When is the last time an Everton manager missed a flight to a European tie?
Sam Allardyce is staying at home for Everton’s Europa League dead rubber with Apollon Limassol to fulfill a long-standing hospital appointment, leaving a shadow Blues squad in the hands of his assistant Craig Shakespeare and coach Duncan Ferguson.
They were joined on board the flight to Cyprus by Morgan Schneiderlin and Kevin Mirallas, and the significance or otherwise of that decision is discussed by Head of Sport Dave Prentice, Royal Blue regular Tony Scott and, on the phone from Cyprus, Everton correspondent Phil Kirkbride.
All three also pay tribute to 24-carat living Everton legend Joe Royle, who has stepped down from his role of Professional Development Co-ordinator.
It’s a bite-sized Podcast tonight, ahead of the fuller Derby Day preview which will follow later in the week.
It’s perfect for the commute home.