Joe Royle, the Everton manager, was delighted to have beaten one of his Premiership rivals, albeit new boys Boro, after his largely frustrating summer in the transfer market.
"Quite simply, Everton are very impressive," Royle said. "The place has a buzz about it. He saw Goodison and the pitch and the stadium. Who would be anything other than impressed?
Robson said: "It is unfortunate for Middlesbrough that Everton are playing in Europe next season. Middlesbrough went as far as possible, finance- wise, as the club could afford."
The Oldham defender Richard Jobson is to go on Leeds' pre-season tour to South Africa next week - even though he has yet to complete his transfer. The clubs have agreed a fee of pounds 800,000 - which could rise to pounds 1m with extras - and the 32-year-old will resume talks on personal terms when he returns.
The West Ham striker Trevor Morley has signed for Reading, on a free transfer, reportedly in preference to Southend.
Sheffield Wednesday have been ordered by a tribunal to pay Luton pounds 150,000 in compensation for their manager David Pleat, who walked out on the Kenilworth Road club last month. Kenny Hibbitt has been appointed coach at Cardiff.
Bolton can leave their Burnden Park home next year for a 25,000 all-seater stadium earmarked to be incorporated in a pounds 40m sports development in the town. Portsmouth, up for sale at pounds 7m, have announced losses of pounds 1.8m for their last financial year.Reuse content