to write off another campaign as a ‘transitional period for the club’ whilst their hopes plummet once more from the whiff of faint optimism to despair.

The transitional period in question began in 1987 when Colin Harvey picked up the reigns from the Bilbao bound Howard Kendall, and have continued until this day. A handful of campaigns fostered legitimate green-shoots, though the majority produced nothing more than stinking piles of horse manure.

A club puppet will soon spout something along the lines of us “only being a few signings away from a decent team, the squad needing time to gel and play together, the youngsters needing time to develop,” and nothing about the owner needing to get to grips with the fundamentals of how to run a football club.

Richarlison bursts lip smiling.

Everton forward Richarlison burst his lip in the FA Cup 3rd round victory over Lincoln City last weekend by attempting to smile. This season, the Brazilian ace has been deployed on the left, upfront, and for a short period against The Imps, found himself in the unfamiliar position of attempting his first smile since signing for the blues.

I’ll give anything a go,” said the permanently frowning youngster, “my preference will always be to have my face in my hands whilst I roll around on the floor following a tackle or a foul, but if it’s what the Manager wants then I’ll do my best.

The tie also provided a brief opportunity for the Goodison faithful to smile, something which had not been possible for the entire month of December. It is expected that normal service will be resumed by the coming weekend.