I'm sorry to post this on the eve of a new season when we all have great hopes for success, but this needs to be said. First let me say that I've been an Everton supporter for nearly 50 years and I love the club.
Everton got a great player in Seamus Coleman from Sligo Rovers for relatively little money. I imagine that part of the deal was that Everton would play a match at Sligo, maybe to raise money for Sligo and to raise the profile of Everton in Ireland?? After all the great Dixie Dean had played for Sligo Rovers. The match was billed as Sligo v Everton and as a result there was a large turnout of Sligo and Everton supporters for the match. Admission was 20euro, which is more than the admission for a league of Ireland competitive match. Like many others I travelled considerable distance to see the match and catch a glimpse of some of our great players here in Ireland. Well what a disappointment...despite being billed as 'premiership Everton' by Sligo and being listed on the official website as a pre-season friendly, Everton thought it was ok to send an academy team to Sligo and disappoint the many fans who had travelled to see the match. This criticism is in no way aimed at the academy players, but is directly aimed at Everton FC. It was done in bad faith to fulfil an inconvenient promise made to Sligo to play a friendly match. Ok so the Wolfsburg match fell on the previous day but this was known well in advance and 1 of the matches could have been rescheduled. It shows such little respect for Sligo or for Ireland's Everton fans. I like many others (including form what I have heard Sligo Rovers FC) am very angry at this cheap decision by EFC. Other EPL clubs have played friendlies here this summer, inc MUFC who brought an almost full squad, so why do Everton care so little about their reputation or their fans here? I believe it has damaged the reputation of EvertonFC here in Ireland.
I intend to address this to the club in a written complaint.